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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.


Musical Blades

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by coffeedude65

After watching the GO GREEN Promontage 03 video on Youtube, with the music from Cruachan, I must confess I have not been familiar with this wonderful band.  I have looked into their music and I am hooked.  So I thought I would share a probably less known, and more local band that I truly enjoy.  I wish I could see them more often than just waiting for the Ren Faire season, but they are named “The Musical Blades”.  They are far different than Cruachan and I am not sure why I connected the two in my mind, although they both move me far more than any contemporary music does these days.

The Musical blades are a pirate act that performs regularly at the Faires in the Midwest, I am not sure their entire schedule (it is available on their website ) but I believe they have worked Faires throughout several states in the Midwest.  Some of my old vids have their music as backing, and if I can find the footage on my PC, I have some wonderful performances by them.  They truly enjoy what they are doing and they love to involve the crowd in their often ribald songs.

Some of my best Faire memories of the last couple of years, is sitting in a little pub or pavilion with a full mug of ale, singing and stomping my feet with a mighty “HUZZZAHHH”.

“When I die, I want to go to pirate heaven………..”

Halloween Costumes

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2009 by Drogo

I wonder if one can ever truly know the separation between exterior expression; appearance through costume, clothing, ritual garb, skin, hair, sounds, words, movements; and the inner individual person?

For example, the more time we spend in a business suit, the more we feel we are a part of business, and the more we are perceived by others as such. We tend to think the less time we spend looking a certain way, the less we are like the associations of that image.  A costume is usually not something that is regularly worn by the wearer.

Yet I think there are exceptions. Sometimes we can find a costume that fits ourselves better than our daily uniforms, even a better side of ourselves. However just as we are amalgams of perspective, so too are costumes. There can always be more than one interpretation of the wearer and their costume, if it is even called a costume.

Happy Halloween!!!


Tables Round

Posted in SCOD Pipedream Pub with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by eposognatus

Recently, Comrade Drogo and I were discussing the Winchester Round Table, and as well various designs for tables round, and whether their centre be cut away for ease in serving, etc. The modern perception of the round table is that first echoed by Wace in Roman de Brut, written in 1155:

“On account of his noble Barons, each of whom thought himself the best and none of whom accounted himself the worst, Arthur made the Round Table, of which the Britons tell many fabulous tales. There sat his vassals, all noble and all equal; they sat equally at table and were equally served. No one of them could boast of sitting higher than his peer.”

A Round Table may also describe a gathering or tournament, often featuring motifs or outright imitation of Arthurian elements (i.e. assuming the names and arms of Arthur’s Knights). It is one thing to take these ideals and use them in symbolic play, and quite another to doggedly uphold them for the greater good. Even as we see the spirit of truth, equality, and dissemination of knowledge in both this blog and the form of the round table, others may just as willfully malign those images for their own gain, as Henry VIII contrived to do in his fabrication of the round table at Winchester.

Among my own favorite interpretations of the physical and spiritual manifestation of the Round Table is featured in the film Mazeppa, as you may view here now.