Vagabond Drifter Heading to BM for 2011

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Vagabond Drifter Heading to BM for 2011

Post by jack_k » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:45 am

...And I can't wait! :D
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Post by Savannah » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:17 pm

Hi!

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Post by jack_k » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:22 pm

Omg! Are you from Savannah, Georgia? THAT IS MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD!
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Post by Savannah » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:26 pm

Nope! I was named after a Great Aunt, who was named after the city.

But I would really like to see it sometime. It sounds like my cup of tea.

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Post by Elderberry » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:01 pm

Hey there, welcome to eplaya!

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Post by moonrise » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:24 pm

Welcome!

You've drifted in to a good place for starters!
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Post by jack_k » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:51 pm

Being from Canada, I fell in love with the deep South when I drifted through. There is something magical about it... Savannah felt more like home than anywhere I had ever been.

Then a friend of mine, who's Dad is from the Deep South, told me it was always a scary place for her, because she was mix-raced. And her black relatives told her she was too white to enter their places... so yeah, maybe when a person drifts, they get a different impression than a person deeply rooted in an area...

Which is probably why BM is so fabulous... people just drifting through, not becoming truly rooted in the city.

Red is a great song.

Fall is my favorite season
Like falling to reasoning why you crashed from on high
She says, "Why is my life so uneven
And what have I done right
But given you your life
If after I led you on into that bar room?"

"Yes" is my favorite answer
I took a dancer home, she felt so alone
We stayed up all night in the kitchen
Doing my dishes, on and on until the dawn
She said, "I know that it's easy to have me
But I have seen some things
That I cannot even tell to my family pictures
And I'm full of fictions and fucking addictions
And I miss my mother"
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Post by Tazz » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:02 pm

Welcome Jack_K,

Love the Canadian Burners! A word of warning about "drifting through" Black Rock City. It may feel like home and may spend 51 weeks of the year planning the trip back!

Tazz

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Post by jack_k » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:04 pm

Trust me Tazz, I'm an expert drifter.

A road trip that was supposed to involve moving to Montreal, landed me in Florida. Then instead of Montreal, I lived in Toronto for a while, where I was a ghost who did a lot of bikram yoga.

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Post by Tazz » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:01 pm

Now that is a road trip! Glad you will be passing through
Black Rock City. Thanks for the link. Never heard that song before... like it.

Tazz

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Post by Savannah » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:36 pm

Then a friend of mine, who's Dad is from the Deep South, told me it was always a scary place for her, because she was mix-raced. And her black relatives told her she was too white to enter their places... so yeah, maybe when a person drifts, they get a different impression than a person deeply rooted in an area...
This is why I've never been to the South, actually. Idon't know if you can tell from my avatar (self-portrait with timer camera!) but I'm of mixed race. My parents married only 5 years after it became legal to do so by Supreme Court decision. They had a horror of the south, and since one of them grew up in Missouri, I took it seriously.

But I will wend my way down there eventually. :)
Which is probably why BM is so fabulous... people just drifting through, not becoming truly rooted in the city.
Here's the weird thing. There is at once both a sense of ownership . . . and not. You'll see! . . . A possessiveness that the veterans particularly feel, and--yet must grip only gently, in order to weather the inevitable changes--and yet also a tangible sense of gratitude and luckiness among neophyte and old-timer alike for, yes: an ephemeral city that belongs equally to everybody there, and yet not at all.

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Post by lucky420 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:48 am

Hola and Hello...

Savannah, that paragraph was beautiful

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Post by ibdave » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:03 am

lucky420 wrote: Savannah, that paragraph was beautiful
Thanks lucky, I read it but didn't read it and then after your post I re-read it 4 more times.... :shock:
Yes Savannah, great words of Wisdom you penned.... 8) 8) 8)
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Post by jack_k » Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:06 pm

BM seems like a very liminal place.
"Buy the ticket, take the ride."

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Post by MyDearFriend » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:30 pm

jack_k wrote:BM seems like a very liminal place.
Well, that's what they say.

Wonderful book, btw.
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Post by Dr. Pyro » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:23 pm

FWIW, if you check on the link above, it mentions a bunch of books. Barbie Death Camp & Wine Bistro is highlighted in two of them: The Burning Book and Desert To Dream. But in the latter, the very talented and, dare I say, most personable Barb Traub is the author and she is, of course, a member of BDC&WB. But then, most of the best-known artists at TTITD are.

You should all buy her book. And check out pages 86-87.

BUT IT NOW, GODDAMN IT!!!

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Post by MyDearFriend » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:41 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:FWIW, if you check on the link above, it mentions a bunch of books. Barbie Death Camp & Wine Bistro is highlighted in two of them: The Burning Book and Desert To Dream. But in the latter, the very talented and, dare I say, most personable Barb Traub is the author and she is, of course, a member of BDC&WB. But then, most of the best-known artists at TTITD are.

You should all buy her book. And check out pages 86-87.

BUY IT NOW, GODDAMN IT!!!
OKAY I did!!!

Thanks, Doc!
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Post by jack_k » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:47 pm

I actually read that book you mentioned! I think I sent one of the others to my brother for pre-burn reading material. I will try to read the others in the next couple of months. :)

I love the academic exploration of BM. But doesn't the art of observing/studying ultimately change everything?

The first time I heard the word "liminal" is when I was 17 and in an upper level English uni class... it was a post-modernism class taught by an openly gay professor, who loved to talk about anal sex and Freud's stages of psychosexual development. And LIMINAL things. She loved the word liminal. It was awesome and I will never forget that word!
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:54 pm

It's the liminalest places I've been to.

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Post by MyDearFriend » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:19 pm

jack_k wrote: But doesn't the art of observing/studying ultimately change everything?
Yes, it does, Mr. Schrodinger! :P But those authors have described themselves as participants, for the most part. And many people say that everyone's experience of Burning Man is unique. But I find the theoretical frameworks presented to be quite useful, for me at least, in explaining and perhaps predicting the power of Burning Man to compel personal change.

Full disclosure: I have never been! I'm planning my first burn now. 8) So feel quite free to discount my opinion.
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Post by jack_k » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:21 pm

DrPyro,

Why do I need to check out those specific pages?
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Post by Dr. Pyro » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:32 pm

Because I am in the first one and a picture of our camp is in the second one. Duh. (NOTE: she did some re-editing so they may be moved by a page or two. I know that Actiongrl was pissed about a picture of her, which Barb has since removed.) The point is, buy Barb's book.

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