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|From: MartyR707 (MartyR707aol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 22:36:06 -0700 (MST)|
In a message dated 1/20/00 5:44:04 AM, cohousing-l [at] freedom2.mtn.org writes: << hey! I would love to hear some 'living in community' stories from you all, even those who aren't in your houses yet. Moments of magic, feuds fueled, crisis resolved - anything real. Maybe I blinked, but I don't even recall anything on the list over the holiday period. >> OK, I'll try one - I've enjoyed Patty's so much. I've been here at Two Acre Wood for 6 months now - hard to believe! I was one of the earlier families, but we were all in by early Sept. The one thing that is most clear is most things are not as we expected. I mean not *really* different, but I realized you can't fully anticipate what it will be like to move in with all these people until it really happens. One story - New Year's Eve - and the millenium! What a great opportunity to stay home and still have a party! No driving, etc. So no one here was into doing much planning, but we mostly knew we'd be around. We had a wonderful evening that just happened pretty organically. One home was set up as media central so we could drop in and see midnight come in around the world. someone else got a pinata that the little kids could pound like heck - it was so funny to watch. There were games at one table. Then a neighbor (not coho) came to tell us her sister and husband had brought their Taiko drums over and did we want to try them. THAT was the highlight of the night in my book. Most of our community trouped over and pounded on those drums to our hearts content - what a rush. Many of us will be signing up for classes soon. Back to the Common HOuse for skits created on the spot by teams. Then dancing, food and Midnight! Champagne confetti and after all that.... outside to some wonderful fireworks that one of the members had bought. It just went on and on for hours with surprises. Those of us that are hard core ended up and one man's home for more champagne, chocolate cake, and conversation til 3 in the morning. And the best part- just a few steps walk home and to bed. When I dragged myself out at 11:00 a.m., the common House was completely cleaned up and there was a marvelous brunch on the table of the Common House - cooked mostly by one of our "nonresident members" who arrived early to get it going. The rest of the day - New Year's Day 2000 - was spent planting peach trees, kiwis, lemon trees and more - basic landscaping and clean-up - a great way to start the millenium. Tonight, right after a delicious Common meal of fresh tuna from the coast, we all trouped out to watch the eclipse in one of our neighbor's telescope that he had all set up. the little kids rode their trykes around in circles in the plaza as we all watched the moon go into hiding. so, there's a taste - I will tell more. Perhaps the Russian theme dinner we had here last weekend - complete with herring and vodka! Maybe someone else here at TAW wants to tell one? Marty Roberts TAW - Sebastopol P.S. I got to visit Scott and friends at Wasatch commons in SLC, Utah over Christmas - that was a treat - Hi Scott!!
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