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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I'll have you know that Chris started the French Maid Brigade.

Over at the SLOG, a poster thinks it is ironic that:

Burning Man Protest Protested by Burning Man Protesters.

That strikes me as perfectly natural and right. The time I went to Burning Man, tens of people dressed like rabbits and hung out at Bunny Hour. Of course a dozen carrots showed up to protest that, with signs and chants. That's how it is at Burning Man.

Also, I'm pretty sure I'm going this year. If you'll be there, we should hang out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is burning man? Don't you have to camp? I didn't think you had any camping stuff?


3:03 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

You work in Silicon Valley. You must know what Burning Man is.

I've camped and I have some gear. I'll have to get more for Burning Man. I'm not confident about camping, but I'm not a complete stranger to it. 'Sides, it is essentially car camping.

(Also, you didn't tell me what you thought of the Ong Bak chase scene.)

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ong Bak chase scene? I don't know what any of those things are. I've been out of town since Friday, just got back last night. Took my mom and aunt to Yosemite.


4:02 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

It is the second embedded YouTube video.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Scroll down.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's neat, I guess.

Why does he keep jumping over everything feet first? It looks like a good way to catch a heel, and break his head.

What camping gear do you have now?

4:57 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

'Cause he can. Sometimes he flips over things.

Um, stove, boots, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cheapo tent. For Burning Man you need different things, not really traditional camping gear. (Shade structure, ways to hold lots of water, lots of body glitter, tables and rugs to get comfortable and settle in.)

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for holding water

for pouring water

And, you'll have to look up tables and chairs yourself. There are cute little very portable versions. But, they're not cheap.


I wouldn't normally bother if I couldn't fit it in a backpack. But, whatever. You're probably better off with a hat and sunscreen.


5:19 PM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Justin -

I had thought Burning Man was basically a bunch of aging ex-hippies who get together to use massive amounts of illegal substances while running around naked. That doesn't sound like the sort of thing Megan would do, however, so apparently my understanding of Burning Man was not quite correct.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? It sounds exactly like the kind of thing she would do.


6:18 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Thank you, Justin.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Noel said...

Why does he keep jumping over everything feet first?

If you look at the cars and stuff he jumps over, his hips are just clearing most of them, so I don't think he has a lot of options. He could try and superman them but I think that would lower his vertical and probably lead to a face plant. I guess it's the best way to jump tall objects if you have the hops and the hip flexibility. The Parkour dudes use a similar style.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I'm not buying it. I would think supermaning it would be the best way to go. It certainly wouldn't cut your height, high jumpers put their back to the ground to get max height, face to the ground wouldn't be as good for high jumping, but it doesn't reduce your vertical. But, you wouldn't land on your feet, he'd have to roll, then start running again.

But, things like going through the barbed wire ring just putting his feet forward like that, it gave him less clearance through the ring, and it wasn't high off the ground, that's what I really didn't get.


8:42 AM  
Anonymous sasha said...

I'll be there, but only for the first few days.

I swore up and down I was not going to go this year, but I got talked into it. I'll at least get to go early, before the true hordes arrive.

And this is more of a Burning Manesque water solution than the ones from REI.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That doesn't even hold a liter. She said she needed to store lots of water. Those dromedary bags hold 10L each.

If you're car camping, just go to the store, and buy those big gallon? or so water jugs. That's what we did in Joshua Tree. Just got like 4 of those. You have to poke a hole in the top with a knife for the water to pour.

But, the dromedary bags are reusable, and portable. I took 1 of the 10L guys to the boundary waters. It's more convenient to filter a lot of water at once, than to have to do it every time anyone wanted to drink, or make food.


12:59 PM  
Anonymous sasha said...

Not to get all super-detaily about it, but you need a way to store water in camp (i.e. dromedary bags, or the big 2.5 gallon jugs, which end up being substantially cheaper, if disposable), and a way to carry water around with you while wandering around looking at the naked art and blinky people.

People do use camelbacks (and in fact the one I use for biking I got cause someone left it in my camp one year), but they can be kind of a pain to clean. A liter (or 1.5l) water bottle with a way to carry it around without hands is pretty useful. One that's recognizably yours is even better.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigg and Brunton make nice aluminum bottles with some kind of epoxy coating on the inside. More expensive than nalgene, but lighter, more durable, and no funny taste, and the lid has a place to tie into, so you can put a sling in there, and carry it by itself.

I like the dromedary bags, but I prefer things I can stuff into a backpack. I've got 2 of those 10L, and 2 4L bags.

Camelbaks are nice, but you have to be careful every time you put the bag down not to put the tube in the dirt.


2:56 PM  
Anonymous dilletante said...

you're going this year? shoot, now i'm all confused. my wife and i were trying to figure out how to arrange our trip there so that on the way we could show up on your doorstep with beer. not that you know either of us particularly even as imaginary people, but you sound like you'd be fun to have a drink with and from things you've written i thought there was an even chance you'd be amused.

but if you're going, well, that requires re-plotting.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Megan said...


I do like guests! You're thinking exactly right. We should talk in more detail; if I to Burning Man, I'd likely go from Thursday to Sunday, to give me Monday to rest at home. So perhaps a meeting is still possible.

11:31 AM  
Blogger matt said...

Peter, you and I had similar notions of Burning Man.

The dromedary bags are nice, and they pack down pretty well too.

4:27 PM  

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