In 2010 a family of four sold their charming little condo in the increasingly fashionable neighborhood of University Heights. With the money they bought a stripped out house in East San Diego previously owned by human smugglers. Their goal was a radical change in lifestyle that would allow DIY Makerism, self reliance, alternative technology, permaculture, and urban homesteading into their lives in ways their HOA would have never allowed. The ideas that lead them to take this plunge came from the steampunk movement as it was during a brief shining period when art and philosophy seemed at least as important as brass, and great essays, speeches, and letters were written. These days they don't worry so much about what people call "steampunk." They call what they're doing the Greyshade Estate.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Victory Gardens San Diego
This weekend was spent with clean up from the demolition of the bathroom, demetaling, salvaged studs, and a bit of preliminary moving. With the toilet now working and a few bits of furniture at the estate it has reached a kind of club house condition. The kids can now play happily while we work, which means now we can both work for extended periods. Mrs. Greyshade also signed me up for an organic gardening class through Victory Gardens San Diego. At $60 for four three-hour sessions it’s a far better deal than the various consulting services around.
We were both a little concerned that it might be feel good group for rich people want to show off that they’re Democrats. That's not where I'm coming from at all. I mainly want to grow food because I want to be sure that my family and I can eat when our oil dependent supply chains collapse. I realized that I was among kindred spirits when peak oil was mentioned twice during class introductions. I was even more delighted when they talked about building raised bed planters out of “urbanite.” Several of us were unfamiliar with the term so they explained. Urbanite is a new stone littering the earth’s surface. It is named for where the urbanite beds are most concentrated, cities. It is also known as broken concrete. I think I have a new favorite word.