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  • The power had been out for about a day, but there was electricity at The Laundry Basket. I decided to do a load of wash there.

    I washed the clothes and was trying to get them dry in a feeble dryer. I'd just put in my last two quarters when a man came over to me. He had been talking and laughing with a group at the other end of the laundromat.

    "That dryer is not good," he said in a heavy accent.

    Oh. I told him that I'd just put in my last quarters, so I'd wait and see how things turned out.

    No, no, no, he shook his head. He went to a dryer he preferred and put in his own quarters. He cleaned the lint trap and waited for me to move my damp laundry to that machine.

    So, I did and he went back to his friends.

    And he was right - it worked. My clothes came out dry, but even better I received such a warming experience of kindness from a stranger.
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