The washing machine in the apartment is busted. It washes but does not spin thus leaving soaking wet clothes that take forever to dry and do not feel good. We thus determine to get a replacement. At this stage another demonstration of the joys of living in San Francisco kicks in. We look at Craigs List http://sfbay.craigslist.org/ find a selection of second-hand washers. A seller is contacted and we take Topher’s truck down to the Mission.
Sweet Chinese guy who can barely speak English sells the washer, which looks immaculate, for $100. His wife gives us tea and they are generally happy, smiling, kind people who make us feel good. He explains that he worked as a cook in a restaurant for 28 years. I say he has a nice house – an Edwardian beauty in the most fashionable part of the Mission. He explains he bought it in 1991. It must be worth around $2 million now. He also has another house in the Sunset. He is a very wealthy man. That’s California for you. Good luck my friend.
We heave the old machine into the truck and take it to Green Citizen. http://www.greencitizen.com/california_san_francisco_computer_electronic_recycling_center.php
This is a great place that takes anything that you want to get rid of for free, as long as it plugs into the wall. The staff are California emblematic,”Yay, no problem Brother, glad to help. A donation? No need man just tell people about us.” This is what I am doing.
The whole exercise was a delight.