OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by DoctorIknow » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:11 am

Hard to think of the old days without bemoaning aspects of the new days....

But, I miss the streets not being in alphabetical order.

Disoriented burners were at every street sign.

Now, most everything is oriented.

Now, many use the roads just to get from point A to point B.

It's now vital to make sure the man is in the center of the phone screen than to take ones eyes OFF the phone and actually watch it burn full size.

Now, if the nearest free coffee place within walking distance isn't open, grumbling voices can be heard.

Spotting a naked person without decoration is a very rare thing these days. I miss that people who had never been naked in public broke thru their resistance and found it to be totally natural and safe and wonder why they'd been so hung up about it.

The phrase "the playa provides" wasn't a parasite freegans excuse to not worry about bringing bike tools, sunscreen, coffee, shower or substitute for shower stuff, tools to build camp and even outfits.

I miss the years when my shower was used all the time, and then 10 years later not as many people used it as they didn't want anyone to see them naked.

I miss the me that told those shower seekers that if they wanted privacy to get some sheets and pin it on the support structure. Now I spend my money and extra effort to make a privacy screen and for them to not have to challenge themselves, and not utilize what the power of Burning Man used to be: the best place in the world to challenge yourself or learn something new about yourself in a thousand different ways.

Now, you kids get off my lawn!

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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by Token » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:40 pm

DoctorIknow wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:11 am

I miss the years when my shower was used all the time, and then 10 years later not as many people used it as they didn't want anyone to see them naked.

I miss the me that told those shower seekers that if they wanted privacy to get some sheets and pin it on the support structure. Now I spend my money and extra effort to make a privacy screen and for them to not have to challenge themselves, and not utilize what the power of Burning Man used to be...
Heck, I miss showers where you brought friends as a “support structure” to pour the water, pump the Hudson Sprayer, and scrub the back. ;)

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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by wraith » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:30 pm

Yeah, these days showering in the open at the burn lands you on reddits festivalsluts image share before you even have the dust shaken out of your socks. That level of trust of the people around you cant survive smartphones on the playa.

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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by Token » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:39 am

Funny, my sensitivity to risque has diminished over the years as gravity and time made me more better sexy. ;)

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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by Token » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:05 pm

I’m a gonna bump this cuz it’s important to remember Da Roots of this quagmire.

http://talesofsfcacophony.com/movie-tra ... -the-book/

It largely explains why I’m such an ol’e jaded fuck. Been there, done them.

Play the movie, take the ride.

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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:46 pm

What?? Don’t tell the starry eyed new burners that it isn’t and never was about love and manifesting inner peace and all that other stupid bullshit. How do you confuse an event called Burning Man with the Love Parade??
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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by Token » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:56 pm

Spot on jumping point for folks that want to learn about the roots of the modern anarchism, strictly as a philosophy, that influenced a faction of the early BM.

Note to the casual reader: This is anarchism as a philosophy; a leftist view even further left of Marxism. Ironically, it predicted al the failings of implemented Marxism worldwide.

Nothing to do with our run of the mill interpretation of anarchy as being total chaos.

It is more akin to the mathematical definition of chaos theory; where one finds spontaneous organization in complex systems boundaries.

But those are stories to be shared around a burn barrel...

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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by JULES64 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:57 am

trying to avoid the "I was a burner back when"...competition on this thread.

Yeah I remember when cameras were "bad" , basically not allowed unless checked in and given what amounted to a 'press pass'. Now I can only imagine how it is with selfie sticks and such, constant video recording and the quest for the perfect selfie in your playa finest makes you loose out on the actual WOW factor ....man, that IS SAD.

I remember when camps weren't so closed off to others perusing the streets in search of new friends...shit, I remember getting kicked out of the Green Tortoise by some big ole Amazon chick, we were just there to meet up with some friends who were camped there...that was like in 2006. And she wasnt even with the Tortoise according to my friends camped there...now I hear these plug plays have actual SECURITY GUARDS WTF??
Bicycles were ART, as well as modes of transportation, but it was also possible to peruse on foot just fine...the event was smaller, intimate. There was NO driving around in your personal vehicle...unless your personal vehicle happened to be an art car..I saw on Live Stream all week, people driving the playa sans art car, etc...

Well I guess we can lament on Paradise (Playa) lost or move aside and let the Noobbs dismantle the event.

My good friends that originally introduced me to BM as it was strictly word of mouth "back when", still attend. They camped with an organized camp this year and had some stories to tell that were pretty amusing...like the noobs who took 2 showers a day on the water everyone else was chipping in for, the self imposed camp leader whom they said was yelling at the daily meetings by the end of the week to the very few who still showed up....NO THANKS!!! I'd rather stay home and paint my bathroom or something.

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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by Captain Goddammit » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:09 pm

There’s a driving loophole. If you have a disabled tag they let you drive your car all you want.
I mean, I sort of understand but not really. That’s fucked and tons of people misuse it.

And bikes, year great point!!! Today’s bikes are weak bullshit, stock Walmart junk with fur on it, pretty much exactly like the art cars that have since been banned were.

You used to see tons of custom bikes. Lots of tall-bikes, choppers, and just crazy stuff.
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Re: OK so what the hell did I miss (the good old days)?

Post by bradtem » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:11 pm

The camera tags in the early days were only for video cameras, which in those days tended to be bulky. Media registered at media mecca for tags (and they still register.)

Still cameras didn't need to register, but still cameras in the 90s were a different story. Essentially all film. You thought about what you wanted a shot of, you were only going to take so many. So not nearly as much was photographed. You didn't get dust on your sensor, either.

I'm sure we all wish we could have many of those things we had in the 90s. But of course, we can't, not at the Gerlach regional. They can be found in some other places. But they are not found with the amazing and massive art, the astonishing vehicles, the orgy of fire and over-the-top that is Saturday night, the Temple, and other cool things that came with size. I did have a feeling that back then, it was easier to just walk up and help with things. It was how, in your first year, you got converted to participant. Things you visited needed a hand and that could easily be you.

But yeah, I wonder what happened to the modded bikes?
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