Entering the laundromat zone

About the Author
Stephen Bailiff is a 35-year-old truck driver and independent sales representative for EnviroMax, a diesel fuel additive. He lives in Gastonia, N.C., and his hobbies are writing, reading and lifting weights.

As a mover, I had spent the last two weeks happily shifting tons of furniture and bumping along in an ancient semi that felt every line painted on the highway. Six families had been eased into new homes in five different states. The weekend had finally arrived!

Leisurely finishing my breakfast, I contemplated the day’s activities: some relaxing reading or a rewarding weight-lifting session; maybe just combing one of Tampa’s beaches. Several pursuits, all of them enjoyable, were carefully considered. My employers, an owner-operator and his wife, interrupted my thoughts with a less exotic suggestion