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MacManKrisK

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Icon 10 posted May 18, 2008 18:38      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Despite the fact that I have contracted some sort of illness (sore throat, chest congestion, cough), I had an awesome weekend camping with Buses by the Beach.

As evidence of my post-camping high (a non-chemical-induced high!, no.. really...), I present these pictures (complete with wild, unwashed, greezy hair) that I took at a Wendy's in Ionia where I stopped to pee.

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And now the rest of the story:

I had a funeral to attend Thursday night down by my parents' house, so I left Wednesday after work, in the bus, to go to my parents'. I got there around 9:30, made good time. Slept in Thursday morning, then I helped Dad with his garage. It's sagging in the middle and some of the beams are rotting so he's doing some major work on it and then he's going to re-shingle the roof. He's retired now, he has time to do all this stuff.

Friday I slept in a little later than I wanted to, 10:30, but it was okay. I bummed around the house until about 1:30 and then got on my way toward Grand Rapids. I've not driven my bus over about 60 for fear of overheating it, but it was pretty cool out Friday so I decided I'd take the highway up to GR instead of the backroads. To my amazement, I got her up to 85 and she hummed along pretty well. Granted, it took a few minutes to get her wound up to 85, but once she was there she did well! I didn't drive 85 all the way, though, I just wanted to test her out... but she held a nice steady 70 all the way up to GR and didn't show any signs of excessive heat! [Big Grin]

Friday evening I pull into the Grand Rogue campground and register. They gave me an arm band, red with Hawaiian flowers on it, and told me that I need to wear it at all times.. yadda yadda yadda. As I'm driving in I'm just amazed as I drive by Buses and Vanagons and Beetles, many of them in amazingly beautiful condition. I've never seen so many in one place before!

I backed into a spot right next to the river, parked next to a sunkist orange '74 Westy and two spots down from a 83 Vanagon Westy with a tent attached to it. The orange Westy was owned by a guy named Lon, who was about 22, and there with his girlfriend Rachel. He only had his bus since around November of '07 and this was their first Buses by the Beach event, so we three were all BbtB virgins. [Smile] The Vanagon Westy was owned by a guy named Kurt and his wife Connie. These guys were original hippies from back when. They saw the second-to-last concert The Greatful Dead put on and were just generally totally awesome cool people.

Friday night brought unpacking and setting up camp and a bonfire with Lon, Rachel, and myself. We were all pretty wiped from the trip, and we had to get up early the next day, so we all crashed out around 11.

Sleeping in the bus (something I'd not done yet!) was pretty good... it's pretty comfortable up there. It got pretty cold but I didn't really notice until I went to get out of my sleeping bag in the morning. Heh.

Saturday morning came early, got up at 8:00. Saturday morning is the morning when we all drive from the campground to 5/3 Park for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors Benefit Car Show. Line up was at 9:00, we didn't get lined up until after 9:30. [Razz] We call that "bus time." While we're lined up they had the blessing of the buses. They came by with a hubcap full of some blessing oil, one of those smelly white smokey things (sorry... Grummash may know more) and a pagan nodenominational minister put some of the oil on my front bumper and wished me safe travels. Then they gave me a small strand of hemp rope and let me pick a bead.. and every year you get another bead. That was totally cool.

After all the buses were blessed we took off toward the 5/3 Park with a fire department escort. It was amazing (wish I'd've taken a pic) looking out my windshield and seeing a line of 50 buses ahead of me. We travel into the parking lot at the park where there's all these show cars: Mustangs, Corvettes, Bel Aires, all such beautiful cars, all nice and spit shined and polished. And there we are with these old, rusty buses, with road dirt and grime on them, full of camping equipment. Everyone's been camping so we all smell of B.O. and bug spray. Damn hippies. [Razz]

I rolled on back to the campground at about 1:00. I tried to make a fire to cook some stew but I got rained out. The sky got dark and the wind started blowing hard... I just got the fire out (for safety!) and all my stuff put away, plopped in my bus with a book when the clouds broke and the sun came back out. It rained just enough to scare us inside.

Saturday night brought another bonfire and beer... oh my gosh beer. So Much Beer! They had free beer, a few of the guys had made some BIG batches of home brewed beer, so I had a few glasses... a lot of a few glasses. Damn that was good beer. I finally crashed out around midnight, but that's not the end of the night by far. Around 2:30 I woke up to the sound of a bunch of drunk people singing along with a guitar. I was tired... I was fscking tired... so I rolled over and thought about going back to sleep, but they sang 3 or 4 songs in a row, so I figured I'd join them. I got up, put my pants, socks, and shoes on, pulled on a sweater, grabbed my guitar and headed for the sound of the singing. I don't exactly remember what we sang, but I was out there for about 90 minutes and it was a lot of fun. Then I went back to bed.

Last night was COLD! Bloody fscking freezing COLD! My sleeping bag wasn't really cutting it, but what was really bad was when I woke up at 7:30 and had to pee really bad. I tried to ignore it, I tried to roll over and go back to sleep... but I just couldn't do it! Grudgingly I pulled off the sleeping bag and hopped into my pants as fast as possible. Ran to the port-a-potty, took a piss and then climbed back into bed and slept until about 10:30.

This morning they had a full pancake breakfast to send us off with. And I mean a FULL pancake breakfast. Fruit, juice, coffee, pancakes, chocolate-chip pancakes, syrup, butter, sausage links, bacon, eggs. It was artery cloggingly delicious! After breakfast I packed up, said good bye to my new friends and headed on home. Oh, but the story isn't done yet....

I stopped at the Speedway on the way out of town to get some petroleum distillates and a cup of /real/ coffee. I gas up the bus then drive it out of the way of the pumps while I go get my coffee. At that point I didn't quite understand why everyone was looking at me funny; I didn't see my hair in a mirror until later (see above pix) and I realize now I probably smelled funky.

Anyway, I get my coffee, head back to the bus, turn the key, push the button and it starts and then stalls. I push the gas, and it starts and runs really rough and when I let go it stalls. I run the starter and it turns over really awkwardly in an unsmooth fashion like it /almost/ starts but just doesn't get there. I go back and start jiggling wires, a bit frantically. After a few minutes of that I calm down and just take a good /look/ at the engine. Right there in the middle, a big ol' vacuum hose came undone. $100 says that's the problem. The real issue, though, is that the place where that hose plugs in is cracked, so I'll have to eventually replace that fitting. Interestingly enough, though, I suspect that cracked fitting is the cause of the strange idle issue I've been having; so I guess she was just trying to show me where to look. [Big Grin]

Wow, that's a long post... but yeah, over all I had an AMAZING time! And so much beer! And now my left wrist feels weird becuase I miss the wristband....

I can't wait for next year! [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted May 19, 2008 13:55      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sounds like a really good weekend. [Big Grin] [Applause]

...and the smoky, white smelly thing? I believe they are usually referred to as "smudge sticks". My understanding is that using smudge sticks (bunches of sage bound together) is a purification ceremony popular amongst modern pagans but shamelessly stolen from Indigenous American culture, although the use of sanctified smoke is known in many and varied religious traditions. And, if the right varieties of sage are used, then the smoke can produce true psychoactive effects - in exactly the same way that many Christian denominations use incense (Styrax benzoin) in their ceremonies.

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Icon 1 posted May 19, 2008 15:46      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
MMKK rocking out to sage smoke and patchoulli oil. Damn hippies.

And there is nothing like a nappy dread cap to keep the wild hair under control.

[Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted May 20, 2008 10:41      Profile for YaYawoman     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
so are you going totally hippiechic and letting your hair grow out to your butt? I remember visiting my dad for weekends, he lived in an area where the left-over early 70's hippies lived. I cant picture you dressed as they were. hahahaha. I am glad to see you had lots of fun.
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Icon 1 posted May 20, 2008 12:09      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by YaYaWoman:
so are you are.... letting your hair grow out to your butt?.... I can't picture you dressed as they (hippies) were.

Oh no??? It's only a matter of time...... [Big Grin]


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Icon 1 posted May 20, 2008 12:13      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Spake Grummash:
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My understanding is that using smudge sticks (bunches of sage bound together) is a purification ceremony popular amongst modern pagans but shamelessly stolen from Indigenous American culture, although the use of sanctified smoke is known in many and varied religious traditions.
Yes, sage, somehow I thought it was sage but i just wasn't sure. "Let my prayer be set forth as incense before thee; The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice." -- Paslm 141:2

Sayeth CommanderShroom:
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MMKK rocking out to sage smoke and patchoulli oil. Damn hippies.

And there is nothing like a nappy dread cap to keep the wild hair under control.

Damn hippies, indeed. [Razz] The nappy dread cap will come in due time... which brings me to...

YaYawoman Inquisited:
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so are you going totally hippiechic and letting your hair grow out to your butt?
Yes, sort of.. it will be in dreads long before it reaches my butt... hopefully by the end of summer. [Smile]

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Yes, I'm still a geek... here's my mileage graph so far this year... I'm still trying to figure out where my 13MPG tank came from...

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hahaha grummash that was great. Bring the beard down to mid chest and make the hair a bit longer and that is the spitting image of my dad during those times.hehehehe wow.
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Icon 1 posted May 21, 2008 10:31      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
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Wait... where's the dreads?! Does anyone else think that this pic makes me look like Cat Stevens?

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HAHA!!! I wanna go, looks like fun!!! [Big Grin]

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MMKK - I tried to do dreads, but they were too tricky. My photoshop ski11z are far from 144t! [ohwell]

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