Do You Have The Right?

by Katy on May 6, 2010 · 9 comments

I know I just posted a video the other day, but this was is too funny (and relevant) to not share with you!

Enjoy, and make sure to check out Alexander Lee’s!

Katy Wolk-Stanley
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Enemy Within – Backyard Clothesline
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namastemama May 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

so funny! thanks, and so glad I don’t live in one of THOSE neighborhoods.


Alea May 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Very funny! I am lucky to live in a neighborhood where we can air our laundry. Most of the homes near us have floor to ceiling windows in the foyers. In the winter it is not uncommon to see the foyers filled with laundry on drying racks. We could hide our drying racks in a back room, but that would triple the amount of time it takes for the clothes to dry.


Jane May 7, 2010 at 12:06 am

This is great!
This is such a cultural thing, too. Here in Australia, clotheslines (we invented the Hills Hoist) are in every single backyard. If you told people you put your clothes in the dryer on a summer’s day they would look at you like you were the crazy one.
Thanks for sharing.


Jessica Wolk-Stanley May 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

That is SO funny! I heard on the radio this morning that it would be sunny all day, so I raced to the basement and hauled out some nice wet (but not smelly yet!) laundry to hang out. Here in Seattle you have to really take advantage of the good drying days when they rear their lovely dry heads. I could actually see the steam rising off the clothes that were in direct sunlight when I hung them up. That was a first and kind of cool to see.


Jessica Wolk-Stanley May 7, 2010 at 9:14 am

I wanted to add that, yes, hanging laundry is a chore, but it is also kind of fun. The Non-Consumer Advocate’s niece (my daughter) enjoys helping big time and even my son gets in on the action. And when we are all pitching in, I take advantage of the opportunity to indoctrinate their young minds, while they are still nice and malleable.


Stephanie May 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

I hang my clothes on the line too, but if I CHOSE to live in THAT neighborhood, I would certainly find a nicer way to do it. I think they could compromise. Did she have to hang the rope from tree to tree? How about an umbrella clothesline walled off partially with a section of privacy fence? Could she have hung her underwear on a rack indoors or in the garage?


Carla May 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I have seen most of the original clip the Colbert Report re-edited brilliantly for this new clip. I’m going to have to say I like the Colbert report better!


Jay May 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm

This reminds me of a spot Colbert did a few years ago (I think on the Daily Show) where he had an energy efficiency expert come analyze his home. When the expert got there, he found Colbert standing in his kitchen in a Speedo complaining about how cold it was, and using the heating elements on his electric range to heat the kitchen. He’s pretty awesome.

I agree with Stephanie, that the woman in the clip is being sort of obnoxious about the drying. I love line drying and am a die-hard treehugger, but if you’re too abrasive about anything it just turns people off and the message gets lost (a la Michael Moore).


Julia May 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Thanks for posting this, I missed it despite the fact that my husband is Colbert’s biggest fan. Hilarious! And if I tried to dry my laundry on a line, the same thing (fines, hysterical neighbors) would happen to me. We’re just renting now but hopefully we’ll live in a more relaxed neighborhood next time we buy. I grew up on 5 acres , only the first 1/2 or so was landscaped and we had one of those huge carousel type laundry dryer thingies (a big white metal tree, practically!) in the back yard. Thanks for making me think of 1973 all over again.


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