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Old 07-24-2014, 05:47 AM   #211
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Can someone elaborate a little on the oft-mentioned potluck? I'm new to trailer camping and haven't figured out yet what to bring for supplies for the week. Not sure what I should bring for the potluck.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:18 AM   #212
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No different than a potluck in the baseline world. Except you have to worry about storage/fridge in a warm-ish climate. Take a look at bubble-wrapped styrofoam coolers for ideas on how to keep food and ice for up to a week. One of the two things that are sold on the playa is ice, so you don't have to be really freaky about keeping things cool these days.

My tactic is hit Costco for prepackaged goodies (chicken, shrimp salad, lunch meats, cheese, potato salad, chips, ...). No matter which way you approach BM, there is one conveniently located (Bend, Reno, Salt Lake, Vegas). And for you military types, don't forget about the Navy commissary at Fallon.

BTW, don't forget the "gifting" culture. Good food can be shared among friends any time. Did I mention booze? I think I forgot to mention booze.

Or you can just exist on Patron and Two-and-a-half buck Chuck... (thank you, Bam).

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I posted potluck pictures on the Burning Man threads for the years we camped with Airstreameri (2010, 2011). Here's our blog entry from 2011, complete with Zep in the potluck picture.

General Airstreameri photos from 2011 here
More 2011 pictures here, after some kind soul found my lost backpack with my point and shoot camera in it and mailed it back to me.

These give an idea of the potluck, although that varies every year, of course.
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Our Dear Leader usually posts our intended activities shortly before the Burn, but this year he is distracted by his Work and a bum water heater. If we don't get a formal Schedule published here, come by early in the week to see what Dear Leader has settled on (potluck, geology lecture, astronomy lecture, open house, ...). We usually do the one-time events on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
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Settled on? We'd be happy with a session of rating passerby costumes. I'm hoping for the astronomy lecture, there's not much moon gonna be during the burn this year and could be a good night for studying the moons of ur. Studying the geology of Humboldt county is putting me to sleep faster than nodoz.
Sortal schedual: Wednesday 6ish potluck, hopefully followed by our armwaving scientific talk till dark. Most of us are in by Wednesday and most of us haven't left yet.
And daily Best Playa Postcard table.
How about a Sunday nite boundary party? There may be more than the usual Sunday night pressure on our assigned boundarys.
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Our Dear Leader has made note that the Sunday opening will require an additional day of Vigilance to maintain our perimeter, not that we're like some border states you may be familiar with, mind you. But space is at a premium and we have lots of it, so (for you Burgins) we often wake up to find Interlopers have moved in under cover of darkness. Even, brazenly, in the middle of the day!

So don't be surprised to find Yourself with Airstreameri picket duty thru Tuesday.

On the other hand, Dear Leader often accommodates other Burners if we know we have the space, so do your best to estimate your arrival time in our attendee post. The Wrangler notes that 3 of our 10 listed Airstreameri posit a Tuesday arrival, which is no problem.

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This is why it really helps if you let Zep know to save a spot on the B level for you. This is how it works: 4 AM Sunday nite someone manages to open an eye and look out back, and finds 3 strange SOB camps and tents setting up on our outback. One has already sent away their tow vehicle. The playa map shows that section of our area is open camping. Then, if we're lucky, Zep is available and does his amazing mediation and helps our new friends realize that "over there" is actually way much better than in our out back. Except that they can't move their camp with out the tow vehicle. This happens again at 5 AM. Then, About 11AM Zep looks around camp and we have 6 airstreams in our camp and about 5 acres of outback, we decides to let the back half go to the public. Except we're on the hook for final MOOP clean up and the after burn MOOP map. Then the camp fills up with our crowd that was stuck in the whiteout at the gate all day. Later that nite Zep wanders to that back street and finds two airstreams meet head to head by accident, and waves them into our camp.
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WatchUgonnaBring?

WatchUGonnaBring? U might want some of these things.
Bike Butt. Bike lube. I use a spray silicone lube, Barbi says WD40 works as well. Lube your chain every time you’re back in camp. Lemonade can lids washers on your spikes holding down your tribe blanket at your door. Lemonade. Aluminum insulate roll, cover the inside of your toaster. Nomex Welding shirt to help with a Thursday nite burn.(if you got one, you’ll be conscripted to help with a burn somewhere, up close and hot). CO monitor. Rivet Gun. Playa Ash Tray. Gasoline with less than 10% alcohol for Honda generators. Graduated beaker to test your alcohol in your gasoline. Crazy Glue. Ratcheting Hold downs for every Pole. Rope ties for the Austrian. Thumb ties for the Englishman. Rebar with welded washers for the rope. Rebar extraction. Spare Rubber tire, tube. Wind damper for your refrig and water heater vents. Postage stamps to gift to the post card table. Funnel. Fennel. Paring cables. Your State Flag. Olympic Scoring Cards for passerby. Bike locks, unfortunately even I am locking my bike now. Mister from Lowes. Don’t bring music, it will be provided by 2:00. Dr. Anti Dark Wad Defense. Foot Acid. Litmus paper to read pH 9.5 to 10 playa dust. Bike Butt.

oops. BACON! BACON! BACON!

U probably wont need all that. WhatchUgonnaBring then?
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Burning to get there?

Burnstream Court has lost one rig in route to BRC and several other close calls plus tire problems so I'm posting this for some of you less experienced Airstreamers!

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If you have the tank capacity, I'd recommend fueling up in Fernley. There's a Pilot at the intersection of I-80 and the turnoff up to 447. It's usually full of burners, but is less congested than Gerlach. Also, if the Gerlach station is backed up to the highway you'll have to pass it by and you won't be able to fuel up at all.

There is usually a place to get water somewhere in Sparks, check Jackrabbit Speaks or the Burning Blog for details closer to the event.

At this point, subject to change, the Gate shifts with the most empty spots are Monday 6am-noon and Monday 6pm-midnight. Sunday and Tuesday are looking pretty well staffed, which should lead to faster processing. Plan accordingly.

Do *not* arrive before 10am on Sunday unless you have a printout for your early access pass. Doing so will greatly delay your entry into Black Rock City.
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The Wednesday potluck is a very casual, bring whatever you like (no lists), open to the public and random passers by, event. There is always plenty of food. We also have a small bar and lounging area where people can offer up whatever beverages they feel like sharing, whenever they feel like it. Many evenings people gather there and meet and greet the neighbors. Again, it's pretty loose but always seems to work out nicely. There is also a large shade structure where Playa Postcards are created and we mail them home for anyone who wants us to. If you want to bring post card making materials (please no glitter) and/or postcard stamps that would be great.
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And for the record, you will probably eat less and (hopefully) drink more water than you think you will. There is so much to see and do that quick, low prep foods tend to work best. Plus it's just too hot to spend all day in your trailer cooking. Some people prep a few meals at home and bring them ready to eat.
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Water can be a problem, but most people get caught short budgeting their gray/black storage tank capacity. You can always get a drink of water from a neighbor, but once your holding tank(s) is full, you're done. Make sure you know how to take advantage of evap ponds for your gray water, or have enough experience to know you can make it through your scheduled stay with the tanks/strategy you are planning on.

Paper plates and pre-prepped meals go a long way to saving gray capacity. Most Streamers don't realize that rinsing dishes is almost always the biggest producer of gray water, so having a old fashioned strategy (two rinse pans) is very helpful. Once you're there, you'll find that you'd much rather save you gray capacity for a quick shower now and then, rather than rinsing dishes.

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I do our initial dish "rinse" with paper towels and a spray bottle of dilute vinegar water. I put a bit of water and dish soap in one of the pots or bowls, expose all the surfaces to some detergent, and do a very, very meager rinse, sometimes with just the spray bottle and the paper towels.

Used paper towels go in the nearest burn barrel and very little water goes down the drain.
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I do our initial dish "rinse" with paper towels and a spray bottle of dilute vinegar water. I put a bit of water and dish soap in one of the pots or bowls, expose all the surfaces to some detergent, and do a very, very meager rinse, sometimes with just the spray bottle and the paper towels.

Used paper towels go in the nearest burn barrel and very little water goes down the drain.
Our intrepid world traveler Artstream camped in my back yard a while a few burns ago, he would do his dish washing with vinegar. That he made from leftover wine. Didn't use much water. (Where the heck is he this month anyway, India or Nepal?)
Don't fear your full gray water and black water tanks too much, there's usually vacuum trucks plying the playa, flag one down and for a small fortune (It's been $60) they'll take away your icky it's backed into the tub problem. Our wrangler tries to herd folks into a pattern so the vacuum trucks can get to most of us, except those that...another reason we try to keep an sleepy eye on where the wanderer's plop down. Bring a slinky hook up that will crossover from the old Airstream style to the new improved RV slinky end, none of the vacuum trucks can (or will) hook up to the old style slinky. They will always show up just as we sit down for Potluck.
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