My Epic Journey Home

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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Jax Dee » Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:54 pm

Eric wrote:So Jax, how does it feel to have almost the entire board hanging on your every word?

More more more!!
It's flattering and flabbergasting all at the same time. I am really surprised by how much everyone seems to be enjoying it.
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Jax Dee » Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:56 pm

Part Six

So I was finally at Burning Man. It was almost overwhelming. I had put myself through a lot of stress both physically
and mentally to get myself to this point. Now that I was here I had to keep myself from collapsing and sleeping for the
whole week. Thankfully I had prepared pretty well to make myself very comfy with the least amount of effort. I had a
Tent-Cot which made it easy and comfy for me to sleep up off the ground. I had a fan to keep air circulating in the
tent. I had said screw it to the usual crappy camp chair and invested in a nice reclining lounger that gave me a lovely
place to nap/rest during the day in the shade structure. I had very well made and comfy Doc Marten boots for walking,
though they are a bitch to lace up. And I had brought my cane just in case. The last thing I needed to complete my comfy
BRC experience was the new beach cruiser I had bought and left strapped to my driver's car.

Tuesday morning dawned bright and clear. I woke with a mission. Retrieve the bike! I dressed for comfort in a long loose
tank and bike shorts. Added SPF 100, my cowboy hat, and my utility pouch with water and sundries. I had an address and
set off. I was camped at 215 and E, I needed to get to 630 and B. It was quite the hike. I went up and down and all over
and just did not see his car or camp. 2 hours has passed at this point and I was running out of water. Time to make friends.
I joined a lovely group of burners at the 630 and B corner who put me in the shade and offered me a cold apple soda. I
entertained them with the story of my cross country journey and my current search for my bike. After I refreshed myself,
I decided he wasn't in this location but maybe he had checked in at center camp. Off I went.

Upon reaching center camp I was informed that though professional photographers checked in and registered with them, they
didn't organize the registrations in any way. It was literally a pile of papers. Though I was welcome to go through them,
they recommended I check the intranet computers they had set up for camp listings instead. Brilliant! I knew the name of
his camp and found a free computer to begin my search. It was at this moment that the intranet decided to crash and all the
computers went down. Really? Come on Universe, don't I get a break at this point?!? I decided another rest in the shade was
called for and patiently waited for the system to come back up. Thankfully it didn't take long and I was able to call up
his camp listing which let me know he was at 745 and J. Nowhere near where he had told me to search. Of course. I set off
yet again.

I approached his camp with trepidation. I wasn't sure what to expect and I hadn't let any of my friend's come with me for
fear they would try and kill the dude. I hailed the camp and asked if he was here. His head popped out and with a smile
he welcomed me and came over to get my bike down. He kept up a steady chatter while I just stared at him. He pretty much
acted like the last 5 days had not happened. He even asked about stopping by my camp for a bike fix (my camp is full of
gear heads and we do bike repair for those that come by) and I said sure, but proceeded to tell him the address of a
different camp doing bike repair. No way was I letting him near my camp, he'd be crucified and used to decorate our bar. I
grabbed my bike, wished him well, and took the fuck off. While it had taken me 4 hours to find my bike, with the luxury
of having it, it only took me about 7 minutes to get back to my camp. However that little debacle pretty much wiped me out.
I spent the rest of the day curled up in my recliner with a book. My mates would check in on me occasionally to see if I
was okay and once evening hit we had a big party in our bar. I was able to obtain a stool right next to the bartender and let
the entertainment come to me.

Coming next: Part Seven, where I wear more comfy clothes, bitch about how far away the jots are, and actually remember to
take photos with my camera.
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by ygmir » Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:06 pm

*considers creating "Jax Dee's incredible adventure" fan, discussion, and debauchery club, as charter member*
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by graidawg » Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:04 pm

damn but jaz was only an hour and 15 minutes from us. i really really must take notes of adresses in future.
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Lassen Forge » Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:14 pm

ygmir wrote:*considers creating "Jax Dee's incredible adventure" fan, discussion, and debauchery club, as charter member*
(puts hand up) Me too!

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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Minxy » Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:51 pm

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by moonrise » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:08 pm

Part 6 is mmmm good! *applause*
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Zibletz » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:35 pm

I love this story!!
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by theCryptofishist » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:46 pm

Jax Dee wrote:No way was I letting him near my camp, he'd be crucified and used to decorate our bar.
Ah. A worthy successor to the Booby Bar:
Crucify Your Scary Campmate and Decorate This Bar with Him Bar
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Jax Dee » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:50 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Jax Dee wrote:No way was I letting him near my camp, he'd be crucified and used to decorate our bar.
Ah. A worthy successor to the Booby Bar:
Crucify Your Scary Campmate and Decorate This Bar with Him Bar

I just laughed so hard I think I peed a little.
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Elorrum » Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:08 pm

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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Elorrum » Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:12 pm

Jax Dee wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:
Jax Dee wrote:No way was I letting him near my camp, he'd be crucified and used to decorate our bar.
Ah. A worthy successor to the Booby Bar:
Crucify Your Scary Campmate and Decorate This Bar with Him Bar

I just laughed so hard I think I peed a little.
yikes, a voodoo sort of lounge, without the doll. Cuts straight to the heart of the matter as it were.
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by ygmir » Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:17 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Jax Dee wrote:No way was I letting him near my camp, he'd be crucified and used to decorate our bar.
Ah. A worthy successor to the Booby Bar:
Crucify Your Scary Campmate and Decorate This Bar with Him Bar
I could carve epitaphs,
Ff could skin 'em
Simon could make wallets and lampshades......

ah.....the fun.


And, ELORRUM!!!

BBBWWWWHAHAHAHAAA..........that is so dang funny......*screen wipes, please*............hahahaaa
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by tamarakay » Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:23 pm

and Elorrium for the win lol
When the only tool you got is a hammer, every problem looks like a hippie.

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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Bob » Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:35 pm

Kudos for your survival skills, Jax Dee, and awesome use of the eplaya. Reminds me of hitchhiking around California in the '70s.

MacGyverus Sparkleponius? Think I've encountered him/her once or twice in the wild, working DPW.
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by MyDearFriend » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:06 am

tamarakay wrote:and Elorrium for the win lol
+++

Keep going, Jax, I love this and I want to know how your exodus went!

Maybe next year you'll want a nice boring ride with some calm & reliable people??? Would that work for you??? :P
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Jax Dee » Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:30 am

Part Seven

Okay the next couple days blur together a little bit. I know at some point I found Fishy's run over by a car water bottle
behind our bar and trudged off to Terminal City to return it. I know after I did that I spotted someone I thought I
recognized coming out of a camp and sure enough it was Foxfur. We had a quick hug and chat in the middle of the road.
I must say it was a little like meeting a celebrity. Here is someone I read about online, see occasional pictures of, and
have an idea of who they are in my head, but don't know for sure. I hope he enjoyed meeting me and that I made some sense
as I talked because I honestly have no idea what I said to him. I was nervous and hopefully not gushing. I'm pretty sure
I don't gush, but you never know.

As Thursday approached I was super excited to go to the Meet n' Greet at Barbie Death Camp. I awoke Thursday with dread in
my heart because I was in crazy amounts of pain. I honestly didn't do much and rested a lot but as the MnG approached I
knew I needed medicinal help. So I took my pain pills. And promptly fell asleep. Damn. I woke at 7pm in a total panic. My
camp mates watched me in shock as I started crying and tore around my tent trying to get dressed quickly and then whined
at them to help me get my shoes on. I have never pedaled a bike so fast in my life. My legs felt like noodles as I pulled
up at the Mng. I noted in relief that the place was still crowded and in full swing. I then noted in total panic that the
place was still crowded and in full swing. I don't do well in crowds, I get a little agoraphobic and overwhelmed. I have a
hard time focusing and making conversation when it is noisy and too many people are talking. I don't like to call attention
to myself so will often just stay quiet and watch. I did this for about 30 minutes before I found the name tag table. With
my name tag on I felt totally different. I felt welcomed and included by default. I felt important enough to speak up and
make friends. I started to think that maybe I just needed to always wear a name tag. It felt so wonderful to recognize
and be recognized by all the eplayans.

Thank you Jkisha for making the nametags. You will never know how much that made me feel okay and comfortable that evening.
Thank you to everyone I got to talk to and who hugged me and made me feel welcome. Who listened to my words as if they
were important to them and valued my presence. Maryanimal you were so sweet and lovely. Eric was funny and open. Foxfur his
usual adorable self. AntiM brash, loud, and totally funny. Knowmad truly touched me with his words and out of everyone
made me feel the most welcome and relaxed. Savannah was as kind in person as she is on the board. MyDearFriend has the
best hugs. Fishy was cynical in such a good way and made me laugh. Misa was happy and smiling. And the list goes on. If I
didn't mention you then don't worry, you still made an impression and made my Thursday the best day at burning man. Thank
you all so much.

The rest of my burn was alternating between extreme bouts of fun with my mates and extreme exhaustion and rest back at camp.
I made certain to take four hours out of my day Friday and just ride around taking pictures of everything. I always forget
pictures every year and was so happy that I made time this year to go out and capture some memories. I finally got to see
the temple burn, I had always had to leave before Sunday in the past and was really moved to be able to watch the temple
burn this year. I finally got to do something I had always wanted and place something special in the temple. Though it has
been many years since I suffered the miscarriage the memory still had too much power to upset me. I placed the name I had
chosen for my child in the temple and finally said goodbye. Some may not appreciate the temple burn but for me it allowed
a certain amount of closure that I had never found before. I have not been able to get pregnant since... so it was important.

As Monday morning dawned the thought finally entered my head that I needed some way to get out of BRC. I needed somewhere to
go. I have many family and friends in California as I grew up there and figured that was my best bet. As most my mates were
from LA I decided that was the best place to head. Or at least the easiest. I was hoping at some point to see me Gran in
Fresno as we are very close and it has been two years since the last time I visited. But I honestly thought that was not
going to be feasible. And I needed some way to get all my stuff to LA with me. My camp vowed that they would get me there
somehow and we began the process of seeing where me and my stuff fit. Most everyone was leaving the next morning on Tuesday
and they figured out that my camp supplies would fit in the big truck they had along. But I still had no where to fit me. No
one had room in their cars for a body. At least not a live one.

Keep reading for Part Eight, where I ride in a van like a sardine, spend 3 hours looking for a shower, and break into a car.
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by ygmir » Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:32 pm

as we listen to J.D......


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Post by MyDearFriend » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:29 pm

((((((((Jax)))))))) I knew you were lovely, but, am really impressed by your tremendous courage. 8) Three cheers for Jax!!!
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Elliot » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:22 pm

[Arrives late, reads chapters one thru seven in one sitting, sits down to wait for chapter eight.]

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Post by tamarakay » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:25 pm

Anyone else want one of these s'mores? I have BlueStar Rootbeer too, guaranteed smiley faces.


No pressure Jaxdear, you just take your time and tell your story as you are ready.
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Post by ygmir » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:29 pm

*cuddles in next to TK for smores.....*.......
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by ygmir » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:31 pm

*builds fire, so we can all sit around it, to listen to JD's story, make smores, stuff....*

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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Elorrum » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:45 pm

I think I'll just toast a few marshmallows.... *burp* pardon me. good quality rootbeer that. thanks TK. oh and of course the simulated outdoor camp ground with campfire or SOCGwCF is the perfect place for a story like this, thanks ygmir.
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by maryanimal » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:49 pm

Elliot wrote:[Arrives late, reads chapters one thru seven in one sitting, sits down to wait for chapter eight.]

Hey Elliot!! Nice to see you!!!!!! *huuuugggsss*
Sometimes I'm confused by what I think is really obvious. But what I think is really obvious obviously isn't obvious.

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Post by ygmir » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:49 pm

Elorrum wrote:I think I'll just toast a few marshmallows.... *burp* pardon me. good quality rootbeer that. thanks TK. oh and of course the simulated outdoor camp ground with campfire or SOCGwCF is the perfect place for a story like this, thanks ygmir.
you are such the acronymological genius!
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Re: My Epic Journey Home

Post by Elliot » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:05 pm

maryanimal wrote:
Hey Elliot!! Nice to see you!!!!!! *huuuugggsss*
Thanks! I think I'm beginning to recover from a year of poor health, and hugs certainly help. :D

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Post by Bin Noddin » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:15 pm

What Elliot said. What a story, JaxDee. Sits down to wait for more.
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Post by maryanimal » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:22 pm

Elliot wrote:
maryanimal wrote:
Hey Elliot!! Nice to see you!!!!!! *huuuugggsss*
Thanks! I think I'm beginning to recover from a year of poor health, and hugs certainly help. :D

Ohhh I hope your feeling better Elliott! Well, here are a few more "medicinal" hugs! *hhughughughughug*
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Post by ygmir » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:36 pm

maryanimal wrote:
Elliot wrote:
maryanimal wrote:
Hey Elliot!! Nice to see you!!!!!! *huuuugggsss*
Thanks! I think I'm beginning to recover from a year of poor health, and hugs certainly help. :D

Ohhh I hope your feeling better Elliott! Well, here are a few more "medicinal" hugs! *hhughughughughug*

*yells*
HUUUUG PIIILLLLLEEEEEEEELE!!!!!

*jumps in*

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