Your Burning Man Traditions?

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Post by Slutsy_Goat » Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:37 pm

1.) Arrive at BRC between midnight and 5 AM, park my car, immediately unpack my bike and ride out into the playa.

2.) Stop for Indian Tacos on my way back to the default world.

3.) Changing my playa-name every year.

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Post by The Chinese » Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:19 am

I get in early on Sunday, Work my ass off to put Transmorphagon online. Then at the opportune moment, we whip out the clippers and cut my hair (which has been growing since my annual Tequila and Tamale Party around Cinco de Mayo) into a Mohawk.

Then I'm truly home.

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Post by lhyr » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:33 am

i try to get some sleep starting around 10 or 11am and try to push it till around 2 0r 3pm, everyday. sometimes i can get away with laying down for just an hour and a half and be ok, but last year i missed my daily nap and was an extra wreck for the temple burn. after fighting our way home thru the whiteout, i passed out until 6am.

so, 3-5 hours sleep (give our take an hour)

i walk really slow. i mean, REALLY slow. mostly, its standing, but scenery goes by a lil at a time. it makes navigating easier, and doesn't fuck up my crappy blood pressure. but i got away with walking about fifteen miles a day barefoot without any detriment to my feet, so i have great faith in the practice.

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Post by alt12 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:53 pm

1) black bear diner in the sierras on the drive in

2) arrive at 2am, unpack tent, drop ecstasy, wander the entire first night there to "acclimatize"

3) Indian tacos on the drive out...

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Post by Dust Monkey » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:14 am

day one: Roll around in the dust so I don't fight it

day three: Fall asleep while eating

day five: Cry

day seven: Dream about next year

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Post by spork_the_magical » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:50 am

1) Arrive 12:01am Monday (or as close as we can get) and set up most of the camp in the middle of the night while it's cool and (usually) not dusty.
2) Greeter shift Tuesday 8am-noon
3) Pack up camp Sunday, go to sleep immediately after the Temple Burn. Get up at dawn Monday and get in line early
4) Eat at Black Bear Diner in Alturas on the way home. Milkshakes!!!
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Post by awuser896 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:54 pm

this'll be my first one, so thanks for all the info.
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Post by Laughing Forest » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:51 pm

My Burningman Tradition? Loving everyone without condition.

Om Shanti Om!!!

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Post by Eklypz » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:33 pm

I make a wish to manifest over the next year something immaterial I've wanted to focus on as I pass the greeters.
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Post by Sensei » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:48 pm

Every year, somewhere between Klamath Falls, OR and Alturas, CA, I'll see this huge boat ahead of me being pulled on a trailer. I'll take my foot off the gas so I don't pass it too fast - usually I'm doing 80+ and the truck/boat trailer about 55 - then as I blow by I stick my arm out the window and give Captain Goddammit the one finger salute.

It's a tradition, what can I say?

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Post by Sensei » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:50 pm

Oopsie! Double-post.

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Post by rana » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:32 pm

Boijoy wrote:sorry.. didn't take time for spelling.

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Post by vargaso » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:38 pm

Indian tacos on the way home, the first stand you see right before Empire. Great people run it.

Take at least one solo bike ride in the deep playa, preferably during a dust storm

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Post by teardropper » Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:23 am

[quote="Olyrob"]We eat at the Black Bear Restaurant in Klamath Falls on the way back to Olympia.

Coffee each morning in Center Camp

Find our friends as soon as we set camp[/quote]

Wow. I live in KF and have never eaten there, though I keep wanting to. Your recommendation may do it. My tradition is to make it all week, no injuries, and drive that big old, very old I might add, motorhome home.

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Post by macrophage68 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:11 pm

Raise the American flag from the back of our truck.

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Post by mdmf007 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:29 pm

I ride my bike (well try to ride) every street in BM at least twice so I can see the difference just a few days makes.

I write the name and story of the one person I loathe in life and wish would simply die a horrible death. The temple is my attempt to heal from this little prick. Its helping - four or five more years may do it.

I like to barf once or twice from drinking to excess,

I like to dance until the sun comes up.

These are just a few of the things i do regularly.

later

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Post by Mister Jellyfish Mister » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:49 pm

It's a little known fact that Reno is the world headquarters for all-you-can-eat sushi! I crave it on the playa to it's the first thing I do when I get back. Avoid the casinos. The strip mall joints are usually pretty good.
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Post by bigbluedoggy » Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:35 pm

Indian Tacos at the place about 30 miles south of Empire on the way out. Solo bike ride to the Man and the Temple. Greeters shifts and Coffee Cafe shifts. Seek out a massage (got an incredible one this year!) eplaya M&G on Thursday. Sleep away at least most of one afternoon... usually Thursday.
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Post by dr.placebo » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:27 pm

Some of the traditions are more recent, and I feel that I'm leaving some out.

-- assist at all of the BED workshops (5 years)

-- get up before dawn to take pictures at least one day

-- indian tacos on the way out

-- volunteer for exodus (3 years)

-- take pictures of the burn

-- tear up when I get there and when I have to leave

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Injury

Post by bradtem » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:43 pm

There is always, it seems a minor injury during preparation. This year, I didn't have one, and in Reno was thinking how nice that was. And then shortly after that whacked my head hard enough to bleed on a shelf in the RV!

Other traditions:

Getting there 18-24 hours after the planned arrival time.

Putting on Radio Free Burning Man, now BMIR, as we leave, and listening as it fades into static. (Sooner these days, less power.)

Trip to the apex point of the trash fence, photo out into the playa.

Greeting the greeters. Asking them if they are drinking enough water, making sure they know what's in the survival guide.

At least 2 or 3 episodes of camp drama.

Fancy casino buffet in Reno on the way out. Usually Atlantis though Harrah's is better but harder to park and RV with trailer at.

Gasp at first glimpse of size of the city.

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Post by RedHeaven » Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:53 am

I like this thread, fun read.

~Kombucha, pickles, olives.
~find some live music at some point in the week
~Random Rab (the only DJ I truly want to see)
~BMIR radio upon entry and exit
~spray sunblock
~some kind of vanilla amber essential oils
~wine in a water bottle
~watch sunrise at temple at least once
~Find an album release that is new to me pre burn, listen to it a week prior and a week after for personal sound track. This is my most important tradition I do it seems. Everything else just falls into place around that ;) This year, it was the New Pornographers. Now every time I listen to it Im going to think, BURNING MAN 09, BABY

Im just super music sensitive.

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Post by LostinReno » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:09 pm

Mister Jellyfish Mister wrote:It's a little known fact that Reno is the world headquarters for all-you-can-eat sushi! I crave it on the playa to it's the first thing I do when I get back. Avoid the casinos. The strip mall joints are usually pretty good.
OMG!! Funny you should mention that. We were craving it out on the playa too! The night after we got home, straight to sushi! Sushi Time on Vista is some good stuff! (Lot's of parking for bigger vehicles, in Safeway/Bully's parking lot)

Casino's suck!

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Post by Oldguy » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:54 pm

I have several pre-burn traditions dealing with preparation. In August, I go to the Butte County fair and buy one raffle ticket from the VFW boys. The last Wednesday of August, I get my two bags of groceries from the Gleaners, and then buy my playa food. The last Friday of August is the local military standown for veterans, and I always attend to get clothing for the year. Then I go shopping and buy bags of new socks and underwear to break-in on playa.

I always put on new socks and underwear everyday on playa. The first evening when the Sun goes down behind the mountains, I break out my boat airhorn and give a short signal to start the first night. I always find time first day to visit the Man. This year, I went on the Artery Tour on the Omnibus, and I think I'll make it a tradition.
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Post by Boijoy » Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:31 pm

Newest tradition, ( due to the fact that i've been doing it for the past 4 years ) Going to Nu Yalk Pizza in Reno before heading out to the playa.

&& I'm making this a tradition after this year.. Spray on sunblock & keep it in the cooler.. ahhhhhhh :D
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Post by Karlene » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:21 am

A Tom Jones concert in Reno the Saturday night before, if available

Spam Kabobs for the neighborhood at the end of the week

Lots and lots and lots of champagne

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