Virgin feeling like there is no such thing as fully prepared

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Virgin feeling like there is no such thing as fully prepared

Post by fembot » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:58 am

So I have a multi-tab spreadsheet full of formulas summarizing my budget, supplies etc, great burner friends and the survival guide for advice, and acquiring a growing stack of Playa Supplies in my bedroom. I've been dying to go for years since I heard of this event and it's finally going to happen.

It's coming quickly (almost too soon!) and yet not soon enough...

Young professional doing a trek from Los Angeles, not 100% finalized on my logistics yet, maybe with a visit through No Cal. I have been dying to step away from the typical rush of life. It's a good thing, but I am looking forward to a playa cleanse.

The mind share of the people, art, untainted night sky and sunrise are calling.

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Post by Sail Man » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:06 pm

Soon you will be one with the dust and only them will you discover how fully prepared. What you didn't bring will become glaringly obvious, as well as what you over-brought. You can't bring enough water, you can bring to much food.

Enjoy your spreadsheet now, for out on the playa it will only be a faded memory.

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Post by ygmir » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:14 pm

how do you fully prepare, for, where you've never been?
do your best.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:33 pm

Just so long as you aren't taken off the playa in an ambulence, a helicoptor or a hearse, you're doing it good enough. At some point you ahve to charge ahead.
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Post by mudpuppy000 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:08 pm

It's a lot of fun planning everything out but in the end you just have to be prepared for the unexpected. :D

Welcome by the way. :D

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Post by Elderberry » Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:58 pm

Hey there, welcome to eplaya!

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Re: Virgin feeling like there is no such thing as fully prep

Post by gyre » Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:53 am

fembot wrote:So I have a multi-tab spreadsheet full of formulas summarizing my budget, supplies etc
Reminds me of Jordan in Real Genius.

Yes
You can be fully prepared.

But you can go without that.

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Post by C.f.M. » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:12 am

My veteran tolds me I was over-prepared, "the most prepared virgin in history," and I still wasn't fully prepared.

Start a list from before you get there, of what to do different next year.

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Post by AntiM » Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:25 am

Our first year, we were repeatedly asked how many times we'd attended. Apparently MyLarry's sense of preparedness is overdeveloped.

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Post by alt12 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:40 am

prepare the best you can but there is no need for anxiety. While the playa can be an unforgiving environment your friends and neighbors are likely to be very forgiving and friendly.... Whatever you forgot or run out of that is a critical necessity you can probably borrow or get as gift from a neighbor....it is a community after all... Sounds like you are prepared to me....

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Post by Brooks_DallasTX » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:00 am

The preparation is part of the fun for some of us. I will be over-prepared in many areas, and I'm sure unprepared in others.
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Post by Nitevenus » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:18 am

OVER prepare for your body, water, food, shelter, sunscreen! Prepare for your happiness; the fun stuff... libation, light up/glow stuff, costume...... the playa will prepare for your soul..

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Post by teardropper » Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:56 am

My friend, too, a Burner of 8, told me once I was overprepared. I read, studied, made lists, bought supplies, made more lists, god, I bought an RV. I wasn't certain I was ready, even though I am an experienced boondock camper. But, like I told him, I didn't want for much. I'm sure this year I'll forget something easy and very important. Some things you can't prepare for, but remember, it's just a week long camping trip---on the moon.
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Post by bm_cricket » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:11 am

teardropper wrote:My friend, too, a Burner of 8, told me once I was overprepared. I read, studied, made lists, bought supplies, made more lists, god, I bought an RV. I wasn't certain I was ready, even though I am an experienced boondock camper. But, like I told him, I didn't want for much. I'm sure this year I'll forget something easy and very important. Some things you can't prepare for, but remember, it's just a week long camping trip---on the moon.
Not to make you paranoid but.. did you bring a can opener? Maybe two in case you get confused one night and forget where you put it? Or just in case, what about three so you can lend one out and still have an extra?....
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Post by teardropper » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:18 am

Of course I have a can opener. Or I'm pretty sure it's there. Damn you, now I have to go check.
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Post by mudpuppy000 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:29 am

We're not over preparing, we're training for the zombie apocalypse. :)

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Post by FIGJAM » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:34 am

The military p38 can opener is the best thing they ever made. My dad carried his on his key chain for 40 years and it never failed.
And thier cheap.
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Post by theCryptofishist » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:07 am

Is anyone else eagerly anticipating when fembot makes her first post in the bar?
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Post by Dr. Pyro » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:27 am

I can say with absolute certainly that I couldn't care less.

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Post by fembot » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:13 am

Update - sorry this took a while.

Thank you for all your welcoming. Playa Magic seems to be starting to pull itself together. I have now finalized my arrival with a friend who is an eight year veteran (it will be nice to have a guide).

You guys are right, the closer it gets the more I just think about how I'm going to be there, and not how I'm going to get there. I just went and did an EL project tonight with another friend, and I can't hardly wait!!!

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Post by geekster » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:31 am

You are way over-thinking it.

But maybe you have never been camping before.
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Post by bluesbob » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:17 am

You forgot something.

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Post by fembot » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:24 pm

[quote="geekster"]You are way over-thinking it.

But maybe you have never been camping before.[/quote]

It's [i]because [/i]I have been camping quite a bit that I have a good respect for arid desert conditions. Besides, Burning Man is also supposed to be about art, etc, so I would be bringing far more than just the bare essentials.

And yes, I probably will forget something, lol... hopefully nothing too important!

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