Contraptionists welcome letter from the King
Welcome to Contraptionists.
We have had people in the past that did not realize the camp was for them too.
You are quite welcome to come hang out in the shade of the BT and use the amenities of our Home in Black Rock City. Don't be shy, come ask if you need information on how to use our home, but please do not abuse our borrowed home.
...and Drink More Water. Start now!
This is not the Contraptionists Handbook
Though it does has Important Info,
So Please read it.
But Do Not Print it.
Because, I have little to no authority in the camp and Nothing written here has been put down in writing and nothing will be a rule except what is determined at the moment by those at the time, which may have changed in their minds since now.
So printing this to tell us what it was will just confuse us and annoy you when we have no clue what you meant about what I said here.
So, (By Appointment or Disappointment),
I am King,
Hear me Roar.
You may call me:
· Your highness, or lowliness
· The King is a Fink
· BurningRouse on Yahoo group
· Hey you
· Or Daniel
...unless you'd prefer something different, as long as you Do Understand,
I just work here.
I have no authority, And
It is as much Your Camp, as any of the others staying with us, And
I can only be as you are in the camp.
It is Not MY camp.
I am however the one who submits a request for space to BRC org. with a map with all our stuff on it which is organized by many factors based on what we have going on. With this, they place us on their map in a spot that they have figured is good. Despite best efforts this may not fit with our map, which is why you may not be camping where you thought you were on the map. That being the case, for the camp to work well, I may need to move you and do hope you'll do so, if needed, But, it's not my fault.
Your Humble King and Servant,
Just work here.
I can no more throw someone out of camp or torture them than you may, and although I'll relay your concerns and frustrations to let the other(s) know there is a problem if I must, it is not my job, nor up to me who does what, when, or where.
I just work here.
The Contraptionists are the only ones with any authority in camp
It is their camp, your camp, and yes, my camp, but only as much as it is your camp and ours.
That's not to say the mob may not take action if people are out of line, and I do have some points of authority over my own spaces, as others in the camp are lords and masters of their own personal domains. Know that as a whole we are all equal members in the camp and responsible for the whole of the camp as a member as well as having equal benefits. So, Please be kind to others in Camp and about the City.
We do ask that people have common courtesy towards the other members.
Share and play nice, and basically treat others as you would a guest in our house, as we all are guests on the Playa.
We have members and Guests young and old that may not wish to be around smoking or other adult habits. Be discrete as you would at home. Our common areas may have uninvited guests who are looking to make money off your indulgences with legal entanglements while boosting their law enforcement career.
If they look young, give No Drinks, Etc. There are undercover cops looking to sting you, so Please use consideration and courtesy in camp as elsewhere in the world.
We don't expect a new member on their first visit to Black Rock City, NV. 89412 to be as active in camp or on a city level as a second plus year member should be. You will have enough just taking care of yourself after being out all day saying wow.
Drink more, No, Not that stuff, Drink more Water! Right now, before you get thirsty!
FACT: Being thirsty is a symptom of being less than fully hydrated. In the desert, by the time you notice this, it's too late as you are well on your way to becoming dehydrated. Get to shade to cool off and drink more again. Drink more water and find some better shade. Then do better tonight..
You should always have your water bottle at hand. If you're having serious trouble ask for help in camp and/or go to a clinic at the 3 or 9:00 plazas, look for the neon blue or green cross 30ft up, or the main mash tent near center camp.
Playa dust is very alkaline. This means that it has a far different PH level than your skin, meaning Playa Dust cracks and abrades the skin on your hands and feet. Bring more socks. Change them often.
Bring shoes that will try to keep out the dust, or that will let it flow out easily. It's like water and flows into your shoes, change your socks and use vinegar wipes (which Has an acidic PH level to re-Neutralize your skin) made by opening a wet wipe box and letting it dry out a bit then re wet them with white vinegar. Keep the bottle for the trip and cleaning with when you return home.
They can be your best friends out there.
Bring two hats and two goggles... yes get some goggles, shaded and clear lenses.
The cheap clear plastic ones work, but put square band-aids, a blob of hot glue or tape over the vent holes. When you buy them check the nose, and fit for wind leaks. They may need Moleskin seals around the nose hinges if there are slots or holes that leak in the wind. Yeah, the dust can be that bad in a bad wind. (and Mole skin helps with other wear spots the Playa may cause. I have it on the brow if my hat to keep my forehead happy.)
Oh, and the wind will pull up the standard stakes you have for your tent. If you are inside the BT2 etc., you won't need the stakes, and with the tarp floor, you can't use them, but out in the wind you'll want super stakes from 1-foot landscape nails. (some are in the camp trailer, but get your own if you can) or big long camping stakes or rebar stakes, which needs their own page of instructions. Check that they fit the holes in your tent or bring a way to tie them to it.
There are things for campmember use in the trailer, ask if you need something, the camp may have it in the trailer or around camp, just ask.
But if you're back again for another year, we need you to do your thing for the camp or for the city. Not just for the camp members or the camp it's self, but for those around us too, in the Burner way. You know the VooDoo You Doo Soo well, so do it, well...
and let the camp know your needs and desires to help with your success if wished.
Burning Man is a “L N T” Event.
(LNT = Leave No Trace)
Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures.
(And, ask their permission if someone is to be in that picture)
A Guest should not dump on their Host either.
Don't burden others by being unprepared, Don't leave those footprints on someone’s back, forcing them to care for you when they wished to be out in the event. Come prepared to stay where you must have what you need in a harsh desert location, when shopping is a days trip and if you're lucky, only a four hour gate wait and twenty bucks to come back in.
Be prepared as it can go from frigid freezing 3 dog night dang it's cold to sweat dripping, (if it didn't evaporate so fast), Hot Bright sun, dry you out roast you red, pant, pant Hot.
About the dust and Masks..
Don't go get a supper organic vapor mask, they will clog and be ruined quickly.
A good (OSHA approved) formed filter paper double strap (2 rubber band) particulate mask for sanding drywall or installing insulation, with or without the exhale valve, is good. A pack of five or so would be fine, a pack of twenty and you can share them. Put the pretty lips or such on them at home so the marker fumes can dissipate before you wear it. Don't bother with the single band nuisance dust mask or the cough guards that hook around the ears.
Be ready to bring home all that stuff that wasn't puffed out when folded new in the box and not as neat and small on the way home. And don't forget every camp member must bring back a big trash bag of common camp trash or recycling.
TIP: Blow up a trash bag as a placeholder in your car while packing if needed.
If your car drips any fluid, bring a tarp, straps and cloth to strap under it to prevent poisoning the Playa.
Never dump any water or other substance on the Playa, it has odd characteristics that allows it to be damaged by Fluids, Fire, and Moop.
MOOP = Matter Out Of Place
On the Playa,
If it is not Playa Dust,
It is MOOP.
Pick it up, don't let it get to the Playa, Never let it hit the ground.
Don't dump any water with nutrients, such as pasta water, in the shower evaporation pond. Use the starchy water for soup base or such. Water that has starch or food in it will stink before the end of the week if it is allowed in the shower pond. There is a sump bottle in the kitchen. Check the sludge level before using, swap out any full sump bottles before it is full and spilling. Preferably with one nearby that is marked for sump use.
Do not use this as you would a household drain!
Every ounce of Yuck you put in the bottle becomes more nasty stuff we must pack home in our vehicles for treatment. (Would you like one in your back seat?) You may use the sump bottles for dish and kitchen water and sludge. We are working on a kitchen evaporator system to help with this volume of sludge that must be shipped.
You may use the kitchen, but you must clean it and help with kitchen service needs, provide your own water and such. Plan ahead and remove parts that are not needed, remove lables and boxes and anything else that you don't need to bring but remember those things you will need for your returns also. If you are bringing water melon, leave the rind at home; if you are bringing bacon, bring a means of collecting the grease to bring home and heavy trash bags that will hold up to the travel. In short, think about the by products of what we use while on the Playa and how to deal with them. Some cooking ingredients utensils and stoves pots are floating around the kitchen and camp, but don't count on anything specific to your needs being there, and ask in the group using the messages if you are thinking of putting on or helping with part of a meal so you may be added to the schedule.
Water is Hauled in and budgeted by the owners and at the weight of eight (8) pounds per gallon, (one person one week = 14 gallons = 112 pounds, 3x 5Gal jugs = 120lb per person in water. Or 30 gallons at 240 pounds for just two, with minimal showers. This plus food and gear and people in a small car or truck. So you see, it does not allow for the bringing of excess amounts. So do bring your 2 gallons per day plus any special needs you may have, and your 5 gals for the Camp kitchen.
Don't expect to Mooch Water in a Desert, Bring what you need.
Try using two gallon jugs for all your daily water at home, practice using your personal solar bag shower and taking a one(1) gallon shower. You’ll drink the other gallon over the day, and shower every few days). If you are going to use the Camps solar shower, you need to replace the water in the tank before your shower. So bringing two gallons per day that you'll be there is a good number.
Although the Contraptionists was founded by a small group of anarchistic minded campers, the camp members have decided funds are needed for camp items. Although Kings and Taxes brought about Guillotines, and although as an appointed King, I would rather not go that far, we do need to upkeep the camp and pay for the Ice and syrup for SnowCones. So If you feel like you need to help with this, it is appreciated and you can ask for the current treasurer for ways to pay. Further, if you need a number for the (voluntary non deductible donation type fungible transfer) Kingdom of Contraptionists (not really a) Tax, think of a nice round number like $25 U.S. Dollars Plus or Minus a hundred, or Whatever your anarchistic serf type mind desires is fine.
The Playa shows you what a wasteful person you are even if you think you're good. We recycle and have a compost collection bin, but don't think this is a waste dump facility. You must save space in your vehicle, preferably in trunk or sheltered spot where you will fit a large 30+ gal stuffed trash bag of something from the kitchens collection bins. This is a requirement of all campmates to take a bag (or two) with you.
With the Contraptionists being a service camp we do generate trash from ourselves and from guests, which must be removed. If you think you'll let the persons who brought all the big stuff out there deal with it, you're exaggerating our abilities, we have plenty to deal with already and will probably be taking two bags or more because we leave last and people forget to leave space or take a bag and we may leave nothing, not a blade of grass, nor a Hair of a Hare when we leave.
'Nothing', is a drastic concept that we must explain.
Most People have no concept how messy a Human being is.
· They shed.
· They peel things.
· They unwrap things.
· They drop little things.
· They spill things that must be removed.
If it is not Playa dust, it is MOOP.
MOOP is “Matter Out Of Place”.
If it is not Playa dust, it should not be there when we leave.
Even the paint that flakes off the plastic tarp and the flakes of tarp must be removed from the Playa before we leave. (Don't try painting on a plastic tent or tarp, the Playa and wind will remove it).
Humans are very messy.
they leave threads and furballs and...
let me Digress on Glow sticks and their Fucking little clear connectors.
Don't. Just Don't.
LED Blinkies, ElWire, Headlights in colors, (for your head, not the car), Yes, But Please,
Don't do the glow sticks. I have spent hours picking up carpet fibers, hairballs, Dyed green grass from a shedding grass skirt and little clear tubes hiding in the dunes they make of the blowing dust.
Anything left on the ground starts a drift or dune that grows.
The wind blows things around easily on a flat plane and what it can't move fast enough becomes an anchor for a dune, and must be raked out and the starter of the dune found and retrieved before we leave. It could be hair from a hairbrush, or a clump of fibers off a cut carpet edge. (Note: Always wrap carpet edges with tape if they are not hemmed and sweep and vacuum loose fibers and debris before bringing a rug or carpet. the Playa is no place to find out what trash was rolled into a found carpet)
Things that will shed are bad.
· If you shake it and stuff lands on the floor, leave it at home.
· I don't care how Cool it is, leave it.
· Feathers, sequins, Boas, fluff, glitter, silly string, shedding fur, organic or fake leaves, grass skirts, Glass, Round things, loose labels, anything that could shed or can become caught by the wind becomes MOOP, is not good out there in dust and wind. Leave it.
· If it might dry out and shed, or is delicate in the wind or dust, leave it
· Hem or glue all cloth edges so they can't unravel. The wind will un-weave and scatter the threads it if you don't, and they must be removed before we are.
If you really wouldn't like to throw it away or maybe have it repaired when you get home....
Leave it Home.
The Playa eats things.
It dissolves solder joints in electronics and the abrasive qualities will grind away whatever it touches. it will turn all your polished plastic surfaces to a mat finish by chemical etching alone (remember “alkaline”), but the abrasion helps destroy it all too.
Keep your Camera in two baggies so the inside one is cleaner when you open it, and leave your camera in the bags when it is not turned on or anytime it could be dusty, which is anytime on the Playa or get a full watertight cover for your camera, with an outer bag for it and it's lens. ( mine made it through 5 years of Burning man with only partial destruction of the on off and mode selector switch, then the Irish mist met Playa salt and it dies in two days.)
(or don't bring your good camera, get a “cheap edible camera to destroy, because you do have a %10 chance it won't make it through the week)
You need a Bike at Burning man.
A cheap working simple cruiser type bike with a speed or two if that will be good enough.
Don't bring your 28 speed super light multimillion racer bike. It will Die.
The main thing with a bike is the lights and decor. Make it your own flashy blinky ride.
And use a simple lock.
NOTE: if it's green paint it another color or put your clearly seen mark and our camp name on it or it may be borrowed by someone or recovered by city bike hunters as a city bike, even if locked. They don't like people claiming or locking the city borrow bikes and may cut locks off green bikes.
Oil it a week or two ahead so there is less wet oil to mix with the Playa dust to make the grinding compound for carving on those shiny sprockets and chain links) If you Oil your bike on Playa do it over a tarp to prevent oil dripping on the Playa.
· Bring a Baggie for protecting your trailer electrical connectors and ball hitch.
· Get large Baggies for each set of clothes so they aren't covered in dust before you wear them. Plastic tubs and Baggies are your friends.
· Put a full set of dark clothes in a baggy for the trip home, it's nice after wearing white and light all week, and the black on the Playa turns gray real fast if not in a sealed baggie for the trip home after the hotel shower.. then put it in a second bag or rinse it before opening to remove the dust for fingerprints on your clean darks.
· Get a bin to keep things for next year without getting the dust on everything else.
Whatever you bring, you should not be attached to it, because it will never be the same. It will be Playafied.
When you come home you will wonder why you didn't notice them all before.
The white Bikes with old paint showing under the white dusty coating and rust, and the dusty old truck in off Playa white around the edges.
They say you can get it off, try some Vinegar in the water, but it's too late, it's been done. It's been...
Your Humble King and Servant