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Wednesday, August 1st, 2001

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12:29a
This is from the most recent Jack Rabbit Speaks:

WALK UP VOLUNTEERING

To volunteer on the playa, without pre-arranging anything.... Take your " I
am ready to work right now" body to Playa Information (Checkpoint) in Center
Camp and ask for a volunteer coordinator. The volunteer coordinator will
work with you to tell you "what we need right now". Please bring a hat,
water, gloves and sunscreen when you come to Playa Information to get
assigned a volunteer job. Muchas Gracias.


Don't e-mail me about this... I am quoting this directly from JRS.
9:15a
idea for ljcamp
themed journals -- the one that popped to mind was one just for haiku-like "posts"; and maybe one for longer poems, and one just for comments about food and one just for comments about people and... (thoughts on this? suggestions for a set of themes? I'm planning on bringing between 2 and 12 journals, all depending on what happens...)

and I'm sure I'll be able to bring more of the random stuff off of the list earlier, but I'm better at that in a last-minute sort of way. :)
2:11p
Music and parties
It is August 1st....there are 24 days left before I leave to set up our theme camp.

insomnia, deselis, and I will be arriving on August 25th to set up camp. Please, please, please, let me know what day you plan to arrive.

I am willing to do one trip to Reno to pick up people from the airport. I am willing to take those people back on Sunday the 2nd. I am leaving the 3rd and will not have room in the truck for extra passengers.

What kind of music themes would you like to see at LJ Camp. We need to make a solid decision soon so that I have time to get and/or burn the music. I would also like to be able to broadcast theme dances on the playa news.

We will probably NOT do a formal anything on Saturday night (the night the man burns) so that everyone can take in the full specter of THE MAN.

Your input is what will make LiveJournal Camp a memorable place.

During the day, we invite people to write in our journals, and do whatever kind of performing they want to do....music (guitar, flute, banjo, whatever), poetry reading, story reading, or whatever they want. They MUST write in the journals to get a passport stamp.

What happens at night completely depends on your feedback. Otherwise, it will be left up to Mark and Kirsten as to what happens at night. PLEASE your response is important to us.


Thanks,
Kirsten
4:17p
For anyone concerned as am I about water transportation... ~smile~ I found a place locally here in San Diego (east county) that sells 55 gallon water drums for $20, or so said the woman on the phone with me... needless to say, that's about $7 apiece split 3 ways for all the water you're likely to need... Definately a good thing.

Double S Feed Company Inc.
14335 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon, CA 92021
619-443-9211

Current Mood: accomplished
6:37p
My BRG checklist on after arrival survival
This is the pre-edited version of what is currently planned for the Gazette Gate Edition, which is the one they hand you when you arrive.

The final copy is their (or the various authors') copyright, but I am sure all agree it's more important to spread the word. Please do not print hardcopy (you'll get a copy when you reach the playa anyway) and do not post on any public lists or boards or webpages.

This is primarily suggestions about how to make the most of the event after you've arrived and can no longer plan. It may still help with pre-event planning.

thanks!
cthulhia

*********

After Arrival Survival Tips: Making the most of what you brought.
compiled by Cthulhia

Welcome to Burning Man. All that advice about What to Bring is hindsight. You need to make do with what you Did remember to bring. If you are missing vital items, get to know your neighbors. We're all in the wilderness together.

If you have tips to add, bring them to the Gazette office in center camp.

***

Moisturize, Moisurize, Moisturize. Even when you don't need sunscreen. Massages, especially footrubs, with lotion are not a luxury on the playa, but a necessity. Share and enjoy.

Wash the dust off your feet before moisturizing.

The playa is alkaline. Combat playa dust by wiping your feet with vinegar or lemon juice before moisturizing.

If you know you tend towards dry feet, keep them covered, in shoes that require socks, as often as possible. Still wash them and moisturize them at least once a day.

Elevating coolers helps keep them cold. -- Heloise

If you have enough coolers in your camp, designate one for perishable items; meat, dairy, chocolate, anything that melts, and use the rest for more high traffic items, fruits, snacks and drinks. Open the coldest cooler as infrequently as possible. Everything stowed in a cooler should be sealed, or placed safely above the ice.

Avoid leftovers, feed your neighbors. -- Black Rock Rangers

Use drained cooler water to soak hot feet. If everything was properly sealed, the water won't be too gross.

If your hair is quickly turning to straw and you covet someone else's spray-in hair conditioner, offer to brush their hair in exchange. This is a great way to meet people with nice hair.

Avoid psychodrama. Always ask for permission. Even the calmest folks have mood swings in the desert.

A car can function as 2 decent tent stakes. A bus, RV or van can be 2 corners of a simple shade structure.

Use all that shade under your vehicle to stow items that don't really need a cooler, but are better when cooled. Cans and bottles won't blow away and are fairly easy to dust.

Light items, including empty waterjugs, blow away. Always keep them secure. Anything not heat sensitive can be kept in the vehicle nearest to the kitchen area. Designate a particular car-door and corner of that car for kitchen stuff.

If you brought a van with removable seats, you have instant extra seating heavy enough to weigh down corners of the shade structure. Wrapping them in any extra cloth will help keep the seats from getting too dusty. The now empty back of the van area is a great, dry, dust-free place to hang out during a storm.

Plan now who will take on which clean-up duties in your camp. Delegating decisions can get more difficult as the week progresses. If you begin aware of your clean-up responsibilities, you can proactively pick up messes before they accumulate.

Clean and secure your camp every time you leave it. You never know when a storm will hit. Yes, even if you planned to just go to the porta-potties. Expect to be waylaid by cool new people and projects.

Never leave anything on a shared cooler/table that can't be thrown off by someone else when they need to get into the cooler. Put everything away when you're done using it. Camps get messy quickly. The harsh environment will make you more sensitive to it.

Cleaning and organizing common areas, which may include your vehicle, should be done as often as necessary.

Full waterjugs in the corners of your tent make it harder to blow away.

Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before dealing with contacts. -- Grizzly

Bring a set of clothes for the "ride home" and keep them in a plastic
ziplock all week. Change once you get off or are ready to leave the playa.
-- Dr. Nik

Keep dust-sensitive items in a car, not a tent.

Drink More Water, Move slow, Eat high protein.
-- Dr. Nik

NIGHTIME: Lightsticks on guy lines helps keep bikers safe.
-- Dr. Nik

If you won't otherwise be visible at night, drop a glowstick into your waterbottle. This is also a good solution if you lose the plastic "clasp" to your glow-jewelry.

One universal law for me is "bring fiber" cause you can get get mighty sludgy from all the protein and dehydration and refined carbs. -- Jackie of Supersnail
(A good on-site source of fiber is all the fresh produce people brought. Eat it!)

If you put dry ice in your food cooler, it will make all your fruit and cherry tomatoes carbonated. Carbonated grapes are kinda fun, though. -- molly monster

My greatest playa discovery - when you are working on any building project - decorating your theme camp or anything using the hands - WEAR LATEX GLOVES, as in surgical gloves. They don't impede your dexterity and at the end of your day, you take them off and your hands are clean and moist, instead of horribly cracked and dry.
-- LadyBee

Put a hunk of ice in your hat or the shimmering sadistic sun will lower the curtains on your world faster than a beer goes tepid on the scorching playa.
-- from "Exploded Scrotum: A Magazine Devoted Exclusively to Mountain-Biking Injuries"

When did you brush your teeth last?
-- from "Exploded Scrotum: A Magazine Devoted Exclusively to Mountain-Biking Injuries"

One thing most experienced desert campers know is that it helps to match any quantity of water consumed with a quantity of salt. Otherwise, the body has a tendency to rid itself of excess moisture, that you might actually need.
-- http://www.visioncollective.org/BurningMan/burningmansurvivaltips.html

If gatorade tastes good, keep drinking. -- Pennsic maxim

Dissolve a spoonful of salt into your first glass of juice in the morning. If it tastes good, keep drinking.

You could forget water, you could forget a tent, you could forget clothing, you could forget sunscreen, but if you don't have lip balm, you'll die! -- Jackie of Supersnail
10:46p
someone here just mentioned water drums.. and i have a related question.

we have one of those big 55 gallon plastic drums, and we've taken it every year. and every year, the water tastes like ASS. after a few days in the warm air, the water takes on the taste of the plastic. i'm gagging it down after a week.

any suggestions?
11:40p
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic
religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and
theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious
sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a
meaningful unity" Albert Einstein
11:40p
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic
religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and
theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious
sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a
meaningful unity" Albert Einstein

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