Mending ~ red tape not required

 

People go back to the stuff that doesn’t cost a lot of money and the stuff that you don’t have to hand money to over and over again. Stuff that you get for free, stuff that your older brother gives you, stuff that you can get out of the local library.

Frank Black / Musician

 

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Us RUDE Guys have been participating in our community, giving our time and some of our resources, for free to others, and helping them mend their things.

We had a vision that we would be engaging in a no-strings attached activity.  And for many months we were, and it was awesome!   What could be easier than partnering and collaborating with others and delivering a free mending service .   Helping people in our locale to save money by repairing items they would have had to otherwise buy new.  And saving the planet by keeping their stuff out of landfill.

Sadly, as in the cartoon above, nothing is free in life.  There may be the appearance of no strings attached.  However, it’s rarely possible.  Why?  There is always the looming threat of bureaucracy with its red tape.  And the more free and awesome your activity develops, in mind, in stuff and in service, the more the bureaucrats want to regulate and control it and you.

Us RUDE Guys have been following the demise of Urban Food Street in Buderim,  Queensland which is a community food growing and sharing neighbourhood activity that was destroyed by Sunshine Coast Council.  An example of green crime by local government bureaucrats, fueled by their addictions to power, regulations and red tape.  We would not be surprised if these bureaucrats were acting like spoiled brats at a party, just itching to spoil the fun and joy others were having.

Chatting with RUDE Boy over today’s lunch, we agreed that we still have free will no matter what type of restrictions are imposed on our community participation.  Rather than react in a negative way, it’s best to keep positive and think creatively.  And that’s where the bureaucrats flounder.  And that can be frustrating – not much space for creative and innovative thinking when they are threatened for whatever reasons.

So how do we remain positive whilst dealing with threatened and risk averse bureaucrats?  We know us RUDE Guys have free will, free time, free hugs, free services and free things to share with others.  How we share all these freebies is up to us and not them.  And there really really are lots of creative ways, without red tape, to Beat The Man.

We are really really loving the Really Really Free Market in Preston, and we are really really hoping the local Darebin Council embraces the joyfulness of the freedom it brings for a few hours, to the mostly regulated ‘to every inch of their lives’ people attending.

 

 

 

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IMAGE via The Age ~ Hailie Sommerhalder setting up for the Really Really Free Market. Photo: Simon Schluter

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IMAGE via The Age ~  The Really, Really Free Market gets into the swing of things. Photo: Simon Schluter


“It is a refreshing sanctuary from money … because money is everywhere, and very few things in life are free. So it’s a nice change to see all this honest, open, giving going on without any strings attached.”  Hallie Sommerhalder /Stallholder ~ Really Really Free Market

Below is the link to the article in today’s Sunday Age article titled “Money Doesn’t Work Here’

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/money-no-good-at-prestons-really-really-free-market-20170727-gxjwj2.html

Tin Shed

Tin Shed 11 Dec 2014

Suburban houses and tin sheds are often the objects of ridicule.

David Byrne

 

In the RUDE household there is definitely no instant gratification happening.

We have a carport but we do not have the luxury of a garage workshop.

We can prove this, by RUDE Boy’s years of searching for a tin shed at the right price.  He has been scouting Ebay for what seems like a lifetime.  He has been putting watches on all these sheds.  But when the auctions are over, he throws up his arms at the prices secondhand sheds are fetching and/or the locations of them.

We knew something would come our way eventually.  We just had to be patient.  And the universe eventually provided a fire damaged shed at the right price = zilch!!

RUDE Boy had to go and collect the shed immediately,and he moved like lightning to oblige.  The shed is approximately 3m x 2.4 m with a double door at the front.  There is no window.  He had to dismantle it and load it on the trailer.  No big deal, just a couple of hours work.

We are very grateful that the previous owners thought to offer it up, and did not resort to throwing it in the skip with the other fire damaged materials and items.

With a RUDE spit and polish this shed will serve us well as a workshop.  We look forward to posting our ongoing shed story, as it gets a RUDE makeover.

Beat The Man and ‘shed’ any ridicule about rescuing fire damaged and free tin structures from the dumpster.

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Front of shed ~ fire damage can be seen in the right hand corner

 

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Fire damaged side of shed

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Entire shed dismantled and stacked into the trailer

Read about the history of sheds on Wikipedia, and note that Australians, and New Zealanders too, have a love affair with these structures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shed