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Post by mdmf007 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:03 pm

Hi, my names Unjon - ive been sober 16,000 days +- do they even make 40 year coins?

self control- good for you.

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Post by unjonharley » Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:22 pm

mdmf007 wrote:Hi, my names Unjon - ive been sober 16,000 days +- do they even make 40 year coins?

self control- good for you.
There are a lot one long timers out here.. I don't go out much at night, so stopped doing meeting.. I visit one long timer in a rest home..

12 step started a year before I was born..

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Post by ibdave » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:56 pm

mdmf007 wrote: do they even make 40 year coins?

The Hokey Pokey camp will give you a very cool handmade "CHIP" if you give them a few hours heads up.. 8) 8) 8)
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Post by bigbluedoggy » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:24 pm

Congratulations Unjon! Makin my 22 years as of June 20 pale in comparison... not even half as many! Something good to aspire too though!
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Post by unjonharley » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:14 am

bigbluedoggy wrote:Congratulations Unjon! Makin my 22 years as of June 20 pale in comparison... not even half as many! Something good to aspire too though!
Please do not let any ones star out shine your own..

I post my date only to wittness.. A person can choise a new path to enjoy lifes adventures without the distructive powers of addition.

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Post by Marvo » Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:35 pm

Hokey Pokey Camp will be glad to give you a Chip and A Cake Ujon if you would like. Just say when and it's done. Last year we did give a 40 year Chip to Archie from Hayward his first time there and what a time was had. Anyone that whats us to give them a cake and a chip let us know and John the baker can do it. life is great Marvo

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Post by betrdanevr » Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:29 pm

unjonharley wrote:Meeting Naked...

Top Ten Reasons To Go To a Meeting Naked...
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1. Your Sponsor is always yelling, "I wanna see your ass in the meeting by 8:00!"
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2. Can take advantage of Beach meetings to work on your tan.
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3. "I can't put a dollar in the basket I left my wallet in my pants."
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4. To stop those creepy addicts from looking down your blouse.
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5. You no longer need to share "intellectually" to be noticed.
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6. So that with a little help you can add "exotic dancer" to your exaggerated story.
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7. People stop asking to borrow your pens after they've seen where you keep them.
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8. Diverts attention from the fact that you also came to the meeting high.
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9. Gives "bad hair day" a whole new meaning.
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10. No one steals your chair.
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:D Hilarious!

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Post by Marvo » Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:07 pm

A couple of our main people can't make it this year so we have a couple of extra spots for someone who is clean and sober and can be in Fallon NV. on Aug. 22 and stay on the plays until Sept 1-2. If your interested you can E me at Marvo03@hughes.net for the info. Hokey Pokey Camp. Home of the Bastard Sons of Bill W. Thanks Marvo

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Post by YourFlyIsOpen » Sat Jul 26, 2008 9:13 pm

On a related note--

I am subject to DRUG TESTING for a job that is extremely difficult to obtain and which I want to keep (go ahead - let your raspberries fly). The best advice I got was to consume only food and beverage that I brought myself or that was offered by people I knew well. That method has worked for two years so far.

Thank you to everyone here who has pointed us to camps offering unadulterated refreshments!
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Post by Lassen Forge » Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:49 am

NO raspberries here - I had the same kind of job for years, and can still be "reasonably suspicion tested"...

I've also been dosed - twice. Once ruined what would have been an awesome few days in ought-five, one last year (which did not do well for my own already fubarred psyche), which (on top of another event) totally buzz-killed the burn for me... so caution is always good.

Personally, I either drink (1) at a place I intrinsically trust, watching the whatever come out of its bottle or whatever (no guarantee, but so far so good), (2) from my own bottle, or (3) from a can I watch opened in front of me with no sleight of hand.

The 2 times I got hit, I failed to do this. The second time I *knew* better but was an idjit anyway...

Caution is the better part of valor. Especially when you have to do, ahem,
"random" drug tests which are no way random...

Another thing to think about is taking the week after you plan to return from BRC off, that way it gives any illicit substance you may have inadvertently ingested (less smoke, but if you do that why bother?) to clear your system before you go back to work and take that "random drug test" that's waiting on the bosses desk...

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Post by unjonharley » Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:20 am

A man in a hot air balloon realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man below. He goes closer and yells out "excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I'd meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am!"
 
The man below says, "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering about thirty feet above the ground. You are at latitude forty-two degrees north and longitude eighty degrees  west."
 
"You must be a sponsor," says the balloonist.
 
"I am", replies the man, "How did you know."
 
"Well" says the lost man "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost."
 
The ground-man says, "you must be a sponsee."
 
The reply: "Why, yes I am, how did you know?"
 
"Well," replies the man on the ground, "You don't know where you are or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is that you are in the same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault."
 
 
 

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Post by ygmir » Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:17 pm

unjonharley wrote:A man in a hot air balloon realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man below. He goes closer and yells out "excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I'd meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am!"
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The man below says, "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering about thirty feet above the ground. You are at latitude forty-two degrees north and longitude eighty degrees� west."
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"You must be a sponsor," says the balloonist.
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"I am", replies the man, "How did you know."
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"Well" says the lost man "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost."
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The ground-man says, "you must be a sponsee."
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The reply: "Why, yes I am, how did you know?"
�
"Well," replies the man on the ground, "You don't know where you are or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is that you are in the same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault."
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seems I've heard that joke, but, different antagonist/protagonist.........

still good, though......
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Post by mdmf007 » Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:22 pm

I love that joke

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Post by roots_revolution » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:36 pm

WOO-HOO! I've got 16 months clean! I'm totally stoked to hear there are other "clean" burners :). I was thinking I'd have to forego the festivities to preserve my recovery but now I see how silly it was to think there wouldn't be recovery in the vibrant creative community that is BURNING MAN!!! ;)
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Post by klondike_bar » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:00 pm

all power to those of you that can resist alcohol.

however, im not that kind of person.
I understand the gift economy, but just how does one go about recieving drinks or (more preferably) mind-altering substances within the city?

Is barter expected, are they given out of the blue?
Obviously ill learn quickly come september, but the curiosity is killing me. There are as many stories mentioning drug use as thier are not.

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Post by bigbluedoggy » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:22 pm

Hey Klondike! You might wish to ask this in a thread that isn't about staying sober on the playa... lol. Or just make a new thread! You are likely to get better answers.
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Post by gyre » Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:52 am

No barter.
Gift economy is misleading.
It's really just universal reciprocity.

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Post by somekind » Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:10 am

klondike_bar wrote:a
I understand the gift economy, but just how does one go about recieving drinks or (more preferably) mind-altering substances within the city?

Is barter expected, are they given out of the blue?
Obviously ill learn quickly come september, but the curiosity is killing me. There are as many stories mentioning drug use as thier are not.

If someone offers you drugs, it's a cop.
If someone asks you for drugs, it's a cop.
If someone fucks you for drugs, it's not a cop.
http://burningmanvideos2007.blogspot.com/

If someone offers you drugs, it's a cop.
If someone asks you for drugs, it's a cop.
If someone fucks you for drugs, it's not a cop.

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Post by klondike_bar » Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:36 pm

sorry to post such comments in an anti-drug thread, but i did not feel it warranted its own thread (and this is the thread about sobriety)

all outside sources seem to promote it as "desert woodstock" (idiots), while the inside sources seem to only refer to the art and events

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Post by theCryptofishist » Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:46 pm

There are plenty of threads about drugs if you dig.

Heck, the outsiders of the Boyscout Jamboree would say it was about drugs if they took off those uniforms and ran around naked. Maybe it's best to take press about counterculture events with a bit of salt.
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Post by gyre » Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:03 pm

All the drugs at burning man are distributed by cops trying to chum for "the big dealers".
Just don't barter or exchange and turn their generous gifts into a transaction.
If you need drugs there, you're not paying attention yet anyway.


Went to an event at a girls scout camp off season once.
It was between things, but had a lot of very bored counselors.
They showed up to party when they got the chance.
They were quite lively for girl scouts.
We were banned for life.

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Post by LEVLHED » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:19 pm

will be my second burn this year.
first burn (04) was spent in a misguided "last hurrah" that was to be the end of my using forever, problem was I hadn't really made a plan and the whole thing was big frustrating mess with no end of using in sight. horrible

until

Sunday afternoon I went to the absolutely stunning Temple of the Stars with the intention of finally doing *something* about it and found Hokey Pokey Camp's 12 step ladder. It was like an exquisite divine synchronistic turn of fate which brought me to my knees with a black sharpie writing my deepest true desire on Step One.

I've been clean ever since and absolutely dying to get back.

woohoo! This year it finally happens!!
To say I am looking forward to it is more than an understatement.

Tonight after my meeting I was speaking with a brother in recovery, I think I just might have him on board. Hopefully he's read this thread now that I've linked him to it:)
2004 & 2009 & 2011

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Post by unjonharley » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:33 am

Welcome home to Black Rock City has an extra meaning to us that come home to be sober on the playa

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Post by Captain Goddammit » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:15 am

I'll admit to avoiding my own margaritas while driving the Land Yacht.
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Really?

Post by Gizmostarr » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:17 am

[quote=
If someone offers you drugs, it's a cop.
If someone asks you for drugs, it's a cop.
If someone fucks you for drugs, it's not a cop.[/b][/quote]

Really? If someone OFFERS you drugs, it's a cop?!!
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Post by AntiM » Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:31 am

Yes, offers. I was offered acid by a guy who was trip sitting a mostly nekkid gal... she was too cliched stoned for me to trust either of them (oooh, pretty lights, shiny, my first time...). I helpfully sharpied her camp address on her arms, gave her a blinkie and sent them on their way. I won't take drugs from strangers.

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Post by Boijoy » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:27 am

Anti. the ablsolute LAST person in the world I would imagine taking acid, would be you. Like me... you require "some" control over yourself.. :)
can you imagine flitting around the playa looking at "sparklies"?? :lol:
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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:05 am

I can. AntiM embraces life in many forms. Few of them cloying.
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Post by AntiM » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:38 pm

I adore sparklies and I was a teenager in the 70s. What more do you want?

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Post by burningrawhide » Sun May 17, 2009 9:27 pm

Hey family

I'm a veteran burner going back to the playa clean and sober for the first time this year (took a 4 year hiatus while getting my life back on track).

Does anyone know of any sober camps or cool sober people or 12 step meetings on the playa? I'm looking to get some support and connect with people who might be on a similar path.

Thank you!!!!!

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