Bubbling Up

Drain Suds

A sewer cap outside of a laundromat I was using was bubbling over.

This is what it normally looks like.

Drain No Suds

Just one example of a way that a business can affect the environment around it in unpredicted ways.

Has the laundromat owner ever noticed this behavior?

Are there any positive (or negative) affects on the business because of the suds bubbling up from the sewer?

Should something be done to prevent this? Should something be done to enhance this?

What if the bubbles actually floated up and around, drawing attention to the laundromat?

In a related mind-wander, why is it that cleaning actions have directions related to them?  Let me use a short fictional example to illustrate:

Hi! Thanks for coming over for dinner! Would you like to use the bathroom to wash up before we eat? How about a glass of milk to wash down those peanut butter cookies? Don’t worry about making a mess while you eat, we can clean up the table and then scrub down the floor.


  1. The last part reminds me of a Seinfeld stand-up routine…

    “‘Wait up!’ That’s what kids say. They don’t ‘wait’, they ‘wait UP!’ ‘Hey, wait up! Cause when you’re little, your life is up. The future is up. Everything is up. ‘Wait up! Hold up! Shut up! Mom, I’ll clean up! Let me stay up!’ Parents, of course, it’s just the opposite. Everything is down. ‘Just calm down. Slow down. Come down here. Sit down. Put that down.'”

  2. conalldempsey says:

    @ Laura B

    Welcome! Thanks for reading and commenting Laura! At least Seinfeld has a good theory about WHY these terms are used in that context. Any theories on the directional terms in the cleaning scenarios?

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