oregon does not lack water, but i have a very old well that taps into a spring. might even be hand dug, but we are not sure. anyway, the spring has sprung and a new well must be sunk.
had a front load washer and loved it. killed it. just didn't know how much the cost of them had gone up! to get the super large capacity i ended up buying one with crap on it that i'm pretty sure i'll never use....oh well.
on the + side of Christmas, my youngest is home from Japan for good now. :-D