even laundry can be fun if you know how to behave.

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we finished our work tasks at a nice and early hour yesterday and realized we had a TON of laundry to do.

*horrors*!

(that wasn’t just for laundry – although we will admit that in Manhattan, we dropped it off every friday morning, super early before heading to the office, and picked it up when we got the saturday edition of the Financial Times, Times Have Changed – we do our own Laundry now).

back to *horrors*!

because the (small but perfectly sweet with a view of the front plantings and fragrant they are too) Laundry Room at teamgloria (apartment) towers – was CLOSED (new floor being put in, which is very nice, but rendered the room Unavailable).

we *thought* for a moment about dropping off the two (rather large) bags for a Service Wash and then we reconsidered (we have time, and we are being Prudent with cash) – popped the bags in the perfectly Prius and drove to the nearby Laundromat/Launderette.

It was an engaging experience.

Because ANYTHING can be so if one has an eye for Adventure and a nose for a Hollywood reference or two and just takes a look around to sink into the Atmosphere.

so. we. did.

at first glance it was not a Great deal like the Levi’s 501 advertisement (if you can’t see this transmission in your territory ask your mr.local.google for “Levi’s 50s nick kamen”, you’re welcome)

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but then it WAS (the actors woke up and came to do their Laundry before heading out to the gym and, hopefully, an audition).

we took a look around (the wash cycle is 29 minutes and the drying cycle 30 so we had some time to Observe our surroundings).

there was a Spanish soap opera – telenovelas – playing – and then we switched to a ladies-in-a-row-at-a-roundish-table talking about Matters of the Day (movie stars, something clever with a fillet of fish and a beauty treatment), a 3D bas relief mural on the back wall, several vending machines (for washing powder – but we bought our own – and snacks – again, we brought a small picnic), outdoor tables (this is california, despite being March), a gossipy attendant (we chatted for a while, because she put up a postcard for the book a while ago and remembered us) and Lots of People Watching.

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we did feel a little Doris while folding the clothes (always nice).

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while also remembering our (mis-spent but useful for material) Youth watching ground-breaking films like this one. 

we always keep an eye on the Machines because there was that One episode back in – when? 1980-something? when Cindy Beale put her washing in the Albert Square launderette and it Got Stolen (this would be SO awful – not the programme – we quite liked it – strangely enough – and its Still Running!).

EastEnders-bartenders-Cindy-19finally – after all the People watching (and writing in our moleskine and enjoying the small picnic outside on the white cast iron tables not bolted down but you’d be hard pressed to nick them) – the laundry was done and folded and another engaging experience was made Better by a good Attitude.
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Thankful that the laundry room is now Open in teamgloria (apartment) towers, we may not have to see the Laundromat again for a while – but we are open to (many) new experiences. Or even re-inventing old ones.

*moving_swiftly_on*

so we went to the Movies.

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where we saw…….

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what’s that?

what did we Think of it.

*far_off_look_to_camera*

well.

let’s see.

it was perfect for a friday after doing laundry.

more?

ok.

it was sensuous and full of longing but little meaning apart from why do we meet the people we do and what happens if we follow them up to hotel rooms (probably best not attempted outside Paris) and tell them Secrets that we cannot tell the people in our real life – whatever real life is – does it exist?

even the middle bit – where they hold hands and see amusing street musicians and feel close-in-a-crowd (we are not ruining the plot for you – it’s a Film/e Francais/e – being a bit Violette LeDuc there et pourquoi pas?) and have Big Questions about their Lives and France (the two are Always intertwined), trains (might) be Missed or Caught and regretted, or not.

yes, it’s a French movie.

and that’s why it’s perfect for a Friday after doing Laundry.

just so you know.

what have you seen recently?

links-to-trailers-please!

*looks_out_the_window*

oh, glorious.

hello, saturday.

 

and all our clothes are freshly washed.

delicious.

dreaming of a double espresso at bar italia (because we’re getting the surgery date tomorrow).

wanted to do a cute headline but settling for the truth instead. finding out tomorrow when the surgery will be. am going to do that excellent self-care notion and not argue with the medical establishment (a first) but am traveling/travelling for work (then pleasure) most of the summer and am desperate not to be stuck with my neck in agony avoiding opiate pain-killers until at least the end of august. as you can imagine…..

so – in the spirit of avoiding reality and dreaming of another location – we would rather be here!

team gloria whiled away many a splendid morning-afternoon-evening at bar italia (from the late 1980s+) because it was where you could see (and studiously ignore in a deeply cool london-way) the beautiful people (see below, helpfully annotated by us with links to nick kamen’s 501 commercial and ray petri for those who want to know more like the fabulous H near the beach in santa monica).

quelle memories!: rushing through the rain-soaked streets of soho, via old compton street, down wardour street, to the 24 hour professional photography joint joe’s basement (sigh – another RIP – just found out it closed…) to drop off rolls of film (yes children, history lesson) from our first (and last now we come to think of it) gig as a photographer on a pop video shoot (heady days).

here’s a little cultural commentary from bar italia’s site

 

This is where the cafe culture of the 80’s began. Soho went through a huge renaissance in the 80s and music played an enormous part. Ray Petri of the Buffalo organisation, along with people such as Nick and Barry Kamen, all used to use Bar Italia as their office.

Ray Petri actually used to have his castings in the Bar.

Adam Ant did his record cover Vive Le Rock at Bar Italia. A great guy.

Nino was actually in the video for Sade’s Smooth operator video along with Antonio.

…………………more here