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RE: GSBN:Nominating new members
At 11:34 AM 10/17/2006, you wrote:
So, did you go to ISBBC? Was good?
I did end up going, yeah, and it was quite good. Though I
almost always feel accepted, I also almost never feel quite like I
fit in at any of these sorts of events. I'm not a professional
offering services, I'm not an owner-builder trying to learn
everything in a week... just this guy who likes the people involved.
Yeah, I'm strongly in favor of the materials and methods, but it's
the people that keep me sucked in. Getting to hang a little with some
good folks that I literally haven't seen in years, I liked that OK.
Way too many pictures at
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/isbbc06.html">http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/isbbc06.html</a>
I tried posting them to GSBN, but I have some email troubles
that I haven't cleared up.
Did Hank keep himself busy enough to stay out of the way?
That idiot. I can't believe he didn't go. I posted this to
SB-r-us just today:
At 07:32 AM 10/17/2006, Hank Carr wrote:
It may just be the types of events that I attend...
I'm still astonished that you didn't attend the ISBBC -
such a rare opportunity to learn so much at a gathering with so
many of the world's most knowledgeable, experienced,
forward-thinking SB practitioners (who by and large are very
concerned about embodied energy nonsense, espouse the use of
earthen plasters whenever possible, and are among the most
intelligent and deeply considerate people I've ever known). And it
was practically right in your own back yard, too. You told me
months ago in an email that you weren't going to go, that you were
going to leave it to "the professionals." I didn't really believe
it... but you really didn't go. (Well, you actually did go long
enough to misconstrue at least one important point in a
conversation with Matts about the recent fire tests, I guess, and
long enough for me to snap a couple photos.) I'm sure you must have
had a good reason... but what a missed opportunity that was. I wish
you'd have attended.
Ben, who wrote the email you were responding to, was there.
But you knew that - you were the point person for registration. And
chances are good that you don't give a hoot who Ben is... even
though he's been a building professional deeply involved in
strawbale since - what, Ben, '93? A groundbreaker, he is. And a
little bit too modest.