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Line me up.

I saw a thread about the line-drying debate (srsly? we need to debate this?) over at pollanesque, based on the NYT article about it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/us/11clothesline.html.  So I though I would share my own thoughts on the right-to-dry movement, and those who oppose it:

You know, there's something deeper (and sicker) going on in the minds of folks who "just don't want their view obstructed" and are concerned about their "property value", and it was hinted at in the article when someone said that line-drying had become synonymous with "being too poor to own a dryer". So what's the real problem with line-drying? Is it ugly? Of course it's not. Now, maybe a line of underwear isn't the loveliest of things, but it's just not ugly, and about anything else looks somewhere between fine to downright pretty. Is it dangerous? Unsafe somehow? Toxic? Uh, no, not really. So what is the problem? The problem is that [conspiratorial whisper] it might look like there are *poor* people living near you!!!! (GASP!) Now we all know how terrible it would be for POOR folk to live nearby, what with their no-skiing-vacation and budget-eating ways. And poor people bring down the value of *your* property because, well, living next to a poor person really is just as bad as living near a trash dump, or superfund site, or prison, right? I mean, hell, it's practically the same thing! No no no, we can't have poor people living near rich people, and if it becomes too difficult to tell the difference between poor people and rich people, we might accidentally ostracize people based on actual character flaws and behavior, in which case we'd all be kicked out of our own communities....

*headesk headesk headesk*


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Oct. 12th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Nail. Head. Choir. Preaching. All of it. I'm pretty much in exact agreement with you on this.

Then again, I'm also too used to urban life- about the last thing I want is my lousy neighbors (even if I share a wall with them) to have any kind of legitimate say over what I do on my side fo the damn property line. There it is again- "my side." Ownership should fucking mean ownership. If my neighbor wants to build a twenty-foot-tall puce and magenta battleship, who am I to judge, unless it also blares out "YMCA" at 200 decibels every hour, which is when it does infringe on my property. Likewise, they shouldn't get rights to have any beef about what I do on my side of the fence, unless they start making my mortgage payments for me.
Oct. 12th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Ha! Oh, those are brilliant.

I must say though, it's stuff like that original post that's beginning to get me inspired towards more political/social commentary ranting again. This could get dangerous.
Oct. 12th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
Just let me know when to duck & cover.
Oct. 12th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Pretty Clotheslines
And the same folk who complain about property values might just have a photo of an Amish clothesline in their Kountry Kitchen. You know, with quilts and brightly colored dresses all in a row?
Oct. 12th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)

I don't understand people.

we have to have legal fights over weather we can dry our laundry.

Oct. 18th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Well, I thought we were all being encouraged to dry our clothes on the line outside in order to conserve energy. I hang mine out to conserve energy, keep the utility bills down, smell the fresh line-dried smell on the clothes, and out of necessity because I'm poor. My dryer died a long time ago and it hasn't miraculously come back to life yet, so I will continue to decorate my yard with my laundry.
Jan. 28th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
line drying
And yet those same rich SNOBS are the ones who say we should all "save the environment," but apparently line drying isn't a "good enough" way to help make our "environmental footprint" smaller. The hypocrosy is sickening.

They did that here too when the airlines decided to change their flight path over the RICH homes to save fuel. OH!@ The upcry!

I love line drying. My clothes smell SO good after I line dry. The only thing that's tough to deal with it the stiffness of the clothes. (Of course a windy day helps with that. *wink* If I can keep the clothes from falling in the dirt!)

People need to pull their heads out of their asses and look at reality a little more.

I'm going to make a blog out of this. ;)
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