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Drying Day

This is what happens when you get some nice sunny weather after a week of rainy humid weather.

If you try to dry your clothes on a rainy day they take too long to dry, and could end up smelling a bit funky. So on a nice day, out they come.  It's worth bringing up that almost nobody in China has a clothes dryer. Dryers are high energy users, and they are an expensive purchase besides. In America, almost everyone has one, or uses one at a laundromat. I've found that life without a dryer is ...completely normal and unremarkable. The American view of the dryer is that it is a need and not a want; the majority of people in modern society don't question this assumption. But actually I've come to think it's an unnecessary want.

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  1. Hi,Ben I am Yuki. You teach me level 3 English in Kecun. Is there a part of South Chian Normal University? Between clothes dryer and sunshine, I prefer Sunshine. Because it is safe,saving,nature, the most importan thing is low carbon life, ha ha.

  2. Hi, Yuki. Thanks for leaving a comment. Yes, I took this photo at South China Normal University.

  3. I was wondring if you could tell us where the place in your photo is . I am just curiouse
    and I guess that the building in the top left corner of the photo is 颐高 digital plaza in 岗顶…

  4. Blues, the photo I took is of the Western #4 dormitory at South China Normal University. I think it’s a girls dorm. The building in the background is the Xinyuan Building (信源大厦) near South China Normal subway station.
    Actually, I took the photo about 2 months ago while there were still many students on campus.

  5. Hi Ben, Ha ha,your photo is interesting.Let me guess again. Is there near a school canteen and near South China Normal University the west entry? I found a mistake in my first comment that is the word “nature”,I think “natural” is correct.

  6. Good job ,Yuki.
    Hi, Ben , here is a question , are rooms of #4 dormitory empty now?
    and I think that the dormitory in this university likes an old man,He watched and experienced a lot of students move in and move out for starting their new life after they graduated from universities.
    How time flies! jsut 2 months passed away , #4 dormitory’s hosts had already changed and “the old man” is going to meet some new friends .

  7. Yuki, yes you’re right, it’s near the West entry. And I think you’re also right about the grammar point, better to use natural in your comment.

  8. Blues, actually I’m not sure if the dorms are empty now. It seems there are many summer students on the campus now.
    I like your metaphor of the building as an old man. Those dorms are certainly old. Wherever I live, I like to imagine all the people who have lived in that building. The older the building, the more interesting the history that you can imagine.

  9. I can tell you the story about this kind of building. Actually,the condition is very hard.8 people live in a room that is about 20 square meter.there are no washroom and bathroom in the room. Only one public washroom and bathroom are in every floor. But the cost was inexpensive,800RMB one year, When I was a university student.

  10. I agree. I think it is difficult for many Americans and other affluent westerners to see that a dryer is an unnecessary want. Like me, they grew up with a dryer and learned from a very early age that this is the way to dry clothing. It is “efficient” time-wise, and that is all that matters. There are so many simple things like this that are easy to change on an individual basis, but difficult to change on a societal level. Show me a petition and I’ll sign it, write a blog post about it and I’ll comment passionately in agreement….

  11. You’re right. Just suggesting going without a dryer would seem like a strange idea to a lot of the developed west. Here, many people are buying air cons, refrigerators, and cars for the first time ever, because the standard of living is rising fast. That’s why China is having a hard time reducing energy use, as the NYT recently reported. But the good news is that China doesn’t even want dryers.

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