August 15th, 2005

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My Girlfriend and I still need to find a way from Vancouver BC to Burning man. Is anyone that has two extra seats and wants to share the gas money heading down from Vancouver or Seattle?



What type of goggles are good for BM?

EDIT: I wear glasses. So I would need something to fit over my glasses, or I would need to get some made in the next two weeks with my presecription, and cheapish...
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Cardboard shelter?

A while back someone posted a picture of a cardboard dome or yurt she had constructed. I wasn't able to find it in the old posts. Does anyone still have a link to it or any other pictures or plans of personal structures made of cardboard? I've seen the hexayurt pages and am looking for alternatives.

Also.. where would one go to buy or scavenge 4x8 sheets of cardboard in the first place?

Fuel storage solution

What can we do for fuel storage? We don't want to spend $10/5 gal. canister, nor go out of BM to Gerlach every couple of days... I've seen people use huge barrels or drums with hoses (something like this?), I assume properly equipped for gasoline storage, but even if not properly equipped, can anyone suggest where to buy a thing like that, economically?
Schmid-E @ WMC 2005

Burning Man is Dead.......

Burning Man is dead……….

That's right kids. The funeral is scheduled for sometime in the next two weeks. Please do not shed tears. For those who are not…….are not. I plan to say my goodbyes this year as should all of you.

We have come to a time I feel we should break free from this conformed non-conformity and begin again.

It's nice to know we're truly free right? We've proven it. Okay, so where does that leave us? What has that tought us? And where do we go now.

I'm going to step up onto my jaded soapbox with a beer & megaphone in hand and give the rant I've been promising for so long.

I'm so over this "experiment" in the desert it's rediculous. It's lost it's merit for me. The thrill is gone. The honeymoon is over.

Where did the excitement go? The only people I know that are REALLY excited about it are people going for their first or second times. Am I missing something here? I now have to worry about taking a piss anywhere other then a funky ass porto potty and getting a ticket when all I used to worry about running over people FUCKING in the middle of the desert. Why do we focus so much energy on a false utopia?

I really hope I have my ass handed to me on a platter and re-have the time of my life but I'm not going to pretend it's the most amazing thing in the world when it's really not. I challenge myself to have an experience or experiences out there that blow my mind so wide open that I just have to return next year. I sure hope I do cause I've got a lot of reasons to be pissed off if I return from another rough year out there. I won't allow it to happen. I apologize ahead of time for those of you whom I may inadvertently run over (metaphorically speaking) in my week out there.

It's funny because of what Burning Man has done for my life……... I have gained………..and lost, some of the most special and important people in my life because of it. Some of them more important to me than my own family. Many people may say that's fucked up and my priorities are out of whack.

I couldn't agree more.

Feel free to discuss and tell me just how wrong I am. If someone would like to escort me to the bright side of the moon I'm all ears.

What is it about this wicker dude in the desert that makes us all act so fucking crazy? Step so far out of our comfort zones? Push our own boundaries, imaginations, creativity, limitations, pocketbooks and bodies so far.

I read an amazing article - some time ago by John Perry Barlow, someone I met @ Gathering of the Tribes in LA a few years back about how Burning Man is a perfect control mechanism for our government because how much time and effort otherwise talented, intelligent and powerful people are putting into it. These people could be making the changes happen that we so desperatly need. Take time to read it, it's a great article.

What if these 40,000+ people spent 1/10th of the time, money and resources on this "project" doing something for their own communities. On something sustainable. Picture how incredible THAT might be.

Don't wait till the desert to live your dreams, do it every day to the best of your ability, in your own life, and for the people who deserve it around you.

So I ask of you, consider instead of continuing to work as a cog on this machine that has become "The Man". Take your wrench and oil somewhere else next year. Be original next year. Try something new. Create something new.

I'm going to.

To those who are jaded about the event.

It seems to me as though many have allowed Burning Man to become "a week of partying in the desert" which is not really what its about. I see a lot of people who have allowed the event to become "a party in the desert" for themselves, and are ticked that people they did not invite are now showing up to what was once "their Party" so, in short, they are "taking their toys and going home" I think that is just sad.

Personally, I would hope that this year be one that blows your mind wide open. I also hope that you truly belive in spending your resources in making your community better, as that is the point of BM. it is an experiment in how to really create community, without boundaries, across social lines, and without commerce. My question then becomes what have you done the other 51 weeks of the year to continue this community in your home town? My guess, nothing. I'd guess you don't even know the first name of your next door neighbor. I could be wrong, but that's why it's just a guess.

You will find at this event what you want to find. you will take home what you choose to take home.

Stop looking to "re-have" the time of your life. by doing so you are obviously looking to recreate and experience that you have already had, but it's impossible, since you are no longer the same person that you were a few minutes ago, let alone a few years ago. The time of your life is what you make of it, every moment of every day. You may be dead by the time you finish reading this post, and if so, how would you feel about the last few moments you spent on earth? Stop looking to re-lose your virginity, you can't do it. All you can do is look to enjoying the next experience for what it is.

The past, is past... whoops! there it goes again! So stop tring to live in it. Look to promising yourself a learning experience. Look to opening your eyes to new ways of communicating with people. Not just at Burning Man, but every where, every day.

Start allowing yourself to see the world through the eyes of the present, instead of only looking to repeat the past.

I know which I will be doing.

Good luck and good fortune to you.