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, March 30, 2011
On March 20th we began long-term occupancy of Greyshade Estate. I'm preparing a post spelling out step by step how we saved our hardwood floors but for now just know that they came out great. As a couple we have moved ten times. It never gets any easier. There is a certain finality to this move both good and bad. Our temporary residence was my mother's house since 1960. It is the house in which both I and my two sons took our first steps. After we moved in my mother injured her leg gardening leaving her knee partially paralyzed. She is now in very nice assisted living facility and doing well, but the house must be sold to finance her care. It is the end of an era. There will be no more guava jelly from that garden. There will be no more secret stashes of childhood memories in the corners of closets. It is all must pass. Everything must be moved or disposed of. On the plus side Greyshade Estate will now be our home from now until, like my mother physical infirmity makes life here impossible. We are home.