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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Savannah » Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:42 pm

Thank you for the tip, caffeineslinger! That jerkface will never have my business.

Oh, man. I have so many Cheers I fear I'll never get to them all (but I'll try). The jeers are so few I don't want to try to scare them up in my memory.

Everyone was marvelous this year, and I love you all, even though it was impossible to meet all of you in the flesh, and that is perhaps my only regret.
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Zealous » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:12 pm

Cheers to all of you. Yes, every last one. I couldn't have asked for a better first burn, and every single person I met (bitter ones included) made that possible.

Cheers to the camp running sake tastings out by 3:30 and K every evening as they felt like it.

Cheers to the folks at Bow Chika Wow Wow gifting out freshly steamed pork buns at the trash fence late at night. I managed to both run into lost friends and get a post-midnight snack all the way out there at 4AM.

Cheers to everyone who climbed up the deep playa guestbook art piece and shared a drink of whiskey or tequila with me (if you saw a guy up there at night dancing in a ninja turtles onesie telling everyone to climb up and join him, it was me).

Cheers to the deep playa for what might just have been the most gorgeous sunrise I've ever witnessed Thursday morning.

Cheers to Where's My Pants? Camp for their pants cannon used to cure shirtcockers of what ails them.

and cheers to the BLM folks running around in their red pickup after daybreak corralling back in all the asshats who decided to walk half a mile out from the trash fence to do yoga out in the open desert.

Jeers to the last group of folks mentioned above...seriously guys?

Jeers to whoever used large paper lanterns to decorate stuff without securing them properly Wednesday morning. That's gotta be the largest moop I saw people picking up all week, they were blowing all over the place like tumbleweeds.

I don't think I have any real jeers.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Sic Pup » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:28 pm

Cheers to Elliot, thanks for the loaner, much appreciated.

Cheers for the DIY fix-it table at Elliot's and the use of the metric Allen wrench, had me on my way in no time.

Cheers to Figjam for taking the time and effort.

Cheers to all who questioned, laughed, smiled or commented upon the lions (especially all who smiled, really made me feel it was worth the effort).

Jeers to the fella that took an unnatural attraction to Patience (who was promptly sent on his way).

Cheers to the neighbors all of whom were considerate with their generators.

Cheers to all the artists, thanks for all the many memorable pieces, very moving, provocative, whimsical and thought-provoking.

Cheers to all participants, it gets better every year for me.
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by kittyrodriguez » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:41 pm

Cheers to damn near everyone!!!

Cheers to Sunbeam for the delicious tamales, right when I needed it most. And cheers to Sunbeam and Grey Coyote for giving my husband and I the greatest compliment we could receive. That made my burn. I went home and told them and they just beamed. You don't know how much that meant to us.

Cheers to Guerilla Cheese. We woke up and rushed across half the damn city for that grilled cheese sandwich, and it was hella worth it.

Cheers to the SpeakCheesy. What a fabulous place to wait out the white out. And we ran into our long lost friend there. Thanks for my first shot ski and we hope you enjoy the cane!

Cheers to Temple of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for your public pay phone. I think your gift meant a lot to a lot of people, and we got a kick out of calling our disciple friend.

Cheers to that random girl giving out the lactofermented green bean pickle. Those rocked and now I know what lacto fermentation is.

Cheers to the Alien Siege Machine and their burn. I thought it kicked ass. And I want a roman candle gun thing now.

Cheers to David Best and the Temple burn. I didn't really appreciate it before, but this year it was magical. Sunday was my best day. All around best vibes of the week.

Some people annoyed me, but no one really bad enough to get jeers.

Except for the moopers, the thieves, the violent people (and the knife wielder who stabbed someone), and all you fuckers with your fucking feathers. I saw feathers on the ground on Saturday pre-event. Fuck that.

*And all in good fun- Jeers to Skinny Kitty for your party till sunrise shindig the one day we had to be awake at 5 am. Your speakers were facing us head on across the street. All day Friday we would walk by in a stupor and shout "fuck you, skinny kitty!" It was all good though, that sort of became our theme.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by mgb327 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:42 pm

Canoe wrote:
FIGJAM wrote:Simply sticking to the sound guide lines within the city would fix most of this. 8)
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by BBadger » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:46 pm

Papa Bear wrote:I did consider coming over and asking you to turn it down myself, but you were pumping so much volume I honestly couldn't have handled getting that close. And frankly, when a group appears to be that inconsiderate in the first place, it doesn't raise anyone's confidence that they'd bother to listen to concerns, which may well account for why others might not have complained. That may not be completely fair of them, but neither is shifting the burden to your neighbors to let you know when you've crossed the line in the first place. Regardless, it is human nature, and as such isn't likely to change, so you might want to try a different approach.
Sorry, I don't have any sympathy for this. Next time, grow a pair and at least make an attempt to tell people to turn down their sound, rather than just making up excuses and whining on the forums. At least then you can qualify whether these people are willing to cooperate or not.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by CptSparkles » Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:37 pm

Cheers:
Green dots and CIT Teams. You know who you are... We'd have a playa full of suicidial whacked-out hippies without you.
SAT Teams. Otherwise, we'd probably all be screwed (har... Whacked out hippies doesn't apply if SAT isn't available, had to come up with something. Still, you rule.)
Medics: For all those booboos, and helping our camp mate get back to camp while tripping balls.
FIGJAM: Living up to his name. Lag bolts, fuck yeah. Figjam: What's your next big trick? I modified your swamp cooler and used a coleman cooler based off your V2.0 design. Rockin'.
Monkeyhuts: That and an 80% shade cloth, I was rockin' my 70 degree box in the middle of the afternoon with my swamp cooler.
Solar panels: Because fuck generators.
Art cars with massive structural/design problems. Schaedenfreude at its best...
The Beach at the end of the universe: At least you can keep things interesting when your generator throws up a 30' fireball... Sorry for your generator though. Maybe next time try ventilating the box?
Random strangers: Returning backpacks left by campmates while out tripping balls
Lightning: Better 'woo' factor than El Pulpo Mechanico.
Female BLM officers: Because when using the portapotties out at point 1, they will be clean, or else someone's getting shot.
My campmates: Fuck yeah, cooperation and community. Even if setup was a bit of stress.

Jeers:
The people that make it such that we need SAT teams: Fuck you. With a hot poker. Through the bellybutton.
The sound camp at 8:59 and L: With the shitty DJ's, and 96 dB measured a block away while I'm trying to sleep after a graveyard shift. AND NOBODY DANCING AT YOUR SHITTY VENUE.
Lightning: Because humans are partially conductive too.
Rain: Because I still have to get to my shift. 90% of the way doesn't cut it, as carrying the bike after it's clogged up with mud crossing the point 1 road sucks just as bad as walking the full distance in trashbag gators.
Anyone who fucks with the portapotties: Being near distrikt suuuuucks. Nothing like going from one portapotty to another... Explosive shit on the seat - next! No toilet paper - but nicely someone's used an entire box of seat covers to wipe their ass and piled them up to the lid- Next! Beercans and piss on the seat - Next! Door falling off - Next!
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Various » Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:07 pm

Cheers to Crossroads. They put on one hell of a show. Or four hells of shows.
Cheers to Remi for introducing me to all sorts of Nuck snacks.
Cheers to Camp Mistakes Were Made, our local bar in the outerlands.
Cheers to the Hug Deli.
Cheers to FauxMirage for the best naked foam dance party of the year.
Cheers to DeathGuild for their wholly entertaining arena of bloodsport.

Jeers to the "sound camp" across the street that turned its speakers out and decided 4 AM was the right time to play a set to nobody.
Jeers to any idiot that threw anything in the port-a-potties.
Jeers to the EDM kids that showed up en masse Friday and Saturday nights and didn't bother lighting themselves up.
Jeers to DeathGuild for not holding EVEN MORE THUNDERDOME.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by tahiti_treat » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:52 am

So many cheers I can't get through all of them:

First and foremost, cheers to everyone in my village, the Black Rock City Science Centre. As a new village I think we brought something great, it can only get better from here. I'm so proud of us.
Cheers to the Oregon fire conclave for a spectacular performance pre-man-burn.
Cheers to the Crossroads for bringing live music to the Esplanade. I didn't hang out there much, but I loved the vibe every time I walked by.
Cheers to the beautiful rhinoceros art car living at 9:30 and D that invited us to ride on Wednesday night. I'd been admiring it all week but never thought I'd get to ride it. Best art car ride ever. Thank you.
Cheers to all the virgins who came prepared and took care of yourselves and others. I met many of you.
Cheers to Pink Heart for once again being my night beacon across the playa. Even though I was camped several streets away this year, I always seem to orient myself to Pink Heart. And cheers for the cucumber water and hugs.
Cheers to the guy who came into our bar to share his home-grown produce on Thursday! Our camp had salad that night for dinner because of you.
Cheers to me for doing so many things right this year. In my 3rd year, I finally feel like I found my stride.

Not many jeers:
Jeers to whoever lit two Chinese fire lanterns around 9:00 and D on Tuesday night. The first one came down in our neighbours' camp still flaming, thank god there were lots of people around to catch and deal with it. After seeing that one come down in the city, you had to light up ANOTHER one. At least that one burnt itself out high in the sky, so wherever it came down it was just a big piece of moop and not in danger of burning down someone's camp. You are lucky my campmates didn't find you, they were out for blood.

Jeers to the woman who jumped out of a moving art car on Wednesday night on 9:30 street, fell and nearly got run over. You are incredibly lucky you walked away from that. You probably ruined the poor driver's night. It definitely shook me up and I wasn't even directly involved. I hope you learned not to do that again.

Jeers to people who toss cigarette butts on the ground. I picked up so many. Just carry a little tin with you, it's not that hard.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by FossaFerox » Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:10 pm

tahiti_treat wrote:Not many jeers:
Jeers to whoever lit two Chinese fire lanterns around 9:00 and D on Tuesday night. The first one came down in our neighbours' camp still flaming, thank god there were lots of people around to catch and deal with it. After seeing that one come down in the city, you had to light up ANOTHER one. At least that one burnt itself out high in the sky, so wherever it came down it was just a big piece of moop and not in danger of burning down someone's camp. You are lucky my campmates didn't find you, they were out for blood.
I'd forgotten about that incident in my jeers. The launchers were likely the people camped behind my camp. I think I met several of your campmates that night.
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by pink » Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:42 pm

We saw more of them exodus night. Hate those fucking things.
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by maladroit » Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:58 pm

Some neighbors got in a nice shouting match with other neighbors after a Saturn Missile barrage. Those things are moop bombs and require that someone had to look a hardworking Gatekeeper in the eye and lie that they didn't bring fireworks.

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Post by unjonharley » Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:12 pm

There is no shouting match after you yell knock it off..

Stay close to see nothing catches on fire.. Film if you can.. Make sure of there address and go talk to a Black Rock ranger.. If there is a shouting match with the ranger, a BLM ranger will be called.. Someone could get there BM vacation shorten..
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Post by Thecatman » Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:33 pm

Miles wrote:You stole somebodies bike. You're an even bigger asshole, because you knew what you were doing. Fucking. Asshole.
Maybe JayBobBoy should have ran over one of the bikes wheels. Either way, pay back's a bitch.
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by msj2u » Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:30 pm

Cheers to My playa family...couldn't do this without any of them!

Cheers to meeting Maryanimal (again, mucho hugs), Sunbeam, GreyCoyote, Unjohn, GeoSpyder (thanks for pointing people out at the M&G), Ratty, and the many others on 5 and D-H...lol Enjoyed that street a lot. Thanks again Sunbeam for the tamales and the water, you rock!

Cheers to Embrace and the early morning burn.
Cheers to the temple and the concept, awesome as always for Me.
Cheers to the guy at 7:00 and H at the port a potties, red carpet, being escorted, scented candles, (ran out of necklaces, but hey the experience was top)!
Cheers could go on forever here, 11th year and looking forward to 2015.

Jeers to the idiots behind us shooting off bottle rockets and the rangers who did nothing (just like last year).
Jeers to moving the theme camps back to I
Jeers to the asshats who ruined the porta potties at 6:30 and I...worst year ever...if you had tp you didn't have a lock, or have a lock and no tp..not much of a choice here.

Jeers for it being over, already miss My family and new friends!!

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Papa Bear » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:59 am

BBadger wrote:
Sorry, I don't have any sympathy for this. Next time, grow a pair and at least make an attempt to tell people to turn down their sound, rather than just making up excuses and whining on the forums. At least then you can qualify whether these people are willing to cooperate or not.

"Won't somebody (else) do something about them?!!"
Believe it or not, we're largely in agreement on this, and my reason for relating the story wasn't to garner sympathy. A little more context...

Our first question to those in the pub who were complaining was "have you tried talking to them about it?", followed by "if you're not comfortable doing that directly, how about finding a ranger and asking for help sorting it out?". Both were met with various degrees of hemming and hawing. While they all seemed like wonderful people, their unwillingness to help themselves was one reason I wasn't particularly motivated to either approach Kalliope myself or seek out a ranger on their behalf instead of just moving on.

Thus, there were clearly failures on both sides - Kalliope for significantly exceeding sound guidelines for their location, and neighbors who chose not to be proactive in approaching them about it (though to be fair, we don't know for sure that the latter is the case. It's always possible someone did and gibson_ wasn't aware of it). That's what I meant about after-the-fact complaints "not being completely fair".

The reason I related the story was because gibson_ seemed (and seems) genuinely interested in being a good neighbor, and so I thought more information about how the sound had affected others might help - it's hard to fix what you don't fully understand. That's also why I named the pub I was at; it gives Kalliope a starting point if they choose to seek out other people who were more directly affected and get a clearer sense of the experience. After all, I'm just a third party who wandered through reporting what I saw/heard; I wasn't actually camped there and didn't have to experience it for any length of time. I also thought relating the story would help explain the suggestions I made later.

I do believe, though, that a reluctance to complain directly is absolutely human nature (or at least the dominant culture). I've heard that in some service industries, the rule of thumb is to assume that for every person who complains, there were likely 10 that were upset but didn't; I doubt the ratio changes much on the playa. It would be great if that was different, but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for it. That's why I think being reactive and making decisions based on whether people complain is a flawed approach; any camp that really cares about how it is perceived and how it affects others is better off actively seeking that feedback out.

That all said, there is at least one other good reason people might not approach a sound camp/car to complain. There is a percentage of the population that is inherently far more sensitive to various kinds of sensory overload than average. For some of those people, overwhelming sound can cause symptoms ranging from severe anxiety to actual pain. Expecting anyone in that position to "grow a pair" and walk up into the teeth of a large sound system is like expecting a claustrophobe to slither through a narrow pipe, or an acrophobe to climb a tall tower. It's not reasonable, it's not going to happen, and it doesn't represent any kind of moral failing. "Find a ranger" is much better advice.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Partypants » Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:42 pm

Cheers to whoever built OUTPOST #7 out by the trash fence. I was there at around 2 am Thursday morning. They nailed creepy! (Until a guy came in with a pepperoni pizza asking who ordered it), then it just transformed back into plain old wonderful playa preposterousness. Cheers to all the virgins I spoke with that got it (there were a bunch!) Cheers to the glow balls and frisbees on the playa after the man. So simple! So cool! Cheers to my non P&P neighbors around 7 and J. You guys were the best neighbors I had all year! Jeers to the buttplugplay across the street that dumped a shitload of black (not grey) water on the ground TWICE and the other one catty-corner that ran a huge diesel genny 24/7 right next to the street as far away from their rich little ears and as close as possible to everyone elses. (It was their only decoration and contribution that I saw). Jeers to the 3 different BLM officers and 2 rangers that did NOTHING about the black water. All the darkwads that I almost ran over, (can we raise ticket prices by 1 dollar and give everyone a fucking flashlight at the gate)? Jeers to the couple that was fucking in the crowd and the one screaming FUCK YEAH! PARTY! over and over during the temple burn and the ones cooking hotdogs on its embers after. (REALLY?) And lastly to all the douche-bags that left their piss bottles and garbage in the portas. I filled up 3 leaf bags with their shit. That all said, I'm already looking forward to the smiles and laughs of next year.
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by LongWayUp » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:06 am

Cheers to whoever radically redesigned Exodus this year. I left on Monday evening and did not have to bring my car to a full stop once on the way out.
Cheers to the staff at Star Star Roadhouse who spent several hours talking with me about plug-and-play camps, patiently answering all of my questions and engaging in an insightful dialogue about wealth and the future of Burning Man.
Cheers and jeers to whoever MOOPed a full bottle of tequila and bag of lime wedges at the Temple burn, as your litter gave me the opportunity to gift drinks to a bunch of strangers and facilitated one of the most candid discussions about love that I have ever had.
Jeers to the Rangers that I spotted being darkwads and tossing your cigarette butts on the playa. You should know better.

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Post by forty_eight » Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:50 pm

Oh yeah, cheers to Camp Pair-A-Dice - 8:45 and F - for inviting me and my wife to camp with them!

Very cool people!

And we all live super close to one another so we don't have to wait a year to chill together.

Which brings up the OC Beach Burn coming up this Saturday at Huntington State Beach ... PM me for details if you're in the area and want to make big fire! :)

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by FlyingMonkey » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:33 pm

Cheers: Exodus. I never thought I could go from camp to pavement in 1 hour. Was it dumb luck or was something done differently this year? If it was the result of a conscious decision then someone should be getting big kudos.

Jeers: Not much here. A lot of my plans fell apart but that's life on the Playa. Lessons learned for next time.
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by FlyingMonkey » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:39 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:Cheers: To Bob and the Lucky Lady Too
All the wonderful people who made BDC what it is (the best damn theme camp on the playa), including, but not limited to: Wildman, Felony Arson, Blowphish, Tamara & Ken, MyDearFriend, Graidawg, Meercats, Ygmir and Marty, Cantina Vida, Barbie Day Spa, Lucky 420, Elorrum, Drawingablank, and the Pancake Porkout Crew.

Jeers: To the fucking stupid asshole who tore the heads off of the Nazis on the final day. Those bastards cost me nearly $50 apiece. I hope you're happy, shitforbrains.

Doc it was nice meeting you this year. Sorry to hear about the vandalism. Maybe those asshats need to play catch with that barbed wire ball you had hanging. Better yet, DODGEBALL!

I gota ask though, where does one buy Nazi Storm trooper GI Joes?
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Post by Dr. Pyro » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:41 pm

I bought them online. They were Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade action figures. They stood about 1/2 inch taller than the Barbies, which is why it looked so amazing.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by robbidobbs » Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:01 pm

CptSparkles wrote: Anyone who fucks with the portapotties: Being near distrikt suuuuucks. Nothing like going from one portapotty to another... Explosive shit on the seat - next! No toilet paper - but nicely someone's used an entire box of seat covers to wipe their ass and piled them up to the lid- Next! Beercans and piss on the seat - Next! Door falling off - Next!
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I'm hoping Princess Sarah of Stag Camp follows thru w her end of event commitment to be Sector Chief for Deep North and put some education and oversight on that nasty bunch at Distikt. I just could get down that far this year, and it really requires foot-mobile. It's a clusterfuck back to front!

I am too brain clogged to do any cheers or jeers right now, but I'll be working on my Final Wipe-up here soon, so stay tuned. Plenty to go around!

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by exixx » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:27 pm

I have a couple lists that I posted on my shitty blog a couple days after the burn. Sadly, they don't reflect well on me, but I'll post them anyway. This was only my second burn, so I'm sure some of the things may seem like whiny petty complaints, and for that I apologize. It's a real ordeal for us to get to the burn (48+ hours on the road straight through from CT), so I'm sure that affects my thinking. This was my son's 3rd year camping at 340 and J, and my second.

1. Making a road trip with my 24 year old son Bumble the Snowman and going to Burning Man with him. For the second time.
1a. Listening to Corey Doctorow's Homeland on the way, tweeting to him and him asking us to drop in and say hi at Luminal Labs. Awesome.
2. Bartending with my son at the Hardly Saloon Tuesday night. We met so many incredible people. We both drank FAR too much. I had about 5 times my limit. I think that was the drunkest I’ve ever been. Thanks especially to Fulano.
3. The people in our neighborhood. Thanks Pan, Anchor, Nico, Jessica for being wonderful neighbors. Thanks for showing me your solar setup, it was really helpful. It was fantastic to camp next to a father son long time pair of burners and to learn from all of you.
4. Two members of the DC conclave in front of us getting engaged just as the man started to burn.
5. We were lucky enough that the virgins in our neighborhood seemed prepared and ready to do it up right. The camp across the way had like 18 virgins that had been meeting twice a week for a year, and had set up their camp in a local park to get ready. They had too much energy and were hardly ever in camp at the same time as us. The couple next to us that had a tiny little generator and set it up so that 15 feet away, I could barely hear it in my yurt.
6. Getting to meet the Hawaii regional coordinators at a random party in deep playa Thursday night. Their button was awesome, and I will treasure my asshole merit badge.
7. Cursor the ranger, night of the burn. Thank you for the friendship bracelets!
8. Talking to Neon Squid late Tuesday night. He had a lot of great suggestions, and in at least his second decade of burning, I'm guessing he should know.
9. The great lady that stopped by and told us about slitting the tarps for the yurts to drain.
10. The guys a couple doors down that gave us water when we ran short and sick of melting ice. They actually had way too much water.
11. Seeing Bumble the Snowman spotlight (3M candlepower rechargable) the nosy Sheriff in a red truck that was shining a flashlight on camps as he drove down the street Thursday night. That’s what you get, dick. Noticed you didn’t stop to talk after being blinded. We laughed for an hour.
12. Seeing the art, the Souk, and the Man burn. Sitting right at the lights for the Man.


1. Missing Temple burn because we mistimed our pack time. Part of this was the amount of shit lying around the camp on Sunday. Not MOOP, or light enough to blow away, but camp crap. We need to do better next year. It sucked to be there and miss it, but as it turned out, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to my dad yet, so I guess it worked out OK.
2. All the fucking darkwads. Really people, it’s not that hard to light yourself, or take a fucking light when it’s offered to you. It was amazing how many people refused them or wouldn’t even talk to us. We were even giving away cool lights, not glow sticks. Headlamps kind of suck as lighting. So does tilting your bike headlight up. Alternating getting blinded and dodging darkwads was pretty tough at times. The guy I clipped with my pedal when he stepped out in front of me with no lights at all. He’ll probably have a scar, but at least I didn’t full on hit him. And no dude, I didn’t say I was sorry. I wasn’t. We both were pretty lucky, and you didn’t even seem to realize that.
3. The creepy motherfucker taking surreptitious photos of topless girls in Center Camp. Reported him like a good citizen, but you dick, you’re lucky I didn’t have my camera or I’d post your pic and let the internet deal with you.
4. Recovering Wednesday from bartending at Hardly. Really really drank too much. Still drunk at noon drank too much. May not drink until next year drank too much.
5. The rain. Water in the yurts. But really, that didn't suck as bad as driving for 48 hours and being turned back would have been.
6. Camping with virgins who came fairly well equipped in general, but clueless about camping, securing their shit, or the importance of gray water collection. Them not taking the 10 principles seriously. Them putting raw hot dogs in the cooler water. Friend of the older son, got omg tickets, the cause of immeasurable anxiety on my part. before the burn.
7. The assholes behind us that showed up Thursday night with a trailer and unboxed generator. From Nevada, and with about a 3k generator. Really didn’t want to get up that early dude, and you were close enough to wake me through my earplugs. You brought a grill FFS, couldn't you have brought a box?
8. Whoever it was that dumped a bucket of gray water in our tiny evap bin. Woke up Thursday morning with twice as much as had been in there the night before. Ended up carting nearly 5 gallons out.
9. Overloading the Hyundai and not wanting to carry water in, and coming up with the plan to melt ice for water. Would have been great with just Bumble, but the virgins wanted regular showers. Well, one of them did. And having to cart out as much water as we brought in because of #7.
10. The amount of MOOP we picked up during the wind. I hope that my neighbors didn’t get too much from us. We were honestly doing the best we could. Again, I think our virgins were to blame. Read a fucking book about camping guys.
11. Packing too much food, not enough other stuff. Planning got messed up when we found out the virgins were going at the last minute, and when I had to go out of town at the last minute before the burn for work. The popup we took did not survive the wind, we’ll have to do better next year.
12. The folks on both sides of us at the Man were kind of a serious drag. The woman on my right opened up the conversation with how hard it was to get around and how different this was than Coachella, and then wouldn’t stop hitting on me. I'm not attractive, and have been monogamous for a very very long time. I couldn't get why she wouldn't take the hint. The other side was what appeared to be 4 middle aged assholes who appeared to think they paid to see a show, and were REALLY vocal about their complaints. They complained when the conclaves started assembling, about the conclave videographer, the rangers, the time it took the man to fall. Loudly. Probably wouldn't have cared, but they were very loud.
13. Not patching my air mattress so I slept like shit. Probably why this list is so long.

Like I said, my complaints probably seem petty. I get that it's their burn, but when it infringes on me and I can't do much about it, it doesn't feel petty at the time.

I still had a fantastic experience, even if the things I learned only seem to be unpleasant ones about myself. But we really really had a wonderful time, and are already planning how we can do better next year. Camping with someone you feel responsible for is not for me though. Camping with non-campers who want to be burners is not much fun. Burning Man is not where I want to teach someone how to camp. Feeling embarrassed because all the virgins in the area know more than the ones you're camping with is just plain awful. I apologize for straying off topic, and for the length of this post.
I drive 2800 miles one way to burn. First burn at 50. I'll never stop coming if I can help it.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Ratty » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:26 pm

Cheers...
To Dr. Pyro and Drawingablank for all their M&G work. It was a fine gathering. To all the volunteers of the day.
To Elliot for fixing Abba Zabbas little Huffy. (She donated it to the yellow bikes).
To Sunbeam for the heavenly tamales. And to all the Eplayans that made my burn the best one yet.

Cheers to our neighbors, "Get The Fuck Out Of Camp" camp. Their bullhorn announcements were stellar. Every so often we would hear a 2 minute warning that "Get The Fuck Out Of Camp" camp would be getting the fuck out in 2 minutes. I saw them actually leave camp twice. They were great.

Cheers to Stu and Pam of the med tent. Also great neighbors and generous with their nap chairs.

To Mamalei for entertaining the drop ins on a minutes notice.

To the cafe worker that filled my 32 oz coffee mug because she knew I needed it.

To the Richards with their 24/7 tiki bar and beautiful pink lounge.

I could go on for hours. You were all so great. Thanks for the vodka, bronze casted swag, lovely metal necklaces, my brand, stickers, patches and all those unforgettable smiles.
Those aren't buttermilk biscuits I'm lying on Savannah

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by graidawg » Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:58 am

cheers to Barbie death camp and dread pirate barbie, for not realising what an arsehole i am (4 years now) lets hope they don't work it out for a few more.
cheers to the camp opposite us for the smoothies in the morning and teh guy giving away water bottles on his last day - its now my booze cup on playa
cheers to Doc for at least trying to get me killed by playing with fireworks
cheers to every single person i interacted with this year - i did not have a single bad encounter

jeers to me. i forgot my plan to say yes to everything which i now regret.
jeers to me for not making some attempt to make a list of the places i won't get to, and the people i won't meet
jeers to me for not getting to propose to savannah for a 4th time

oh and cheers to icelandair for holding the plane for me so i could get back to england (sans luggage)

finally Huzzahs to mydearfriend for knowing what an asshole i am but still wanting me to burn with her. same goes to her amazingly cool sons
FREE THE SHERPAS
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Sarcophyton » Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:04 pm

Cheers to Crossroads for their great attitudes after the fifth time (actually I lost count) they tried to sing Hooo HOOO and the sound cut out. :lol:

Cheers to the playa for letting me ride my bike through it at night. Is that not the greatest thing ever?

I got no jeers.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Lonesomebri » Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:01 pm

Okay, I really have to come clean here and give a huge Cheer to my playa camp boss Just Joe, and give a big stiff Jeer to me.

I tried to make it clear before this year’s Burn what I was bringing to the table; the threat in Camp Threat can come from any direction and take many forms. But I did kinda promise him that I would bring a 10 x 20 carport with sides for the camp kitchen, and that I would show up at his house before 4pm, and we could roll in together. Well….. So, as his faith was first shaken by my distant phone calls promising him I was on the way, he decided to hit the road without waiting for my eventual several hour late arrival. Once on the playa, after our first meeting, I noticed he had a slight different style than I in camp management. He set stuff up correctly and shit, using tools that were made for what they were being used as. And he was friendly and outgoing.
The thing is, he joked about the carport and all, but never called me out for it. He had agreed to have me with his camp based on my eplaya bs. He took a chance on me, what with his diplomatic and social preferences versus my whatever it is. I had let down the whole camp fucking up with the carport, and he joked about it and soldiered on. Then he let me set up my own mini-camp, using the pieces of carports, as homage to persevering incompetence. He flagged off my space, making clear to passerbyers, and the authorities, that there was a line drawn.

So, yeah, I was totally welcome and never called to account for my shortcomings. Cheers to Joe, Jeers to Bri.

As I explained to the newbies in camp, Joe’s vision and execution is an example, while mine is a warning.
Camp THREAT: Dominating the porta potties 3 years running.
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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by Just_Joe » Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:39 pm

Lonesomebri wrote: As I explained to the newbies in camp, Joe’s vision and execution is an example, while mine is a warning.
Yeah, I made sure they didn't die, but lonesomebri brought something to the camp (village?) that made it real. We had a good time and as True Burners® were able to put our 18 virgins on the right (our) path
Cheers to you, Bri, and cheers to everyone at Express Lot/ABC Camp/Camp Threat

No jeers, except for maybe the guy that stole our street sign on Friday afternoon.

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Re: '14 cheers and jeers

Post by MyDearFriend » Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:15 pm

graidawg wrote:cheers to Barbie death camp and dread pirate barbie, for not realising what an arsehole i am (4 years now) lets hope they don't work it out for a few more.
cheers to the camp opposite us for the smoothies in the morning and teh guy giving away water bottles on his last day - its now my booze cup on playa
cheers to Doc for at least trying to get me killed by playing with fireworks
cheers to every single person i interacted with this year - i did not have a single bad encounter

jeers to me. i forgot my plan to say yes to everything which i now regret.
jeers to me for not making some attempt to make a list of the places i won't get to, and the people i won't meet
jeers to me for not getting to propose to savannah for a 4th time

oh and cheers to icelandair for holding the plane for me so i could get back to england (sans luggage)

finally Huzzahs to mydearfriend for knowing what an asshole i am but still wanting me to burn with her. same goes to her amazingly cool sons
Hahahahahaha, you just made my day. It was my Best Burn Ever. 8) And you are a great campmate. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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