conversations with strangers #119

8.11.15

Me: *transfers laundry from washer to dryer, carefully sorting through what gets dried and what doesn’t*

Her: *flies down stairs* *adds cash to laundry card* *holds up card* Do you like this thing?

Me: Oh, I LOVE it.

Her: Really? I wasn’t sure if I had money on it and I had to run to the ATM.

Me: Well, I had to collect quarters before. This is so much better. Once you added the money, did you find you hadn’t needed to?

Her: I mean, yeah, it was on zero and I’m in the middle of my laundry, but I had to go out to the ATM.

Me: At least the ATM gives currency the card takes. Quarters are hard to find when you’re in the middle of laundry.

Her: True.

She didn’t seem entirely convinced with my arguments, but to me, quarter-fed machines = college to me and upgrading from quarters to a plastic card means I’m moving up on the adulthood scale.

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