March 28, 2003
lost: another pair of pants

this time, i am the one missing a pair of pants... my favourite jeans, to be more specific. dammit.

my apartment building has "free laundry". this consists of 2 washers and 1 dryer (the other one is broken and will never be fixed). every suite gets an allotted laundry slot (mine is currently saturday afternoons 3-6:30) and sunday is a free-for-all day which can get kind of crazy what with everyone trying to get their wet clothes into the dryer first.

i usually leave mine to dry on the drying lines and get them the next day or so. sometimes i totally forget and leave clothes there for weeks on end. well, maybe not weeks... just one week.

so anyways, back to my missing pants. last sunday, i went down to retrieve a pair of jeans i had accidentally left hanging for a whole week, but they weren't there. ok, since i trust most people not to steal clothes, i figured someone had accidentally picked them up or something. so i put up a polite sign about my missing jeans and that i would really like them back.

5 days later, no sign of my jeans.


the more i think about it, the less it seems likely that someone "accidentally" picked them up. when i went down to the laundry room, i noticed the spot on the drying line where i left my jeans last was empty. but right next to it, there were semi-wet articles of clothing. so it's probable that the thief stole my jeans on sunday afternoon, just before i started my laundry in the evening.

then monday night, i dreamt that i had set up a security camera at the front entrance and was watching to see if anyone was wearing my jeans. but that didn't seem to work so i started knocking on everyone's door to pinpoint likely suspects (girls who are my size) in hopes of catching the culprit wearing my beloved pants.

i might have to resort to plan c: leave another pair of jeans on the drying line as bait and stake out the laundry room.

Posted by erin at March 28, 2003 04:59 PM

or d: don't leave the jeans out for a whole week and expect them to still be there. ;P

Posted by: mike on March 28, 2003 05:04 PM

well, plan d won't help me get my jeans back, now will it.

Posted by: erin on March 28, 2003 05:48 PM

well, richie & I don't live that far away. I propose the bait & webcam idea, then richie and I come for a visit w/ baseball bats. :)

Posted by: drj on March 28, 2003 10:32 PM

I was thinking we could steal someone else's hanging to dry socks and use those to garrotte the jeans thief in a so-forcedly-ironic-it's-not-funny-anymore burst of laundry room fury.

Posted by: r. on March 29, 2003 09:47 AM

none of these proposed solutions have anything resembling subtlety... also, garroting someone with socks is _not_ as effect as you might think.

perhaps, we should design a pair of bait jeans that where a male-pheromone-triggered reaction dissolves said jeans, and _then_ ritchie and drj burst out to level some unironic laundry fury on the hapless victim-thief, who by this point should be embarrassed to death.

Posted by: michal on March 29, 2003 06:07 PM

Why don't you just forget your worries and buy a great pair of new jeans? You can't go wrong with Silver jeans they are so comfortable.

Posted by: erwin on May 20, 2003 11:37 PM
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