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elizabeth  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 20, 2018

Yeah, I've been reading through the green dot training for the past couple days and it's been super helpful. In retrospect I think I did well, the only thing that would have been better would have been being completely sober to be more grounded. But that was not something in my control at the time.

It wasn't my first BM event, but I think I've learned more from it than from the full week at black rock city last year. Or maybe it just seems that way since it's so fresh in my mind still...

elizabeth  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 20, 2018

Went to a regional Burning Man event this weekend. Our camp served 150+ bowls of awesomely prepared ramen, it was a massive success :)

My friend had a minor acid related freakout on the last night and I stayed with him during that time. He told me I did well, but I feel I could have done better if I knew what to do in such situations (or if I was more sober myself). Reading up on some resources now. Really want to do the Ranger training next time it's available.

" It's Canada trying to raise it's high protectionist barrier even higher on things like maple syrup and other good"

Are you FUCKING kidding me? Talk about loosing the galaxy for the grains of sand. As a Canadian, my apologies for really souring the political climate with our ruthless maple syrup tarifs.

A quote that stuck with me about capitalism is something along the lines of "There is a lot of work to be done in the world, and the fact it's not reflected as jobs is a big failing of the system". There is a huge gap IMO between the work that needs to be done on this planet (cleaning our oceans, planting forests, educating people, healing people) the jobs people do. The financial incentives are skewed in a terrible direction and it's a shame.

elizabeth  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 6, 2018

But then again The Khmer empire was a big deal... and it's oppressively hot and humid there. I don't think I've ever been that hot in my entire life. I'd wake up in the middle of the night to stand under the shower and then lie spread eagle under the fan so I can cool down for 5 minutes. I drank 3L of water in 3 hours, without even needing to go to the bathroom when visiting Angkor Temples. When it's 45 degrees in the shadow and you see construction workers digging a ditch, you realize you're just a pussy westerner and you have no right to complain about the heat ever again. How they build a massive empire there is beyond my understanding. And it's not like they were building the pyramids in a temperate climate either.

elizabeth  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 6, 2018

Great tips, thanks! I'll try to read up a bit more about the places we visit. I usually have a little spiel about the prohibition and how it relates to Montreal but I keep it short since most people on my tour are Americans. Didn't know you used to run tours like this. You really did a lot of different things eh!?

We've been running the tour for a while, so the bartenders know us already and are great sports about it. If they can, they try to keep an open seated spot for us :) However, to get a "specialty" drink or even a smaller version of a drink, they can't really do much about it. I need to speak to a manager for that. I'm going to ask the bartenders tonight if they would consider splitting a cocktail into 7 "shots". This way, we'd be paying for 4 drinks (we visit 4 bars) instead of 7 and the people would get a taste of the signature drink at every place. It's more work for them, but even if we tip generously we come up on top expense-wise.

You have any wild stories from your tour guide days? Where was that? I'm guessing somewhere in the UK?

elizabeth  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 6, 2018

I've been reading the Pub, but haven't written in a while. I've been back from my travels for some weeks now and it was hectic catching up with life in the beginning. Not sure if I've shared the coolest day of our trip on here:

So this summer, we have decided to give Speakeasy Bar tours with my friend through AirBNB:

It's been going REALLY well, but I'm under no illusion it's gonna die down at the end of the season. It's been fun, challenging and I've had a number of crazy experiences already that keep it from becoming boring. Last week, a group of 5 cousins win the crown. I had a 60 year old lady flash her boobs 3 times (before we started drinking mind you), she also mistakenly invited her recovering alcoholic cousin and her claustrophobic sister that could not go down to the basement bars. It was a shitshow, but so much fun!

The "free drink" is the last thing left to figure out. The first place has 18$ drinks on the menu and it's been killing the profits. We gotta make a deal with a nice terrasse somehow, but finding who to talk to has been a challenge. Any tips on how to approach this?

You guys are my favourite secret Pub ❤️

It's a hot topic - Reply All just did an episode about rehab centers in Florida and how they would funnel in clients from all over America using online marketing:

elizabeth  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 9, 2018

Getting the flu while traveling sucks. But I’m feeling better now, and going to Berlin tomorrow! Last week in Europe- I’ll make the best of it :)

Awesome! The pussification of society in the name of “children’s safety “ has been annoying me with our modern world. It’s like there are so many rules now in case someone gets hurt that we live within those rule boxes and stop paying attention. And then people get hurt so we add more protections and rules. And that’s when people pay even less attention and fall on the subway tracks while texting. Maybe we should install a glass panel there, so people don’t fall?

I swear I almost had a meltdown the other day when about 30 people stood at the red light, waiting for it to be green. While the one way road they were waiting to cross was actually blocked off from traffic for the weekend...

I volunteer at a summer camp and maybe it’s my bias showing but the kids have become oddly obedient to the point there are no more night prank wars unless specifically allowed and encouraged to do so :( we didn’t need permission to go cover the boys with toothpaste!

Urgh I feel like a grumpy old man now, but I had to get this odd mess of thoughts out.

Seeing kids roam free in the Ukrainian village a couple weeks back really made me happy. Maybe there’s hope

elizabeth  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 18, 2018

Welding seems like so much fun. I've talked my boyfriend's father into teaching me how to weld, and I've tried for the first time a couple days ago. It was so much fun! I can't wait to try again until I'm not garbage anymore :) Who knew I'd someday be welding some rusted metal in a Ukrainian village...

elizabeth  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 18, 2018

It's been one full week of daily travel vlogs for me! Currently in Kiev, going to Odessa next followed by Lviv, Warsaw and Berlin. It's a bit exhausting, but i'm loving it right now.

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