So Meg is subscribed to the local Freecycle list. For those who aren't familiar with Freecycle, it's an e-mail list where people give stuff away for free to anyone willing to take it. It keeps stuff out of the landfill, and it's almost always the case that one person's junk is another person's treasure. Just this week someone was giving away zucchini. For anyone who has grown zucchini, you know very well why you might want to do this.
Today's Freecycle conversation went like this:
Meg: Wow, someone in Westmont is giving away "three spindles, all different types."
Me: Oh, there's that spinning guild out in Westmont! I bet they're giving away a top-whorl, a bottom-whirl, and a Turkish spindle! Write them back and ask for them!
(10 minutes later)
Meg: They wrote me back.
Me: Really? What did they say?
Meg: Um... they were a bit perplexed, because they are giving away staircase spindles.