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Post by CapSmashy » Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:40 am

Food is a really weird issue. When I was packing up, I stopped and asked a campmate if they had seen me eating anything all week because I knew I was packing up just as much food as I had brought out with me. The only thing I could visibly verify as having gone down was my breakfast food stock since I brought all fresh stuff for making breakfast burritos.

Tortillas do hold up nicely out there when double bagged and kept in a cooler.

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:59 am

I use aloe vera for sunburns.

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Post by RedheadBarbie » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:12 pm

A really good all purpose skin ointment is Desitin or A & D. It's better for burns, dry skin, and the like for my skin than aloe. It's also great for the naughty bits after shaving or hair removal.

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Post by Box Burner » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:45 pm

Smile a lot! :D
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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:47 pm

Oh, I wish eplaya was a brazilian free zone.
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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:40 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Oh, I wish eplaya was a brazilian free zone.
What you got against Brazilians?

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Post by pinemom » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:26 am

robbidobbs wrote:Bring twice as much beer as you think you'll possibly need.
Ditto with cigarettes, even if you don't smoke, they're great to give away.
Double ditto on lighters.
Duct tape the "butt" of a lighter to a large safety pin. Now it can be hung from your laminate and you'll never lose it. I've used the same one for 3 years.
Bring beer and clean socks for DPW.
Hawaiian Tropic lotion is the bomb for sunburns, smells good, works good and soothes the crunchy feeling exceptionally well.
Carry 2.5 yards of unbleached muslin or at least a 60"x60 square of it for sun protection/dirt-mask/clothing. Best desert accessory I've ever used.
Bring multiple different flavors of tasty-beverage rehydration powder in the handy individual size to carry in your fanny-pack.
Carry a ziploc baggie wherever you go. You never know what icky-ness may befall you.
Robbidobbs, I found a whole roll of thick muslim to make the wet squares again this year!~
Thank you so much for mine last year. I forgot ours we did in 06!
So We will have major back up of a very wonderous gift!

Virgin hint:
Take cheap muslim or cotton, on hot hot day drink lots of water and wet your piece of muslim in clean ice cooler water, I use the non-potable beer cooler water at the bar( for me)!
Wrap your head and shoulders with it...it will bring your body temp down to a realitively comfy degree so you can have fun again! But dont forget to drink water!
Im a true veteran now, and I still need to be reminded to drink water, and unfortunately I dehydrate still! so Make a water buddy...you tell them to drink water and visa versa!

Easy peasy high protein meals...especially no muss no fuss meals...tuna, beef jerky, can of beans...etc...
Alot of peeps will eat silly foods, and concidering you can get lost in the art and fun...you will go down! pass out for hours or even a whole day...you dont wanna miss the fun so take care of your food and water needs so you dont end up sick. or worse...at MED TENT! they hijack you for hours! Kinda like a kid at Mcky D's looking at all the other kids having fun on the jugle gym and you cant go out and play!


Oh yeah, and invest in a box of EmergenC! It helps to take one a day for vitamins that the hot sun and drinking all night socks out of you! pass some to new friends too! It will and can mix w/ ANYTHING damn near!
Names pinemom, but my friends call me "Piney".

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Post by BitterDan » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:12 am

Take cheap muslim or cotton
You.... are a racist! :D
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Post by roamer » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:28 am

Attempt to do all your rational thinking before you get to BRC because once you're there, the prospect of sensible thinking will be unattractive, inconvenient and often difficult, due to the intensity of both the environment and the society.

Neither virgin nor veteren Burner can prepare too much. The more research and planning that you do, the better. Also, accept the fact that you'll never be fully prepared and you'll improve your BM plan every year, so always be open to new ideas. Fortunately, your average Burner is all too eager to share their ideas and tips for a smoother Burn.

Life on the playa is often described as being in a very lucid dream or living on another planet for a week and could be the reason why many prepare for BM with the detail of a NASA mission to Mars. Plan to have a place for everything and everything to hand. Think about which items you need most and if possible keep less frequently used items in a separate place (car, friend's RV), enabling you to keep the contents of your tent to the bare essentials. If there is room, make some shelving from cardboard boxes in your tent. Separate your supplies for day and night. If you're planning on doing anything that requires more than a modicum of energy, then plan this for the first half of the week while your energy levels are still relatively high. Plan which events you want to attend beforehand and make sure you know exactly when and where they are going to be held, mark their locations on a map, but still expect to miss half of them, either through distractions or playa fatigue.

As a virgin, you can never fully appreciate what BM is like until you arrive, even if you spend every spare moment pouring over the interweb and Survival Guide. By the way, even if you live outside the US and have purchased will-call tickets, you'll still receive a couple of goodies in the post.

So, once you're through the gate and greeter station, have arrived at camp, pitched your tent and settled in; proceed to deposit your sensible, relatively mature brain in a Ziploc bag and leave it in a safe place. If you've done your prep well then you hopefully won't be needing it again until it's time to leave.
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Post by accordionMan » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:07 pm

Keep your flashlight in the same place ALL THE TIME.

Darkness can sneak up on you real fast, and if you have to go searching for your flashlight... it's tough.

I have a LED headlamp... it's great, leaves both hands free to prepare for the evening.
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:53 pm

accordionMan wrote:Keep your flashlight in the same place ALL THE TIME.

Darkness can sneak up on you real fast, and if you have to go searching for your flashlight... it's tough.

I have a LED headlamp... it's great, leaves both hands free to prepare for the evening.
Keep your batteries WAY deep in your truck, in an unmarked box.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:13 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:Oh, I wish eplaya was a brazilian free zone.
What you got against Brazilians?
I'm adverse to extended discussions about pubic grooming and recently I've heard enough to take me past 2012.
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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by RedheadBarbie » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:31 pm

The groomed...

the ungroomed...

and never the twain.

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Post by mdmf007 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:36 pm

leave packaging at home.
bring more water than you think you will need
you will need less water than you think
booze goes quick
wines foul warm
beers fouler warm
buy ice in the morning so you can beat the rush later
bring a bike - youll see 1/10th of BM if you do not
pick up moop
dust permeates everything - don't bring anything you cant stand to lose
climb if its cool to climb - stay off if it isn't
Thunderdome is best seen from about the third crossbar up
drink water all the time
JOTS are cleanest after they are serviced - look for the truck
drop a few feet of toilet paper to make a raft and prevent splashing

more to come

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Post by Bob » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:56 pm

Bicycles are overrated. Two legs better.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:44 pm

Bob wrote:Bicycles are overrated. Two legs better.
Easy for you to say.
The Lady with a Lamprey

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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by brickmaster » Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:07 am

Bring your own supply of hand sanitizer. It sucks super ass when it runs out at the porta potties.

Also foods with high salt/sugar/fat contents are essential. When you start to feel shitty, pig out.

Keep some expensive chocolate in the cooler. Give it to campmates when they get bitchy.

And as always, when you are not talking, you should be drinking water!!!!

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Post by ibdave » Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:25 am

Come with a OPEN MIND......... 8) 8) 8)
I was Born OK the 1st Time....

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:29 am

brickmaster wrote: And as always, when you are not talking, you should be drinking water!!!!
BZZZZZZZZZZZZZTT!!

Wrong!

Well, not entirely... the water should be frozen into ice cubes, mixed with tequila and lime, and blended.
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Post by Token » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:33 am

Hydration:

For every two regular beers, drink a light beer.
For every two shots, drink a light beer.
For every two cocktails, drink a light beer.

Remember the nine drink minimum.

Hydration.

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:48 am

theCryptofishist wrote:
Bob wrote:Bicycles are overrated. Two legs better.
Easy for you to say.
You are talking to a couch named Bob.
Don't rehydrate, just drink some damn water!

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Post by BitterDan » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:16 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Bob wrote:Bicycles are overrated. Two legs better.
Easy for you to say.
Haha pwned.
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Post by mdmf007 » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:28 pm

Bicycles overrated? HA! how do you plan on getting around? Look at the simple physics of the city. Make a trip from oh say 9 oclock and esplenade to center camp - that is a 15 minute walk. at minimum. you'll never see the city exclusively on foot.

Thats my opinion anyways.

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Post by Bob » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:46 pm

BRC was designed for walking. Bicycles are like cameras, just extra weight that gets in the way. They get in the way around every camp, along the entire so-called "Esplanade", around every art thingie, around Center Camp & around the Man. If you need a bike for a day you can borrow one. Or just fucking walk, it ain't that far.

Yeah, yeah, easy for me to say.
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Post by oneeyeddick » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:16 pm

build and bring an Artcar....there aren't enough of them out there yet.
bring a couple of megaphones and find an asshole and give him/her one of them and keep him/her drunk off of his/her ass.
Instruct your drunk asshole friend to only let half or fully naked women on top of your artcar.
Drive by the raves and chastise them as often as necessary. It doesn't get much better.......
Bikes suck....too much of a sweat makes me pissy, and they get stolen too often.
Walk if ya gotta go somewhere, or have someone push you around if you are lazy or legless.
We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.

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Post by mdmf007 » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:50 pm

Nope Bob - your wrong, you must have a bike and I am bringing you one. I am going to make you ride it everywhere.

later

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Post by oneeyeddick » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:12 pm

Good luck with that.

My grandma and Bob both stay at home.

Together.

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We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:36 pm

oneeyeddick wrote:have someone push you around if you are lazy or legless.
You volenteering?
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Post by oneeyeddick » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:59 pm

I am sure to do my share of pushing you around ....and kicking......and poking......and fondling.........

But seriously, I have always had this seat on the tailgate that no one will sit in because you have nowehere
to put your feet and they drag when the vehicle is rolling along


I liked it because it gave me somewhere else to sit in the shade when we are parked somewhere.
It seems to have an alternitive use now..............

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Post by skeetsh00ter » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:38 pm

BitterDan wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:
Bob wrote:Bicycles are overrated. Two legs better.
Easy for you to say.
Haha pwned.
haha, I feel bad laughing, but rarely do I laugh out loud when reading posts online.

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