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This is some meta 80s nostalgia right here. (a draft I just found from 5 years ago)

August 8, 2016

It was the sixth grade. My parents promised to pay half, if I earned the money for a Nintendo. A what? A Nintendo. I was the first kid on my block in Manhattan, Kansas, to have one. Though I eventually went on to do other things, like going back to not being popular and reading ten books at a time, for a while my little brother and I spent every hour immersed in 8-bit, beepbeepbloopbloopbeep wonderment.

Legend of Zelda, a precursor to “RPGs” and the style of gaming that seems to be the most popular now (WoW) was my favourite. I had the big ol’ map ripped from Nintendo Power and my finger ever-hovering on the pause button to figure out where the heck am I?? Where am I going? Unlike Punch-Out, Mario, Duck Hunt – and especially anything to do with the powerpad – LoZ appealed to my intellect, my curiousity and my love of story-telling.

Just like John Hughes movies (remember that book I recommended?. Well, they appealed to my love of 80s fashion (the day after I saw Breakfast Club I tried my best to dress exactly like Ally Sheedy had) and music, hot popular boys who ended up with hearts of gold and like most kids who love them, having the “dweeb” as the star. So, please to accept

The Legend of Zelda (1987) Trailer

(The latter half, just a montage, is better.)

A post-script, I watched Valley Girl for the nth time last night and will be trying to use this quote as much as possible:

“That technorock you guys listen to is GUTLESS!”

image from 365 Days of Cage, a pretty funny site

Tickets & Booty

August 8, 2016

We like this.

August 22, 2011

Giving megaphones a good name, for once.

Last minute tips and reminders

August 22, 2011

– Pay all your bills. My first year, I forgot to pay my car insurance. Got home and continued to forget for several months. Luckily, Safe Auto reminded me before a cop did. 

– Take out ALL the trash.

– Clean out the fridge!

– I unplug stuff and turn off stuff to save on electricity drain. I also set the temp to …I’m thinking 86.

– Set away messages on emails as needed.

– Leave contact info with somebody! My camp leader has forms for each of us listing camp contacts, other playa contacts, emergency people, allergies, medications we’re taking, etc. I gave one to her, and I will prob. leave one in my tent. Having had to forage through someone’s tent, desperately seeking any form of identity (and I was only in the tent because he happened to be camped across from me – huge stroke of luck) for someone being airlifted to a burn unit…yeah. Have some ID and contact info in your tent. But the point of this was to leave contact info with someone – I give camp mates numbers and my travel itinerary to my mom.

Here’s the longest list I’ve seen! Good stuff. Crunchy Mama’s list is a classic, especially the tips after the intial list. My first year I read every last list I could find and copied and pasted things I needed – be sure to pack a notebook and pen for, if nothing else, making notes on what you didn’t use, wish you’d had, could do better, want to do different next year, etc. I find nearly-daily I have something to put on this list (“more Goathead and Ygmir” “sparkly lipgloss” “moisturize more!!”).

I am looking up TSA carry-on regulations, again. I’ll have to leave my sabre and snow globe at home, le sigh. I also just saw that gel inserts aren’t allowed…luckily I’m too cheap to buy those! Mine are just foam.

The TSA website states that you can carry on:

  • Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in a 3 oz. or smaller container and in your quart-size, zip-top plastic bag.
  • Canned or jarred goods such as soup, sauces, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and jellies – 3 oz. or smaller
  • Cheese in pressurized containers, Jell-O’s, pudding, whipping cream, yogurt or gel like food substances – 3 oz. or smaller

3 oz. pretty much counts off anything I’d bring. Last year I had my travel treat, curry cashews, and some raw balls. I certainly don’t have the room for this fanciness but I’d sure like to sit next to them. I have a Bumble Bar (I only buy them on sale for .99 or less – I have no Tasty Bits this year!! I never found them on sale. Makes me sad.) so far and the little bags of granola. I’ll probably make coffee Tuesday night to reheat Wed. morning, to drink on the way to the airport…I need food for pretty much all day Wednesday. Hm. I need to get on that. Filling, nutritious foods that take up little room won’t crush.

Back to learning.


We, the Blukis Camp, a group of Lithuania Burners, artists, and performers invite you to participate in the filming of our documentary! We’ll be carrying out a  Pagan ritual from Lithuania and other Indo-European countries of dragging a Blukis—a huge tree stump, symbolic of underworld spirits–through the various communities of Black Rock City in a symbolic gesture to free the sun. We’ll then burn the Blukis stump at the end of Burning Man. We hope to drag the huge (one passenger seated) tree stump (on wheels) through the Playa and various theme camps, role-playing in the spirit of the ritual, sharing its magic with others, while filming participants who would agree to take part in our performance. We also welcome you to join us at Blukis – Burning Stump camp (located on 7:00&Coming Out).

By dragging the stump, participants symbolically welcome the new light, burn their fears and emotional baggage, and are, in a sense, reborn through this ritual. If you and your theme camp would like to participate in the ritual and in the creation of our documentary, please complete this short survey so we know how to find you on the playa:

Blukis – Burning Stump Camp Team

Fairly interesting, the parallel between dragging the stump through town as a means for cleansing and forgiveness (that’d be Jesus, I’m talking about). Not as interesting if, like me, you’re aware of the rituals and traditions that cross faiths and cultures and centuries, but still. Neat. Lithuanian burners! I’ve always wanted to go to Lithuania.

They have a Kickstarter with very reasonable prices. I think I’m going to go for a patch.

$8 – I mean, a freakin’ airport bag of chips would cost that much! I’d rather go a little hungry and encourage people to create (man, Kickstarter could be so addicting!). People have been so kind to me, yet again this year, I really can’t keep it all for myself. The hand-knit shorts are…somethin’.

Oh! And look! Math and pretty things!! They’re so close to their goal, with only ten hours to go.

Back to learnin’. I’m not finding much on this alleged ritual but I am learning about Lithuanianm mythology. Similar, of course, to every other one!

Ethnological legends present a rather peculiar version of thc fall: after the creation of man, his body was covered with a shell-like coat. People did not experience any disasters or illnesses and lived forever. Later, however, when they transgressed (usually through laziness or neglect, although the reasons are not always indicated), Dievas took away this coat, leaving as a memento, only the nails on fingers and toes.
Lithuanian ethnological legends abound in number, but in many of them it is difficult to distinguish between Christian and archaic contents. The legends mentioned above seem to be sufficiently original and reflect the elements of ancient mythology.
Also, don’t forget about having $10 cash handy, so the hillbillies can take care of your trash for you!

Trash service!

August 21, 2011

Sadly, I lost all my photos yesterday but my friend Kristal Light, she of the Kentucky Hillbilly Burn (which sadly, apparently, is getting renamed), she and her compadres are offering a fantastic trash service to everybody.

We are offering to take your bag of trash away for $10 and your grey water (sealed bucket with lid only) for $15. Your bucket will get recycled into our Potty program at Reclaimation, the KY burn.

It’s to fund their CORE Project, which as you all know will be a stupendous display of effigys from regional burns. Theirs (…their’s?) is a barrel.

It’s first come, first serve, they have a 26-foot truck and water containers MUST BE SEALED. No sitting in Exodus staring at bags of trash (or smelling them). Schlepping it  from BRC to…wherever you’re going. For $10 bucks. Now, I’d just give Kristal $10 if she asked for it. She is that person with the heart to volunteer the worst EMS and Sanctuary shifts, doing the right thing when nobody else will step up. They’re a small, fiercely devoted group, these Kentucky burners, so seriously, take them your trash!

Ha! “These guys are great, give them your garbage and dirty nasty water!”

Deliver to Schizofrenzy, 4:30 & C. Pay ahead via PP or hand over cash there. Leave a comment and I’ll provide her email/PP info.



August 20, 2011

Please stay away from the playa, please stay away from the playa….


During the last few days before leaving…pack unpack repack sew unpin rip resew I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR I HATE EVERYTHING what am I forgetting??

I would go out tonight, but I haven’t got a stitch to wear:

Kamui Cosplay…

August 11, 2011

This is the sort of stuff I’d lovelovelove to do, if I knew how. She has some nice tutorials AND is German? Speaks German.

And in the meantime

August 5, 2011

I’ll listen to this song again. If anybody knows where the newsy-sounding intro bites are from, I’d like to see the whole segment.

So, what do you guys look forward to? I look forward to the contraptions*. The art cars that go by and just make you stand there, gaping, “How the…what the…” It makes me feel good knowing somebody has just spent most of their waking moments (I’m guessing) to do this one thing to make me happy. And they do it because firstly, they love it. And people doing what they love makes the people around them happy.

I look forward to all the clever, witty, imaginative and hilarious theme camp names and themes.

I look forward to the kindness. I look forward to being in a “city” where everybody is looking out for their neighbor – and not just looking out, but being proactive and meeting needs before One knows it’s there.

So, what do you look forward to?

*besides being surrounded by some of the most generous, loving, thoughtful, giving, funny, smart, talented people I’ve ever known

NFB – Anna Calvi

July 28, 2011

It’s been a while since I had a NFB but last night while brushing my teeth I heard, “…is Siouxsie on Letterman?? I didn’t know she had a new album out…”

It wasn’t Siouxsie, it was a tooprettytobetalented blonde who, after a few seconds, completely sold me.

Believing in my heart is what I’ve come to fear.

Most of the songs I’ve heard (so far, about four) sounds like Siouxsie (vocals and music) singing for Roy Orbison.

This is terribly Jeff Buckley (as is much of her playing), but still pretty:

et je t’aime Edith Piaf

Public Service Announcement

July 27, 2011

 – Sir Mitchell

AND my kitteh wants to be just like mama, wear flouncy things

and go to work

I made fig preserves – mom is a jam-making machine. She’s got strawberry, peach, peach pie, grape, habanero, four-pepper, her own fig…raspberry habanero…I did fig.

Still going through books…just in case I get to move far away soon.

“It’s like killing off my children,” I told Jet. Most of the philosophy books in the bathroom (Emma Goldman essays, Johnny Rotten bio, Either/Or, Bertrand Russell, etc.) are in the sell box, so here’s the new bathroom reading:

Had women’s history, feminist theory, poetry all together, now it’s split up. 


But I got the bookshelf nearly clear…

Even the one shelf that’s just journals going back to the third grade

I consolidated the Burning Man museum/altar on top, opened the savings bank

A dollar here, a dollar there, loose change in the pocket = $196 for travel money (cab, food, drinks at the bar while I wait two days for a flight that actually leaves…). It’s a good system, you really can save a lot just setting aside the loose bits.

Got some bites on my CL ads, and listed more on Ebay – not getting rich yet, but…hopefully it’ll be something. Even without BM I still have massive student loanage and an old, old house with two working outlets and original wiring from 1942…still no idea what to wear.  Or now, how to get to and from the airport and who I can trust to take care of my cats!!  I have LESS THAN A MONTH. I still need to buy a suitcase, for pete’s sake…let’s go back to kitteh.

My friends are taking me to Harry Potter tonight, and I’m pretty darn excited and looking forward to two solid hours of pure fantastical escapism.