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Boobs, sweat, Burning Man

August 15, 2016

A dear readers asks: “Gonna get personal here. Did you ever go topless at Burning Man? Did you have problems from boob sweat + playa?”

I couldn’t recall any sort of issue, so I asked friends. Overwhelming consensus is that since it’s so dry out there, boob sweat isn’t an issue. Here in the South, most of the year we’re getting hugged by a REALLY sweaty person who won’t let go. You can sit still under the shade with a fan, and you’re still gonna be wet from the  humidity.

Second overwhelming response is to use deodorant, to prevent sweating and chafing under the breasts, in the groin area, etc.  Pretty much the same ingredients as Monistat and other anti-chafing products, just without the targeted marketing and pink tax.

I’m basically a Pstyle missionary.  I keep one on me, one in my tent next to the peejug. I consider it a “must-have” for Burning Man, other burns, gross music venues with no toilet seats, outfits that I don’t want to remove completely so I can pee, etc.

She asks, “What do you do with pstyle while it’s in your bag? Put it in a ziplock? Does it get gross?”

The belt I made has a zipper pocket just for the Pstyle. Many women keep it in a ziplock bag with wet wipes. I don’t, just shake after use, it dries instantly, the end. It’s never gotten gross – when I’m menstruating the blood might need to get wiped off, doesn’t always shake right off like urine, but that’s about it. Doesn’t smell, doesn’t make the fabric of the pockets it’s in smell. The most likely thing to end up smelling is your peejug.

I have overflowed the Pstyle when I didn’t have it placed correctly and/or wasn’t paying attention. Practice in the shower, over your toilet at home, off your back deck, until you figure out where it needs to go against your body and how you need to stand. I have also definitely overflowed my peejug, so keep it empty. I’ve also  knocked it over, so keep the lid screwed on at all times!!

I recommend this water bottle for a peejug:

crystal-geyser-1-gallon-natural-spring-bottled-water-6-case

The paper handle is very nice for the emptying trips. I also like to paint it, cover it with duct tape, etc. so it’s not like, totally obvious you’re carrying around a bunch of pee.

DON’T USE JUGS THAT HELD JUICE OR ANYTHING OTHER THAN WATER. That is a guaranteed odor.

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Space bags STILL SUCK.

August 10, 2016

I’ve posted enough about trying them out. The ones you vacuum can shrink stuff, into a brick that may make packing more difficult. But then once you’re there, who’s got a vaccum? My friends are trying it anyways, claiming their air mattress pump will work.

Checkout line impulse, Swiss Gear ones. More expensive, “name brand,” maybe they’ll be useful this time. 

Misc. clothes (ie not total outfits that can go in their own ziploc bag):

On the left, a plastic zipper bag that probably sheets came in. Right, the empty space bag. Transferred – the sliding closer clip came off before I’d even opened it (per usual). I filled it with the clothes, smushed it below the fill line, went to roll, POP! Well, too much stuff. Halved it, made it nice and flat. Started to roll, POP! Took everything out but a skirt and bikini top, made sure to squeeze excess air out before rolling, started rolling, POP!

They’re just thicker ziploc bags with a useless plastic sliding tab. How did you get it to work? What do you use to compress stuff for packing? I’d use a compression bag but the plastic keeps stuff clean, and the see-through means less rummaging, which also means keeping it cleaner…

Today in Shopping

August 5, 2016

One of the best and worst things about this trip is buying stuff. Yay new toys! Ugh I need this money for “car insurance.” Here’s an Amazon list I put together with a few “must-haves.” I should figure out how to do that thing where if you buy from the link from my page I make money. Because I need this.

Today:

  1. It’s Saturday. I go to pull my boots on for some wandering and they will not go on my foot. Like they shrunk 2 sizes overnight. They *will* not fit. Not like, they feel tight. I couldn’t pull them on. My friends suggested my feet were swollen from all the walking. Huh. Ok.
  2. Leather ruined. Zippers broken. Took a shitty pair of cheap boots with insoles in them and voila, perfect playa feet costume. Rainboots included, at my regionals. This year I needed day shoes and found, for the first time, some Ranger shoes (aka brown, a color I do not wear) AND some awesome boots. Found these for cheap at TJ Maxx. f20160805_161344[1]$3 motorcyle boots that make me feel cool, new boots; not pictures: the black vans I got for daytime because they have DISAPPEARED. I want to maybe paint the toes, no clue what would be “me.”

Skin Food is an amazing moisturizer. With Weleda prices. I found a tube at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s for $3. I use it mostly around my eyes, because I am a freak about looking all old and gross (remember this my blog, where I write whatever I want, and not a public forum to lecture me on body pride and how beautiful life lines are). I’m excited to have it in the desert this year. Scored a 241 for $8 today.

Totally splurged on some bike lights, $5. It looks like I’m bringing my own bike, this year. I need a basket, too, if anyone has a cheap recommendation. I haven’t had great success with bungee cords and a milk crate. They are SO handy, when you’re riding around. Especially at night in my coat, which is difficult to bike in (due to length).

Check-out lane whim, space bags. Which I’ve repeatedly posted my dislike for. But I’m flying again, so anything I can do to cram shit in my bag…these you roll up, you don’t vacuum. However, I got back to the car and looked at them and thought, “These are pointless.” I put every single outfit into a ziploc bag. Clothes, socks, underwear, jewelry, all of into one bag. Keeps things dust-free (until you wear them) and organized. I’ll fill one back with socks/knickers/black leggings/hosiery. The clunkiest thing, my coat, doesn’t really get smaller. I kinda want a down one, down compresses VERY Well. Anyways. I’ll be posting about these later.

Re-upped on my favorite face wipes (I’m a freak about keeping my face clean, I break out very, very quickly, all over, and it makes me so self-conscious I won’t leave the house). I’m a big exfoliater, every day, I don’t care if They say it microtears your skin. It keeps my skin clear. These have a really scrubby side that I like. One pack of these ($3) lasted me…3 burns? Also got a pack of these to try. I suppose I should put photos here…I don’t feel like the hassle right now.

I probably brought…god, 20 costumes my first year. Prom gowns and all. I would go back in time and pat myself on the head, “No.” Over the years I have minimalized *so much.* It makes me kind of sad, when I see old posts with all the stuff I made. Does not make me sad when I have half as much stuff to lug around, and my bag isn’t full of stuff I never even touched to wear. Comfort is priority. Mobility (riding a bike) is a must. I get sad because I don’t feel as pretty or interesting as everyone else (Burning Man is terrible on  what little self-esteem I have) but it cuts down on luggage (leaving room for food) and is realistic.

Tights (I think my knees are fat and ugly) and something lightweight and mobile. Swimsuits are my new favorite burn outfit. Got a couple of boyshorts ($7) to wear under dressed and with tank tops. A-line white tank tops, because I try not to say “wifebeater” anymore.

They also had a wide variety of Batiste dry shampoo for $5. I bought the brunette spray for Transformus last year, and it totally turned my hair white and ashy. Did not like. I do like this stuff a lot – and no aerosol. The big trick is to brush it through your hair! So it can absorb the oil. I haven’t used the spray since that one time, because it looked SO bad, but I suspect not brushing it was part of the problem. I did notice after several uses that it was leaving grit in my hair.

This is the first year I’m camping without a shower. I don’t really like baby wipes, they wipe stuff off, sure. But I don’t feel clean. Sticky and film-y. Plus so wasteful. And the kind with no fragrances and BS cost more. A friend gifted me one of these to try, claiming he was pleased with how they work. Meh. They’re squares, fairly thin, and really soft.

 

 

You wet them and use like a washcloth/wipe. I hadn’t showered in four days and just gotten home from running errands in triple-digit weather and no air conditioning. Figured it was the perfect chance for a test run.

Pros: thicker than baby wipes, zero fragrance, nice lather like you’re showering, dries fast, totally got rid of my b.o.

Cons: no good to wash hair, still didn’t feel “clean.” Wasn’t like…sticky but skin felt….really light film. Face didn’t feel clean at all. Biggest con, price. $14 for 25 vs. $14 for 384. Still kinda fun and a nice treat though, to get that shower feeling (with the later) feeling. I have a second one I’m saving for a dirty day in the desert, see how it attacks playa dust.

 

Accidentally found while looking for “wipes,” a-ha ha ha ha ha.

Runner-up.

Wow. What? I’m guessing “fuck off” but what?

 

If I had the money and knew they’d be a great fit, I would need me a few of those gems.

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.

 

BLUKIS: RITUAL AND/OR DOCUMENTARY PARTICIPATION
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: http://tinyurl.com/blukisritual.

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!

Quote of the Day

August 12, 2011

“It doesn’t matter how good or expensive your goggles are…they’ll always be sitting back at camp when you need them.” – DragonPilot

Someone just had another one of my BRILLIANT ideas…

August 12, 2011

Tunna shared this on Google buzz:

Brady Forrest says: “Some friends of mine and I bagged premade 80 manhattans. Each is in its own vacuum sealed bag with a dried cherry. Those are going to be mighty good in the desert. 

That’s pretty great. Last year on the flight (2 and half days after the original one…) my new friend bought me a vodka tonic. “Next year,” I quipped, “I’m filling all my carry-on travel bottles with gin and tonic!”

Looking for a link to Tunna brought up all sorts of fun posts about what a GREAT time I had my first year!

I walked and walked looking – AGAIN – for somebody, something, anything.  I was walking away (from the burn) when it started. I had to pee. I was crying. My back to it. My brain turned to symbolism so maybe I’m not a burner. Another failed attempt at trying to find somewhere to belong. I just end up alone, again. Why do I leave my house? 30,000 people and I can’t find anywhere to go. My feet ache with exhausted hope.

Burning Man is just a big fucking rave. All you hear is techno. People FUCKED up wandering around. One DJ plugged his new album at Hookah Dome.

Chafed from the backpack, crinoline and fabric. Eyes burn. God, when I think how much MONEY this has cost me. I have no idea if I’m glad I did it or not.

I can’t fucking wait to LEAVE.

And some timely reminders like,

Remember how dirty you are...The amount of RVs is nuts. I really wish I’d made it back in the 90s…DPW = HOT. Hot cars, hot boys. – Clean up a bit, makes the Exodus sit a bit more comfortable. Also remember your pee funnel/jug, snacks and sunscreen.

Have that untouched bag of hotel clothes. Everything from underbits to a pair of shoes you haven’t worn in a week. I go with super simple cotton dresses and, this year, flip-flops (wearing my Docs around more was just too much!).

In second bummer news (the first being my boots that don’t fit), I am STILL on a quest to replace my missing hat.

I’m not a hat person. I don’t like wearing turtlenecks, either (god, I’m fascinating!). But that hat ruled. That hat kept my head warm. Covered up my bad hair. Made me look and feel kinda cute!! I got it by accident at the DSB Reunion….gosh, that was 2009. It was adorned with a simple Victorian-style brooch, awarded me by my captain.

Southern pirates say “yerrrrr…”

My fourth purchase does not work. Doesn’t cover my ears. SAD FACE. So, I still need shoes and a hat. Maybe some of these

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sportsman’s Warehouse. It’s always lil’ ol’ me in there with the rednecks.  Someone asked me most what I’d miss, if I moved. “Rednecks,” I replied.

The Ebaying is going pretty well. I will def keep it up – I’m not getting rich, but it’s covering things like Vitalyte, the compression bags and other items I can buy with PayPal. I recommend it. All I did was walk around my house and pick out stuff to get rid of. Now, about that hat…

The most hilariously unintentional…

July 12, 2011

 

July 9, 2011

Hail Bacon apron by Econographics

Fun theme camp stuff from Uline “shipping supply specialists”

June 28, 2011

Lord knows what I’d find in the embalming supplies catalogs.

(can’t link to or upload pictures)

Quarantine barricade tape – secure First Camp

Pop-up flashing traffic cones – folds flat, 100,000 flashes

ice cube bags – fill with plastic fake ice cubs and sell next to Artica for half the price

They have the big biohazard barrels, a variety of lab coats, baby changing stations and a magnetic rake. And “Made in China” stickers I’ve love to stick on the Man. Somebody needs to invent one that just picks up cigarette butts.

 

Gadgets!

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.

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