"Sophomore Megalomania":share your stories

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"Sophomore Megalomania":share your stories

Post by yellowdog » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:15 pm

thanks to Robbie Dobbs for giving it a name. Sophomore Megalomania. You know that feeling after the first year, when you're gonna bring a bitchin' art car/bar, build the most mind-blowing art piece ever (with no resources), AND have the awesomest 24-7 theme camp playing psy-trance Grateful Dead remixes right on the Esplanade next year? All by yourself if you have to? Because you want to give back in a BIG way? Because Burning Man has changed your life?
It's not a bad thing. It happened to me. I'm watching it happen to my friends. I'm reading about it on e-playa.

Share your stories, o wise veterans. Did the reality check get cashed? Or did you complete your dream in the original form? How did you overcome obstacles?

P.S. Extra points for drama, no extra points for honesty.

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Post by ygmir » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:26 pm

Robbie Dobbs is someone else.........

you may want to take care how you refer to "Roberto Dobbisano"........he has a rapier wit and a tongue like a cat-O-ninetails........
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Post by yellowdog » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:08 pm

Robbie Dobbs is someone else
Sorry, my bad.
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Post by C.f.M. » Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:53 am

Dobbs?

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I've got a list, of what I'd do different, or remember to take, or not take, in case I ever get to go again. I'll have to have a sophomore experience before I can share...

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Post by Teo del Fuego » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:43 am

so true! As a creative type myself, the first year was just such a jaw-dropping experience. For my second year I tried to atone for my clueless spectatorship and built a mobile mojito bar with polished wooden bar and lighted canopy on top and attached it to a cruiser bike. Well, let's just say that pedaling that thing on the playa, in the wind, was a gut busting bitch.

My best moment with this POS contraption was serving mojitos (with fresh mint, of course) to the Neverwas Haul crew. These guys who built this mindblowing contraption tell me that my bike was "what Burning Man is all about." I respond, "really? it's about poorly conceived half-ass contraptions that fall apart as you pedal?" We laughed and drank some more.

Oh yeah, that's the bike in my photo

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Post by flatlander13 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:34 pm

Yes, my first year at Burning Man was an eye opening experience. 2001
My sophomore year at Burning Man went something like this……….show me your dick, show me your dick, show me your dick, show me your dick……..
By the end of the week I wanted to kill Mr. Show Me Your Dick and so did the rest of the camp. I didn’t go the next year. 2003
Now, I go every other year so it stays fresh……..as far as Mr. Show Me Your Dick…….he wasn’t there last year and we had a great time……

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:47 pm

my sophomore experience was in 97' and it involved an ex wife, hotel 666, a rental ford taurus getting stuck and then stolen, a rifle, Lady Di Dying, meeting PhIlo Drummond sitting on a hay bale, Hunting Hippies in my big game hunters outfit and rifle as "Accessory", The Dream Machine, and the golf range.

We also fell asleep in flagrante and when i woke up to the natuiral chilly ass snooze alarm to find people walking by and commenting "Oh how cute" because we still had cans tied to us a la "Just Married"...

yeah, unintentionally ambitious.

it was the year after we did a theme camp behind bianca and learned all to well that really strong winds can easily take certain structures to disturbia the hard way regardless of how many people are holding on for dear life.
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Post by littleflower » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:22 pm

unambitious sophomore-to-be, here! my goal is to spend more quality time mooping about the chronically red areas like opulent temple and root society in the mornings... and bring more art with me.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:37 pm

littleflower wrote:unambitious sophomore-to-be, here! my goal is to spend more quality time mooping about the chronically red areas like opulent temple and root society in the mornings... and bring more art with me.
A worthy quest.



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Post by fciron » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:14 pm

A couple of months ago my girlfriend, who had not seriously going to BM, said "I always wanted a giant Spirograph where I could go around where the pen is." We were having dinner with some other burners, so I nudged the fellow seated to my right and said we could do that. We did a couple of sketches and cackled.

Next thing I know people are asking me how they can help. So I called a meeting and there are some much more experienced folks than me who want to make this happen. I am filling out the art grant now and I am using "Sophomore Megalomania" in my artist bio.

Not my fault, they made me do it!

Edited to point out that I have only been to that thing in the desert once.
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Post by geospyder » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:37 pm

This is my sophomore year. No huge plans but I will actually read the booklet they hand out at the gate and will definitely have a cup with me when I go bar hopping along with a couple bottles of libations to share along the way. Wow - I just looked out the window - lots of white stuff blowing around. Think the storm has finally reached Sparks.
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Post by Stitch » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:02 pm

Because you want to give back in a BIG way?
I figured I'd just shave DPW *downarrow* into my pubes and sit legs splay on a tire in front of heavy machines with a plate of bacon and bottle of Dickel.

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Post by knowmad » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:19 pm

I've been making Wine, lots of Wine....
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Post by yellowdog » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:08 pm

We also fell asleep in flagrante and when i woke up to the natuiral chilly ass snooze alarm to find people walking by and commenting "Oh how cute" because we still had cans tied to us a la "Just Married"...
Covered in dust, you must have looked like some kind of art installation. or performance art. (or, um, post-performance art)

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:50 pm

Covered in dust, you must have looked like some kind of art installation. or performance art. (or, um, post-performance art)

oh, that would explain the dollar bills people had shoved in my crack all night long as a "gift"...
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Post by AntiM » Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:36 am

Year One: I find Burtning Man online, decide it looks like my thing, and buy tickets. Hand Larry the survival guide and say "Make it so." We camp in Hushville, which was also making its playa debut. Larry did a fine job on the shade structure, enough so he was asked how many times he'd attended. My back injury flares up, Larry has to pull me around in a cart. Our third member of camp overindulged and spent burn night in the med tent. We get involved with Utah regionals.

Year Two: we got the Rhoadescar so I could get around, plus brought more camp decor and freshman burners. More costumes, but mostly stuff I already had hanging around. We set up a gift rack outside camp. Volunteered to be lighthouse keepers.

Year Three: we get our carports and a gazebo, our trailer, a fridge magnet art project with real fridge doors, and the gift rack. Some of our sophomores became rangers. More freshmen in the form of nieces who have never attended again. Volunteered at the bus depot. Nieces poison Larry with clorox wipes cleaning the dishes, he spent burn night in the med tent.

Year Four: the Dual Cancer Year. I spent most of it on painkillers stationed in front of the swamp cooler in the Totem massage tent. Survival year for me, so little in the way of camp art. Another freshman niece.

Year Five: The birth of the Home for Wayward Art, which sprang from the gift rack idea. Also, mobile art project with the rhoadescar. Enthusiastic freshman, and discovered the joys of the Golden Cafe. Fine tune the shade structure and the clamshell carports. I think this is about when I become a moderator on eplaya.

Year Six: The Home for Wayward Art, a freshman camp next door, our freshman from the year before becomes a ranger. My first placed theme piece of playa art: Five Minutes After, the one with Bucky.

Year Seven: our freshmen neighbors become rangers, Home for Wayward Art, Bucky attends but stays in as camp art. First year as fuel masters for the Utah conclave.

Year Eight: more freshmen campmates and the Home for Wayward Art. Bucky and family were to be a mobile art piece, but the dusty crusty playa ensured they ended up at Putt Putt Golf for the duration. Freshman nephew wants to be a ranger, but has joined the Navy. Year of the Bad Dust. We also acquire two trikes, one of which is stolen, then found abandoned yards from Ranger HQ in the parking area. Fuel masters for the canceled fire conclave.

Year Nine: the Home for Wayward Art flourishes. Is it the new location of Hushville? Is it the resplendent velvet ropes? The good weather? No freshmen in camp, but have one next to who is a delight to have join us for conversation. Fuel masters again, and loving it. Bucky stays home with a broken hip.

Year Ten: TBA, but Hushville and the Home for Wayward Art are hard habits to break, as is the excitement of helping the conclave.

Did we dream of bigger art, a mutant vehicle, a theme camp? Well yes, but mostly no because we're pretty damn realistic when it comes to resources and effort involved. Yes we felt the sophomore urge to be grandiose, but reined it in.

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:48 am

you're quite a sherpa AntiM, thats the hardest volunteer job of all.

Bringing those you think would thrive in and enjoy the experience, watching over them, or not, and still doing your own thing all at the same time is a tough gig sometimes.

this year i'm coming over to wayward art, and this time i'll scream your name louder until someone replies or feeds me a drink to shut my ass up, i promise...

i have some island of misfit art items for you.
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Post by Captain Goddammit » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:00 am

In 2000, a friend who went first time in '99 was ALL SophMeg about it, and it looked pretty damn cool. I hadn't taken any vacation from work in many years... I had a camper that had been sitting from my powerboat racing days, some money, and some time... so I went.
We had heard BMorg wanted a bike-repair camp at each "outpost" (3:00 and 9:00) so we started Johnny & The Playa Cruizers Chassis Lube and Body Shop, a bike-repair camp at 9:00. Wow, a placed, on-the-power-grid, up-front service camp first time out! Big, fast learning curve.
I spent all day every day fixing bikes. I made chain tensioners out of can openers, welded broken parts, worked all the time. Now and then I got a warm beer for it. This was back when Black Rock City was known as "Bartertown".

The rude awakening was about Thursday, when I'd had enough; I'd done nothing but work fixing other people's shit because they were too lazy to fix it themselves, and wasn't getting to have any of the fun they were, so I dropped the wrenches and went out to play - and everywhere I went, they wanted something! I couldn't get a drink at a bar... I'd spent all week working my ass off for nothing. I didn't fix another goddamm bike.

2001: We brought back Johnny & The Playa Cruizers, now with more volunteers to man the shop. But I stayed with the BRC Post Office. That was fun!
Another Rude Awakening: The art cars were by far the biggest thing that captured my interest my first year, and I helped build several for 2001. As in, I did at least half the work and investment... but never got to play with them on the playa. Never again with that shit either.

2002: Johnny & The Playa Cruizers returns, bigger yet. I built the original version of the Land Yacht. It happened to be the "Floating World" theme that year, and everyone had a boat... I had no idea what the theme was gonna be... I just always wanted to build a boat... oh well...

2003: Johnny & The Playa Cruizers gets pretty big, has a custom shade structure made of three vertical poles and an intricate grid of triangular pieces of black cloth and wires.

2004: Johnny & The Playa Cruizers final year, now on the Esplanade with over 100 members. Ranger Training takes place at our camp. But it had gotten out of hand, too much work. Most members are either Rangers who work all the time, or partyers, very very few actually do the work of fixing bikes. Too many were druggies. Johnny & The Playa Cruizers was dissolved.

2005 and 2006, I didn't go.

2007: New plan. No camp. Parked my rig on outside of outer ring, about
4:00, next to my friend Sensei. It was great! So much easier NOT running a huge camp!

2008: Back to Big Camp, joined my friends at Black Rock Spatial Delivery next door to BRC Post Office at Center Camp. Loved it.

2009. Economy crushes construction-related industry... rather than beg for a Miracle Ticket and other handouts, I decided I couldn't really afford to blow a bunch of cash on a party and I didn't go. (Take note, you miracle-ticket-seeking freeloaders that post on here saying you NEED to go but can't/won't cover your own ass).

2010: "Probably", if things don't get any worse!
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Post by theCryptofishist » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:58 am

And I am collecting some odd bits and pieces for you, too.
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