How much sharing is too much?

Recently while I was doing some research on our new “Sharing Economy” I stumbled on a video of a CEO discussing a carpooling company.  Her concept and rapid expansion of this company is impressive.  However, during the video she issues a call to action for more expansive sharing in the form of couch-surfing or room renting to reduce excess supply.  This got me thinking, how much sharing is too much?

There are several websites that you can utilize to book rooms around the world.  The rooms on these particular websites are not in actual lodging facilities, they’re in people’s houses.  I’m not sure how you feel, but this has me perplexed for numerous reasons.  First of all, how safe can this be?!  Who’s to say a previous guest isn’t going to return with a copy of a key.  Or maybe the landlord or renter is of questionable character.  There’s a case in California where a woman’s home was vandalized and burglarized when she rented it out.  All they left behind was a selection of meth pipes.  For all she knew, they could have spent the week cooking it there.  What is it they say about hindsight?  Exactly.

Secondly, there’s the issue of legality.  In most cities it is illegal for a resident to rent out a dwelling or portion thereof without proper licensing and inspections.  As one of our members pointed out, many of us are up to our eyeballs in taxes and fees and we don’t need more.  That point of view is understandable, and I’m not looking for more government involvement in our lives, but surely there should be at least some kind of control.  I’m all for sharing, I personally love having a house full of guests, but at what threshold does a couch-surfing house turn into a hotel or bed and breakfast?  And not to say that every inspected/licensed facility is perfect, but shouldn’t a guest in these sharing-rentals have the same expectation of safety and security?

I’ve really only just begun my investigative journey into this section of the sharing economy.  Overall I like the sharing concept—yes; I’m kind of a Pollyanna.  Carpooling is great.  Upcycling and passing on clothes or household items is fabulous.  But this jury is still out on couch-surfing and sharing spaces until I get more information.  Do you have any thoughts or experience with this topic?  I’d love to hear about it.  Until then I have to run; I have a house full of guests for the weekend.  Here’s one way to feed them.  Enjoy!

Rocket’s Breakfast Pizza Bake

3-4 good size brat/steak buns

½ stick butter/margarine melted

1T minced garlic

1 T parmesan cheese

Rough-chop the buns and toss with remaining ingredients.  Spray or grease a 9 X 13 pan well.  Add the bread mixture and set aside.

1 lb Italian sausage browned

Handful of pepperoni chopped

1 C pizza sauce

Mix the sausage, pepperoni, and sauce together and spread over the bread evenly.

9 eggs*

½ onion (or green onion) diced

½ green/red pepper diced

1 small can black olives sliced and drained (optional)

1 Roma tomato diced

1 small can mushrooms sliced and drained (optional)

1 T Italian seasoning

1 T minced garlic

Salt/pepper to taste

In a large bowl, beat the eggs well and add all of the remaining ingredients.  Pour egg mixture over the pan evenly.  Top with 2 Cups “pizza” cheese or any combination of mozzarella/cheddar, etc.  Cover with a lid or foil and rest overnight in the refrigerator.  In the morning, keep covered and bake at 350° for fifty minutes.  Uncover the pan and bake it for ten more minutes to brown the cheese.  Let the pan rest five minutes before cutting.  Yes it is like torture; but you will be rewarded!

* If you want a more “egg bake” type of dish, use one dozen eggs.  It will make the crust layer more quiche-like than crust-like.  You can add whatever pizza toppings you like to the egg layer.Image

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