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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!


June 27, 2011

So I was looking at this umbrella

Because I want it – though I do like

At regionals I use a large golf umbrella to stay in the shade. I hate wearing sunscreen. Greasy and stinky and pore-clogging and gross. So this would carrying the parasol funner. Yes, that’s right: FUNNER.

I got an umbrella at the Goodwill that clips on to stuff; I got it for my bike. Never used it. Here’s a clip to do the same thing. Instead of a bell for your bike get a THUNDER HORN!

These ashtrays are cute, but would be cuter if they contained the ashes.

Cutlery and a wine cork in one.

Bike stuff: I like these skull lights, but you can’t really tell they’re skulls in the dark when they’re lit up. An alarm for your bike, I like this beetle bell!! Solar bike light makes sense in BRC. This is made for tables, but I can see clipping a cocktail onto my bike.

Huh…this looks kinda futuristic and would be pretty great for smokers, I’d think:

You smoke your cigarette inside it

So there’s no ashes to fall off/pick up. No more dirty, ashy hands/pockets…

Wireless doorbell to allow visitors into your camp. Ok, this light-up traffic cone would be fun! Could block off streets, make fake detour paths to nowhere…these lighted shoelaces seem to just be EL wire, no? But I guess the right length and battery box for shoes.

Ride of Passage – support Camp Stella and maybe win a bike!

June 13, 2011

Camp Stella will personally deliver this magical Playa Bike to one lucky Burner – on the playa!

“Celebrated San Francisco artist Ube Urban was commissioned to paint this delux comfort cruiser. This masterpiece includes a subtle swirl of sparkling sea foam and desert sky blue dusted with glittering gold. Hand lettered details tie into the candy red rims and grips.

Other accessories include a bell, a removable basket (big enough for two bags of ice), a deluxe kickstand, and LED light tubes.

Camp Stella is a Burning Man theme camp of clean and sober queer and queer-friendly folks. Some of us are active in AA and other 12 step programs. Others are not. Camp Stella hosts 5 open AA meetings during the week. All are welcome to attend.”

 A bike is on my list of problems. Right after how the heck I’m going to get there.

Bikes & Bottles

May 11, 2011

Trying to figure out how to get a bike to BRC is tough – mine’s still out in the front yard, poor thing, pedal-less adn twisted around from being tied to the back of a van in 2009. A basket might have to be a seperately-packed thing so this flat one, a la my Orikasa dishware, could be really handy for someone flying or trying to go light.

From this flat-packed


It’s ‘spensive, $75 at MIO. I’ve been re-using jars for years, now, as travel mugs. Coffee, soup, smoothies, etc.  I look like a crazy old lady because I am a crazy old lady with all the empty jars of various shapes and sizes I have in the kitchen. Carissa has taken my cheap-ass green travel mug and made it classy:

Full tutorial at her blog, Carissa’s Creativity Space.

So talking about bikes…

January 14, 2011

My bike in 2010 from the Kinetic Cab Co. was just perfect. I wanted to label it MINE and keep it forever. I’m hoping to find somebody in town to help me with my bike…it’s been leaning against the same tree since I unpacked it off the car in 2009. Until then, let’s talk accessories. Mmm….gadgets.

 This one seems like it might offer a modicum of dust-freedom for it’s contents (if you covered it, of course). I like the panniers, this wire one has a kinda retro feel. Sing some Newsies and shit. I think they’d be crazy easy to make. Go to the thrift store, buy a couple of messenger bags, sew’ em together and throw it on your bike.

Here’s some lights for $300 freakin’ dollars.

This thing creates a “sphere of eye-catching movements,” but they need to show it on a bike. Doing whatever it does. Onto Etsy:

Show some love for the Death Guild

I don’t take bike tools, because I wouldn’t know what to do with them if I had them. However, I would certainly want one of these to keep them in


I don’t use a bell, either (that’s what megaphones are for) but these are snazzy

Bike Bells

And this is just cute.


Soak up some butt sweat!

I see at least one problem with this…

January 13, 2011

I still haven’t seen Deathly Hallows. Some sort of clear fishing wire steering apparatus could be fun with this. A Golden Snitch bike would be cool. I really want to make my own bike to take this year…

Just for fun

August 5, 2010

The lists I’m working off, on and around

And drunken scribblings from the other night, when I came home full of tequila:

(the fringes

the quiet ones

who spend the other 300 days

tired and alone

who eke it out just to make it there

and go ignored because they don’t have hot girls and a dome

on the one hand, you feel as though life is worth living

on the other…what you return to is heavier and more opaque and you lose sight

you lose that smile

and you drown)

Stupid playa.

July 29, 2010

All providin’ and shit.

Yet another random internet stranger is being awesome. He’s going to get me at the airport, ferry me to a grocery store, and drive me into BRC. He won’t take money. And he’s going to give me mead and expects me to be obnoxious on a megaphone.

Ah, if only I could pay my mortgage in PLO* and car insurance by winning drinking contests…

I think I’m going to try and fly with everything, which left out a bike. Which I think is pretty damn near necessary. But then Kinetic Cab Company saved me! They’re going to loan me a bike for the week.

SHIT I am so EXCITED! All these people are being so nice to me, and I will have people to hang out with once I get there, this year…KCC gives tours of the art sculptures – powered by you. I think it’d be dreadfully awesome to ride around BRC looking at art in something like

I’m still underbudget, but any leftovers I have are going to be donated to projects like this. If this year goes well, and I intend to go again next year, I’ll start saving up hardcore and maybe be able to afford

Newark and Beyond: $1,000 (priority art tour whenever you want, hosted by our sexiest cabbie, on sculpture of your choice around the Playa, (including deep playa art tour), signature cocktail, as well as official merchandise from Kinetic Cab Company. Truly the best ride on the Playa!

Wonder what that cocktail is?

*PLO is the…motto of the local Megaphone 666/IMP**: Peace, Love and Obnoxiousness

**Insane Megaphone Posse – we like to pause when passing each other, and swap stories of pissed-off anti-megaphoners. I had a good one this year, some noob wandered into E.F. with a megaphone and I promptly ran her back over the bridge. From inside a tent. In the rain.

July 27, 2010

Last year’s list, about to print out to scribble incessantly on.

This is how we roll.

June 7, 2010