Saturday, August 23, 2008

Blast Off

Bye bye Miss American Pie,
Drove my Chevy to the playa
and the playa was dry
Them old burners
were flaming
all who came by,
singin' this will be the day that we fly ....

Pink Cadillac, ride in the back

I got me a Buick that seats about twenty,
so come on and bring your juke box honey!

All he wants is the keys to her Ferrari..

There's a girl, my lord,
in a flat-bed Ford,
slowing down to take a look and see.

Kharman Ghia plates say "Lost in Space"!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

... and counting.

So much to do, and there's more every time I turn around. The trikes are done, although there's lighting to be considered. We were able to hammer and weld the snot out of the bent frame, it might hold up. We have our doubts. The Buckys are done except for finding black shoes for Bucky, and making their sign. They're packed already, in the topper which goes on the roofrack of the Trailblazer. I can just see being pulled over and searched now. Yes, Sir, there are three skeletons in there. Mrs. Bucky is difficult to undress, we pulled the gown up and pinned it around her head to protect her face. Cricket the flesh dog doesn't care for Scraps the Bone Dog. I am still painting. A lot. And sewing. I can has a cupholder and blue cobra handlebar covers. Genius and Borderline mounting the photos for the Home for Wayward Art.

Dusty, dusty year from the playa reports. Hot, well above 100 degrees. The playa surface didn't get enough rain this year, the ground is bumpy with ruts and moguls. Biking may be difficult. I can hardly wait.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Don't Panic!

The Departure for Burning Man is fast approaching. I don't have enough art, I haven't finished a costume ... yikes!

But we're making progress, the faux marbling is done except for a top clearcoat. We ordered an adult trike for me, it arrived bent so the seller is replacing it completely. It is orange, and will be repainted. Pink and lavender with sparkle overglaze. Although I really like the pink and orange together. If we get the replacement trike in time, we're considering crashing the spare parts into another vehicle, although unless we do some welding and repainting, it won't be safe or pretty. Safe we need. Moral of the story, even on free shipping, pay the shipping insurance.

I have a bunch of fabric and patterns scattered, but it seems like I can't get anything completed. I have a golden poncho thing, a sundress, a loincloth and shorts for Larry, robes, fuzzy ears, a blouse and a top, a shrug .... but primarily new seatcovers for the Rhoadescar. And we've been working on el-wire for the bikes and trikes. And I need to dye my hair and Larry's beard. and and and!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Godzilla Goes Amish

We got a lot accomplished this Sunday. Technically, MyLarry and Genius and Desi got a lot done.

Greywater evap system: you can't dump your waste water on the ground at Burning Man, that's a health hazard. You must evaporate it or haul it out. So Larry has made a rudimentary system with a solar pump and a frame and fan to help move the water so it evaps more quickly. The blue filter was okay, but the black weed cloth is a better base to move water for evaporation.

They got the playa bikes cleaned and lubed and their light systems back up and running. Larry also troubleshot the electric lights on the RhoadesCar. Playa dust had gotten in and the connections and ground wires and switches were all funky. Made the lights unreliable. It is a 12V system on a four-wheeled, pedal powered bike with boat seats, a deck and a canopy.

Painted the collapsible camp base black, I am to faux marble them this week. They're old Victoria's Secret panty tables. Painted and attached the skirting onto the Bucky platform, it looks really good.

Desi and I painted. I painted a lot. I need to paint much, much more. I got Godzilla Goes Amish finished.

Left to do: Mrs. Bucky's wedding bouquet. Put the Buckys on the platform and decide how to firmly attach them so they won't move. Decide how to attach their clothes and odds and ends so m none of that moves. In 70 mph winds, yet. Finish seat covers. Decide what lights go under the canopy. Are we taking the chandelier? Costumes, el-wire for costumes, sewing. Clothes, hats and boots. Food and kitchen boxes, stove. Booze, water, drinks, coolers. Tents, chairs and other gear. Tools and hardware, a broom. Carpets and tarps and straps. Pet sitters. Pack the art! Easels and signs. Camp art. Fuel masters station. Oil change. Dye my hair. Dye MyLarry's hair and beard. So much to do, so little time.

The neighbor's puppy, Buddy. He comes over for play dates with Heidi.