Sunday, July 22, 2007

noob monster: one noob, two noobs, ...

Corey: The best name we've come up with so far is Cookie Camp.

Me: Because we're going to bake cookies and hand them out to visitors?

Corey: No. It's because at some point during the week, I'll try to make at least one batch of cookies.

Me: I see. [resetting expectations] ... Okay, so how many times have each of you been to Burning Man?

Dan: I'm the only one who has ever been.

Me: [looking around at others] So we're all noobs? Why don't we call ourselves Noob Camp?

...

Dan: We'll buy water in Reno.

Me: Why don't we load it up before we leave? It's more risky to leave that to Reno.

Dan: We need to buy almost a ton of water. It's hard to drive the RV over the hills with that much weight.

Me: What? A ton?

Corey: Yes. According to the computations, we need 800 pounds of water.

Me: [going over calculations with Corey to determine water needs for five people] ... Oh my God, you're right. What if they run out of water in Reno?

Dan: This may be hard to believe for first-timers, but there are stores set up in Reno just to sell water for Burning Man. Plus if you go into any Safeway, there are literally palettes of water stacked all the way to the ceiling, with big signs: "We gots your water here, Burners!"

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

a ton of water... 800 pounds of water?

funny: not used to hearing water being measured in volume, not mass.


Why don't we load it up before we leave? ...

It's hard to drive the RV over the hills with that much weight.


No kidding! Curious as to what your fuel consumption estimates were if you *did* carry all that water to NV, i.e. how many gallons of gas you would use to get there.

Hope you bought enough carbon offsets! This is Burning Man you're going to after all... ;-)

Derek Snyder said...

A ton is 2000 pounds.

Jim said...

Hope to see you on the playa... don't forget the sunscreen (and maybe a big hat)