I’m going to get today’s point across by telling you a few stories.
The Dryer Game
The laundry facility I use is small, crowded, and often quite busy.
There have been times when every single washer and dryer is in use when I’ve shown up with my dirty laundry.
Once there was even a line of people waiting to snag a washing machine the second one became available. That was one overloaded day, pun intended.
Some people do like wait around for an available machine. After trying that once and getting frustrated by the folks who like to let their clothing hang around in the machines for hours after they’re done washing or drying, I started making rules for myself.
If all of the washers and dryers are claimed, do not pass go or unload your laundry basket. This game was doomed from the start.
If a few washing machines are free but all of the dryers have just been claimed, come back in 30-60 minutes. Some of the machines will probably be free by then. If they aren’t, try again on a different day.
If there are enough washing machines right now and at least one dryer looks like it will be free by the time you’ll need one, start the laundry immediately. Not everyone uses all of the time on their dryer, so you could end up with far more dryers than you actually need.
It’s easier to take your chances on this when a few of the dryers will run out of time in the next thirty minutes or so anyway.
Those of you who have followed this blog for a long time might remember that I’m not a big fan of meat, especially red meat.
I react to it the same way many people seem to react to vegetables: a part of a balanced diet, but definitely not the fun or enjoyable part.
(When I was a kid, I actually ate a plate full of lettuce as my after school snack every day. That’s how much I liked and still like vegetables!)
The other night I went to a friend’s birthday dinner at a restaurant that is known for its steaks. There weren’t a lot of other dairy-free options on the menu, so I ordered a steak for my meal.
Historically, I’ve asked for well done meat because I thought that the red juice you see in cooked steaks was blood. The sight of it completely grossed me out. It was only recently that I learned what it actually is, though, so this time I decided to order a steak that was cooked to medium instead of well done.
What a difference that one decision made! My steak was juicy and delicious. It’s still not something I’d want to eat more than occasionally, but it was a much better meal than the steaks I’ve had in the past.
Tying It All Together
Sometimes trying things another way makes all of the difference in the world.
What problem or situation have you approached from a different angle recently? How did that work out for you?