About us (CABA)
One fall day, in 1974, Anne Pinsen (246) and Nancy Shams
(226) decided to bring folks together on the street in a block
long garage sale and share the advertising costs. Others
thought that a garage sale was too much work. They
decided to cook and sell home-cooked food. They avoided
organizing, labeling, and hauling things and chose chopping,
blending, and mixing instead. Photos in the Record showed
long tables of food that were labeled with house numbers.
There was also a Shakespeare puppet show for kids but no
mention of music. Closing off the street made it a
pedestrian walk and safe for bicycling. Garage sale
customers could not drive by but had a festive United
Nations feel. Carol Brown (227) recalled yearly Southern
fried chicken competitions, so she only did veggies and
watermelon balls until Colin (227) made giant macaroons.
Each year, the leaders panic; “what if nobody comes?”
Also sorts of new folks came and went. The little old
Tibetan lady carried out her two paper plates covering her
home fried meat dumplings. Suddenly, the zooming, cycling
boys screeched to a halt. They formed a silent line behind
her and followed like ducklings until she put her plates
down. She stood back, turned and smiled. All the dumplings
disappeared. The boys said a polite “thank you” and bowed
down. No adults ever ate her delicious morsels for at least
five years. She never learned to speak English. Those boys
learned to be very polite.
So many other stories! Too many to fit here but just as fun
to recall. 49 years later, we are more ambitious to do more
and to help each other. The COVID pandemic created this
need in us. Instead of paper newsletters to reach out, we
have a website: CABANJ.org. It is your choice to join,
celebrate and work together, to solve problems, and share
ideas. See the office table during the party @ 227.
Now, we have infrastructure, a bank account, website,
budget and a calendar. Now, our leadership includes
president, vice president, treasurer, secretary/editor. That’s
about us. What about you?
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