12 blue led necklaces with chasing, flashing lights
2 Red, White, and Blue bicycles with glow-in-the-dark stars
42 Round, magnetic, LED button lights in red, white, and blue
4 LED ear lights
2 LED hand-held, crank operated, flashlights
5 strings of solar-powered LED white Xmas-type lights
50 glo-stick bracelets
50 glo-stick necklaces
100 hand-held regular glo-sticks in various colors
2 Bicycle headlights
2 Bicycle taillights
3 Tubes glow-in-the-dark paint
4 "Glowbys": fiber optic lighted hair ornaments
2 MURS band hand-held radios
Many shiny rocks and a gold leaf pen to paint Chinese/Japanese characters on to give away
And um ... some food and ... some water ... and stuff, I think.
il3415li thinks I went overboard with the lights, but I'm telling you, I'm gonna get LIT at Burning Man, my friends. That's right, you'll be able to see me for MILES in the darkness of the playa. I shall roam the desert on my red-white-and-blue "American Dream" bicycle and no man shall be my equal! Soon, I shall conquer the WORLD!!!
Okay, scratch the conquer thing. That's for later -- after Burning man.
I should expand a little bit more on the bike, I think. We found three broken-down mountain bikes at a garage sale for $15, and managed to make two working ones out of them. We also got a cheap mountain bike at K-Mart, which is going out of business here. This was going to be sufficient, until I read a newsletter from the Burning Man folks which said something like, "The best way to prevent your bike from being stolen is to decorate it in a unique fashion."
I tried to ignore this. I really, truly did. But it kept niggling about in the back of my head for weeks -- "decorate the bike." "Make it unique." That, combined with the Burning Man theme of "The American Dream" inevitably led to me buying several cans of red, white, and blue spray paint.
More when I return ... see y'all next week!