dear friend (most likely) or welcome stranger (less likely).
you’re coming to sequim this summer. maybe you’ve been there before. maybe you are already familiar with my mom’s cooking and the mind-blowing parameters of her pantry. even so, things could be different this summer since we’re expecting 3-20 people at any given time, all working and building and being dirty together.
we have a couple of bedrooms available. priority probably goes to pregnant people and small babies if they’re around and are interested in having priority. the rest of us, when there are more than 5-6 people, will be sleeping outside. i will try to get some tents. it wont be cold but it’s not india and it’s never hot at night (like in new york) so a light sleeping bag is a good idea. we will try to furnish as much of these things as possible, so no worries, but if you have a tent or a sleeping bag and its not a hassle to bring it, do so. especially if you have an old sleeping you don’t necessarily want, you can bring it and leave it on-site for the next guy.
we will be building some outdoor shower facilities for our mud-scarred workers. in the non-dirty phases of construction (does that exist? unclear.) we can shower inside. the point of outside hygiene facilities is to keep my mom’s house clean and my mom happy. as such, it’s very important.
we will be building a couple of composting toilets so we can take _full_ advantage of your presence. there will be instructions. if you are not interested in nourishing the fruit trees of the future, and you are not covered with mud, you can poop inside.
men can pee on fruit trees. try to keep your hoohoos out of the neighbors’ site.
we will build ladies latrines so we can take advantage of their ammonia as well. try to separate peeing and pooping, most organisms are happier that way.
there is a proposed schedule when there a lot of us. otherwise, we can be more chill about it. but in general, lunch is on the back deck (which can get dirty) and dinner can be inside or outside, depending on how clean you are. everybody will help with the cooking and cleaning, and everyone will do their own dishes in some kind of three tub system.
food will be vegetarian the vast majority of the time.
there will be washing stations for you to wash your clothes, gandhi style. we can maybe negotiate with mom to get in on the washing machine once a week or so. bring clothing that can be destroyed, scarred, maimed, etc. we will provide soap that won’t mess with the plants who will be drinking the greywater
internet and telecom:
we have wireless and some little androidic tablette creatures dropped from the sky and will be sprinkled throughout the house we can have our fix. don’t sweet it. there’s generally no mobile networks available, but i think we have national long distance and there is always skype.
strict is not really the right word, but when we have a lot of people it will help to keep a schedule. this will be most important for the week of august 8-14, for Eva’s workshop, when the schedule will be Enforced. Here’s a draft.
what to bring:
– destructible clothing
– a durable water bottle
– a sleeping bag if you have one
– sunscreen if you need it
– shoes you can hike in
– a bathing suit
– dried fruits and nuts (in case it comes to that)