|Introducing David Bogartz||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Bogartz (bogartzzdi.ziff.com)|
|Date: Thu, 10 Dec 92 08:52 CST|
Hi, I'm David Bogartz. I'm 28 years old. I work as a software engineer at Ziff Desktop Information. I live in Boston and work just across the river in East Cambridge, near the Lechmere T station. (I love my commute!) My present home is at Beacon Hill Friends House. It's a community of about twenty people living in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood just off the Boston Common. The house is owned by a Quaker corporation and its charter is to provide a place for students in the Boston area to live and study, and to provide space for Quaker activities in the greater Boston area ("Salem Quarter"). The house is also presently the location of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, a small, lively Quaker Meeting. The relationship between the house and the meeting is rich, and has varied a lot over the years. I'm both a member of the meeting and a resident at the house, which gives me two very interesting communities right in my home. I've been interested in cooperative living for about three years, which is about how long I've been living in cooperative houses. By cooperative I mean sharing space, food, cooking, chores, and other responsibilities, as well as having friendly, caring relationships with housemates. I should add that Beacon Hill Friends House isn't a co-op in one of the most important senses: it's run by a board, not by the residents, and there are a lot of decisions that are out of the residents' hands. I don't know hardly anything about co-housing. But I'm probably going to be settling down into some kind of permanent living situation in a couple of years, after having moved once a year for the past seven years. So I'm looking into alternatives to buying a house, condo or apartment on my own. My preference is an urban setting. I like being in the city, taking public transportation, and all the various cultural stuff you can find so easily in a place like Boston. I expect I'll want to be living in a city for at least the next five to ten years. I might move out of Boston in response to a job offer, but I doubt it, mainly because there's a lot of opportunities to do what I do in this area. I learned about COHOUSING-L from QUAKER-L, which is exactly what it sounds like. I check my e-mail daily (continuously?) using Eudora on a Macintosh. I expect I'll be more of a lurker on this list at first, because I'm mainly here to learn. But I'm open to surprises... -- David Bogartz, Ziff Desktop Information, 25 First St, Cambridge MA 02141 Internet: bogartz [at] zdi.ziff.com CompuServe/ZiffNet: 72241,1025 Voice: (617) 252-5280 Fax: (617) 252-5403
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