Last Sunday, we took my son Josh, over to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA to begin his first year of college there. What a place! After spending the day there for Parents Orientation, we are all convinced this is the right place for Josh to study. Josh is in his element amidst a highly studious and intelligent group of students, and institution that highly values learning, hard work, and passion. That boy will soar in such an environment. I am so excited for him, and a little envious of what his future holds.

Today we were talking on the cell phone when he mentioned that he had to get off because his laundry was done. Soon after, I received the following email:

Why does the washer email you when it’s done? Why do you get an email when a package arrives? Because we’re CMU.

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Cycle Complete
Date: 24 Aug 2007 10:46:02 -0400
From: Administrator


Your laundry is finished. Please pick up your laundry from Washer 3 in XXXXX House Laundry Room.

Thank you!


And what’s even more amazing is that my son is doing his laundry a mere five days after his arrival on campus.


3 responses to “Suds

  1. The email thing is amazing. Can I get a washer like that? The boy doing laundry so soon is beyond amazing. I wonder if mine will do laundry at college? I envision him coming home at Christmas with suitcases that can be smelled a mile before he gets here.

  2. Well, there’s more, Paula. They don’t use quarters, they use their student ID. No charge. And the washer or dryer locks so that only their ID will let them get their clothes out.

  3. Hearty congratulations on a successful launch!! CMU is a fabulous school with a great national reputation. I hope you’re not missing him *too* much. *sigh*

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