People at Pacific Gardens like to share, it is true. And that's a good thing. But sometimes it can get very confusing.
Take for example, our musical tea kettles. No, I don't mean that they sing, or anything like that.
It's just that they have been moving around like people in a game of musical chairs.
It all started when Roz moved out of Mia's place to an upstairs apartment (we also have games of musical tenants).
She'd been using Mia's tea kettle when she lived downstairs, but now that she was in a new place, she didn't have one.
No worries, I said. We have two tea kettles in our dining hall's kitchen; one big one and one small one. Roz could take the small one.
I can't do that, said Roz, horrified. People use those tea kettles all the time - how could she deprive community members of their use of even one tea kettle!
So Mia let Roz use her tea kettle until she could buy her a new one - actually, a used one from a thrift store, as is Mia's wont.
But that meant Mia wouldn't have a tea kettle of her own to make those all-important cuppas.
So I lent her my stylish stainless steel tea kettle. But that meant I didn't have one.
In an act of wanton self-interest, I went into the kitchen and took the little tea kettle for myself, community members be damned!
And that's where the game of musical tea kettles now sits. Roz has Mia's; Mia has mine; and I have the one belonging to the community.
It should get sorted out soon.