Posts Tagged ‘playa foot’

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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“Naked Soles”

January 24, 2011

Abject, soul-crushing boredom. 7 days down (working), three weeks to go.

I go barefoot most of the time – in IRL and in BRC. It’s too freakin’ hot during the day for shoes!! In my boredomwhichmeanslookingaroundonebay, I found Naked Soles.

THESE SANDALS ARE MADE IN THE U.S. OF FOUR SEPARATE COMPRESSED LAYERS OF “EVA”-ETHYL VINYL ACETATE (THE SAME PRODUCT AS USED IN THE BEST ATHLETIC SHOES. THE UPPER LAYER(THE ONE AGAINST YOUR SOLE) IS IMPREGNATED WITH A WATER-WASHABLE, NON-TOXIC, NON-ALLERGENIC ADHESIVE THAT ADHERES TO YOUR SKIN AND LEAVES NO RESIDUE. TO USE, SIMPLY PEEL AWAY THE PROTECTIVE COVER, STEP DOWN ON THEM, HEEL FIRST, AND ROLL FORWARD. TO REMOVE, TAKE HOLD OF THE HEEL AND PEEL OFF SLOWLY. ON OVERLY SENSITIVE, MOIST OR BROKEN SKIN, IT IS BEST TO SOAK THEM IN WATER BEFORE SEPARATING OR THEY MAY BE DIFFICULT TO TAKE APART.

“NAKED SOLES” CAN BE USED AGAIN AND AGAIN, BUT YOUR FEET MUST BE CLEAN AND DRY AND THE SANDAL MUST BE CLEAN AND DRY. ALL THAT IS REQUIRED IS THAT YOU WASH THEM AFTER USE TO REMOVE THE OILS THAT ACCUMULATE FROM YOUR SKIN. WASH THEM UNDER A FAUCET WITH ANY TYPE OF SOAP AND A BRUSH, RINSE, ALLOW TO DRY THOROUGHLY AND THEY’RE READY TO WEAR AGAIN. REMEMBER: WASHING THE SANDALS AND ALLOWING THEM TO DRY REACTIVATES THE ADHESIVE.

Interesting. Thanks to LNT, it’s pretty safe to go barefoot but this might be interesting in other camping circumstances (ie, rocks and trees and such). If not just to have the bottoms of your feet be bright blue. I really need to start marketing myself somehow, so people will mail me stuff like this for review! Let’s test shit out! I know my power, women and their new pee funnels thank me! Pee funnels FTW.

The packaging’s fun

STEP INTO THE FUTURE!! And it says you can wear them with socks. So if, like me, you have wonderful socks going sorely underappreciated because they are hidden under your boots, bust them out! Slap some space-material on your feet and show them socks off.

Furries and the pope…

June 15, 2010

Thriftin’ was mildly bountiful. Bountiful in a way that I’m like, “Oooo…but I will never wear this.”

It’s oddly shaped, and I’m thinking of using it as a hood for my playa cloak. My imaginary playa cloak…

It’s hard to stem a boot problem (as in, I have too many of them) when they’re like….fifty cents (dollar a pound Goodwill). Barbarella Queen of the Arctic Tundra…

Paintball mask?

Playa googles.

Creepy weird something else…

Now I just gotta figure out how to accumulate $600 or so in the next month or so…

I bought these things to make some pasties:

I tried to throw a dinner party, and finally framed my zombie/unicorn print.

It’s fairly ghetto and uneven (thanks, gin!) but the purple’s ok, and the diaphonous trim is stupid. I mean, awesome.

Whatever. I like it.

Back to thriftin’. I was SO sad this box was empty:

Oh, speaking of my ghetto-ass craftiness (and I use the term craftiness loosely…) I made my friend a bookmark. I super love making people stuff.

I won a crappy  Ebay auction of what I thought were nice Dresden Dolls prints. He mailed them late and threw in other stuff, like that Tori cut-out. She likes Tori, I make obituary bookmarks,

There was some shiny red stuff by the laminating machine and this faux-Oriental dangle in my car. Voila! And I am stealing this make-up idea:

The end.

Playa foot

July 31, 2009

I think I touched on it back in the beginning (in between creating man and naming stars), but it can be – or is – an issue.

I haven’t thought too much about it, as so far burners seem to be heat-scared yella bellied sissies!

Me, I run barefoot over rocks, grass and riverstreams yearlong in hundreds of degrees weather, so I ain’t skeered!

Well, except the “sand” there is a whole other cthulu. Here’s some more specific info:

Playa powder is a base, the opposite of an acid, and it burns your skin just like an acid. To treat your skin (feet, hands, whatever), first remove the powder. When the powder mixes with a liquid (sweat, tears, saliva, mucous, sun tan lotion), it can cause burns on whatever it’s on. So remove it. To reverse the action, add an acid (to reverse a flame burn, add cool water, to reverse an acid burn, add a base) – he suggests 1 part plain white vinegar to 3 parts water. Dry the skin. Assuming it’s not a bad burn (and it’s likely not), add moisturizer at night and sleep in it. Adding moisturizer before you head out may cause playa powder to stick to your skin and become moist, so use your judgment.

The evidence of a base burn on the playa is a crack in the skin that’s black and doesn’t bleed – the burn cauterized the wound. That’s what I get in my feet if I don’t wear shoes and sock – your mileage will vary; some people are not affected at all – lucky devils.

The instructor recommends washing, adding the vinegar solution, and drying at least once a day; moisturizing at night when you’ve hit the sack.

Ew! Crazy! Black cracks in my skin! Because it instantly cauterizes?? Yowsa.

If sweat makes it worse, and I’m walking around in all this dust, sweating because it is hot, with my hands exposed and whatnot…hm. Eck.

Another good list…

July 2, 2009

http://www.electric-theatre.org/playa/issues.html

Not too much new for my over-googled azz, but good because it actually explains the hows and whys.

Also, a crosspost with my other blog.

Boots part une

May 17, 2009

I worry they’ll be too hot for my feet, due to the fleece lining:

http://www.zappos.com/product/7389315/color/158138

I like these more for casual wear, not iamaplayagoddess awesomeness.

 

There were actually my first pick:

http://www.zappos.com/product/7420884/color/71771#product-reviews

Until I realized they sounded too warm. But I love the simplicity, and the accent.  Simplicity also drew me to these

http://www.zappos.com/product/7430724/color/106

But at $160, I think I can do better.  That’s halfway to my dream boot:

http://www.zappos.com/product/7431097/color/182903

I’ve been interested in these for at least a year, since reading about them. Simple style-wise, comfortable and would help my back…I just wish I could try some on before making the investment. 

No, there is no way in heck I could ever buy these. They cost more than my f’ing mortgage!