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Post by Simon of the Playa » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:37 am

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Post by Sail Man » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:48 am

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What about Basketball?

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Post by junglesmacks » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:43 pm

Sail Man wrote: Image

Those are SICK.. I want. Bad.

..and dear god, I FOUND THEM! Albeit for $95 a pair.. ouch. Time to figure out where they're getting that fabric from and make a drawstring pair myself. Love some of these fabric patterns..

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Post by Eric » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:53 pm

junglesmacks wrote:
Sail Man wrote: Image

Those are SICK.. I want. Bad.

..and dear god, I FOUND THEM! Albeit for $95 a pair.. ouch. Time to figure out where they're getting that fabric from and make a drawstring pair myself. Love some of these fabric patterns..

http://us.loudmouthgolf.com/index.php/m ... r-cut.html
I've got a version with a white base you can borrow...

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Post by junglesmacks » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:02 pm

Nice, Eric. Yeah I just saw that fabric for sale. I'm thinking of making a pair of drawstring pants for some daytime lounging. Although.. last year I had a few pairs of pants to wear, yet could never drag myself to get out of my fuzzy faux leopard furs ones. In fact.. out of the entire tub of clothes I brought last year, I literally wore about 5 different articles.. the night pants, the day pants, the light thermal, the heavier thermal, the fleece pullover.
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Post by wedeliver » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:30 am

TomServo wrote:ahh the Barrett! Pretty little gun!
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Post by ibdave » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:55 am

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Satellite photo of standing water ^^

snow.....

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Post by wedeliver » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:25 pm

Ibdave, I hope you don't mind but I think this photo is beautiful. A person might think this is a photoshopped image, but we just got nailed by the same store. This does bode well for the Playa to wipe out past event scars, I would think.

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Post by ibdave » Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:41 pm

wedeliver wrote:Ibdave, I hope you don't mind but I think this photo is beautiful. A person might think this is a photoshopped image, but we just got nailed by the same store. This does bode well for the Playa to wipe out past event scars, I would think.

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Hey We, not my photo... Friends Of Black Rock facebook group posted the photo's....



and yes, the shot's are great.. 1st time I've seen that much snow on the Playa... 8) 8)
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Post by TomServo » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:26 am

wedeliver wrote:Ibdave, I hope you don't mind but I think this photo is beautiful. A person might think this is a photoshopped image, but we just got nailed by the same store. This does bode well for the Playa to wipe out past event scars, I would think.

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Post by teardropper » Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:53 am

Yes, after the water that was on it and the more recent snow, there is a better than even chance the playa could be in good shape this year. But after scraping almost 45 miles of roads and driving lots of trucks and heavy equipment on it, it's certainly not virgin stuff. Just making the city and installing things with bigger rigs, ruts appear. Just outside the fence will always be better than the pentagon that is Black Rock City.

I'll be down the end of this month and then the end of May. Expect it be pretty dicey, even with the Subaru, in March. Hoping to get to do some major playa driving over Rendezvous long weekend. As always, avoid the dark spots. That, though, is not foolproof. Traveling in pairs with long ropes or winch is recommended. Travel at intervals and go fast.
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Post by Savannah » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:56 am

Oh my god, that photo is beautiful.

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Post by Generic Anonymity » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:44 pm

bman-announce Digest, Vol 60, Issue 2 wrote:This year's site inspection was delayed a loooong time because the playa's been underwater (or snow) since last September - and there's still standing water in some locations, although for the most part early returns are that once dry the surface is awesomely, beautifully hard packed like only a really wet winter can do.
So I'm guessing the prospects are looking good for this?
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Post by teardropper » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:51 pm

I was just out on the playa. Where it wasn't too wet too attempt to drive, in the daytime, it was in pretty good shape. 'Course there was that night driving (forgot about the wet, probably due to 10 High) with the trailer on looking for a great spot to watch the sunrise. AWD might have helped, but it all seemed good, from what I remember. With all the wind and rain and cold, it might have been the most fun I had all week.

But who knows what will happen when it actually dries.
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Re: Smooooooooooth Playa?

Post by thirt33n » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:26 pm

...any updates by chance? :)
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Post by bigbluedoggy » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:41 pm

According to a friend at Juplaya, the surface is in the best shape she has seen in years. Hard and flat with acres of pristine cracked mud surface. Hoping it doesn't get too pulverized before we get there!
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Post by Bob » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:15 am

Jewplaya is ruining it for everyone.
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Post by wedeliver » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:39 am

I think it was 2002 or 03 where I could ride my bike at night, with no hands, with my eyes closed....seriously, sitting up straight, arms crossed, EYES CLOSED....what a rush, haven't been able to do that for a lot of years, the playa used to be as smooth as a babys ass! (you know, like land speed records etc)

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Post by teardropper » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:33 pm

I drove around last year, over the Fourth, all over the playa, looking for 'that' spot. I did find it. And we set up our camp there. What you said, wedeliver, riding at night with perfect playa. I think it was over by the Coyote Dunes. It does happen. But not in Black Rock City. Or around it. After they scrape 45 miles of roads and heavy equipment installs art on the near playa it changes it. You want virgin playa, look for it other than Burning Man.
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Post by Bob » Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:12 pm

Don't eat yellow playa.
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Post by thirt33n » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:56 pm

wedeliver wrote:I think it was 2002 or 03 where I could ride my bike at night, with no hands, with my eyes closed....seriously, sitting up straight, arms crossed, EYES CLOSED....what a rush, haven't been able to do that for a lot of years, the playa used to be as smooth as a babys ass! (you know, like land speed records etc)

(trying to ignore above comment)

yes. the floating world...my virgin year. it has never been so hard and fast since i believe. i brought my road bike that year and rode it lots.
i would like that LOTS!
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Post by Eric » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:37 pm

thirt33n wrote:
wedeliver wrote:I think it was 2002 or 03 where I could ride my bike at night, with no hands, with my eyes closed....seriously, sitting up straight, arms crossed, EYES CLOSED....what a rush, haven't been able to do that for a lot of years, the playa used to be as smooth as a babys ass! (you know, like land speed records etc)

(trying to ignore above comment)

yes. the floating world...my virgin year. it has never been so hard and fast since i believe. i brought my road bike that year and rode it lots.
i would like that LOTS!
It was like that in 2003 as well (my virgin year)- I had a super lightweight bike and I could pedal it a few times and just coast for ages. It was a dream. Agree the playa hasn't been like that since, and neither has my bike (damn bike thieves in SF).
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Post by Savannah » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:18 pm

Eric wrote:
thirt33n wrote:
wedeliver wrote:I think it was 2002 or 03 where I could ride my bike at night, with no hands, with my eyes closed....seriously, sitting up straight, arms crossed, EYES CLOSED....what a rush, haven't been able to do that for a lot of years, the playa used to be as smooth as a babys ass! (you know, like land speed records etc)

(trying to ignore above comment)

yes. the floating world...my virgin year. it has never been so hard and fast since i believe. i brought my road bike that year and rode it lots.
i would like that LOTS!
It was like that in 2003 as well (my virgin year)- I had a super lightweight bike and I could pedal it a few times and just coast for ages. It was a dream. Agree the playa hasn't been like that since, and neither has my bike (damn bike thieves in SF).
I remember that biking smoothness! It was lovely . . . especially at night in the middle of nowhere.

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Post by Sham » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:36 pm

The very hard smooth surface should do wonders in keeping the dust down. I remember the incredible 8 hour dust storm on Monday of 2008. That was the year I recall the surface being the worst, sandy mess. This allowed to top layers to be transformed into a complete whiteout. Most bikes never made it out to the deep playa because of the difficulty riding in the loose sand.
2011 is going to be a great year!

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Post by thirt33n » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:43 pm

^^^
on top of all that the ring was huger than normal that year...bad combo
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Post by teardropper » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:48 am

It seems that no matter how 'smoooth' the playa is, in general, once you get through scraping 45 miles of Black Rock City roads and use heavy equipment to install art on the near playa, you've lost your virgin playa. It will be dusty. It will have ruts. I'm sure that if you start with a good surface, all will be better, but those variables mentioned will have their say...
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