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I just spent the last half hour cleaning out our Cafe. It’s been needed for a long time, but like with all projects it took a force of nature to make me find the time to do it. Force of nature you ask? Well, first some mathematical physics: [((1 leaky faucet + gravity) + (1 copier + 2 storage cabinets))/(1 stud wall + 1 kitchen cabinet)]*2 weeks = 2 rooms of soaked cabinets and carpet. The force of nature I’m referring to is not the faulty faucet, or gravity, but rather the energy I expended in NOT losing my cool with our Chief Facilities Operator when I discovered that all this could’ve been avoided if the leaky faucet had been fixed when it first began leaking (yes, 2 weeks ago). So, we’ve spent the last 2 days with our storage cabinets emptied across the Media Room, the copier hanging by a cord on the other side of the main entranceway, and the soothing sounds of fans, dehumidifiers and wet vacs.

But what does this have to do with “collections?” In cleaning out the Cafe, I found 8 travel coffee mugs (2 from competitors), 14 sets of chopsticks, more plastic flatware than we can recycle in a month, tea bags from the turn of the century, honey (in that cute bear) that may even be older, 32 birthday candles (including one in the shape of an 8 – go figure), 16 slightly-used sponges and a hoard of mismatched tupperware/gladware. Where did all this come from? Why were we holding on to it? Does tupperware breed on its own? And if so, why doesn’t it create matching lids? Most importantly, what does this collection say about MBM?

I’d like to think it has to do with being thrifty, respecting the environment, not wanting to dispose of other’s property and a propensity to celebrate special events. Of course, you may read something else into our collection. It’s your call (but I’d love to know what you’re thinking). Oh, and speaking of celebrations, did I mention the 3 dozen wine glasses and 2 dozen champagne flutes? Those I definitely held on to…one never knows when the next occasion will arise!

– Maggi

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