Why I'll return to Burning Man

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Why I'll return to Burning Man

Post by jbelson » Thu Sep 18, 2003 1:51 pm

1) Because I am not a snob. Being surrounded by so much creativity made me realize that my petty, biased persona inhibites my growth. I realize it's not about the size and detail, but about the effort. Your effort might be grandiose and extravigant, while mine is inexperienced and trivial. One might be for community, the other for self. One needs the other for definition alone.
This year I was a newbie, and took it for what it was. For me it was wonderful. For others that I've talked to, it wasn't as good as years past. But one thing we shared was that it was still a good time. My friend who is a long time burner told me that he had to stop looking for BM to be the best each year, but for him to make the best out of BM. And for that, we all have our routes.
Reading a lot of posts i notice a lot of "cool kids" that have elevated themselves above the whole thing, yet there, I didn't notice that at all.
I appreciate that 30,000 people can come together in the middle of the desert and function on such a high leval. Taken with perspective, it's amazing.
There might be faults, but the BRC is no less perfect than WE are.
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Post by clandyone » Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:05 pm

I will return because I like it. I think it's neat. It does have its faults, but so does everything, and its neatness tends to kinda overshadow those faults once I'm out there.

If I ever cease to like it and find it neat, I'll stop going. But I don't think that'll happen anytime soon.

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Post by precipitate » Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:09 pm

For me, it's all about the tits. Oh, and beer.

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Post by jbelson » Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:23 pm

I just felt the need to post something positive after reading so many posts from burnt-out burners that were just focusing on the negative.
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Post by III » Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:26 pm

>all about the tits.

would you settle for man tits? i can pour beer on them if that'd help.
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Post by Cheesus » Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:30 pm

I'll be going again because I'm thankful for the emotional ass-kicking the playa engendered in me this year. It really sucked at the time, being a sobbing wreck with no desire to do anything more than sit around camp and mope, but in hindsight, it was exactly what I needed. Hell, next year can ONLY be better!

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Post by stuart » Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:34 pm

I will return because, for me, it is an amazing time. From close up and faraway it just does it for me. I keep getting better at it too.

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Post by precipitate » Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:35 pm

> I just felt the need to post something positive

Uh huh. That's nice. People should do that.

I find it amusing (and this isn't criticism of you, just an observation) that
there were approximately four people who said they weren't going back
and cited negative experiences, and yet all these people who <i>are</i>
going back feel the need to somehow defend the event, as if the fact that
someone else doesn't like it that somehow invalidates their own
experience.

There was a lot of discussion in the Why I'm Not Going Back thread
refuting some of the complaints (made by people who probably will attend
again, but who don't think The Man shits gold on a platter like some of the
more newly indoctrinated ... uh ... participants), and I think that was really
valuable. I'd like to see that continue.

I'd also like to see hippyloveposts like yours continue. Carry on.

P.S. Yes, man tits will do nicely. I'll pick up a six pack on my way home.

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Post by glam_daddy » Thu Sep 18, 2003 2:52 pm

I will return because even with all the assfactors that come and ruin the peaceful vibe, even with all the 'im more burier than you' people, even with the heat, the dust, the cracked lips, the ticket price, the hard work, the people oggling at my girlfriends pale exposed milky busom,..

even with all that...

Burning man is STILL by FAR the best thing I have experienced... ever.

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a piece stayed behind

Post by Crankful » Thu Sep 18, 2003 3:00 pm

As I sit here at my shit ass government job and read all the posts on the BM site I get a sense of dread. I realize that it comes from anew found belief that I left a piece of my soul at BM. It sits out at the trash fence waiting for me to come back next year. From the ass smack at the gate to the 3:00 AM departure to beat the traffic on Sunday morning I really was home. Being a first timer I made the mistake (my word) of just partying and though I planned to attend a number of spiritual event I miss that part of the event. Next year one day party one day ascend.


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Post by naga brain » Thu Sep 18, 2003 4:54 pm

Can I gush now?

I don't know why. The dust calls. It just does, more than many things in my life right now. I guess the reason I will go back is to demonstrate to myself how I have progressed in the last year towards what I want to be in this magical city, Black Rock City.

I agree with the last poster about partying too much. But I think that's what you do the first time. Now that I've gone once, I am going to take up a volunteer position somewhere for some time. I think I want to be a lamplighter for at least one sunset. Especially because I was always back at camp for dinner.

That's not something I regret generally, it was a way our camp build a family. But next year I want to be a part of what makes up that substrata, the part that holds the whole thing together.

That's why I am coming back.
It's about beer O'clock guys....where's my riot?

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Post by Niacin » Thu Sep 18, 2003 5:18 pm

I'm going back because my n00b year pull-started the chainsaw of my imagination.

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Post by III » Fri Sep 19, 2003 11:28 am

my man tits are happy.
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A few reasons

Post by Jordan 10-E » Fri Sep 19, 2003 11:48 am

SOME reasons I am going back (in no particular order):

- It rocks!
- It's sooooo alive.
- The view at night (and day) of the city and activity blows my freaking mind.
- The myriad of sounds.
- I love a good challenge.
- I have an art installation to put up.
- I have a theme camp to share and run.
- All the wonderful people I meet.
- FIRE! FIRE!
- It helps satisfy my technology fix.
- The sick beatz.
- I like to dress up and didn't know it.
- It almost forces personal reflection.
- The beautiful desert.
- Sometimes it feels good to be bad AND good to be good.
- Strengthening my friendships with those I already know.
- There is nothing like laying in your tent watching a dust storm roar outside.
- Seeing the creative devotion people put forth.
- Seeing how people dance and move and oh and ah.

And so much more...

Burning Man is not perfect and it is not reasonable to think it is, but it sure is pretty damn cool.

Peace

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Re: A few reasons

Post by Kinetic » Fri Sep 19, 2003 11:00 pm

Jordan 10-E wrote:SOME reasons I am going back (in no particular order):

- It rocks!
- It's sooooo alive.
- The view at night (and day) of the city and activity blows my freaking mind.
- The myriad of sounds.
- I love a good challenge.
- I have an art installation to put up.
- I have a theme camp to share and run.
- All the wonderful people I meet.
- FIRE! FIRE!
- It helps satisfy my technology fix.
- The sick beatz.
- I like to dress up and didn't know it.
- It almost forces personal reflection.
- The beautiful desert.
- Sometimes it feels good to be bad AND good to be good.
- Strengthening my friendships with those I already know.
- There is nothing like laying in your tent watching a dust storm roar outside.
- Seeing the creative devotion people put forth.
- Seeing how people dance and move and oh and ah.

And so much more...

Burning Man is not perfect and it is not reasonable to think it is, but it sure is pretty damn cool.

Peace
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Cause I forgot my....

Post by DogBoy » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:45 pm

I'll go back for the same reason I have for several years now-my theme camp is not perfect yet!

Some of the best friends I have are people I met in BRC-people that I would hang out with every day if we lived in the same town.

I would not want to miss out on the beautiful moment of meeting a noob that really gets it-I find one every year & seeing that expression makes my day.

I'll keep going because I have to much invested in big army tents, netting, poles, water containers, etc.

And I am a playa dust junkie.
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"Wickedness is a myth created by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others." -Oscar Wilde

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Post by clandyone » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:48 pm

playa dust junkie
Oh yes, me too. I usually try to roll around in some the instant I arrive.

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Post by antron » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:51 pm

i'll go back because i like having a soundtrack behind everything i do.
i'll go back because i've had so much fun each time i've gone
i'll go back because it punctuates my summer like a period
i'll go back because of its challenges
i'll go back because of my friends
i'll go back because of you

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I love it

Post by babblingfreak » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:28 am

1. it's the only place i have ever felt at home
2. my soul seems to stay out there until i return
3. all the creativity and love people pour into it
4. my friends out there, old and new, past, present, and future
5. fire
6. freedom
7. acceptance

Burning man is what you make it by participating or not. I love to go out there without expectations and let BM tell or show me what I am supposed to do.

Love to all

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Post by Stormy » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:39 am

I'll return (somehow) because I get to spend several days in the company of adults. Woot! Even though we don't all act like adults, the idea is that we're supposed to be self-sufficient. I love little people, but also love to have a break from taking care of people.

Oh, and I like to see shit burn.
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Because I'm a fanatic, that's why.

Post by robbidobbs » Tue Sep 23, 2003 10:20 am

Because shit (as in "poop")has become such an integral part of my self-identity both on and off the Playa, I am compelled to keep coming back. Call me a sick fuck, but the Pottie Project is a serious source of pride for me, a Calling if you will. This year I saw the beginnings of my dream come true -- more and more people took up the banner and pontificated in their own whacked way about excremental correctness, and that shit just warms my cockles! Why I do the pottie project in the first place is because I deeply believe that what we have here with the Burningman Project is we have the beginnings of a true Utopia, and I want it to continue. If shit is endangering the Project, I will do anything in my power to solve that problem. I am the fanatic, you can either love me or ignore me, but my words will continue.

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Re: Because I'm a fanatic, that's why.

Post by nymphgonebad » Tue Sep 23, 2003 10:33 am

robbidobbs wrote: Call me a sick fuck
gladly.

you're a sick fuck.

join the club!

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Post by Catalysta » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:38 pm

Call me a sick fuck, but the Pottie Project is a serious source of pride for me, a Calling if you will.
is that you crapping man? BA HAH!....... I saw some truly hilarious potty serenading this year.

hello to all on the e-playa, new here but not to the burn.
Why will i be back?For a lot of the reasons already stated, and well, next year will be my fourth, i know because i just can't keep myself away. Even tho this year was not *my best*, somthing new set in...something, that...despiye or because of it all, has me yearning.

oh yeah..and a third on the *playa dust junkie* comment. I love the stuff.
best makeup and hair product there is. ah so

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Re: Because I'm a fanatic, that's why.

Post by MusicVixen » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:39 pm

robbidobbs wrote:If shit is endangering the Project, I will do anything in my power to solve that problem. I am the fanatic, you can either love me or ignore me, but my words will continue.
I find that yours is a noble quest indeed!! I witnessed many proclaiming your vision of PC (Pottie-Correctness) while I was there this year.
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Post by Kinetic » Tue Sep 23, 2003 4:13 pm

The Portapotties this year were much better and I heard a lot more people pushing potty ettiquette this year. The message is getting out!

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Post by KristieEB » Tue Sep 23, 2003 5:00 pm

I too thought the portapotties were very odor free and clean (for at least most of the day) ... Yay! ... and that alone is a reason I will return to burning man next year.

[However, if you ARE going to piddle all over the seat ... and it isn't like you don't know it in ADVANCE ... take a wetwipe and clean up after yourself.

You can't catch anything from a toilet seat. I don't care what you've heard. You run more risk by all the kissing you did that week so just suck it up.]

There are so many other reasons I will return.

I didn't interact with people and camps as much as I wanted to. I was too "destination" oriented and didn't do enough wandering around and discovering and taking my time.

I have a lot to give and I didn't give enough this year. I want to rectify that next year.

I want to step on the insoles of a few guys feet that touch me without permission. I will be more vocal about the pics as well. I don't really mind about the pics when they ask but the lack of respect and tackiness of all the sneaking was really annoying. Perhaps some booby signage that states, "If you are reading this through a camera lens and haven't asked permission you are being an ass". Perhaps with an arrow around to the back and pointing at my butt ... *glee*

Anyway, I guess I'm done.

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It's simple really . . .

Post by Tardis » Tue Sep 23, 2003 11:50 pm

. . . I got back something which I'd thought long lost. Burning Man returned to me my sense of wonder.

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Post by que.f.o. » Wed Sep 24, 2003 6:13 am

More Joy in one place than anywhere else on the planet. That's why I will return for a fifth, sixth, seventh, etc. year.


Oh yeah, the naked flesh of all varieties and types is a plus also.
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Post by JezebelinHell » Wed Sep 24, 2003 6:16 am

Because it's the most beautiful experience I've ever had in my life. What more reason do I need?
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Post by robbidobbs » Wed Sep 24, 2003 7:44 am

>[However, if you ARE going to piddle all over the seat ... and it isn't like >you don't know it in ADVANCE ... take a wetwipe and clean up after >yourself.

Oop! and when you've cleaned up your piddle, take the wetwipe with you and BURN IT! Don't throw it down the pottie. PLEEEEEASE!
I'll be in my blanket fort until further notice.

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