Share your views on the policies, philosophies, and spirit of Burning Man.
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At first, I loved it because it was innovative. Because, hey, if these guys built a better mousetrap, good for them. But...Burp! wrote:
Here's a question, let me know your thoughts on this, just curious.
I know of a camp that is planning on hiring a moving company to move there stuff from reno to the playa. Turns out that financially it saves them $300+ rather than getting a truck and hauling the stuff themselves. When I heard about this, it struck me in two ways, this is both so right and so wrong, almost a paradox. I feel this is at the heart what burning man is about and again what is going to bring it down. I can't decide if I hate the idea or love it. You?
...then, I hated it because of the whole it's-not-the-destination-its-the-journey thing. I can't remember a giant camping trip that had a guy from Mayflower ask me where he should put my spooge couch. Doesn't pass the smell test. But...
...then, it dawned on me that if they're hiring a moving company to load them up in Reno and unload on the playa, the movers, like everybody else had to have a ticket to get in. Which also meant they'd have to go through the Greeter Station like everybody else. Which, if I remember MY first time going through Greeters, the guys from Reno Mayflower are going to have a 70 year-old shirtcocker with an aggressive Prince Albert instructing them on the ways of the playa, reaching crescendo with a come-to-Jesus warning that if any of them are planning on having sex on the playa, they better be using a water-based lube and "to stick glowsticks up their asses so as not to get run over by a giant anteater."
So, yeah, it's okay with me.
As somebody smarter than me said on another thread: "Playa dust covers all equally."
Irony. You're soaking in it.