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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

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Oh Man, I can't believe we're only a few weeks away from another burn. All of the promises I make myself every year when I pack up and leave. Promises made that I am unable to keep by the time the year rolls around and it's time to set up again. Sheesh. Why do I do this to myself every year? It's like studying for an exam, I always end up doing everything at the last minute, oh well. Kidsville here we come, for our eighth or ninth year.

Big hugs,
Jacqui and Beau, who was seven when he first came to Burning Man, and is now a whopping sixteen years old and a dedicated burner. He's even learned to fire spin.
MOOP and Leave no TRACE
a little discussion we had over at C4.

Interested in what you think:

I'm with you man. I'm always amazed at the duality of a leave no
trace vs throw it all in the dumpster at Lake Tahoe mentality..

It's tough though, what with life and existence being transitory and
all things tending towards ultimate disorder.

Thinking ahead and coordinating community efforts is one good way to
do it.

I remember my first year, running like a muthafucker for 5 minutes
in midday heat across open playa to chase down a bag... then seeing
people throw perfectly good carpets out in the dumpster behind a gas
station on the way back to San Fran...

Now I bring a moop container and pick up things as i walk, but you
don't really see me haul ass for stuff blowing across the playa

--- In c4camp@yahoogroups.com, J C <j@...>
> Last year I stayed an extra week after Burning Man ended.>
> I came home, hummed, hawed, and stewed. I had a blast but I was
> hella pissed.>
> I helped clean up. The fact that C4 Camp (and my Buddha Lounge
Camp in
> Sanctuary Village) had so much to clean up wasn't what bothered me
> much. The fact that some lazy motherfuckers of C4 left a lot of
> junk behind for someone else to clean up wasn't the cause of my
> (though it caused them to be tainted in my generally unjudgmental
> What burned me up after the burn was the copious amount of good
> Regardless if you trucked it in and trucked it to the dumpster or
> whether you took it for granted that someone else would clean it
> there was an amazing amount of perfectly good stuff that was being
> discarded. And not just from C4 Camp.
> I felt like Sanford and Son as I picked through the `garbage' to
> all sorts of amazing things. If I had a truck I'd take it to BM
> and leave full and sell it all on eBay. SERIOUSLY! I'm not just
> about how I found a flashlight on the playa one night, or someone
> their cooler. I fucking brought home a brand new toaster oven that
> stopped someone from stuffing into a garbage bag forever. While
> ridiculous amounts of perfectly good furniture filled the BM
> instead of filling Goodwill, there were also obscene amounts of
> that were only slightly damaged or missing a screw. I came home
> Burning Man with 3-4 times as much stuff as I took there.
> I was going to write a scathing email blasting everyone and
pointing out
> particularly bad offenders or events but I've since cooled down
> forgotten most of the details. Obviously I won't cool down enough
to let
> it all pass unmentioned.
> All of you consumer whores (including myself) need to check
> and ask yourself if you can get it there and get it back or find a
> for anything that should not have a week long lifespan destined
for an
> eternity in a land fill.
> Be conscious, think two steps ahead, be smart, and feel better for
> Peace out,
> ~ jSunshine *
Calling Montreal Burners
The Brûleurs de Montreal Burners are meeting tomorrow:

Wednesday 9 August
at 19:00
at Café L'Utopik
552 Ste-Catherine E.

We will be discussing plans for a weekend camp-out in a private forest in mid-September (details to be posted as they are available). Yes, a Regional mini-Burn, two weekends after Burning Man!

[x-posted to my LJ and montreal]
Playa Recipes
I'm interested in posting some of my playa recipes on here, because we could all use good, healthy meals which also have vegetarian options, that use ingredients most likely to be found at Burning Man. You'll get the gist of it as I post them... these recipes take into account how long food keeps, so there will be recommendations for how far into your trip you might consider making it.

I'll post a few serious recipes coming up, but I'd like to start with a recipe that I originated way back when I was working on my MBA... see, I was a night owl, but I had an 8am class (usually accounting or economics) every day of the week. This recipe, which has been modified slightly for playa conditions, really helped out.

XSG Puffs
Your portable drinking mug (because you're bringing one, right?)
Cocoa Puffs
Rebel Yell Kentucky Bourbon
Pour a reasonable quantity of cocoa puffs into your drinking mug.
Add bourbon to taste. Mind that you don't make the puffs too soggy.
If you prefer, try adding a splash of vanilla soy milk (it's often sold in cardboard boxes and keeps really well on the playa).
Quickie for you
How much does ice and coffee cost while on the Playa?

Secondly, is it Playa is in Play or Playa as in Pliya? I've heard it referred to as both by people who have attended. :/

Current Mood: crazy
XSG's Recipes: First night Fajitas
Often, the first night of your Burning Man experience will be your most difficult. A small but not insignficant portion of burners will experience altitude sickness, which basically feels like a bad hangover. Unfortunately, even if you've never had it before, you are at risk, and if you've had it before, you won't necessarily get it again. Fortunately, the solution is much like the one for a hangover: keep hydrated, keep secluded and cool, and rest.

Once you've adjusted to the altitude, you've still got to set up camp. You'll probably be pitching a tent. Do this during the day, even if it's still hot out. You never know if you'll be around your own camp later, and pitching a tent on the playa at night can be difficult. Here are my common sense steps to pitching your tent:
  1. Make certain your water container (preferably a backpack hydration system) is full. You're about to do some work and you don't want to be scrambling for water later on. Start pitching your tent by drinking a bit of water.
  2. Orient your tent so that you enter it in the same direction that Burning Man would if he were walking to center camp. The wind usually comes from the "south" (6:00) to the "north" (12:00) (these directions aren't true north and south, but they're close enough), and you want to minimize the dust invasion into your tent over the week, so orienting your tent door in the opposite direction will be most effective.
  3. Now that you know which direction your tent will face, take a long swig on your water supply. Good job.
  4. Use rebar instead of the tent stakes that come with your tent. Rebar is inexpensive and are thicker and longer than tent stakes, which is good because the wind will make a sail of your tent and if it isn't secured well, it will decide to wander during the windstorm that you're not at your campsite. There's a caution with rebar, however: more people are hurt by rebar ends at night than anything else.
  5. Man, that was hard work, hammering in all of that rebar. Treat yourself to another long drink of water, and maybe go introduce yourself to a new neighbor, but don't take too long because the next step is really important.
  6. Because you're using rebar, you've planned ahead and you broke out the twelve-pack of 12-ounce bottles of water the moment you started loading your vehicle back in the default world. You've been drinking this water the entire trip and are now fully hydrated, but more importantly, you've been saving those bottles so you can place them over the ends of the rebar, taping the mouths around the rebar so wind doesn't help them wander.
  7. Congratulate yourself on saving lives by taking another long drink of water.
  8. Another killer at night are guy ropes holding up your tent stakes. People trip over these things all the time. If you're conscientious, you'll hang a new glow light on these ropes each night, but since you never know how often you'll be visiting your own campsite, tying an inexpensive bandana to each one will hold you.
  9. You can consider your tent set up once you've taken one more drink of water.
One more note about your tent: it may have wonderful little window flaps. Don't use them. You'll wind up with an unpleasant quantity of playa in your tent for your troubles.

So now you're hungry and you could probably use some protein. Good thing you planned ahead for this! Before you left for the playa, you cut a chicken breast into strips and tossed it into a ziplock with one tablespoon of olive oil per chicken breast, a teaspoon of chili powder, and a few shots of tequila. You also chopped up onions, bell peppers, and tomatos and threw them in a separate ziplock bag with another tablespoon of oil and a teaspoon of chili powder. If you're creative, you've probably also chopped up eggplant and zuccini and mushrooms as well. You packed these full ziplock bags up in a large pot which is going to serve as your primary cooking kettle for the rest of the trip. In fact, if you'll be cooking for vegetarians, as well, you'll be bringing two pots to keep the meat separate from the veggies. You also poured in a little ice into a few more ziplock bags and tossed those into your pot(s). Last, you tossed in a package of flour tortillas. Now, you're on the playa and hungry, so you extract the bags from your cooking pot(s). You can use the ziplocks full of melted ice (also known as water) for drinking, later on. Set the pots on your camp stove. Remove the chicken from the ziplock with a fork; do not dump the baggie into the pot because there's a ton of extra oil (which was used for the marinade and seasoning process and might be useful for tomorrow's dinner, but for now you just want to keep as much oil in the bag as possible. At this point, it's just a matter of heating the contents of the baggies (keeping the vegetable separate from the meat for the sake of any vegetarians) and scooping the resulting concotion onto a tortilla for quick digestive disposal.

Don't forget that your neighbors will be thrilled to receive a tortilla-full of chicken and/or veggies.

Now that you've given away your extra food and it's time to clean up, remember that playa is an excellent scouring substance. Toss a handfull into your pot, mix it around, and scrape it into a ziplock (maybe the one your vegetables came in) for later disposal. Repeat the process if you require additional cleaning. Do not use water to clean your pots unless you've planned ahead for grey/blackwater storage and removal. It is a crime against nature to dump cleaning water on the playa.

If you take away anything about first night's food from this post, I hope it's that you planned ahead and took care of the preparation before you left for the playa. Don't worry, your food will keep. For the next few days, you're not going to want to spend much time preparing food; there's way too much to see and do...

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