The Sea Ranch Listserv was worth summarizing last week.
Someone asked whether any local craftspeople could produce a house number for their The Sea Ranch home. The specifications, according to the CC&R’s, dictate that the sign must be 1″ x 6″ inch clear redwood with 4″ gothic-style letters, mechanically routed with a 1/2″ minimum stroke width and painted with bright white enamel paint or a reflective film overlay. It was generally agreed that finding a craftsperson capable of fashioning a sign to these specifications will take a long time. In the meanwhile the person should not delay in putting at least some visible numbers by their home. Fines be damned. To not do so would be irresponsibly unsafe. This could be a matter of life or death.
Almost everyone on the Listserv wants a free P.O. Box, which may or may not be available to them in Stewarts Point or Gualala. But definitely not at The Sea Ranch Lodge, since that post office is privately managed.
Someone asked for a large stack of newspapers to start a fire.
Someone asked how to watch Golden State Warriors games. As always on the Listerv, the answer was universally “YouTube TV.” A day after that, someone else asked how they can watch 49ers games. Someone suggested that they look for options on Roku, to which others replied, “yes, that should work. YouTube TV is on Roku”.
One member said that The Sea Ranch is experiencing “division and hurt” about whether we prioritize the ecology of The Sea Ranch or the protection of our homes. According to them, when we “stop listening” we “harden our positions.” The solution? To attend a lecture about how we need to disrupt some of the ecological systems nearby so we can protect our homes.
One member can help you find mushrooms that have a .1% chance of killing you.
Sea Ranch realty companies were encouraging potential home buyers to rent their homes out to vacationers, even back 2003, according to some newly discovered documents.
One Listserv member asked what sort of damage and theft occur when people rent their homes here. Another member that actively promotes their vacation properties across the internet (and their own prenatural ability to screen for the best, most civilized renters) said, “none at all.” Another said, they actually accumulate objects in their rental property, such as kitchen appliances and toys. Another said vacation renters are a good thing because, paradoxically, they help keep everything “clean and functional.” Most others agreed that vacationers leave behind inexplicable stains and broken wine glasses.
One local realty and vacation management company provides the following advice to its clients: “do not put items into your home where you’d be devastated if it went missing or got broken”, which raises two questions. First, who’s really working for who in that situation? And second, how many sad homes fit this description at The Sea Ranch: Beautiful on the outside and filled with disposable detritus on the inside?
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