Asian clotheslines suck !

Man there are some funny things Vietnamese people have failed to invent. Like … clotheslines.

In Australia, if you live in a townhouse… you have a small, retractable clothesline. It’s made of a couple of bits of cheap metal with about 6 or 8 pieces of steel cord wrapped in some sort of cheap artificial rubber strung between them. It normally folds up against the wall so as to not take up any space when not in use.

This is such a simple invention, and with Vietnamese labour and materials costs, would cost so little to make they could sell them for $3 easily and make a profit. Especially if they made them really cheaply so that people needed to buy a new one every six months (of course they wouldn’t, they’d just repair the old one with string or wood and glue).

But they don’t have this. They haven’t invented the clothesline here. So instead of taking up a tiny bit of space on the corner of their massive balcony with a fold-up clothes line, they run like 4 pieces of string in some crazy drugged-up spidersweb pattern across the balcony, right across the outdoor table, thereby taking up and wasting all the space on the entire balcony so that you cannot sit outside because there’s clothes all over the balcony.

I realised this last night when my new wife was washing her own clothes in a bucket, because she insists that its cheaper that way, at which point I warned her that if she wasted her precious time after work washing her clothes in a bucket, I would throw out all her clothes so that she only had two pairs and she would have to wash them every day. I don’t know why I considered that reverse psychology, but after that she put her laundry in with mine so it worked. But after washing them I was watching her hanging them up and somehow managing to take like 5 shirts and couple of pair of jeans and whatever and obscure the entire skyline in a 120 degree radius.

I thought “why the fuck isn’t there like a $3 fold-up clothesline attached to the wall so that they can dry their clothes without taking up 300 square meters of space ?

I bet I could buy one for the apartment from overseas and bring it here and show them how it works and they’d be like “awesome, thanks”. Then I’d come out onto the balcony the next day and find that the clothes are still hanging up all over the balcony on string just at the right height to strangle you if you run into it during the night, but that against the wall is 5 dozen fresh squid drying on the new clothesline.

Not that I’m saying that Vietnamese people don’t like change or anything.

Why is this such a foreign concept for Vietnamese people ? I’ve seen them in use by lots of people for commercial purposes, but noone seems to have realised this design makes a great clothesline.

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