The Tao of MOOP

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The Tao of MOOP

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:48 am

I hesitate to say this on one level, because I know some people are so far ahead of me on this topic that there will be dirision and outright howling laughter. On the other hand, I have a shameless streak, so here goes.
I only really "got" mooping in 2009. No, I've always understood how important it is, but I only got into the zone with moop until this past year. I finally was abale to ignore my brain's little comments about how horrible and boring and hot mooping was, and just moop. I was even able to watch my brain go through its paces and just say: "Oh look, there's my brain doing what my brain does. How interesting." For me that's even better than playing "MOOP or Schwag?"
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Postby Mojojita » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:56 am

I don't know....Moop or Schwag is a pretty good game......

I used to give away prizes to my college-agers for the best moop collected but they started bringing home things that looked suspiciously like someone was really going to miss a part of their camp/vehicle/art installation that walked away with the Mooper.
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Postby C.f.M. » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:59 am

I'm curious what you mean by "getting it." And maybe what you mean by moop?

(I know it's matter out of place.)



If it wasn't there when you got there, it should not be there when you leave - I got my first lesson at my first burn, I just kinda showed up and got stuck out at gate, by myself. Some people came to keep me company, and I excused myself to powder my nose. "MOOP!" I was informed...pee on the ground is moop.

LNT just came naturally to me - I mean, it simply makes sense, ya know? Nothing to necessarily..."get." Pick up yer damn trash. :P

And, of course, the obvious kindness of picking up other people's trash.

Plus, you find all sorts of stuff, when you glance at the ground every once in a while. :wink:
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Postby Sham » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:09 am

I think it's Moors, you idiots! :roll:
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Postby Fire_Moose » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:46 pm

Please help me with the verbage...


MOOPing should be what the asshole littering is doing
deMOOPing is what's done at the end of the event (and during)
reMOOPing is when yer MOOP bag has a hole that you are unaware of
MOOPify is using MOOP to it's fullest potential..recycled if you will


is this accurate?
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Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:49 pm

The MOOPaloosa is dance done by mooses when they MOOP.
We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.
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Postby Fire_Moose » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:00 pm

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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:24 pm

Fire_Moose wrote:Please help me with the verbage...


MOOPing should be what the asshole littering is doing
deMOOPing is what's done at the end of the event (and during)
reMOOPing is when yer MOOP bag has a hole that you are unaware of
MOOPify is using MOOP to it's fullest potential..recycled if you will


is this accurate?

It's accurate except english being what it is (a language, they all have double meanings somewhere) MOOP as a verb can also mean to pick it up. It's transitive, but can be used without a do.
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Postby Sham » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:28 pm

MOOPER----a person who drops their crap on the ground
MOOPEE----the person who picks up the mooper's shit
MOOPERIZED----if some drops garbage in your camp
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:28 pm

C.f.M. wrote:I'm curious what you mean by "getting it." And maybe what you mean by moop?

In this case to walk around the playa with a bag and pick up trash or moop or whatever you call it. Remember, each of us owes 2 hours of mooping every year and that's in addition to leaving your campsite clean.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:37 pm

Mojojita wrote:I don't know....Moop or Schwag is a pretty good game......

I used to give away prizes to my college-agers for the best moop collected but they started bringing home things that looked suspiciously like someone was really going to miss a part of their camp/vehicle/art installation that walked away with the Mooper.

MOOP or Schwag is a great game. But it has it's dangers, including focusing too much on your next ground score and losing sight of the fact that it's not about your greed. I don't do much meditation, but I've done enough to develop some interest in watching my mind do its thing. When I get into that brain state I can go "Oh look, there I am wanting to find something wonderful. Hm."
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:38 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:But it has it's dangers, including

apparently using "it is" rather than "its."
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Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:45 pm

If the grammer police were to collect all of the unnecesary asteriks, and commas and such on this board, and put them in it's pile, that pile would not pass the current BLM stipulations for land use-age regarding MOOPage.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:49 pm

Yeah, but since being voted "Most Likely to Inform for the Grammar Police" in eplaya high, it's especially egrigious when I do it.
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Postby misfit » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:52 pm

we're being graded on, grammar, punctuation, and spelling ...?..... :shock:

edit to fix, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:24 pm

No. ACtually I"m a plant by the so-called BORG, creating rules so that you will have more ya yas to get out on playa.
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Postby dragonfly Jafe » Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:50 pm

Schmooping (Schmoop)

To look for Schwag whilst picking up Moop.
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Postby jella » Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:57 pm

Love it.....schmooping. 8)
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Postby Sham » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:10 pm

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Postby C.f.M. » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:59 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Remember, each of us owes 2 hours of mooping every year


Sez who?
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Postby AntiM » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:31 am

C.f.M. wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:Remember, each of us owes 2 hours of mooping every year


Sez who?


Sez the survival guide (and hence the BMORG):

Please join your neighbors on Sunday and Monday after the burn, or schedule two hours on your own during your stay to help clean up BRC.
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Postby C.f.M. » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:50 am

Since I don't really ever stop picking up trash I see, in addition to the final camp sweep, I suppose my brain never noticed that sentence.

Plus, it just says please, I don't own them shit.

If everybody just cleaned up after themselves, it wouldn't even be necessary.
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Postby AntiM » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:57 am

C.f.M. wrote:Since I don't really ever stop picking up trash I see, in addition to the final camp sweep, I suppose my brain never noticed that sentence.

Plus, it just says please, I don't own them shit.

If everybody just cleaned up after themselves, it wouldn't even be necessary.


I do the same as you, always mooping. Some years I moop the portos on Sunday morning. Yuck.

I think the sticking point is the word "owe", yes? But the please was nice.

But I do think even if we all picked up after ourselves, even if we were diligent in preparation beforehand, there still would be moop. Small things slipping unnoticed from a pocket or pack, bits and pieces whipped off in the high winds, That one loose button, the nut coming off the bolt...
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:56 am

Not to mention the fact that a certain number of people on-playa at any given time during the event are in odd mind states, and might not keep as strict track as we might like them to of their stuff.
Of course, I lose all sorts of things. House keys, money, important directions and phone numbers, hair ties. Oh, not on playa, but where ever, I simply am human and don't have the superpower of always being able to keep track of every single thing of mine.
And then there's the fact that doing your two hours of moop is a good way to teach yourself humility and acceptance of the fact that man is a garbage producing animal.
And of course, it's always worth working towards the realization that the objective isn't schwag, and isn't two hours of resent-tinged labor, but a clean playa. Isn't this the last year of our current permit? We might want to put forth a little extra effort.
Or, you know, not.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:12 pm

Now of course I get to work on my thin skin.
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Postby dragonfly Jafe » Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:58 pm

...I like to get up early and catch the dawn, a prime schmooping time.
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Postby Elorrum » Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:50 pm

I have yet to commit to the two hour round, and have absently picked things up that I see. I usually have a plastic bag somewhere in my kit. I do appreciate the commitment to the task, and think it's a good way to be out and about, sort of like having to walk a dog... meeting new folks along the way. So, yes, this year I will. It's nice to have a task, makes being wherever I might be more comfortable sometimes. Like helping to set up for a party.

I had the thought of a moop conga, with jabbing nail ended sticks... da dah dah da da DAH! (stab)
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Postby FIGJAM » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:06 pm

See if you remember this........


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Postby FIGJAM » Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:42 pm

Now we get a playa vertion.........pick the moopage up put it in the bag oontz oontz..........lol
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Postby LeChatNoir » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:10 pm

I pick up stuff all the time as I'm walking out there (after my first year, I viewed city gutters with a whole new obsessive/compulsive light that I had to really restrain myself from). We're usually the last to leave in our area so we walk a great big grid.

I like to play a game in my own head and see how many pieces of string and thread I can find amongst the other stuff found on the walk of the neighborhood. It's surprising how many thread bits you can find.
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