Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Yazzysays » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:53 pm

Hey everyone.

My name is Yasmin. I've been wanting to go to Burning Man since a friend told me about it years ago. I am 25 years old and I think I am going to go alone. :oops:

Soo nervous. Trying to find a group to go with. Hopefully everything works out. I've always been the "weird girl" and I think that when I arrive at the Playa I will feel more at home. Hehe.

Anyways Hello to everyone and I hope everyone is well. :wink:

Im trying to figure out how I can find a group to go with? Any ideas?

I've also been making little gifts to give out.. for my friend told me this is a good idea.

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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Yazzysays » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:01 pm

Also from California. I live in Valencia by 6 Flags Magic Mountain. I love drum and bass and jungle music.
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby TT120 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:07 pm

Welcome Yasmin! You will definitely NOT be the weird girl out on the Playa and friends are easy to make out there. Going alone the first time is the usual recommendation so that you are not obligated to do anything but have fun. Your first time will blow your mind and you will have sensory overload to the extreme. Do you have any camping experience?
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Dr. Pyro » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:09 pm

TT120 wrote: You will definitely NOT be the weird girl out on the Playa


Oh great, why not just go ahead and dash all of her dreams while you're at it.
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Savannah » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:19 pm

It would be really hard to pick the weirdest person in Black Rock City. :shock:

. . . Hi Yasmin!

If you want to meet up with a group, join up with some of these mailing lists:
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And have a look at 2013 Theme Camps (there will be more to look at soon).
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Yazzysays » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:20 pm

TT120 wrote:Welcome Yasmin! You will definitely NOT be the weird girl out on the Playa and friends are easy to make out there. Going alone the first time is the usual recommendation so that you are not obligated to do anything but have fun. Your first time will blow your mind and you will have sensory overload to the extreme. Do you have any camping experience?



Haha nice. I actually like wandering places alone everywhere in life.... I'm kind of an introvert and a social butterfly at the same time. I truly feel like you cant fully experience life if you cant experience it ALONE. Yeah I've been camping... i've been to some desert parties. I know nothing compares to the Playa though. Give me and apple and a water bottle and i'll be fine for days... or so my mother says. :roll:
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby 9ah » Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:29 pm

Welcome, Yasmin.

Come with a gallon of water a day, as we like to say. I agree with what everyone says... Join a camp if you want, I prefer it that way. I travel alone to meet up with my camp and I love it there. Once you meet the right group you kinda want to stay even longer (esp. us East Coast folks who only get to see our friends/family once a year)... Some folks change camps every year (or even within the same burn) looking for the perfect fit... It may not be there, but that's the joy in BM, there's something out there for practically everyone.
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Elliot » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:29 pm

Welcome!
You could very well find a group to camp with just from participating in this forum.

I hear you on the value of one's own company!

You might want to go easy on the "little gifts to give out". While gifting is certainly one of the key principles, many gizmos and nic-nacs wind up in the trash as soon as possible. Perhaps you can come up with something very useful to most people, but I suggest you just "take it all in" your first year.

Now... a type of gift that is always welcome is a gift of your time and talent. Can you sing? Play an instrument? Paint human bodies? Repair bicycles? Cook fancy meals for large groups? Build a carnival game?
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby jkisha » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:46 pm

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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Odie » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:38 am

Weird, what is that, you will be the only normal one dancing, dashing, soaking the playa. But you will be amongst friends you did not know you even had :shock:
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby TomServo » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:48 am

Welcome Yasmin!
Regardless of how many people you go with..or not.. I think it's a personal journey. It was for me.. Do your research and go with NO expectations! Yes, even the dust turns to mud! You will be surrounded by people who are more than willing to help you if you're in trouble! You may also be camped next to an asshole...so get to know ALL your neighbors!! As far as gifts...help, encouragement, conversation are all great gifts! If you want to gift little objects, one's that can be tied, pinned or hung around the person are best! Don't let them hit the ground. Best of Luck!
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Yazzysays » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:35 pm

Thanks so much for everyones imput. I just received the email saying I got approved for a low income ticket. Hahah kinda crying. Waa waaa waa! CANT WAIT!!
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Savannah » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:37 pm

Congratulations! See you in the dust. :D
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Postby Krokodyle » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:42 pm

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Postby Yazzysays » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:49 pm

Ok. So I just got the email I got approved for my low income ticket. I could freaking cry.. ok wait.. I am. Oh DARN.. Forgot I was at work.

Anyways... None of my other friends applied or got tickets which equals to me going by myself.

I am a virgin burner... Semi camping experience. I can handle anything. Not a cry baby.. if theres a will theres a way.

Any advice for a virgin burner thats going alone? Tips? MOST IMPORTANT TIPS? Lol..

Im so excited. I cant wait to connect with people and share my love and jokes! I cant wait to just be FREE.

I feel like I've been to burning man before... maybe before I was born.. who knows!

All that sounds important to me is:

-BIKE
-WATER... A GALLON A DAY
-PEE FUNNEL
-BABY WIPES
-SANITIZER
-VINEGAR
-FOOD... I Dont even know what food. Protein bars.. I honestly dont even care but im sure when i get there im going to be like OH SHIT I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT REAL FOOD.

Now when it comes to showering..... what does a dirty girl do?

AM I FORGETTING ANYTHING?
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby TT120 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:13 pm

First thing to do is read the First Timers Guide. http://www.burningman.com/first_timers/
Then read it again.
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Savannah » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:24 pm

Yazzy, I merged your threads.

Okay. Breathe. :D You've got a good attitude about roughing it, I like that. That's gonna go a long way. :lol:

You gotta make a list and figure out your options for getting there. Read the Survival Guide linked in orange in my signature. There is a section called "Your Survival in BRC". This will help you start your list. First thing you'd better add to that tiny list you started: Goggles. Warm coat for the cold nights. Canteen for water. Cup, because bars will not serve you without one. Sunscreen. A backpack is nice, so you leave camp for hours at a time. And try 1.5 gallons of water per person per day to be on the safe side. Etc.

Tattoogoddess started a mega-thread last year that's kinda fun. Some of the items are optional, but it's really good to put these things under consideration.
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Go poke around in the Preparation forum; see Food and Drink subforum for an idea of what people eat. Protein bars are fine for breakfast or snacks, but you'll probably need to mix it up or your guts will knot themselves right up. :)

If you want to join a camp, this is a good time to start poking around the 2013 Theme Camps forum or exploring the "Regionals" link on the main site for camps based near Valencia. California has a ton of Burners.
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby Turtleburp » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:28 pm

Sirriously!

So where are these shenanigenz then eh!?

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Re: Ahhh. Wooo. Yeah. Virgin <3

Postby Elliot » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:39 pm

Yazzysays wrote:-BIKE
-WATER... A GALLON A DAY
-PEE FUNNEL
-BABY WIPES
-SANITIZER
-VINEGAR
-FOOD
showering

AM I FORGETTING ANYTHING?
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Well, congrats!

Bicycle -- best if you can bring a cheap but reliable bicycle yourself. But if you cannot, there is always Elliot's Bicycle Service, which will have around 15 bicycles to lend, and only a few are spoken for so far. I try to reserve them for people from very far away, but if you will be traveling to BM by motor-scooter, then we can probably fix you up with a loaner bicycle. And of course, ePlayans go to the front of the line.

Water -- probably more water, so you have some for washing also. Washing your whole self with a wash rag is considered an acceptable "shower". Buy the 1 Gallon bottles of clear plastic, not the 2 1/2 Gallon "suitcases" of flimsy grey "milk jug" plastic. The suitcases often leak.

Further about drinking water -- you will also want some Gatorade or other electrolyte supplement.

Food -- definitely bring some real food in addition to granola bars and such. You will most likely not eat much in the heat, but you do need proper nutrition in that harsh environment, and also to maintain a little bit of normalcy -- at least your first year.

Actual shower.... You can buy a black-plastic-bag-shower at a sporting goods store. It needs to be hung up high enough to shower under, of course. At the other end of the spectrum there are camps with elaborate showers. Not sure what to tell you except that it will be fine. If you borrow a shower, you should bring replacement water.

TP, single ply.

Lighting, and a flashlight. A miner's lamp -- straps onto your forehead -- is very useful.

Yes, there is much more to learn, and you will over the next few months. :D
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Postby Yazzysays » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:01 pm

You all are so wonderful.

Thanks so much Savannah and Eliot.... It's really awesome to know that you guys actually take the time to respond very thoroughly to me.

I've been reading the guide... but I'm going to re-read it 5 times... to the 20th power. Heh :)

I was also thinking canned food... and leaving it on top of my car so at the end of the day its all nice N hot....

I just want to make sure I have everything that I need... I can't stand asking people for things but I'm absolutely fine with people asking me as long as they dont over ask/mooch.... Go figure.

I dont want to bring TOO much so I'm making a list.. checking it twice.. and eliminating the unnecessary
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Postby Savannah » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:06 pm

Canned food is totally fine--I bring some. Ravioli is a popular choice. I also like Hormel Turkey Chili, No Beans. :lol:
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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby gyre » Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:28 am

A dirty girl?
...Hm

Definitely goggles, and a good hat.

No need to be nervous.
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Postby BaronOink » Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:42 am

One of the best bits of advice I got for my first burn was : Plan every meal, and don't bring a ton of extra food. Yes, bring some nice food gifts if you like. e.g. on the Thursday of my first burn, a fellow camp member brought out a full cheese board, biscuits and a couple of bottles of port. I was amazed! But in hindsight, I now realize that it is incredibly easy to do. Secondly, with a decent cooler you can keep your food cold all week. ALL week! It's easy : just empty out the melted water every couple of days and repack with fresh ice. I was eating the most delicious salads right up to the end of the week.

Gonna post about an Orphans camp in a minute .....

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Re: Greetings. New Burner shenanigenz!

Postby BaronOink » Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:44 am

Check out our "Orphan" camps for 2013 here. The Orphan concept is specifically for people like you who are orphans and virgins.

http://orphanendorphin.com/index.html

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Postby Yazzysays » Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:40 pm

Ahhh, The Orphan Endorphin camp sounds perfect. Thanks ! <3 :P
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Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:38 am

ever seen those guys that hang around bus stations in LA, waiting for the fresh Young Things From Kansas to step off?




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Postby TomServo » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:03 pm

Orphan is a bar I'd revisit.
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Re: Ahhh. Wooo. Yeah. Virgin <3

Postby illy dilly » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:10 pm

Yazzysays wrote:-FOOD... I Dont even know what food. Protein bars.. I honestly dont even care but im sure when i get there im going to be like OH SHIT I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT REAL FOOD.

If you're only cooking for your self, I would suggest one of these simple single burner type stove deals. I call them 'jet burners' because the really expensive super compact backpacking ones sound like a small jet engine when on.
I highly recomend this larger (not as expensive) sort for car camping. The green 1lb propane cans are sold separately, not expensive, and easy to pack.
I could only find pictures of Coleman brand, but other cheaper brands are just as good.
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I also recommend a tea kettle. Its very easy to boil water in a tea kettle then poor into cup'o'noodles, instant potato packets, or dehydrated camping meals (ie Mountain House).
I was taught that its not good to cook canned foods like soup, canned veggies, or chilli right in the can. But, personally I feel that eating out of a can a couple of times a week, for one weak a year, probably isn't going to kill me. Eating right out of the can means that you're only dirty dish is a fork or a spoon- no pot, pan, or plate to wash.
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