The Burning Man Experience

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The Burning Man Experience

Post by JekJek » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:52 pm

The Burning Man Experience

In 120-degree weather, I was a rock star! The trip to Black Rock Desert, Nevada had taken hours and we had arrived very early the previous morning only to set up our tent and get what sleep we could before the long day of work ahead of us. We had a camp to set up which resided at 3:15 and Adapt (note the map attached), that camp would be our home for the next 10 days.
When we awoke I immediately noticed how hot my tent was, in fact this was my mother’s entire reason for waking me. I changed quickly and met the few campmates that had arrived with early-arrival passes, among them was Quick, John, Mishelle, Shew and of course my mother and I. Once acquaintances were met we all started on building our sleeping structures, a great plan because at this time the winds (which can reach up to 75 miles per hour) were trying to take off with our tent. Frantically we got our larger tent up and not only staked down but also held down by several bungee chords and heavy ropes, then continued to put ours and Mishelle’s belongings and tents inside. This kept our stuff somewhat dust free.
It is impossible to keep ANYTHING completely playa free. Playa is like very fine sand; most people have a breakdown sometime in the week, especially in their first year, because they can’t stand how dirty they are. By the time we finished with getting “homeâ€
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Post by pinemom » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:14 pm

Wow. I sometimes wish i would have written my virgin year down.


now...it is but dust in the wind~
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:08 pm

The playa is the desert, comes from the word for beach, it's not the sand or dust.

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Post by ygmir » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:21 pm

nicely written......


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Post by Ugly Dougly » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:44 pm

I need to change my prescription on these specs.

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Post by oneeyeddick » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:43 pm

Nice story kiddo !

BTW, my real name IS Dick, so you don't have to call me oneeyed-pete ever again, even for the benefit of your schoolmates eyes.
Oneeyedpete actually sounds dirtier to me, now that i said it out loud. :wink:

sorry about the emotional breakdown, it can make you sick as hell,...nerves !

I was 101.5+ degrees for my first three days of BM2008, because of similar circumstances.
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Post by Isotopia » Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:47 pm

The playa is the desert, comes from the word for beach, it's not the sand or dust.
A more descriptive definition perhaps....


playa

The Spanish word playa means "beach," "shore," or "seacoast." However throughout the Spanish-speaking world - and in the United States along the Texas Gulf coast, Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts, and southern California's Pacific coast - the word usually refers more specifically to a sandy beach. Playa is also used when describing the sandy bank along a river bend, or at the edge of a lake or pond. In a curious appropriation of the word (perhaps as a mistranslation), geologists and geographers have developed an elaborately esoteric definition of the word. Accordingly, playa refers to shallow gravel-bottomed, recharge wetlands in semiarid and arid prairies, or dry non-vegetated flat areas at the lowest sections of undrained desert basins. One might speculate that while viewing a wetland, a scientist inquired of a Spanish speaker, "What do you call this?" The Spanish speaker - referring to the to the sandy edges around the wetland - said, "Es una playa." Unable to fully understand the foreign tongue, the scientist wrote dutifully that a "shallow gravel-bottomed etc." is called a playa. What we are seeing is a language evolving. Perhaps two hundred years playa will mean universally more than a sandy beach. For now, however, millions of Spanish speakers know the word playa only as beach.

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:36 am

Well, now we fucking know.



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Post by lonestoner916 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:53 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Well, now we fucking know.



:lol:
"And knowing is half the battle!"

Jek Jek, I enjoyed your story very much, I'm sorry it had to sort of go bad right at the end. Thanks for posting!
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Post by theCryptofishist » Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:31 pm

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Post by Zulegoona » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:55 am

Jek Jek, was great having you as part of the family I look forward to seeing you again,...




next year was better

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Post by CapSmashy » Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:35 pm

My darling Spider Monkey, well said.

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Post by JekJek » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:04 pm

i think i got a B on this. I forgot to actually explain why it was called burning man and my english teacher was very confused.. though he really wants to go now
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Post by Bounce530 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:54 pm

One of my favorite Pixies songs, Crypto
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Post by MisaBlue » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:56 am

Nice story Jek Jek :)

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Post by Box Burner » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:15 am

Thank you for the story Jek Jek. I will be bringing my daughter for her first burn this year.
Dance in the heart of chaos. . . . .

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