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Holiday Celebration and The Commune
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crschmidt
In celebration of the holiday season, there will be an informal open house-type gathering at The Commune on Saturday, starting around 4pm and lasting until whenever people stop showing up. Kid friendly, geek friendly, wireless available, alcohol will be available to those who partake. If you're interested in coming and don't know where I live, or haven't RSVP'd, please let me know, I'll be online on AIM (cr5chmidt) or IRC (irc.freenode.net/crschmidt,isnick, irc.perl.org/crschmidt,isnick).

Now, many of you may not understand exactly what I mean by "The Commune". Although I have mentioned my living situation before, it has mostly been in passing. So, this is one of the few full explanations of why the commune is The Commune.

I live in a 1.5 Bedroom duplex with 3 adults, two children, two cats, and two kittens. There are a total of about 4 rooms, plus 1.5 baths. Needless to say, the place is a bit small. In this place we have approximately 5-6 computers at any given time: two Linux desktops, one Mac Powerbook, an HP Windows PC, and an IBM Windows PC. There is a TV, although none of us watch it.

This, in and of itself, doesn't quite make the place a commune, although the size of the place does tend to lead to a rather communal living experience. However, what really does it is the way the three adults interact. Kristan and I have been friends, or at least compatriots, since I began using LiveJournal oh-so-many years ago. Jess and Kristan met last year, while she was still dating Roy and living in some state way down south. (States outside New England are just "Out there": separating them becomes difficult.) This summer, starting in May, I moved in with Jess. About a month later, Kristan had broken up with her boyfriend and came to stay with us for the weekend. She's still here.

We share tasks in this house: which means, in many cases, that we all do equal amounts of slacking, and nothing gets done. We all bitch about the fact that no one does the dishes, and then eventually, after the mold starts talking (or smelling, whichever comes first) someone will do them. We share a lot of responsibility for the kids: Kristan will watch them while Jess drops over to wedu to pick me up, while I will get them up in the morning, and Jess will usually put them to bed at night. We hang out together and discuss things happening on IRC channels that we share: in fact, we have our own IRC channel, for house-specific discussions (is Alicia dressed yet? Who is going to clean up the cat box this time?). We'll watch movies together. We hang out together.

The Commune is an interesting place. We attract attention, and everyone who stops by comes away talking about how wonderful life in The Commune is. I can't disagree with this in the slightest. If there's one thing that the commune is, it's love.

That's right:

      
The Commune is love
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The Commune sounds a lot like my student house, which brings back fond memories for me :)

I often explain The Commune as "polyamory without the drama or the sex." It seems closest.

Sounds like a good explanation to me.

Same here. 4 techy guys living together in a house. Significant others flitter in and out, but things have been pretty consistant for the past few years.

Where does everybody sleep!

Alicia and Jules have bunk beds in their, much larger, bedroom.

We have the smaller bedroom, and we sleep together in a queen sized bed.

Kristan has the futon upstairs that used to serve as a couch.

When we have guests, there's lots of crashing on floors and sharing of the futon.

Their bedroom is no way bigger than ours. If you tried to put a queen size bed in that room, it would stretch wall to wall.

Given the possibility, I would definitely come and visit you, but, eh... as you probably know, the trip from Denmark to any location in the US isn't the cheapest, neither timewise nor moneywise. And I don't have too much of either, unfortunately. Some other time, perhaps. =)


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