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Re: Alright, let's hear the best and worst from 2012

Post by Nipple » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:53 am

ZaphodBurner wrote:
Nipple wrote: You totally could have hung out in Cedarville with the rest of us waiting to leave and hit the gate.
You can keep the beer. I'm not interested in meeting you in person for the purpose of consuming alcohol while you tell me how wrong I was for leaving Cedarville before 6 p.m. even though I had an early entry pass. After some of the stuff I read here every day, I couldn't look at people, watch them smile and pretend to think that they're actually nice. Either eplaya or on-playa, one way or the other it's fake.

Ah, you know what? Like Nate said. "Fuck it." You're right, I'm wrong, Burners don't need to try to be friends with each other, even if you have an early entry pass that says 12 AM, you should totally hang out in Cedarville with everybody else until 6 p.m. and add further traffic to the highway. Let's ALL LEAVE CEDARVILLE AT THE SAME TIME next year. What could possibly go wrong? Whatever. Call me names. I'm a douche. I didn't have a problem getting through, except going back to help others, but, I'm a D-Lot Dipshit. Whatever you say is right.
I'm sorry your friends had a rough go of things in their life.

If you flip back, I never called you names... just told you you were wrong. Sorry the lady called your friends some dumb things. When I was 18 and worked at Taco Bell, a nicely dressed suburban mom called me a shit head, as in "NICE JOB, SHIT HEAD" because I forgot her drink. If I had PTSD and killed her for that... well, that would have been pretty bad.

People can be generally awful. I'm sure that lady was super nice and her kid did something dumb like got suspended or flunked something earlier that day, and there I was, another teenage fuckup, and all the bile came bubbling out of her.

I don't want to sound flippant, but it's part of the human condition. People will on occasion be dicks to each other. We're wired for it.

Get that lady fired from her volunteer position. Hell, call me some names if/when you see me, if it'll make you feel better. People are still going to be randomly shitty to each other.

I'll still buy you that beer either way. No conversation required.

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Re: Alright, let's hear the best and worst from 2012

Post by wraith » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:06 am

Nipple wrote:
ZaphodBurner wrote:
Nipple wrote: You totally could have hung out in Cedarville with the rest of us waiting to leave and hit the gate.
You can keep the beer. I'm not interested in meeting you in person for the purpose of consuming alcohol while you tell me how wrong I was for leaving Cedarville before 6 p.m. even though I had an early entry pass. After some of the stuff I read here every day, I couldn't look at people, watch them smile and pretend to think that they're actually nice. Either eplaya or on-playa, one way or the other it's fake.

Ah, you know what? Like Nate said. "Fuck it." You're right, I'm wrong, Burners don't need to try to be friends with each other, even if you have an early entry pass that says 12 AM, you should totally hang out in Cedarville with everybody else until 6 p.m. and add further traffic to the highway. Let's ALL LEAVE CEDARVILLE AT THE SAME TIME next year. What could possibly go wrong? Whatever. Call me names. I'm a douche. I didn't have a problem getting through, except going back to help others, but, I'm a D-Lot Dipshit. Whatever you say is right.
I'm sorry your friends had a rough go of things in their life.

If you flip back, I never called you names... just told you you were wrong. Sorry the lady called your friends some dumb things. When I was 18 and worked at Taco Bell, a nicely dressed suburban mom called me a shit head, as in "NICE JOB, SHIT HEAD" because I forgot her drink. If I had PTSD and killed her for that... well, that would have been pretty bad.

People can be generally awful. I'm sure that lady was super nice and her kid did something dumb like got suspended or flunked something earlier that day, and there I was, another teenage fuckup, and all the bile came bubbling out of her.

I don't want to sound flippant, but it's part of the human condition. People will on occasion be dicks to each other. We're wired for it.

Get that lady fired from her volunteer position. Hell, call me some names if/when you see me, if it'll make you feel better. People are still going to be randomly shitty to each other.

I'll still buy you that beer either way. No conversation required.

Good luck!
I think his point is more that, if you're dealing with the public, you need to make an effort not to be a dick about it. Not so much that random douchebaggery isn't going to happen occasionally. But there are a lot of responses to dickish behavior that can be quite unpleasant, and that you don't have much immediate protection from. The internet's gone a long way towards making people regard being a rat bastard to others as 'safe' because of the layer of anonymity it provides, but when that runs over into the real world, people really need to remember that the person they're antagonizing might opt to simply kick their head in rather than just fuming in anger for a bit.

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Re: Alright, let's hear the best and worst from 2012

Post by Nipple » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:28 am

I'm ditching this threadjack at this point. (I know I caused the derail, but I'm trying to put it back on track)

If you want to argue about dummies, anonymity, ptsd, beer, distance, tickets, name calling and mean people, you can PM me, or start a new thread and yank me over there... before this thread becomes the worst thing about 2012.

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Post by piehole » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:13 am

ygmir wrote:
that, was very well written, and insightful. Thanks.
we may not agree on all things, but there is much in what you wrote, that rings true for me........I, for one, will try to be nicer.

Indeed. Much respect to you, ZaphodBurner.
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Post by piehole » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:16 am

BEST:

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Post by piehole » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:22 am

BEST: RobbiDobbs & HG Crosby's poem's and limericks inside the portos around 9:30 + D

Worst: All the MOOP around robot heart Thursday morning. I picked up an entire box of tampons. How moronically fucked up do you have to be to drop an entire box of tampons?
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Post by wh..sh » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:24 am

ZaphodBurner wrote: You can keep the beer. I'm not interested in meeting you in person for the purpose of consuming alcohol while you tell me how wrong I was for leaving Cedarville before 6 p.m. even though I had an early entry pass. After some of the stuff I read here every day, I couldn't look at people, watch them smile and pretend to think that they're actually nice. Either eplaya or on-playa, one way or the other it's fake.
That's too bad. Nipple is funny as hell, even when he tells you how wrong you are...
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Re: Alright, let's hear the best and worst from 2012

Post by stinkyfoot » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:28 am

2012 was the best for so many reasons. I did volunteering this year, brought some good virgin friends who got a lot out of the experience, successfully put together a nice camp for four people, has a really cool blow up couch, met up with all our friends there at least once. Thursday night was the most gorgeous night to be out on the deep playa.

The worst was getting sick with a fever on Sunday and being all half-delirious for the temple burn. Probably should have gone and got fluids at Rampart but didn't.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:57 am

wh..sh wrote:
ZaphodBurner wrote: You can keep the beer. I'm not interested in meeting you in person for the purpose of consuming alcohol while you tell me how wrong I was for leaving Cedarville before 6 p.m. even though I had an early entry pass. After some of the stuff I read here every day, I couldn't look at people, watch them smile and pretend to think that they're actually nice. Either eplaya or on-playa, one way or the other it's fake.
That's too bad. Nipple is funny as hell, even when he tells you how wrong you are...
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Post by piehole » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:05 am

I don't really think this is about taking sides...
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Post by wh..sh » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:09 am

It's not taking sides. I adore Nipple, regardless.
At a basic level, I found it a little funny that Zaphod would start with "name calling", provide a glowing apology, and then proceed to preach.

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Post by knowmad » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:11 am

The best was being on the Playa for 28 days.
The worst was being on the Playa for 28 days.

Also awesome Hanging with Simon and Trillo at Roots for Rabbit in the Moon.
Also Lame Missing the MnG (sorry, it was a Friends Wedding)

Mega Awesome; My new personal Slut number hit double digits.
Maga Suckage, I fell in love and never said anything. :(
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Post by peyote2004 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:15 am

shroom wrote:ZaphodBurner, I appreciate you post and I do agree, we need to be nice to each other. Too many people have PTSD out there, and not only that, we're all human so let's treat each other that way!

My father was in vietnam and had after effects of agent orange. You could not wake him up because he thought he was still over there. Never hurt us but sure scared us a time or two. It's a scary thing knowing so many men and women in this generation may be going through the same thing.

Hugs to you! Maybe I'll see you next year.
I agree with what Shroom said.

I guess I'm fairly conscious of people with PTSD because my dad suffered from it. He was a paratrooper in WW2. He was also in Korea and Vietnam. He was an awesome dad, and would never hurt us on purpose, but if you snuck up on him or tried to wake him, his instant reaction was to start swinging. He would also talk and scream in his sleep. I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point in his career, he was shot in the face, and in WW2, he was stabbed in the stomach with a bayonet ... he never talked about the things he experienced. I only know about those, because of the physical scars.

He would always say that just because you can't see a person's injuries doesn't mean that there's not something 'broken' inside. I think that was his way of trying to explain the anxiety/fear he felt when startled, etc. and how he couldn't control his response to certain stimuli.

He also would give all of us the age old lecture of treating others the way you want to be treated.
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Post by PapaBear2120 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:36 am

TomServo wrote:Best:
Getting married in first camp.. working with DMV ... the massive amounts of dust....my East German gas mask..REVOFUCKINLUTION ... Duck Pond..meeting Soo many eplayans, finally...

Thanks TomServo! I'm glad you liked our camp :)

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Post by maladroit » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:00 am

Former-virgin thoughts

Best
  • Finally made it to Burning Man. Beyond overwhelming.
  • Campmates had to ask multiple times if I'd ever been before, my setup was perfect.
  • Amazed by all the art cars, playa art, sound camps, the burn, everything.
  • El Pulpo Mecanico is 100x more awesome in person, just like everything else.
  • Meeting an awesome and beautiful person at the last minute on Monday, to ride back home with me.
Worst
  • Not knowing how to find the burn I needed...instead going along with the crowds.
  • Be riding on an art car, happy as a clam, then suddenly crippling loneliness that lasts for hours.
  • Semi-isolation in general, not having any old friends nearby.
  • Arriving late Tuesday, so Wednesday was basically wasted in setup.
  • Wiping out on a bike jump:
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Goals for next year
  • No sound camps, ever.
  • Minimal art car riding.
  • Spend at least one day roaming the city, further out than D.
  • Spend at least one day in deep playa, hard to see the Man.
  • Minimal alcohol use.
  • Don't fall into the spectator trap...engage.
  • Try to go with a playa friend, buddy, love, whatever...someone to keep an eye on you.

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Post by ZaphodBurner » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:11 am

wh..sh wrote: That's too bad. Nipple is funny as hell, even when he tells you how wrong you are...
I believe you. I'm not as funny telling people how wrong they are but I'll work on it. By the way, at 6 p.m. I was driving back from the gate with a police truck tailgating me when BMIR announced that the gate was open. Will Call looked like an RV show or an Indy 500 lot. They almost didn't open the gate because of the total whiteout at the gate. It looked like a Dune worm. You couldn't see vehicles, just dust and headlights. I got back to camp and ran out into 9:D shouting "GOGGLE UP BITCHES! THE VIRGINS ARE COMING!" and people looked at me like I was insane. Then it began! Smiling, waving, niceness, the transition from Charlie Brown to Pig Pen. That was the first magnificent sunset for thousands of people. Perfect.

PIEHOLEis that you in the photo? One of the more astonishing memories of this year was some guy in camo pants and dreadlocks dancing to somebody else's Pink Floyd way up on that wobbly rope. It would look like has about to fall, people were pointing... and then he'd go right back to dancing. We kept telling people "Wanna see something crazy? Look over there. Up."

The Best Thing About Burning Man 2012 is that it destroyed predictions and expectations. Specifically, entry/exodus didn't become the Trail of Tears, and there were almost NO shirtcockers except for people parodying shirtcockers thus becoming shirtcockers themselves. We rocked out with our tits out. We watched a group of college boys walk into the Naked Tiki Lounge, dressed as if for school, looking for the stripper pole and realizing they were going to be served by middle-aged men with graying chest hairs and suntanned shlongs flapping down to their knees. Glorious.

The Worst Thing About 2012 That I Know About So Far is that somebody hauled all their camp stuff to Burning Man and it caught fire and burned up. That sucks. Also, somebody we know hung out with a girl, discovered the hard way that she was undercover, and had his brand new trailer seized. Fortunately, the police were able to able to expend the tax dollars necessary to prevent somebody from getting stoned and making out.

If the Worst Thing About 2012 turns out to be this thread, well, at least it's back on topic. That's better than a beer can in the shitter, bra. Cheers!
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Post by maladroit » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:16 am

ZaphodBurner wrote:If the Worst Thing About 2012 turns out to be this thread, well, at least it's back on topic. That's better than a beer can in the shitter, bra. Cheers!
Amen. And...if I'm with the camp that was across the street from you again, I'll lobby heavily for a collection to get a less horrendously loud generator. It was pointing right at my tent too :wink:

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Post by MacGlenver » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:54 pm

Oh, forgot a best in my first post.

Best:
The first, ice cold, Bud Light after setup. Best. Bud. Light. Evar. Omg it was so sweet and delicious. I had no idea it had such potential. I feel like they must have filled it witih Avery or something by accident.
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Post by grenadine » Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:23 pm

Best:
Amazing campmates who were tailor made for my first burn.
Learning to push myself harder.
Making a working swamp cooler (I named him Vanilla Ice).
Learning how to motivate myself.
Putting limits on my burn that will make next year's even more awesome.
Watching people line up for Dye With Dignity.
Sharing meals with my new playa family.
Giving a giant jug of ready-made cold margaritas to the dread pirate barbies.
Having such an awesome week and coming home in time to watch the man burn on the live stream.
The welcome home from my husband and older son.
Cruising the playa in the camp art car.
Storming the playa with 20+ friends and a beer wagon on the night of the Anubis burn.
Dropping off some baggage at the temple. It really does work.
My adopted playa mom (t) and dad (m) and sisters.

Worst:
Having self-imposed limits on my first burn.
Not being able to participate as much as I would have liked.
Being subjected to the fallout of someone else's Burning Man agenda.
The multitude of cops following everybody's moves.
Friend's bad first burn experience at the hands of a hippie work camp.
Inferior goggles.
Too many costumes, so little time.
Having to wait another year before I can do it all over again.

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Post by Nipple » Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:37 pm

ZaphodBurner wrote: somebody we know hung out with a girl, discovered the hard way that she was undercover, and had his brand new trailer seized. Fortunately, the police were able to able to expend the tax dollars necessary to prevent somebody from getting stoned and making out.
I just had lunch with a couple Slut Gardeners who related the same entrapment (a girl, chocolates, an airstream, and an unhitched truck) story to me. Thumbs way down.

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Post by piehole » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:03 pm

ZaphodBurner wrote: PIEHOLEis that you in the photo?
yes it is. i didn't try going up the rope but doing the rings back and forth was enough for me.
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Post by Bob » Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:12 pm

MacGlenver wrote:Oh, forgot a best in my first post.

Best:
The first, ice cold, Bud Light after setup. Best. Bud. Light. Evar. Omg it was so sweet and delicious. I had no idea it had such potential.
Indeed, ice cold Bud Light is the best daytime beer out there when you can't stock up on Labatt Blue or Sapporo.
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Post by piehole » Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:24 pm

my best/favorite gift:

raw smoky quartz i received thursday morning at robot heart
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Post by tattoogoddess » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:02 pm

grenadine wrote:Best:

Storming the playa with 20+ friends and a beer wagon on the night of the Anubis burn.

My adopted playa mom (t) and dad (m) and sisters.
TURTLE HERDING!!!

Miss you sis!!
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Post by Misti » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:30 pm

Kenny Z wrote:
Lord Of Ruin wrote:
soupman wrote:Fucking Freebird. Just... horrible.

Everything else was just lovely though :)
I keep waiting for someone to explain this, but it doesn't seem to be forthcoming. DPW lost a core member of their group this year. The playing of freebird was a tribute to him and was in no way meant to be any form of a joke.

No one guarantees you any sort of quiet burn of the Temple.

Just because it wasn't quiet doesn't mean it wasn't done out of love and respect...both for the lost one and the Temple itself.

LoR
LoR, I was with you on the greeter thing. At least to the point that year after year we are told not to come early and we do. Regardless of excuses, it jeopardizes the event. As for the temple, the playing of Freebird was done out of respect with no concern about the respect of others. I'm sure this guy was cool as shit but was he cooler than a little girl who lost her life in grade school? Thousands of people are their to pay their respects to loved ones and nobody should be more important than another (even if they are the Grand Pooh-Bah of Burning Man).

So yeah, there is no guarantee of a quiet burn, only unrealistic hope. And we'd be high as fuck to think inconsiderate douchebags won't show up to Burning Man. But luckily a core DPW got his tribute at the expense of lowly burners trying to reflect quietly on their loved ones. If I die in the near future, my wish is to have Robot Heart blast "I'm Too Sexy" at max volume during the Temple burn. Fuck all ya' all! ;-p
I read something somewhere before my first burn that makes sense to me and makes me less annoyed at people being people at the temple burn.

Not everyone sees the temple as a place of mourning. To some it is a celebration (a wedding, anniversary, letting something go that was bad for you, saying goodbye to a friend that was suffering and whos death is a blessing), to some its a pretty bonfire. People express things differently, who am I to judge if their expression is appropriate or not.
Freebird made me smile, I loved the singing before the burn, but i don't think everyone knew it was a live performance and didn't give it the same attention they might have otherwise. The one thing that annoyed me at the temple burn was the person screaming for her friend to come sit by her after people asked her nicely and not so nicely to shut up, but it made me smile when I heard the "shut the fuck up" reply in chorus from a group of people.


The best

In the stop and go traffic on the road to the playa where each stop was a few minutes seeing each stop tons of people running to the bushes or fence to pee and rushing back before the line moves again gave us some laughs.

The guy from Gate that checked our RV was quick and friendly.

The man who yelled in a very concerned and shocked voice at the guy riding a bicycle dragging an inflated dolphin behind him in the dust "WHY ARE YOU DRAGGING THAT DOLPHIN!!??......WHY!?

The very drunk and happy guy in a furry jacket "helping" the art car that wouldn't start while waiting to see if the BWS burn was really cancelled for the night. He grooved up to our side by side 2 person bike with a big grin dancing, gave us each a hug, and grooved away only to come grooving back a minute or so later with a gas can in hand. when we asked what was wrong with the car he shrugged with the same big grin and just grooved away again.

The guy around 3 & D that said he liked the bike and asked if there was ice in the cooler, when we said there was he said quietly " Oooh Dont say that too loud around here" then shouted "HEY THEY HAVE ICE IN THERE!" and pointed. We then had 3 people stop us and ask where we found the ice. It was like we were on the wrong side of the tracks to have a cooler with ice... Very funny!

Pickle martinis & Homebrew with pickles and honey Quickly became two of our favorite camps and daily stops.

Ice samples in line at arctica and the random cart that served bacon while we were in line for ice. The phony cameras in line were great too!

The expectation of a ton of dust, worse than our first year (2008) one of the worst ever conditions and finding just the right amount of dust.

Our new freezer that allowed us to keep ice cream sandwiches and popcicles the whole week to give randomly to people, the look of skepticism you get when you hold out your hand and offer someone ice cream and the astonishment when they realize it is actual frozen solid ice cream was a gift to us, and judging by some reactions we found some people that REALLY needed an ice cream. Our neighbors that greeted us every time they saw us by yelling out "Ice cream!" and when they reopened the bar for us and made us bloodymarys for breakfast.

Realizing after we had went separate ways and making up stories about how he got the bottle open when a random guy asked for a drink from the cooler and we handed a beer that we didn't know was a pop top.

The high number of really awesome people and the very low number of asshats.

The rangers, BLM, and Police we ran into on playa were all very helpful and friendly.

Making it out to the trash fence and seeing some of the smaller but interesting pieces, we never did this our first year.

Experiencing our 2nd burn and being able to get in playa mode earlier, we knew how to really participate, actually checked out some theme camps, and made it to some of the events in the book this time.


The worst

Overheating on the way there slowed the drive and made us miss a lunch date we had planned with family that drives truck and happened to be on the same rout we were.

The greeters we got. We didn't realize they were greeters until the greeters didn't come. They were too busy talking to each other to do anything but hand us the map. I'm glad we had great greeters our virgin year.

The amount of moop. We saw so much more than we could pick up this year.

Lots of "not from your body" stuff in the potties. The potty cleaning truck crews were so friendly and cheerful considering the shitty job they had to do.

Lots of people peeing on the playa even when in sight of the blue lights of the potties.

We asked a lady with a watch for the time and hurried to listen to a neighbor DJ but when we got to the camp it was empty and they were unsure about what we were asking, only to find out 2 hours later that we had asked someone who didn't change their clock to local time and we were an hour early to the camp, and it was over when we found out. Missing the Anubis burn for the same reason.

Sitting front row for the BWS burn because after waiting in the cold and dust for a few hours the night before we didn't want to miss it, only to have what I think was the build crew standing up in a solid line blocking the view of everyone in that area, and getting the finger when the crowd asked nicely, then chanted down in front. There was something that lit up on the fronts of the buildings but we couldn't see what it was, and couldn't figure out the bat winged thing on the roof.
They couldn't sit down? I guess they didn't build that for the city to enjoy.

Finding art works during the day that we never found at night to see them in their glory. The Lotus Girls piece is one we never got to see do anything.

The art works we found after they were broken. The puppet in center camp, the mayan wheel, a building that appeared to have drums in the roof... I wonder what they were like.

The pay to play campers that didn't clean up after themselves and whoever decided to leave a 2 liter pee bottle with no lid on our street in a spot we had just double checked for moop after the neighbors left. Having to use a baggie on my hand and carry that bottle to the potty to empty was gross.

Being pulled over on the road across the street from brunos i think, for swerving out of the lane and having brights on. Both signs of being under the influence of something or fatigue we were told. (we moved over to give people unloading bikes at a bike drop some room and had brights on to not run anyone over because our normal lights are maladjusted and the brights are about equal to normal lights. He wanted ID from both the driver and passenger which was odd to me, and after a while said to get the lights fixed and let us go. They were really fishing that night.

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Re: Alright, let's hear the best and worst from 2012

Post by Foxfur » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:26 pm

Best:

Gaining a spot on the Black Rock FX Arson Crew and loading / wiring pyro in and around Anubis.
Having an co-arsonist who wore a short skirt, boots, and nothing else as she helped us out.

Meeting a hundred dozen of you shiny happy ePlayans at the meet n greet.

Riding with Oneeye and Leggs almost every night in Dick's Welcome Wagon, shooting flame and blasting inappropriate music.
Dick letting me pick up a dancer from Root Society for cuddling in the back seat... :shock:

Snow cones with rum across the street from Barbie death Camp.

Bacon.

Spam.

Bacon Spam.

Being asked to help with liquid-shooting flamethrowers on the EGO burn without discrimination against my semi-inebriated state.

Piney & TITWI.

Espressodude & Caffienegirl for the ridiculous amounts of yummy food and wonderful companionship.

Propane.

Spray painting t-shirts at the Orphan / Endorphin Bar. What an awesome crew of people at that camp!

Thanksgiving dinner with M.A.S.H. 4207th and the Playawaste Raiders.

Gate and exodus being trivial and quick.

Meeting LAbatman! Big hugs, photos, and I gave him a t-shirt. He's a good looking guy... :oops:

Kissing a tiny, noisy girl I met last year, YAY!

Seeing Trilo and Pandorra at the Fertile Minds Deli!

Meeting an 80 year old virgin and her 86 year old girlfriend. They were riding around on a hotwired golf cart that they'd decorated with sperm!


Worst:

The Playa One MV parked right outside Osiris when The Crystal Method was playing. I spoke with the owner, asked him to please move it, to respect the folks who wanted to hear CM, he said OK. Never did...

Can't really think of anything else for the worst. I guess this burn kicked ass.
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Post by waynerd » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:30 pm

My first burn, my eyes are still wide with wonder, my heart is still full.

BEST:
Almost bloody everything!
Meeting and having a wonderful (yet emotional) conversation with David Best on Monday night.
My camp mates at Mal Mart. Although we were off doing our own things a lot of the time I really connected with a few.
ALL the burners who allowed me to gift them a portrait while out with my cart/bike trailer.
The burner who's portrait I took and when told it was my first burn he told me "you're doing it right". That meant the world to me.
Meeting Halcyon in Center Camp after getting tons of hugs by the Pink Heart souls.
The two beautiful naked girls who allowed me to take their photos while they spun on the rocks of the huge art structure outside Center Camp.
The Sno Cone Master "Mallet" (if I'm remembering right) in the French Quarter. I swear he's the most popular Sno Cone maker in the history of mankind.
The French Quarter in general. A farmer's market!? Are you kidding me!? And the Jambalaya on Thursday night was amazing!
The camp on C or D close to 7:30 that I stumbled upon my first night that was gifting Curry on rice. Amazing.
The view from my camp's structure, long live Baal-Mart.
The girl who gave me a sticker while I was tending bar at our camp that says "RV's make my pussy sad". It now adorns my cup. :o
The beautiful (and I mean out of my league beautiful) Hungarian girl from L.A. who shared her blanket and snuggles during Temple burn.
The Man burn
Temple burn
The wonderful burners I met afterwards during my misadventure in Bridgeport CA. I will remember all of you!

WORST:
The pre burn fear/dust mongering. Was it really that bad? I was too busy experiencing my first fucking Burning Man to give a shit.
Not a big fan of the gas powered scooters and skateboards but whatevs.
The "road" conditions around 2 and 3 o'clock. A little hard on the ass.

Not really a "Burning Man" worst but hitting a deer on my way up to Bodie really crushed my BM buzz. I had no chance to avoid her but I still feel so bad. The German burners in the RV who got me back into town and made sure I was ok were awesome. The 3 I met at the Sheriff's station were also extremely cool considering what they were just through.

Really, that's about it. I'm no longer a virgin and I already miss the feeling I had while on the playa. Next year, it's my goal to come out of my shell even more, experience more, give more and interact with more people. The only thing I regret is bringing the part of myself that is more of a loner. Next year, I'm leaving him back at default home.

Thank you all for this.
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Re: Alright, let's hear the best and worst from 2012

Post by BBadger » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:44 pm

Misti wrote:The worst:

The greeters we got. We didn't realize they were greeters until the greeters didn't come. They were too busy talking to each other to do anything but hand us the map. I'm glad we had great greeters our virgin year.
So I was not the only one to suffer those useless socializing greeters. At least you received a map. They just outright ignored us and kept on chatting. It's not even hard to be a greeter, and if it is, get the fuck out. I couldn't even believe people could fail at being greeters, and yet everything is possible I now see.
Foxfur wrote:Best:

Bacon Spam.
I'm sorry, but Bacon Spam is an abomination. It is an affront to both bacon and spam--a dysynergy of failure from what should be flawless food products. There are reasons that unpalatable garbage was quickly moved to Big Lots where discontinued products go, and even then had to be dumped when nobody would buy it after trying their first can. I couldn't even finish the can I bought, and wouldn't even use it as cat food.
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Re: Alright, let's hear the best and worst from 2012

Post by Eric » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:43 pm

BBadger wrote:I'm sorry, but Bacon Spam is an abomination. It is an affront to both bacon and spam--a dysynergy of failure from what should be flawless food products. There are reasons that unpalatable garbage was quickly moved to Big Lots where discontinued products go, and even then had to be dumped when nobody would buy it after trying their first can. I couldn't even finish the can I bought, and wouldn't even use it as cat food.
You know BBadger, sometimes you need to speak clearly. I really have no idea what you're getting at here - should I buy the stuff, should I not? I'm really confused....
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Re: Alright, let's hear the best and worst from 2012

Post by FireTommy » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:52 pm

OK, worst first. The 3:00 road kicked my ass, permanently disfiguring what was previously a great work of art. You'd think my insurance would cover this...


Best parts...People were overall very inclusive, welcoming and sweet. I got to make lots of new friends this year and have a blast with some old ones.
Teardropper and Jewel got married at the Temple, giving me the honor of being best man. Broken ass and all...
The Dusty Swan hosted the most fun traditional music set, and the singers in the crowd were unforgettable. Thank you so much!!
Slackjaw's tower at the end of 3:00. The view was breathtaking at night.
The vikings at The Allthing Camp. Pillage and cold beverages...
The Flying Spagetti Monster bar, serving yesterday's leftovers tomorrow...YUMMMM!!

But the Best, oh ... you people at the Burn with me at the 3:00 perimeter. I was in the front row, having the Best. Time. Ever. The fire intensity got a little ratcheted up and those big fire whirls just kind of zipped at us, getting bigger and louder and hotter. I'm a career firefighter, my first fear was that people would panic. People did not. They moved smartly, some laterally, some toward the rear. Everybody surrounding my area calmly made room for them to do so. The rangers remained icy calm while hot shit rained down on them, and the fire conclave moved together to a place of better safety. Nobody blew it in any way at all. I didn't see anyone stepped on. I saw plenty of fear, but everybody made sure that the people around them were ok as they made an orderly move to safer spots. Nothing in my experience would have made me expect anything this cool from a bunch of folks having fire dumped on them, but you were great. No shit. If you were part of this; as a ranger, drummer, sitting, standing or just getting out of the way, you did good. You should feel some pride and I hope you do. Somebody raised you right. True Burners, all y'all.
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