Re: Communities that handle property buys and sells
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2019 07:34:54 -0700 (PDT)
Sharon — definitely more descriptive of that Open House day!  I laughed when I 
read your words because it definitely was miserable yet happy.  Slopping 
through the rain shows the desire for and the power of the promise of community 
and connection that compels people to act like ducks.  That’s how powerful 
cohousing is.  Thank you Katie and Chuck!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

"Handle every situation like a dog. 
If you can’t eat it or play with it, 
Just pee on it and walk away.” –Author Unknown

> On Oct 24, 2019, at 9:29 AM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> [at]> wrote:
>> On Oct 24, 2019, at 12:43 AM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:
>> BTW — this weekend was our 15th & 16th resale.  Under cloudy, cold skies, 
>> and enough rain to break our drought about 30+ people showed up.  For one of 
>> the units, there were 4 active submissions w/ escalation clauses.  Our 
>> Resale and Rental POD provided all 4. 
> When Ann says “cloudy, cold skies, and enough rain to break our drought” she 
> means “grey, drizzling, spatters of stuff that comes down for hours and turns 
> everything into slimy mud.” Rain in DC is not the same as rain in other 
> places. It isn’t clear sparkling water that cleans the air leaving everything 
> refreshed and shiny. It’s grey.
> Busboys and Poets, the local book decorated food and lecture hall restaurant, 
> has a drink called “DC Water.” It looks like it should be translucent but 
> isn’t. It’s a Martha Stewart blue that has been through recycling, and then 
> faded. The rain is like that only grey, and not faded.
> So anyone who would voluntarily go outside in DC rain and put a bid in on a 
> wet unit, has been motivated by powerful, dark, outside forces. And R&R was 
> able to find 4 of them. (We are thinking of renting them out. Stay tuned.)
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines, Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
> "Save Our Planet. It's the only one with chocolate."
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