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Woanders is auch Scheiße

I found this postcard—an ad for a German publishing house—last summer and wanted to post it months ago. Back home for christmas, I found it again, so here it is. “Woanders is auch Scheiße” is hard to translate, I don’t know if I’ll get the tone right. It means something like “no matter what, it’s gonna be shitty anywhere else, too”. Wanderlust or homesickness, it’s just in your head. Is it?

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Alone with People, on the Lower East Side

Alone with People, on the Lower East Side.

Love this post from the New York Portraits photo blog. Here’s what Kitty, the author, has to say:

It’s a common paradox of life in the city – you can be up against people all day long but still wind up feeling very much alone.

So true. So sad. 2 points off.

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Eco cheat

Trader Joe’s markets itself as being super-ecofriendly. “I! Am! So good! For you! And the environment!”, every product in the store seems to scream. Their shopping bags say stupid things like, “Is framing the bag and hanging it on the wall reusing or recycling?” But if sustainability is such an important matter, why do those bags always come in pairs? They don’t put your goods into one bag, but into two that are stuck into one another. I know why. Because the bag’s handles are useless. They can’t carry the weight of a full bag. They tear. Now, let alone the ecological consequences of using twice as many bags as they would if they had better handles. Even economically, it must make more sense to provide every Trader Joe’s with decent bags that have decent handles than using twice as many.

And this is not the only example for mislead/faux American eco-consciousness, as you can see here. 3 points off.

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More laundry survey

Here’s a late response to my laundry survey, that I wanted to share with you.

Do you drop your laundry at the laundromat?
Occasionally. There’s a family owned place near me that picks up and delivers for free.

Does it come back really clean?
Yes, but I’m not in love with the smell (but I’m picky)

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Score: current result

After six months in New York and seven weeks of blogging, the city and I have reached a score of 18 points. Not so much. Still homesick.

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Laundry survey: the (devastating) result

Nobody goes out in clothes that he doesn’t consider clean (enough). Nobody except for me. I’m deeply and utterly frustrated with my laundry, no matter if I do it myself or have it done at the laundromat. Yet, I see my American friends and school mates in immaculate clothes every day. How? Why? Why not me? Hoping for some secret formula, I started a survey.

Now, talking about laundry is a delicate matter. It touches some highly personal questions about hygiene. Nontheless, ten people responded–which is great. Thank you, guys! But here’s the bad message: I didn’t really learn anything substantially new. That makes it even more frustrating to see my mates clean and tidy, while I’m so unhappy with the outcome of my weekly laundry routine. Maybe there is a secret after all that nobody wants to share with me. Maybe my laundromat is not so good, no matter if it has been written about in the NYT or not. Maybe I’m a particularly dirty fellow. Or: maybe cleanness is as much a cultural concept and social consensus as, say, taste. Continue reading

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Laundry survey: the results in detail

So, here are the devastating results of my laundrey survey in detail. If you’re interested, read my conclusion.

It has only been a very small survey (ten participants, thank you all!), so don’t expect statistically significant figures. And don’t try to add up the  figures, they don’t match (I didn’t include n/a). I included single comments, though.

Do you drop your laundry at the laundromat?

Yes: 3

  • because cheaper

No: 2

  • because it’s too expensive

Both: 3

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