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June 21st, 2003

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05:35 am - Shady thoughts
With the Winnipeg Folk Festival screaming towards us at light speed, I'm thinking about my experience last year and what I'll be doing this year to make it even better.
  1. Put sunscreen on before leaving the house.
Apart from that, I'll just be going up earlier (Wednesday sometime) and coming back later (Monday morning) in order to make the travel less stressful. There's been talk on the Baggiecon list about shade and the lack thereof. With more people coming this year, it may be a problem. I don't have any frame of reference, though.

For me, I'm thinking about ways to capture some shade for my tent to avoid the early morning baking that seems to plague everyone. Was thinking that a surplus parachute and strategic placement might help. Did some googling around Burningman information and this appears to not be the ticket I originally thought it would be. (Parachute cloth is apparently too sheer.) Am now considering the application of a space blanket to the outside of my rainfly. But how to attach it? Duct tape?

For clothing, I'm thinking of whipping up some lightweight cotton pants like the pair of hemp ones I picked up last year. "Long, light and loose" are watch-words for the heat and "layers" for the unpredictable parts. Am thinking that a good method of dress would be wicking shorts and tee under cotton or linen long outer layer. I've got a few things that should work OK, but may need to explore the depths of my closet or pick up a few things. (I really like my REI MTS tee, for example, and would use one or two more when biking.)
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: One Night In Boston--The Tim Malloys--Drunkards, Bastards...

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Date:June 21st, 2003 06:17 am (UTC)
I think it's definitely worth buying another shade device for the group. We're going to be LARGE this year.

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Date:June 21st, 2003 06:37 am (UTC)
I hear ya, but I have no sense of what "large" means. More peole than last year, OK, but I have no concept of what that will mean. Hopefully, it'll be lots more good things. If not enough shade.
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Date:June 21st, 2003 07:31 am (UTC)
How many people can sit in lawn chairs under a 10x10 shade structure, which also has side walls, in the morning or evening? Oh, possible as many as 20, if hey are tightly regimented (they won't be) and if they really pack themselves in (they won't). There will be many more than 20 people at Baggiecon tthis year.

How many people can sit in lawn chairs under a 10x10 shade structure, which *does not have* side walls, in the morning or evening? Possibly as many as 6, if they etc., etc.

Does that help?

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Date:June 21st, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
That helps a bit. It's all still a bit unreal in my head, but then I often have trouble imagining spatial relationships without reference.

Hmm. Something occurs to me that might help in many ways. Off to post to the baggiecon list.
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Date:June 21st, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC)
I've got a reusable space blanket - its got grommets in it, is hunter orange on one side, and I think it's silver on the other. It's actually a standard space blanket sandwiched between two layers of rip-stop nylon.

If you'd like to borrow it for Baggiecon, let me know - it's one of the winter emergency blankets in the car, but hasn't been used in ... 25 years?!? I got it during a summer trip to Washington, DC in either junior high or high school, tossed it into my first car, and have never had occasion to use it.

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