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3 Things you were hesitant to do, but did.

Post by StickyChron » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:19 pm

Tell me three things from past years you were either hesitant or scared to do, but did anyway and had a great experience because of it.

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Post by TomServo » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:23 pm

talk to strangers, talk to strangers, listen to strangers.
anything worth doing is worth overdoing..

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Post by StickyChron » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:33 pm

TomServo wrote:talk to strangers, talk to strangers, listen to strangers.
These are at the top of my list. :D

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Post by TomServo » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:37 pm

StickyChron wrote:
TomServo wrote:talk to strangers, talk to strangers, listen to strangers.
These are at the top of my list. :D
It wont be hard on the playa. Just be open! And remember, we are all idiots!...camping in the desert!
anything worth doing is worth overdoing..

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Post by StickyChron » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:49 pm

For the days I'm just chillin out on the playa I'm making shirts with clever limericks for people to read and talk to me about. :lol: 8)

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Post by C.f.M. » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:53 pm

TomServo wrote:
StickyChron wrote:
TomServo wrote:talk to strangers, talk to strangers, listen to strangers.
These are at the top of my list. :D
It wont be hard on the playa. Just be open! And remember, we are all idiots!...camping in the desert!
I found it pretty hard. People were way, way less...."friendly" than I was expecting, my first year.

...I can't really think of 3 things.

I was hesitant to go BACK, for my second year. I'm always hesitant to talk to people. I'm paralyzed by shyness, more often than not. I was hesitant to go to the MnG. There, that's three!

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Post by StickyChron » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:57 pm

I just plan on being as friendly, loud and vivacious as possible. Being highly inebriated the majority of the time will help this too.

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Post by Elderberry » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:01 pm

C.f.M. wrote:
TomServo wrote:
StickyChron wrote: These are at the top of my list. :D
It wont be hard on the playa. Just be open! And remember, we are all idiots!...camping in the desert!
I found it pretty hard. People were way, way less...."friendly" than I was expecting, my first year.

...I can't really think of 3 things.

I was hesitant to go BACK, for my second year. I'm always hesitant to talk to people. I'm paralyzed by shyness, more often than not. I was hesitant to go to the MnG. There, that's three!
Shy? You weren't shy when I met you. You were down right rude. No wonder you thought people weren't friendly, it might have been you.
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Post by teardropper » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:37 pm

TomServo wrote:talk to strangers, talk to strangers, listen to strangers.
Yeah. I found all you had to do was START the conversation. People seem real eager to talk. It's had that effect in my default life.

Mixer. I can't stress enough that you should bring more than you think you'll need. And if you can't use it, by Thursday or Friday, there are plenty of bars that can.

Blinkies and other lights that keep you seen when out late. Whether biking or walking you need to be lit, and glow sticks don't really do very much. I buy them regularly.

And, of course, more alcohol. I buy alcohol, like many playa things, over the course of the year. Spreads the pain.
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Post by Dr Jet Sinister » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:46 pm

C.f.M. wrote:
TomServo wrote:
StickyChron wrote: These are at the top of my list. :D
It wont be hard on the playa. Just be open! And remember, we are all idiots!...camping in the desert!
I found it pretty hard. People were way, way less...."friendly" than I was expecting, my first year.

...I can't really think of 3 things.

I was hesitant to go BACK, for my second year. I'm always hesitant to talk to people. I'm paralyzed by shyness, more often than not. I was hesitant to go to the MnG. There, that's three!
I'm so glad you did. :D

It's not unheard of for shy to come off as rude, it's a socially awkward thing.
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Post by Trishntek » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:05 pm

C.f.M. wrote:
TomServo wrote:
StickyChron wrote: These are at the top of my list. :D
It wont be hard on the playa. Just be open! And remember, we are all idiots!...camping in the desert!
I found it pretty hard. People were way, way less...."friendly" than I was expecting, my first year.

...I can't really think of 3 things.

I was hesitant to go BACK, for my second year. I'm always hesitant to talk to people. I'm paralyzed by shyness, more often than not. I was hesitant to go to the MnG. There, that's three!
And here all this time I figgered you "kept your distance" for whatever reason. Now I realize you truly had to make an effort,,,, and that touches my heart!
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Re: 3 Things you were hesitant to do, but did.

Post by Trishntek » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:10 pm

StickyChron wrote:Tell me three things from past years you were either hesitant or scared to do, but did anyway and had a great experience because of it.
Hesitate? SCARED?! Try it! You'll like it!! DoIt!!! JUST FUCKIN' DO IT!!!
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Post by Kinetik V » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:17 pm

The big ass slide, talking to strangers, and definitely talking to strangers.

The slide was awesome and the people I've met just by pushing beyond my comfort zone have changed my life. And still do.
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Post by hookahdude » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:20 pm

1) sleep - I didn't want to miss anything...
2) leave - had to go back before Brigadoon disappeared and left me stranded in limbo...
3) initiate conversations - once started it was easy - in many ways it helped me shed my non-playa skin just by walkiing up to people and start a conversation about, well anything. My favorite approach was stolen from a movie - forget which one - but just walking up to people and announcing "Hi, I'm Iconoclast! Damn glad to meet you!!" then grabbing their hand and shaking it.. Some reacted well, others thought I was fucking with them. I was terrified at first, but after I did it a few times, I was less reluctant. :D
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Post by teardropper » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:29 pm

The slide...
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Post by Trishntek » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:34 pm

hookahdude wrote:1) sleep - I didn't want to miss anything...
2) leave - had to go back before Brigadoon disappeared and left me stranded in limbo...
3) initiate conversations - once started it was easy - in many ways it helped me shed my non-playa skin just by walkiing up to people and start a conversation about, well anything. My favorite approach was stolen from a movie - forget which one - but just walking up to people and announcing "Hi, I'm Iconoclast! Damn glad to meet you!!" then grabbing their hand and shaking it.. Some reacted well, others thought I was fucking with them. I was terrified at first, but after I did it a few times, I was less reluctant. :D
We had a great conversation starter. "Hey! Ya wanna suck Superman's cock? He has kryptonite kum! It's ABSINTHE!"

That was a pretty good ice-breaker with strangers. If they did not want to converse and just kept walking,,,, "WHAT ARE YOU? SOME KINDA HOMOPHOBE?" Some conversations go better than others.

After doing that all week, pretty much any interaction with strangers comes about pretty easy. I'm offering now an opportunity for those of you who have difficulty starting a conversation to come and hawk cock with us for a few hours. Your shyness will fade like an overheated Polaroid.
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Post by Fufa » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:46 pm

1. deciding to buy a ticket and go in the first place (took a bit for my boyfriend to convince me that it was an awesome endeavour to undertake). I'm so glad he did.

2. letting go of the feeling that I need to be concerned about what others think of me. Now I carry that into my everyday life (except when not socially appropriate), and do whatever makes me happy!

3. walkin' around topless and getting body painted for the first time! :D


Still need to work on the talking to strangers part....
Its a bit hit and miss.

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Post by maryanimal » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:27 pm

1. Learning to snowboard. it was a blast!

2. Fly. I had a mantra I'd say everytime we'd take off and land. Now I can fly with little or no anxiety.

3. Meeting someone for the first time. You never know who or what you'll meet!
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Post by Turnip » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:54 am

I may or may not have been hesitant to try mushrooms and I may or may not have ended up greatly regretting that decision that I may or may not have made when the paranoia that may or may not have set in after I may or may not have eaten the mushrooms.
God Please, don't make me make myself look like a moron...

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Post by Malachi Constant » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:10 am

Turnip wrote:I may or may not have been hesitant to try mushrooms and I may or may not have ended up greatly regretting that decision that I may or may not have made when the paranoia that may or may not have set in after I may or may not have eaten the mushrooms.
-I may or may not have decided to have messed with Turnip whilst he was on mushrooms.
-My friends may or may have not had tried to dis-way me, saying he was just an innocent guy minding his own business on mushrooms, so leave him be.
-I may, or may not have chased him around anyway with a makeshift flamethrower screaming at the top of my lungs "DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!".

Sorry if that was you.

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Post by Turnip » Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:14 am

Malachi Constant wrote:
Turnip wrote:I may or may not have been hesitant to try mushrooms and I may or may not have ended up greatly regretting that decision that I may or may not have made when the paranoia that may or may not have set in after I may or may not have eaten the mushrooms.
-I may or may not have decided to have messed with Turnip whilst he was on mushrooms.
-My friends may or may have not had tried to dis-way me, saying he was just an innocent guy minding his own business on mushrooms, so leave him be.
-I may, or may not have chased him around anyway with a makeshift flamethrower screaming at the top of my lungs "DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!".

Sorry if that was you.


(Insert "may or may not haves" as needed.)

God, that would have killed me.

But no, not me, I swear!
Especially considering I'm not a "he" :wink:

My boyfriend and other camp mate did refuse to escort me to the potty, though. And halfway there some people who very obviously meant well were asking me if I was okay (to which I answered "Fine, just cold.")because I was walking hunched over and holding myself and offered me a blanket was very nice of them but I about lost my shit right there.
God Please, don't make me make myself look like a moron...

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:25 am

Well, there was that young lady in the mud pit back in '96....

:roll:

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Post by melodiousdirge » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:37 am

Trishntek wrote:I'm offering now an opportunity ... to come and hawk cock with us for a few hours.
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Post by MoonSplash » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:40 pm

1. Dressing "differently."

I would not normally wear blinged out bug-eyed sunglasses, a pink tutu 24 hrs a day, or bare my tits in public. But I'm glad I did at Burning Man.

2. Talk to strangers.

Normally I'm pretty shy, and being around a ton of people who are much more out-going than me was a little overwhelming at first. Then I decided to think of people at BM more as individuals rather than one giant seething scary mass of people, and that helped break my shyness. I'm glad I did at Burning Man.

3. Let go of stereotypes.

There aren't any at Burning Man. Somebody is always going to be younger, older, fatter, skinnier, richer, poorer, more drunk, high, sober, more creative etc. etc. etc. than you. Once I stopped comparing myself to others and just remembered to me just me, just Moonsplash, my Burning Man world got infinitely better. I'm glad I did this at Burning Man.

Let me add one more thing....

4. Volunteer.

I volunteered at AirPlaya last year, greeting complete strangers at the Reno airport. LOVED THIS. By far one of the best volunteer experiences I have ever had in my life - just seeing the excitement of people coming back "home", soothing the nerves of birgins, and helping to sort out problems for people (ride shares, hotel rooms, what to buy, how to get to the nearest INSERT ANYTHING HERE...) - loved it, loved it, loved it.

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Post by Turnip » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:46 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Well, there was that young lady in the mud pit back in '96....

:roll:
I was 8 years old in '96...

:roll:
God Please, don't make me make myself look like a moron...

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:54 pm

Turnip wrote:
Ugly Dougly wrote:Well, there was that young lady in the mud pit back in '96....

:roll:
I was 8 years old in '96...

:roll:
Unless you were freakishly well-endowed back then, it wasn't you... ;)

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Post by Trishntek » Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:49 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:
Turnip wrote:
Ugly Dougly wrote:Well, there was that young lady in the mud pit back in '96....

:roll:
I was 8 years old in '96...

:roll:
Unless you were freakishly well-endowed back then, it wasn't you... ;)
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by teardropper » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:13 pm

Turnip wrote:
Ugly Dougly wrote:Well, there was that young lady in the mud pit back in '96....

:roll:
I was 8 years old in '96...

:roll:
I must have been younger then...
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Post by tamarakay » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:47 pm

this is a very reassuring thread. kenman has a touch of social anxiety and i've been a bit overwhelmed at how creative and smart you all are.
please everyone come to the meet & greet, i so want to actually meet you.
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