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Old 08-22-2007, 01:37 PM   #291
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

so are you going with the ranch layout or perhaps a colonial or atleast split level? Gawd knows, you got the vertical for a 2 story layout, for midgets anyway, uhhhh, I mean dwarves.

That gives me an idea. What would be a bigger hit at burningman than a monster bus with a crew of a coupla dozen midgets? Millicent could probably be made into a midget 3 family, or atleast a duplex.
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:56 PM   #292
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate


Paul and Pete:
Midgets in velcro suits inside a bus. You may have invented a new sport!

Most of the work is done on the first two bunks -- one lower and one upper. Both hinged. Too hot out to work now. Should finish those bunks tonight -- after the blazing sun goes down. There are strictly speaking only two of us who plan to sleep in Millicent -- any additional people can sleep on the floor.

Shower stall is mounted, but the water will come out of a jug and run into a bucket. Which is what I did a couple of times last year in the first bus -- worked fine.
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:48 PM   #293
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

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...ranch layout or perhaps a colonial or at least split level?
I've been trying to think of a clever wisecrack all day. Best I can come up with is...
Millicent's interior architectural style is best described as "Ferris Beuller's Personal Activity Bus."

A day and a half until Millicent leaves for Burning Man. And the trailer is not done either.
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

Nah, something more like Rube Goldbergian Neoeclectic fits Millie better...
Stop reading this e-mail and get back to work Elliot!
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:12 AM   #295
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millicent has roughly the same interior cubic footage as the hindenburg....and a big ass door. why in the hell do you need a trailer?
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

It's been my experience that if you have to ask why, you probably wouldn't understand the answer anyways
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Rube Goldbergian Neoeclectic
We have a winner! Eclectic is putting it mildly, and Rube Goldberg is our patron saint!

Let's see... My "Pear County Chopper", Peter's "Kinetic Choo-Choo", Peter's "Bounce For Glory", Laura's "Crash Test Dummies", Many of Peter's "Whymcycles", a dozen of my bicycles, assorted camping gear and tools and barrels of water and....

So my "Henry Ford Goes Surfing" (avatar) goes on the trailer. Probably most of my bicycles too. And I have no doubt forgotten to mention something.

Hey, it's 7 AM -- time to get to work!
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It's because bicycles are THE mode of transportation in Black Rock City. Yes, we refer to it as a "city", even though it is technically a camp site. Sure you can walk, but this is a BIG place! So practically everybody rides a bicycle. But not everyone owns a bicycle -- at least not one that can be "safely" exposed to the rough life in the desert, with corrosive dust and whatnot. So some of us bring extra bicycles for our camp-mates to use. Last year, I brought seven or eight, and we did not always have enough.

I lent one bike out to a stranger just hours after I arrived. She needed to search for her camp mates. I told her to bring it back when she was done with it -- even keep it all week if she needed it. After a couple of days, I figured I would never see that bike again. A week later, she brought it back, good as new, and thanked me very politely. I asked her to marry me, but....

So I'm bringing LOTS of bikes. Thrift store specials, of course, but I make sure they work OK.
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

most bikes i bring with me belong to people who are going to burningman but don't have a good method to transport their bike. It's difficult to take yoru bike on an airplane. the event is 2,500 miles from here, so driving is not an option for everyone. Time is a big factor...the event lasts for a week, and it takes a couple days to drive there and a couple more days to drive back.

One thing i notice in the bus is that slow and steady at 60 mph we get passed by the same cars (it's easy to recognize other "burners") sometimes 8 or 10 times on the trip. They drive 80 mph, but stop often. We try to keep our stops few and far between. And we can drive 24 hours per day, because we have multiple drivers which allows us to drive 'round the clock.
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Millicent has returned from Burning Man. We are guardedly optimistic of finding survivors.

This is AFTER my two travel mates have offloaded all their gear.


Unfinished interior served adequately. For showers, we had water in the plastic barrel (barely visible in lower right corner) and poured it over ourselves manually. A smaller barrel under the bus caught the gray water.






Some cleanup and maintenance of bicycles will be needed. We repaired something like 200 bikes for fellow burners and received many of those bikes as gifts at the end of the event -- for use as parts or otherwise next year.

Donít worry -- I plan to come back to the actual BM event in due time. Need to find photos first.
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