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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Elorrum » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:08 pm

If you fill up on gas in Fernley or Wadsworth on the way in, you'll be fine.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:34 pm

SmashyMcSpoodle wrote:Work on getting past your coffee addiction now so you won't have to go stand in line every single day at Centre camp. I'm sure I missed a hell of a lot of neat stuff by going there all the time.
I've been working on tapering my coffee drinking for about 3 months now. I'm still an addict but now I don't need it every day. I really feel better in so many ways! I lost my sweet tooth!! Amazing shit.
Or learn how to make coffee. Or figure out where the local coffee gifting camps are. Because, center camp coffee and no coffee are the two least acceptable solutions to the coffee dilemma I can think of. Well, being trampled by elephants while licking coffee spills off the playa is worse. Not by much, but it is worse.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Savannah » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:57 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
SmashyMcSpoodle wrote:Work on getting past your coffee addiction now so you won't have to go stand in line every single day at Centre camp. I'm sure I missed a hell of a lot of neat stuff by going there all the time.
I've been working on tapering my coffee drinking for about 3 months now. I'm still an addict but now I don't need it every day. I really feel better in so many ways! I lost my sweet tooth!! Amazing shit.
Or learn how to make coffee. Or figure out where the local coffee gifting camps are. Because, center camp coffee and no coffee are the two least acceptable solutions to the coffee dilemma I can think of. Well, being trampled by elephants while licking coffee spills off the playa is worse. Not by much, but it is worse.
Aye. I taper my caffeine use leading up to the event, but my second strategy is canned coffee. Trader Joe's makes a decent mocha, and there are many other brands. Have a few in the cooler at all times and not are only are you prepped to pre-funk, but ready to gift.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Elorrum » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:03 pm

Savannah wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:
SmashyMcSpoodle wrote:Work on getting past your coffee addiction now so you won't have to go stand in line every single day at Centre camp. I'm sure I missed a hell of a lot of neat stuff by going there all the time.
I've been working on tapering my coffee drinking for about 3 months now. I'm still an addict but now I don't need it every day. I really feel better in so many ways! I lost my sweet tooth!! Amazing shit.
Or learn how to make coffee. Or figure out where the local coffee gifting camps are. Because, center camp coffee and no coffee are the two least acceptable solutions to the coffee dilemma I can think of. Well, being trampled by elephants while licking coffee spills off the playa is worse. Not by much, but it is worse.
Aye. I taper my caffeine use leading up to the event, but my second strategy is canned coffee. Trader Joe's makes a decent mocha, and there are many other brands. Have a few in the cooler at all times and not are only are you prepped to pre-funk, but ready to gift.
coffee...more on playa. can you boil water? make drip from a funnel and a filter. get a french press, a stove top espresso maker, a percolator, instant coffee, coffee bags, it's endless really. then canned coffee, coffee concentrate, ice coffee. or energy drinks if it's the caffeine. seriously how self reliant is someone who thinks the only thing they can do is stand in line at center camp? My first morning on playa, somebody walked across the road with a cup of coffee for me, unbidden. it's there. walk 50 yards in any direction with an empty mug and a bag of donuts. you'll have coffee.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:05 pm

I couldn't find the cans in Trader Joe's yesterday...
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by hippyDdoc » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:22 pm

fuck all that. Coffee is a MUST, fire up the genny, get the keurig out 3 min later COFFEE :coffee: , thank god I sleep in til 8-9 for my neighbors sake :shock:

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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Savannah » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:30 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:I couldn't find the cans in Trader Joe's yesterday...
Luckily, regular grocery stores carry canned coffee too. It just costs a little more than Trader Joe's sometimes.

I have grown so fond of the french press I was given that I have given thought of taking it to the playa.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Jackass » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:39 pm

The french press is where it's at, that's my number one go-to for camping and home use. Good coffee, easy clean up, fail proof (unless the glass breaks)
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Savannah » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:42 pm

Jackass wrote:The french press is where it's at, that's my number one go-to for camping and home use. Good coffee, easy clean up, fail proof (unless the glass breaks)
They make them in stainless steel. :D
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by AntiM » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:28 am

They also make them in shatterproof plastic, the tough stuff, BPA free blah blah... we have a bright yellow one. I hate cleaning it. I mean, do you do it right away so it is done? Wit until it dries out? Huh? And figuring out the grind... eep.

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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Tiffadactyl » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:32 pm

Don't bother packing your expectations or attachments because they are pretty much useless at Burningman. Be present in the moment and the playa will sort you out far better than if you are looking for a particular experience. Be open

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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by VultureChow » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:55 pm

Savannah wrote:
Jackass wrote:The french press is where it's at, that's my number one go-to for camping and home use. Good coffee, easy clean up, fail proof (unless the glass breaks)
They make them in stainless steel. :D
I'm an iced coffee girl, so Starbucks via iced coffee in the morning is perfect for me.

The playa has a way seasoning everything so that it is THE BEST THING EVER!

That morning coffee could be folgers, but when it's handed to you as you stumble home at 6am it is the greatest thing you've ever tasted. The first sip from a camelbak filled with ice water is an immense pleasure. Hot steamtable food that you might ignore altogether at a corporate event is magical.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by oscillator » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:01 pm

Pickles. Lots and lots of pickles. The big gnarly garlicy kind. Around day 6, you will make new friends forever.

Put 'em in a ziploc. Actually put all your food in zip locs and leave the packaging behind.

Oh, and a great recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony and a rocking sound system so you can blast it during a white out. You know, for safety.

This one is good and goes well with pickles:

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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Savannah » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:09 pm

VultureChow wrote:
Savannah wrote:
Jackass wrote:The french press is where it's at, that's my number one go-to for camping and home use. Good coffee, easy clean up, fail proof (unless the glass breaks)
They make them in stainless steel. :D
I'm an iced coffee girl, so Starbucks via iced coffee in the morning is perfect for me.

The playa has a way seasoning everything so that it is THE BEST THING EVER!

That morning coffee could be folgers, but when it's handed to you as you stumble home at 6am it is the greatest thing you've ever tasted. The first sip from a camelbak filled with ice water is an immense pleasure. Hot steamtable food that you might ignore altogether at a corporate event is magical.
Absolutely true . . .

I still remember the cocktail onion given to me in a martini at Club Seal almost 13 years ago on the playa. It filled me with wonder that someone would go to the trouble to prepare for Gibson martinis. It wasn't even what they were officially offering. :)
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Sunny D » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:16 pm

- Completely surrender to all the experiences and lessons that the playa will bring.
- Sometimes it's okay to want to seek solitude from your camp mates to take time to reflect or explore on your own.
- Light your camp well so you can find it at night.
- Shit happens! If the car breaks down or the RV flooded - the universe doesn't give you a challenge you can't handle.
- Coconut oil and coconut water are life savers! And so is aloe vera juice!

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Post by ^Rhino! » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:47 pm

Folger's Coffee Bags. Like tea bags, but taste better.

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Just add hot water and steep as long as you need.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Canoe » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:55 pm

Best coffee I've tasted, ever.

Cold brewed.
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I leave my soak in the fridge for one or two days (when I remember it).

Make it before you go to the playa. Mix with cold water over ice for read-to-drink iced coffee. Mix with hot water for ready-to-drink hot coffee. What could be simpler?
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Zhust » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:13 am

Be basically prepared; don't try to be prepared for every thing you think of.

Also, at night: it's not so light that you can be seen without any illumination, but it's so bright that you need to be dazzling.
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Post by kiss-o-matic » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:29 am

Take a tub of Cetaphil cream (not the bullshit lotion you get out of a pump... the kind you dip your hand in) and some gloves (work gloves, or surgical -- multiple pairs). Lather up + gloves before bed each night.

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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by CornMan » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:52 am

Change the clutch in the motorhome before going to Burning Man.
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Post by strange love » Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:40 pm

Don't ride your bike through wet playa.

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Post by tamarakay » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:19 pm

oscillator wrote:Pickles. Lots and lots of pickles. The big gnarly garlicy kind. Around day 6, you will make new friends forever.

Put 'em in a ziploc. Actually put all your food in zip locs and leave the packaging behind.

Oh, and a great recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony and a rocking sound system so you can blast it during a white out. You know, for safety.

This one is good and goes well with pickles:

Symphony No. 9 "Choral"
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

"Safety Ninth"
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by tamarakay » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:29 pm

Also, just give in and by the darned Aeropress as someone suggested to you three years ago. Then I wouldn't have had to wait for the neighbors to wake up before turning on the genny to use the Keurig. Plus, you can make a concentrate and just add ice/water anywhere.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by pretty_monster » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:48 pm

less is more when it comes to costumes. what is grand and flowing in the default world is a dusty, tangled mess on the playa.

also: fuck costumes. this is a chance to truly be yourself. you don't have to dress up as something else.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Savannah » Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:51 pm

Virgin Self, I've got nothing to say to you. Things worked out.
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Zhust » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:11 pm

Savannah wrote:Virgin Self, I've got nothing to say to you. Things worked out.
Yeah, effectively:
Zhust wrote:Virgin Self, I've got nothing to say to you. Things worked out.
The toil and the tears ... the "not fitting in". Oh, it's going to be a glorious mess. So shh ... don't tell my Virgin Self. Otherwise, I wouldn't be who I am now.

But you know, I think I could have done without packing all that stuff I certainly didn't need. And I don't think that would have affected things for the worse. I could say, "don't buy dollar-store blinky shit" but then I wouldn't have given that LED pen to the woman and experienced that awkward embarrassment [that went nowhere].
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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by Runlinds » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:05 pm

If you find love on the playa, LEAVE. IT. THERE. It will not be the same in the default world.

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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by maladroit » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:18 am

Runlinds wrote:If you find love on the playa, LEAVE. IT. THERE. It will not be the same in the default world.
That might have been true for you...but everyone needs to make their own decision and sometimes things work out. Your virgin self wouldn't have taken that advice.

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Re: Give your virgin self ONE piece of advice...

Post by tahiti_treat » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:52 am

Dear Virgin Tahiti_Treat:

I know you are afraid of getting dehydrated but if you're remembering to drink water every hour or so, you'll be fine. You don't need to pound it back all day so that your belly is permanently sloshy and distended. If you have to run to the porta-potties every 10 minutes, maybe cut back a bit. Especially at night.

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