I think this is a beautiful visual of my community –> http://vimeo.com/95919532
(all video credits to Andrei Ivanov of Senior Haus)
The Senior Haus residents, alumni and friends of the haus came together to make Roast happen. We created the art, hired the bands, cooked the food…I mean to say that I can look at that video, see myself and my friends and my work and say ‘I am part of this place, and I love it’. A community isn’t a group of people who live together. It is created when those people interact, when they work together and build cool things and go off on adventures. It happens in the mundane daily collisions of minds, and it lives on every year when some of us leave and others are welcomed in.
At Roast, I met an alumnus who graduated MIT back in the seventies, decades before I was born, who remembered this tradition and came back to visit the house. A group of us sat around in the lounge as he shared tales of back in the day. At some point, after I graduate and pass on into the Real World, I’d like to come back too. I want Roast to live on.