Empire Store AND Gasoline Station ARE OPEN!!!

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YAY.... FOR THE EMPIRE STORE AND GAS!!!

Post by AMES » Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:58 pm

so happy for grandpa!! keep it up family, we can do this!! great job dad!

and big thanks to all our support from the community and burners!'

see ya all soon!!!!!

amy... :lol:

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Post by mykidsdaddy » Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:44 pm

Thanks Amy! I spent all day on it and it works great! Grandpa is thrilled!
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Post by mykidsdaddy » Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:18 pm

BUSY BUSY DAY!!! I met Oneeyedick today and a shitload of other burners that I cannot remember! I remember meeting them...just don't remember names!!! Someday YOU WILL BE OLD LIKE ME !!! Anyway it was GREAT to see so many people headed out to the Playa! I sat up at the gas station and sold gas and drank beer all day!
I met a bunch of really cool people! I saw some really weird people! And...i got a really good buzzzzzz~
It was a good day! Tomorrow I think I wil do the same!
Happy 4th of July!!!
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Post by Thecatman » Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:35 pm

We stopped at the store around 11:00 this morning on our way back from Tacoma. Picked up a bag of cat food for the cats at work. Had to wait in line for about 6-8 minutes. Was glad to see that.

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Post by Elderberry » Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:57 pm

This is such a nice story to be following. I'm really glad things have all worked out and the store is not only back up and running, but thriving.

I must admit I have never stopped there, but I am definitely going to this year.

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Post by mykidsdaddy » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:20 am

Well...it's midnight! The 4th is over, we went out to the Playa (our first time) and we all thought it was BEAUTIFUL!!! I am glad we went there at dusk, if the sun had been high and the temps through the roof...I may have had a different first impression!
We went to a fireworks extravaganza put on by a group of the guys I work with and a retiree. They did a great job of making it a "safe and sane" 4th!
When it was over and my son was done helping pick up the spent casings, we headed across the Playa...not the best idea we could have come up with! Someone mentioned an orange strobe light, that was where we could find the real party! The 4th of Juplaya! Well, we drove across the playa and ended up at a camp that had a strobe light flashing but there weren't alot of "wild n crazies" around so we figured we got the "wrong" 4th of Juplaya party site. We looked around and several miles further across the Playa there were at least two or three other sites with strobes flashing!
We said fuckit and turned around, drove a half a mile, parked and set off our rockets and bombs!
I was really looking forward to partying! :cry:
Thas allright! Next time!
I will be at the station again tomorrow selling gas to the homeward bound people! Hope to meet some more people!
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Post by AntiM » Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:00 am

Man, wish I could have been there too!

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Post by mykidsdaddy » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:46 pm

Sunday was a good day~ Met a bunch more people~ Sold all the gas! Now we are waiting to get another truck load! I put the restrooms back in useable condition! I was told they had been trashed for about 2 1/2 years! DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S TRUE...BUT THEY SURE LOOKED LIKE IT! (Sorry Caps) lol Whatever the case...the front restroom is back in service and the other one will be tomorrow after I get home from work!

I was told the Port-a-potties will be here around Aug 7th.
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Post by CaptainNemoOfTheNautilusX » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:01 am

Not sure if this was requested but DIESEL fuel with a long hose to reach out to our thirsty rides. The Nautilus holds 125 gallons and we need about 100 at exodus. Thank you btw your store rocks!!

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Post by mdmf007 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:30 am

mykidsdaddy wrote:.... we drove across the playa and ended up at a camp that had a strobe light flashing but there weren't alot of "wild n crazies" around so we figured we got the "wrong" 4th of Juplaya party site. We looked around and several miles further across the Playa there were at least two or three other sites with strobes flashing!
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We are on playa now - driknking at bevs in the evening, and going for the land speed record in the day!! One of those strobes are ours!! drop by snytime. (530 is the goal for this week, 800 is the goal next july 4.
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Post by **burn** » Tue Jul 07, 2009 8:09 am

Just got back from the playa last night.
Empire Store has plenty on their shelves to choose from.
Met mykidsdaddy - that man has EIGHT kids!
No brats, I noticed.

The playa is hot dusty and beautiful!
The dust storms were minor.

Holy Crap that was fun!
Firearms, fireworks, and campfires.
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Post by mojo » Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:49 pm

I stopped in on the 3rd - and felt REALLY dumb when I realized I had just walked in to a place and asked if anyone knew "Mykidsdaddy".

Sadly, you weren't there but we passed along our thanks for opening and running the store.

The weekend prior to opening, you will have an ENORMOUS need for ice as the ice sales on playa don't begin until Monday.
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Post by **burn** » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:12 pm

**burn** wrote:Just got back from the playa last night.
Empire Store has plenty on their shelves to choose from.
Met mykidsdaddy - that man has EIGHT kids!
No brats, I noticed.
I just re-read this.
By brats I mean the dogs that go on a grill with mustard.
I didn't mean his kids. :roll:
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Post by oneeyeddick » Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:17 pm

Well, it's a damn good of you to straighten that out.
We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.

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Post by mykidsdaddy » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:05 pm

mojo wrote:I stopped in on the 3rd - and felt REALLY dumb when I realized I had just walked in to a place and asked if anyone knew "Mykidsdaddy".

Sadly, you weren't there but we passed along our thanks for opening and running the store.

The weekend prior to opening, you will have an ENORMOUS need for ice as the ice sales on playa don't begin until Monday.
LMAOIn the REAL world I am known as Andy! I am really glad you were able to stop in! I work at the Gypsum plant here so I'm not usually in the store in the day time. But...on the 3rd I was in the gas station pretty much all day...sorry we didn't connect.

I hear you on the ice! We ran out twice this weekend!
I have a different outlook on inventory control...BUY MORE than you think you will need! If you have left overs they will sell next weekend! We had some people sitting here for a VERY long time, patiently waiting for ice to arrive!
I am sorry they had to be told we were out and even more sorry they had to wait! The Boy Scout in me was screaming "We should have been PREPARED!!! Someone...could have gone into Reno on THURSDAY and got ICE!!!
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Post by mykidsdaddy » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:08 pm

**burn** wrote:
**burn** wrote:Just got back from the playa last night.
Empire Store has plenty on their shelves to choose from.
Met mykidsdaddy - that man has EIGHT kids!
No brats, I noticed.
I just re-read this.
By brats I mean the dogs that go on a grill with mustard.I didn't mean his kids. :roll:
No Brats...boring...Italian Sausage...ummmmmmmmmmmmmm much more flavor!
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Post by Absolut Jeenyus » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:55 am

So over the years there has been all kinds of stories about this place. From faulty tires to reselling peoples gas caps back to them. Even rumors of the employees throwing tacks in the roads just to sell more tires. The above state average prices for their gas and the stupid expensive price of the products in the store has not given this place the best of reputations. Especially amongst part of the burner community. Don't get me wrong I have met a lot of really cool locals in Empire and I personally have never had any bad experiences at the store, though I have friends who have.

I remember a thread sometime last year where dj_john69 said "FYI...after this burn, the current tenants are losing the store. I believe the actual owner will take over from here on out." And then I read this story a while back on the Nevada News Wire. The store has been reopened for a while, but I guess the tanks are not.

To my understanding there is supposed to be new products and equipment in there and shit. What I'm wondering is has anyone been there and seen it? Is it much different? Are the gas tanks open at all? Have the prices gotten better compared to the previous management? The owner seems like a nice enough man. I'm just curious if the place is any better or worse.

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Post by AntiM » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:28 am

You missed the threads in Share Resources and Q&A. May I suggest a quick search to find your answers? Short one: yes, it is back open. Andy sent me a shirt.

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Post by Apollonaris Zeus » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:51 am

Be on the Alert!

Yes, the stolen gas caps have been going on for many years. So, if you are traveling through there and need gas, we need to set them up. If you are driving with another person stop before you get gas and the two can check to visually confirm you have a gas cap. Then stop there and get gas. If they play that trick with you, call the cops on them and file charges. those suckers need to be fuck with in the county jail for a few days.

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Post by AntiM » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:04 am

That "they" are no longer running the store. Whole new set of people.

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Post by stargeezer » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:03 am

There is another thread regarding this store, with all their trials and tribulations of the past year. It would appear that someone must have a personal ax to grind and don't care who they hurt. For those of you that are open minded, I would suggest that you stop and give the new people a chance. Don't get discouraged if they get a bit snarky, this is a small town and not used to the hoards of people that show up 2% of the year. For those of you that are not so open minded, I have been searching through all the rules and guidelines, and nowhere can I find that you are required to stop, so don't. If you go in with a bad attitude, it will just make matters worse for the new people, and I see no reason they deserve to pay for the sins of their predecessors.
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Post by stargeezer » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:41 am

Wow, that was weird.

I posted a reply in one thread, poured myself a drink, and found myself in a totally different thread.

Good booze!!

I think I will have another!!

Wonder where I will show up next!!
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Post by oneeyeddick » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:53 am

Apollonaris Zeus wrote:Be on the Alert!

Yes, the stolen gas caps have been going on for many years. So, if you are traveling through there and need gas, we need to set them up. If you are driving with another person stop before you get gas and the two can check to visually confirm you have a gas cap. Then stop there and get gas. If they play that trick with you, call the cops on them and file charges. those suckers need to be fuck with in the county jail for a few days.

AIIZ
that person is no longer associated with running the gas pumps, but I know where he lives...........

(like there is anything that can be done about it)
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Post by Apollonaris Zeus » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:00 am

Lets steal his gas cap on the way in and out!
AntiM wrote:That "they" are no longer running the store. Whole new set of people.
In that case, be on the alert for anything happening!

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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:19 am

oneeyeddick wrote:
Apollonaris Zeus wrote:Be on the Alert!

Yes, the stolen gas caps have been going on for many years. So, if you are traveling through there and need gas, we need to set them up. If you are driving with another person stop before you get gas and the two can check to visually confirm you have a gas cap. Then stop there and get gas. If they play that trick with you, call the cops on them and file charges. those suckers need to be fuck with in the county jail for a few days.

AIIZ
that person is no longer associated with running the gas pumps, but I know where he lives...........

(like there is anything that can be done about it)
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Post by Deb Prothero » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:40 pm

Just wanted to put my two cents in from a real experience. I was out there for the 4th of Juplaya. I went into Empire with Colonel Ingus and his son to get ice and we were the ones sitting there waiting for the ice truck actually!

The prices in the store are reasonable and fair. I didn't see any price that I wouldn't pay for an item, even picked up more sunscreen which is often an item that would be overpriced in a small store.

There was a good selection of everything - well, okay there weren't any brat sausages but that's okay. And my brand of smokes wasn't there but there was another brand that would work.

The shelves were well stocked. And the food in the deli was great. We had some real good sandwiches while waiting for the ice truck and sat to watch the ball game on the big screen TV in the corner.

Also all the folks working there were real nice people. It's Don's son and son-in-law, their wives and all their kids that are helping keep the store going.

And in the other thread, the store owners are asking us what we want them to stock in the store. I think that's bending over backwards to make sure they can have what we need going into the burn and on our way out.

I say that we should all stop in just to support the local businesses.

Absolut Jeenyus, thanks for posting Caleb's video interview with the new owner. I talked to Don, who's now 82, when I was there, turns out he was born and raised in Toronto! Then at 18 moved out west to Vancouver and then down to the States. He had dual-citizenship 'cause his father was American.

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Post by Absolut Jeenyus » Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:00 pm

Oh wow. I dunno how I missed this lol. I am happy its all back online...
-AJ )'(

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Post by Absolut Jeenyus » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:58 pm

AntiM wrote:You missed the threads in Share Resources and Q&A. May I suggest a quick search to find your answers? Short one: yes, it is back open. Andy sent me a shirt.
I did do a search for like an hour. Thats how I found the link to the other thread in my original post. :wink: I also scoured google looking for shit too. Thats why I decided to ask here. Besides my question wasn't really if it was reopened. I know its reopened. It was to see if people noticed much of a difference from what it was a year ago and what it is now. Price differences, the in store equipment, etc... :P

And thanks Deb. That was just the response I was looking for.
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Post by Glittering Clitoris » Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:39 pm

this thread smells of commercialism and should be ban

On another note, I'm taking special gifts and I'll gift you with what you really want on the playa-

A Night of Special Fun with ME!

You haven't experience Extasy until you done it with me!

I call ExSextasy! More then you could ever dream of on the playa.

If you want to play then follow these directions to the letter.

About 6:00 pm, my boytoy will be at the base of the Man. he will be wearing a tall top hat with a purple boa and white tuxedo. If what you have to offer is to his liking, and it better be a special quality gift, he will give you the map to get to where I will be waiting with Exsextasy!

Oh I can't wait for you to enter my camp entrance!

We will have an out of body experience and you will experience the juice of the gods.

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Post by mykidsdaddy » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:54 pm

Glittering Clitoris wrote:this thread smells of commercialism and should be ban
On another note, I'm taking special gifts and I'll gift you with what you really want on the playa-

A Night of Special Fun with ME!

You haven't experience Extasy until you done it with me!

I call ExSextasy! More then you could ever dream of on the playa.

If you want to play then follow these directions to the letter.

About 6:00 pm, my boytoy will be at the base of the Man. he will be wearing a tall top hat with a purple boa and white tuxedo. If what you have to offer is to his liking, and it better be a special quality gift, he will give you the map to get to where I will be waiting with Exsextasy!

Oh I can't wait for you to enter my camp entrance!

We will have an out of body experience and you will experience the juice of the gods.

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This post reeks of prostitution and should also be banned.
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