Thursday, after mucking, mulching, and milking, Aaron and I stained the deck at the Dogwood Chalet. We stained the outside perimeter and the railing first to still have access from a dry deck floor. Then we strategically stained the floor to avoid “painting ourselves into a corner”, as the saying goes. We had hoped to use a roller but realized that we had to use a brush to stain between the planks. An individual board was nearly done after that so we just finished it off with the brush.
We had also made sure to retrieve any tools left in the chalet before limiting our access. However, I had finished my side of the deck and went inside the Earthship to write a blog, when I remembered I had hung the camera inside the chalet. I ran out to stop Aaron before it was too late and arrived at what was the last possible second before loosing access to the door.
Aaron “The Amazing”, or “The Single Man-Looking-For-a-Wife” (self-named and inserted at his request), stretching and contorting his nimble figure in true yogi form, level to that of the Sadhu Babas, seemingly opened the door with his mind, defied all physics, and disappeared inside to return in an instant, camera in hand, with even greater balance and grace–perhaps from having achieved enlightenment. Camera saved, I returned inside.
Jay and Annie soon returned from speaking to the Hare Krishna New Vrindaban Community in West Virginia. I mentioned that I had watched The Economics of Happiness and Annie and I began to discuss ways we could make an impact toward localization. However, I don’t yet know enough about it.
It’s clear to me that localization is the way to go. I don’t need further convincing but having a working knowledge base to be able to defend localization and inform others is an eventual goal. But, still filled with inspiration from the film, I was anxious to see actual progress, so I tried briefly to find online a simple list of successful ventures people had undertaken that could be adapted to any city. I was encouraged to find numerous movements and efforts implying an imminent green revolution, but the information seemed so spread out and garbled that it was un-navigable, even on a singular website.
(I did find that several cities have established a tool library, wherein patrons could check out tools like books! Genius! I wonder what else could be “library-ed” for communal sharing.)
I’m also new to Muskingum County. I don’t know the political agenda or the demographic concerns. I wonder how receptive the area would be to a green revolution. Does anyone know what people are already doing to create a sustainable economy and a reliance on community, or does anyone have ideas?