Thank You Mom and Dad!

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Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby jcliff » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:19 pm

This isn't an on-playa experience, but it was so cute I had to share. The background info: My parents are both 75 and pretty conservative, yet they love hearing about Burning Man. They jokingly call it "Drug Camp." I always wonder how much of what I tell them is actually digested, and how much goes out into the ether. My family celebrates Christmas a week early, so this was the text of the card I got from them today....

Dear Cliff (my playa name,)

We had no doubt that you would get your very important ticket. To keep the celebration going, we are gifting you 25,000 reward miles to cover your airfare to Drug Camp. Please use the extra funds to burn a little brighter and warm those around you.

Much love,

The Old Cliffs

How awesome is that? Apparently they have been listening and learning!

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:22 pm

Very sweet.
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby Savannah » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:27 pm

What lovely parents you have. Clearly, they're happy when you're happy. :)

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby maryanimal » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:35 pm

That's the sweetest thing I've read in a while!! What cool parents!!
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby Sham » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:36 pm

If they have an extra 50,000 miles, they should come along to Drug Camp with you this year. God knows that old people are on nearly every drug known to man! :D

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby trilobyte » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:44 pm

Plus it's a dry heat, they might not mind it so much :-)

Congrats on the reward miles, and kudos to your parents for such loving support.

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby Elderberry » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:02 pm

Shambala wrote:If they have an extra 50,000 miles, they should come along to Drug Camp with you this year. God knows that old people are on nearly every drug known to man! :D

I can personally vouch for that. :cry: :shock:

Nice gift jcliff.
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby ibdave » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:33 pm

awesome gift and thanks for sharing... My Dad called it "that burning man thing" he would have loved it..... :cry:
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:49 am

jkisha wrote:
Shambala wrote:If they have an extra 50,000 miles, they should come along to Drug Camp with you this year. God knows that old people are on nearly every drug known to man! :D

I can personally vouch for that. :cry: :shock:

Nice gift jcliff.

I'm up to 23 pills a day, and I'm merely middle-aged.
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby wh..sh » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:00 am

Parents, I tell ya!! They are just the weirdest people who never quit surprising you (by their actions)
You think you know them, growing up with them and all...
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby delle » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:41 am

That gave a whole new fuzzy, warm feeling to the term Cliff-notes.

Made my day brighter just reading about it!!! :D
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby The CO » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:20 pm

That is awesome. Glad you have folks that like who you are and what you do.

And, seconded on 'get the folks out there'.
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby AntiM » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:52 am

Huzzah! Hurray for your folks being wonderful.
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby Mojojita » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:57 am

You have real treasures there. Hug them for us.
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby Sassy Britches » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:42 pm

Cliff, thanks for sharing that - what a great story to close the year with! My 76-year-old mom and my hisband's 86 year-old-mom both loves hearing about it too, looking at the pictures, and imagining themselves there.

On the flip side, our oldest daughter did manage to get her parents to the playa... It had been something my husband and I had been saying for many years that we wanted to do, but she ended up being the pioneer burner in the family a couple of years ago. She's now 30, and I'm... well... older than that. It was great this past year being on the playa together - and camping several "blocks" apart from each other. We visited with each other often, of course we fed her and her campmates often, and she was quite proud when she learned that her mom rode in Critical Tits:-)

We are all looking forward to doing it again in 2012.

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby lucky420 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:52 am

Sharing Burning Man with my adult kids is one of the things i look forward to all year...
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:43 am

Maybe they'll score some drugz for you too.

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby lucky420 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:47 am

I'm speechless :wink:
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby Sassy Britches » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:38 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Maybe they'll score some drugz for you too.

lucky420 wrote:I'm speechless :wink:


My lips are sealed :lol:

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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby OUtback UFO » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:52 am

I had a very similar happening at xmas... My wife got a hole of one of my closest and long time friends (a Burning Man vetern for many years) and got me an entry ticket for the holidays and my bday.. She knows my friend has been trying to get to come out for a few years for all the artwork that is involved in BM. The great things is the last main night is my Bday this year... dont really celebrate but now i have a real reason.

Little does she or my friend know what they have unleased... :D
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Re: Thank You Mom and Dad!

Postby trilobyte » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:12 am

What an awesome gift, Outback, congrats and welcome to ePlaya! Head on over to the 'greeter's station' when you get a chance and tell us a bit about yourself!


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