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Postby Super Evil Brian » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:58 pm

teardropper wrote:Couple of things. We set up a small bar and, at our convenience, give drinks-- boiler makers are popular and particularly cruel, my own Playa Breeze, kind of like a cosmo with champagne, beer and Marguaritas, while offering a playa bowling alley. I also make up photo pins with a pic I take of the last years Man and the current year on them. The pins are not cheapies and I doubt that any end up in the trash. Everyone likes a cool drink, so that is popular and the bowling alley, lit for night use, gets used all through the night.

Mini bottles of call liquor, hand sanitizer, sun screen, uh, things like that. Useful and appreciated.

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I'm possibly the only one who doesn't drink (a choice made a long time ago. I've never been intoxicated and I have no addiction issues) but a bowling alley is several notches beyond awesome.

I'm giving by volunteering at the Media Mecca. I'm sort of restless and curious and generally helpful so I'll probably lend a hand building or yapping where I can :)
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:59 pm

Super Evil Brian wrote:I'm possibly the only one who doesn't drink (a choice made a long time ago. I've never been intoxicated and I have no addiction issues)

There's a wide variety of approaches towards alcohol on the playa. You can rest assured that there are some people who drink even less than you do.
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Postby socks » Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:40 pm

This is a question for the camps with bars.If someone wanted to gift mixers what type of mixers would be welcomed?
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:16 am

socks wrote:This is a question for the camps with bars.If someone wanted to gift mixers what type of mixers would be welcomed?


You have SO struck on a good point. BARS LOVE MIXERS! There is often plenty of liquor, but not enough mixer. Every bar has a different type or types of liquor, but a few good bets:

Tonic, Bloody Mary Mix, Margarita Mix, Clamato, and OJ.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:20 am

Ginger ale is also good. :)
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Postby jkisha » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:54 am

You're the only other person I know that likes Ginger ale for cocktails. Canadian Club and Ginger ale was a popular drink in the old days.

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Postby lucky420 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:03 am

Ginger Ale and vanilla flavored vodka, pretty good and not real sweet
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Postby graidawg » Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:07 am

rum and ginger beer! its called a dark and stormy and its YUMMY
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Postby Sic Pup » Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:27 pm

Witty Chuck

Brandy and ginger ale

As an added plus it makes you witty (according to Klosterman)..
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Postby socks » Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:13 pm

VCG Thank you for the tip
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:44 am

socks wrote:VCG Thank you for the tip


You are most welcome oh local Arcadian.
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Postby C187 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:18 am

Another mixer to consider would be coke, or generic coke along with a few cans of red bull. Speaking of red bull, that's a great gift to give at gate or greeters if your coming in a few hours before sun rise (just not during gate crash).

@graidawg - I will bring hair color and personally color your hair if you show up while I'm around. Although your not allowed to know the color.. deal?

I will be gifting a normal work weeks worth of time volunteering again this year. To a few really lucky people I might gift them a hug from me.
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Postby graidawg » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:25 am

C187 wrote:Another mixer to consider would be coke, or generic coke along with a few cans of red bull. Speaking of red bull, that's a great gift to give at gate or greeters if your coming in a few hours before sun rise (just not during gate crash).

@graidawg - I will bring hair color and personally color your hair if you show up while I'm around. Although your not allowed to know the color.. deal?

I will be gifting a normal work weeks worth of time volunteering again this year. To a few really lucky people I might gift them a hug from me.



That sounds excellent! i've had blue before and blonde makes me look like the prototype for gay but coloured is a most excellent idea!
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:27 am

C187 wrote: To a few really lucky people I might gift them a hug from me.


I just threw up in my mouth a little.

No hugging.
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Postby Savannah » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:37 am

I would like to make a reservation for one; Friday August 26th, 10pm.

I can wait in the bar.
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Postby C187 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:55 am

graidawg wrote:That sounds excellent! i've had blue before and blonde makes me look like the prototype for gay but coloured is a most excellent idea!


Hehe.. I'll be sure to pick something out then.

VeganChoirGirl wrote:I just threw up in my mouth a little.

No hugging.


When have I ever hugged someone on company time? More so why don't you do that when we hug, hu? You know that turns me on.

Savannah wrote:I would like to make a reservation for one; Friday August 26th, 10pm.

I can wait in the bar.


You mean that one bar with that one music, sweet! I'll be the guy in black.
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:31 pm

C187 wrote:
Hehe.. I'll be sure to pick something out then.

VeganChoirGirl wrote:I just threw up in my mouth a little.

No hugging.


When have I ever hugged someone on company time? More so why don't you do that when we hug, hu? You know that turns me on.



Well, I suppose I will have to now. Sigh.

And you're right. You NEVER hug on company time.
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Postby Bexx » Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:20 am

GIANT DILDOS!

oh if only. hahhahahaa...

I'mna be working on some swell patches since that is what I quit my job for.. doing machine embroidery at home. I'm all excited.

and one of the best gifts I got last year was a nifty metal springy dragonfly. The camp behind us had a rad knicknacky stuff sitting on a log and would every once in a while offer up something. I had know Idea. I love it though.
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Postby melodiousdirge » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:05 pm

Bexx wrote:GIANT DILDOS!

oh if only. hahhahahaa...

I'mna be working on some swell patches since that is what I quit my job for.. doing machine embroidery at home. I'm all excited.

and one of the best gifts I got last year was a nifty metal springy dragonfly. The camp behind us had a rad knicknacky stuff sitting on a log and would every once in a while offer up something. I had know Idea. I love it though.


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Postby Savannah » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:11 pm

I'mna be working on some swell patches since that is what I quit my job for.. doing machine embroidery at home. I'm all excited.


Custom patches rule!
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:13 pm

Savannah wrote:
I'mna be working on some swell patches since that is what I quit my job for.. doing machine embroidery at home. I'm all excited.


Custom patches rule!


agreed, patched rule. My fav playa gifts for sure.
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Postby kitkatseattle » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:27 am

jkisha wrote:You're the only other person I know that likes Ginger ale for cocktails. Canadian Club and Ginger ale was a popular drink in the old days.

Ugly Dougly wrote:Ginger ale is also good. :)


Ginger ale and Crown Royal is one of my favorite drinks!
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Postby kitkatseattle » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:31 am

jkisha wrote:You're the only other person I know that likes Ginger ale for cocktails. Canadian Club and Ginger ale was a popular drink in the old days.

Ugly Dougly wrote:Ginger ale is also good. :)


Ginger ale and Crown Royal is one of my favorite drinks!
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Postby Minxy » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:11 pm

Some gifts I've received that were cool/awesome/perfect at the moment.

Went riding in the morning and was heading back hungry. Right on the esplanade was a camp with a production line creating home made waffles. They had batter, waffle irons and they just churned out tons of fresh waffles for the line of dusty Burners. For toppers, they had big chilled bowls of fruit. Zomg..

After hours of hot, dusty playa exploration omw back to camp to fuel up my tummy again I randomly found out on the playa a hot dog stand giving out free hot dogs and sodas/water. Heaven. Never made it back to camp that day till way late because of these gems.

Beers/waters/neat patches and snacks while working at Greeters. Some people came through with CARE packages for us and it rocked.
Stickers
Wonderful hugs
Good conversations
Super cool lighter with a BM cover made for it
Some awesome postcards made on playa from photos taken there
Jewelry
Frozen grapes from a lovely fellow who was walking along our Exodus line handing em out. I kissed him.


I've given:
a kick ass pair of cyberlox falls
Chapsticks
Sample lube packages for some folks in need
Bandaids
Batteries
Fresh baked choc chip cookies. I made and froze raw balls of dough at home and baked em up on playa. Yum.
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Jewelry I made
scarves
Emergen-C packets with a bottle of water to those who looked like they really needed em
A pair of tennis shoes to a dude who had his stolen
Massages
Lent a hand with a yurt, a tent and cleaning up several neighbors camps when they weren't prepared for the wind
Beers/cold waters for Gate/Greeters

Tons more that I can't think of atm. Gifting is hella fun, both giving and receiving. :)

This year my sweetie and I want to make a living room set out of the Playatech furniture ( http://www.playatech.com ), paint it, create a ton of fun, crazy, colorful cushions and create a seating area/living room shaded space out in front of our camp to welcome in folks who want to hang, rest, whatever.

Up until now our camp "living room" wasn't very approachable in it's location and arrangement and not very visibly appealing (buncha folding camp chairs). We're not a theme camp but I thought it would be nice for people who need a rest, want to come meet us, need a nap... :D A gift for others and a gift for our camp!
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Postby Frostbite » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:44 pm

Last year I bought a couple dozen pairs of sunglasses. I would ride out towards the man, look for people shielding their eyes and give them a pair. It felt good giving something that was actually needed.
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:39 pm

Frostbite wrote:Last year I bought a couple dozen pairs of sunglasses. I would ride out towards the man, look for people shielding their eyes and give them a pair. It felt good giving something that was actually needed.


Are you our FrostBite from stag??
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Postby Savannah » Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:40 pm

I hope so. :D
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:01 pm

Savannah wrote:I hope so. :D


Me too!
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Postby Savannah » Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:09 pm

Hey, it is!
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Postby C187 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:02 pm

Savannah wrote:Hey, it is!


Damn those Staggers, staggering in and about everywhere!

Back to topic..
I like the sunglasses idea! Sunscreen could be something else to give out.. maybe..
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