All About Participating in the Pottie Project

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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:12 pm

I've heard nothing that indicates any change from last year. So on the spokes between c and d and higher up the alphabet around 6 o'clock.

Conjecture only.
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Answering my own question... sort of

Postby Dianamite » Tue Aug 08, 2006 3:57 pm

From Hazmatt:

Greetings all,
Many of you have been pinging me with requests for information on potty
placement in 2006--let me break it down for ya.

Here's the link to this year's map for those of you who haven't seen it
yet: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/m ... index.html

Located between Destiny and Eager:

2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30

Located between Eager and Fate:

5:30, 6:00, 6:30

Located between Guess and Hope:

4:30, 7:30

Located between Brave and Chance:

2:00, 10:00


Banks along radial streets are placed at the corner of the radial and
the street closest to Esplanade (example: the bank located between
Destiny and Eager at 3:00 is at the CORNER of Destiny and 3:00).

There are also a bank on either side of the Man along Promenade and one
out by the Temple for your deep playa potty pleasure.

Like last year, there will be locked handicapped potties located at:
2:30, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 9:30--these will be combination locks. Folks
with a genuine need for access to these potties can go to Playa Info for
the combination.
(Diana's note: apparently there is a handicapped potty at the center camp cafe that disabled people can access by asking the staff. Assuming the staff know anything about it - I never did when I worked there. But that's the word on the regionals list)

There will again be hand sanitizer at each bank.

That's all for now,

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Postby robbidobbs » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:35 pm

You're quick Diana.
Thanks.
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PSAs for 2006

Postby BRBC » Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:14 pm

Has anyone put together a radio PSA or script for a PSA re: proper pottie etiquette this year? We always make a point of talking about it quite a bit on the air, but we'd be glad to do more.
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Postby robbidobbs » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:40 am

Howdy Mister Jason,
Thanks for asking! BMIR and Radio Free Burningman both have pottie-spots. I don't have email addies for you to get in touch with them, but you may want to ask around to see what they have. You are welcome to gleen what you'd like from this and other pottie related posts to put PSA's together. Also, I can make myself available to be "interviewed" on-playa.

The main focus this year is to keep the baby-wipes out of the johns, and to encourage participants to talk to others about excremental correctness. We all need to be on the same page to make this year go smoothly.
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Postby BRBC » Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:06 am

Right on. We're already lined up to share stuff with BMIR and RFBM (among others) Thanks!

We'll be tracking you down for some live potty talk. You can stop by any time too (9:00 & Chance)

See you all soon.
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2006 Final Wipe-up

Postby robbidobbs » Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:28 am

Due to ePlaya technical difficulties, this post is late getting here. It was already submitted on the Pottie List and Tribe.

Howdy Poopers!
This is our 2006 Final Wipe-up Report.

It was a GREAT year for shit, Campers. You can all
give yourself a round of applause. There were no
problems, no catastrophes, no shit-storms, and no
stress. This has truly been the best year I ever had.
Thank you.

I arrived at 2pm at the Gate. I got my camp together
that afternoon, and got a good night sleep in
preparation for the work to be done. Saturday morning,
I reported to the DPW Depot for the morning meeting. I
was touched that HazMatt announced my arrival, and I
got positive response. I then waited for any news of
DPW volunteers to help, and after 2 hours, got antsy
and went on my own to put up the signs. This turned
out to be a good decision.

I drove out to the 2:00 pottie-bank, and waited for
someone to come by. There were few people out there,
but I was quickly rewarded. I simply asked: Can I have
your help for about 15 minutes to put up the signs? I
just need a second pair of hands. The incidental
volunteer and I quickly got them up, and I proceeded
to the succeeding banks. Around the City I went with
this strategy. It worked, I got all my signs up in
record time, and I got to not only meet a lot of
wonderful participants, but the strength of our
community was demonstrated.

I had only brought 600 signs, having been told
pre-event that there were to be 500 units. As it
turned out, there were a total of 720 units placed,
including those placed during the event due to the
population growth. Next year we could be looking at
1000 units, so I will bring that many signs. I also
believe that my succinct sign verbage helped get the
message across, as they were all 36 point and
unrelentingly clear about what to do, and not do.

Having learned a valuable lesson in prior years about
duct-tape, I brought my own that I'd purchased.
HazMatt, I will get a reimbursement form back to you
soon. Cryptofishist had brought a few rolls of
florescent tape as promised, but it lasted only a few
banks. If I could justify the expense of florescent
tape, I would prefer it to industrial gray, but we
work within our own moral parameters.

Johnny-on-the-Spot's performance was fantastic. They
had just been purchased by United Site Services, who
didn't know anything about BM. As the Manager, Mike,
tells it, they were at first aghast at the equipment
requisitions and budgeted items, believing that our
art festival of 40K people should be just like a
NASCAR race or concert. HA! This is Burningman, and
yes all this ourtrageous equipment and supply backup
is indeed necessary. It's not like they can just pop
off to a grocery store anytime they wanted to. Mike
and I had a good laugh at this quaint notion.
Pre-event, USS had put out a media-campaign, in the
hopes of preventing possible competition sabatoge.
Indeed it eliminated it. There were absolutely no
reportings of any sabatoge-like problems the entire
event. They had nailed it. USS was pleased with our
performance in the end.

There were several drivers who returned, and they were
well versed in what we do to help them do their job. I
enjoyed a delightful rapport with them, and they had a
good time. Thank you SO MUCH, JotS, for doing such a
terrific job taking care of our shit.

Now I must mention my favorite pottie-tool: a
megaphone. I'm in lust with them now. I was able to
spew forth to the masses all week in a conversational
tone, and I still had a voice by the end of the event.
I love it, love it, love it!

This year our population seemed to be well versed in
pottie-awareness. Mio at Greeters reported that
instead of the usual blank stares she'd receive when
delivering the message to newcomers, she was getting a
"Yep, we know" response. WHEE-HAH! We're doing it
kids, we've successfully made Excremental Correctness
an integral part of our culture. I am grateful that
the first paragraph of the Survival Guide clearly
discusses the porta-potties. This I believed helped a
great deal to get everyone acting appropriately. I
strongly recommend that this be done next year.

We are so on the same page! When I would start my
litany, I began with "Are you all practicing
Excremental Correctness?" And I would get a
resounding nodding of heads, peppered with positive
responses. Oh my gawd! what a relief that was to get
that, rather than the usual "Huh?" I would then
advised them to make sure everyone at their camp knew
the drill, and to talk to two randomly selected
strangers (the stranger the better) about the issues.
The message I kept simple: no baby-wipes, no hovering,
no gray water. By mid-week, Mike reported that there
was a bit of a mushrooming of trash inside the boxes,
so I replaced the gray water schpiel with leaving
trash ("I have an announcement to make: Burningman is
a leave no trace event." Like no-duh).

There was an epidemic of toilet paper shortage. On
monday morning, I piddled twice, and both times there
was no tp. I said to myself: I can fix this. I
immediately went to JotS Camp, picked up a case of tp,
and the rest of the event, I would make sure the bank
I was doing my show at had paper. This turned out to
be great fun, and again a confirmation of how
wonderful our city and culture is. I would blast out
on the megaphone: I need some help toilet papering
this art installation. Could all those who are
currently excreting in the blue boxes look to your
left and tell me how many rolls you need? As people
came out, I'd toss them rolls like footballs. People
would swarm around me to help get the rest of the
units papered, and it was done in minutes. In between
times, I would leave a package of paper with a nearby
camp that had LOS to a bank, and they would cheerfully
replenish the units. We went thru a monumental amount
of tp, but it was all legitimate use, as the cardboard
tube was always left behind. Mike and I agreed that
we'd rather be busting ass providing tp rather than
people be tempted to bring baby-wipes with them.

This year, they brought out a machine called a
separator. It does exactly what it sounds like. The
pre-filtered sludge was then trucked to Truckee
Meadows Sewage Treatment Plant (yay, they got back on
board with us), and the solids were taken to Sparks
landfill and buried appropriately. Although they were
able to take care of our shit with grace and
efficiency, Mike emphasised that we need to continue
to be vigilant about abuse, or their system won't
work. Next year, Mike wants to install 4-roll toilet
paper dispensers in each unit to help keep up with
demand.

Clint had a great time this year. Who's Clint? He's a
retired gentleman who has been working at the event
for several years for JotS. His physical condition
precluded him from being a driver this year, but he
got the job of replenishing the hand-sanitizer
stations. I am SO FUCKING GLAD that he got this job
rather than moi. He really likes it when pretty girls
offer to help.

I did run into a lady from the Health Department. She
was delighted with our performance, and although there
was a major hammering at the Gate pottie-bank during
the dirt-storm shut-down, our potties meet her
expectations. She reports that she will be
recommending the hand-sanitizer stations to
higher-ups.

In all, we can be proud of ourselves for the work that
we've done and the progress that we've made. We have
a terrific and prosperous relationship with JotS, one
that should last a long time. Their new owners are
happy with us, and so is the Health Department. And we
all benefit from having clean, well stocked potties
every time we need to go.

Thank you again for all your help and support in the
Pottie Project.

Sincerely,
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Postby flipper » Thu Nov 02, 2006 2:26 am

Re: "USS had put out a media-campaign, in the hopes of preventing possible competition sabatoge. Indeed it eliminated it. There were absolutely no
reportings of any sabatoge-like problems the entire event."

I'm confused. Have other portajohn companies previously sent folks to BM just to mess up units? Or what is meant by this?


Also a question. Are TP-sized "flushable" wipes designated "Safe for sewer and septic system" (e.g. http://snipurl.com/1117z) also a no go?
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Postby Lassen Forge » Thu Nov 02, 2006 3:27 am

flipper wrote:Also a question. Are TP-sized "flushable" wipes designated "Safe for sewer and septic system" (e.g. http://snipurl.com/1117z) also a no go?




Let's see if I have the question right...

In other words, can I put these baby wipes into the portapotties, even tho they say that septic systems can handle them?

In one simple and easy answer...


NO!

Nyet. Nein. Nada. Unhh unhh. Nope. Negatory. No way, dude.

The allowable things in the portapottys are:

Bodily excretement, and
ONE PLY TOILET PAPER ONLY!!!


No exceptions. Not. No way no no how anyway no no no no no NO FUCKING BABY WIPES !!!!!


Thank you for asking...
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Postby robbidobbs » Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:04 pm

flipper wrote:I'm confused. Have other portajohn companies previously sent folks to BM just to mess up units? Or what is meant by this?

There was a suspicion of this, so they prophylactically dealt with it. Whether this was actually the case or they just lucked out is anyone's wager.


Also a question. Are TP-sized "flushable" wipes designated "Safe for sewer and septic system" (e.g. http://snipurl.com/1117z) also a no go?

That's exactly right, no-ey go-ey. And here's why:
They don't dissolve in the <6 hours between servicing. We even had a bit of a problem with "thickness" of the sludge due to the appropriately used tp. The blue shmoo is designed to digest the contents of a potty in about a day, not the 6 hours or fewer that they're being serviced. JotS is entertaining the idea of investigating a faster reacting enzyme to deal with our special circumstances. And they're happy to do it. These guys really know their shit!

Thanks BBS and the ever vigilant BEG, BoD & BuKoP for your terminally thorough answer.

edited to give the complete why of the answer
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Postby robbidobbs » Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:09 am

Howdy Poopers,
I just saw a pic of the PottieSigns on the porta-johns at Greeters Station.
http://images.burningman.com/index.cgi? ... _year=2007

It's on the Image Gallery.
I just love the flame-throwing bicycle. I've never seen a BM screen saver, but I'd like to.

In case you don't catch them, they're in the upper-right corner of the pic...but they're there!

Now to our regular broadcast.

So here it is Ticket Season (yay).
Lot's of people are coming out of their Post-Burn-Winter-Slumber.
This is basically from the time you get your tired ass home and get to sleep in your own bed (yay) and take a fucking shower.
It ends when you buy your ticket.
Now doesn't it.
You have to admit that's when your toes are a twitchin', thinking about burning shit, or building your art, or even going over your inventory, shopping for 2007's tent.

Burning is a fucking lifestyle!
or as we say in rangerdom:
Embrace it,
Put a candle next to it.
Make it your own.

Or...
Fuck it
Drive on.

So in the spirit of this most ancient of Burning traditions,
(hawatever)
I've been thinking about how I can do my job at BM better.
I learned last year that I will never be without a megaphone on-playa.
ever.
It's too fucking useful and efficacious.
I'm DPW, what can I say. When we find the right tool for the job, we fucking use it.

What I'd like to do for next year is have more coordination of those that are involved (in whatever capacity) in the Pottie Project.
Chripes! I'm a fucking "Volunteer Coordinator" for petesake.
I need to focus more on being a coordinator and bringing together talent from all over BRC. Connect those into lighting, those into radio, those into performance art, and those who are willing to go on Poop Patrol with me.
It's a long 4 hours, but it will feel like it's worth it later.
Thank you Fishy and Regyna.

I love the radio people! It was such a joy to live next door to Radio Free Burningman. I love you Ash, wherever you are!
You started something wonderful.
We have radio spots all over the city now.

Next year we want to light more of the potties, so people can find them in the dark. But this takes manpower. We're making progress though. I would love it if a camp could adopt the pottie near where they live and set up a battery to a lamp to light the way. Kind of a community service fing.

I have seen some amazing performance art: The Potty Players meladrama, the butler with the ass-gaskets, the Goat Ropers Trading Post, The Audacity Camps game-show schtick.
The Fart-Bar.
Oh, it was beautiful. That was the winner for ROTFLMFAO for me this year.
The DPW guy who made the tape appreciated that I appreciated it.
I'm knealing down, falling over laughing on the playa, I can't breath, I was laughing so hard.

Last year the 10:00 pottie-bank had "BRIMSTONE" grafittied onto the back in a silver and blue motif. That was my drop to my knees and say oh my fucking gawd. Thank you whoever you are.

At the 7:00 pottie bank (I may be wrong on the exact location, but around that side of town) was a handicapped unit that was decorated to the nines inside. Wow it was plush. I fucking teared up. Nobody had yet done this before, and there it was. What an amazing piece of community art.

Random acts of kindness.
That's what our community culture is about.

They are also used for advertizing anything from safe sex and domestic violence to where the cool rave is. What a wonderful billboard system.
It's become a way to get the most facetime for advertising than anywhere on the playa.

And the straight shit, you better get this in your head, message
is at average eye level, right before you go into the crapper.
I'll toot my horn, I really like my PottieSigns.

Puting them up this year was such a treat. Please read above for the story. Thank you Random Participants, you know who you are.

If anyone has a sign idea, by all means post it here. It will be made into next year's signs. 90% of the signs were donated by viewers-like-you.
Thank you all who have contributed to this project. You got face time with the participants. Doesn't it feel good to be published?

You know, I am so looking forward to seeing the Mikes again next year.
I'm really excited about how we'll hit the dirt next year.

I need to find a housesitter though this summer.

DOOM WILL BE BETTER NEXT YEAR!!!!!
Coming home to the ePlaya Bar Camp made this the best year I've ever had. I wouldn't miss it for the world Pinemom.
And next year we will know each other even more.
That was so exciting meeting people from here in person. Oh Cowboy, the way you saundered up behind me at the Bar and introduced yourself.
Made my toes curl.

Who has the NEB? Fishy?

Believe me guys, I have become a lurker because I drive a computer all day, and sometimes it's too cold to type. But I read everyday to see who's disturbing the shit today (SED).
I'm kneeling for you from afar.

Crushing SED!

It is going to feel even more like a family next year. Like an order of magnitude. Notice how everyone settled into cool jobs?
Duck, you slayed me dancing on the stool, in that little black mini-dress.

So it's time for me to get some sleep.
Yay, I don't have to do anything tomorrow and can blow it reading Discworld.

Stay regular, Campers,
Sometimes I just tickle myself.
13 years of doing the porta-potties wrong.
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2005 After Burn Report revisited

Postby robbidobbs » Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:36 pm

Good morrow Campers!
Here's what I found, and it made my eyes well up. I missed this in 2005,
but better late than never, eh?
Anyhoo..
I found this section, written by the lovely and talented ActionGirl, in the 2005 Afterburn Report Q&A section off the homepage:

Q: When we arrived in Black Rock City, our greeter made a big deal about telling us not to put anything in the porta potties. Then we saw the story in the Black Rock Gazette and heard people running around the banks of porta potties with megaphones, hollering at the people inside not to put their trash in the toilets. What was the panic all about?

We have always recognized the importance of educating our population about what can go in the porta potties, since the trucks that pump them can accept only human waste and one-ply toilet paper (which dissolves rapidly in the toilets' chemicals). Regular two-ply toilet paper, tampons, or baby wipes can jam up the pumping mechanisms and must be fished out by hand before pumping. Not only a disgusting proposition, this activity can present a health hazard. It also results in slower porta potty servicing all around the city.

In 2004, a more serious problem occurred: Some participants began to dump their garbage and random objects into the toilets. Items such as clothing and even uneaten food were found stuffed into several of the units. Even if these foreign objects *do* make it past the screens from the pump trucks, this litter creates a bigger problem — the one and only waste processing plant in the area will not accept our waste if it contains these foreign objects. Without somewhere to dump the waste, toilet service would grind to a halt. Without the potties, no event is possible, so we acted to educate the public as quickly as possible about this very serious threat to our city's infrastructure.

The porta potties absolutely cannot handle your garbage, nor even toilet paper brought from home (unless it's the single-ply type sold for RVs). Please help educate your campmates and friends about this important issue, and do your part to help keep the potties clean!

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Postby motskyroonmatick » Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:00 pm

Robbidobs,
It was fun removing the PSAs from the front of all of our favorite little shit houses last year. Unless DPW puts me on Artica teardown I will make the rounds with you again. I'll see you on the playa one way or another.

Excrimentally correctly yours,

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Postby PurpleKoosh » Sat Feb 03, 2007 10:34 pm

robbidobbs wrote:I've never seen a BM screen saver, but I'd like to.

Oh, sweetie, you've gotta check 'em out!

http://www.bmscreensavers.com/

I've been using theirs for the last few years now, and they rock. (And it's always funny to see people I know show up in the pix.)


At the 7:00 pottie bank (I may be wrong on the exact location, but around that side of town) was a handicapped unit that was decorated to the nines inside. Wow it was plush. I fucking teared up. Nobody had yet done this before, and there it was. What an amazing piece of community art.

It was 6:30, just down the block from Burning Silicon. I remember the "PIMP MY POTTY" scrolling marquee over the door. ;-)
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Postby robbidobbs » Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:46 pm

motskyroonmatick wrote:Robbidobs,
It was fun removing the PSAs from the front of all of our favorite little shit houses last year. Unless DPW puts me on Artica teardown I will make the rounds with you again. I'll see you on the playa one way or another.

Excrimentally correctly yours,

David


Hoh, babaybee.
Thank you.
I'm tearing up over here.
You can't imagine how you've improved the quality of my life by not only by doing the hard work during the Event,
but telling me.


Do you know MonkeyBoy?
I love the Artica people.

Wherever your heart takes you, go there.

I want to see you again on-playa.
Find me. I'll be living at ePlaya Booby Bar
Please find me.
It *is* that important.
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Postby motskyroonmatick » Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:02 pm

Robbidobbs,

i don't know monkey boy... we may have met but I don't remember.

I'll stop by the booby bar and find you.

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Postby mdmf007 » Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:45 pm

I particpate in the potty project at least twice a day at BM.
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Postby robbidobbs » Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:35 am

That's wonderful,

if you mean that you Participate by:
Not hovering or letting your excrement get on the seat
Not leaving trash in or around the potties
Talking to people about the issue
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Postby robbidobbs » Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:11 pm

Shit Ranger

Let's look at the dark and the bright side of this nomiker.
I'd get all butt-hurt if I heard it.
But if what I do is enforce the Communities Laws.
Those defacto, survival instinct mores created by necessity.
Like "If it wasn't made by your body, don't put it in the potty."
Or, You can do anything you want as long as it doesn't interfere with the immediate enjoyment of the Festival by others.

Basic culture.

I just happen to focus on the Digestive System of the Man.
The excremental experience of Participants,
and the avocational Burnginman Experience of those who work for JotS.

Every Participant who comes, and gets it openly expresses appreciation for these brave lads who clean our privies.
Can you imagine what a rush it must be for them,
to get a belly-dance done just for them, and getting rounds of applause regularly. To be offered a cold Kerns by a girl wearing nothing but stripper nipple bobbles and a de-sequined g-string?

Life is pretty good at that moment.
Sometimes I just tickle myself.
13 years of doing the porta-potties wrong.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:01 pm

Participating!

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Postby robbidobbs » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:41 am

Hi Fishy, that sucks about no water. hey good practice. Could make you feel like being "at home". Howdy Burners,
I'm wondering if anyone's interested in Rainbow/CALM this year.
Just pm me.

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13 years of doing the porta-potties wrong.
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Postby robbidobbs » Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:06 pm

132 days till the Man burns down, and already my friends are tired of hearing about potties.

Howdy Poopers,
I was reading last years Survival Guide, and I have some feedback. Yah, I know, why didn't I say anything before hand? Because, that's why!

Here it is...

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Toilets: If it wasn't made by your body, don't put it in the potty!

Portable toilets will be provided, and will be emptied regularly. Use these facilities only for their intended purpose - not for dumping garbage or your personal potty bags. Putting anything but human waste and one-ply toilet paper (2-ply is a BIG no-no) into the portable toilets makes pumping nearly impossible and threatens the survival of the Burning Man event. This includes tampons, trash, and handy wipes. Read it again: NO TAMPONS, TRASH OR HANDY WIPES in the portable toilets. THIS MEANS YOU!! Put the lid down when you're done - it helps keep odors under control. Do not dump gray water or bags from your personal "pottie" in the portables rented for participant use; doing so will fill them up much faster than normal and result in nasty toilets for all. For tips on dealing conscientiously with your grey water, see the Preparation section of the Burning Man website. 2005 was a good potty year - HOWEVER we MUST be even better in 2006. Our toilet vendor works very hard to keep us all happy. Clean toilets are mandatory from a public health standpoint. Follow the guidelines above and you'll find the toilets cleaned frequently and efficiently.

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Alrighty then
All this bs in red requires feedback
1: Handy Wipes are those cloth-like kitchen cleanup blue pseudo towels.
Baby wipes or Wet Ones are what we don't want in the camodes. HW's we don't want either of course, but it's the moist towelettes in a pop-up box that fuck us regularly.

2: It is absolutely ok to throw the contents of your personal pottie into the Blue Schmoo, it's the fucking plastic that's unacceptable. We (those who pay attention to shit) don't care if you throw your piddle/poop into the public temples of excremeditation. It's the gray water that fills up the units quick. Focus on what the problem is, word it clearly, and people won't feel like their getting mixed messages.

3: No it wasn't.
2006 rocked though.

Thank you for participating.
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Postby unjonharley » Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:51 am

Some one sent me this.. Personaly I think it"s a bunch of shit..


Manure: In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be
transported by ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common.
It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when
wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the
process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and
did) happen.


Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came
below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!
Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined
just what was happening.
After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term


"Ship High In Transit" on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high
enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.


Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T " , (Ship High In Transport) which has
come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day. You probably
did not know the true history of this word.


Neither did I.


I had always thought it was a golf term
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:21 am

As the German is Scheiss, close enough to be related, I'd say whereever shit came from, it's been in the language longer than that.
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Postby robbidobbs » Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:45 am

Thanks Fishy.

Good joke though, Jon.
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Postby robbidobbs » Sun May 06, 2007 3:13 pm

Perhaps I'm feeling existential. When I re-read this post, I thought of how much Fishy's life has changed since she posted here.

Life focuses into stark colors, and all the blur fades.

I'm trying to help a Rainbow friend understand about BM, and like Death Valley said, it's like trying to pull the universe thru the eye of a needle.

I really ought not post while drunk. But there ya go.
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100 days until the Man burns down

Postby robbidobbs » Thu May 24, 2007 10:46 am

Howdy Poopers!
It's 100 days until the Man burns down. Isn't this exciting?
Thank you all for your continued support to keep the Man's digestive system running smoothly.

We can all fully expect to have a great potty year. But we can't rest our butts on our laurels, oh no. As you remember from last year JotS did a great job keeping up with our excremental demand, and they truly "get it" about BM. I love those guys. Maybe we'll see 4 roll dispensers?

Hopefully we won't ever see the types of shit-storms as year's prior. If we fall back to bad behavior, the JotS system won't work, and we're all fucked. Over the last 7 years of the Pottie Project, the situation has been shaky, but last year it seemed to have turned around for the first time. That's because we have ALL been extra dilligent about getting participants informed of the critical issues: gray water, wet-wipes and trash.
This we must continue to do. So get your MEGAPHONES and make it happen.

HM: do we have a placement map yet?

If any of you have ideas about projects, please chime in. There are probably several people that have similar, and can help with:
Lighting
Performance art
Decoration
to name a few catagories,

I will be arriving on friday afternoon, spend the day setting up and resting up. On Saturday, we'll be setting out to put up the Pottie-Signs. This takes 2 days, and I can use YOUR help. Just meet me at the DPW morning meeting and we'll GIT 'ER DONE!

The signage will be as last year: 36 point half-sheet monochrome signs. I'm bringing 1000 (!) just in case. I'm signing all those already placed, and if possible those in the storage yard so I won't have to do this mid-week.
We'll see what the Playa brings, eh?

Once again, if you have ideas, projects or questions, PLEASE let us know.
And thank you again for your support.

Stay regular,
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Postby motskyroonmatick » Thu May 24, 2007 7:41 pm

Hmmm. Very tempting to arrive early and apply duct tape and paper to plastic. Verrrrrrry tempting. Thinking about how I can be ready to leave friday night. Hi Robbidobbs!
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Postby robbidobbs » Mon May 28, 2007 11:29 am

Hi Motsky.
I hope to see you out there.

Howdy Campers,
I was recently asked "How can I help?"
It's real easy. It's not enough to know the drill and practice excremental correctness yourself. There will be a LARGE newbie population again this year, and they all need to be on the same page as we are. That means that you need to talk to others about the issue.

I've said it a gazillion times, but will say it again:
No baby wipes, wet-wipes, personal wipes, whatever you call them, they don't go into the porta-potties. I don't care what it says on the label, they are not to go into the blue schmoo. Why? because they don't disolve in the <6 hrs until servicing.
No hovering, it leaves a mess for the next person.
No gray water because it overtaxes the units and screws up the JotS schedule.

I'll be hauling out my printer soon to get the signs printed. If you have any sign ideas, please post them and they'll get printed.

Thanks and stay regular,
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Postby AntiM » Mon May 28, 2007 12:55 pm

I've never figured out why those who choose to hover simply don't lift the seat. I mean, it isn't like they're going to sit on it or anything.
These are not my fuckos.
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