Took a day off from running yesterday due to overdoing the beer the night before, but the GI problems persisted today and I jogged into town anyway. Also tried windskating this afternoon but the wind was too light and finicky.

Slept last night in a Pro-tech Extreme sleeping bag. It kept me nice and warm until the wee hours of the morning, when I started to feel a little chill due to the condensed water inside the bag. I might have continued sleeping nonetheless, but I had to pee of course. It remains to be seen whether the thing is rugged enough to last me at Burning Man next year. I know that down is almost as lightweight, but it's not waterproof as this is supposed to be, and it can cost much more, even $300 for a quality down bag. Anyway, we'll give it a shot, and if I have to break down and buy a down bag and another sil poncho/bivy sack (I lost the last one), well, I gotta do what I gotta do. The biggest downside to this bag, so far, is the noise it makes. Shifting onto your side makes enough racket to bring every coyote within two or three miles radius.

I wish I could find some info online for recycling plastics at home. The lack of information is giving me the conspiratorialist hebejebes. About all I've found out so far is that you can burn many plastics safely (almost complete combustion) with the notable exception of PVC, at temperatures approaching 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Supplying forced air helps too. Also, Sony came up with a nice way to recycle styrofoam using citrus oil (PDF, 160k) but the process doesn't look adaptable to a backyard operation.

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