Ron wrote:Ranger M, I've got a question for you. Why is it, in all your posting and attempts to stand up in the situation, I've yet to see you take responsibility for your camp's actions and apologize?
You must have missed the post where I specifically said the camp takes responsibility for breaking the sound rules
But as for the rest of it, I am not here to be a camp cheerleader or apologizer: I am here to give another side to a story originally posted to make the camp look like Evil Sound Gnomes Against Innocent Villagers, and I am also here to try to find a future solution to this problem which affects thousands of other people not even related to the camp I was with. To me it is far more important to find a solution to this very old problem than hash out who did what to who when and where, and it has nothing to do with the fact that it was my friends who were involved: I'd be doing the same thing if it were an unrelated group of people.
I believe *everyone* involved in the situation with Outpost23 had a bit of the blame for everything that happened, and that includes the camp itself. But I do not speak for everyone there, and can not make an apology for the entire camp because honestly there are those in O23 that don't think they should have to apologize. There are also those from the block who don't think the people who damaged the camp's equipment and waved their genitals at the women while calling them whores should apologize either. I am not here to speak for any of them.
I can only speak for myself, and I actually am sorry that so many were frustrated by the sound levels being so far above the city limits: it shouldn't have gotten to that point. I know it directly contradicts what some think of me, but I cared a great deal about the unhappy people on the block and spent most of my burn trying to deal with several dozen people with different ideas of what Burning Man is about and what to do about it... which I wouldn't have done if I honestly felt there was nothing wrong going on with any side of the situation. Occasionally it makes me sad that I missed four days of having fun out there to deal with a situation where no one wanted to communicate or find a solution to a problem that was bothering all of them, but I just take a deep breath and remember that there is always next year
My apology does not mean much here as it only comes from me and not the entire camp, but if that's what you want to hear then you have it.