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On Living & Working Together

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Philosophy, Psychology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by Drogo

Living and working together are similar, and sometimes combined. When part of most days are spent doing things with each-other, we should realize it is a partner relationship, and it is very important to evaluate functionality and success whether the goal is happiness or a project. You cannot really understand who people are, unless you have serious lengthy interactions; and if you cannot spend hours with each-other, pushing, pulling, and in silence, then just realize you do not really know them well enough for major partnership decisions. Even when you have lived with another, which is even harder than long distance, there are things about them which will not make sense to you. It is only through meditation on the shared living experiences and communications, comparing and contrasting ideas and results, words and actions, good and bad feelings, can we have a real basis for knowing if who they are works with who you are sustainably enough to live happily together. This is not to say that anyone is perfectly good to themselves or others all the time, but we can only know relative to our own experiences and wisdom. Desire to do something with partners cannot be so selfish it excludes them; we succeed or fail together with group projects.

Facebook has made it clear to me, that text messages (no matter how personal), are not a true substitute for the kind of testing that must be done in person eventually. However, the less challenging your communication is, the less prepared you will be to handle each-other when the hardest tests come. The best indicator that you cannot work together, is if both people harbor more resentment than love consistently. The best indicator that you can live and work together successfully, is if the partners harbor more joy and love, than bitterness consistently. Some people have problems expressing certain emotions, so that should be taken into account, however it will impair communication. If you cannot tell how satisfied a person can be or is, it can cause confusion; same for bipolar mood shifts. This is why natural psychological medication, like moderate doses of organic cannabis, are so important for many people to find balance during stressful times or for severe personality disorders.

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Maintenance of a Boarding House

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Organic Architecture, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Drogo

Maintenance of a Boarding House requires a minimum of weekly tasks all year round, dependent on the quality and quantity of existing structures and grounds. The principle structure is often a Mansion, or Manor House.  The house itself is complex, as it has inner needs as well as outer needs. Outside the exterior of the building must keep the unwanted elements out, while allowing access safely to the tenants. Inside, the interior of the building should have functioning utilities and furniture, all of which are subject to the condition of the exterior. Leaks can damage the interior decor as well as the exterior and interior structural strength of the house.

Tenants of the Boarding House pay Rent, which is used to repair the house, make improvements, and pay bills for the property. Bills include Utilities, Taxes, and Mortgages. Utilities include electric, water, sewer, garbage, and others. Rent may be on a Daily, Monthly, or Lease agreement. The term “boarding” originally meant “meals served on a board” (as in “room and board”), in which Boarding Houses would be more like a long stay B&B (Bed and Breakfast), with the emphasis more on dinner meals.

It is an important task of the Landlord to keep tenants that pay rent on time. If rent is paid regularly, then bills should be paid and the architectural condition of the building should be maintained. The Landlord is to then appropriately utilize the funds provided by rent. This in turn keeps renters interested in paying rent to live there. Communal tasks, events, or meals are secondary to the function of affording the shelter.

While the Landlord often owns the property, the owner may delegate responsibilities to a custodian or relative who acts as the Landlord. Boarding Houses often hire local workers, but do not usually have estate staff like a Hotel or traditional Manor House. The Landlord may do most of the work themselves to maintain the property. If the Landlord has family, often they share in the duties, or work elsewhere to supplement family funds to various degrees.

The amount of rent paid cumulatively by all the tenants, should be relative to overall costs of maintaining and improving the properties of the House. Although high rent can provide better facilities, the reality is that many renters can not afford to pay high rent. Therefore a balanced Boarding House will have rooms of all sizes and features, lesser rooms for less rent, and more room and amenities for more rent. Slum Houses held by Slumlords, are usually the result of poor incomes only able to afford small rooms and cheap expenses, and rich incomes produce Manor Houses, with poor income renters as the servants.

It is generally the floor plan of the building that determines whether it is called a Boarding House, or an Apartment House (or Tenement House). Boarding Houses are functionally closer to family households, because those who live there share more of the architectural features and costs of utilities. Boarding Houses have common rooms, including Kitchens and Dining Rooms, that are more “house like”. Apartment Houses are usually partitioned into more independent clusters of rooms, for more private divisions of renting. Apartment Houses share common rooms that are more utilitarian, and the Apartment Buildings themselves are usually located in the city, and therefore not usually “houses” at all, but rather Townhouses. Terms that better describe urban multistory apartment complexes and their function, are “apartment buildings” or Townhouse Apartment Buildings.