What does BM mean to you?

Share your pictures and video. Tell us about the sights, sounds, and scents, as well as the rumors and truths found at Burning Man.
Post Reply
Xenoz312
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:52 pm

What does BM mean to you?

Post by Xenoz312 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:18 pm

Hello all,

I hope you don't mind, but I've been asked to write a small paper about a place of interest. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in answering a couple of small questions about your Burning Man experiences for source material. They're fairly straight forward and any help would be GREATLY appreciated. If you don't wish to post a public reply, you can email to ccoronad(at)uncc.edu

1. Would you describe yourself?
2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?
9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
11. Anything you'd like to add?

Thanks again, I appreciate it :)
-Xenoz

User avatar
AntiM
Moderator
Posts: 20228
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:23 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Anti M's Home for Wayward Art
Location: Wild, Wild West
Contact:

Post by AntiM » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:08 am

X honey, yeah, most people DO mind. This type pf thing doesn't go over well with burners.

Hey! Eplayans! Explain it but be gentle, m'kay?

1. human
2. whim
3. family
4. camping
5. yes
6. Artaud
7. breakfast
8. joy
9. yes
10. Anti M
11. Buy the ticket, take the Ride, i.e. don't ask us to do your freakin' homework for you.

User avatar
Dr. Pyro
Posts: 4751
Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2003 8:11 am
Burning Since: 1999
Camp Name: Barbie Death Camp & Wine Bistro
Location: Meadow Vista, CA
Contact:

Post by Dr. Pyro » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:13 am

Call me peculiar, but I like Burning Man just the way it is and always thought that the quote Larry gave some years ago as to why he does it pretty much sums it up: "To get laid, man." I am not worthy.

User avatar
BAS
Posts: 4257
Joined: Sun Apr 18, 2004 7:46 pm
Burning Since: 2006
Location: Wisconsin

Post by BAS » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:42 am

1. Would you describe yourself?
Fat, nearsighted, middle-aged, white, depressive with tendancies towards obessive compulsive disorder. Currently unemployed.
2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
Curiousity, plus it was something I had never done before. Plus, it was the closest thing I could do to travelling abroad without risking discovery that I am on the "No Fly" list!
3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
I traveled there with some people I met online, and then camped alone. (Hey, what's wrong with traveling 2,000+ miles to a gathering of nearly 40,000 just to be anti-social?!! :wink: )

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
An alternative to regular life where I have responsibilities to everyone else. Or something like that.
5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
Well, that is very difficult to answer. Yes and no. I wasn't really certain what to expect, but is was in the desert, like I expected.... I really don't think this is a good question, to be honest.
6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
See above. (If you want specific examples, I would have to write a book, and would expect an advance....)
7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
Choosing one is too hard. A favorite to talk about is the Shirtcocking Rally. Another is Ben from Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream showing up with a semi-trailer full of ice cream to be given out. (I'd really like to have met him, but, as you should be able to guess, he was rather too busy and I didn't really know what to say.... I suppose I wanted to tell him that he and Jerry had always been business idols of mine.) Oh, and the ePlaya Meet 'n Greet.

8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?
Bronchitis. Going to the Black Rock Desert for a week while I had a sinus infection probably was not the smartest thing I have ever done. I kept a list of things to do differently next time, but it isn't very interesting. Mostly things like spend more time figuring out a decent shade structure.
9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
Yes. I would really like to try going to the event while I am NOT sick! Plus, getting away for a week is nice.
10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
I've been using the handle on ePlaya of "BAS"-- which is very uncreative of me since those are my initials. (I really need a better nickname for Burning Man, but it is rather low on my current priority list, with finding a job somewhere near the top....)
11. Anything you'd like to add?
Garlic. Everything goes better with garlic!
Thanks again, I appreciate it :)

What?! I thought I was getting PAID!!!

Anyway, Burning Man is an event of nearly 40,000 people, and tends to attract the counter-culture. With an event that size drawing in that particular demographic, it is a very different event for each individual person. I traveled to the event with three other people-- one other first timer and two people who had been multiple times. I spent a good portion of the trip in my car with one of the "old timers", and, oddly enough, I knew things about Burning Man she didn't. Part of what had attracted me to the event was an interest in alternative energy, and I knew about the Alternative Energy Zone. She didn't have an interest in alternative energy, and she hadn't heard of the AEZ before I mentioned it. She was camping with a group I hadn't heard of before-- one whose name escapes me at the moment. The group she was with were into some stuff I really wasn't interested in (well, maybe intellectually but not to the point of actually wanting to try it-- and that's all the more I am going to say about it!) Burning Man, Black Rock City, is a temporary, artificial entity. One which exists as a whole for only a week in a harsh, unforgiving environment. You need to bring to it what you need to survive, and also what you bring is what you will experience.

To quote Anti M quoting the late, great Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: "Buy the ticket, take the Ride."



B.
"Nothing is withheld from us which we have conceived to do.
Do things that have never been done."
--Russell Kirsch

User avatar
AntiM
Moderator
Posts: 20228
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:23 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Anti M's Home for Wayward Art
Location: Wild, Wild West
Contact:

Post by AntiM » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:48 am

BAS wrote:[
To quote Anti M quoting the late, great Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: "Buy the ticket, take the Ride."
B.
Ah, thank you. I forgot to cite my source.

Although in my case it is Buy four tickets, give two away and take the ride with mylarry. But I digress.

User avatar
BAS
Posts: 4257
Joined: Sun Apr 18, 2004 7:46 pm
Burning Since: 2006
Location: Wisconsin

Post by BAS » Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:52 am

Although in my case it is Buy four tickets, give two away and take the ride with mylarry. But I digress.
Well, I am pretty certain Hunter was talking about life in general, and not about Burning Man, anyway....

Which reminds me, on my last day there, I found out that there was a Hunter S. Thompson themed camp. If I hadn't already been in a "departure mode" mind set, I might have gone looking for it. Oh well.


B.
"Nothing is withheld from us which we have conceived to do.
Do things that have never been done."
--Russell Kirsch

Archantael
Posts: 472
Joined: Tue Oct 14, 2003 10:29 pm

Post by Archantael » Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:19 am

1: Lost and Spaced, overly meddlesome, obnoxious, loved by some, hated by many, and not afraid to speak my mind even if I put my foot in my mouth while doing it.
2: It was closer than the Rainbow Gathering and offered portapotties. And the women looked more interesting. (Turns out with a few notable exceptions they were not nearly as nice, I've seen the word "Bitch" redefined on the playa! (I'm thinking of the wall at Wrigley Field that's covered with something...what kind of plant is that? Yeah....)
3: Solo. That way I can stop at the casinos and take all the time I want to play slots
4: It's a vacation, creative recharge, and an escape from the closed mindedness of the bible belt. It's also a good excuse to go exploring the Great American West! Sometimes the trip out and back is more interesting than the event, IMHO.
5: It was cooler than I expected, artistically.
6: Pharmaceutical / chemical options are not as prevalent as the media would lead you to believe, and are usually in the hands of idiots who don't know what they're doing with the stuff. Also sex on the playa is overrated.
7: Riding on top of a large pirate ship that was tall enough to pass through the laser beams shooting across the playa while being in the company of some friends I met in Gigsville. There's also 2 friends I met out there who have changed my life for the best. I wouldn't have met them except for the event and they are incredible people to know.
8: Planning and logistics experience, a definite boost in self-esteem, and a feeling of accomplishment at pulling it off on a shoestring budget and with a lot of things stacked against me. Thanks to my experiences and things learned from the event I've been able to start up an LLC and do a lot more things that I didn't think I would ever do.
9: Maybe. Reading the 3Playa's skeptics rants (Burning Man Bitch Fest) has left me jaded and thinking the whole event is run by a bumbling fool in a hat who's really in it for the money with a staff that's more corrupt than the Nigerian government. The event as it grows seems to be losing sight of it's core principles, and the ORG can't even take care of basic things like finding volunteers to properly administer this particular BBS let alone handle the growth of the event. And if they do get volunteers they misuse them to work silly things like holiday office parties or they burn them out by not giving them the resources they need to do their work. Sheesh, it takes crisises in order to get major changes implemented. Do a search for Robbidobbs's posts and read up on the problems with poo. It took forever and a day to get a macerator. The ORG is so stupid sometimes that they even let their opponents hijack this board and other BM resources to put out an anti-BM message...all of it shows the ORG has serious problems.
10: Kinetic (excluding 38 sock accounts and online names over a 7 year span which I don't use anymore)
11: Ignore the critics, ask your questions, and remember you can't please everyone, especially on a board like this one.

User avatar
misfit
Posts: 573
Joined: Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:45 pm
Burning Since: 1996
Camp Name: wish you were here
Location: norcal
Contact:

Post by misfit » Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:56 am

1. dreamer,,, detached from reality.
2. free tickets.
3. with g/f.
4. working vacation.
5. no expectations, it was back in 95'.
6. from the first minute i knew we would be back every year.
7. our anticipation for the next year.
8. self survival, respect and how to build a kickass camp.
9. yes, haven't missed a year.
10. misfit
11. forget the politics and have fun.....
Be happy while you're living, For you're a long time dead.

User avatar
unjonharley
Posts: 10387
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:05 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Elliot's naked bycycel repair
Location: Salem Or.

Post by unjonharley » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:29 pm

\/
A BM (bowel movement) every day (at my age) means a happy camper

Xenoz312
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:52 pm

Thanks all

Post by Xenoz312 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:22 pm

Hi again,

I just wanted to thank everyone for the feedback they gave. I know it was kinda selfish, but I had no other way to get the answers I needed.

Btw, I have gone to BM, and LOVED it. I just needed to get the views from other participants.

well, thnx again :)
-Xenoz

PrincessLea
Posts: 19
Joined: Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:52 am
Location: Durango, CO
Contact:

Post by PrincessLea » Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:11 pm

1. 23 yr old oklahoma girl.
2. I saw it in High Times a few years ago, and a friend who had been there, suggested I go.
3. I went with Whitney. She rules.
4. Expression
5. No, of course not.
6. It was beyond my wildest dreams. It surpassed all expectations.
7. Wandering and interacting with the random people, fire, and art at night.
8. It freed me.
9. Of course, I will always try to go.
10. Princess Lea
11. Experience of a Lifetime.

User avatar
Petal of the Playa
Posts: 63
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:36 pm

Post by Petal of the Playa » Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:09 pm

1. Would you describe yourself?

[b]40, white Hispanic, M.Ed., dir of HR for multi-million $ securities firm, married, drum corp fanatic, expressive hot wife.[/b]

2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?

[b]My best friend Chickie turned me on to the event.[/b]

3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?

[b]I have been going every year with my Chickies since 2004[/b]

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?

[b]radical self-expression - freedom to explore the other personalities of me.[/b]

5. Was Burning Man like you expected?

[b]I had no expectations.[/b]

6. If not/so, How was it different/same?

[b]it was a wild strange trip[/b]

7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?

[b]just the kindness of others[/b]

8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?

[b]to not be afraid to express myself - its very liberating[/b]

9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?

[b]Absolutely and I have[/b]

10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?

[b]Petal, Petalford, Petal of the Playa[/b]

11. Anything you'd like to add?

no - good luck in your endeavors.[i][/i][i][/i][i][/i][i][/i][i][/i]
It only seems kinky the first time...

Wanderglobe
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:10 pm

Post by Wanderglobe » Tue Jul 24, 2007 1:36 pm

1. Would you describe yourself?

40 year old videographer, crab fisherman and geek.

2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?

A friend of mine in New York turned me on to BM although I had heard snippets about it here and there. I had some vacation, a new VW bus and although I have camped my entire life I had never been in a desert. Not that BM is really camping but it was cool to take a look around.

3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?


I met 3 other people online that were looking for a rideshare so we spent a week traveling down there, a week there and then we ripped home in 2 days. It was a great time for everyone. Two trips in one, a tour down the west coast and then another week at BM.

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?

It's a carnival of 40,000 participants. Everyone is involved and made to feel welcome. If you wanted to relax where it was quiet, there was an option for that, if you wanted to rave until the sun came up, you could do that too. All within walking distance.

5. Was Burning Man like you expected?

Thankfully, no.

6. If not/so, How was it different/same?

I tried not to expect anything. I kept hearing that it's something different for each and every person so I kept the expectations in check.

7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?

I really enjoyed the comradery of our theme camp, VW Bus Camp. I recall one night some friends and I were "tripping" around and accosted by four people in sponge costumes. We were violated on a couch. :) Not 15 minutes later we were in a quiet little camp being served cups of wine and some chocolates. The anticipation of the burn and the exciting buzz around the camps was pretty cool as well. You didn't want to see him burn but your primal instinct took over and you cheered with the rest of the tribe when he did.

8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?

That 40,000 people can gather, camp in the desert and respect each other without having to legislate and create laws to force it. Families and freaks can dance side by side and not offend when left to their own common sense. It showed me that our society has far too many rules and not enough freedoms.

9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?

I'll be there this year. Why? Well, it's a good time and my summer has been taken up by working on a crab boat which means rain, ocean swells, hard work day in and day out with only the occasional day off. It'll be interesting to be on stationary ground for a week straight.

10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?

Scott (wanderglobe)

11. Anything you'd like to add?

Last year I was a only really disappointed in the long term burners who got way too involved in the politics of the event. This camp bashing that camp, it's not the same as it used to be, 2003 was better, etc etc. Keep it to yourselves. For a lot of us first timers it was still an amazing experience and most of us didn't care about the politics of it all. BM is a release from real life where we can go and not be a party to gossip and egos and politics. If it's not the same for you then maybe take a year off. I've only been once but I can gurantee that when you come back again the following year you'll really have missed it. With so much choice and so many options for entertainment, reflection, meditation, partying and debauchery you really can't say that one BM is better than another...only that your own personal experience was better one year than another.

That being said it was really only a few people who were like that, the majority of burners were welcoming, kind, considerate and they took the time to show us newbs the ropes, the etiquette and the funky places to hang out. Looking forward to seeing all of youse again.

User avatar
asp3
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:21 am

Post by asp3 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:33 am

1. Would you describe yourself?

I'm a fairly vanilla white male who'll be turing 50 this year.


2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?

My wife has had friends suggest that she go for years and we finally committed to going last year. I think it also helped that she started to fire dance the year before and as a result we got into the fire conclave so that sealed the deal.


3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?

I went with my wife, but we stayed in a camp one of my wife's friends camps with.


4. What does Burning Man mean to you?

I didn't understand the greeting of "Welcome home" when I got there, but now it truly does mean home. It's a place where I can let my guard down completely and be myself.


5. Was Burning Man like you expected?

Yes and no.


6. If not/so, How was it different/same?

The environment wasn't as harsh as I expected it to be, but then again 2006 (my first year) was supposedly an excellent year weather wise. I also was amazed at the diversity, quality and quantity of creativity at Burning Man and the many ways people expressed it. I'd say that Burning Man was like my positive expectations on steroids.


7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?

I think witness and taking part in the constant change of Burning Man throughout the event. Every day, every hour and every minute things were changing in very perceptable ways. The event grew and morphed all of the time.


8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?

I felt a tremendous sense of peace and awe at Burning Man. I learned that there were many people who are devoted to creating a positive environment where many things which seem unlikely or difficult come to fruition. I learned that there are many amazing people in the world I'd never have known about without meeting them and/or experiencing their creativity.


9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?

I started thinking about attending this year only hours into arriving last year. I hope to go there as long as the event remains a positive one.

10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?

I just go by Tony.


11. Anything you'd like to add?

Nope.
Immature beyond my years

User avatar
Dork
Posts: 2065
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2004 6:01 pm
Location: Las Vegas

Re: What does BM mean to you?

Post by Dork » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:12 pm

1. Would you describe yourself?
Fat 30-something aspie
2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
I had heard about it for years and it seemed like good brain food. The environment seemed relatively free of many things I don't like about our society.
3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
I went alone initially
4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
I'm not sure how to answer that...
5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
Yes and no
6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
It's bigger and more varied
7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
I don't think I can choose
8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?
It exercises my creativity and provides a comfortable environment to push myself socially
9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
I am, because it still amuses me.
10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
Dork
11. Anything you'd like to add?
No

MozyBonz
Posts: 3429
Joined: Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:54 pm

Post by MozyBonz » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:38 pm

1. Would you describe yourself?

Evil

2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?

I was trying to take over the world …and I needed some help.

3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?

Loving wife…. evil I mean Evil Wife

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?

â€

User avatar
mdmf007
Moderator
Posts: 5326
Joined: Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:32 pm
Burning Since: 1996
Camp Name: ESD
Location: my computer

Re: What does BM mean to you?

Post by mdmf007 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:55 pm

Xenoz312 wrote:Hello all,

1. Would you describe yourself?
73" tall 240 pounds, athletic, dark hair, blue eyes, professional, 33yo, inquisitive, creative, and resourceful

2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
by accident - met an ESD pro at Brunos (where he was raping me for diesel in Gerlach) comped us tickets to go, that was 98 or 99 - came back in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006

3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
Always with Kyle and tons of other firefighters - whoevers not busy

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
search my other posts - in Short BM is a time of healing for me

5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
After the first year yes

6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
before that first burn Not possible to know what to expect I worked in Winnemucca for 4 summers before i ever HEARD about BM. I went in cold with no expectations and left a different person in the 36 hours we could stay

7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
The freedom to be expressive and not shunned, or judged.

8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?
how to relax and let go of what I dwell on

9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
I would live there if I could

10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
MDMF

11. Anything you'd like to add?
Nope - I soak up all that is Burningman, and am a professional suit wearer that deals with uppity federal gov employees day in and out.

Thanks again, I appreciate it :)
-Xenoz
One of the Meanie Greenies (Figjam 2013)

User avatar
unjonharley
Posts: 10387
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:05 am
Burning Since: 2001
Camp Name: Elliot's naked bycycel repair
Location: Salem Or.

Post by unjonharley » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:18 pm

bm to me means my shit chute is in working order

User avatar
EB
Posts: 491
Joined: Wed Jul 14, 2004 3:36 pm
Burning Since: 2000
Camp Name: Camp Asterix (3:45 and B in 2019)
Contact:

Post by EB » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:54 pm

1. Would you describe yourself?
n/a

2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
A buddy roped a bunch of us in. We were the ultimate frat boys.

3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
see above.

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
It's my special time. I have to fight for it EVERY YEAR.

5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
No.

6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
It was like Jurassic Park, but instead of angry dinosaurs it was naked co-eds. Also, Jeff Goldblum was short and wore an anachonistic Stetson. The moral was the same, though: Man should not meddle with Nature.

7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
I saw this guy wearing a kilt once, a kilt with tools hanging off it!

8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?
Still learning, still gaining.

9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
I've gone six out of seven years. At 25, you get a gold Prince Albert.

10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
EB

11. Anything you'd like to add?
No. (The witness may step down.)
Irony. You're soaking in it.

User avatar
nogganoodle
Posts: 692
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:08 am
Burning Since: 2006
Camp Name: Booby Bar, UK Envoy
Location: The Booby Bar, UK Envoy

Post by nogganoodle » Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:26 am

1. Would you describe yourself?
Small. And I like purple, lots of purple

2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
I saw it on tv 7 or 8 years ago and thought looks frickin awesome. Took me 8 years to get there though.

3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
Went alone and camped with the nutbags at the Eplaya Bar Camp. Good times!

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
A break from the default world. I get to be myself for 7 days.

5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
Yes/ No/ Maybe.

6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
The Art was better than I could have ever imagined.

7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
Drinking homemade absinthe around a burn barrel on the night of the Burn and then going off to watch the sunrise at Opulent Temple.

8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?
There are good people in this world after all.

9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
Shit yeah! I'm going back this year!

10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
Nogganoodle

11. Anything you'd like to add?
Nope
You don't need a license to drive a sandwich

Archantael
Posts: 472
Joined: Tue Oct 14, 2003 10:29 pm

Re: What does BM mean to you?

Post by Archantael » Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:50 am

1. Would you describe yourself?
I hate introspection....and it's hard to describe someone that's undergoing substantial change and is constantly in a state of flux.

2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
Multiple reasons. I wanted a reason to explore the American West. Also I liked what I saw on the website, I saw art that married a love of the industrial arts with technology. And I saw people that I felt I could make a connection to. That were like me. 6 years later I don't regret making the decision to go, it's really transformed my life. It also dominates a sizeable chunk of it.

3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
Alone... yet I have brought others along.

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
It's my personal, emotional, creative deep cycle recharge. It's a vacation and massive road trip. It also gives me a connection to a community that is not represented very well in the Midwest.

5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
No. It was on a scale much grander than I expected.

6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
The scale of the art amazed me and continues to do so.
And the creativity and diversity of the attendees is nothing short of amazing.

7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
Being accepted, without prejudice or discrimination. The playa is a great equalizer of status, of disabilities, of so many things. Now if the online component of the event was even close to the on playa experience it would be wonderful. But the anonyminity of the net allows for negativity to run almost unchecked, and it can be a miserable thing to deal with.

8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?
Self-esteem, confidence, technical skills, new friends, work contacts, a career change, increased awareness of social issues, and the discovery of an activist streak that has taken me well beyond anything I ever dreamed was possible not that long ago.

9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
I'd go again yet I admit there's a sense of jadedness creeping in. Also the online experience has been a serious negative influence...if the on-playa experience wasn't so intense and wonderful the online hostility and discrimination would have me looking for other things to do for the last week of August each year.

10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
Archantael (But I'll likely be always known as Kinetic)

11. Anything you'd like to add?
The event has literally been transformational for me. It inspired me to pick up a welder for the first time in 14 years. It also put me deep in debt as I wanted to go so bad that I pushed other obligations to the side to attend. When I was really sick there were people in the BM community that stood beside me and helped me get back on my feet. They helped me work past a bad case of shyness too. The event built my confidence and helped me find my voice and turn me into an activist. I use that voice for working on regional transportation issues and water quality concerns around the Midwest. It's a true double edged sword but that being said, I am glad I made that first and subsequent 1750 mile drives out to the Black Rock Desert....it has been worth every minute and every penny spent.

notonmysofa
Posts: 39
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:35 pm
Location: Pantalones

Re: What does BM mean to you?

Post by notonmysofa » Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:49 pm

1. Would you describe yourself?
Doer, builder, organizer, partier, shy, rude, sarcastic, funny as hell, hungry.
2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
Friend recommended it, his stories made me want to go.
3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
With my girlfriend, now my wife. Been going together for 8 years.
4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
Escape from the real world for awhile, spending time with my best friends getting silly as shit. I get a great feeling from building and providing shelter for the people I love.
5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
No.
6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
I'm a bit of a perfectionist... I've learned some valuable lessons about letting go.
7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
I can't remember any of them, it's why I keep going back. I just don't remember being there last year. Honestly there's probably 2 or 3 per year that stick with me.
Oh, bringing people for the first time that I know will fucking get off on it so hard and watching them as they slowly start to realize what's really going on. Fuckin priceless seeing someone's face as they turn to you with that silly ass grin when they realize that it's a whole new world out there.
8. What did you learn/gain from your experiences?
Learned to love/accept myself more for who I am, learned alot about how people see me and view me.
9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
Yes. I can't not go.
10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
Nah. Never got into that.
11. Anything you'd like to add?
Fuckin' zip ties.

User avatar
fierysage
Posts: 26
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:42 pm
Location: phlorida

Post by fierysage » Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:42 pm

1. Would you describe yourself?

-- a good human focusing on creating, growing, developing and connecting with the rest of the Universe/herself

2. What reason made you decide to go to Burning Man?
-- when the Universe allows something amazing to cross your path, jump on it!

3. Did you go alone or with a friend/family?
-- phambly and phriends

4. What does Burning Man mean to you?
-- home; like-energied individuals sharing a common yet unique experience

5. Was Burning Man like you expected?
-- expectations are never fun... see what happens...

6. If not/so, How was it different/same?
-- it was exactly as it was/is ... beauty-filled

7. If you had to choose, what experience stands out?
--- mmm... workshop at Entheon, massaging calves in center camp, w(h)ine and cheese party by the THING in the desert

8. What did you learn/gain from your experience?
-- that I am a good human

9. Would you go again? Why/Why not?
-- but of course, if i happen to be on that road at that time again

10. Name, or Nickname/Handle?
-- charis, SaSS

11. Anything you'd like to add?

--- always a pinch of hugs, a dash of humor and scattered, smothered, covered, topped and chunked with love

;)

Post Reply

Return to “Stories”