Sunday, September 10, 2006

what do you say?


couldn't stay warm friday/saturday. seriously considered turning on the heat. but today the sun shone bright and hot. oh SF, how fickle you are.

today i had brunch with the charming and talented jess hutchison. and she was yet another person talking of tiring a bit of the city life. the day before it was my friend laurel, talking of old farmhouses and big yards/open space in iowa. and before that, liz missing small town community. and me of course, pining for green and feeling worn down by the noise, trash, poo-covered sidewalks, surly hipsters, crazy drivers and people moving too fast to listen (myself included in those last two sometimes {i use citycarshare}).

so how bout this? how about all the artsy, poor, nice people move to some place green and affordable? en masse we could convert the red state conservatives to queer-loving, people-of-color- loving folks. we could form art collectives, build some ecofriendly houses, have the occasional art show/potluck/concert and invite the townsfolk. bike around town and down country lanes to the lake. bake pies. rock in the porch swing. hang out at the diner where everyone is a regular and they serve hash browns (not spiced, cubed potatoes like they do here). what other stereotypical small town activities can i conjure? but seriously, we want the culture and liberalism AND the rolling hills, community and affordability....are you in people? are you in?

uh oh. erica just turned on check your head. those boys are ON FIRE. i still love those beasties. time to dance in the house.

17 comments:

MARYBETH said...

Your idea is brilliant and I AM IN!
Namaste,
MB

kusink said...

Det är klart ni ska testa det! Jag lovar att komma o hälsa på! Jag kan ju baka bullar nuförtiden :-) ... Fast jag kanske behöver lite tempo också, så jag får väl spendera nån glamourös shoppingdag i sf-city ;-) som omväxling.

Kör hårt!
kram

Michael said...

Raise a barn? Paint fences?

Lina said...

Eller så kan man bo i Stockholm :)Mycket grönt, ganska schysst folk, bara lite klaustrofobiskt. Det känns som att det bara blir bättre och bättre här, eller så är det jag som blir äldre.

Men jag skulle gärna hälsa på ibland i en konstnärshåla på landet. Tanken känns bara lite absurd. håla + färglada människor...
(och ja jag har bott på landet, om än i Frankriket, jag vet hur det kan vara, inte bara fördomar)

lisa s said...

i'm in - sign me up!

Listoria said...

sounds positively perfect - complete with the beastie boys! yay!! i could so handle that right now...a community of artsy people who strive to gather to do artsy things!

lisa said...

i'm in!

jenifer74 said...

i'd be there in an instant! :)

JessRedRose said...

Brilliant!

erica said...

it sounds nice to me. i can make some houses for our utopia if you like....

mati rose said...

yep~!

Rebekka said...

what a lovely idea!

Grace said...

I read an article (Utne Reader?) about educated liberals moving to small towns and creating the community they want. There was an article (in Harper's?) about North Dakota attracting new families and industries. It definitely takes times to build a critical mass. Bolinas started with good intentions but it is pretty elitist and unfriendly to outsiders. There are many affordable, diverse and vibrant cities but California automatically lacks the first point.

Anya said...

oh please.... everyone move here to Ohio!! Not including the people I work with... there are some cool funky, artsy things that happen here. And lots of green and corn fields...
: )
But it's flat. Flat as can be. Drives me a little batty... I miss hills!

bugheart said...

need an
entomologist?
sign me up!!!
let's go!

Katia said...

I want to be part of the mass exodus. Let's pick a spot (red state?) and go.

p.s. My papa is swedish. We still have a summer house in
Leksand. Do you know where that is? Don't get back there as often as I used to. When I was a kid, we spent part of every summer there. I think it was as close as I'll ever get to heaven in this lifetime.)

celeste said...

let's buy up a lake, or riverfront! we're there. a big commonhouse with a commercial kitchen for the group meals, shared tools and appliances -- and studio spaces.
yes, yes!