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2006 so far: a recap

kinda like this

although it's also felt like this (SFW, but you'll wish it wasn't)

confusing as hell (1=2 & all the people in Canada are the same age)

everything's past the point of no return

you're always feeling unlucky (there's a reason for this)

and it's left you looking like this

so how many 'a's are there in aaarrrrrrrghhh?

and after 7 hours of refreshing for the only fucking shiny thing the year has to offer, you get this:


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dragonvyxn From: dragonvyxn Date: January 18th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC) (link)
the implants girl... holy scary shit, batman. i hope i don't run into her in a dark alley. she might pierce me by association.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 19th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC) (link)
and you know? I know people who like that kinda shit. Takes all types.. it really does..
tatjna From: tatjna Date: January 18th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (link)
For you? Right now? I'd say about 27 would do it. But you'd have to enunciate every one, or go back to the beginning.

notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 18th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC) (link)
17 'a's and 23 'r's.

yeah, that little coloured spot of frustration out in the middle of fucking nowhere. that's me.
tatjna From: tatjna Date: January 18th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Soon, grasshopper. Soon you will be a little pink and white spot of relaxation out in the middle of nowhere going "ooh! Shiny thing!"
allyn From: allyn Date: January 18th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC) (link)

shiny thing of the year

it's not just you. it's not even our location out here in the antipodes. i have friends in SF who have been trying to get tix for the last six hours. the system is hosed.
a few people have gotten through, and you will too.
it might take a little while because the of the backlog of all the people who haven't gotten through yet, but the upside is that there are still plenty of tickets
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 18th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: shiny thing of the year

se my post on the bm community.
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notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 18th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC) (link)
oh hey NO bother at all :) always happy to help someone get out there.

ok, first thing I'd suggest: read burningman.com. all the guides, other people's experiences, etc. A LOT of helpful information on there (once you start digging around). get a tribe.net account, and read that, also eplaya.burningman.com. Feel free to ask lots of questions, no matter how dumb they might seem. There's lots of quiet people who'll appreciate the information.

A key resource if you're coming from a long way away is blackrockburnerhostel.com - Fred (Hagey) is one of the Really Special people on the playa. He has a place in Reno, so if you can find your way to there, he'll help you to get out to the playa. He organises for anyone going through Reno to stop by and pick people up. He also has a really well organised camp that he runs with people from all over the world, which you're very welcome to join (if you don't already have somewhere to camp). It's a great way to ease into playa life.

In terms of things to take, I'll put that in another comment so lj doesn't complain.

notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 18th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (link)

things to take

ok, this is a starting point. It's my list from last year. This is JUST stuff for out on the playa, not including anything else you might be doing on the way (ie, ignoring passport, plane tickets, etc)

these are the practical things:

photo id + ccard (so you can pick up ticket at gate - ccard must be one used for purchase)
LOTS of ziploc bags. Small ones for cameras, etc, big ones for a change of clothes for after BM.
leatherman or other multitool (always useful)
sleeping bag (it gets REAL cold at night, but more on that later)
backpack (or something else you don't mind getting COVERED in dust)
camelbak (you're going to drink 5-7 litres of water a day. This is essential. Also, you can always fill it with vodka)
multivitamins, etc
camera + cards + batteries (7 days with no recharger)
cash (only coffee+ice, but you'll need cash for those)
breathing filters and/or breathing mask (LOTS of dust storms)
goggles (duststorms)
chapstick * 3 (put them in 3 different places in your bags. they will go missing)
aloe vera (for sunburn)
sunblock, in a small, non squeezable container (so you can have it with you at all times)
foot balm (peppermint, from body shop. sounds fruity, but it's a GOD SEND. protecting your feet is one of those overlooked things, but a) it's damn relaxing, and b) messed up feet - alkali sand, remember - means you can't walk, which is, uhh, bad)
first aid kit - a big one for your tent, and a small one you can carry around. burningman.com has lots of suggestions for what to take, but I used EVERYTHING I had on me, every day - not for me, but helping someone or other. so, bandaids, antiseptic cream, saline nasal spray (clear those blocked sinuses of dust), etc
ear plugs (but only if you want to sleep)
walkie talkies (if you plan to try and find anyone you're with. surprisingly common, actually)
single ply toilet paper (double blocks the porta potties)
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 18th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (link)


in terms of clothes to wear out there, you want:

loose, baggy. things you can wear without underwear (trust me, you won't want to). So:

thai fisherman's pants are very good
any kind of wrap around.
loose shirts
comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet, dirty, dusty
good socks. sounds odd, but wearing clean socks each day is one of those footcare things that by the end of the week you'll be damn grateful for. I messed up, and got blisters so I couldn't wear my shoes at all. NOT good.

the other, VERY important thing here is: come dressed for night. During the day, it might hit 55 degrees Celsius (131F), but at night it often drops to as low as 5 deg C (41 F). It's the difference in one day that hurts. Your body has trouble adjusting. Last year, I ended up, one night, wearing my thermal under (polyprop), plus 6 (yes, SIX) shirts, and I was still shivering. Plan for Cold, REAL cold. If you're cold you can't have fun, and a lot of the fun happens at night.

So, hot, dusty, sweaty during the day. Cold, windy, dusty at night.

Oh, plus rain. Good luck with planning for that :) Mostly I think people a) go naked, or b) don't care, or c) hide when it rains, but I don't know from personal experience. yet. :)

but there's more.

One of the great things about being on the playa is that the sand is white, and I mean WHITE. So, colours look GREAT. The brighter the better, and trust me when I say, you CAN'T overdo this. Go insane. Really. As crazy as you think you can, there'll be someone out there to make you look pedestrian by comparison. Of course, you still want to be super comfy and warm and night (or in a dust storm), and relaxed and cool during the day. So, that's what makes organising costumes such an interesting challenge.

Have a look at the websites, you'll see the kind of crazy things people wear. Of course, if you don't -want- to dress up, you don't have to. People are free to do whatever they want (except wear t-shirts with no pants. Pantzooka!)

That should be a decent start for you, but hey, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask. Yay!
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 18th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (link)

oh boy

this is gonna happen. a lot, I think.

I totally forgot. A HAT! LOTS OF HATS!

hats are good. you know, that sun thing. protects your face, good for lying on when you fall asleep in someone else's camp and it's been two days since you've been home.

Definitely a hat, and probably a spare in case your first one blows away - or you decide to give it to someone who'd look better in it (don't laugh, this happened to me last year *grin* now I have an AWESOME hat *grin*)
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tatjna From: tatjna Date: January 18th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC) (link)

Duct tape. About 15 gallons of water. Some bright ideas of what to give.
From: maholic Date: January 18th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC) (link)
btw there are legit math proofs that show 1=0 and 1+1 = 3 and all sorts of other things :)

notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 18th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC) (link)
links! links!
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