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Old 09-11-2013, 10:36 PM   #651
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

I did install TranSynd transmission fluid. $250.- for five gallons at the Cummins / Allison dealer. I'm tempted to say I could feel crisper shifts, but.... At any rate I proceeded to pull a heavy load over the Sierra Nevadas and back. The temperature gauge is inaccurate, but I'm pretty sure it stayed lower than on the same trip previous years. So all is well.

Oh.... And here we are at that campsite across the Sierras. The 40'x40' tarp keeps Millicent and everybody cool even in the scorching desert. Outboard supports are construction scaffolding.

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Old 09-16-2013, 05:24 AM   #652
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good to hear all is well, I have mentioned "that camping trip" to my wife....she's not keen on the idea
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good to hear all is well, I have mentioned "that camping trip" to my wife....she's not keen on the idea
Yep, my wife is similarly not enchanted with the idea. Probably the wives are put off by all the drugs and half-naked women running around out there. So you're gonna go solo, eh? I think you'd have a harder time convincing your wife of that plan!
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:44 AM   #654
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

The Burning Man Art Festival is definitely not for everyone. And every year I go, I find that there are more and more people who really ought not to be there, even though they tolerate the environmental conditions well enough.

Burning Man is a major commitment – or at least it should be. Participants are expected to actually participate – that is, contribute to the community. There are not supposed to be anybody who just bought a ticket and came to “see it”. While this is technically possible, and not illegal…. If everyone came to “spectate”, there would be no Burning Man to “see”.

Of course, with the population now up to 68,000, there are “tourists” present, and it is already becoming a serious detraction for everyone who actually contributes and participates. So we don’t want to be “one of those”.

For anyone who is considering going, I suggest starting by reading extensively on the event web site. Begin by reading all the First-Timer Information, which includes the Survival Guide. Then read the Survival Guide twice more, or until you truly comprehend it. Then read about Volunteering. Study the street layout. How to build shade. Which neighborhoods are quiet and which are noisy. Etc, etc.
I’m not posting links to this. This is your first exercise in Self Reliance, Burning Man style.

I’ve been going since 2006, although I missed 2011 because of illness. (Much better now, thank you!) This year I repaired bicycles for five hours a day for ten days or so. Then I worked seven 6-hour shifts on Perimeter patrol – meaning I kept people from sneaking in, and assisted folks who were lost or otherwise in need of assistance. Finally I helped unload ice trucks.
This is not meant to sound like bragging. These are examples of how participants can, and should, take part in the community.

Of course, the primary way to participate is to make art. There is absolutely breathtaking art out there, and so much of it! But I have precious little artistic talent, so I don’t bring sculptures, I don’t play music, I can’t sing. My “art” is fixing bicycles.

Put another way, I think of Burning Man more as Black Rock City, a village where everyone has a productive role in society. I’m the village bicycle repairman.

Of course, the villagers dance in the streets quite a lot.

So if you are interested, start reading. And start trying to comprehend. We talk of the “Burning Man Ethos”, and if this does not ring a bell with you, then you may be better off with a different vacation, no offense intended.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #655
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg


As for half-naked people, here I am in the bicycle shop with a happy customer. This was on Tutu Tuesday -- in case that isn't obvious.



(No, I'm not wearing a wrist watch! That's my Volunteer wrist band.)
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As for half-naked people, here I am in the bicycle shop with a happy customer. This was on Tutu Tuesday -- in case that isn't obvious.



(No, I'm not wearing a wrist watch! That's my Volunteer wrist band.)

Elliot, you're hot! If I was a woman, I'd be all over you. Thank god for both of us I'm not.

Sorry to hear about your mechanical misfortune. If you haven't cleaned up the bottom of the bus yet, I know of a place in Oakland that's cheap. They steam cleaned the front third of my undercarriage for about $50. There was a lot of crud under there to get off. The place in South City wanted $120/hour with a 2 hr. min. If you want the location, shoot me a PM.
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Ah yes... the oily mess underneath Millicent. I bought a jug of degreaser and went thru one treatment. I put the degreaser in a garden sprayer and applied it, then hosed it off with the garden hose. It helped some, but not a lot. I suppose the "environmentally friendly" formulas won't ever work like the "good old" toxic ones. I reckon I'll give it a couple more treatments.
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailg

I love the whole "city/community" aspect of the event

I read "the guides" etc at least twice a year...one day....one day...I actually have "my art display" on paper and in my head
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I read "the guides" etc at least twice a year...one day....one day...I actually have "my art display" on paper and in my head
You are doing it right, as the saying goes. But don't go overboard with your art the first year. You will have plenty else to "deal with" -- such as the basic "culture shock", and the harsh climate.
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Hey, I have actually done something productive with Millicent again!




The first was an upgrade to the lower bunk that serves as a sofa. The bed was parallell with the floor. But the pavement we drive and park on often slopes to the curb, so people tend to roll off the bed/sofa. Also, sitting on a horizontal surface is not comfortable – it should slope down toward the backrest a bit.
So I made a spacer that lifts the edge of the bed a couple inches.
The spacer consists of three layers of plywood, in strips almost as long as the bed. I cut these from a sheet that happened to have some white paint on it. Two strips are four inches wide and the middle one is two inches.
The picture tells most of the story. The bed now rests on the spacer, which rests on the original support. Yet the spacer can be quickly lifted out and stored under the bed if desired. Yes, those are life jackets I store under the bed – for the Kinetic races.





The second item was plain maintenance. Each air tank (for the air brakes) has a drain valve (for moisture), and the valves were failing to close properly. Maybe the springs weaken with age? So I replaced them.
To drain the tanks, I simply pull on the cords, and they close again by themselves (when they work properly).


I need to clean the battery terminals, and that should be it to get her ready for the season.
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