I have to travel internationally for work right before Burning Man, so I was thinking about mailing my BMan gear to Reno so I can pick it up after my flight lands. I didn't want to schlep all of my gear internationally-- too much of a hassle.
So! Does anyone have any experience with mailing your gear to Reno?
Ideally, I'd like to know: 1) Where you shipped it, and did you feel comfy with them holding your stuff 2) Was it a hassle picking it up (were the open late-- my flight doesn't land in Reno until 7:30pm) 3) How much stuff you shipped
Due to my job, I'm only able to attend from Thursday -> Monday, so I won't have all that much stuff to ship, really. Probably just one Rubbermaid tub or so.
Last year I camped with my friends and ate the food they'd brought. I was grateful and happy to get to the Playa with ease and not a whole lot of preparation for my Virgin year.
I did notice however that the meats and foods in the ziplock bags bled out and mixed with the melted ice water....
I was thinking this year to take that tip from Halcyon Pink and put my ice in Ziplock bags, but as for the food...does anyone have any experience with using Seal A Meal type devices??? I was thinking that may help in the food storage endeavors!
This Tuesday @ 10 PM/9 Central on Criss Angel MINDFREAK:
Tuesday, August 21 10:00pm ET Wednesday, August 22 2:00am ET
When a bag of chips becomes lodged in a snack machine, Criss puts his hand through the glass. Criss and the crew travel away from the hustle and bustle of city life to visit a dude ranch. Criss tills the land and entertains ranchers by hypnotizing chickens and bringing a scarecrow to life. He levitates a friend around a campfire. The episode culminates as illusionist Jeff McBride? takes Criss on a right of passage with drums, dancing, and a dangerous feats involving fire.
Passing along an email I received about the weather on the playa this year:
Greetings from the playa where I am happy and well and holed up in my car. I dont want this to deter anyone from coming, as it's still a blast - but..batten down the hatches kids, cause the wind is the worst I've seen in the 12 years I have been coming here. For those of you around when the big wind hit last year and took our camp down, that is the way it has been the bulk of the time - really that windy, mostly non stop. The air stream is shaking and rocking and my tent is tied to every rack and bumper and hitch the truck & air stream have, and I'm still unsure if it's going to hold up(one pole already snapped). The white out's are lasting a long time, some well over 5 hours. I hear it has been like this for weeks, don't know if it will continue through the event. but the green man is about nature, so be prepared for the force of nature to remind us how small we are!
The good news is that it's warm thus far, even in the middle of the night. However,the garage tents around here seem to be holding up when they have no walls & are tied down every few feet - who knows, maybe the wind will subside. in case it doesn't, i suggest that if you are debating between a tent or a van/suv, you pick the car. be sure to put everything in bins that have locking lids, and in zip locks inside those. if your tent has any open netting areas that do not zip closed with a solid fabric, i suggest glue gunning a fabric onto them, closing them up permanently, before you come here (fabric on the outside of the tent, so it's between the tent & the rain fly).you can always cut it off later. mine has a few open ones and theres a good 1/8 inch layer of dust inside, on top of the bed, the floors, everywhere. had to sleep with dust mask last night. too much to keep up with & too late to close them off. the wind/dust is coming from the same direction as always so be sure to park your cars in a way that blocks it from anything you put up. and lots of bungees, ive been through 20 just for my tent. phil - great decision in sleeping in the rider truck. i think that is all to tell - just a whole lot of wind. will update you if it stops. am still having a total blast, the wind is part of the fun for sure, and look forward to seeing you'll in a week!
PS - wind reminders -fully enclosed goggles for day & night (not only dark ones), things that light up so u can be seen, bungees, rope, 2 ft long reebar - more than you think you need, heavy lotion, lip stuff, baby wipes, giant sheet or tarp or something to cover all the stuff in your tent (to stop dust from getting into your bed), and lots of soft towels - more than you think you need. xx
Today I finally figured out how to transport myself from Michigan to Burning Man. A friend offered me the use of his car in San Francisco, so I bought a ticket to SF today. And this evening my backpack was stolen from the back seat of my friend's car. It contained, among other things, my Burning Man ticket. It also contained my passport, which I was planning to use to escape to some other country to find an English teaching job after Burning Man if I still don't have things figured out. I simply can't afford to replace my ticket. If you can or if you know anyone who can, I'll give you/them a big fat kiss and/or make you some artwork (here's the kind of stuff I do).
I recently quit my unsatisfying office job for a change of course in life. I still haven't come up with what move to make next, but I have been hoping to find an appealing opportunity or perhaps some insight at Burning Man. I bought my ticket very soon after they went on sale. I have no job lined up, and my savings are meager at this point. If you somehow have a spare ticket and are feeling charitable, I'd be very glad and grateful to accept it. I can also offer to drive you to Burning Man from San Francisco or anywhere along the way.