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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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday night we slept at the Estate for the first time. We were working so late doing wall patching that we offered our children a choice of where to sleep. “Here!” They chorused enthusiastically. We had a couple small mattresses that I made for them for reenactment events, and a half broken futon couch scavenged from a neighbor. We watched Blackadder Goes Forth on a salvaged CRT television hooked up to a portable DVD player until we fell asleep. The futon was hardly the most comfortable. We probably lost as much time the next day from poor rest as we gained from staying late, but still it was memorable and morale boasting experience. We are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. Repair and paint walls and ceiling, partially rebuild the kitchen, refinish the floor, then move. We can do this.