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by jcliff
Sat May 25, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Black Rock City Cultural Direction
Topic: Placement 2019-2020
Replies: 27
Views: 1575

Re: Placement 2019-2020

I think one of the fundamental challenges for the Placement crew is that camps routinely over-inflate their population on their application and are given way more real estate than they actually need. And....these camps always seem to be the ones that watch every boundary flag like hawks to make sure...
by jcliff
Wed May 15, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Black Rock City Cultural Direction
Topic: The basic problem with modern BRC
Replies: 93
Views: 6822

Re: The basic problem with modern BRC

Here's my big fucking problem with better cell service.....100% self-centered! I'm a Catholic High School Dean, and they've been gracious enough to give me 6 school days off in the first 2 weeks of the school year to participate in Burning Man. For all of these years there's been an understanding th...
by jcliff
Wed May 08, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Camps & Villages
Topic: Want to be a Lamplighter?
Replies: 0
Views: 331

Want to be a Lamplighter?

We have some spots available in Lamplighter Village! You could be a part of the longest running Burning Man art project - kickin' it since 1993! Help us light Black Rock City without fail! Lamplighters is a great option for those that want to get in with a working camp with a rich history, contribut...
by jcliff
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: What Would Larry Have Said?
Replies: 2
Views: 2172

What Would Larry Have Said?

This conundrum has been stuck in my craw since last Burn, and since today marks one year since we lost Larry, it's a good time to get thoughts on it. I'm not sure why the question of what Larry would have wanted on this issue has stuck with me, but I'm ready to hear what you have to offer. Last Burn...
by jcliff
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Black Rock City Cultural Direction
Topic: The basic problem with modern BRC
Replies: 93
Views: 6822

Re: The basic problem with modern BRC

i think what we need is a great equalizer. it’s called dust. Yes! This has been my thought for several years. We need the playa to cull the herd. Because the "haves" have access to dust-proof sanctuaries, we're gonna need a few days of hellacious brown-outs combined with rain. Total vehicle ground ...
by jcliff
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Black Rock City Cultural Direction
Topic: Service Camps: Heroes or Plight of BRC?
Replies: 28
Views: 2124

Re: Service Camps: Heroes or Plight of BRC?

I dig this question. My first thought is how valuable the service camps are for the unexpected realities of life in BRC. I serve as the placement lead for my village, which equates to being a "residential assistant" for folks during the week - meaning, when the shit hits their fan they come looking ...
by jcliff
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: ePlaya Feedback
Topic: Positive Feedback
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Positive Feedback

I've been thinking a lot about Marian Goodell's Cultural Correcting post, mostly for how it applies to my Crew's ongoing work with new Lamplighter acculturation. I keep coming back to my own start with Burning Man. Back in that day (2008) ePlaya was the go-to source for folks looking to research all...
by jcliff
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Black Rock City Cultural Direction
Topic: Cultural Course Correcting post by Marian Goodell
Replies: 120
Views: 9859

Re: Cultural Course Correcting post by Marian Goodell

I was really impressed by Marian's article, for its honesty and its clarity on what the Org identifies as the challenges facing our community and how they can help mitigate them. I think at this point we have a case of trying to get the toothpaste back in the tube, but I also don't think the Org sho...
by jcliff
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Feasibility of Window AC for RV?
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

Re: Feasibility of Window AC for RV?

You could take a window unit and build a box that fits over the roof hole and the unit hangs outside the board. Of course this is super inconvenient. You could also think outside the box and realize that for your beat up Burner van, why limit yourself to existing side panel windows? Cut a hole anyw...
by jcliff
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Feasibility of Window AC for RV?
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

Re: Feasibility of Window AC for RV?

Do you know where I would I look for a used roof AC unit? My rig is dry-docked in Reno in the off season with a guy who handles everything for me. He can do the AC upgrade for me, but I hate to ask him to search junk yards.
by jcliff
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Feasibility of Window AC for RV?
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

Feasibility of Window AC for RV?

Wondering if anyone has some thoughts on the feasibility of installing a mini window AC unit in my RV. She has a roof unit that doesn't work, but the roof units I've looked at are really expensive ($450-500). I only use my old girl for the Burn, so looking for the cheapest option. She's super tight ...
by jcliff
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Not Going to Burning Man at Burning Man
Replies: 13
Views: 1335

Re: Not Going to Burning Man at Burning Man

What I don't like it when I feel like I'm wasting time, and usually that occurs when I'm in a large group of people trying to go to see some specific thing at a set time. It just takes for-fucking-ever to get that blob of people to go. Then when we arrive -- usually late -- we end up mulling around...
by jcliff
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Not Going to Burning Man at Burning Man
Replies: 13
Views: 1335

Not Going to Burning Man at Burning Man

I'm looking for some input on my several-year trend of not going to Burning Man all that much when I'm at Burning Man. I developed some guilt after this year's Burn when I saw a bunch of photos of art that I didn't see in person. This happens every year, but maybe more so this year. I did get out ex...
by jcliff
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Party/Bar Requirements for Legal Drinking Age
Replies: 15
Views: 2184

Party/Bar Requirements for Legal Drinking Age

I'm trying to get the most current information to share with Villagers for establishing their legal drinking age at parties/bars/lounges. I recently posted our standard suggestion that they have a color photocopy of their ID taped onto their bar cup. I'm hearing back from some that their photocopy w...
by jcliff
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Outgoing Mail from BRC?
Replies: 1
Views: 1539

Re: Outgoing Mail from BRC?

Black Rock Post Office is normally at about 5:45 on the Center Camp Circle. Last year they took postcards or envelopes to be mailed out but they've stopped delivering mail on playa. You have to have the correct postage on the mail going out and they do put a nice stamp on it.
by jcliff
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Deep Playa Potty Map?
Replies: 23
Views: 3081

Re: Deep Playa Potty Map?

Thank you for not pissing on the playa! Not sure if this option would be horrifying to you, but are you aware of Travel Johns? They have a plastic open mouth at the top attached to an 10" or so cylindrical slim bag with a non-toxic gelling agent in it. You pee in it and it immediately forms a gel......
by jcliff
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Building & Making Art
Topic: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?
Replies: 6
Views: 2849

Re: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

I had my notifications off and didn’t realize that anyone had responded to this post! Thank you for the guidance! I’m really excited to see this come together. I may reach out in late June when we’re putting it together in real time!
by jcliff
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Building & Making Art
Topic: Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?
Replies: 6
Views: 2849

Advice for art long-term playa-proofing?

Lamplighters are completing a community art piece this year that we'd like to be able to put up in our Lounge for years to come. I could use some advice for making it last for the long haul. The project involves about 75, 8 x 8 x 1/4 inch wooden tiles that have been artistically rendered by particip...
by jcliff
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: "Burning Man's Culture is in Danger"
Replies: 110
Views: 19967

Re: "Burning Man's Culture is in Danger"

I agree with everyone who's said that the toothpaste is already out of the tube. My suggestion is rooted in what I can do, and that's to get more people into positive volunteer experiences on playa. Positive report that I can share from Lamplighters....2017 was one of our best years for volunteers i...
by jcliff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:23 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Tips and Tricks for RV's at Burning Man
Replies: 74
Views: 37001

Re: Tips and Tricks for RV's at Burning Man

The holding tanks are broken. Something must have hit them. I looked into replacing them but I was told that the tanks have to be custom made and would be very expensive.
by jcliff
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Tips and Tricks for RV's at Burning Man
Replies: 74
Views: 37001

Re: Tips and Tricks for RV's at Burning Man

I made the leap 5 years ago to purchase an old rig strictly for Burning Man. I live in Illinois, Brenda (my '71 Sportscoach) is cared for in Reno year-round by a trusted Burner (my RV Daddy) who dry-docks RV's for Burners on his property just north of Reno. Although she was a money-suck in her early...
by jcliff
Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: Virgin for 2017 hey everyone
Replies: 11
Views: 1129

Re: Virgin for 2017 hey everyone

Welcome! You're going to love us!
by jcliff
Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Food/Drink: What worked - what didnt
Replies: 203
Views: 36481

Re: Food/Drink: What worked - what didnt

This was my first year bringing homemade treats and all 3 were great. I took 2 loaves of banana blueberry bread baked the week I left and frozen. They went into my cooler of frozen stuff and I busted them out the night before Monday and Tuesday mornings....they were so good and the early morning cre...
by jcliff
Sun Dec 06, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: Hello from the Emerald City
Replies: 10
Views: 750

Re: Hello from the Emerald City

Yup, you'll probably love it!
by jcliff
Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: 2015 Camps, Art & Activities
Topic: Mega projects
Replies: 20
Views: 1428

Re: Mega projects

Just another addition to the Lamplighter info (I LOVE you Scout!).....Lamplighters host a Happy Hour Monday-Saturday in our awesome Lounge every afternoon between 3 and 5 pm (Burn Saturday is 2-4.) The best Lamplighter volunteer scenario is to come to our Happy Hour, have delicious libations, and th...
by jcliff
Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok
Replies: 253
Views: 12317

Re: Self-righteous, wealth-resenting burners running amok

This year on Friday on our way to the playa we stopped for gas in Wadsworth, and my 71' purple Sportscoach Motorhome ended up being parked in the middle of 10 ultra-luxury RV's also on their way to the playa. I asked one of the drivers for my payment for renting my RV for the camp. He said, "we'll p...
by jcliff
Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Questions about transporting Beer Brats
Replies: 7
Views: 918

Re: Questions about transporting Beer Brats

Cooked down and caramelized as a cased meat topping is the goal! No crunch needed. I will also have my homemade bacon bourbon jam, homemade dill relish, and a selection of Raye's of Maine artisan mustards for condiments. I also lived in Maine for a stretch.
by jcliff
Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Questions about transporting Beer Brats
Replies: 7
Views: 918

Re: Questions about transporting Beer Brats

Eric - great question! The dog and brat fest is only for my villagers that participate in our Noob/Veteran Scavenger Hunt. We set the grill area away from our village kitchen.
by jcliff
Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Questions about transporting Beer Brats
Replies: 7
Views: 918

Questions about transporting Beer Brats

I host an event on Wednesday of the Burn that normally has a wiener roast. I've purchased hot dogs from Reno in the past, but this year I am hoping to impart my Illinois heritage into the food. I need to feed about 80 people. My hope is to transport a cooler of frozen 1/4 lb. beef Chicago dogs and b...
by jcliff
Tue May 13, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: 2014 Art & Performance
Topic: Looking for feedback! BM School Art Project!
Replies: 12
Views: 944

Re: Looking for feedback! BM School Art Project!

Ratty, A.1) Salami is always a wonderful gift. Cured meat has built-in defenses against bacteria. I've taken to providing summer sausage, easy-cheese (yes, from the aerosolized can,) and Ritz crackers as a happy hour boquita. Everybody LOVES it! No refrigeration needed! B.2) You offered me a necessa...

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