Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day 21

 We began our day with some very nice singing.  What a surprise!  We sing everyday!  Today's songs: the Banjo song, the Coffee Pot song, Sneeze on Me (sung to the tune of Lean on Me), and Eddie Coutcha Catcha....

Finishing the assessments

After discussing the plan of the day, we finished up the appraisal process.  I am not sure which part of appraisals I like the least.  What I like best about the appraisals is having the opportunity to see all of the finished, furnished homes with nice yards and fences.  The finishing up this morning meant finding different types of averages for all of the house values.  Homesteaders were given the packets of evaluations we filled out and added up yesterday.  They took these total values and listed them in order from least to greatest on a piece of paper (or I should say 20 pieces of paper- this process was done for each homestead).  Next everyone found the median assessment for the property they were working on, we did not have homesteaders do this accounting on their own properties.  After median we had everyone figure the mean property values.  Then we had everyone figure the average excluding the highest and lowest evaluation for each property.  This was very arduous for many of us, though a necessary step in the process. When all of the figures were in, we circled up again to decide as a community which type of averaging to use.  What would be the most fair for everyone?  The FED gave the homesteaders five choices: mean, mean without the high and low value, median, mean of the entire town (everyone would get the same amount), or an amount selected by the FED (the same for everyone).  We passed our totaled, tallied sheets around so the homesteaders would have a pretty good idea what the assessment values came back as for everyone.  A lengthy discussion followed.  The first concerns were that if we gave everyone the same amount, then peeps who had been lazy would be rewarded while peeps who had worked hard would not be justly compensated.  In this process we learned that one peep had assessed his own property VERY high, leaving him with an unreasonably high mean (think 1000 or so times higher than everyone else).  Most peeps wanted to go with the mean value because it was highest for them.  What do we think of one peep in town being 1000 times richer than the rest?  He will be able to out bid everyone else at the peep auction.  It was suggested that we impose a tax on the assessments with the tax rate raising based on how much wealth you had.  The revenue from this would go into a special mini fair fund for peeps who cannot afford to build the attraction of their dreams.  It was suggested that the richest peep have to make pants for Paul and TARZAN.  The richest peep was very much in favor of maintaining his almost wealth.  "Do you all want lousy, little numbers just so I will be less rich?"

We voted.  Homesteaders were given six choices and allowed to vote on two for the first round:

  • mean
  • mean without the highest and lowest numbers
  • median
  • taxing the assessments to level the playing field
  • the mean of the whole town (same emmetts for everyone)
  • FED imposed value (same for everyone)
The top votes were for the mean and the mean without the high and low numbers.  Mean won.  This process took our entire morning!  Next we moved on to lunch and swimming.  After lunch we went berzerk werking on mini fair business!  I am not telling what, you'll have to come to the fair on Thursday to find out!

the cob oven works!
fire in the cob
painting signs for the mini fair
painting wood for the *******
painting signs for the mini fair
building *******
Where to start????
 Today we liked:

  • it is almost minifair time!
  • the minifair is coming soon!
  • building prototype *****s
  • starting my own business
  • the whole day!
  • swimming
  • working on the minifair
  • the entire day!
  • fixing Ringo
  • getting signs for ******* painted
  • seeing minifair ideas working
  • helping to start the fire in the cob
  • doing a lot of work on *******
  • printing a TON of emmetts for the fair
  • becoming the richest peep in town
We wish:
  • we finished ****** for the minifair
  • camp wasn't almost over
  • for a ham sandwich
  • the trading post wasn't so busy
  • got further on ********** *******
  • Village never ended
  • minifair wasn't so soon
  • I got more peeps to have portraits done
  • I had daisies for hair
  • Village was the rest of the summer
  • to sell mixtaxhios
  • to have pizza day tomorrow
  • to cook bacon in the cob
  • had more time to *** *****
  • I finished *** so I had more time to work on *******
***** means it is a secret, come to the minifair on Thursday!

The minifair will be from 3 o'clock to 6 o'clock on Thursday.  Be sure to come!  Call (603) 903-5610 for more details

Monday, July 30, 2012

Day 20

We are officially in our home stretch!  I cannot believe that this was the last Monday of Village 2012.  As usual we began our day with some singing.  We are getting so good at Mountain Dew that sometimes we dance when we sing.  The plan for today was mostly appraisals... and that is mostly what we accomplished!
Practice assessing a building made by the Founder, Cia Iselin
Janis's home, igloo shaped
the inside of Janis's home

a desk with drawers that really open! 
Frankie's home
Frankie has a custom mixed paint color for her interior
Sally has a home that is completely squirrel proof!
Sally has a hot tub full of blue feathers!
TARZAN's home
TARZAN's home has a nice hidey hole
another view of the nice hole
Fernanda's home with a nice path down to the pool
a pool with a flower strewn archway
Fernanda's upstairs
Fernanda's downstairs
a tiny telephone
nice couch!
Veronica's home, great location!

Painter's home, a deep well with fortified walls!

RAM's home

RAM's bomb shelter

Paul's home

Nice bed and couch Paul
Paul's home is very accommodating for large guests

Ringo's recording studio

Paul and Ringo have very yards

a peep neighborhood
Tom's home
Tmon's home, complete with pool
Tmon's front door
Tmon is not an incredible house keeper, but
he does have a lot of pet snakes!
alternate view of Tom's home, we have no interior
 picture be cause the roof fit a little too well!

Jeff Adams' home
Jeff has a cool hiding space under this tree
inside of Jeff's house, table, bed, plush chair!

Manbat's treehouse

Close up of Manbat's home
Man bat has a very nice yard

Manbat's mossy bed
Lilly's lovely lavender home
Lilly's nice yard
Lilly's interior
Lavender's colorful hot tub
Lavender's home with real screen windows!

Lavender's home has been the hot spot for Village sleepovers
Victoria's home
Victoria's spacious, uncluttered interior

Hermione's home

Hermione has many nice things to sit on

Elianna's home
Elianna's cushy couch!  It is a foldout!
Chris's home
Chris has a real frog and a mustachio living in his home

Miranda's hone

Miranda's lovely rug

Madalyn's interior

Madalyn's home, nice paint!

a cob almost ready for action!

Today we liked:
  • swimming!
  • free cupcakes and sugar cookies! (the bakeries in town did not have anytime to open today because of the appraisals, they gave all of their wares away at the end of the day)
  • appraisals hopefully went well for everyone
  • getting appraisals done!
  • seeing all of the finished houses
  • coming back (by Will, he was at another camp for a couple weeks, he likes this one more!!!)
  • free baked goods
  • good goodies
  • the whole day
  • finding a tiny frog (I think it was a toad)
  • learning to play WAAAH
We wish we could:
  • have more time swimming
  • it were colder out
  • tomorrow has free baked goods plus brownies
  • have more time to finish up the appraisals
  • I brought a bathing suit today
  • have had time for corvee today
  • for free bacon
  • it was less hot
  • for another cupcake
  • for as much bacon as possible
  • for a dump truck full of bacon
  • for a giant bacon pizza
  • I knew which bakery to go to
  • I wasn't allergic to everything
  • my roof didn't break
  • for key lime pie