I just discovered a new blog, The Slacktivist (aka Fred Clark), who, amongst other things, is doing a great service to literate humanity by reading the ghastly Left Behind Series, “so you don’t have to.” Also featured is a recent post on the resurgence of clotheslines, and the hassle some homeowners have in using them, due to unenlightened homeowners associations.
Clark mentions an organization called Project Laundry List, whose raison d’etre seems to be the promotion of “making air-drying laundry acceptable and desirable as a simple and effective way to save energy.” I agree … though I can’t say it really grabs me as a cause. Believe it or not, I had already read about this in Orion Magazine one evening – a sometimes exasperatingly sensible and, dare I say, boring publication… but not always. In their July/August 2008 issue, p. 78, in a section called “Ear to the Ground” Alexander Lee, founder of Project Laundry List gets asked this question: “What’s the best thing you get to do?” To which he replies, “Read postcards from people who love to hang out their clothes and find it to be their Zen work.”
Really? What’s sadder, the fact that hanging out laundry needs to be promoted to Zen therapy status, or the fact that this is the best thing Lee gets to do? Somebody’s missin’ out on some serious fun time.