Last we heard, our hero had a small fire and had to move all his crap back into his old shop. Oddly, those worms didn’t respond well to being re-canned, so the shop is now just a pile of machines that prevent my long-suffering parents from parking in their own garage. However, over in the increasingly scary land of West Oakland (Thanks, recession!) my house is coming along nicely - an upstairs for me (1000 square feet) and a similarly sized downstairs for all my toys. The basement/ground floor will be done in about a month, and then my parents will be able to park again. A fairly sophisticated alarm system should preserve the toys during the remainder of the construction, which will likely last through July. And ain’t insurance grand?
NIMBY - we found a place in East Oakland, in boring warehouselandia near the Coliseum. Of course, between building my house and having to tear down and move my shop, I haven’t been able to help much with the nonsense required to fix the accounting, convince the city, convince the new landlords, arrange the trucking, unstack the containers, fix the forklifts, break down every goddamn walkway in the place, etc, etc, ad nauseum. However, it’s all coming together. Now that the archeology has been done on the books, it seems that we need about - as of this writing - about 14K more to move to the new space. That includes the money to fix the old roof, and a lot of other scary details that I’ve successfully kept myself ignorant of.
Oh, and we’re officially a non-profit. So! For all of you who are still employed and have extra money that you haven’t… oh, say… bought a house with… you might want to consider tossing a little at NIMBY. This is the only solicitation I’ll make, and I’m making it now because I think that it’s highly likely that this will happen.
The easiest way to send money is to paypal it (http://www.nimbyspace.org/ has a link) or - if you wanna save us (them?) 3%, mail a check.
Oh, and I’m doing the design of the new space (!!). Preliminary rendering here: http://www.nimbyspace.org/?p=223
Finally - we gotta get that building totally empty in less than two weeks. Anyone who doesn’t mind doing hard work in a grimy cold warehouse is strongly encouraged to turn up. We have bad beer, too. If it’s any consolation, I’ll be right there next to you.