"So," I imagine people might ask me, "Why the Goth House obession with dishes?"
It began in the second episode of the comic, "This is Goth House," which explained some of the major peculiarities of life in the house. This included the rotting linoleum and the neverending piles of dirty dishes in the kitchen -- in a house full of people who denied even using the kitchen for anything other than getting beer out of the fridge and occasionally making coffee. This was true of both the real-life and the fictional house.
The dishes problem seems a constant among any household of more than one person (when it's just one person, you KNOW all the dishes are yours -- and consequently, take to eating off paper plates, or, straight out of the packaging). Everyone is sure they wash their rightful share, and yet, somehow, the kitchen is always full of dirty dishes.
As an adult, I have never lived in a house with a dishwasher. When I was a kid we always had one. This makes me feel particularly aggrieved to have to do the dishes -- like the youngest son of a noble family fallen on hard times, I was never trained for it, and anyway, shouldn't there be servants to do that sort of thing?
Then again, even people who live in houses with dishwashers complain about "doing" the dishes, by which they mean things like collecting, filling, pushing a button and emptying.
I guess there's just something about washing dishes that makes everyone long for a robot maid.