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Discussion: Most of this made me chuckle...

in: bbrooke; bbrooke > 2023-06-03

Jun 5, 2023 3:17 AM # 
.....probably not the bits you were thinking about. Americans and British are very different. This highlighted all of those differences.
Jun 5, 2023 6:22 AM # 
Do the British like to poop in buckets and camp in cold rain...?
Jun 5, 2023 11:42 AM # 
I think that's a step up from normal life for them. Like a luxury vacation.
Jun 5, 2023 12:24 PM # 
The only time I recall sleeping in my car on the way to orienteering was driving from Atlanta to Alabama the night before a middle WRE at Oak Mountain. I came second, IIRC about a minute behind a visiting member of the Finnish B squad and about a minute ahead of the next North American, in probably one of a handful of my best lifetime races -running hard the whole way without making any errors above the threshold I'd notice. YMMV. It's almost surprising in retrospect I didn't try making sleeping in cars a standard part of my race prep.
Jun 5, 2023 4:00 PM # 
I used to sleep in my car quite a bit. The first time I went to West Point, I got there late, and didn't see the sign at the entrance to Camp Buckner that they had moved the event center to Camp Natural Bridge. So I pulled into the parking lot, and there was nobody around. I had signed up to stay in the barracks, but I had no option but to spend Friday night in my car. With almost every car that I've owned, that would have been no problem. But the car I was driving at that point was one of these:
Jun 5, 2023 7:00 PM # 
I slept in my Dodge Shadow at a Kentucky rest area in May 1998 on my long drive from Alabama to Gay City.
Jun 6, 2023 3:18 AM # 
The back of my Crosstrek sounds luxurious compared to all that. :-P
Jun 6, 2023 6:36 PM # 
Brooke, next time I see you I'll tell you something that'll make you wince. By the way have you seen the star urinals that are all the rage in the UK/Europe? When my wife saw them, she almost fell over laughing.
Jun 6, 2023 7:28 PM # 
If you're talking about what I think you are, I saw them at Jukola a few years ago. I can see how they fill a need, but they do seem strange to the uninitiated.
Jun 6, 2023 9:34 PM # 
Yep. I first saw them at WMOC at the Danish parliament. Zero attempt to hide them from the opposite sex. Now they're all over music festivals in the UK.
Before portaloos. UK O events used to dig a 3' deep trench with a tarp around it. I remember doing the KIMM (OMM) when I was 18. At the overnight campsite all the males were doing their daily constitutionals. Some "ladies" were finishing up breakfast and casually chatted over the canvas to my neighbour. I'm not a shy lad, but that crossed the boundary. Pants up.....trotted off.
Jun 7, 2023 3:17 AM # 
I experienced the trenches in Switzerland in 1991, with wooden stakes driven into the ground alongside that both served as a holder for the roll of paper, and as something that you could hold onto while dangling your nether regions out over the trench.
Jun 7, 2023 12:51 PM # 
@Guisborough1, I saw them there too, and I iirc Brooke did as well.

With a proper accessory women could use them as well but personally, I'd be uncomfortable face to face with someone of the opposite sex.
Jun 8, 2023 12:01 AM # 
Multiple times in the past I had to use forest in an emergency so I always take
a good-quality paper towel with me (toilet paper gets wet/soft in the pocket). I always tried to cover with branches, rocks --whatever available --to prevent others to step in. But what if it's open Colorado desert? Then you have to dig a hole, with your claws, like a fox.

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