July 1st, 2010


Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D.,  is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water.  And it does not look like most people expect.  There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.  To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this:  It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult.  In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC). 

Via Julie Bernstein.

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Rooms for rent at Tortuga

There are two "rooms for rent" at Tortuga, an intentional community in Mountain View. It's a very cool group of artists, programmers, entrepreneurs and creators fo various sorts. One of the rooms is part of two bedroom apartment that is currently for sale. They plan to rent this room until the apartment sells. This creates an opportunity for someone who wants to rent a room in an intentional community and be a part of Tortuga on a short-term lease basis. The room will be available August 1, and rent is $900.

They'll be opening the unit up for for their July 31 party so people can check it out. If interested, talk to laughingstone.

The other room is in the home of Patri and Shannon. Shannon writes:

"My husband and I live in an intentional community in Mountain View, and we're looking for a new housemate. I'm a certified co-active coach, I would love to have someone with the wonderful communication and listening skills that CTI teaches, but being a life coach or NVC practitioner is not a requirement :)

The room is approximately 10' by 14.' Its like a little studio, with its own built in mini-kitchen, and it has a huge balcony (its a converted kitchen).

The intentional community consists of a dozen people who live in their own apartment buildings. We own the property, so each apartment is very unique in its customizations, with fun paint colors and the like. The atmosphere is very low key: its just a group of people who want friends as neighbors. The community has a gym, a lounge, a hot tub, and a little garden out front.

Please let me know if you're interested, or if you know anyone cool who might be interested."

If you're interested in this room, contact choiceful.

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Harp music house concert

My friend Rebecca is starting company designed to connect consumers with local artisans.
As a promotion, she's offering a harp concert to the first 10 customers who purchase $500
or more. The details are below.


I'm starting a company (Becca's Loft, www.beccasloft.com) that connects
consumers with local artisans who make unique handcrafted home furnishings.
I'm working with glassblowers, potters, woodworkers, metalworkers, weavers,
and basketweavers to provide beautiful high quality, artistic, handcrafted
dinnerware, drinkware, linens, furniture, and home accessories.

I'd like to offer you the opportunity to be one of our first customers. Our
first ten customers who complete purchases (minimum order: $500) will
receive one free hour of live harp music* at a Bay Area home of your choice.

*Here's how it works:*

Let me know what category (see below) and type (e.g. rug, bedframe,
dinnerware set, wine glasses) of items you want and any specifics you have
decided on (style, size, color, quantity, etc.) Also let me know what price
range you are looking for. *You can do this on the website (BeccasLoft.com)
or by email (becca@beccasloft.com).*

I will respond with information and photographs of (a) available locally
handmade products meeting your description and (b) profiles of local
artisans available to handcreate your item and photographs from their
portfolios. All of our artisans are personally vetted by me for the quality
of their work and their reputation for order fulfillment. I'll also let you
know about payment and delivery options. For custom products, escrow
accounts are available.

You can then decide which items you would like to purchase and complete your

*List of Handcrafted Artisanal Furnishings Currently Available:*

*Dining and Entertaining*
Table Linens

Bedroom Furniture
Dining Room / Kitchen Furniture
Home Office Furniture
Living Room / Family Room Furniture
Patio Furniture

*Decorating and Accessories*
Centerpiece Bowls

*Organizing and Storage *
Media Centers
Entryway Storage
Wall Shelves


Let me know what you're looking for and I'll find it, or find someone who
can make it!

* Scheduling subject to availability. Concert grand harp used. No
electronic amplification provided. Must be in the SF Bay Area. No
ceremonies or concerts.