Throwback Thursday: I Have a Quickie Lickie Card!

I sometimes think of Lois from the Quickie Lickie.

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What is a Quickie Lickie exactly? I asked myself the same thing and I say to all of you, “Get your mind out of the gutter!” Although I admit that was my first thought but that could just be me. Anyhow, the Quickie Lickie is the name of the major laundromat on the island. They have 5 or 6 Quickie Lickies on the island. I went to one yesterday because I wanted to wash all our ski clothes for our upcoming Banff trip. Since we are short on water, I thought it would be a good idea to go to the local laundromat. Also, it would save me on my Belco Bill. So there I was yesterday, entering the Quickie Lickie ( I just like saying it, sounds funny don’t you think?), with my 2 bags of hockey equipment on wheels full to the max. There were two black Bermudian women, a black Bermudian man  and an Indian man doing their laundry. They just stared at me. Probably thinking, here comes the Ex-pat who ran out of water. I didn’t care, I turned around and there were 6 washing machines left unoccupied, all in a row. I had a Omer Simpson moment. OUAHH!!!! I took all six of them and quickly filled them with hats, scarves, mitts, ski pants, ski jackets, ski sweaters, and socks. The look I got on that nice sunny, humid day was priceless. I then added the soap and the fabric softener and closed all six machines. I had brought with me lots of change but was not ready for the next step. It would seem that the owner of the Quickie Lickie made his establishment coin less last year. You need to buy a card for $3, then put the card in the machine with more money to add to the card, hence getting a Quickie Lickie debit card that you then put in the machine and it takes $5.50 for a wash and $0.50 for 8 minutes of drying. Most load use 35 minutes of drying time so roughly $3.50 for drying a load.  Coming back to me closing the lid on the machine and trying to figure out how to pay for the maytag to start. I had a blond moment and tried to put my ATM card in the maytag. It read, WRONG CARD – ERROR. One of the Bermudian ladies, Lois, noticed my frown. She told me I needed to get a card and pointed at the ATM like machine in the wall. I could only use $5.00 bills. Of course. So I begged other people to get $5.00 bills, everyone was out. I went to buy a paper and a water at the Marketplace and asked the cashier to give me $5.00 bills in change. She looked at me funny but complied. I returned, popped in twelve $5 bills in the Quickie Lickie ATM and got a card with a credit of $57.00. I started all my washing machines and proceeded to wait for 26 minutes while watching GMA on the TV. I was standing there, minding my own business, when Lois who helped me with the card started to chat me up. Turns out Lois recently retired from working for the government. She got bored at home always cleaning the house. She lives close by and decided to start this little business of washing other people’s clothes while they’re at work. $25 for the first load, $10 for the second and $5 for all subsequent loads. That includes the detergent, the softener and the $5.50 and $3.50 drying charge. Not bad I thought. She says she has fun all day. She watches GMA, listens to her portable radio and talks to people like me who are dumb when it comes to laundromats.  Part time lover from Stevie Wonder came on the radio and she started to sing and dance. If you can’t beat them, join them, so I started to dance with Lois. I would like to point out that at this moment only Lois and I remained in the Quickie Lickie. Anyways, in about 1 hour and 15 minutes I had six loads of laundry washed, dried and folded. I got a business flier from Lois for Peter this summer. I figure he can bring her his laundry on the way to work and pick it up on the way home while I’m gone this summer. She’s really nice, she deserves our business. I still have about $15 on my quickie lickie card. I did not need 35 minutes of drying time on all the loads. Now that I am a card holder, I might go back next week, pay Lois a visit and do a load…

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