“But I don’t have the money to pay for the dryer

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Every once in a while, one of those annoying Internet quizzes darkens my Facebook feed: Can you identify this thing? Why, yes, of course. I can tell you without even looking: It’s a clothespin.

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On Thursday, canada goose coats on sale Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that gives Californians the right to hang their laundry on clothelines. On Jan. 1, California will become, yes, a “right to dry” state. She wanted to introduce me to a couple of women who are the kind of people she’s trying to help with this law.

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Both of them live in Villa del Sol, an apartment complex across the street from Sun Valley High School.

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To save money, she often washes clothes by hand, then dries canada goose black friday sale them on a planter trellis just outside her front door. Her apartment manager has asked her to stop. The clothes, he has said, look ugly.

“If it really bothers them for me to put my clothes out canada goose outlet store new york here,” said Mejia, “give me quarters, or give me a clothesline.”

Canada Goose online Across the way, her neighbor Dinora Cienfuegos, 51, hangs her wet laundry on a porch railing. The blazing afternoon sun hits it squarely, drying even towels in less than canada goose outlet england two hours. Twice in the last couple of months, a security guard in the complex snatched her laundry off the rail and tossed canada goose factory outlet uk it in the garbage. Canada Goose online

Four years of drought have forced most Californians to shoulder some inconvenience. Homeowners have had to watch their lawns go brown, city halls have turned off their ornamental fountains and hotels have had to implore their guests to use their towels twice.

But in the small city of Fort Bragg,.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to canada goose outlet new york city see anything, take it off!'” she said. “But I don’t have the money to pay for the dryer.” After he left, she said, she fetched her things out of the trash.

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Canada Goose Jackets Until last week, I had no idea that clotheslines were controversial. In fact, when I first read about the Lopez bill, I thought it was kind of crazy. Canada Goose Jackets

“It is crazy when you are not living in this type of community,” said Lopez, standing next to Mejia’s planter/clothes rack. Decades ago, in her Fresno garage, my grandmother kept a contraption that was endlessly fascinating to me; a clothes wringer. She’d feed her newly washed clothes, towels and linens into the thing, and they’d emerge stiff and wet on the other side, ready for hanging on the laundry line in her back yard.

In a cotton bag that hung from the line, she kept her old fashioned clothespins, the kind I presume that Amy March, the twit sister from “Little Women,” stuck on her nose to improve her profile. They’re probably collectors’ items now.

canada goose coats on sale While reading up on clothesline controversies, I came across a 2012 documentary, “Drying for Freedom,” a surprising look at the history of clothesline suppression, particularly in neighborhoods governed by homeowner associations. canada goose coats on sale

“I honestly believe that the Germans wouldn’t stand for this kind of dictatorship,” said a German man who moved from his HOA governed neighborhood in disgust over its anti clothesline policy.

Canada Goose Online The filmmaker, Steven Lake, suggests that the bias against clotheslines is the result of a corporate conspiracy aimed at canada goose outlet helping companies like General Electric sell dryers and increase the overall need for electricity. Canada Goose Online

(The documentary is worth watching just for the footage of GE pitchman Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, touting their all electric home. They urge consumers to “live better electrically.”)

Somehow on our way to an electric future, the clothesline, and its flapping unmentionables, became a sign of blight. Real estate agents claimed, with no empirical evidence, that visible clotheslines could lower property values up to 15%.