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I don't "get it". Can you help me?

Post by Sobretta Franjipan » Thu Sep 09, 2004 3:17 am

Everyone keeps talking about "getting it". Most people who speak of "getting it" seem to know more about "getting it" than the other people who speak of "getting it". Help me "get it".

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Post by DVD Burner » Thu Sep 09, 2004 4:20 am

BWWWWAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA! !!!!!!! You don't get it! :lol:
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Post by primate » Thu Sep 09, 2004 4:39 am

You don't really need to "get it".
Just drink the red cool-aid when they hand it out.
That's all that really matters anyway.

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You don't have to get it, to get it.

Post by XS » Thu Sep 09, 2004 12:17 pm

I think it's more about feeling comfortable, a sense of belonging, some folks say "Welcome Home" to the playa.... For me, as soon as I experienced the personal freedoms, 'clothing optionality' and expression of community; helping one another, sharing of materials, effort, food, drink, whatever. That sense of community, the collective, the sum being greater than whole... that kind of thing helped me "Get it" Pardon my rambling, but I haven't completely decompressed yet..... I just had an immediate sense of belonging, a warm welcoming by complete strangers, a greater sense of family than I experience at say Thanksgiving or X-mas.

Don't worry you don't really have to "get it", to have a good time.

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Re: I don't "get it". Can you help me?

Post by nocturnal_steve » Thu Sep 09, 2004 1:05 pm

[quote] Most people who speak of "getting it" seem to know more about "getting it" than the other people who speak of "getting it". Help me "get it".[/quote]

your statement is so disjointed and nonsensical that you have gotten it
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Post by Blenderhead » Thu Sep 09, 2004 1:32 pm

Huh.

I always equated "getting it" with having an 8-inch string of anal beads shoved up the rectal cavity, which I didn't "get" the entire week, despite them being within arms-reach of that FPOS inflatable mattress we were sleeping on.

Maybe I'll "get it" tonight after dinner.

buh.

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an old quote

Post by bigfathairyape » Thu Sep 09, 2004 1:45 pm

" If I have to explain it you will not understand" seen on a t-shirt at a biker run many years ago under the H-D logo.

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Post by Rob the Wop » Thu Sep 09, 2004 2:16 pm

Simple. More lube is required.

Wait a second, what the hell were we talking about?

I'm pretty sure you 'lose it' around the 3-5th time you 'get it'. You might get it again after you lost it, but usually getting it requires you losing something else. And if you've lost THAT, then you risk not getting it back.

Wait a second, what the hell were we talking about again?
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Post by talking_sausage » Thu Sep 09, 2004 2:44 pm

I "got it", but then I lost it after taking powerful antibiotics

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Re: You don't have to get it, to get it.

Post by Rian Jackson » Thu Sep 09, 2004 2:58 pm

XS wrote:sharing of... food, drink, whatever.
that's exactly why i now have it, whatever malaise it is
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Post by vandyke » Thu Sep 09, 2004 3:11 pm

To me, 'getting it' refers to the joyous feeling of community, acceptance, and celebration which pervades the Burning Man experience through interaction with fellow burners, citizens of BRC, joining an activity or riding in/on a surreal art car - and by sharing/giving to other burners.

In my experience, 'getting it' can be deeply felt and wonderous. And hard to recover once you've re-entered the default world.[/b]
- You only get out of life what you put into it -

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Post by _tears_ » Thu Sep 09, 2004 3:52 pm

Who cares if you get it or not?

No one *really* gets it. Its all just one big opinion on what "it" really is. If you are happy with it, why fret?
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..........ahem.........

Post by Rabbi Dali Rick » Thu Sep 09, 2004 5:38 pm

So. Now do you get it?


perspectively,
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Post by dragonflyannie » Thu Sep 09, 2004 5:44 pm

You'll just know if you "get it"... if you know you didn't "get it", there's no way anyone can help you "get it" cause you "get it" on your own... if you came back to the default world having a really hard time being around non-burners and don't even want to try to explain what bm is about to them because they will never "get it" then you most likely "got it" but it hasn't sunk in yet or you just don't recognize it as having "gotten it". Give it a year or two.........................
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Post by dragonflyannie » Thu Sep 09, 2004 5:46 pm

Right after I submitted this, two people at my office said, "did you just get it?" and the other replied, "i got it..."
completely unrelated. just thought i'd share.

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Post by mars » Fri Sep 10, 2004 7:47 pm

Your photo sez it all...you've definitely got it!

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Re: I don't "get it". Can you help me?

Post by HughMungus » Sat Sep 11, 2004 9:49 am

Sobretta Franjipan wrote:Everyone keeps talking about "getting it". Most people who speak of "getting it" seem to know more about "getting it" than the other people who speak of "getting it". Help me "get it".
Burning Man is what you make it. What do you want it to be? That's what "getting it" is about.
It's what you make it.

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Re: I don't "get it". Can you help me?

Post by madmatt » Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:01 am

Sobretta Franjipan wrote:Everyone keeps talking about "getting it".
In my experience, all that "getting it" really means is that a person understands why BM can be so important and deep to so many people and such a healthy cultural phenomenon in this country in this era.

If anything about BM really touched you (including that one friend you made or that one moment you'll never forget), then you get it.

It's definitely not universally for everyone though. "Getting it" is also sort of a lame exclusive "our group" type of thing. BM is not for everyone, and if it does nothing for you, doesn't necessarily mean you don't get it.

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Post by herpy hancock » Sat Sep 11, 2004 2:37 pm

frankly - I think you do GET IT - I've seen you running the show -
don't give me that , " I don't get it shit"

hahHHAHAHAHahhahaaaaaa

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or is it 7 mill?
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Post by herpy hancock » Sat Sep 11, 2004 4:33 pm

burn the hippies
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Post by bullD » Sat Sep 11, 2004 5:57 pm

you mean, we were supposed to GET something?

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Post by Sobretta Franjipan » Sat Sep 11, 2004 8:16 pm

BWWWWAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA! !!!!!!! You don't get it!
Stick to the thread. It's "getting it".

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Post by Sobretta Franjipan » Sat Sep 11, 2004 8:19 pm

So. Now do you get it?


perspectively,
the rebbi
Are you "giving it"?

Come on, throw me a bone.

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Post by Dan D. Lyon » Thu Sep 16, 2004 1:25 am

Burning man is a Mecca, a pilgrimage of thousands of seekers — the embers and sparks generated by the conflagration of burning spirits of this massive dreamtime vortex engine recreates the universe with every blinking moment.

It's really not about "getting it" — it's a matter of opening up and Being. If you can't see the forest for the trees, hike around, smell the smithy, taste the brilliance, see the vastness, touch and be touched, listen to the love everywhere — you are totally immersed!

Try one or more of these ideas and report back if it helps:

Take a cold bath while smoking a cigar.

Skip everywhere you go for a whole day.

Tell someone you love that you love them (to someone you have been withholding).

Take out a personals ad seeking your actual guardian angel.

Make friends with a young child and let them remind you how to play.

The point being to jar your routine/perspective, to help slip through the cracks of your construct so to speak.

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Re: I don't "get it". Can you help me?

Post by Simply Joel » Thu Sep 16, 2004 5:05 am

Sobretta Franjipan wrote:Everyone keeps talking about "getting it". Most people who speak of "getting it" seem to know more about "getting it" than the other people who speak of "getting it". Help me "get it".
Bill Clinton got "it" and look where "it" got him...

Hillary, by-pass surgery, more Hillary... no thanks.

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Re: I don't "get it". Can you help me?

Post by bullD » Thu Sep 16, 2004 6:59 am

Simply Joel wrote:
Sobretta Franjipan wrote:Everyone keeps talking about "getting it". Most people who speak of "getting it" seem to know more about "getting it" than the other people who speak of "getting it". Help me "get it".
Bill Clinton got "it" and look where "it" got him...

Hillary, by-pass surgery, more Hillary... no thanks.

OHHHHHHH,,, so we were supposed to GET sucked, smacked around, cut into, and then smacked around some more? I think I'm starting to GET it.

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Post by Rob the Wop » Thu Sep 16, 2004 10:24 am

I think you can still get it at K-mart. Pretty sure there's still a blue light special on it. Otherwise, you'll have to shop elsewehere to get it.
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Post by bullD » Thu Sep 16, 2004 11:48 am

Rob the Wop wrote:I think you can still get it at K-mart. Pretty sure there's still a blue light special on it. Otherwise, you'll have to shop elsewehere to get it.
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Very witty, I like it!!!!!

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Post by chineseobelisk » Sun Sep 26, 2004 10:55 pm

On a shopping trip with my mom I jumped up and down, gleefully shouting: "Can I get it?, can I get it? huh can I?" while cradling a box of Count Cocula or some similar sugar laden concoction. As she took it from me and placed it firmly back on the shelf she said: "NO! You can't get it, and furthermore you are NEVER going to get it! So..you see... I am pretty much screwed.
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Post by blyslv » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:46 pm

I'm pretty sure it involves painting yourself green.

Often when I hear people talking about stuff they got for free, such as drugs, booze, food, water or sex it seems like they have gotten it, but with out really getting it.

I got it, but promptly lost it. However that was long ago and I've since learned to take more joy in the process.
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