Decorating Pete

So since all my plans to bring Dolly to the playa have been cancelled, I’m taking Pete – my friend Tejas’ 10′ x 14′ two room tent.

Pete will need some decorating in order to cheer me up from my funk over not taking Dolly, when I had excellent decoration plans for her.

Pete, though sturdy and comfortable, is not very flamboyant or fun, as is.  So Pete is getting a makeover.

Feel free to comment, if you have ideas.

First of all, Pete is getting decorated with fairy lights.  See those external poles?  Well they’re going to get decked out like a fucking Christmas tree with them, in blue, green, and purple.

Just because those are my favorite colors, I decided to run with them.

I will also have a 20′ x 20′ silver canopy over Pete, giving us shade and respite from the heat, however small.

See?  Quite boring.  But when I jazz it up with 12 paper lanterns (which have battery powered lights), and some festive pennant banners, it starts to look a little more cheery.


And of course, the inside of my tent needs a little love too.  I’ve decided that I’m going to start by decorating Pete’s ceiling with a disco ball and some white fairy lights.  Flip on the switch for the lights, give the ball a twist and voila!  Instant disco party fever.

disco ball


Yeah, I can feel the magic starting to happen.  Pete’s going to be a little love tent, that’s for sure!

Bow chicka wow wow…

Dolly is staying home from Burning Man

Yes, it’s true.

I’m not taking my tent trailer to Burning Man.

My friend Tejas came over and took a look around and basically RAINED ALL OVER MY PARADE.

And even though he was probably right, I still wish he’d embraced the Burning Man spirit of making the impossible, possible.

Tejas is an engineer, and he is pragmatic and analytical. He’s the quintessential devil’s advocate. Just like my father.

Whereas I am creative and emotional. I’m the quintessential dreamer.

Yes, I know Dolly needed some work, but couldn’t he envision her the way I envisioned her – as a source of respite, color, and comfort on the playa?

Tejas felt my sadness over giving up Dolly. He offered the use of his tent from last year – a big 10’ x 14’ two room tent I have nicknamed Pete.

So it’ll be me and Pete on the playa.

There are several benefits to taking Pete to Burning Man instead of Dolly.

  • I don’t have to worry about towing Pete to and from the playa.
  • There’s less set up time with Pete.
  • I save money by using Pete.
  • I can ride up to Burning Man in Tejas’ RV The Motorbeast.
  • I can ride the Burner Express to Reno, visit my sister, then fly home.
  • There are much fewer things to worry about breaking.

So Pete has his benefits. It’s only the dreamer in me who envisioned Dolly all decked out on the playa, with fairy lights, new curtains, pennant banners, and disco balls who is disappointed with this turn of events.

I imagine I’ll be taking Dolly out to camp in the coming months just to prove to myself that I can do it and that Dolly can make it in perhaps less extreme environments.

But I’m sad.

Truly sad.