The white-outs

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The white-outs

Post by EB » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:03 pm

Fucking white-outs, man.

They seemed to wick away moisture and patience equally and gave me a few "why do I do this?" moments this year.

I nearly lost my mind during set-up on Monday and bailed before the Burn on Saturday.

This was a tough year.
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Post by SonOfUgly » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:44 pm

i liked them

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Post by yumba junkie » Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:07 am

Me too! I thought I was the only one. They add to the feeling of being far from the familiar and comfortable and I think they do a lot to keep the yahoo numbers down.
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Post by SonOfUgly » Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:12 am

was so much fun out in the midle of the dust storm with a little dust broom dusting off peoples shoes as the walked by

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Post by thirt33n » Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:41 am

it was a different experience for me to crawl into my truck with my respirator and goggles on and cry for mommy. it was nice.
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Post by Toolmaker » Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:33 am

My 2nd favorite part of BM. Hopefully we will have even MORE next year. :)
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Post by Simon of the Playa » Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:10 am

i call it "Strom Thurmond" weather...makes everything Nice and White, even his own daughter.



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A White Out

Post by mars » Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:18 am

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Post by ygmir » Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:31 am

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Post by Fire_Moose » Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:55 am

I got set up monday morning, got in at dark and passed out drunk.

My guess is i was set up by 11am maybe. not really windy at that point....out on 2:00.....i loved the whiteouts, wish there were a couple more during the week.
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Post by mikesieben » Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:55 am

The person who started this thread is what the french refer to as a PUSSY.

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Post by Boijoy » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:18 am

guess my only problem with the white outs is worrying if my shade is going to hold up.. it did.. so were all good. Beer tastes better in a white out. Does alkali dust cause cancer?
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Post by AntiM » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:39 am

Everything causes cancer. Enjoy.


Sometimes the white-outs are energizing, but not this year. We stuck it out, that's what room reservations you can't cancel in Reno do for ya. Even hauled the fuel out to the Man in the worst of the white-out on foot, the long way over to nine and out, following the lamp posts. I feel all tough and shit, but I was mighty miserable several times that week.

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Post by unjonharley » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:40 am

AntiM wrote:Everything causes cancer. Enjoy.


Sometimes the white-outs are energizing, but not this year. We stuck it out, that's what room reservations you can't cancel in Reno do for ya. Even hauled the fuel out to the Man in the worst of the white-out on foot, the long way over to nine and out, following the lamp posts. I feel all tough and shit, but I was mighty miserable several times that week.
WE sliped out just as the wind come up Sat. Needed to get back.. The van was 2 inch deep in dust.. Have a new shelter design for 09.. It includes easer building.. Mon's wind would not let the shelter be.. It was Tues. before it was up.. Just keep telling peole how bad it was.. That will sort 'em out..

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Post by EB » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:45 am

mikesieben wrote:The person who started this thread is what the french refer to as a PUSSY.
I think a better definition of "pussy" is a person who hides behind the internet slinging ad hoc insults. Or maybe it's just an "NYC" thing...

Whatever --

re: Strom Thurmond. :lol: :lol:
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Post by oleg8888 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:47 am

White-out really screwed our plans for Saturday. But we loved every moment of it.
-Dusty bloody maries served by nice people at next to Huge dome club, Best Blody Maries we ever tried
-Got lost in open playa
-We stumbled upon multiple art installations
-Took bunch of pictures
-Fell a sleep under our RV in full unty-dust gear in complete white out.
It was great!!!!
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Post by pinemom » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:51 am

Ya, cant say as I hate the dust storms either...yup, they push you to find out what your really made of....and sometimes thats the best lesson you learn out there!

Ive learned that I CAN do most anything in 60 mph winds with fine silt blowing.

I feel bad for our asthmatic's though...I know it screwed a couple of my good peeps health up.



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Post by mars » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:26 am

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Post by Mr.? » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:45 am

This Monday was REALLY tough on me and my camp mates, because our structure was not 100% finished and most of us hadn't slept in almost two days. The winds came and my friend was like, "Hey Chicken should we anchor down that carport", and I was like "Naw, we only have about 5 more minutes to finish this side of the structure". Then my other friends was like, "Hey was is that!" as he pointed to the southern sky, and we were all like, "HOLLY SHIT". Then the whole thing came crashing down in a moment of defeat I was broken.
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#1. What are you made of? Can you hang or are you defeated?
#2. Where is the best white out party?
#3. Tie every thing down as soon as it's erected!
#4. Where is the closest thing to climb and scream at the top of my dust filled lungs... "Is That all you Got PUSSY!!"

Do I like dust storms.... FUCK YA cause it's what I'm made of that counts.




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Post by theCryptofishist » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:51 am

I'm one of those likely to lose it in a dust storm.
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Post by Kenny Z » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:56 am

Yup, I love dust storms! I wouldn't want one everyday but it's always nice to try to seal up your shade structure and invite lost souls in to wait it out. It's fun to know that we are all in this together (well except for the folks that need RVs).

To be honest, my virgin year at Burning Man, the dust storms really beat me up, however, every year I seem to enjoy them more and more. I still need eye protection but for some reason the dust does not hurt my lungs anymore.

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Post by mikesieben » Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:36 pm

EB wrote:
mikesieben wrote:The person who started this thread is what the french refer to as a PUSSY.
I think a better definition of "pussy" is a person who hides behind the internet slinging ad hoc insults. Or maybe it's just an "NYC" thing...

Whatever --

re: Strom Thurmond. :lol: :lol:
I'm not hiding anywhere hon.

I called someone who was whining about something I experienced without complaining a pussy.

I've posted lots of pics on myself and my burn on this board already. I'm not hiding anywhere hon.

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Post by mk-ultra » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:12 pm

I would be totally disappointed if there wasn't at least one whopper of a dust storm every year. I *love* the damn things. They test all of your engineering (or lack thereof)... plus one of the most fun things you can do is gear up, head out, and wander around lost in one.

Seriously -- some of my very best experiences at BM have been while wandering about in a storm. Don't fight it. Go with it.

Here's our "parachute shade tech" failing epically during the second big whiteout this year :smile:

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Post by Cassidy » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:24 pm

Pinemom "...yup, they push you to find out what your really made of...."

Yes, that's really true. And the dust storms this year taught me that I was NOT made of dust.

(ok, maybe really tightly packed dust, but not the free-flying-lung-invading kind...)

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Loving the white-outs

Post by bradtem » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:34 pm

They are fun, or if not, are rarely hot so they offer a chance to do some day sleeping to give you more energy for the night, which has far fewer dust storms.

They make people come together. They make you walk into a strange camp if you are out during one and meet people.

Their main downside -- OK, this is going to sound silly -- is the dust. In that it now gets on everything, far more than it does from a time on the playa without a big dust storm. So it adds a lot to your cleaning work, and is bad for certain kinds of gear like air filters and electronics etc. Nothing positive about that part of it. Yes, you have to expect lots of dust and lots of cleaning, but we could get by without lots and lots of dust and lots and lots of cleaning.

Otherwise the storms provide some of the most lasting memories of a playa week.

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Post by EB » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:51 pm

Oops, I meant
EB wrote: ad hom insults.
Ad hoc insults are totally different. They rarely make it past the House.

Dude/Lady/Whatever, not sure where the anger's coming from (did I pee in your evap pond or something?) but you're clearly some kind of coiled-up shut in, itching to pounce on an imagined slight (I'm guessing, uh, pro-wind?) so I'll do what I do when I see a dead squirrel on the sidewalk and just lightly step around you.

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Post by thisisthatwhichis » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:57 pm

Geez, and, this year wasn't near as bad as last year........

yea, it's not a place for the weak at endouring.... and every year always throws a new curve ball atcha............. 8) :lol: .... WHOOT!!!!
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Post by bradtem » Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:51 pm

yea, it's not a place for the weak at enduring.
Indeed. One question is, do we want to exclude such people from our community, and if so, why?

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Post by mikesieben » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:31 pm

EB wrote:Oops, I meant
EB wrote: ad hom insults.
Ad hoc insults are totally different. They rarely make it past the House.

Dude/Lady/Whatever, not sure where the anger's coming from (did I pee in your evap pond or something?) but you're clearly some kind of coiled-up shut in, itching to pounce on an imagined slight (I'm guessing, uh, pro-wind?) so I'll do what I do when I see a dead squirrel on the sidewalk and just lightly step around you.

Plonk!
I was actually just being snarky.

I'm not angry at all, at least not at you...

SO THERE!

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Post by mikesieben » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:33 pm

bradtem wrote:
yea, it's not a place for the weak at enduring.
Indeed. One question is, do we want to exclude such people from our community, and if so, why?
No, we should just exclude them from our camps. ;)

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