i recruit for an egalitarian community
but i am not an egalitarian recruiter
i have favorites
Some of them are easy
my community has a huge fixed plant
with many things to fix
tool turns who are not chauvinistic are highly sought after
some members wish we were more stable
and that we would encourage prospective members
who will come and settle down
but i am oft on the look out
for shooting stars
for members i know we cant hold
because there will always be attractive other options for them
because their charisma or charm or capacity
adventures unfold before them
but like the meteor overhead we are enchanted and pleased by their presence.
if we are wise, and emotionally nimble, we will appreciate them while we have them
and remember them fondly when they are gone
The original shooting star in my experience with Twin Oaks was Sugah.
i ran into Tegra at my old friend David Goldsmiths birthday party in Eugene. David has done all manner of exotic and wonderful things in his life, perhaps the most interesting of which is he taught the Dali Lama slam dancing.
Tegra was called Mario Andretti for much of the time i lived with her on the commune. She was capable with tools, doing acrobatics with nail guns atop ladders while we were putting the finishing siding on the new warehouse extension. And she was another Ruby Tuesday character, not to be pinned down. She seemed most likely to go off an learn lion taming or something equivalently exotic.
i did not recruit Tegra, she predated my arrival at the commune, but i did explore if we could keep her longer when she decided to leave, failing utterly and watching her vanish and break myriad hearts on her way. And still being glad for our brief dance.