play area surface
From: Sheehan, Chris (
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 11:11:01 -0700 (MST)
>From Chris Sheehan at Sonora Cohousing in Tucson:

Any advice or comments about choosing the resilient surface under play
structures would be greatly appreciated.

Some obvious choices on the top of our list are

-       sand - cheap, provides other activities in itself for play, can be
tracked into undesirable areas, big litter box? ("cat proof" version), may
compact in places, 
-       wood chips - less tracking but more obvious when it gets out of the
play area in that it doesn't "disappear" into cracks and grass, etc..,
doesn't compact, may not hold up in our climate, not always good for bare
-       chat - very small gravel, ??? , good for bare feet
-       gravel - not too soft, not attractive, dusty sometimes, not good for
bare feet

Thanks for your input,


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Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 10:11:30 -0800
From: Marty Roberts <MartyR [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_Re: Do you have TV in the common house?
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Here at Two Acre Wood, we had a long debate on TV, but when a friend offered
a free big screen TV, it came to a head.  The resulting policy is:

Videos only, no cable TV  (only two or three households here have cable, so
TV itself is not a big issue).  We gather at one of those homes for the big
stuff - election, 9/11, Olympics, etc.  Also, our West Wing Club meets at
one of these homes on Wed. nights.

Most of the kids are not allowed to watch at all (we have mostly small ones
and some Waldorf), so the request is we don't start movies til after

So far, it has worked really well.  I am part of the group that enjoys a
movie night - we sometimes just spontaneously share a video we  have rented
- it is rarely planned too far ahead.  Several of us are single, so it is
nice to watch with others in our cozy lounge.

Clean-up is never a problem, you can't even tell we've been there.

By the way, there was a TV discussion fairly recently that should be easily
found in the archives.

Marty Roberts
Two Acre Wood, Sebastopol, CA where we had our soil engineers come by after
two and a half years here to check some serious drainage problems after 28
inches of rain in  Nov. and Dec.!!!


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From: "Ruddick, T.R." <RUDDICK [at]>
To: "'cohousing-l [at]'" <cohousing-l [at]>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 18:27:55 -0500
Subject: [C-L]_anyone from W. Central Ohio?
Reply-To: cohousing-l [at]

Thanks to this list, there are now some tentative early discussions about a
cohousing project in Dayton OH.

Preliminary ideas include doing some centralized, urban retrofit sorts of
things, perhaps getting help from local government and civic redevelopment
projects, with some interest in reducing needless redundancies...

I stress "preliminary"...

If anyone else here is interested in undertaking this adventure with us,
please climb aboard and hang on!


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