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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
11:40 am
[personality]
Brendan's on an adventure!!!
Hey Wabi folks,
Brendan is in town for a few weeks as a rest from his travel journeys and would be delighted to play some games some night if any Wabiites are interested. If you didn't know that he (I) was even gone, then you should have been reading his website. Let me (him) know!
Friday, November 7th, 2008
2:28 pm
[jestercard]
To revive an idea:
This article made me think about a co-housing project again.  It might be easier to get permitting or maybe licensed as something like a trailer park or something?  At least cheaper for people to build a house and just maybe "buy into" a common house or something?  Just a thought.
Friday, February 24th, 2006
4:02 pm
[jestercard]
Indoor Croquet, Brunch, Movie, Music, Games:
REMINDER:
So the 25th (TOMORROW for the date impaired) is a day of indoor croquet and games. This'll be happening at PRB (5269 Brooklyn) and all houses are welcome. Events will start on the night before with a movie on Friday night. Suggestions for such are welcome.
The day will include a brunch in the morning for all who can arrive earlier or sleep over. Bringing a dish with you or something to cook/contribute is highly recommended. Bring dishes for later in the day as well.
Croquet balls will be guided down stairs via rails and cushioned at the bottom to prevent breakage of balls and household structures.
Please remember that this does happen in someone's *home* and to thus be very respectfl careful of the force and direction you play.
Further input? Perhaps Chris and others can play music. Bring other games you'd like to play. Want another activity? Feel free. Just make it a day of pleasure.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
5:01 pm
[jestercard]
Indoor Croquet, Brunch, Movie, Music, Games:
REMINDER:
So the 25th is a day of indoor croquet and games. This'll be happening at PRB (5269 Brooklyn) and all houses are welcome. Events will start on the night before with a movie on Friday night. Suggestions for such are welcome.
The day will include a brunch in the morning for all who can arrive earlier or sleep over. Bringing a dish with you or something to cook/contribute is highly recommended. Bring dishes for later in the day as well.
Croquet balls will be guided down stairs via rails and cushioned at the bottom to prevent breakage of balls and household structures.
Further input? Perhaps Chris and others can play music. Bring other games you'd like to play. Want another activity? Feel free. Just make it a day of pleasure.
Monday, February 13th, 2006
11:21 pm
[jestercard]
Brunch and Indoor Croquet:
So the 25th is a day of indoor croquet and games. This'll be happening at PRB and all houses are welcome. Events will start on the night before with a movie on Friday night. Suggestions for such are welcome.
The day will include a brunch in the morning for all who can arrive earlier or sleep over. Bringing a dish with you or something to cook/contribute is highly recommended.
Croquet balls will be guided down stairs via rails and cushioned at the bottom to prevent breakage of balls and household structures.
Further input?
Happy VD.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
1:38 am
[jestercard]
Croquet, top to bottom:
How does the 25th sound to people for having an indoor game of croquet at PRB? I'm also thinking food, drink, movies(?), and other games would be in order.
Again this would include people from T-sub, PRB, Chez Swank, The Brothel, Suburbia, The Kitchen, and Neo-Wabi. Yes, it's just an excuse to have a social event and fun.

Also: I'd like to see if there is an interest in making a group trip to Whiskey Creek Beach.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=1385+Whiskey+Creek+Beach+Rd+Port+Angeles,+WA+98363&ll=48.154434,-123.778238&spn=0.018065,0.053902
There are 6 cabins, with kitchenettes, oil lamps, and wood stoves and fit 6-8 people apiece. This is a pleasant out-of-the-way beach that I have fond memories of my visit, despite the alcoholic debauchery, or because of, whichever. A one or two night stay.
It's right on the beach. You can look across the Strait to Canada and generally the fastest boat is a cargo carrier. The cabins are small, well-kept, with plenty of wood. There are fire pits outside as well as picnic tables. I think some of the cabins even have propane refrigerators.
It's a nice spot for pleasant contemplation, raucous partying, and enjoying company. I was thinking March or April.
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
2:21 am
[jestercard]
Decree:
It is hereby decreed, that in an effort to bring together The Houses: Swank, T-Sub, Neo-Wabi (Polyhouse), and PRB that a day of revelry, including an ill-concieved and worse-executed game of Croquet from the top to the bottom of PRB, should happen.
I would like input on when this should happen. If someone knows a T-sub LJ person to make sure they get it that'd be good.
Also, reply with dates best for you (within a month?)
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
11:26 pm
[jestercard]
Damned socialists:
An idea:
Those who are Wabi (particularly in the core houses) pay $5-20 every month into an account. This money woudl be used for whatever Wabi-ites approve of.
This could include:
Parties - drinks, food, etc.
Household improvements - Finishing basements/attics to make room for more people, repairs, landscaping.
Emergency funding - For use by any Wabi who is in dire need. Think medical emergency, catastrophic sewage damage that doesn't get fully paid for.
Or, also, if a higher amount was paid in, it could go t'wards a larger fund to save up for, say, a Wabune.

Two treasurers. To ensure every week that all funds are deposited and safeguarded in an account. To post requests or email them and tally responses on whether Wabi agree whatever request should receive and how much.

Thoughts?
Friday, June 17th, 2005
10:12 am
[peidran]
Flickr
Yeah, OK, so I got pulled in too. There were too many good tools: Atom support I can use with NetNewsWire, iPhoto plugin, georeferencing (awesome), and more.

I've added a group, "Wabi Diaspora" (not "Club Wabi"). Let's see if it gets used. (Perhaps LJ should be a lesson to me: Wabi wants not to be well-defined. True?)

Also, take a look at "Wabi Sabi", which is more Wabi Sabi than we.
Friday, April 8th, 2005
3:25 pm
[personality]
my interactions with the Wabi web
I was asked a question yesterday that I expected myself to answer in a few thought bubbles and one sentence. I never got the sentence out, because the thought bubbles reproduced exponentially.
"How did you meet this group of friends?"

Oh.

Oh, my.

Let me try.

Year 2000-2001 Mercer 4 East has some connections to Wabi, right? My fellow Goosers lived there.

The clearest is Alex, I suppose. Amongst this crowd I have been greeted as "Oh, you're the guy who stole Alex's girlfriend" several times. That's a long story. That was in spring of 2002.

I happened across the all-campus tournament in 2002.

I went to Wabi for a boys vs girls gaming extravaganza. (but was that 2002 or 2003?) I met Nick there, and he seemed very friendly.

I lived with David (and Jay, briefly) who lived with Kat who had lived down the hall from Julia in Lander in 2003. (And therefore saw Alex and
AHA! I'll bet That's how I met Jessica... and others and played Settlers with them and argued with them, him, especially Alex and about Cuba and our disagreements there) {moment of wonderful full-circleness I was notdating Julianne who knew Megan who knew that Kat had a place to rent. So I lived with David (in Kat's old room) who brought Jessica around, who I then learned would have liked to notdate (or date, even, but let's take things one step at a time) Julianne. Tada! Full circle.)

Then, I went to an art night at Wabi, to which I brought the Anti-War art fair mural and I saw some people again, like Cait, whom, having now seen them several times, I remembered.

I met Michelle in the Drama Department, then she met Honors Croquet League/Wabi and I discovered her there again.

One of my bestest friends was Kaia's R.A.

I lived in the Invisihouse with Brandon (and met Raz through Brandon) and Margo and Elise and Casey and Mitchell... and played more Settlers.



I could do a considerable bit of Autobiography just via the stories of the encounters; this is the outline for my introduction to The Life and Times of Wabi: Insert Clever Subtitle Here.




and therefore saw and there foresaw
Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
12:27 am
[jestercard]
Wabster:
That was awesome. I was hoping for a meeting of everyone after dinner but was distracted by lovely people, a warm stove, and a quickly coalescing puzzle.

So everyone:

Thoughts on the properties? (NOTE: The first property, if you haven't heard is actually only 6 acres but the property projects eastwards up to the road. The stable, greenhouse, shed, and vegetable garden are part of the property. HOWEVER, the area nearest the road has drainage problems. It's also a 10 acre zoned property and currently listed at 649,000. It's been on the market for a while and is still thought of as at least $50,000 overvalued by the realtor. The house has 4 or 5 definite bedroom areas with possibilities for up to 9 or 10 with weird setups.)

New thoughts on how to maintain the community? LLC, Co-op, condo?

Any new thoughts now that more people are familiar with Vashon?

Water-shares killed other attempts. Use of the common house for all water activities with "renegade" water-catchment or other alternative solutions for individual houses may be possibilities. Outhouses or composting toilets can satisfy part of it.

Insert your other areas here. It's late.
Thursday, February 24th, 2005
10:02 pm
[jestercard]
I'm certainly not as acquainted with everyone Wabi than, it would seem, most. I've merely chanced upon this group as a friend of a friend kind of thing. Hell, people I see on a somewhat regular basis(mostly at Swank) still don't know my name. (Nor I yours. [ahem])
Anyhow, Wabi is filled with wonderfully intelligent and creative people. People I'd like in my life. Always wondering how I might get an "in."
It has many things I desire, but mostly the sense of community, even when nobody seems to be doing anything exactly together, they still seem to be part of a common whole.
Question: Why Vashon? Rural and cheaper, commutable?
When's the field trip and may I join? Where do I go?
Am I "allowed" to post and be involved?
Jesse
Sunday, February 20th, 2005
10:00 am
[qazwsxmko]
I had my free thirty minutes with the SLS (third year law students that have an outpost in the HUB to help UWers) on Friday to see what help they could provide us. While they weren't willing to take our case (too complicated and not in their area of expertise), they did give us some useful advice:

According to them, incorporating and writing bylaws is pretty easy and a matter of following the forms. She (Amalia Walton) recommended getting them out of this book in the reference section for Washington State of the UW Law Library: WA Corp. Forms, published by Lexis. She couldn't find it in the computer for some reason, but she said that it's a book that's used very frequently, and one the reference librarian should know about (if you mention the name & publisher).

The Condominium Act can be found on this site.

The Washington Business Corporations Act is here.

Other sites she said may be of use to us are: www.coophousing.org and www.seattlecoops.org.

She pointed us to the King County Lawyer Referral Services, (206) 267-7010. On the same page, there's a number for something called CLEAR - apparently these are low-cost/free legal services (1-888-201-1014). I haven't looked into them, but in general "low-cost/free legal services" seem suspicious (ly bad).
Wednesday, February 16th, 2005
4:28 pm
[ewedistrict]
First, Alex's list:
*A bedroom (...)

Yes. In addition, I have a strong recomendation that bed-rooms (should they be instantiated as out-buildings) are divided up into at least three sub-segments deliniated with some sort of visual/psychological boundry. These sub-segments represent functions which, in common architecture, are all rolled up into the single "bed-room" room but really have very little need to interact. (a) The bed-nook. (b) the walk-in-closet (the clothing nook) and (c) The quiet-time-alone nook, which is to say, your own couch/chair by a window for reading, being alone, inviting your intimates to spend non-laying-down time, etc.

* An "office" (...)

I assume that every person will need some sort of white-coller workspace, a study or drafting room or whatever. I imagine this as the most public section of each person's domain: that is, each person will own or control a domain and that domain will be organized in an intimacy gradient which goes from most public (sitting room, office) and stretches back through levels of intimacy to the bed-nook. That's how I plan on instantiating my "office".

* A clean kitchen with sufficient space to store my own food. (...)

Kitchens always to become informal meeting places, dance floors, concert halls, etc. They're one of the most alive feeling places in a house. I think we should encourage that, build that right in, instead of reject and resist it as some house plans do.

* A room with a big table. (...)

I completely agree with the utility of the Room With Big Table, but I've noticed that time and again such a room feels oddly lifeless. I imagine that the grand kitchen could have a very large surface off to one side, that feels a lot like a gigantic breakfast nook, with a great deal of southern exposure, which could serve this purpose, even if it does't feel very formal.

* A really big room with a fireplace and lots of comfortable seating. (...)

This room would do well to have a staircase to one side, which could be used as impromptu stadium seating for large crowds. (like old-old wabi).

* An A/V room. (Want)

Don't need it.

* A library with mutual book storage.

Good idea. Could be incorporated into the Big Room.

* Dining Area with enough table space and good chairs for everyone in the Wabune to be able to eat together. (Strong Want)

Also a strong want. I imagine the earlier Giant Breakfast Nook could do well.

* Wooden Floors (Strong Want)

Ditto. Slate, concrete, and tile can be other appropriate materials. I hate (hate!) wall-to-wall carpet, and linoleum.

* Sunlight (Want)

Need.

* Views (Want)

Would be nice.

* Porchswing (Weak Want)

Strong want. It doesn't have to be on the porch, but a swing would be ideal.

---====---

Other things to consider:

A large work-shop for machining, welding, woodwork, assembling large things, pre-construction of Wabune structures, boatbuilding, shipwrighting, etc. This is a need for me: it's one of the main reasons for me to buy land.

Inactive storage. For every square foot of live living space, there should be a certian allotment of dead storage space. I don't know the exact number: some suggestions have been made. Maybe 15 or 20%. Especially if we plan to live here through a good portion (the rest?) of our adult lives, we should have a relatively large amount of space to put the shit we don't use, but don't want to throw away. If we don't, we'll end up like Invisihaus: stuff piled everywhere, subtractive from living space.

Greenage. This is a peculiar requirement for me: I want there to be cultivated green all around, but I'm not super interested in heading up any such projects. But I wouldn't mind greenhouses, some vegitable patches. I really, really want green growing around my domain's doorway, and lush green for sunlight to filter through into my bednook's window.

At least one large lawn, defined positively (that is to say, defined by other things, not defined as left-over space) which can be used for sleeping out in the summer, Bar-B-Ques, et cetera.

Trees are important. I'd like to buy a property with around 50% coverage (or more) and to refrain from cutting down any tree unless necessary.

Parking should be sufficient and planned-for to avoid piling cars haphazardly along the driveway, making mudpits and all sorts of bad things. I caution, however, against centering any structures on automobiles, as they're lifeless and horrible.

It is very important that the property is near several things, in this order: Ferry, Town, Water. Landlocked on South Vashon would be un-ideal.

That's most of what I can think of.

There are strong indications I'll be salaried at about Cait's level of income within a month. By this summer certianly. I'll be able to contribute at that point.
4:13 pm
[oneirophage]
2nd Wabune Meeting
In Attendance: Cait, Jason, Alex.

Other Early Investors: Cait's Dad, Mel?

The Plan:
1) Incorporate Wabi as a for-profit corporation, in order to have access to a variety of fiscal tools and loans.
2) Have Wabi purchase land for operation as condominiums. This will permit a good combination of community control of the land with ability for individual members/investors to later cash out.
3) Individual building on individually owned plots within the Wabune "territory".
4) A communal home/community center to be constructed/renovated with loans/work from Wabune members. Interest accrued on this investment, to be paid back with rents or as new members buy in.

Land Options:
*We determined that a plot with an existing structure on it has numerous advantages. Construction of new buildings, including permitting and planning time often takes around two years. Without an existing building, this would delay when people could move to the Wabune. Also, we will likely need peoples' income dedicated to "rent" to pay the mortgage, but we will not be able to collect rent if there is no building.
*We think we have sufficient funds to make a down payment on most of the types of lots in which we want to invest.
*We should shop for at least 6 months to see what we can come up with. Realtors have offered to go door-to-door to convince those not using land on island to put up for sale for us.

New Name:
Wabiminium Falcon. Take that Brandon Martin-Anderson. Take that Anna Tonkonogui. If it is in writing, it must be true.

Next Steps:
Alex - Incorporate Wabi.
Caitlin - Plan Field Trip.
Jason - Contact Cohousing Groups on Vashon.



Did I miss anything? Cait, it would be good if we could get the first meeting's minutes up for those who weren't able to make that meeting.

Current Mood: cheerful
3:31 pm
[oneirophage]
Aesthetics Meeting/Thread
In a similar vein to Cait's father's message about why we are having a Wabune, we also need to have a discussion of aesthetic and practical goals for the Wabune space. For example, I was talking to Laura and she mentioned that she heard from Anna that Anna wanted to farm on the Wabune. "Ahh, interesting," I nodded, "I hadn't heard that." Since I want to convey to the realtor a correct set of preferences for our group (and as a group we'd probably like to know what our preferences are!), I'd like to ask everyone in this group to describe their initial vision for what they'd like to have/do at the Wabune. We should also probably have a meeting at some point where we discuss this, though possibly the discussion could take place on the way to Vashon during the March field trip. Posting now will be good for two reasons: 1) It will give poeple lots of time to think and 2) It will give the realtor a couple more weeks of time to contemplate our needs.

Current Mood: peaceful
10:54 am
[pruneduchess]
More from my Dad
"A fundamental challenge I would put to all of you is to be able to answer the question, "Why are we doing this?" with a clear confident single English sentence that doesn't diverge terribly among you. If one says, "To avoid rent" and another says "to own our own land so we are free" and another says "because it's the best long term investment", you might have a problem. But if you are perfectly at ease with the answer, and more or less the same, that is a good indicator."

I think this would be a good exercise for us all to do. Definitely doubts, differences of opinion, second thoughts, third thoughts, disillusionment and all that should happen as much as possible before we commit to something this huge.

Leave a comment, if you like, with your motivation/s for being interested in intentional community. If you are.
Monday, February 7th, 2005
11:12 am
[pruneduchess]
From my dad
I wrote my dad about the wabi on vashon project asking for suggestions and reservations (and money) and his reply was deliciously pragmatic. We have considered a lot of these things in a global sense, but here are some specifics we might want to start thinking about. Also, sounds like he's in for helping out financially, which could potentially be great.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
3:48 pm
[pruneduchess]
Tonight, 9PM, Swank, Potlucky style.

Discussion topic: The Future of Wabi, or How to survive the coming apocalypse.

Anyone who brings $10,000 towards a downpayment on some land gets a gold star! And also some land!
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
12:28 pm
[pruneduchess]
If we don't all Die..
...then we should all live together and make babies. In the Wabi of the future. OK, OK, so probably we should stay on the pill for now (or abstain. it's better in God's eyes), but it would be nice to own a space that we could make our own, and have some sort of permanent community structure.

Let's get together, at Alex's suggestion, to discuss different people's interest and time frame and money frame and vision for the next few years/lifetimes.

How about 9 PM, Tuesday February 1st, at Swank? Potlucky style?

Say Yes!
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