What do you borrow from your neighbor? An egg to complete a recipe? Some other common kitchen item?
Today, I knocked on my neighbor's door and asked to borrow her vacuum cleaner, a somewhat startling request, since I own two of my own. "The Princess," my utility canister vac had worked all day, sucking dog hair off furniture, spider webs out of corners, and dust off or hard to reach places. We had used the crevice tool, the furniture brush, the small head (with and without the brush attachment), and had already stored her away for next time. I switched to the "go to" vacuum in the house (who is in the platinum "frequent sucker" club, because we are dog owners who live in the country). I plugged it in the usual outlet I start with, then changed plans, deciding to start in Davis's room and work my way forward. I now know the true meaning of pull the plug--especially considering that when I pulled it, only one prong came out rendering it absolutely and completely unusable. . . at least today.
I thought to myself, that is why I own two great vacuums. I pulled "The Princess" out and got busy. After a room and a fifth (20% of the room, not a measure of liquor), the beater bar on "The Princess" gave out. Dang.
Why should this bother me? We have a guest coming tomorrow. It's a friend of Davis's. I want things to look good, so I knocked on my neighbor's door at dinnertime and asked if she would let her vacuum come play at my house until lunchtime tomorrow. Blessedly, I was able to arrange a playdate.
What's the strangest thing you've ever borrowed? Please don't tell me it was a chicken.