kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (DMV)
Do any of my local friends have a PC speaker/headset switch I could possibly acquire? Burning Man DMV is doing their processing meetings via Gizmo again this year, and it would be really nice if I could just leave the headset plugged in between sessions, rather than either having to climb around the desk and change plugs several times a week or getting to listen to [livejournal.com profile] gridlore gripe about the speakers not being plugged in when he wants to listen to mp3s....
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
...I'm back.

I managed to write one journal entry while I was at That Thing In The Deserttm; it took me a day and a half, and [livejournal.com profile] pocketlj is refusing to post it for me now. :-P

I'm still trying to find all my braincells and clean the playa dust out of them; in the meantime, here's a photo [livejournal.com profile] sputnik took of our camp that I happen to be in.

ePlaya Bar Camp - the best bunch of folks I've ever camped with, and I've camped with some great people )
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Faces)
  • Clothes - almost all packed (need to bag Rocky costume; need separate ziplock bag for the clothes I'm bringing into the hotel when we get back). Tomorrow's (okay, today's) outfit is set up; consider finding jeans so I have more than one pair of long pants with me.
  • Food - almost all packed (have four more tuna-salad packs in the kitchen; need to split out the cheese-n-cracker packs [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I found at Costco; need to peel Wheat Thins bags out of their boxes and pack the individual bags in my kitchen tote).
  • Water - 10 gallons sitting in car to transfer to Fishy's truck when she gets here; 20 liters in freezer to use in cooler.
  • Additional beverages - Will probably acquire 12-pack of Diet Coke in the morning. Need to grab the bottle of gin out of the car. Have given up on the idea of bringing more booze; I'm already camping with a bar.
  • Shelter - Ready and waiting.
  • Bedding - Sitting in my room, most of it. Sleeping bags were professionally laundered after I got back last year and are re-rolled and stored in their duffle bag. Pillows are downstairs in a tote.
  • Lighting supplies - essentially packed (bike lights need batteries, still - and who the hell decided the headlight should take C cells, for love of $DEITY? I've got AA [must remember to grab those off the table], I've got AAA - hell, I even have D's. C's? Not so much).
  • Bike - in the garage. I should ride it around the parking lot in the morning to make sure it doesn't fall apart on me; I wanted to take it into the shop and get the chain cleaned and re-lubed, but it didn't happen. I'm camped around the corner from a bike camp, so I should be okay.
  • Confirmations - Printed. Ticket email will go in backpack for Will Call; hotel printout will go in the ziplock with the clothes.
  • Correspondence - Postage purchased; address labels printed; stationery collected. Will put all in backpack.
  • Music - 12 CDs burned (3 80's; 2 Kleptones; the remainder mixes done by one of the ePlaya regulars).
  • Stuffed animals - selected (Marty, my travel bear, and Flip, the one penguin who appears to have declared himself mine).
  • PDA - to be packed. Keyboard in backpack already; should probably confirm location of leather case before I pack brain.
  • Personal hygiene supplies - all acquired, to be transferred from purse to backpack.
  • Gifts - Scratched. I was going small-scale this year, anyway (goodies for the Hotties only), and ran out of enthusiasm for the project somewhere.
  • Mind - long since lost.
  • Sleep - Oh, yeah, I'm supposed to do that, too, aren't I?
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Bunny - Yay!)
I've been so brain-blown the last few days I haven't even gotten around to mentioning this yet.

It's been ages since I saw Cowboy last, and almost as long since I talked to him (I called for his birthday two years ago). Sunday I had an email from him, saying "Call me, I don't have your number."

Guess where he and his brother are going next week?! Better still, I know the group they're camping with - Burning Silicon - so I know they'll be in good hands if/when they screw up (it's the first trip for both of them).

We've been emailing "Are we there yet?"s back and forth since I called. I can't wait to see him.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
As is common about this time of year, a lot of folks who don't Burn are asking the ones who do "So what's the big deal, anyway?" I figured I'd save my answer here.

Someone on my f'list earlier today said (in a locked post, or I'd link) "I figure it's like having been told all about sex--no words can sufficiently describe the experience until it's been internalized already." To which I replied:

*nods* It's very much a part of my life. But I'm not sure I have the words to explain why. There are similar experiences one can have that give the same sense of community (and jaded Burners the world over are now shouting "Drink!" because I used that word). [livejournal.com profile] gridlore was a DeadHead, and followed the band on tour for a season; I made it to enough shows of my own that I was able to draw from that experience and build an analogy he could grok. ("Picture the parking lot at the Oakland Coliseum during the Mardi Gras run. Now multiply that by 100 and put it in the middle of nowhere.")

I can offer you the posts I made when I got back from my first trip in '03, here and here. I can offer you the more-or-less daily journal I managed to keep at the event last year (start here and keep hitting "Next Entry" until you get to this post).

And it could well be that you still won't get it. And that's okay. The event is most emphatically not for everyone.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
Where Are You Camping?

I'm signed up there as PurpleKoosh. Let me know what name you use, and I'll add you to my list there.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
http://www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/ioweek/archive/05-11-06/index.htm

I would not argue if anyone wanted to buy me a poster. (Note that their site appears to have large amounts of b0rkenness in Firefox; I had to load that link in M$IE to get the order form to come up right.) Something to keep in mind for the holidays, maybe (and yes, laminated, please, since it doesn't cost extra).

*blink*

Aug. 1st, 2006 08:49 pm
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (DMV)
...I may be going to That Thing In The Deserttm after all....

You're all aware that I'm between gigs right now. I'm calling my agencies faithfully, sending out resumes almost hourly, doing the whole bit, but nothing's coming together just yet. And [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I are both aware that if I don't have something keeping me occupied for Burn Week, I will be utterly insufferable here at home. *wry smile*

The shift sign-up for DMV went live last week, and [livejournal.com profile] wendor posted an update earlier today. So far, only about half of the shifts are covered...and the job I normally do is barely 10% filled (4 shifts out of 33 for the week). "Well, shit," says I on the department mailing list. "Anyone wanna feed me for a week and a half so I can come out and take care of that?"

Damned if I didn't get emails.

And then Doug tells me that if I can present him with an honest-to-$DEITY Plan on How This Will Work, he won't stand in the way of my going, because he knows how important it is to me.

So...um...yeah.

Anybody got room for my bike?
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
I've mentioned this to a few people here and there over the last month or so, but I should make it public:

Unless I win the lottery in the next 4 months, I will not be attending Burning Man 2006.


It wasn't looking overly likely even before [livejournal.com profile] gridlore lost his job; the money we'd gotten back on our tax return was going to have to pay for his new teeth (and that still wasn't going to cover it all). Of course, the lack of job means a lack of insurance, and the denture money is going towards little things like, oh, you know, paying the rent.

Comments disabled, as I'm really not sure there's a reply that wouldn't just rub me the wrong way.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
...that I'm actually relieved I was too broke to try and buy my tickets when they went on sale today, after reading about everyone's problems?
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
(crossposted to my journal and [livejournal.com profile] burning_man)

I spoke with Scott's wife last night; at this point, the only certainties are that the memorial will be the second weekend of January, somewhere in the Oakland/Berkeley vicinity. Please check this thread on the ePlaya for details as they finalize and for rideshare information.
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
Received an email from Chukka this afternoon; to best accommodate Scott's sister coming from Minnesota, it is likely the memorial wiil be on the weekend of Jan 13-14th.

Additionally, Joseph Pred has set up a fund through Mutual Aid Response Services (the company he started, where Scott worked); donations will go towards Scott's funeral expenses, with excess funds donated in Scott's name to a charity Chukka desginates.

(crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] burning_man and my journal)
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
An off-duty emergency medical technician from Berkeley was killed this morning in Albany after stopping to assist a driver involved in a solo-spinout on Interstate Highway 80.

Scott was a member of Burning Man's Emergency Services Department; he and his wife Chukka were two of the people who supported me greatly after my breakup with [livejournal.com profile] dafydd last year, making sure I got out of the house and Did Things every now and again. He will be missed.

(crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] callahanians and my journal)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
Well, he waited for us to get back....

PJ passed away last night in his home in Longmont, CO. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, his parents, and a brother and sister. Services are still pending.

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

(crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] callahanians and my journal)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Default)
Looks like my on-playa entries are hitting friends' pages out-of-order (I wrote them in my Palm using PocketLJ, and just uploaded them en masse); you can start here and just keep hitting Next till you get back to this one. I'll catch up with the rest of y'all in the morning. Right now, I have a [livejournal.com profile] gridlore to snuggle....
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Default)
All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go.... )
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Default)
My ride should be here in 45 minutes.

My ticket and Early Arrival receipt are currently stuffed in my bra (I know, I didn't think there'd be room, either), awaiting transfer to my backpack.

Everything is in the garage to be loaded except my clothing duffels and the ice chest (which still needs the frozen things taken out of the freezer and put into it).

Critters have been chosen for the trip and are loaded in one of the clothing duffels.

My hat is on the back of the couch with my lanyard and blinky things sitting in it.

My hydration bladder needs to go into the backpack.

I have postcards, postage, and addresses.

Everything except my house key, my Leatherman Squirt, and my earplug case has been taken off my keyring to be left here.

I suppose this means I should put my pants on, now. (At least until we get to the playa, where every day is No Pants Day.)

Turning off the computer, now; I'll talk to you all in two weeks.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (BellyButton)
I bought a lovely caftan top (like these, only in Celtic knotwork) at Pantheacon; it was the last one they had, so I bought two more of the sarongs they were obviously made from, operating on the theory that I could probably make them myself.

Probably.

I'm realizing that cutting (and, more to the point, hemming) the neckline is beyond my meager ability with needle, thread and machine. And while I've got two already made (the one I bought, and one I got as a hand-me-over from someone several years ago), I'd love to have the other two to take to the desert with me.

Anyone?
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
Would you (or any of the other locals reading this, for that matter) have a smallish shade structure I could borrow for That Thing In The Desert? Space in our village is at a bit of a premium (we asked for 250x250 and got 250x200), but I'd like to at least have a couple feet of personal shade in front of my tent (a 9x9 dome).
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
Lothos just came through with a ride for me to That Thing In The Desert. He's leaving a little earlier than I was thinking about - Thursday instead of Friday - but that just means an extra day on-playa to watch the city grow. (And I can front-load all my DMV shifts, too.)

Now I just have to buy my food.... (And booze, of course.)

Oh, my god. I can't begin to tell y'all what a relief this is. I'm so happy I could damn near cry.

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