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Perimeter Goons

Post by Lonesomebri » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:42 am

I serve drinks out at the trash fence after the daft punk show on Tuesday every year. Point 3, Top of the Black Rock City Pentagram.

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Every year a couple white SUV or pickup trucks visit us on the outer side of the fence, to make sure we aren't escaping. Usually, first, BLM/Sheriff vehicle shows, then trading off with Burner perimeter. To me, white vehicles with jerks watching me. Though this year we went straight to Burner patrol without johnny law showing at all.

One year at the fence serving bar, a liberal feel good hippee doofus tells me, why don't we offer the cops watching us a cold drink? I sputtered back, a spray of blood and saliva, "I didn't buy these drinks, with MY money, hippie, buy that ice with MY money, peddle that shit all the way out here, with MY sweat, MY will... To give a cold drink to some asshole authoritarian who drove out, and is now watching me from in some air conditioned vehicle (I'm paying the gas for!!!), who's only here to moniter me!!! Screw that. But, I told him, you can do whatever you want. Of course the cops turned down whatever consumable/edible that any weirdo burner offered. As did the Burner perimeter guys when they showed and doofus repeated his generous offer of my drinks and his bootlicking....

But, anyway...

Every year a big white pickup, with the official yellow Black Rock City door stickers, zooms up outside the fence and cuts a "J" shaped turn, kicking up a cloud of dust... which then drifts our way. So, they're going way over the BRC speed limit, but just outside the boundary, purposely speeding and cutting a turn to kick up dust.
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I have a theory on why perimeter does that. The burners who sign up to police the fence. They end up policing me.

So why do they purposely kick up dust on people inside the fence who are abiding by the 10 mph whatever limit, while they, authoritarians in white trucks, kick up shit ton of dust while speeding, then cutting it, for no reason.

My theory: those perimeter guys are assholes.
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Sham » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:18 am

It's the 2-way radios. Once they are issued to a person on the playa, they get "mall cop swagger". Check it for yourself. Radio=swagger.

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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by AntiM » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:59 am

You're complaining about dust. At the perimeter fence where white vehicles are known to hang out when people gather there. Huh.

Also, the 5 mph doesn't apply outside the fence in the closure area.

I mean, I get what you're saying, but it is like complaining the sharks are nibbling your toes when you dangle a bare foot in the shark tank.

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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Ratty » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:08 am

Lonesome, Thanks for your generosity. Dust Bar is the best.

Sham, no. It's not the radio. I think it's the position. Census, placers or Greeters don't swagger. But if you like them that much I'll get you one.
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by ygmir » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:46 am

those foogin Perimeter people! gah!
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Captain Goddammit » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:04 am

Those GP&E people are a bad lot, I’d stay the hell away from ‘em at all costs.
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by FIGJAM » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:14 am

I like Goons! 8)


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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Sham » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:27 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:04 am
Those GP&E people are a bad lot, I’d stay the hell away from ‘em at all costs.
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Zubeneschamali » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:43 pm

I issued myself a 2 way radio. And stamped DOUCHEBAG on my forehead.

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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Sham » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:04 pm

Zubeneschamali wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:43 pm
I issued myself a 2 way radio. And stamped DOUCHEBAG on my forehead.
Are you "radio-worthy"?
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Elliot » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:49 pm

Hi, Brian.
This is Elliot of Elliot's Naked Bicycle Service & Piano Bar.
I have essentially retired from ePlaya, but some sort of magical alarm must have gone off in my head.

I have volunteered as a Perimeter Scout for 7 years. Perhaps I can shed some light.

For one thing, yellow door logos would not be Perimeter. Gate, Perimeter & Exodus logos are black.

Next, the BLM officers I have worked with on Perimeter are the most fabulously level-headed and agreeable folks you could dream of. They volunteer to work out there because they love the Black Rock Desert, and they eagerly share their extensive knowledge of geography, flora and fauna, history, and whatnot with us volunteers who share their shift.

Finally, I dare say I do not fit your universal description of Perimeter Scouts as goons.
That said, it is no secret that some of my colleagues do fit that description, so you have a valid point to a certain extent. But quite a few of us strive to be courteous and friendly, and to minimize the dust, and it seems unfair to call us all goons.
I have shook many a hand, and even been hugged by a few folks, across the fence right there at Point 3 over the years.

This is my only post on this thread and on ePlaya for quite a while, I expect, so I will not be discussing this further.
Thank you for hearing my side of the situation.
See you in the Dust next year!

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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Lonesomebri » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:34 pm

Talk to your boys zooming up to send a cloud of dust our way.

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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Captain Goddammit » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:25 pm

I’ll let them decide whether to “out” themselves but you have other friends here that happen to be GP&E.
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Fusion » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:51 pm

Lonesomebri wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:42 am

So why do they purposely kick up dust on people inside the fence who are abiding by the 10 mph whatever limit, while they, authoritarians in white trucks, kick up shit ton of dust while speeding, then cutting it, for no reason.

My theory: those perimeter guys are assholes.
I recommend a leaf blower to send a wall of dust right back at them.

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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Zubeneschamali » Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:40 pm

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 2PM we all show up to the trash fence with leaf blowers and point them outward at full blast.

I'll bring the two-way radios.

Who can cover the beer?

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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Captain Goddammit » Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:20 pm

Hmmmm..... I’ve got an Echo 770T, the strongest one, 234 MPH wind... and a big cooler on the Land Yacht.
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by ygmir » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:48 am

Fusion wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:51 pm
Lonesomebri wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:42 am

So why do they purposely kick up dust on people inside the fence who are abiding by the 10 mph whatever limit, while they, authoritarians in white trucks, kick up shit ton of dust while speeding, then cutting it, for no reason.

My theory: those perimeter guys are assholes.
I recommend a leaf blower to send a wall of dust right back at them.
it'll be a huge "wall of dust".........UUUGGEEEE!!! maybe even knock the trucks off line! I bet they'd never think of pulling to another spot, windows up, A/C on. that'll teach'em!!
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by XPTom » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:52 am

No need to escalate. You are drinking.... they are not. …..Just consider living well to be the best revenge and declare victory.
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Captain Goddammit » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:19 am

Who says they aren’t drinking? Every one of those GP&E goons I know is a drunken lout.
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by Lonesomebri » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:39 am

"....UUUGGEEEE!!! maybe even knock the trucks off line! I bet they'd never think of pulling to another spot, windows up, A/C on. that'll teach'em!!"

No, those guys arent power tripping default world craving assholes at all....

They might think of that, but these are goons who go to utopia and wanna play AC sucking cops. Not the brightest bulbs. So, yeah.....

Better for everyone if they took their truck and AC and parked it out front of the pnp camps and fulfil their destiny as a rent a cop for someone who would appreciate it.

...and here I was led to believe these guys are all about helping explain geology and nature.....
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Re: Perimeter Goons

Post by XPTom » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:42 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:19 am
Who says they aren’t drinking? Every one of those GP&E goons I know is a drunken lout.
If I had known that was one of the bennies I might have volunteered....
How many old burners does it take to change a light bulb? Just one to change the bulb..... and five more to reminisce how good the old bulb was....

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