During last New Year’s Eve celebration our friend Erica organized games to fill the time between dinner and midnight. One of the games involved an exchange of redundant objects. We had to bring something that we do not need. Others did the same. At the end of the evening we all got rid of our old object and went home with an old object from someone else. Somebody brought an energy efficient spaghetti cooker and we inherited it. The mode of operation is simple: put spaghetti in the tall tube; add boiling water; cover with the “heat retaining” lid; wait for the spaghetti to cook; drain; serve. After three attempts, I understood why the other person wanted to get rid of that object: it does not work. But we found a better use to it. Our son has been asking for an aquarium like the one his grandfather has. We decided to start him on a low maintenance Siamese fighting fish, commercially known as Betta fish in North America. The acrylic transparent tube makes it for a perfect fish tank. His new friend was greeted by a welcome committee. From Russia with Love, Miss Moneypenny?
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