(Friday, 21 May 2004)
My parents-in-law from India were visiting us in the US.
One day I saw my mother-in-law exhausted to near death. I asked why.
“Oh, this American laundry system!”
“What is wrong with it?”
“I forgot how many quarters it needed to wash. I took one too less. I had to walk across the whole apartment complex to get a new one!”
“Oh sure that is tiring in this summer.”
“That is not all. When I went back for drying cycle, I took one quarter too more. I again had to walk across the whole apartment complex to put it back. Then I went back and deposited proper number of quarters – I shuttled around for half a day! Oh dear, I am so tired!”