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Join us this Wednesday, October 31st for a Roost Halloween Shindig. We’ll be sharing treats, watching movies, and just enjoying each other’s company on this fun holiday. 7 – 11 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Also – check out our latest … Continue reading →
Join us upstairs at The Solarium, tomorrow, Thursday, September 20th at 7 pm for our monthly Astrology Salon hosted by astrologist Brian Allemana. Check out the facebook invite here.
We have a shared room available to rent on October 1st. The rent is $265/mo plus utilities and food. Check out our craigslist ad for more information here:
Our ornamental dining room centerpiece. Photo by Fro
Earlier this month, Rebecca and I led a skillshare on urban indoor mushroom cultivation at Mess Hall, here in Rogers Park. The previous day’s preparation, and the morning rush to fill 20 straw bags proved “fruitful,” as we had a good turnout of new and old mycologists! We gave a lecture on different types of mushrooms, the mushroom life-cycle, and the magical power of mycelial mats. Then we gave a step-by-step demonstration of the method we use to grow Oyster mushrooms, which are some of the most delicious mushrooms there are, and are well-suited to growing indoors efficiently in moderate temperatures on a straw substrate. Everyone left with a starter kit and a small spawn sample (of grey dove oyster mushrooms.) And I’ve heard back from one of our attendees that her mushrooms have already fruited! Hooray!
~Andrea (my first blog post!)
Saturday was just a few days until Andrea’s birthday, so Roosties surprised her with a vegan, gluten free Drrrty South Pecan Pie Cake, and a trip to Illinois State Beach! The cake turned out much yummier than I had planned, the beach and hiking trails were breathtakingly beautiful, and ride home turned up a roadside attraction none of us expected! Ah sure; Jaxon had to work, the mosquitoes were biting, and Rebecca almost missed her train to South Bend that evening — but being the resourceful folks we are, we managed to make it an amazing day of roomie bonding magic!
The Roost’s very own band The Not So Swifts covering “Mine” by Taylor Swift!
The Roost has been blogless for two years! Whether you choose to blame it on laziness or our natural aversion to all things electonic, the time has finally come to re-enter into the future…
And to get things rolling; here’s a little Roost nostalgia from our old Wordpress blog:
We just completed a 36-hour partial energy fast, in which we did not use computers, electric lights (except by accident), the oven, microwave, toaster or stereo. The fridge, freezer, phone, running water (cold and hot), and stovetop stayed on, and we also used public transit. We turned off our heater but the apartment remains about 60 degrees. We made these decisions based on “necessity” vs “luxury” (a very fluid boundary indeed) as well as what would build community (cuddling in cold would, so the heater goes off; drinking tea would, so the stovetop stays on).
We did not do this to make an actual dent in any energy consumption. One household, or even ten or a hundred households, can’t do that. Residential energy accounts for only 11.5 percent of energy use in the US, while waste – about half from vehicles and industrial uses, and half from the electricity generation and distribution process itself – comprises more than half of total energy consumption. So it seems you can’t really make a difference by turning off your lights. I’m even prone to thinking that “50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save the Earth” type strategies such as recycling, “Keep America Beautiful,” and Earth Hour (www.earthhourus.org – which, yes, we participated in this weekend) are there to serve as distractions from the big corporate interests most directly responsible for energy waste and pollution.
Instead, we wanted to explore our own relationships to electricity and the appliances that it feeds. Our household’s energy consumption, while a drop in the bucket, is a microcosm of our society’s overconsumption (even though most of it happens outside the household realm.) We wanted to see how a fast would change our household interactions. Saving money was another big goal – we’ve heard stories about other people who fasted and, even after the fast ended, cut their electricity bills in half because they realized they didn’t need so much.
Now that the fast is over and it’s Sunday morning, we’re all back to being absorbed in our separate electrical computer pursuits. One could argue whether many modern conveniences were a net gain or a net loss. Even though I’ve relied on the Internet to maintain a lot of friendships, after a day and a half without it I’m inclined to think that for me it is a loss. Or at least Internet leisure time, although I don’t know anyone who can limit their Internet use to only those functions that are a social good. But what constitutes a social good? And who am I to say that Internet-happiness is any less real than the happiness felt from doing something else? (Even it it is less real to me.) And why, exactly, do I find the Internet so hard to stay away from, even though I’ve known about these feelings for a while?
Surprisingly, we all ended up staying up even later than we normally would on both nights because we were so busy socializing with each other. (Yay!) The first night was pretty busy with dinner, a massive load of dishes, and party prep (sand for candleholders, water buckets everywhere, etc.) but afterwards we played some kickass Telephone Pictionary. We had a Dark Party last night to tell people about what we were doing (and also to have something to do during the fast), and about 20 people came. By the end of the night, I was almost just starting to get the hang of saying “extinguish the candles” instead of “turn off the candles.”