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John Smith 17/08/17(Thu)02:08 No. 46178

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I'm at the laundromat. Feels pretty /eh/ in here.

John Smith 17/08/21(Mon)10:35 No. 46182

I've never been to a laundromat. I've seen them in some big cities but mostly they are mythical places I only know from film and tv.

John Smith 17/08/23(Wed)03:26 No. 46183

It's an oddly relaxing place. You know, when someone doesn't bring all six of their under-tens and then leave them there to "watch the clothes" for half an hour so she can "go to the store". :p

John Smith 17/09/17(Sun)02:55 No. 46208

I like the laundromat.
I've only ever had to be at one during maybe 6 months of my life but it was an interesting experience. I've even seen one that had a pinball machine inside, but I never played on it. Then I moved away from that town, and I've never been at a Laundromat since. Maybe I should go again sometime.

John Smith 17/09/20(Wed)22:17 No. 46211

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The video rental place my family got our movies from was also a laundromat. I remember watching other people's clothes in the glass front washers until my Mom reminded me that I was there to pick a movie.

John Smith 17/09/22(Fri)12:17 No. 46212

What an odd combination of businesses.

John Smith 17/09/22(Fri)20:31 No. 46213

I know. I kind of miss stuff like that.

John Smith 17/09/24(Sun)22:11 No. 46214

Did they continue as solely a laundromat now that video rental has become obsolete?

John Smith 17/09/25(Mon)01:25 No. 46215

They did go on for a while, yeah. I think the guy who ran it died, though, so it closed down. I think it's a bank now.

John Smith 17/09/29(Fri)18:21 No. 46216

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I am sorry you never got the chance to play the pinball table John. The laundromat I used to go to had the Lord Of The Rings table (which I was good at) and replaced it with the South Park table, and that just kept breaking down.
Sorry for sounding too interested in this.

John Smith 17/09/30(Sat)14:59 No. 46217

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I like pinball machines. Digital ones never quite deliver the same experience.

John Smith 17/09/30(Sat)21:09 No. 46218

My Dad tried to accuse me of cheating at Windows Pinball because I had the high score and it was completely unreachable. My Mom told him, "It's not like she could lift the front end of the machine to avoid losing her ball like you used to do, you cheater."

John Smith 17/10/02(Mon)02:48 No. 46219

I remember my old Laundromat used to have a small arcade. Never found the old pinball table it hat, though.

John Smith 17/10/02(Mon)11:15 No. 46220

I once played at a pinball machine and all three balls immediately slipped right between the paddles. Talk about bad luck.

John Smith 17/10/03(Tue)16:50 No. 46221

That is most unfortunate.

John Smith 17/10/09(Mon)00:12 No. 46222

I've very occasionally been to laundromats and to places with pinball tables, but my life hasn't led me somewhere where the two are together.

I heard that just as arcades died because home consoles got good and could connect online to play with your friends, laundromats are a shrinking business because more people choose to own their own washer and dryer. Who knows what that means for the future--after all, humans seem equally capable of romanticizing and disparaging anything and everything from the past.

John Smith 17/10/09(Mon)03:15 No. 46224

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Arcades have made a small comeback in the form of Dave and Buster's type restaurants. Not quite the same but close.

John Smith 17/10/12(Thu)23:13 No. 46225

Did you take that picture yourself, John?

John Smith 17/10/15(Sun)03:42 No. 46227

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Yes, I did.

John Smith 17/10/15(Sun)07:44 No. 46228

It is possible to cheat at Windows pinball, though. For instance, if you type "Hidden Test" and press Enter, you can control the ball with your mouse.

John Smith 17/10/15(Sun)21:22 No. 46232

Well, shit. I never knew that.

John Smith 17/10/15(Sun)22:44 No. 46233

i really miss video stores.
we had blockbuster and hollywood video here. but they're gone now.
netflix and putlocker and amazon have more selection and you can get movies right away, but it's not even close to the same experience as driving out to the store and browsing around for a while for something cool or finding something random (or discovering someone already rented the movie you wanted and having to find something new), bringing the tape/dvd back to the car, picking up food and going home to watch the mysterious dvd with no cover and a weird summary. it doesn't sound that great at all typing it out, but it really was a great experience. man, i really miss going to video stores.
when i briefly lived in texas, there was a really great video store in austin that was really big and i think it even had two floors. it was really great.

.... you know what, i'm gunna look online to see if there are any video stores around here. hm... i suppose if i really wanna be old school i could try to find a phone book. but i don't know if we have one around. telephone booths/public phones aren't a thing in illinois anymore so i can't find one outside. hm.
anyways, that's what i'm going to do today.

i was never really into pinball, but my dad was. there's a little diner type place that had (maybe still has? i haven't been there in years) a pinball machine and he would always play while we were waiting for our food.
we used to go there all the time when i was kid.
i miss that. as i got older and he got worse at parenting, we got along less and less and drifted really far apart. after some really bad incidents that i still haven't forgiven him for, we just sort of lost everything we had as father and son.
i haven't seen my dad in a few years now that i think about it.
maybe i should call him.

John Smith 17/10/16(Mon)07:48 No. 46235

The laundromat near my place had soul blade in it, good fighter. It was next to a liquor store so people would drink and smoke in the laundromat. Open 24hrs, would go in late sometimes.

John Smith 18/12/03(Mon)18:29 No. 46802

Laundromats are really nice places, at least for me. It takes me back to living in NYC and walking around the area with my mom when I was younger. I never go to laundromats anymore, except on rare occasions where our washer isn't working. It's always nice to visit and walk around a familiar place.

John Smith 18/12/04(Tue)08:58 No. 46806

Dear John,

Laundromats seem like pleasant places, although usually the ones in my area are crowded and full of mean-looking types. I guess that is just how things are in this part of town, though, and I'm glad you find enjoyment in your laundromat.

- John

John Smith 18/12/11(Tue)14:46 No. 46810

Spent a lot of quality time at a laundromat in university. Would usually go there with roomates and sometimes other friends to shoot the breeze and watch our laundry go round. It was a lot more /eh/ than other social situations; no one was dressed in anything fashionable, no one brought homework along, the only soundtrack was the sound of laundry machines and dryers.

One of my roomates was a local, and mentioned the place had an original Mario Bros. (1983) arcade machine in his childhood. Unfortunately, it had long since been replaced by front-loading washers.

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