Wednesday, April 27, 2011

vintage mau's moments: the things I've done for laundry quarters



I'm not going to scan all the old comics, by the way, just because, like the uncollected works of Salinger, some lost works should stay lost.  (Translation: they are lame.)  But some of them hold up OK.

Here's one from the winter of my junior year.  People probably don't even use quarters for laundry in college anymore, do they?  They probably have swipe cards or just get their holographic robot butler to do the laundry for them.  It's the year 2011.  WE WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE ROBOT BUTLERS BY NOW.

(Again, apologies for the water damage along the edges.  You can click on the image for a larger version.)

17 comments:

  1. Yep, I was using tokens last year in the dorm, as a 30 year old MS1. It was soul destroying every time.

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  2. It is 2011 and I am definitely not a student but I am STILL using quarters for my laundry. It is horribly depressing. It is also in a terrifying little mouse-infested basement. I am counting the minutes until we move.

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  3. Anonymous2:11 PM

    post all of the comics for those of us who weren't in college with you!

    also does mau = michelle au?

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  4. You got it! And the name of the comic book collection I put out was thus "Chairman Mau's Little Red Book."

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  5. Anonymous4:18 PM

    Quarters still rule my life. on the other hand, the pay phones and copy machines are almost defunct, thereby dramatically reducing sources of hope for found quarters.

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  6. Anonymous5:09 PM

    You've gotta post some of your Wellesley columns too! I especially remember your two Parents' Weekend ones. Sadly, I lost my "Little Red Book" between moves at one point.

    --Wellesley '99

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  7. We use swipe cards in University now...so it sucks when you lose it, and give about $10 to the gods of all things lost. I wish we still used quarters...

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  8. I graduated college in 2008. We still had to use quarters but I heard rumors they were just going to include an extra fee in the room and board to use the machines.

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  9. I have your book in hand. Have been reading it while simultaneously stirring spaghetti sauce and fending off children whining about when is dinner going to be ready. Enjoying it tremendously.

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  10. Not only do successful college grads like myself live in apartments that have quarter laundry to try to save a bit of money but the apartment I just looked at that is approximately 150% nicer than mine (granite countertops, hardwood floors, brand new energy-saving appliances, fancy glass-enclosed balconies, exercise facilities, etc.) ALSO has quarter laundry. Maybe it's a Minneapolis thing.

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  11. Even better than buying actual unwanted snacks is to find a vending machine that allows you to insert dollars and press coin return without a purchase! Instant change machine.

    (Which also reminds me of a certain ladies room in a certain hospital that would dispense endless tampons for an initial investment of 10 cents...)

    Can't wait! My book shipped!

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  12. Anonymous11:33 AM

    I'm Wellesley '12. We still use quarters. It's tragic. It's hilarious how relevant your comic is even now!

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