By Leonard The Committed
So, XDay is comin' soon, and if you are like most, you want to have as comfortable an experience in the "Wilds" of far western NY state.
The weather can range from a warm, humid tropical warmth to a dry cold
in the 40's with a heavy dew. If there's humid air around, you can
expect nights in the 60's-70's, with days going into the 90's. Be ready
for anything, including thunderstorms. Brushwood is in a "frost pocket"
and the cool air drains down from the surrounding hills to make things
chilly, most noticeably in the field. On those nights, you'll want to
get your tent buttoned up from sundown through an hour or so after. Be
sure to leave a small opening on both sides of your tent for
ventilation if you are inside. This will help keep the dew from forming
too heavily inside your tent. Have an extra pair of shoes handy for
morning if you walk through the dew. The word here is preparedness.
Dont be afraid to ask a pagan to perform a ritual to get the kind of
weather you like.
There's food on site, but I'd only count on it being there for SURE on
the weekend. It's very good and very reasonably priced. There is decent
resonably priced sit-down food in Sherman, but I seem to remember they
wern't open on the 4th last year. There is a small grocery with pretty
much all the basics you'd want also in Sherman. Sandwich makin's are
quick and easy, especially after the third day of anti-sleep. BTW, NY
meats dont look like something I care to eat, so you might want to get
that in one of the larger towns on the way if you come from the south
Block ice lasts longer than cubed ice, so get that when you can. Beer
in a cooler of crushed ice is hard to beat on a warm day, so you might
want to have two coolers handy if thats something you like. Ice is
avavilable at the campground office and in Sherman.
There's a store with basic beer choices in Sherman. Maybe someone can
reply to this and let me know where the likker is. With all the states
to choose from close by, I'm not sure where the closest likker store
is. Bring local stuff from home and trade with fellow revelers!
Flora and Fauna
Brushwood is known for it's close to nature feel. There's lots of birds
singing in the daybreak hours, and Bullfrogs that go all night. You
need to be on guard for the "locals" I've heard tales of face fucking
Bats, so be sure to get to know someone with antidote as soon as you
arrive. Ask if you need help. The Racoon's are well known for thier
ability to open practically ANY food container. Keep you cooler and
bags of food in a safe place. This is especially true of the Brushwood
Black Bears. People keeping food in their tents account for 90% of the
maulings at Brushwood every year, and I'd feel better about the event
if we could keep it under 5 this time.
Dont be like Rev Gonzo and Samhain Greystar! Make sure you put your
tent up in an area free of poison ivy. Know what it looks like and
again, dont be afraid to ask for help. Areas in and along the edges of
trees/field are the places to look especially hard if you are going to
set up there.
Fortunately there are not many. Remember, if it's illegal out there, it
is at Brushwood too. If you require quiet to get to sleep, consider
camping in the quiet area. If you are in any other area, you very
easily could have an all night party going on next to you. If you cant
deal with that, dont whine, you can always move to a quieter spot.
Anyone infringing on the slack of others will be "corrected" by the
"Goon Squad" (yours truly) and if that does'nt work, THE MAN! The idea
here is have a good time, and not ruin the good time of others. People
freaking out at what someone else is doing will not be "protected" if
said act is'nt presenting harm or the potential of harm to others. The
majority of SubGenii are as harmless as freshly nuetered kittens, but
you might want to be sure to lock up valuables in as safe a place as
possible, and dont lose your keys!
Be sure to get registered and pick up your bracelet. Register early and
often. The sooner everyone gets registered, the sooner the registrar
can get to thier own personal fun. Hope to see you all there!