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Post by Simon of the Playa » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:48 am

Its more of a cheezy refrence to my desire for info. I like to throw myself into projects so I'm currently soaking up any information I can possibly get, hence the sponge refrence.
It'd probably be cool to work that into the theme tho huh.


Yes, i would like to think that we are indeed, Sponge Worthy.
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Post by Artemis » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:54 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:
Yes, i would like to think that we are indeed, Sponge Worthy.
Being visually oriented persons, I think we need to see just exactly how perky the pole is before we take our stash of sponges out of the closet.

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Post by ygmir » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:00 am

Artemis wrote:
Simon of the Playa wrote:
Yes, i would like to think that we are indeed, Sponge Worthy.
Being visually oriented persons, I think we need to see just exactly how perky the pole is before we take our stash of sponges out of the closet.
I see the beginnings of a "singles/personal porn thread"............
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Post by Sail Man » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:10 am

Maybe Elliot can start a Loofah for Lovers 101 thread. His Bus 101 really took off :lol:
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Post by skittles.loli » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:36 am

motskyroonmatick wrote: My comments were general in nature to contribute to this thread. The FYI was not pointed at you but more of an aside to the coffee lovers who in good nature like to point out that a life with out coffee is unimaginable.
Understandable, I probably shouldn't have jumped to conclusions XP I"m working on that.
motskyroonmatick wrote:I have found the people who have the greatest difficulty feeling comfortable on the playa are the ones who are really overdoing it in some manner. Too much mind altering substance of one or another makes the conditions harder to bear. If you start to feel grumpy drink a liter of water. A bad mood, frustration or irritability often are the first signs of dehydration.

The elevation of the playa is about the same as the the mountain passes leading over to central oregon and roughly about the same as the central oregon high desert plateau. If you have spent any time near Bend that is roughly what the altitude is like. I think the dryness is the biggest factor to overcome. Being well rested before the event although nearly impossible to pull off would really help.
Don't worry about it. Plan for it yes! Worry about it? No.

Edit--My latest favorite is Tequila and Coke. It is better with more top shelf liquor but once you get past the idea of the drink it is actually quite good.
I think in this year we're going to be camping more often, so I'll talk to my boyfriend about going to higher elevated places.
I'll keep the water in mind too, sometimes its nice to have little things to look for so you're maybe not drinking too much or too little water.
Simon of the Playa wrote: Yes, i would like to think that we are indeed, Sponge Worthy.
I think the truth of the matter is, many of us may not be prepared for the sponge. :shock:

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Post by FrostyMan » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:49 pm

Can't beat CamelBaks for hydration. I have one and use it for hiking/fishing all the time. They hold 2-3L and some have alot of cargo space for goggles, dust masks, ect. I plan to take one to the Playa my 1st trip.

And my Jamaican boss got me a big ass bottle of rum when he went home for the holidays and I've been in a Rum & Coke stupor for a week now :-P I used to be a Jack & Coke guy but I might have to switch. *hick!*
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Post by mdmf007 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:51 pm

Were you calling us Hicks? or making the sound one makes when imbibing too much?

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Post by skittles.loli » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:52 pm

Thats one thing I'm going to have to look into, camelbacks and stuff.
I tend to carry my life with me, but I'm not so sure that will be good for me to do on the playa, so I'm definatly going to have to look around for something that will suit all of my odd expectations.
I've thought of even making a custom messenger-ish water bag with insulation to keep my water cool. Hopeful thinking I'm sure.

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Post by sattelite5812 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:16 pm

I'm not sure about exact elevations, but I don't think there's that dramatic of a difference in elevation between PDX and BRC. At least, I didn't notice any adjustment period, and no one locally has mentioned such an experience.

However, I don't drink coffee, so maybe that could make a difference. But mainly (as I understand it) because caffeine is a natural diuretic, so it would contribute to dehydration. Staying hydrated is of #1 importance out there anyway, so make sure you're drinking water at all times and you'll probably be fine.

P.S. camelbaks rock! Having the bonus space to carry other necessities besides water is great :) Don't get too carried away with carrying things though; keep in mind that it's a big place and you'll be exploring it mostly by bike or walking. Think like packing to go on a hike- bring only what you need or won't get tired of hauling around.

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Post by skittles.loli » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:42 pm

sattelite5812 wrote:I'm not sure about exact elevations, but I don't think there's that dramatic of a difference in elevation between PDX and BRC. At least, I didn't notice any adjustment period, and no one locally has mentioned such an experience.

However, I don't drink coffee, so maybe that could make a difference. But mainly (as I understand it) because caffeine is a natural diuretic, so it would contribute to dehydration. Staying hydrated is of #1 importance out there anyway, so make sure you're drinking water at all times and you'll probably be fine.

P.S. camelbaks rock! Having the bonus space to carry other necessities besides water is great :) Don't get too carried away with carrying things though; keep in mind that it's a big place and you'll be exploring it mostly by bike or walking. Think like packing to go on a hike- bring only what you need or won't get tired of hauling around.
Yeah I get what you mean about taking only what I need, but I'm the kind of person who thinks "well I may need my sketchbook or my notebook or this or that" and take it anyway.
Thankfully I have about 8 months to prepare for that anyway.

I live at about 500 ft elevation I think so I don't know how the adjustment will go but I'm more worried about water and food than anything else.

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:25 am

i have been to burning man with someone like you.

we packed as much of her house, including the spice rack from the kitchen, into, onto and under my Jeep Cherokee.

everything was "Just in case"

none of it got used.

i suggest an OCD enema, and two anal retentive electroshock therapy sessions and alot of cheap beer to give you that "I'm so fucking dirty and tired and drunk i dont care WHERE my fucking tent is" kind of feeling.

then all of your supposed needs will be washed away like the stray cows in ravines known as gullies when the rain comes.
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Post by goathead » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:06 am

Or you could use the urine of the stray cows, not really stray cows, out here they are free range cows, in the ravine to wash you supposed needs away.

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Post by skittles.loli » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:53 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:i have been to burning man with someone like you.

we packed as much of her house, including the spice rack from the kitchen, into, onto and under my Jeep Cherokee.

everything was "Just in case"

none of it got used.

i suggest an OCD enema, and two anal retentive electroshock therapy sessions and alot of cheap beer to give you that "I'm so fucking dirty and tired and drunk i dont care WHERE my fucking tent is" kind of feeling.

then all of your supposed needs will be washed away like the stray cows in ravines known as gullies when the rain comes.

Yikes!
I went camping before and was happy that I didn't bring TOO many un-needed things, but things like my sketchbook and notebook were still needed.
I'm confident that I'll be able to leave most of my stuff at home... leaving it in my tent will be another issue all together.
Nevertheless, positive thoughts, if I keep trying throughout the year it might not be a problem by the time I get to the playa.

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Post by fciron » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:08 am

I am not a big fan of the camelback type arrangement. The sippy tube always manages to find it's way into some scary places.

I put several bags (not baskets) on my bike so that I could carry a bunch of extra stuff (in addition to a small shoulder bag). This worked very well for me and enabled me to leave camp with over a gallon of water without feeling that weight. I didn't seem to have any trouble with security on the bags.

On my person or in my bag I had a water bottle, chapstick, small snacks, notebook and associated pens, and some other small stuff. Things needed for basic comfort and a light load so that I would not be tempted to leave it on the bike.

On the bike I had a whole load of stuff: more water, alcohol, energy drinks, more snacks, a jacket, my parasol, and a bunch of other stuff that got pared down as the week wore on and I learned what I really needed to carry.

Don't worry. You'll bring a bunch of stuff you don't need and you'll wind up receiving things from friends and wondering how you ever lived without them. :lol:

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:41 am

oh dont mind me, i'm having a low sugar moment.


which by the way is CRUCIAL to your survival on the playa.


an assload of candy (preferably not melty-squishy) will open many many pre-diabetic doors for you....
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Post by skittles.loli » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:47 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:oh dont mind me, i'm having a low sugar moment.


which by the way is CRUCIAL to your survival on the playa.


an assload of candy (preferably not melty-squishy) will open many many pre-diabetic doors for you....
Wait, so eat candy or don't eat candy?

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Post by FrostyMan » Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:08 am

skittles.loli wrote:
Simon of the Playa wrote:oh dont mind me, i'm having a low sugar moment.


which by the way is CRUCIAL to your survival on the playa.


an assload of candy (preferably not melty-squishy) will open many many pre-diabetic doors for you....
Wait, so eat candy or don't eat candy?
I think he means for gifting.

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:30 pm

fciron wrote:I am not a big fan of the camelback type arrangement. The sippy tube always manages to find it's way into some scary places.
Perhaps you should be more... uh... discreet about where you stick your sippy tube.
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Post by skittles.loli » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:04 pm

FrostyMan wrote:
skittles.loli wrote:
Simon of the Playa wrote:oh dont mind me, i'm having a low sugar moment.


which by the way is CRUCIAL to your survival on the playa.


an assload of candy (preferably not melty-squishy) will open many many pre-diabetic doors for you....
Wait, so eat candy or don't eat candy?
I think he means for gifting.

Simon is the King of Eplaya Snark. Don't take him too seriously, just take notes.
I'll keep that in mind. I'm not too good at detecting or returning snark, so this will be good for me. My workplace is full of people with quick remarks and I my mind never works fast enough to say something back.

It makes for awesomely awkward silences.
Captain Goddammit wrote:Perhaps you should be more... uh... discreet about where you stick your sippy tube.
LMAO!
Oh wow, that was awesome.

I was thinking of making the tube go through a strap so it stays near my shoulder and not find itself in... unexpected places.

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:26 pm

actually, i make furniture, really...i am more of a Sofa King, in fact, if you go to Root Society Chill Dome, you might see my handiwork, or you might not considering most people just put their ass on it, or worse...i like to call it the Sofa King Dome.





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Post by Sail Man » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:50 am

skittles.loli wrote:
Captain Goddammit wrote:Perhaps you should be more... uh... discreet about where you stick your sippy tube.
LMAO!
Oh wow, that was awesome.

I was thinking of making the tube go through a strap so it stays near my shoulder and not find itself in... unexpected places.
Well, isn't it half the fun waiting to see where the "tube" pops in? :shock:
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Post by Prospero's Ghost » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:23 am

I wouldn't have survived without my Camelback. Considering the amount of water you have to drink while out there, I didn't want to bog down with several bottles of water. The Camelback I found was light, had several pockets for goggles, lip balm, etc..., and I could dance and stay out for long periods of time without a problem.

There is usually a cap to cover the end of the tube and a clip to keep it secured to the strap. No problems here. I keep my tube clean!!!!

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Post by theCryptofishist » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:18 am

Sail Man wrote:Maybe Elliot can start a Loofah for Lovers 101 thread. His Bus 101 really took off :lol:
Are you expecting me to scour youtube for appropriate video?
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Post by Sail Man » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:48 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Sail Man wrote:Maybe Elliot can start a Loofah for Lovers 101 thread. His Bus 101 really took off :lol:
Are you expecting me to scour youtube for appropriate video?
No worries, got it taken care of Crypto :lol:

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