Laundry Room Hours

The laundry room in my building’s basement is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. A couple of years ago, we added an hour to the evening closing time so people who got home late from work could still do a load or two if needed. The problem is that the sign down there (with the laundry room rules and all that stuff) still lists the hours as 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This little inconsistency has been bothering me for a while now — like basically since we changed the hours. Not really bothering me, but just enough to cause a little persistent buzzing in the back of my brain. I mean, what if a new resident went down there and got the wrong impression? Or someone forgot the real hours and became panicked by the misinformation? All hell could break loose: TV shows could be missed, socks could disappear!!!

Today I finally did something about it. I took a ruler to the sign and measured the numbers (1-1/2″ high), as well as trying to identify the font used (Gill Sans Extended). Then I marched back upstairs, created a 1-1/2″-high-Gill Sans Extended “10” on my computer and printed it out. I carefully cut out the “10”, headed back downstairs, and rubber cemented it over the offending “9”. Unless you’re specifically looking for it, the patch is undetectable.

There had been a disconnect between reality — truth — and the sign — a lie. Now there is agreement; all is right with the world.

P.S. It’s not like I’ve got too much time on my hands. I’m busy with a bunch of deadlines. It was just that buzzing in the back of my brain. 20 minutes is a small price to get things purring along smoothly again, don’t you think?

About joshcomix
Brooklyn-based cartoonist specializing in nonfiction comics about topics like Hurricane Katrina, the media, travel, and finance.

3 Responses to Laundry Room Hours

  1. comfortslut says:

    It frightens me what we have in common.

  2. purvision says:

    Hey, yeah, and of that’s all it takes to get things running again, great.
    But you know, there IS no direct connection between reality and truth, though, right? I mean, that little universal corpus-collosum got severed a long time ago.
    “Unless you’re specifically looking for it, the patch is undetectable.”
    This is my favorite quote today. That’s applied philosophy, man.

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