PO9 Postie Info
Recommended 2023 stamp buy:
20-150x 5c (important stamp this year; builds 15c)
20-40x 15c (non-machineable surcharge; if you buy more of these, don't max 5c)
100x 19c (builds international (if available))
Letters - have not increased as much as postcards, only 15c difference now.
Whatever you can afford, as foreigners never have US postage.
Other counter supplies:
Envelopes - we always need sleeves for non-compliant mail. (Don't go
overboard; we don't need 1k)
Pens - are preferred over pencils (less MOOP). Always stolen, always
dried up - bring a pack.
1x Glue stick - if you have one, bring it. We don't need these on a
regular basis (no playa stamps this year), but when we need it - we need
1x Black Ink pad - especially if you brought stamping stamps. Wide and
large, can be used for postmark as well.
1x Black Ink refill - If you bring a pad, bring one of these. Playa
evaporates your ink, as well as high-use. Postmark eats these too, so
we'll take extra/unused.
Postcards - if you're planning on your own print run of postcards, send
email - there is advice and resources available to make better postcards
(and don't print 10,000), as well as art criticism (yeah a postcard with
your kid on it is lovely, but only the pedos look at it and say, "I want
to send *that* one" - and then I get the willies in giving it to them.
Everyone else nopes out)
Marking your stuff: It is likely that you've ordered the same make and model
as someone else. Corporate Capitalism is about decreasing consumer choice, by
throttling income and reducing competition, which means sometimes there is only
one choice. We recommend engraving, spray-painting, and tagging/marking.
We should have an engraver for use. Our tip is currently worn down, but hoping to replace.
Spray-paint: You should spray-paint with at least two color bands/stripes (if you
like a particular color, chances are someone else picked the same color -
but you're unlikely to have both picked the same two different colors
(unless one of those colors is black or white)). Buy a can or two in Reno, if
you can't get this done at home (flying in - don't expect to take cans on a plane).
Marking: white duct-tape (that takes pen) for your name. Realize this is easy to
rip off, re-name - don't use for anything of value. This is to prevent casual,
mistaken, misappropriation on your water bottle, mug, etc.
Solar shower: The more we have, the more likely there will be a hot shower waiting
for you when you want it. These get punctured on the regular. They get destroyed
by the sun (over time). We always end up needing some. If you bring your own, mark
it. If you want to donate one to the camp, we'll mark it.
Power cord(s): Mark these - as they are high-demand, valuable,
and stolen on the regular. We (used to) have BMorg power. If you don't know
what that is - it won't run what you want (eg: no A/C, no fridges). But
it'll charge your electronics, fans, and lights. Two cords would be nice,
extend the net - as well as reach all the way to your tent. Heavy gauge
is nicer (also, more expensive).
Power strips/bars: Mark these. Needed because you're
unlikely to be on the tail end of the net - the next guy is going to need
to connect where your cord leaves off. In addition you're probably going
to want to leave some battery chargers hooked up, or run lights *and* a
fan. On/off switch is nice for lights. You can get a splitter and a
power-strip instead of two (or three) strips. If you don't mind charging
while working a window, we (might) have some running lights and things in the
Zero-gravity camp chair: Probably mark these. Standard camp chairs get
broken quick, and you'll be much more comfortable.
Sundaze Decor - YES: Caravan Sports, Pure
Garden, Best Choice Products)
We're trying these 2022:
(2022 update: They are adequate, did not immediately break)
Rebar: We have metal cut-off blades and a re-bar bender. If you need
tent stakes, or uprights for your shades. If you want us to buy and bring
for you, make arrangements.
Bike Lock: If you're getting a bike from us, bring a bike lock. If
you've got your own bike, you need one. Don't get the super-cheap ones,
but don't go over-board. You shoudn't be bringing thousand dollar bikes,
in any case. You basically want to keep drunk people from picking up your
bike, and casual opportunists. There are some career-thieves who go to
BM; but drunk people, and unprepared people will be leaving unlocked bikes
around for them to steal (esp. if you don't have a super nice bike).
Thrift-store bed sheets: Higher thread count is better. King or Queen is
better than twin. Spread over your sleeping situation in the morning - keeps
dust from settling on it. Inside your sleeping bag keeps it less dirty, too.
Did you bump something and you're bleeding a little? Keeps this off your
sleeping bag. You can't beat that for a mere $1 or $3.
[OPT:] Cot + wash basin: If you want to wash long hair during the event,
having this and a hair buddy is ideal.
If you're bringing a genny:
You need a generator box (or EU (eg: Honda EU2200i super quiet inverter generator/2200 watts) or quieter genny). Bring plywood, at
least 6" on all sides larger than your generator (and preferably 1'), otherwise you risk cutting off oxygen to your generator, min
3' tall (and prefer 4'). This baffles the sound. Possible we can use foam, should that be cheaper - but if it touches hot parts of
your generator, it is destroyed/turns into flame (not ideal). Wind events, and drunks stmbling into your box are potential things
Bike cable(s) and lock. Generators and gas containers get stolen.
Fuel storage. You cannot set fuel containers on the playa. We recommend kiddie pools or concrete trays (don't stack a bunch in one
tray - you are buying space for the fuel to occupy (should your container get punctured or leak), not plastic to keep it off the ground).
Concrete mixing tub (~14 gal capacity:
only put in 10g worth of fuel tank)
If you want something else transported, arrangements can (probably) be made to
have an item sent to an build-crew member, or picked up from a store during
pre-build-week, when trailers are going thru Reno.