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Your Time: The Laundry Club, Amherst

  • Nhan Rem of Amherst.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING<br/>
  • Nhan Rem of Amherst.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING<br/>
  • Kaylah St. Cyr and UMass senior Michael Messier, both of Amherst.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Lost sock.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • End of day.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • UMass junior Andy Youssef.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • UMass sophomore Alex Joseph.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • UMass graduate student Evan Ross, left, and senior Brian Gomola.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • UMass graduate student Courtney Gustafson.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • UMass graduate student Courtney Gustafson.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • UMass seniors Eric Brown, left, and Korey Rousseau. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Lost sock.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • UMass graduate student Evan Ross, left, and senior Brian Gomola.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Lost socks and lost time aside, laundry is one chore that will never be outsourced — and so it seems that laundromats are here to stay. Last weekend at one Amherst laundromat, the Laundry Club, people from many walks of life were biding their time, though the great majority were University of Massachusetts students who live off campus.

”It’s very peaceful,” said sophomore Alex Joseph as he used the solitary setting Sunday evening to catch up on homework. Daytime can be quite a bit busier, with a larger crowd waiting on the hum and whir of dozens of washers and dryers. Coffee, TV, wireless Internet and even a pool table can help relieve the boredom, but as musician Joe Walsh so wryly put it, “If you wear clothes, you gotta pay the dues.”

To suggest a subject for Your Time, email Suzanne Wilson at swilson@gazettenet.com.

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