Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Folding And Loading

Most likely, every single one of you has seen this FIRST video. But I hadn't seen the others.

If for some reason you have not seen this technique, then you are in for a potentially life changing treat.

I am a follower. I got the idea for this post by going to Amanda's blog. Well, we all know that if we go to Amanda's blog, who else is going to be there, already having beaten the rest of us to the stalking punch?

Both Egan and Amanda seem to put a lot of thought into loading a dishwasher and doing laundry. Me? I just want the easy way out. I just want what any self-respecting bachelor wants. Not only that, but I want an easy way to fold a shirt and do the dishes.

How to load a dishwasher follows the folding tutorials:









ENGLISH VERSION (Female): (if you listen very carefully, you will hear the videographer actually say, "action" at the very beginning. Very cute.)











ENGLISH VERSION (Male):









ITALIAN VERSION: (questa versione รจ consacrata all'amanda ed a me)










Gjju Bhai: I have no idea what that means. Anybody? But this is International Shirt Folding Day, so....









SPANISH: (They try to figure it out by referring to the Japanese version)









And now, the master of them all-----BEN ZWEIG:








LOADING A DISH WASHER IN THREE PARTS:













24 Comments:

At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 5:28:00 AM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Fascinating. Rarified rituals and lost art forms of exotic cultures are so interesting! I'm just glad that here in the 21st century west molded plastic hangers are .19 a ton.

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 5:37:00 AM PST , Blogger ARM said...

"How to load a goddamn dishwasher." Classic. I think I say that every day. That guy in those videos is exactly like me - he takes everything out and starts over again. I love the last one where he demonstrates what happens when cups are loaded correctly. Too funny. I'm sharing with Husband.

In regards to the shirt folding. It's not that I don't know how to fold things - it's that I don't want to fold things. I'd rather just leave the clothes in the basket. However, after watching the videos, I have to admit that I want to try this. But the Italian way is much easier than the Japanese way, isn't it? It seems to get the same result without twisting your arms all up. Leave it to us Italianos...

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 8:32:00 AM PST , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

I am sure J would appreciate if I watched the dishwasher one, however I refuse. Some things are just "automatic" for a reason.

Love ya!
Have a super day...!

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 9:35:00 AM PST , Blogger bazza27 said...

Interesting that several of the folding shirt videos take over a minute and a half, how efficient is that! Seriously these people have too much time on their hands.

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 10:11:00 AM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

I'm with Bazza... Taking that long to fold a tshirt isn't efficient at all. I don't want to spend that much time on every single shirt I fold.

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 12:01:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Somewhere Joe: Originating in Japan, one is led to appreciate this as origmistic. I have tried to fold plastic hangars. My western mind will not bend to the impossibility. Ironic that this is a bow I cannot make.

Arm: Just as I thought---you are getting WAY too much out of this. We are siblings on the not wanting to do the folding. You leave yours in the bushel basket; I toss mine on the bed until forced to have to put them away before climbing in. No, not the dishwasher. Bed.

Blue TSG: Funny you should say that. Because I lived with a priest in Stockton for a short school term. Sort of an intern gig. Anyway, his dishwasher philosophy was yours magnified by ten: he believed you should be able to scrape the plates off and put them into the dishwasher. No rinsing. Just scraping. It worked. I also learned to eat sliced tomatoes with mayonaise from Harmon. Yes, I knew about artichokes. But had never devoured 'maters that way.

Bazzer (from my father's New York accent): That's why I hang everything on those plastic hangars I can't seem to fold.

Brookie: I know. It's enough to make a person give up on love. Or give up on folding at least. I want to hire that kid with the cardboard folding machine. Til then, it's nineteen cent per ton plastic hangars.

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 3:13:00 PM PST , Blogger Amy said...

I've been folding my shirts this way for some time. I highly recommend it.

I have another version of t-shirt folding on my blog. Here is the link to the site I found it on.

http://www.fold-your-shirt.com/

This website gives a better (and neater) demonstration than those YouTube videos. I find it really hard to believe that the woman who demonstrated how to fold a t-shirt on that mess of a bed really gives a damn about folding her shirts.

Also, that guy who loaded the dishwasher, his kitchen was a clutter disaster. I have a hard time believing he really cares how the dishes go in the dishwasher.

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 3:52:00 PM PST , Blogger ARM said...

Trust me Amy - even messy slobs have their little pet peeves. I am a clutter disaster myself, but damned if I don't care that my dishwasher is loaded correctly. Maybe it's our one little piece of control in our otherwise chaotic mess. :)

Oh, and G-po, if I weren't married & lived alone, I'm sure the clothes would be in a pile on my bed instead of the laundry basket.

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:27:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Amy: So funny! Leave it to you to notice the mess of a bed. Did you get an approximate thread count on the sheets, by any chance? And I have to side with ARM on what she says. I am OCD about certain rituals, yet I have papers in little stacks all over the house that piss off the house cleaning lady to no end. She is reforming me. Yes, I broke down and goe me a hired gun. Love her. Worth her weight in dirt.

Arm: You go, girl! Wink and a nod on why you can't just toss the heaps on the bed until forced to fold. I currently have that luxury.

 
At Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 8:13:00 PM PST , Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Far too much work to put into folding damn t-shirt.

 
At Friday, March 2, 2007 at 7:28:00 AM PST , Blogger Ps said...

Watched the first three really carefully--still couldnt believe it.(okay I had the kids and their friends peeping over my shoulder and tugging at my sleeves as I watched)
I've decided that I'd hire any one of these as my t-shirt folder..Postion open.Wanted T-shirt folder, Japanese way.(will accept any other way too as long it's done well)

 
At Friday, March 2, 2007 at 9:21:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Ps: I couldn't do it. I tried. That's what hangars are for, I guess. But for travel, this would be a good skill to aquire. I am still loving how Atul answered my question about whether they have rain where he lives. He reports that his mother told him rain has little to do with dogs in the sky shaking themselves off. Smart kid.

 
At Friday, March 2, 2007 at 10:24:00 AM PST , Anonymous Jackie said...

OMG - don't these people have anything better to do? lol Dishwashers are so good today, you can throw things in any-which-way. And shirts belong on hangers in my world.

P.S. Just remembered something...I was married for 18 months once, to someone who made "Sleeping with the enemy" look tame. When friends came to our house for dinner one night, he got on a rant and had two kids and me standing in the kitchen while he informed us of the proper way to load a dishwasher. Could be why I don't have one today!

 
At Friday, March 2, 2007 at 10:34:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Jackie: I'm just surprised that the folding didn't look more like oragami. You know, shaped like little animals that you set around the house until you need to wear it? Ha! The Japanese are so inventive. I love it.

What a horror story with the rageaholic trying to shove dishwasher loading down all your throats. How ironic it took place over something that was supposed to help establish order, not chaos.

 
At Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 11:34:00 AM PST , Blogger snavy said...

I thought last Thursday was International Shirt Folding Day??

I couldn't see the dishwasher thing. You'll have to come over and show me.

 
At Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 2:55:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Snavy: Every time I try to do something different in Blogger (yeah, I know, I know!!!!) something disappears or doesn't work. Now some of my You Tubes have vanished from this post. And I didn't even DO anything with this post! (Yeah, I know, I KNOW!!!)

Nice try on the dishwasher invitation, Snav! Those are still here. But I haven't checked to see if they are working. You are on your own. Go ask Egan or Amanda, the ex-spurts.

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 11:50:00 AM PST , Blogger Paul said...

I just fold my t-shirts over/around an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardboard. That way they end up the same size. Am I anal, or what?

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 10:26:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Paul: What?! You actually DO use a folding technique?

Yes. You ARE. I love that.

 
At Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 9:53:00 AM PST , Blogger Paul said...

And, of course, everything is sorted by color.

 
At Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 1:26:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Paul: I am learning not to be surprised. I am not a Freat Neek.

 
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