Dead birds, sheets & towels

We’re having a scaled-down Day of the Dead this year due to the Kung Flu hysteria. Normally, there’s a massive artisan market installed all around our big, downtown plaza, but not this go-around. Instead of the market, they installed this decoration, which is cordoned off, appropriately, with crime-scene tape.

To stand where those people are, you enter from the right, way over there, after having your temperature checked and a glob of anti-bacterial gel dumped on your hands, no matter that the virus is not bacteria. This year, all good sense has sailed out the window.

I took the photo yesterday.

This morning, I trimmed some bushes, raked up some crap, found a dead bird, tossed him into the trash, and picked up rotting, mystery fruit that falls from the neighbors’ tree that they have growing directly against my property wall. Yes, my wall, not theirs.

Later, I ascended to my roof via the circular stairway atop the dining room to check on something to do with the defective solar water heater and, while up there, I noticed the sex motel next door was drying sheets, towels and blankets. Directly on the floor.

I’ve noticed this many times over the years, but I’ve never photographed it. The sex motel has two or three giant washers in a room that sits on the backside of the roof, but what it lacks is even one dryer or a clothesline, which I guess would look low-brow.

So, flat on the roof they go. Nobody knows but me.

Yep, right on the roof. Towels, sheets, blankets, whatever needs to dry.

13 thoughts on “Dead birds, sheets & towels

  1. Well, they do have the marigolds on the display. At least, that is something. They were still delivering flowers this morning to the graveyard. I had some garden cleanup and watering, then some friends came over and discussed current events, elections and Kung Flu.

    Interesting way to dry sheets. I haven’t seen that before. Must take a while to dry.

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  2. Well, they could put up a clothesline. But in some areas, that would be illegal. A lot of places, laundry is dried on the grass.

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    1. Señor Gill: About any drying method would be better than what they’re doing. As for its being illegal to put up a clothesline, you forget where I live. There are clotheslines all over the place.

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  3. I wonder how the motel dries sheets, towels, etc. during the rainy season or do they even bother? Yuck.

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  4. As a teenager, one of the funniest lines in Emily Post’s Etiquette (and there were plenty of contenders) was, “When removing sheets from the dryer, do not let them touch the floor.” In our household, they usually sat on top of the dryer for a couple days providing comfy napping spots for the devilish cats that plagued our household.

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    1. Señor Cotton: I often tell my child bride to let me know when she takes the king sheets from the washer, so I can help her hang them on the line. They are very difficult to manage alone without touching the ground. She insists she does it alone just fine, that they never touch the ground. What actually happens, of course, is that she does not notice them sweeping the floor. But they do, I am sure.

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  5. Feliz Dias de Muertos. Over here they have locked up cemeteries so that families cannot enter and celebrate D of the D. Probably a first, and it seems a bit cruel. I sure hope those dead people are social distancing. (face/palm)

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    1. Brent: We live in a world gone mad. I’ve noticed lots of folks in our neighborhood doing the flowers and decorations they normally do before heading to the cemetery. However, we did not pass by the cemetery today, so I don’t know what’s going on there, or not.

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    1. Kirk: I have not visited our neighborhood cemetery, so I don’t know what’s happened there. But I took a walk around the nearby plaza this morning, and all looks perfectly normal, like any other Monday.

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