June 3rd, 2004


Anyone want to go to Burning Man w/ me this year?

Anyone want to go to Burning Man w/ me this year? This is a serious offer. I have an extra ticket I am willing to trade for transportation.

This is what I am ideally looking for:

I need transportation from Portland, Oregon to Black Rock City and back. I would like to leave on Saturday, August 28th, drive a significant portion, camp overnight, and arrive in Black Rock City on Sunday the 29th. I would need to leave the following Sunday September 5th as I have to be back at work early Tuesday morning. This could mean missing out on the Sunday night burn of the temple and the community burns.

I would expect you to pay for all transportation related expenses. This includes gas. I can help w/ driving if it's an automatic vehicle. I can't really drive a stick shift, but could in case of an emergency. I have a valid driver's license and I am over age 25 if it matters for your insurance. Please don't volunteer if your car is not likely to make the trip to the desert and back. I have spent enough time on the side of highway I-5 last summer. I would really prefer not to repeat the experience or something worse.

I will have a lot of gear. This probably won't fit into a standard size car, especially with another person's gear. I need/want to bring a tent, possibly a shade structure, sleeping gear, twenty five to thirty gallons of water for myself, cooking gear, food, booze, clothes and costumes, hopefully a shower and some thought out system to deal w/ the greywater. This may include an assembled or partially assembled evaporation pool and possibly a stand of some sort to hold the water. I am thinking of a five gallon solar shower type device. I could always recruit scrub/shower slaves to help hold it, but that doesn't help deal w/ the greywater. I don't think I am leaving anything important out. This is a lot of gear so I want to be realistic about it. Not all of this is absolutely required, but most of it is.

I also want to bring a bike. When it's suggested that you have a bike at Burning Man, it's not really a suggestion. Bikes can go on the outside of the vehicle.

You need to be self sufficient. I would prefer a companion that is able to deal w/ the physical environment and the social ones. It can be a really intense experience. I don't want to have any awkward obligations that creep up later in the week. I also need to be able to trust this person to hold true to their word, especially about getting me back on time to not fuck up my job. No flakes.

I am OK w/ camping alone or in a group. The past two years I have camped with a Teahouse. I will most likely want to camp near/with some of my other Oregon or San Francisco friends regardless of if the Teahouse becomes a possibility or not.

If you are seriously interested and you are disturbed by any of the particulars listed above, let's talk. I am willing to negotiate most of the details. If you have never been to Burning Man please visit their comprehensive website specifically the sections titled the first timer's guide & all of it's links. There is a lot of information but it really helps. Words can not explain this event. Pictures can not explain it. It truly needs to be experienced.

Are you with me?

Note: I will be out of town this weekend, so I may be slow on responding. If you are seriously interested and leave a comment, I will get in touch w/ you.
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I Love You, Man!

I would just like to say how excited I am getting about Burning Man! Last year was my first year and I can honestly say that Burning Man changed my life. I was so jaded and hopeless before Burning Man, I thought that there was nothing positive left in the world anymore. I had dropped out of college and returned to stripping, something that I had a little addiction to. Also I'm from Florida, and I had NEVER experienced the generosity and genuine kindness and chillness of you West Coasters. I had never seen such crazy art on such a grand scale. I was INSPIRED again and I felt hope. Now I have changed my life completely. No more stripping, ever, I am a waitress and banquet server at a fine dining establishment. I moved to NYC with my boyfriend, who introduced me to Burning Man, and whom I had only been with a couple of months when we went. We have been together over a year now, and I've never felt so loved. Also I'm enrolled to start school again this fall, the BEST school I know of for what I'm doing, (Parsons) photography, and honestly, Burning Man had a part in my newfound ambitiousness. I went with my boyfriend, Zack and his friend James who I had NEVER MET before. But by the end of the week I felt like James' sister, and the three of us have the best time together now when we go out, we have this wierd bond, its like we relive Burning Man. So us three are going again this year. I am looking forward to seeing all of you, my fellow Burners! The best people I've ever met. I have such wild, unbridled enthusiasm for Burning Man and I don't care how nerdy I seem! When people ask me about it I just say that its like going to another planet, you just have to experience it for yourself, you can totally be yourself, and it changed my life..oh yeah and the people are sooo fucking chill... Well, I just had to make these confessions!

OH yeah, to all you NYC Burners, where is that Wednesday night happy hour and is it still going on??

My photo of Zack, James, and I last year, on Sunday during that wild dust storm....
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