[Update March 12, i have volunteered to coordinate gifts to Acorn around this event. If you have anything you want to donate, please contact me (in the comment section here or by email at paxus at twinoaks dot org]
i was quite pleased with the fire at the Acorn steel building. Not because no one was hurt, tho this was certainly a relief. Not because the blaze did not leap to the new seed office, which would have been seriously disheartening for Acorn in general and especially the crew working hard to complete it. Nor was my joy from the fact that the bad chicks were moved to safety a couple days before the blaze.
What i was pleased about was that within an hour of the fire starting, after power was returned to the Acorn campus after having been out for a couple of days, i got 4 different sets of messages that i was happening. GPaul texted me first, Mac phoned me an update, Puck gave the most details of the blaze and another person who does not like to be named told me what was happening.
What thrills me about this is that all these people thought in response to this tricky situation they would call me. Not that i was going to do anything in the immediate sense (except blab about it on social media), but because i was someone who it was going to be important to and now is was in the Acorn family and needed to be told about our shared loss.
And as has been true for the last several fires, we were quite lucky. While we lost a new vehicle.
We did not loose the much more expensive tractor, which is occasionally parked in this building, nor the near by rec collective (a straw bale and thus highly combustible building) nor the all wood new smoke shack.
We did loose a bunch of tools, perhaps 5% of our seed back stock inventory, all of commie clothes, a bunch of empty seed packets, several freezers, lots of supplies. It was a big building, full of some useful stuff.
And we are already planning the benefit concert for the commie clothes replacement fund for the week after Acorns Land day celebration (April 6). Encouraging people to donate useful clothes and costumes to our new library. And there will be a stage and the circus tent here, so mark your calendars.