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Radical Self Expression

Interdependence

stirs stew, still

photo©julian

Stirring solar stew

I brought one of everything, but that wasn't enough. I packed all sorts of clothing and batteries, a solar flashlight--even sanitizer. The second part of my camp was supposed to arrive Wednesday with the stove. We never connected and I heard later that their stove failed for them as well.

The first few days, I made lots of kimchee and shared it. I made a solar stew every day, but that would need reheating at dinner time. Once I joined Supersnail, my daytime staple became energy bars. And I would have a stew and rice ready for everyone at night. "He could take Playa dust and make Tandoori food out of it", said Julian of my cooking.

It seems I must have mildly sprained my knee while packing heavy loads into the truck. And later, that surfaced. I would be fine in the day--naked and barefoot--but when evening fell, the doc martin's seemed a little heavy and I limped around all night. Next year, I will bring a bike. And this bike will be fabulous, by the way. I also lost one of my work gloves early on, which let one hand get even more chapped.

Tent colapsing

photo©julian

It was cold and windy most of the time. It was not what anyone expected. Radical Self Reliance gives way to Radical Interdependence. I became a part of the community and made friends to survive. But No one can help you if you aren't trying to pull your own weight.

As it turns out, everyone I talked to brought too much water, and too much drugs. It was too cold to shower and the Burn is always hyper stimulating on its own.

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