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Recipe for A Joyously Bad Idea

The raft up continued over at Jack London Square for several days after the official raft up from the previous weekend disbanded. When a friend came (we’ll leave names out of this one) at midnight and asked if I’d like to join in on burning his box truck FULL of scrap wood, I couldn’t say no. The wood was beyond salvageable. Total crap with it’s only destiny that of a bonfire. He also had a couple tanks of Gasoline that had gotten water in it. Again, it’s only real use remaining to light stuff on fire. He had scouted out a location on Google Earth that looked to provide adequate stealthiness for constructing a house sized fire that was also clear of any flammable brush. This took us to an area of marsh land near San Francisco Airport. A word of warning, people you meet in the sailing/cruising community can get you involved in some wild adventures. Since I had some fun photos from the evening, I thought I’d share them here. Here’s the basic idea for a really bad idea.

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Take one boxtruck FULL of wood

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Squish seven people in remaining nooks and crannies in said truck. Use boat fenders and shopping carts as seats. Full tanks of old gasoline as footrests.

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Drive to location scouted out via Google Earth. Ideally in the middle of nowhere with no flammable anything nearby. You may or may need special tools to gain access.

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Time to stoke your fire. In case of high winds, use pieces of flammable plywood for flame protection.

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Make sure you have a good exit strategy in case of detection by authorities.

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Once you have your house of cards built, break out the gasoline.

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And your cameras… but medium format? Nice! I knew I liked this guy.

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Now all there is to do is sit back and enjoy the show as the flames keep you warm at two am.

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This is one joyous arsonist

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Enjoying the remains of our creation.

Geoff