Wed. Apr. 19, 8:15 p.m.: Time to start setting up camp. Scoutmaster's arriving, fellow campers as well. Now we have to break down the tables in the conference room.
Nature sounds coming through the walls. Either that, or it's the board meeting.
8:40 p.m.: Question arises: Is it okay to watch Lost on a camping trip? Better question: Is the cable fixed yet?
8:45: Two campers already MIA. Doesn't bode well.
9:00: Maybe it's time to explain to those of you reading who have no idea what's going on here. In conjunction with the Planet's upcoming Summer Guide, which is all about having fun without ever going outside, we're camping in. The office. Overnight. Scoutmaster Wayne Garcia is setting up a tent by the mailboxes, and ops editor Joe Bardi, resplendent in orange camo, has already pitched his in the conference room. And the womenfolk have gone a-foraging, scarfing up plates of food left over from the board meeting next door. And so far, not a mosquito in sight.
9:05: Copy editor Anne to senior editor Eric: "So Eric, you wanna do some knots?"
9:30: Joe has the fire — Ambient Fire #6, to be exact — stoked up on the DVD. We're ready to huddle close to the screen and warm our hands.