The Steampunk World

Being the continued explorations of a living steampunk.

The steampunk world is all around us, lying just out of sight, in a continuous thread of steampunk builders and culture that extends from the Victorian era to the present. You'll find no science fiction here: This is real life steampunk.

Friday, April 28, 2006

I'm sooo broke right now but I feel like the richest person on earth. Opportunity is all around me.

Redmoon's two planned river events fell through, which is disappointing. Still, I hope to get on the build team starting in May for their next show.

I visited the Experimental Station, a building that once housed the Blackstone Bicycle Works and was the inspiration for my own kid's bike club. It burned down 5 years ago but they rebuilt it (despite extreme pressure to sell to developers) and best of all they built it with re-used materials, like old beams from barns and stuff. It's beautiful. They do Community Supported Agriculture (where a bunch of city folks get together and support a farmer for a year in exchange for seasonal produce), a bread co-op, and more including the kids program.

My anonymous benefactor has given the go-ahead to start planning for receiving 500 bikes and funds to ship them. This will involve some travel out west (which is exciting in itself) but more importantly will get another shipment to the Ghana project. I'd like to return but am conflicted, another Rat deserves to go too.

Work at the Foundry has cooled since I am forbidden to do ironworking. However a new blacksmith came in and I am learning a lot. Blacksmithing really appeals to me, I think it's the fact that it's physical and undelicate.

Now if I could only figure out a way to pay rent with all this work...


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