This time I'm gonna...

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This time I'm gonna...

Post by Strata » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:15 pm

What are you going to do differently this year? And did you try anything new last year that you're going to do again?

I'm going to add a second layer of aluminet over part of my monkey hut, because 70% shade isn't enough shade... for me at least.

I'm going to keep using big plastic cereal keepers to pour ice into in my cooler. They are much easier to handle than big ziploc bags, and pour that lovely clean cold water much less messily into our camelbacks and water bottles.

Next? :-)
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by TT120 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:30 pm

I'm going to try not working so much on the camp and get out and see Burning Man. I burned myself out the last couple years by working too hard.
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by AfricanFire » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:32 pm

I'm pretty shy, and have a tendency to say no when presented with something out of my comfort zone. This year I'm going without the husband (aka my safety crutch). Last time I did that, I said No too many times and spent too many evenings alone and not having any fun. This year I'm going to have a Yes day. I will commit to saying yes to whatever comes my way, with some clear exceptions - no illegal activities, nothing I'm allergic to, nothing that will impact my chronic health condition etc.

I'm terrified.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Strata » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:00 pm

AfricanFire, that sounds like the start of a great adventure! There's a long posting on Eplaya somewhere about being shy at the event, I'd dig it up but I'm on my phone where cut n paste defeat me. Search for that and best of luck!!
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by AntiM » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:02 am

This year I'm going to try for no food poisoning and no playa plague. That was unpleasant.

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Post by Strata » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:30 am

Found it:

[url=viewtopic.php?f=3&t=45094
[/url]Tips for Shy People at Burning Man, huge thread dating back to 2011
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Chowski » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:41 am

For my eighth burn, I am going to live in my brand new used Class A RV instead of a tent. Seven tent burns was enough.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Leap » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:41 am

Personal camp: After major upgrades last year, I'm simplifying what I/we bring out this year. I have all the infrastructure I need and I'll spend a lot less time explaining to my wife what she should consider leaving home. She gets it now. So, less stuff!

Theme camp: We have our Philly based sister-camp coming out and they are bringing their stoops and ice cream truck DJ booth. The idea is to bring the hood to the burn! We just KILLED it at Love Burn so everyone is stoked about TTID. We are also doing some more scheduled arts tours with the art car.

Volunteer: Going to add a Temple Guardian shift this year.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by korierika4 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:19 am

Omg everything! I fucked up my first burn last year so bad. Don't get me wrong I was definitely prepared just going to do the whole thing different!
The answer may not be at Burning Man, but shouldn't we at least check :?:

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by fernley1 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:12 pm

Watch the sun rise during burning man.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Papa Bear » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:56 pm

This time, I'm going to simplify our living space... at least in terms of effort on-playa.

Much as I love playa living in a 16' traditional yurt, I don't love the fact I can't put it up by myself. I don't love that I've never been able to have it ready for my first night on the playa, or that I have to break it down early and sleep in my car on the last night. I especially don't love the extra work it adds on top of helping build/strike our theme camp.

So this year, the yurt stays at home, and the 10' cargo trailer will be our bedroom. My goal is to organize it so that even fully packed, the bed is available - meaning that come the end of the event, we can load our stuff, de-moop our site, still have our usual bed to sleep in, and roll out the moment we wake up the next morning.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by dragonpilot » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:12 pm

Have the time of my life (again)
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by lucky420 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:31 pm

Not take 2 hits of the blue kind
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by berzins » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:35 pm

Try a different camp; get out more, sleep less. Maybe partake in more consumption of strange substances and weir cocktails.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by playakaya » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:54 pm

Chowski wrote:For my eighth burn, I am going to live in my brand new used Class A RV instead of a tent. Seven tent burns was enough.
Hey hey... it's my 8th too :) And I'm also bringing an A Class RV (but that's who I rented from, not the actual RV)

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by playakaya » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:56 pm

I'm gonna walk more, bike less.

... I've also somehow never been to the Hug Deli, so that's a priority. :D


Most importantly, I made a HUGE life choice that I couldn't be more excited about. I installed on my bike...get this... a water bottle holder AND a cup holder. :twisted:

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Captain Goddammit » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:57 am

Chowski wrote:For my eighth burn, I am going to live in my brand new used Class A RV instead of a tent. Seven tent burns was enough.
I’ve never tent camped at Burning Man.
What the hell do people think it is, a Rainbow Festival?
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by AntiM » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:01 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:
Chowski wrote:For my eighth burn, I am going to live in my brand new used Class A RV instead of a tent. Seven tent burns was enough.
I’ve never tent camped at Burning Man.
What the hell do people think it is, a Rainbow Festival?
Geez, that's just mean. 17 years in a tent. No fleas yet.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Chowski » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:21 am

I am NOT going to lead camp this year. I have turned over the reins to the next generation. That means I will not be the one unpacking the trailer, washing the kitchen supplies, buying propane and generator gas and garbage bags and zip ties and rope. I will not be the one buying new carports and designing the camp layout. I will not be MOOP master overseeing breakdown day, or construction master overseeing setup day. I will, after six years of hard but rewarding work, just show up and let someone else shoulder the responsibility. I might even leave early and avoid breakdown entirely. God it sounds nice. For the first time since 2012, I am just going to Burning Man. I am just Radically Self-reliant. I am not personally responsible for acclimating the virgins or banning sequins or overseeing the details other than my own.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Leo » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:40 am

Stick around for the Temple burn instead of leaving on Sunday.
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Captain Goddammit » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:36 pm

Man, that’s the thing so many people don’t get. You don’t have to be in a “camp”.
One of the best times I had was ‘07... I don’t know how many of you remember ePlayan “Sensei” (he passed away several years ago) but we both pulled up on the outside of the outer ring road right against the trash fence at around 4:15, parked, and we were done.
No “camp”. No tear down. No set up. No nothing but whatever we wanted to do.
Bringing your motorhome (or in my case a big camper on your truck) beats the hell out of setting up a camp. Park, open beer, start “burning”.
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by EGAZ » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:43 pm

If things keep going as they are I will be on the outer ring this year. Keep moving out a block each year. LOL :wink:
2nd time better than the first. And the first was pretty Freakin' Great!
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Zubeneschamali » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:55 pm

be there with a partner. First year not going solo.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by BBadger » Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:44 pm

... skip this year. It's kind of a relief to resign myself to not going this year, as much as I love it out there. It'll be a nice break from all the prep, getting tickets, cleaning shit, leaving shit uncleaned, etc. All again in due time, but not this year.
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Various » Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:37 am

Join the Rangers, if they'll have me.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Strata » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:00 am

To join the RangerS in time for the event, you'll need to contact them in advance and see about attending one of the regional ranger training sessions.

Disclaimer: I am not a ranger, I just have heard about this from rangers. :-)
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Various » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:04 am

Yes, I'm already part way through the process.

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Strata » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:01 pm

...stay in the Sands Regency with the Barbie death Village peeps instead of Motel 6! Just made my reservation!
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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by NikonKing » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:20 am

korierika4 wrote:Omg everything! I fucked up my first burn last year so bad. Don't get me wrong I was definitely prepared just going to do the whole thing different!
I need to learn from you!! I'm over-thinking everything.....

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Re: This time I'm gonna...

Post by Dr. Brap » Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:33 pm

For my 7th burn I am finally gonna stay for the Temple. How's exodus at 7am on Monday?
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