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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Time Event
My way of decompression:

- San Francisco MOMA - FRIDA KAHLO

How was Exodus for you??
This was my third year going to BM and I truly loved it, as I did every other year. :) The difference for me this year though was that I'd lost my job (Montessori Teacher) because I refused to stay home from the event. I'd worked for this school for 6 years, 22 total in the field. I decided I needed to do what was right for me at this point in my life, and that entailed going to BRC.

Losing my job afforded me the opportunity to stay past Sunday. At Hope and Fear I left Sunday in the early afternoon because my ride was leaving, it was at least 4 hours to the road if not more. At Green Man I left just after the Temple burn and it was in the neighborhood of 5 hours to the road. I didn't see the burn that nite...I'd fallen in Love that week and I'd opted to spend alone time with my new boyfriend while our camp was empty before I had to make the trip back and I'd have to wait to see him again in the Default World!! I found an alternate ride home and had to leave when they did because the ride I went with was no longer speaking to me - but anyway...

This year I stayed (with the above mentioned boyfriend <3) until the very end. We struck our Hexayurt on Tuesday morning and packed up and were out of there around 11am. We drove straight to the road and got going on the trip home (SF Bay Area) with no delay. The only traffic we hit of any sort was rush hour in Sacramento.

My questions specifically are:
What day did you leave?
What time of day?
How many hours was it to the road?
What influenced which day/time you departed? (children at home, job, ride share, etc)

I'm just totally curious how exodus went for others. Our Pod leader (for Semuta Lounge in Silicon Village) left somewhere in the neighborhood of 4am on Monday morning and he said exodus wasn't too bad at all. One of our other pod mates left on Monday afternoon when exodus was announced on BMIR as about half an hour to the road. He also said that went well.

I wonder if the inclement weather caused more people to leave early, thus thinning out the exodus line a little? Or maybe not...inquiring minds wanna know!

Please discuss.

Current Mood: contemplative
Making money off Burning Man ???
Just to preface my post, I am not a first timer, I have been going to Buring Man for 8 years as a participant, I have been active in regional Burning Man communities and am well read on the philosophies and tenants of Burning Man.  I don't say this to be elitist, but to simply emphasize that I did not make this post as a knee-jerk reaction or without thought.

I was recently made aware of this site


I don't know anything about it, I tried to find out more about it, but the site doesn't seem to have an "about us" or aything like that...

As far as I know this site directly violates the main tenant of Burning Man that there is to be no advertising, selling or bartering.  Now I know that this is more on a moral and ethical level and all over the net there are people who sell costumes and camping gear where they specifically advertise them as being great for use at Burning Man.  Everyone from the guys who rent/sell bikes to the people selling drugs are making money off Burning Man.  

So it's not the traversing of the moral/ethical aspect that surprises or bothers me.  What does bother me and confuses me is that isn't it illegal for the name Burning Man and the Burning Man logo to be used to sell things ?  Is this sight sanctioned by the BORG ???  I highly doubt it, and if it is, then IMO this is the downfall in a slippery slope of Burning Man becoming just another festival with Redbull and KFC advertising.

Personally I find it highly disgusting and repugnant to see the Burning Man logo with a dollar sign in it's head.

If I am completly wrong and off base, let me know, maybe this site donates all proceeds to charity or back into Burning Man or to local art projects or something, but as I said it's not apparent and I searched the sight looking for such information before voicing concern.

I already posted, but I thought Id post again for the hell of it. Does anyone have pictures of my camp VOTED BEST CAMP? We had the skate ramp, bar, punkrock and probably screamed at you and called you scum.

Religious Experience?
Just out of curiosity how many of you would consider burning man a spiritual or religious experience? Why or why not?

[Spiritual/religious in however you define those terms....]
Wall Street Asshole
This article may have been passed around on here already, but I just came across it because apparently my grandma read this and was horrified that I go to Burning Man every year...

After reading it, I know why she was so put off..

This guy wrote the most lame, uninspired, interpretation of BM that I have ever read!


I wish there were an outlet for comments on his page, because I have a few things to say..

First being... Demonetized Society? I'm sorry that you don't understand the concept of Burning Man. I feel really bad for you that you can't open your mind up to the humor, creativity and love that exists in such a community of wonder and imagination.
"Bats In The Wind" (video)
When I got back from Burning Man, tons of people said, 'I heard you guys had a doozy of a dust storm.' As if Burning Man was ruined. HUH!? After 11 burns, I LOVE dust storms. They are essential for people to reach the level of surrender necessary for people to evolve. You cannot transform while you hold on to your old patterns.

Saying that "Dust Disturbs Burning Man" (as the NY Times Headline said) is like saying "Frosting Disturbs Cupcakes."

This is a music video homage to the spirit of my camp mates at Bat Country. As well as the root spiritual perspective that governs my life.

My Burning Man/Spiritual masterpiece: "Bats In The Wind"

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