A couple of days ago I had this comment on the blog: "Another silly question ... if someone on Ocracoke doesn't have a washer and dryer, or it breaks, where do they do their laundry?"
Well, I know that some islanders have made arrangements with family, friends, or neighbors to use their laundry facilities. Of course, one can always string up a line to dry clothes. However, I don't know anyone who is willing to wash clothes by hand in a galvanized tub. Those days are long gone...though our grandchildren might need to relearn that skill.
A public Laundromat has been tried, but it was not successful -- too many salty bathing suits and beach towels, and lots of sand quickly ruined the machines.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter, Looking for the Wahabs of Ocracoke, was written by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082110.htm.