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Looking out my Backdoor: This is the way we wash our clothes

This is the way we wash our clothes, early Monday morning. Mid-cycle, my washing machine quit working. I mean quit. Dead in the water. I mean, dead, full of water and soggy clothes.

The machine gave up, quit, somewhere in rinse cycle. So I had to swish and wring the entire soggy mess out by hand and pin everything on the line, slightly drippy. I knew the clothing would dry quickly, afternoons hang out in the high 80s or lower 90s these days.

The day the machine quit, my go-to-for-help man, Leo, was visiting his 105-year-old auntie in San Antonio, a small town north of Guadalajara, on her birth...


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