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Monday question: On the line

Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 28, 2011 06:16 AM

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As spring approaches, let us consider matters of laundry: 

For environmental reasons, I support the renewed popularity of hanging laundry to dry on line rather than using energy-consuming appliances. I even think laundry hung on a line has a positive, nostalgic esthetic. So, I am pleased when laundry is hung on lines in the closely set homes of my urban neighborhood, except for one thing. One woman whose clothes line is in direct view of my back porch hangs her underwear on the line. I really don't want to know about the range and type of underwear she wears. I work to avert my gaze, but her clothes line is in the center of the modest views from my porch. Given that clothes lines in my neighborhood are in full view of many homes, shouldn't she hang her underwear to dry in the bathroom or the basement? How can my wife or I discreetly bring this up to her?

What do you think, readers? I'll post my response on Friday -- and a conversation topic on Wednesday. (And if that just isn't enough, there's always my other blog and "robinabrahams" on Twitter.)
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