It’s long been a staple of magazine columns to claim that (like the grocery store, Home Depot, strip club, etc. etc.) the Laundromat is a good place to meet potential dates. Well, what about it being THE date?
Bear with me.
Launromating certainly requires a date with a quirky side and good sense of humor. And it is much better off as a forth or fifth date. Recomend this as a first date and get ready to be laundering that jerk off towel next to the bed.
But if you and your special lady friend have a good rapport, the Laundromat is the perfect place to vocally tussle. In our experience this date starts off little awkward, but soon turns very fun and eventually there’s huge points for creativity.
Besides, there’s something about how a Laundromat is not really dirty but not really clean that makes it sexy. You just need the right planning…
This is Suicide Girl Sorrow. She wants to see your dirties. We recommend you don’t disappoint her.
Tip: To seem smart, explain how the word “Laundromat” is still technically a registered trademark of Westinghouse, which used it as a name for its washing machines. This is why The New York Times still capitalizes Laundromat.
Tip: Unless you both live in the same hood and know the Laundromat, it might be a good idea to do a little reconnaissance; while Yelp does a pretty good job of listing places, there’s really no way to tell how big a place is. You’ll want a bigger place where you can have a little privacy.
Tip: If you don’t live in the same hood, you do the traveling.
Tip: Bring a huge bag of quarters. Enough for her as well. It’ll be sweet.
Tip: Don’t take anything you don’t want seen. This includes “road rashed” underwear and those stripey date-rape shirts.
Tip: Bring a picnic (of sorts). Pre-prepare some easy-to-eat snacks like cheese and crackers and/or olives; you get the idea. And keeping with the theme of trademarked yet everyday words theme, put them in Tupperware or Ziplocs. Also, bring some boxed wine. Three Thieves makes great white and red wines and packs them in 250 ml Bandit Bullet “juice boxes” which are $2.50 (online). The liter boxes are about $10. We’ve found both for the same prices at local liquor stores. The four-pack would be perfect. Order a few online to have around for other activities.
When: Anytime. Though you may want to choose times that are off peak, like dinner and weekend evenings.
Where: Any Laundromat big enough to afford privacy that has seating. You’ll want seating.
Cost: With the quarters and the wine and snack maybe $30.
Food/Drink: If you happen to be doing your Laundro-date in the East Village or Alphabet City you might want to swing over to Drop Off Service at 211 Ave. A (b/w 13th and 14th). A Laundromat in its previous life, Drop Off Service is now a low-key pub specializing in good tap beers.
Rinse. Spin. Repeat.