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28.07.2019 (4:17 pm) – Filed under: camp

>>>Sunday, August 18th, 2019, noon: Truuuuck!<<<

Even if you’re not in Los Angeles: Truuuuuck!

Come! If you can’t make it don’t come! If you’re going to be late, come! If you have to leave early, come!

<<<If anyone wants to join me at the container and help arrange or drop your stuff off beforehand then coordinate with me>>>

Note: Please do not leave your things in the container after the burn without telling me. If you’re donating it to camp then please let me know directly so that I’m not holding on to something that you’ve let go of.

!?What are truck, please… how?!

The 23′ diesel moving truck is available for everyone (you, and you, too!) to transport your bikes, tents, food, costumes, water, art, etc. and it frees some of us up to carpool or ride in style, or to bring something special that would otherwise seem impossible to bring. The truck also brings our oversized camp infrastructure like shade, kitchen, generator, gas cans and propane tanks, scaffolding and the Sensatron’s light poles, so whether you’re bringing something on the truck or not it would be great to have your help. You’ll get to preunite with some fucking cool cats. There are always surprise guests, including you!

STORAGE ADDRESS >>Sunday, August 18th:

1 Chapman Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

Drive west into the parking lot from Douglas St. all the way to the chain link fence past the dirt lot. <-this sounds like random directions but it’s all true and a lot easier than it sounds.

(Call me to get my secret code and directions to my storage unit!)


There are restaurants less than a mile away but hopefully they’re going to unlock the port-a-potty near the entrance gate from 11am to 7pm.

The truck will arrive at the storage unit around noon on Sunday but you can get there sooner to unload and label. Please keep about 20’ clear in front of our storage unit so that we can get the big things out of storage and onto the truck before all the little things go on.


Sunshine will be driving the truck to and fro the playa.


As always, if you can’t make it that’s okay, and if you come late, drink all the beer, and leave early that’s fine, too. If you want to take a break just do, and if you need help just ask. There’s no need to power through it in a hurry, this is all of us getting ready together before we find each other on the playa.

The only way this lazy-sounding work ethic succeeds is with participation and some dedicated people doing some heavy lifting. In the end we make something special happen on the playa, and the people that want to help make that happen *are* the people that make that happen. If you want to help make it easier then bring your easiness.


Make sure to use solid boxes and bins and tape drawers shut so that they don’t spill. Please label everything clearly, hopefully in a uniform way. There’ll be some duct tape and markers in the storage unit but if you have your own distinctive duct tape we can spot your stuff and keep it together. Check out the gallery here “Advert your Eyes” for good storage bins. They’re not actually that great and even though they seem solid they actually pop when they’re stacked.

Label everything, including your water!

Pro Tip: Label your bike with your name and your camp address (<your name> Post Nuclear Family 4:20 and G) so that if you leave your bike anywhere it can make its way back to you!

Those 2.5 gallon pairs of water in their cardboard boxes stack well but they should still only go about 3 stories tall. Even though they seem solid it turns out that if they go higher than that they’ll suddenly lose their rigidity and crush a whole floor of water below them and it becomes “fucked”. So we put what water we can fit in the jockey boxes under the truck. Water in the back of the truck can rupture along the way, if some of your water doesn’t make it do not panic! There’s probably enough water to share in the overflow of friends around you as you run low and if no one wants to share then there are plenty of medical tents to handle your dehydration crisis. Make sure to not put sharp or heavy things on top of water. Don’t bring water loose, like a dozen water bottles. Those make it hard to move around to pack the truck and they puncture easily when things fall on them (which can happen).

If you plan to shower then plan to bring shower water. Water containers from Army Surplus stores are great for that, but even better is just collecting your melted ice cooler water throughout the week.


Heavy things should be on the left and right of the truck and over the axles and primarily the heaviest weight should go deep into the truck so that the weight isn’t swinging in the back.

Packing Tips:

  1. Totally volunteer. Take breaks when you need to, stretch, drink water, ask for help on heavy things, lift with your legs.
  2. Just because a box is heavy doesn’t mean that its lid can take a lot of weight on it. Play Tetris to find the best way to distribute weight.
  3. Don’t over-tighten ratchet straps on the boards or hooks: the ratchet strap is stronger than the planks and will pull them off the wall!
  4. If you think something might fall then move it. Try to settle things and then shake-test them to see if that’s where a box or object is happy.
  5. Label everything, even sleeping bags. You can use tape. It’ll help us consolidate your things on the playa or if you lose anything.
  6. No loose things (see “Boxing” above). They make the process suck.
  7. Patience with the process. Be prepared to move things around.
  8. Scaffolding should be stacked together vertically against a wall in a uniform way which creates protective shelves for boxes and such. That shelf is great for heavy things that can’t take a load.
  9. A stripe of white duct tape is useful for marking your stuff but make sure the label isn’t peeling off before it even gets on the truck. It leaves goo behind.
  10. You can get awesome heavy-duty storage containers that stack at various big box stores.

Bikes go on last. There have been attempts over the years to organize the bikes so that they don’t tangle up but it actually takes more time assembling and disassembling them from those systems and they take up more space when they aren’t tangled together. The best way I’ve found in 15+ years of packing the truck = place them sideways over each other and let them tangle a little as they form a metal meringue.

“What’s a metal meringue?”

Loose things should be in boxes. If you have anything loose on the truck you can expect it to get lost or crushed and hopefully be pleasantly surprised when it isn’t.


When the truck arrives on the playa on Tuesday before gate we’ll put everything on a tarp and cover it so that when you arrive you can find all your things.


We leave the playa on Tuesday after Labor Day, to arrive back at the El Segundo Storage Unit on Tuesda night for an approximately 8PM LOAD OUT.

When you’re ready to leave, MOOP your area especially (and the rest of camp and the open playa!) and then gather all of your things near the truck in the designated area. Make sure not to block the river or paths around the truck. We’ll start breaking the camp down on Sunday before the Temple Burn and finish on Monday evening to leave up the shade and last bits to be finished by Monday night. The truck will leave the playa on Tuesday morning after the final MOOP patrol. Everyone in camp should help on Sunday but I’m counting on the people that said they could stay to make sure that the camp strike goes easy.

To the people that said you’d stay late: thank you! The more people that can be patient with the process and help make it go smooth the better. I know it’s hard to work after a long week but if you appreciate being part of what makes it happen then please help make it unhappen.

Thank you to everyone that steps up to make our camp great, many of whom aren’t even joining us this year in body but are very much with us in spirit. At the risk of leaving out many names I want to make sure to thank Zack and Mischa for helping with the load, even though you’re not going. Thank you Zach Lovering for attempting to make us all less stinky with your glorious shower. Thank you Grant for rigging the façade!

And thank you to everyone that donated so far to the camp costs. If you ever want to see where your contributions go you can see it in that post on our group page, but it always takes a little more than that. Sometimes extra costs are covered by generous camp mates, and sometimes the extra work is covered by people that are making something special. In the past it went on my credit card and now I’m fucked.

The truck drives away from Los Angeles on Monday morning, so Sunday August 18th is your last chance to get stuff on the truck.

We will probably arrive on the playa Tuesday evening before gate. Everyone’s stuff will be gathered together under a tarp, ready for pick-up.

Please try to help with the loading and unloading, and make sure to pick up your things from storage… before the cobra eggs hatch. Baby cobras may seem cute, but /watch out!/

The truck is made possible with generous donations from camp. There is no cost for putting things on it, but it adds up to more than $3000 so if you would like to send along some cash with your stuff then please feel “free”! Your money goes toward the rental and the gas, the storage of the Sensatron, gasoline and cooking gas, camp storage, shade, improvements and purchases. If you would like to put cash in the bucket or send a PayPal gift to then it will help us coordinate the possible purchase (or rental) of more scaffolding and other improvements and amentities for the camp. If you would like to offset my costs for gas, motels, and all of the time spent coordinating instead of earning money. then let me know, otherwise all money raised goes into the camp costs. You can also Venmo Jason Siadek.

Thank you!

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