I should explain: Waterview's laid out in a series of phases, the oldest of which (Phase One) features apartments with no washers or dryers. The builders opted instead for two little laundromats, one at each end of the phase.

I live in Phase One, and have used the laundromat exactly once. It was nearly two years ago, right after I moved in. I put money on the charge card, loaded up my laundry, and sat calmly in the receding summer evening heat waiting for it to finish. Amid the smell of clean linen and the comforting hum of the machines, I read Invisible Man for the summer-semester lit class I was taking with my cousin Katie at the time. It was wonderful.

When I got home, my roommate told me of how some acquaintances of his had once peed in the dryers while drunk.

I did my laundry at my parents' house from then on.