When we toured Temple University, the school that Thing 1 now attends, among the many scholarly and lifestyle features that the student-guide highlighted to us was E-Suds - Esuds.net.
According to the website, e-suds is a online program that helps students to manage the following very difficult, time-consuming and mentally exhausting tasks :
- check if washers and dryers are available in specific laundry rooms.
- Receive notification that their wash and dry cycles are complete via email, cell phone or PDA.
Thing 1 completed his first week of school - and apparently his first load of laundry. I asked him about his experience doing laundry, and how he managed the onerous tasks of gauging when the machines were free and when his laundry was done.
He replied, "I walked over to the laundry room and took a look."