geekster wrote:When you are cooking for people you do not know, you might want to place things you would normally put IN a dish on the side instead.. An example is cilantro. About 10% of the population lacks the ability to taste the chemical in cilantro that makes it taste so yummy to other people. To that 10%, cilantro takes like Tide laundry detergent. It absolutely ruins the flavor of everything it is in.
Have some variety. After about the 5th day in a row some people might not look forward to hummus. Keep it simple. Specialty dishes might be "acquired tastes". Rice is pretty universal as are potatoes. Keep spiritual practices in mind. People might eat meat but might not eat pork (Jews, Muslims, and some Christians such as Seventh Day Adventist). Kosher meats will serve all three of those faiths.
Kitchen waste is a problem on the playa because it tends to stink. You will do well to have what amounts to a separate evaporation pond for dessication of kitchen scraps. Once dried, they can be tossed in the burn barrel. Food from the last couple of days will not have time to dry out completely. If you try to burn it before it is dry, it will make a nasty smelly, smokey mess. Have a contingency plan in case it rains considerably and soaks your nearly dry food scraps.
Give your campers some space with privacy. Put the shower inside a shade structure of its own where people can have a moment of privacy (and less dust) to clip their nails, inspect that zit on their ass, or whatever in privacy after they get done with their shower. Some people are more modest than others. Sure, BM is a great place to be free and let it all hang out but that should be done at a person's own pace. They shouldn't have to choose between hygiene and their modesty and even if they don't say anything, it might be a source of resentment that can amplify other little issues that might be tolerated just fine.
Be very clear on exactly what is expected of everyone and if you make a schedule of responsibilities, try as hard as you can to stick to it and not go juggling it around every day or two. Be very clear on what, if anything, will not be tolerated in the camp and be consistent in enforcing it. Everyone should know exactly where they stand and have to play by the same set of rules. You might not exactly "kick someone out" of your camp but you can certainly invite them to camp with someone else next time. If you decide to do that, it is probably best not to notify them of that fact on the playa.
Control freaks, yahoos, gropers, etc. will self-identify pretty quickly. They weed themselves out by not being invited back over the years and you eventually end up with a really laid back bunch of folks but you ARE going to get the jackass or two, particularly in the beginning.
The more people that you do not know who camp with you, the better the odds of collecting jackasses. One reason people might be looking for camps, particularly if they are experienced burners, is because they have been invited to camp elsewhere this year. Highly weight recommendations of your best campers.
Crap, someone could write a book on Burning Man camps.
Token wrote:The only overseas folks that truly struggle are those not old enough to rent a vehicle.
Everything else us just a matter of cost.
It also seems to me that kids are the majority of international attendees. Could be wrong since I'm basing this on the limited scope of this board.
Might makes sense to do this for an age bracket, say under 25. The Eurail thing is structured that way.
Also consider some type of system that does not require a lot of moderation or administration.
This could be as simple as a couple threads here like the Artist/Stages stickies we have. They work quite well.
swampdog wrote:It sounds like a good idea. The following is me looking for issues, not just randomly dumping on your idea.
But first, vcg said:For an overseas burner their ticket is going to be between 800-2500 bucks!!
and I just don't get that. Why should the ticket be more expensive overseas? Aside from shipping costs, they should be the same. What am I missing?
I never expect anyone to compensate for that. I think the four food options are a good idea, and leave the "other" open for allergies. I think a picky eater should plan not to burden strangers with their whims, but someone who can't eat soy, corn, nuts, avacado, gluten, cinnamon, etc. should make that known, and let hosts decide if they want to deal with it or not.
SilverOrange wrote:Hoolie, that is truely a noble gesture and a great idea! If you do plan on going ahead with this and need assistance contact me after the burn and I'd love to help in any way that I could.
AntiM wrote:So, if I'm lending a tent to a burner from Rio, am I participating unwittingly?
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