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Monica Gonzalez feeds a washer while daughters Skye, 3, and Mariah, 8, start a game of Roman knuckles at the laundromat. Customers say they like the southeast Denverlaundry because it's clean, the washers and dryers are new, and it's open 24 hoursa day. Traffic jams of laundry carts, near-collisions around blind corners. A motorized toy car zooms underfoot, past the basket of lost clothes with its 14 stray socks, past the baby sleeping in a car seat, past the teenager in white shirt and tie using the Internet to research colleges. No ambient music but the drone of the wall-mounted TVs and constant clink of coins falling from bill-changers, like Vegas slot machines without the thrill. This, after all, is only the laundry. Two weeks of dirty laundry, to be exact, enough to fill two triple-loaders, one double-loader and one regular-loader. Sometimes, to break the monotony, they launch into a clothes fight.
Email address:. The large party of pants-less participants will meet up at 1 p. The ride will go one regardless of chilly or rainy weather, although right now participants are in for a pleasant, if not breezy, forecast with highs in the 70s. Once they make their way through 17 stops, the pants-less riders are expected to start arriving in waves at the Downtown Santa Monica station at p. Although, Gonzalez says sometimes other riders can get flustered when no one will explain why hundreds of people forgot their pants. The annual event started with just seven guys in New York City more than ten years ago, according to the comedy group Improv Everywhere. No matter how cold, every January the riders forget their pants, although they may don winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Thousands of people participate on the New York metro system.
This article was published more than 15 years ago. Some information may no longer be current. Monica Gonzalez had just pulled into the parking lot of a government building when a man ordered the slim, dark-haired law student out of her blue Mercedes-Benz. He held a gun to her cheek and pushed her into his van, where four more men were waiting. The men laughed. It wasn't just another "express kidnapping," which ends as soon as you have emptied out all of your bank accounts. It was a "high-impact abduction," executed with the precision of a military operation at 9 a. By a. She was, after all, the daughter of a well-connected former congressman. Crime has emerged as one of the key issues in the July 2 presidential election.