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Re: GSBN:Summer Plastering & ISBBC

I am certainly flattered that you and a few others would like us to
be there.
And most certainly I wouldn't schedule anything around us.
What I would suggest is that it get scheduled and that we work our
schedule around it.
Which I think is entirely possible and of course we would like to be

On Oct 15, 2006, at 8:43 PM, Joy Bennett wrote:

Certainly should the 2008 be held in Colorado and
there is a grand tour CASBA would be honored to
arrange the California leg - we definitely have enough
interesting and unique structures to occupy as many
miles and days as allowed.

AND it would be VERY nice if we could do the
scheduling so that Bill and Athena could attend - that
should be part of the scheduling criteria if we do it
in Colorado.


--- Catherine Wanek cat@... wrote:

At 01:11 AM 10/14/2006,  Martin Hammer wrote:
The photograph of Athena's sister's sculpture in
front of the adobe
tower made an appearance in Catherine Wanek's
"Worldwide Strawbale
Tour" at the ISBBC (if my memory serves correctly).
 But more than a
photo, we would all love to see the two of you at a
future ISBBC if
you're able.  In the meantime, simply, thanks....

Hi Bill and Athena  --  to set the record straight,
Bruce King gets
the credit for showing your aforementioned photo in
his truly
touching presentation at the ISBBC.  It was indeed a
cool photo, and
I echo Martin's sentiments -- we wished you were
there.  It would be
great to have you and Athena as presenters at a
future ISBBC.

This may be one of the better reasons to have the
next ISBBC in
Colorado -- the fact that it's not too terribly far
from Canelo, Arizona.

While I totally agree with Andre de Bouter, and I
would happily
travel far to the next ISBBC, there are two key
reasons to accept
COSBA and CASBA's offers to host with appreciation.

First, its a lot of hard work to coordinate and
infrastructure to stage successfully.  With it's
last two annual
spring conferences COSBA has shown that it has the
dedicated members
to pull off this kind of event for the maximum
effect.  There are
many high-quality strawbale homes around Colorado --
so it would be
possible arrange optional inspirational home tours
before and
after.  In fact -- like Joyce Coppinger suggested --
an additional
tour might be set up, for instance, from San
Francisco to Colorado
before the conference, and from Colorado to New
Mexico to Arizona
after the Conference.

As an enthusiastic participant of the pre-ISBBC 2004
tours, it's hard
to express how memorable they were.  It was just
fantastic to have
someone else do the driving, take you right to the
hot spots, make
sure you are fed and have a pillow under your head,
and translate or
interpret the many new and interesting things you
seeing.  (Thanks again to Barbara Jones and Bee
Rowan for organizing
the England, Wales, Ireland leg of the tour, and
Rene Dalmeijer for
putting together the trip through Belgium, Germany
and Denmark.  )

Second, since I know how much I enjoy experiencing
another culture,
I've also observed how much people from other
countries enjoy
visiting the USA.  The Colorado Rocky Mountains are
world famous, and
to hold the conference there would be a beautiful
bonus for our
colleagues from other countries.  Especially if this
trip might be
combined with a bus tour, or a car caravan across CA
and/or the Southwest.

Also, as Kelly Lerner pointed out, jet travel is CO2
intensive, so
perhaps the fewer Americans flying the better.  I
also agree with the
idea of US participants paying more, to help offset
travel costs for
others from faraway continents.  Perhaps the GSBN
could start
collecting donations for such a travel fund.  (Or we
at BWB could
start this travel fund.)

I'm also willing to help organize a pre or post
conference car
caravan through New Mexico and Arizona, with stops
in Crestone, Taos,
Santa Fe, & Kingston, NM and Tucson & Canelo, AZ,
with maybe even a
visit to the Grand Canyon squeezed in.  Perhaps
CASBA could
coordinate a similar trip in California.....?

By 2010 maybe France or New Zealand (two places I'd
love to go) will
have the critical mass to host the next ISBBC.  For
2008 I vote for Colorado.

Cheers (as they say in Ontario)

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