watched this year on Amazon or Netflix.
I’ve also lost track of how much money
I’ve spent on disposable Swi;er cleaning
products—dusters, expandable duster
wands, floor wipes. Whizzing around
my house waving the duster hardly
feels like work, and sometimes I think
it’s hardly working. It occurred to me
recently that I couldn’t remember the
last time I’d gotten down on my hands
and knees and used a scrub brush and
bucket to scour the natural stone tiles of
my master bathroom floor. So I did it. I
spent three hours scrubbing every inch
of the bathroom floor, walls and shower.
;e bathroom looked great. ;e experience was dreadful. I’m not giving up my
Swi;er floor wipes ever.
Seema Takiya, Katsnelson’s childhood
friend, says she realized how lazy the cul-
ture has become when scooters, owned
by a company named Bird, arrived in the
District early this year. People just grab
a scooter, pay Bird through a phone app,
then drop o; the scooter wherever they
want. “;at is such a perfect business
model,” Takiya, a defense contractor,
says gleefully. “People are too lazy to
walk now. I told my sister we need to
come up with a business model based
on people’s laziness.”
On Amazon Prime Day this year,
Takiya purchased a Roomba robot
vacuum cleaner. At first, she was leery
of the contraption. She’d turn it on, then
follow it around to make sure it didn’t
pull down her curtains or yank out
cable cords. She still won’t turn on her
Roomba and leave it home alone clean-
ing. ;at would be creepy.
“You don’t trust your Roomba,”
Katsnelson teases her.
“No,” Takiya says, laughing. But she
wouldn’t dream of giving it up. “I can
turn it on and it cleans while I’m taking
a shower,” she says. ;at gives her more
time to do fun things, like walking around
downtown Bethesda with her friend
while drinking a $3 cup of co;ee. n
April Witt is a former Washington Post
writer who lives in Bethesda.
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