All these years ... albeit sheltered.... (thanks, parents) from some of the seedier underbelly of society's failures and dark secrets.....I never realized how the things, I too, take and have taken for granted... are a privilege even here in OOOSUH (USA). F'rinstance: I cite....... the washing machine...... Forgot the now easier lifestyle for women who could then have all the free time they need to gossip, drink alcohol in public houses, sitting legs apart on splitback barstools, and idyllicly mender into THE (gasp) MEN'S WORLD ! No, hear me here...... this isn't about social status (although I'll happily save that for a future post) ... but it's about: COVID-19. I know you wondered how I'm gonna spin washing machines into a plague... right? Easy - peasy! We had SO MUCH .... er, "goodies"... pre-Covid.... and now we find we can very well do without quite a few so-called non-essentials .... seeing as we can practically do anything with practically nothing at all! I present... NYC.... and the realization that The Big Apple has worms....... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Frustrated and struggling, New Yorkers contemplate abandoning the city they love..... Excerpted from: The Washington Post (sorry, no URL) NEW YORK — It was laundry that broke Mary Shell. Or rather, the lack of an in-unit washer and dryer in her Brooklyn apartment where Ms. Shell, 37, a field producer for reality television, could barely afford her half of the rent before the novel coronavirus pandemic because work had been slow for months. Times are even tougher now that her roommate, also unemployed, has had to move back in with her parents. Shell was so financially strapped that she began inquiring about various night-life gigs, only to see covid-19 close all the bars and clubs. (“So that’s another job you can’t do in a pandemic.”) Still, her situation might have been bearable if the nearest laundromat wasn’t four blocks away. “I just want to be able to do laundry without having to drag it up and down a four-story walk-up or pay someone $40 or $50 to do it for me,” said Shell — echoing a gripe of New York City’s apartment-dwellers so timeless that “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Living Single” and “Broad City” all have episodes about the indignities of shared laundry facilities. But throw in a pandemic and Shell said the stress has been “exhausting,” noting how she recently showed up to her laundromat to find that someone had handled all the clothes she had just washed....... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Me here.... The Dinkens, you say!