The washers and dryers in my apartment building in Denver are exactly the same as the ones in my apartment in New York.
This gives me a feeling of satisfaction like two pieces of Lego clicking together.
People want to know what it’s like to travel around, see different cities, live different lives. It sounds like a grand adventure. What does each city offer that challenges you? What blows your mind?
The reality of doing this is more straightforward and more complicated. What challenges me, what blows my mind—that’s all in the details. A different city, a different apartment, that means a different system. A variation on an underlying pattern. Everywhere I go.
Where do I put my keys? How is my kitchen organized? My socks, where are they? Groceries, how do I get them? Dry cleaning, who does it? Pedicure and dinner and haircut and laundry and all the little details of life—no longer taken for granted, each one carefully considered. A choice.
One of the greatest gifts I’ve been given on this trip is to appreciate how flexible I am, how quickly I can adapt to a new template. And to recognize that sometimes, something just clicks, a snapping sound when a comfortable notch fits into a well-worn groove.
It will be a pleasure to collect my laundry, because I know how it works.