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Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby tinymystic » Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:20 am

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to start my first journey to Burning Man! I Tried last year, but, didn’t get a ticket, so, this is the year, cuz I GOT A TICKET! I’ve known about BM for many years and have always had the intent to attend, so, I’m excited that this year’s path is leading me that direction.
Mini introduction… My name is Lauri, I was nicknamed Tinymystic in High School cuz, I always knew when the cops were going to show up at the party and it just sort of stuck. I am a long ways from High School now, but, I still like a good party! I have done a lot of adventurous things along my journey, it keeps life interesting. I enjoy travelling and meeting all types of eclectic people. I am an artist, photographer, and writer and have a passion for the art of dance- (as a spectator that is). I’m a parent to 4 of the greatest people on the planet! I am currently working as a portrait photographer but my career path has shifted several times over the years from Wedding Planner / Florist to Renaissance Faire Vendor / Promoter, Graphic Designer, multi-media artist and Painter. When I get bored with something I find something new that interests me. Guess that’s the wild card inside of me.

I have a few questions about attending BM that I am hoping some of you can help with:

1: I use a Wheeled Chair-iot as my mode of transportation, fortunately it is powered which brings up the concern of keeping my battery charged on the playa. Any suggestions from the Wheeled chariot pros would be greatly appreciated. (The story of how and why is one to be shared another time another thread, but, to keep the suspense from killing you, in short, I have come to the conclusion that my genetics must be of a hybrid alien nature and my ancestors must have come from a planet where there is no gravity, because here this gravitational pull on my skeletal structure causes my bones to break far easier than the masses. - It’s a much better story than ‘Spontaneous Mutation’ although that’s kinda cool too.) :D

2: I am hoping to be able to drive my van around on the playa so I will be able to see more of the art and visit more of the camps putting less drain on my chair-iot. Open for suggestions on that, experiences, do’s, don’ts, etc…

3: When I sleep, I require a CPAP machine. So, we are in the process of figuring out a power source plan for that as well. Again, suggestions, experiences, help?

When I say ‘We’ I am traveling and camping with my uncle, who many of you know as the loving, and brilliant FIGJAM, (bucket cooler creator extraordinaire!) and Maryanimal! I look forward to meeting so many of you who know FJ and who he has met in the past years attending.

Attending burning man is more than just an adventure, journey or dream for me; some thing’s in life you know you just have to do or experience. Burning Man for me is destiny. See you on the playa!
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby Sham » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:12 am

Hi Tinymystic, and welcome to eplaya. You are traveling with two very capable experts who will guide you well.
It sounds like you have OI--a collagen deficiency. Are the whites of your eyes, blue?
If possible, you can make a golf cart type of art car to drive on the playa or even use your wheelchair to get around. I am pretty sure a vehicle can be used, but in a city of mostly bikes and art cars, you would be much more comfortable.

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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby trilobyte » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:49 am

Hello and welcome to ePlaya!

First and foremost, read the survival guides and first timer's guides (linked in my signature, below), and then don't be afraid to peruse some of the information posted on the main site. There's important info as well as answers to a lot of the questions you might have there.

Second, you're going to want to either bring your own generator, or be a part of a camp that's able to provide power for you. There are a couple camps that offer solar charging stations, but based on the needs you've shared, you need your own dedicated access to power. Check the Power & Illumination board for discussions about the types of generators, and if you're not bringing one of the quieter varieties, how to build a sound baffle (so you don't drive you, your campmates, and your neighbors batty with the noise it puts out).

Third, driving your van around the playa isn't allowed. However, exceptions are made for the disabled - you can register for that from this page (just click the Disabled Persons Vehicle link on the page), registration for that is open from now until the end of July.

Good luck with all the planning and logistics, hope to see you out there!
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby AbundantChoice » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:08 am

tinymystic wrote:3: When I sleep, I require a CPAP machine. So, we are in the process of figuring out a power source plan for that as well. Again, suggestions, experiences, help?


Most CPAP machines can run just fine on DC power with an inverter. I've run mine off a deep-cycle marine battery with no issues, and you'll definitely want a deep cycle battery. Two things to note, though; (a) i'd strongly suggest a glass-mat battery instead of flooded both to control potential fumes as well as prevent a potential problem if you accidentally knock it over, (b) you can probably run yours 5 days or so w/o needing to recharge the battery if you get a battery with enough amp-hours (shoot for 100+), but that assumes you won't be using the humidifer. The humidifer uses TONS of juice, like 4 times the amount of power of the CPAP unit itself, so if there's any way you can get by w/o the humidification, it'll make your life much much easier.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby AbundantChoice » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:10 am

Oh, and also, consider getting in touch with the BRC Dept of Mobility: http://brcmobility.com/start-here/

They're a theme camp, but even if you don't camp with them, they organize deep-playa art tours on MVs, etc, for the mobility-challenged. I think they also loan out golf-carts and stuff for short-duration trips, etc.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby lucky420 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:01 am

Hola and hello...
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Postby junglesmacks » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:43 am

Savannah wrote:It sounds freaky & wrong, so you need to do it.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby Drawingablank » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:23 am

Welcome to eplaya.

You are not likely to find a better guide and mentor than Figjam.

I look forward to meeting you on the Playa.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:40 am

Get a gennie. Last year, shortly before the burn, BRC Department of Mobility had to sharply curtail their activities due to resource restraints, so I would be reluctant to rely on them for anything crucial.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:05 am

How do you manage the playa Fishy?

I think your input would be the most helpful.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:34 am

I beg, whine and plead with campmates to bring genny and fuel. I can't carry either in my van. I don't have a satisfactory tent solution. I use a cot. I get the disability thing for my van.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby Elliot » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:14 am

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Postby Savannah » Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:30 pm

Hi TinyMystic! :D You're in good hands.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby maryanimal » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:48 pm

Hi Lauri! I'm happy to see you in here! Get ready for all the help you need! There are so many great folks in here that will lead you to the answers you may need! It'll be fun to meet you! I'll join the group by saying to read everything you can. I'm sure Figjam has told you a lot already! AntiM has a wonderful art gallery and camp, AntiM's Home for Wayward Art. A definate must see.

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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby tinymystic » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:27 am

trilobyte wrote:Hello and welcome to ePlaya!

First and foremost, read the survival guides and first timer's guides (linked in my signature, below), and then don't be afraid to peruse some of the information posted on the main site. There's important info as well as answers to a lot of the questions you might have there.

Second, you're going to want to either bring your own generator, or be a part of a camp that's able to provide power for you. There are a couple camps that offer solar charging stations, but based on the needs you've shared, you need your own dedicated access to power. Check the Power & Illumination board for discussions about the types of generators, and if you're not bringing one of the quieter varieties, how to build a sound baffle (so you don't drive you, your campmates, and your neighbors batty with the noise it puts out).

Third, driving your van around the playa isn't allowed. However, exceptions are made for the disabled - you can register for that from this page (just click the Disabled Persons Vehicle link on the page), registration for that is open from now until the end of July.

Good luck with all the planning and logistics, hope to see you out there!


Hi, Thank you for your warm welcome! I have already been studying the resources first timers guide and such. And have begun filling out my application for disabled vehicle permissions. Thanks, you all have been a great help!
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby tinymystic » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:42 am

Hi Everyone, thanks for your friendly welcome! I am really looking forward to getting there and meeting everyone! thanks to everyone for your suggestions and guidance, I have read SO MUCH already and can tell I have only just begun! Thanks 'Abundant' for the clue on the CPAP humidifier, I didn't know that, so, that's great piece of advice!

Shambala wrote:Hi Tinymystic, and welcome to eplaya. You are traveling with two very capable experts who will guide you well.
It sounds like you have OI--a collagen deficiency. Are the whites of your eyes, blue?
If possible, you can make a golf cart type of art car to drive on the playa or even use your wheelchair to get around. I am pretty sure a vehicle can be used, but in a city of mostly bikes and art cars, you would be much more comfortable.
Read the guides in my signature below and prepare for the best time you've ever had.
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You are right on about the OI Sham - yes, and yes! I'll spare you all the bloody details :wink: How'd you know? It's usually one of those 'conditions' nobody knows about. I do use a power chair and it has 2" tires on it, so, it handles the Arizona desert pretty good, I hope it handles the playa dust as well.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby clocksnmirrors » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:26 am

WELCOME LAURI!!!

your uncle is a wizard! i'm sure your burn is going to be a wonderous and amazing adventure

see you on the playa
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Postby jkisha » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:02 am

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Postby some seeing eye » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:43 pm

Welcome to ePlaya and to the event in 2013!

There have been threads on various respiratory conditions on playa. Of course you would want to consult an actual medical professional, ideally one that understands the dust conditions at the event. We amateurs make up a lot of stuff on ePlaya, so filter any advice that seems medical, mineral, or vegetable with a large pinch of playa dust.

I hope the Department of Mobility thrives this year!

Also if you have a few batteries to swap between charged and spent, Snow Koan Solar camp charges them off a large solar array.

The best in your adventure!
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Postby knowmad » Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:24 pm

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Postby tinymystic » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:59 am

Thanks again for the warm welcome-ing! I have been devouring all the threads and reading so much more on all the 'respiratory' ins and outs and suggestions. So thanks for the tip on that! I see so many of you so often posting on all the threads I feel I know you already! Looking forward to connecting in the dust.

Clocks - you are right about FIGJAM being a wizard! I know I'm in good hands! Just have to get all the mechanical kinks ironed out!

Abundant - Thanks for the link to BRC mobility, very helpful.

I don't want to miss a thing, and I know there is so much to see and do, that I can't possibly see or do it all, Soooo, my next question is... What is one of the main things you make sure you see / do every year on the playa?
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Postby Mojojita » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:11 pm

The main favorite thing I do every year is hug the stuffing out of people I love that I only get to see once each year.

Welcome Lauri! I agree wholeheartedly with all the above comments about Figjam and Maryanimal - you are in great hands.
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Postby TomServo » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:13 am

tinymystic wrote:Thanks again for the warm welcome-ing! I have been devouring all the threads and reading so much more on all the 'respiratory' ins and outs and suggestions. So thanks for the tip on that! I see so many of you so often posting on all the threads I feel I know you already! Looking forward to connecting in the dust.

Clocks - you are right about FIGJAM being a wizard! I know I'm in good hands! Just have to get all the mechanical kinks ironed out!

Abundant - Thanks for the link to BRC mobility, very helpful.

I don't want to miss a thing, and I know there is so much to see and do, that I can't possibly see or do it all, Soooo, my next question is... What is one of the main things you make sure you see / do every year on the playa?

-Go say Hi to the man after arriving.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby Savannah » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:09 am

tinymystic wrote:I don't want to miss a thing, and I know there is so much to see and do, that I can't possibly see or do it all, Soooo, my next question is... What is one of the main things you make sure you see / do every year on the playa?


A playa sunrise on the Esplanade is a beautiful thing. (Or on deep playa). Timeanddate.com says sunrise is happening at about 6:22am the first morning of the Burn, but I like to get out there at least 10 minutes early.

I bring a travel alarm every year so that I can at least consider watching the sun rise. (Or take a disco nap without sleeping the night away, or get up in time for a volunteer shift).
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby msj2u » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:12 pm

Hiya tinymystic! I'm new to the boards and enjoy reading and learning what others have experienced!

One thing I believe you should see is the temple if at all possible. The energy is amazing!

Hopefully, like you I can meet some of these burners that post.

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Postby tinymystic » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:43 am

Thank so much, I love the suggestions, I am compiling a 'ideas' list of things to do and see! Definitely will be visiting the Temple. One of my first stops. And looking forward to the meet & greet as well.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:31 am

welcome tinymystic.

the thing i like to do and try to never miss is at sunset and sunrise every day.

i like to walk out to the middle of the playa, watch the sun set or rise, spin slowly around, and memorize the silhouettes of the mountains.


i know them now like the back of my hand.


i'm weird that way, i guess.
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby tinymystic » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:33 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:welcome tinymystic.

the thing i like to do and try to never miss is at sunset and sunrise every day.

i like to walk out to the middle of the playa, watch the sun set or rise, spin slowly around, and memorize the silhouettes of the mountains.


i know them now like the back of my hand.


i'm weird that way, i guess.


There is something mesmerizing about the moment the sun rises and reflects it's glory on the surrounding mountains, structures and silhouettes the magic the day has in store... I look forward to that experience on the playa! I'm not much of a morning person, but, I know that at some point I will not miss this. thnx Simon you may be weird, but, you are in good company! :)
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Re: Burning man for me is destiny!

Postby Savannah » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:52 am

I'm not a morning person either.

It's worth it. :)
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