Dec 162010

A group of us assembled the other evening to kick around ideas about resilience and sustainability for Lummi Island. We talked about the Transition Town Movement and, more or less, decided that since Transition Whatcom was following that 12 Step program for the county that we didn’t have to reinvent that wheel. Transition Whatcom will work their way toward the goal of producing an Energy Descent Plan for the county as a whole. Because we are an island we have some particular problems that the rest of the county doesn’t need to deal with.

The direction of the discussion was to come up with projects that would have an impact on the island’s ability to weather an uncertain economic future, the possibility of fuel and other commodity shortages, ferry service reductions and the various ramifications of climate change. Many ideas were thrown up against the wall (or in our case a flip chart). Below I’ve categorized these ideas and invite your comments. After that we will poll readers of this blog to try and establish some priorities.

That said, I want to point out that this is an informal group with no officers, board, by-laws, secret agendas or mandates. Anyone is free to participate. Likewise, no one has to wait for any approval to move ahead on whatever they deem to be a great idea. In fact, many of the ideas will inevitably lead to individual action. Other ideas will require some group thought or action.

So, here we go (and I will attempt to do this without allowing my own individual biases to prevail):

SKILLS INVENTORY — Which could include an on-line data base and a hard copy Island Yellow Pages (such as has existed in the past). Find out who knows how to do what and the kinds of equipment they have.

RESKILLING — Using the skills inventory come up with a series of (workshops, classes, tutoring programs, mentoring situation) to teach a       variety of subjects: gardening, food preserving, food storage, composting, beekeeping, thermal syphoning, welding, coppicing, charcoaling, fuel production, foraging, water catchment, animal husbandry, seed saving, plant breeding, etc. etc. Note: reskilling is an integral part of the Transition Town Movement and there are reskilling classes offered at Inspiration Farm.

RECRUIT YOUNG GROWERS TO THE ISLAND — Provide assistance with land and housing. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CREATE A TIME BANK — Suggested in comments prior to the meeting.

START AN ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD — Use this for ride sharing, exchange of items, time sharing, etc.

COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLY — Solar powered well; hand pumps; desalination.

CENTRALIZED ISLAND PROPANE STORAGE —From an earlier suggestion in the comments.

COOPERATIVE BUYING GROUP — To purchase food and supplies in bulk and get them to the island. Possibly to  be done in coordination with a store.

MATERIALS EXCHANGE —Location where surplus stuff can be dropped off and picked up.


PLANT FOOD PRODUCTION TREES —in common areas. Trust land etc.

EXPLORE HEALTH AND WELLNESS —It was noted that there are groups on the island working on this.

This list is not inclusive. It is just a start. Feel free to make any comments or additional suggestions.


  28 Responses to “L.I.Transition Team”

  1. Thanks, Randy. Good summary. Much appreciated. My assistant, who is in late 20’s, married with 3 children, is possibly interested in participating depending in part on childcare. She is already raising chickens and has a strong interest in food security and nutrition. She is going to talk to some of her friends, too.

  2. I’d be happy to set up software to automate a skills inventory database, a bulletin board, and a calendar system for letting people see when meetings and classes are scheduled. I have a server for hosting it, too.

    Unless I hear otherwise, I’ll go ahead and set up a demo for people to see how it might work.

  3. Thank you, I haven’t met you yet but you appear to be energy personified. The bulletin board will be such a good thing. Jim

  4. Ben and I were talking this morning about the ideas put forward yesterday evening, and found ourselves focusing on water.
    Water because it’s a real and imminent issue for so many islanders, because there are many aspects to explore, and because
    one could combine education and projects. One might for instance ask LICA to sponsor a series of meetings on water, addressing
    solar- and windmill-run well pumps, hand pumps, water catchment, cisterns, conservation, etc. And (in the spirit of barn-raising) we might help
    each other install catchment systems, cisterns, pumps, etc. A number of folks are already advanced along this path,
    but some of us are less so.

  5. Water is crucial and so are those twenty, thirty and forty somethings!

  6. Great company, a bounty of food, and stimulating discussion. Thanks Randy. Now, where do we go from here?
    It seems to me we have a wonderful resource right here on Lummi Island to jump start a process of involving others into self-sufficiency. That’s the Curry Preserve, owned by all of us, and managed by the Lummi Island Heritage Trust. I propose we use that opportunity to involve young and old alike, to teach others how to farm, how to harvest wood, how to plant and maintain fruits, how to catch and store rain water, how to compost, how to share our labors, how to preserve food …. , the list goes on and on.
    I think Confucius said “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” What better way to involve others, including our children and those that follow, than to freely pass on our shared knowledge of letting the land provide for us?

    The website could serve many purposes, including a knowledge base and links to practical guides for taking the lessons learned from the Curry Farm to creating your own home garden.
    As Chair of the Heritage Trust’s Strategic Planning Cmmte, currently working on a “Vision 2020” plan for adoption next year, I would like others thoughts on expanding the preserve into a ‘hand-on’ learning center, where we could teach a whole generation how to farm.
    The fruits of our labours can become a new currency of value on Lummi Island, to be exchanged for other useful needs. The website could loosely track shared materials, services, and time exchanged for like goods and services.
    This seems like a worthwhile 10 year project. What are your thoughts?

  7. I like the Curry idea a lot. How do think the other Board members will feel about it?

  8. I think it fits will with our mission of preserving farms, forests, open space, wetlands, and shorelines. It was purchased in 2002 by generous donations from over 400 individuals, and organizations, and I would really like to review the original intent, as envisioned by those donors.
    If this idea is compatible with those intensions, and scaled well to fit the neighborhood, then yes, I too think this would be a great way to connect Islanders to the land, and fulfill a large part of our mandate, which is to educate, preserve and protect.

  9. Nancy, thanks for offering your services for the web based projects. I think some discussion about what goes on the BB, or?… is important. Is Transition Lummi going to be the sponsor and manager, or just the behind the scenes organizer and someone else manages the database? I’m in favor of anything that can bring the various demographics together. Looking at the usual suspects in most of the Island organizations, I believe that the majority of the people on the island lead very busy lives with little time to attend meetings and such….right now they’re too busy surviving this economic downturn all the while trying to tend to their family/personal lives, and maintaining the status quo. I believe they do have time to check sites for information that is pertinent and beneficial to their immediate lives, like the Ferry site. These Islanders, the majority, are the backbone of the future of Lummi Island. We need to get them engaged and involved in the very alive, real world community. If we can produce something that we all find beneficial so as to want to check it daily…a comprehensive resource, we have a start at bringing the community together electronically through continuous exposure and benefit/results. Networking, news, jobs, Yellow Pages, wants, needs, problems that need solutions, etc,etc…a multi faceted online community hub. I enjoy Paul’s Brown Betty emails, and the TOME, but we need something more comprehensive and immediate. We need a resource laden destination. The 10 to 50 year olds are totally electronically hip, and do most of their communicating and information mining via their electronics. The rest of us also use the computer and devices. Of course I advocate keeping the old school communication avenues open…..corded phone, phone tree, etc….in case of some sort of event that effects the grid and/or telephone….The formatting and structure of the “bulletin board” or whatever it becomes is very important. I’m up for spending some time brainstorming about the possibilities….once we have a spontaneous avenue of communication set up, hopefully the community will solidify in some way, and we can begin to accomplish things on a larger scale, and have the people power to make it so.

    I’m just streaming thoughts here…..Although we’re focused on getting back to the basics, I don’t think we should totally discount technology. For those with certain types of jobs, Cloud computing/telecommuting or something similar will be a big part the future. Working in the Cloud will enable many things. People will be able to live on Lummi and telecommute using their home computers, accessing all they need to do their jobs. It will effect the suburbs, commuting by car and gas prices. It will effect how companies allocate money….office buildings, infrastructure, etc….anyways, I digress, just pointing out that the use of electronic devices as a part of our economic and personal lives is not going away, it will grow.

    Randy and Linda, thanks for hosting the meet and greet….being somebody who is group and organization averse, I found it to be a nice group of serious people who care about the direction of Lummi Island. It was a good mix of old timers and newcomers…..and everything in between. Thanks again.

  10. Nancy – It’s great that you’re willing to do this but . . . would this mean you won’t have the time to help out with the ferry task force? I sure hope not, as you’ve as much or more experience and expertise on the ferry finances as anyone around, as well as a clear commitment to finding ways to keep the ferry going in a way that will support everyone in the community including those without big independent bank accounts — transportation to and from the mainland will remain important, regardless of what other “transitioning” we do.

    Drafts for skills databases, bulletin boards, etc would give those of us interested in and with some skill with such things to see something we can start working from, with your and (I hope) one or two young web-savvy islanders.

    I think we need e-platforms that will be useful into the future. To achieve that, I believe we’d benefit greatly by developing good, strong specifications, long-term management issues, etc. Part of the specs might include, for example, non-electronic backup options . . . just in case the grid is broken or becomes unreliable. Ditto for people running the e-resources, backup people / systems ready in case something happens to the person/people/developer/server in charge at any given time.

    One HUGE part of resilience is redundancy, whether we’re talking communication systems or social groups or individual people. As a neuroscientist who studied the control of balance, I learned the truth of this. Even something seemingly as simple as standing upright is the product of multiple sensory systems providing input, multiple muscles providing forces and torques, multiple skeletal elements that deliver those forces, and huge numbers of neurons, central neural pathways and structures.

  11. Wynne,

    “Even something seemingly as simple as standing upright is the product of multiple sensory systems providing input, multiple muscles providing forces and torques, multiple skeletal elements that deliver those forces, and huge numbers of neurons, central neural pathways and structures.”

    If I could just get this down, I’m sure I would hit the golf ball much better!

  12. Mike, Bob and I would really like put a handpump on the Curry Farm well as a backup. The cistern up there looks like it holds a 1000 gallons + -. The hand pump is a good place to start, a 2500 gallon surface cistern could be added as needed up by the well. There is a 70′ drop which would give us 30 psi at the frostfree. Costs – A handpump can go from $ 870 and up not counting pipe, rod, leathers, etc. Probably would cost $2200 or so for 100′ Lets put some coin together and get this thing rolling!!!! Water+ food = Smiles

  13. Reads like an excellent launch, Linda and Randy. Thanks for your energy and commitment, in all things community. Will follow with great interest, and plug in when and where appropriate and useful.

  14. I’ve seen hand pumps at Lowes for less than $100. I would be good to rig up a bicycle pumping system, saw one in a NatGeo show once, think it was in India.

    I’d like to know when the next meeting is, am definitely interested in all this.

    We need to think on warehousing essentials that have a limited lifespan and are needed for such as pumping. Also need a way to track water contaminants so we don’t all take the Hemlock by accident, or the arsenic … as the case may be. Some folks lived here long before the present Health regs for water and they are still here and survived fine, or so it seems.

  15. Ben and I very much like Mike Skehan’s suggestion of using the Curry Reserve as a center and resource for all kinds of sustainably-oriented activities!

  16. Our Planning Cmmte (LIHT) meets this Wed., so I will introduce the idea then.
    I know we’ve had issues with the neighbors in the past (noise, traffic, etc), but will pursue it anyway.

  17. Greetings, LI Transitioners:

    I have what I intend and hope will be taken as constructive comments:

    May I strongly suggest that while the discussion is becoming invigorated as the result of meeting together in person, the “open” discussion of specific transition strategies for the community and true names of participants, as exposed at the blog site, should be reserved for off-line venues. I believe the community will be stronger, more secure and participants more committed to and as a community if discussions are non-electronic.

    I think it is great if this blog’s author wishes to continue commenting on general issues related to transition; that he bring to the blog external resources that stimulate non-electronic dialogues and empower the community toward positive transition. If there are to be more meetings, I suggest they be posted only via sandwich board at the ferry landing, or that participants be notified by telephone tree as is customary in tight communities.

    My concern centers around personal privacy, and therefore the security of the said community – which appears to be an especially critical issue as resources become scarce. I have been the victim of personal privacy abuse, therefore am more sensitive to it than it appears the rest of you are. I will not electronically reveal my true name here for that reason. I believe I have some things to contribute to transitioning of this community; I would like to participate in person. Before I can do that however, I will require that my personal privacy be respected/not be electronically revealed. It could be there are others with similar sentiments who would be drawn to constructively participate if they were offered this consideration.

    I look forward to meeting with you at the next community meeting. With Respect of Each and the Community-at-Large,

  18. If you want to ID yourself to me privately so that your ideas can be included in the discussion you can call me at 2130. It’s hard to operate in our current connected world off line but certainly that should be one of our contingency plans. The Soil and Health Group, for example, has been making contingency plans based on the possibility that Yahoo may dump its group discussion boards. They are exchanging emails, downloading archives to disc, looking for backup and alternate servers for the website and on line library, etc. So, I get your point and also understand that many are hung up on privacy issues.

  19. I would prefer that anonymous comments be written on the seawall at Village Point.

  20. Good idea, Ed. There’s more room to write there than on a small sandwich board.
    (If the military didn’t have so much info on us already I guess we could be concerned about privacy as well).

  21. Just thinking of another Transition Process, back a few years ago. Bunch of guys traded some radical ideas back and forth……came up with the Declaration of Independence. Some had concerns about privacy issues, due to the Crown’s tendency to hang folks, but John Hancock seemed able to put those fears behind him, along with the other folks we now call our founding fathers. I just think if someone has ideas that are worth considering, they should be willing to stand behind them, and express them openly. Anything else is just graffiti.

    Kilroy Was Here

  22. I’m with Ed, anonymous bloggers drive me nuts. Speak your piece/sign your name. It makes for a stronger community in the long run.

  23. Me too. If I get too far out of line with my opinions, then just lash me to the bow of the Chief for several crossings. Can’t do that to Mr. Anonymous.

  24. Hope I’m not out on a presumptuosly unwelcome limb here.

    ONLINE CO-OP DATABASE for physical, plant, skill, information, and project-status inventory; and associated chat forums, calendar, message-board, hard-copy/reporting features.

    In summary, this entire post describes an online database and forum application I could write which manages all aspects of sharing of resources, skills, and information – useful for cooperative communal living.

    I came up with a database format which is simultaeously one-size-fits-all, yet allows for almost unlimited variety and utility as a research tool for island action planning. Basically all entries are stored internally in identical format, whethar they are intended as forum comments, work-group agenda, calendar entries (time ranges are an exception to the format), recipes, planting records, or inventory records (tool shops, library, seed/harvest exchanges). This maximizes data access/research and reporting versatility. Don’t be scared by the technical description here. The system would be designed for simultaneous serious technical management and casual simple usage like this current forum (almost as simple, more like other forums).

    I pioneered much of the technology myself, features you’ll now find familiar i.e. cascading-context drop-down selectors and integrated embedded applications, when creating database systems for art-libraries, medical insurance, United Way donations, and a recycled-commodity sharing network serving 7000 non-profit agencies. In other words, I’ve had 15 years to re-contemplate almost exactly the sort of application useful for a co-op, with subsequent awareness for needs like online volunteer disastor-mobilization-management and cultural taskforce networking/management (a system where, for instance, guitarists could find each other to plan benefit concerts).

    If someone like Nancy wishes to create a resource system instead, I’m not attached to this. I have a thousand other projects in my queue. If I do it, I imagine I’d actually set it up and host it for multiple sustainability communities, like Craigslist, and open it to even larger sharing of at least the online sustainability resources. That way we could for instance tap others for advice on

    * Type:
    ** Physical (library, tools, bldg matls, land, gardening, water, fuel)
    ** Plant (crops, harvest, seed)
    ** Skill/service
    ** Project (garden, structure, utility, purchase)
    ** Labor-required
    * Object / description
    * Quantity
    * Condition history, usage notes
    * Orders / wishlist / existing
    * Person: author / owner / task-leader
    * Location (current/permanent)
    * Availability / terms (loan, barter, price) / status
    * Scheduling / requestor / queue
    * Tags / keywords (i.e. ‘politics’, ‘walnut’, ‘truck’)

    * forum
    * member pages
    * educational resources
    * alerts / messages
    * calendar
    * remote backup
    * physical board data-input screen
    * weekly and seasonal physical board/library print-outs
    * user expired-record alerts
    * security log-in, access permissions, and ad-hoc page generation from encrypted data (you might not want people in France to know you own a Victrola you’d like repaired)

    * forum comment
    * poll
    * member pages
    * member display data
    * educational resources
    * alerts / messages
    * calendar
    * saved search-results
    * link lists
    * Calendar/time-range sets
    * Meta-data
    * Author (community::group::person)
    * Date
    * Posting-target (thread, calendar)
    * data integrity: reliability/reverification-status, 2nd-archive-classification-approval, expiration/maintenance-date
    * default-display-container-type
    * data-access-history
    * record access rights (public, registered-guests, members, group, list, user, transactee, self-only) +/- administrators-group
    * record edit rights (public, registered-guests, members, group, list, user, transactee, self-only) +/- administrators-group

    Content containers (screen formats)
    Calendar cell/day-page
    Message board/banner
    Summary listings
    Dedicated container
    Original context
    Permanent Page address
    * entry#
    * display format: (link, frame, page)
    * associated display content (i.e. member display data #)
    * associated links (i.e. detailed-description, calendar-range, chat-thread)

    All data is stored on php/mySQL server in xml format for web-browser access.
    Data is all stored in uniform flat-file manner to facilitate diverse comprehensive search listings from a single search tool.
    Data classification fields are in hierarchical-tree format, allowing meta and subcategories like workgroup-member, flora-trees-nut, inventory-books-fiction-author, inventory-books-nonfiction-gardening-soil, recipes-beverages-alcoholic-‘sparkling rose cherry mead’, recipes-seafood-‘crab rarebit’ (also could be found with tag search for ‘goat + saute’). With this system one could search for all books by Stephen King currently available, all projects intended for March, or all dried herbs occasionally available on the north-end of the island.
    Additional tags would also come from and be added to a tree-structured thesaurus. This would allow for automatic synonym searching so that data is not lost.
    Classification &/or tag searches can also be combined with keyword searches.

    This system might sound like vast over-kill, but it’s worth writing for the sake of 1000’s of other non-profit groups as well. Over a decade of operating as a community, it would be nice to have everything useful filed away in the right place from the start, like a library card catalog, and not like ending up with boxes of useless scraps of notes instead. There’s no point in having information, like who grows roses, is willing to work building a boat dock, can advise on crabbing via kayak, needs a tree cut for lumber, or has a spare half gallon of lacquer, if it can’t be found easily when the time comes. Uncatatolgued keyword searching of message-board entries alone is insufficient to the task, unless one wants to spend all day browsing through 100 blog entries mentioning beer or lumber and still possibly not finding what they hoped for.

    For those of you familiar with various forums, one thing I would not wish to create is a system where old topics get posted again as new threads. Information, like the best time to plant roses, or Led Zeppelin guitar tuning, should only be in the system once, and it should be clear where or how to find it. Rucurring events and projects should only be in there once, with just an update alert, such that all the prior planning information is readily at hand. Chat can revolve around new catalogue entries, but even that should be seen as disposable data. If someone is responding to an entry on planting roses, and providing more information of permanent related usefulness, there could be a button to edit the original entry, or link the new entry, classification drop downs for the new entry (with the same default classification as the rose planting entry), and an expiration exception button, so that the entry isn’t eventually deleted along with other incidental chat. All new entries would also be available as messages, so that people may have vague memories of what sort of information the system includes, and be alerted to any recent activity. – I’ll have to give the format more thought if the goal is to have a useful inventory database, still support chat, and yet not force users to spend all day reading old chat forums, when they just want to borrow a push-mower or find a partner for board games or fishing. Integrating both capabilities has never been done before, that I am aware of.

    Also records should be flagged for follow-up depending on access intent. If someone plans to borrow some available lacquer, the system should ask both parties a week later if the status of the lacquer changed. Also the lacquer entry should be assigned a three year expiration from the start, and better yet, a half year expiration, whereupon the original poster is asked to confirm if the record data is still accurate. Otherwise a system like this is bound to have so many obsolete entries that it becomes too annoying to use.

    Probably the best way of handling this is with transaction entries/queue-requests in which someone either indicates they are borrowing a kayak, or intend to do so. If they plan to return it or pass it on to someone elses care, that would be a separate scheduled transaction, subject to later verification. Also, the owner of personal property should have an override to put a transaction queue on hold, or in other words, a button they can press if they want their kayak or sewing-machine back for the next few weeks.

    Like instant-messenger apps which have a current user status, it wouldn’t hurt to have a physical user status, including hours of availability for emergencies, projects, or recreation. This would allow users to see who’s likely available for a game of cards or working on building the dock, without having to call everyone on the phone tree.

    I realize many people on the island retired before the internet was common-place. I’ll try to write something where knowedge of web conventions is not required, other than how to change a selector or press a clearly labeled button (presuming I do write this).

    I have spotted a request for a physical message board, and thus have considered that in these plans, getting information updated from physical message boards, posting new records to such a message board, and seasonally printing the data in paper-catalogue form for photocopying for non-computer households. Someone though would still have to update inventory records on behalf of such users, or the system would be of little use for making tangible reliable plans from accurate up-to-date info.

    I’ve just discovered LummiIslandLiving site. At least that seems to have ‘a’ level of thread subcategorization. Infinite nesting, except for folders, hasn’t really caught on yet. My own machine has about 5200 deeply nested folders of subject matter resources.


    Privacy is obsolete. The amount of automated surveillance available even back in the days of tube computers would stun many people. The population can only be controlled by government and corporations to the extent which the populace remains isolated. It makes no sense for the bank to be able to identify us walking through a store by the combination of sandals and bike pumps with RFID tags we own, while we remain in the dark about how we can help communities thrive.

    Your neighbors might not know who Lummi Rock is, but the corporate and government world certainly knows who wrote that post. Why give them an edge? If anything, since the information age is irreversible, we need the very opposite to gain leverage, for the public to be privy to every secret corporate and governmental board meeting.

    All of the green revolution, from solar bikes to accounting for butterfly populations, has become possible because this sort of personal information has become instantaneously public.

    In outlining that software above, you will notice that I set up fields such that users may control the privacy of every record they enter. It would be my hope that users elect to make as much of it public as possible, to benefit similar self-sufficiency communities. Even with encrypted data however, nothing is likely however to prevent access by certain agencies. There are a dozen manufacturers of smoke alarms with wireless mic and video. Back in ’93 when the home computer had a 40Mb harddrive, there were 60Gb RAM cards capable of processing such data streams. There are around 80 computer AI language applications for interpreting such data. There is a repository of every communication, voice or text (and probably camera/video today) sent on any media band. Give that a moment’s thought.

    Unless you wish to live under a lead roof, and x-ray your shoes and ball-point pens to keep out tech, the only reason to remain private is if you trust your neighbors least of all. (Which, if you lived in an unsavory community, one could make a case for).

  26. IF THERE WERE A REVOLUTION (In the follow-up context of privacy and alternative communications).

    Food riots or political upheaval could place us in such a position. The WTO actually places North America highest on the global risk of such an uprising.

    If that were the case, be assured that only a tight community already in place could function well. Cell phone towers already have A-lists built in, and anyone standing against a corporatocracy stands to have their banking, communications, and utility meters shut down instantly. We have seen this already in action in our first cyber-war in which supporters of wiki-leaks have had their finacial transfers censored, and those supporters responded by shutting down MasterCard for an afternoon.

    Where does that leave renegades? Does anyone even own a typewriter and mimeograph machine anymore, or even know what they are? Assuming you still have power, photocopy machines and even home laser printers are required by law to print hidden indicators of the printing source. Supposedly this is merely to prevent counterfeiting, but the astute will see that the implications run far deeper.

    I, for one, have no interest in a revolution. It runs counter to the interests of global and national prosperity. What I do want, however, is a government and business climate which responds to public interests. This is not going to occur if the general public attempts to live underground, instead of evolving the system themselves from the inside out.

    There are so very few elite with space-shuttle reservations to some secret colony on Jupiter, that I doubt anyone really has an interest in revolution (if they gave thought to it’s consequences) except a few wackos hoping for some rainbow armageddon to cleanse the earth.

    That said, anything revolutionary in nature, which from a lifestlye perspective, includes a return to sustainable living, needs to be high in the general public awareness, not occurring in secret meetings.

    It is because of this that the business climate has evolved to improve wind-mills, build solar-farms, go organic, and decrease and publicize their ecological foot-print.

    I am an ex new-age minister, and from that perpsective I can still suggest that those who are distrusting get the karma of those who are distrusting. Generous returns come to those who are generous of heart. If you would desire to have everything available, be prepared to offer everything. All things are known, and all things are under control. This control supercedes the risks one places themself in for self-exposure. Every chirp of a bird and flat tire is orchestrated like gears of a cuckoo-clock, according to each persons needs. This is my reality at least. Thrice I have stood fearlessly at gunpoint. I have never been abandoned in times of need. I may have had my house pirated by homeless junkies I let stay there, and my bank account drained by hosts during my sabbatical travels, but this all ultimately worked out for the best anyhow.

    Aside from practices to avoid spam, I have found that publishing my most intimate details over 14 years has had many benefits, and no negative consequences (except the annoyance of relatives who don’t feel the same, thus I now at least keep other people anonymous).

  27. In the complciated world we live in, it’s good to find simple solutions.

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