Some rules are just plain stupid. I’ve read recently about some condo association rules in Edmonton that the forbid the use of clothes lines. I read about this in a newspaper column devoted to venting. I have only this complaint to go on, not the original rule as written. All the more reason to go off half-cocked, I say. The concern is aesthetic. Laundry is ugly. It’s unseemly to hang one’s wash out as citizens will see it. Condos have all manner of rules. I presume the bulk of the rules are grounded in logic and reason. Except for the no clothes line rule. That’s just stupid. Why? Because hanging the laundry out is good for the environment. It saves energy. The sun is Nature’s automatic dryer. It kills germs or bacteria or something so it’s good and healthy. I’d check and find out, but I’m lazy. And it smells great. No dryer sheet can match fresh air. We’ve been hanging our laundry on a clothes tree off the deck since we moved into the house 13 years ago. Not only do we not own a dryer, during some renovations years ago I had the plug for it removed. In winter we commonly hang them on a laundry line downstairs, but if the weather is dry and not too cold I’ll put them outside. Dryers are convenient. They’re easy. Clothes fresh from the dryer are warm and snuggly. They waste energy and are an expense, but apparently this doesn’t matter. Looks are more important to the condo associations than silly health and environmental concerns.