|Re: Commonhouse: Hanging Out||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John Greene (greenelowemindspring.com)|
|Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 08:17:16 -0600 (MDT)|
Here at Lake Claire Cohousing in Atlanta, which has been occupied for four years now, we've been disappointed that there isn't more casual hanging out in the Common House. Everyone goes in and out every day for laundry and mail, and there are dinners, birthday parties, sings, and so forth, but rarely does anyone just hang around there. I think the problem, in our case, is that there isn't much there. * There's no fireplace, which would draw us down there in the winter. * There's no "electronic fireplace." There's been an ongoing controversy about whether there should be a TV in the common house, and we've yet to reach any agreement on that, so there's never been one. Some of us feel that if one were available at least for big events (Academy Awards, World Series, etc.) or for shows that many people watch separately at home, then that would lead to more hanging out. But other folks worry that it would get out of hand. * There's no telephone, which means, for those of us still backwards enough not to have cell phones, that no one can reach us when we're at the Common House. Nice in many ways, of course, but if you have kids, aging parents, or just phone calls you're expecting, you want to at least have a phone nearby. * Our common house, for specific site reasons, is also at the end of the site, so that many of us cannot look out our windows and see what's going on there. I've always imagined that more centrally-located CHs have more hanging out, but perhaps that's not true. * I suppose another problem is simply that folks don't casually "hang out" much even at home. Everybody's so damn busy. I think one of the things we've found is that cohousing, though wonderful in so many ways, has not actually slowed down or simplified our lives as we somehow imagined it would. Anyway, that's my take on our situation. There's lots of great stuff here, I hasten to add, but the hanging-in-the-common-house factor has definitely been missing. John Greene Lake Claire Cohousing Atlanta _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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