Thanks for the good advice! I'll try to explain my situation without being long winded...not easy though, please try to understand.
I live just under a few hours away from Gerlach and I've finally been able to arrange to go to Burningman 2010 for a short trip, Thursday - Sunday.
I will be going by myself and I am recovering from a severe back injury and consequent botched back surgery, done by a quack surgeon, this caused serious damage (the non-quack docs think it's possibly nerve damage and this causes chronic pain issues etc)
It's taken me ten years of therapy to go from having paralyzed legs to the ability to walk again and even ride my old bike for short-ish distances...yea!
I am an artist and I'm very excited to go, if even just for the last four days.
Everything seemed like standard precautions posted on this thread until I saw the ether or gas rape comments....bells, whistles, alarms, the color red, and memories of that happening to our neighbor and dear pal, a guy no less, went off in my head.
It tore the town apart, not to mention our happy pal moved away never to be seen again. The rapist, another guy!, used some sort of laughing gas and filled the sleeping victims bedroom with gas with a hose under the doorway and this apparently went on for quite a long time. (dry mouth and a sore arse finally caused the victim to see a doctor who figured it all out, then cops, cameras bla bla they caught him and off to the gray bar hotel he went)
A tent, locking or not, is just another bedroom which could be cut with a razor and filled with gas much the same way as the gassing rapist did to our pal. Any weapon is useless if you are gassed unconcious.
I won't let this deter me from going to burningman 2010, ever, or any future burn, 2011, 2012 et cetera but it seems I might need some advice because I will not be in a camp, so far...I have planned to keep it simple and tent it and just grab a few hours of sleep late, late at night.
I just found out I can go and it's all very last minute (btw, it usually takes me 20 to 40xs longer to do many common things due to pain and the daily routine of breaking up scar tissue in my spine, every morning, from an injury that tries but can never heal) I have difficulty doing heavy lifting and also am heavily drugged with pain meds...(I cannot even stay awake reliably at night as a guard or whatever and I don't exactly want to burden a camp if I am suddenly stricken with a pain increase, it's a roller coaster of up n down pain waves 24/7 for me..I cannot be counted on to do much physical stuff)
Due to the pain meds, I am essentially already half unconcious, I know this isn't the best scenario...I will drive to the playa in serious pain but sober! and take extra meds after I park. I am able to function fairly normally, after the scars break up and I move around every morning....however gas or ether would or could kill me if mixed with my medication not to mention rape would cause re-injury to my spine and of course there's the whole mental health issue a victim would suffer...duh.
I checked out the b e d s website mentioned but it looked unused since 2006 and was difficult to navigate. There was another sign up on b e d s for a healer/the founder? doctor? but not sure about that, it was plastered with tons and tons of ads...I backed out (for now)
Is there some sort of camp that is secure that I could possibly join? I feel wierd since my health and J O B only allows me to arrive on Thurs eve and leave while the temple burns and I'm such an unpredictable pain sufferer...sooo frustrating!
Any physical attack on my person while unconcious could paralyze me for another agonizing ten+ years. Other than sleeping in a vault (like Larry Flint, Hustler mag publisher) or my roasting hot SUV or renting an RV (I cannot afford an RV) I'm wondering how I can be 99.99% safe. The bad people can steal things, who cares, but ether or gas type rape is real, it does happen and the damaging effect it causes cannot be replaced at wal mart.
I am hesitant to post this, gazillions of people could read it and become concerned for their own welfare and miss the burn. To the gazillions of people out there....please note; My situation is unique, most of you come for the week and join camps and travel with others and have RV's. I am a last minute short trip brave soul who simply wants to protect myself from the one in a zillion chance of being re-injured.
I love all the burners! For many many years I have always given them rides when they are stuck or hitchiking, I have donated and sent watermelons in the past...now I can finally go! Yea!
BTW, I drove to the playa last week for the fun of it....met some great people, got a flat tire, changed it myself since there's no cel ph recep = no triple A!!!!, the tranny started to slip in the 112 degree heat, bought a DPW guy a drink who helped me check the tranny/fluid and we tapped the dust out of my air filter and once the sun went down the tranny got happy again.
Back on track, if anyone can offer suggestions, I would appreciate the advice.
ps I have sleep apnea, I need to wear a mask hooked up to a small machine that just blows air. It has a filter and after reading tents can get an inch or two of dust inside, I may decide to sleep for 3 to 4 hours late late at night in my suv...doesn't it get cold late late at night? That could work very well for my situation. If I tent it, the dust could screw up the cpap machine even though it has small foam filters (I'll bring extra filters with me)
Sheesh! Perhaps my user name should be "trainwreck" hahaha....but I do enjoy a good moonrise!
Thank You! :?
I'm the MAN in a truck, burner who is stuck, you're in luck! I'll whip out my BIG tow chain and not charge you, not even one lousy buck!