August 26th, 2004


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howdy. i might be looking for a ride from the bay area to the burn. i posted a listing on the site but thought i'd cross-post on this site as well.

i'm flying into the bay on friday the 27th and spending the weekend on protrero hill in san francisco.

if anyone has room for a rider to black rock city, i have gas money and a good attitude. i'll be travelling light, just a backpack and tent, plus whatever food i score at trader joes and the usual two gallons per day of water that i could pick up in fernley or empire or wherever....

this will be my 6th burn. i have friends to meet up with and camp with, but, of course, i'm always open to meeting new friends.

drop me an email via merlinswheel at hotmail dot com or call my cell # -- 845-616-6620 -- if you have room for a rider.

also, i don't have a bike, but if that bike shop in gerlach is selling bikes this year, i'd love to stop and pick one up.
alert, fascinated, aware, enthusiastic

a word for the virgin burner and everyone else too

it's just a big camping trip, so have fun

drink water

wear a hat

it's a good idea to carry your own glass/mug/shotglass or other recepticle for drinks while wandering about the playa - it's polite and you look all prepared and cool

it's a good idea, particularly if you're a woman, to wander with a group (particularly if you'll be partaking of any sort of inebriant) - you're safer on the playa than in most places on earth, but as the population increases, the number of bastards increases too - looks like we're going to hit 35,000 people this year. Thats bigger than San Luis Obispo, where i'm from.

if you go it alone, just drink anything offered to you from your own glass (that way you get to watch them pour it). Remember that doing toasts is both fun and a good way to see if they're willing to drink whatever they're serving you - if they don't, maybe you oughta ask for a nice cold beer, one that you can open yourself.

I'm not trying to make you paranoid, just call it a friendly word of advice.

Remember that, generally speaking, seven of ten people you meet on the playa will treat you like a long lost and dearly missed old friend, and when you meet and hang out with them you will make memories and friends that may just last a lifetime. One out of ten people will be suffering from the heat, or a hangover or a bad moment in their relationship or one of "those" days. One will be busy doing something or be the girlfriend, sister, child etc of a burner and really have no clue about how to act with strangers at burningman (you never know how that will turn out). That last one, they may fall into that unpleasant category, they're the ones that put stupid things in the porta potties, steal parts of the art installations, leave bags of trash lying around, slip people drugs as a joke or for some less savory purpose, and they just might steal your bike. They may fall into one of the other categories most days, but it might be just your luck to run into them on "that" day.

So stay aware.

It's just another part of the radical self reliance thing.

And don't be afraid to ask for help, or yell for help if necessary. There are seven burners who will come and help you.

Seriously, we won't mind.
ShenKu, the martial art of traveling
  • pyrrhus

My Burningman Hopes:

I look forward to Burning Man.  I read in a friends journal, years ago that it was a life changing experience.

I am not expecting my life to be altered, yet i retain the latent hope that it will be.  That the heat of the desert will burn away the remaining sadness, guilt and anger that has built up on my soul like so much fat clogging the arteries of my life.

I am not looking for truth, but I know it's out there.  Perhaps not on the playa, but it out there in the world waiting for me to find it.  I do hope that the truth, when found, will help settle my restless spirit

I am looking for a good time.  I'm not looking for drugs, or sex, or ritualistic tribal rioting.... Though I know those are out there, and who am I to buck a trend? 

I want input... like Johnny 5, I am alive.  I need experience to survive. Millions of  Images, all shapes and size.  These I know will be there waiting for me to gorge my senses on.

So I will take my hope, temper it with fear, strike it with resolve, and forge it over the week into a talisman to keep for the rest of my life.

While this journey may not alter my life.  It will become a part of it.

image found by rootie_kazootie on Toogle using the phrase burningman
(Crossposted in pyrrhus)
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    Ambient Silence

Emotional Survival Guide

For the newbies coming to BM as well as some of you old hats. The link below takes you to an emotional survival guide put together by some NYC/East Coast burners. For many years this document lived in email. A wonderful burner has finally put it on a website.

You have probably read the survival guide on the BM site and are prepared physically but are you prepared emotionally?
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Travel Plans...

Within the next 24 hours, I will be stabbing westward towards the playa. I can't wait to hit the road again. On my way, I'll be seeing places I've never seen before and go through states I've never visited. I should arrive in BRC Monday afternoon or so. I'll be camping at the Burner Hostel at Venus & 5:00, just around the corner from Hair of the Dog and the G-Spot, two blocks from Center Camp, and down the road from Wheeeee!ville. I'm planning to stay the whole week, and start back Monday after the Temple Burn ...I won't be going straight back. I've never actually seen the Pacific Ocean. So, my return trip will take me to the Bay area, where I'll be crashing with friends, and then drive down the Pacific Coast Highway before heading back east. The adventure begins...

Satellite Phones There??

I have a last minute dilemma that I was wondering if I could get some advice on. I start college again the day after Burning Man. During Burning Man is the time that I have to complete registration for my classes. This entails calling my school, getting some mystical secret password and then going online and doing the final registration. I know what my classes will be, but for some reason my school requires final registration to be done with this mystical PIN number that will only be available to me from Aug 30 til Sunday Sept. 4. After that I am required to physically go to the school and register which will be a problem since I won't be able to make it to the campus til Thursday the 9th, which might be too late.

ANYWAY, I know that some people have internet access out there, which is great... If I can make the call I will barter fifteen miniburgers (the amazing single serving universe) for 5 mins online.... But is there ANY phone reception out there at all?? My boyfriend said there might be "satellite phones" on the playa. Anyone know anything about this and where I can look? If not, there is cell phone reception in Gerlach?

Thanks Everyone. We are leaving today. I can't wait, I'll see you there!!
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The Deserterata

Black Rock Lamplighter

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in Black Rock City. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all Rangers. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Except in the large-scale sound installations, avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. Especially that jerk with the bullhorn, vulgarly requesting oral copulation. If you compare us with other camps, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser Black Rock camps than the Burning Silicon Group. (And all our offshoots---I can't think of any greater ones right now, however).

Gulp, don't sip. Enjoy your lounge as well as your community kitchen. Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it's a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. But hey, quit your job to go to Burning Man!, everybody's doing it. Exercise caution at barter bars, for the world is full of trickery. Beware of small untagged video cameras that may result in private acts posted to public access. But
let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. David Best is one example.

Remember when the giant puppets were just a concept. Consider that of all his children, maybe Larry loves you the most. Be yourself. Then cross-dress and become someone else. Especially do not feign affection. Okay, but only for this week. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass at Xara. Piss clear.

Do not be upset when your girlfriend becomes a "playa dyke". Maybe you SHOULD go to the medical tent? Enjoy the nightly serenade from Costco. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the blinky rave toys of youth. Did you hear about the "insane coprophiliac running wild between storms, taking dumps on people napping out on the playa."?* Well, use the buddy system and don't fall asleep with your mouth open! Watch out for the rouge boners. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden whiteouts. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and dehydration. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a Citizen of Black Rock City, no less than the playa and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with your irrational metaphysical belief system, whatever you conceive it to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of the Center Camp Cafe, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and kerosene stench, it is still a beautiful world. Don't let it hit the ground. Leave no trace.

Found in Chez Newt's Toxic Amphibian Lounge, BRC, NV, dated 1998
*Rolling Stone, p 116, issue 853, November 9, 2000.
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Ride to BRC

If anyone is leaving Reno Airport after 10pm on Monday 30th, I need a ride.
Or, if you will be leaving the peppermill that late, I can hop the shuttle and meet you there.
I'm good for gas $$, just need to buy water.
I've had no luck with the online ride-share board.
Denton, TX