Bloggerhood Etc. 7/28/14

No Playdate


Summer is halfway over. We’ve gone on our Oregon Coast vacation, and Anna has finished both her art camp and her first Girl Scout camp. Now we have two down weeks before her next day camp, and she wants to call all her friends from school and set up times to play with them. That’s where we begin this week’s list, with a brewing controversy over the “play date.”

Best Point.Banish the Playdate” by Chris Bernholdt at DadNCharge.

Best Counterpoint.Preserve the Playdate” by Jeff at OWTK.

Best Question.Wait … I’m a Feminist?” by Carl Wilke at Big Cheese Dad.

Most Honest.Unpacking” by Alice Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best Dad Post.What People Think When You Have Four Kids” by Rob Stennett at The Perfect Father.

Best Mom Post.Five Minute Friday: Finish” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

Best Special Needs Post.This Day” by Kara Dedert at Not Alone.

Most Inspiring.Juliette: The Bravest Little Girl I Know” by Rachel Held Evans.

Best Question.Are You Raising Nice Kids?” by Amy Joyce at The Washington Post.

Best Idea.A Growing Movement to Spread Faith, Love,—and Clean Laundry” by Lisa Napoli at NPR.

Best Essay.Arctic Man” by Matt White at SB Nation.

Best Video.Job Interview Tips” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“Step One: Delete Facebook!”

A Casualty of Laundry

Makeshift finger splint

Image: WikiHow

I haven’t written much this week, but I have a good reason. I smashed my finger in the dryer while doing laundry on Monday. I didn’t break it, but I have a really nasty bruise and it’s only begun to loosen up since yesterday.

And now I have a lot of catching up to do.

It’s funny how losing the use of just one finger can slow a writer down. One finger in ten and yet it left me about fifty percent incapacitated. That I’m a two-fingered typist at best doesn’t help.

Yes, I’m a writer who never learned to type. That’s embarrassing. I’ve learned so many things in my life. How to play guitar very well. How to piano rather poorly. How to sing. How to compose music. How to write stories. How to change a diaper (haven’t done that in over four years). How to cook. How to do laundry.

The only two things I didn’t learn that I should have?

How to type. And how to keep my finger out of the door when I shut the dryer.

And my five minutes are up.

I’m not sure what this post was about, but I have to say, for typing with two fingers, I am pretty fast.

Want to read more about laundry? Check out Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-home Dad by Scott Benner. Since reading and reviewing his book, I can’t do laundry without thinking of him.

Five Minute Friday

The Worst Thing About Laundry

Laundry left in the dryers.

“#&$*$ #@#$!!!”

I begin this post with an open letter:

To the person who left their laundry in two of the downstairs dryers overnight,

GET YOUR !@#$%^&* CLOTHES!!!

David Ozab

A few weeks ago, I compared my laundry day with that of Scott Benner, author of the excellent memoir Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal. I listed some of the ways I have it better and some of the ways I have it worse. But I left out the worst part of all, perhaps because it hasn’t happened in about a year.

The worst part is when some jerk leaves his (or her) clothes in the dryer overnight.

(Judging by the clothes, it’s probably a guy.)

I apologize in advance if this individual had a sudden emergency, if he is in the hospital or dealing with an unforeseen crisis. If this is the case, well then laundry is nothing in comparison.

It isn’t the case. I know it isn’t the case. The jerk just forgot.

And to Scott Benner—I really enjoyed your book, and I am so happy for your success. I’m glad to take this opportunity to share your recent interview with Katie Couric, and I apologize for the brief twinge of envy I felt.

After all, I’m still looking for an agent, though you did get a head start on me, being a stay-at-home dad about twice as long as I have.

But will all due respect, as much as laundry sucks for you (and it certainly does), I have you beat in one area. Namely, that you have never had to pull a stranger’s laundry out of the dryer to make room for your own.

With all you’ve had to deal with, you’ve never had to deal with that jerk.

(And now that I’ve said “jerk” three times, maybe he’ll show up and get his &*!@#$% laundry!)

Ever had this happen to you? Or do you have another laundry room/laundromat complaint to share? Or just need to vent about something like I did today? It is now time for “The Airing of Grievances.”

Laundry Day

Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal

Today is laundry day. And as I wash and dry and fold I think of my new online friend, fellow stay-at-home dad and writer Scott Benner.

Here’s Scott taking about his book, his family, and his bête noire on Perspective New Jersey.

There is so much more to this book than laundry, but watching the interview got me thinking about some of similarities and differences between our respective eternal struggles. First the similarity. Both of us face Sisyphean tasks, for “laundry is indeed eternal.”

But individual circumstances produce some differences. First, here are some ways I have it better, starting with . . .

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