what do you call the world outside the playa?

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what do you call the world outside the playa?

Postby Guest » Mon Sep 08, 2003 9:33 pm

there seem to be a zillion metaphors/terms for the world that we come back to after leaving the playa. the "default world" is one i've heard. what do you call it, and why?
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Postby clandyone » Mon Sep 08, 2003 9:36 pm

Usually just "the real world". Although a cute, dusty punker playing the slots at our hotel in Reno did spy me and hubby and said "Welcome back to the Matrix, guys." I thought that was good.
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Postby pmattf » Mon Sep 08, 2003 9:37 pm

Oregon Country Fair people call that which is not part of it The Unfair.

I can't think of anything nearly as good for not Burning Man though.

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Postby RebA! » Mon Sep 08, 2003 10:03 pm

The other home.
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Postby captain mcguiver » Mon Sep 08, 2003 10:12 pm

How about, "love purgatory".

When you get out, you get your love back.


Matrix is on the right tip.

As is "fake world".

Or "unfortunate reality".

Once again, make this place "reality" by changing the things about it that aren't like the "real world" of BRC.
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What I call the place I'm at that's not BRC.

Postby Martina » Mon Sep 08, 2003 10:41 pm

Well, if I'm home in San Francisco, I say I'm in San Francisco. If I'm somewhere else, like New York, I say I'm in New York. It's kind of like how I say I'm in Black Rock City when I'm in Black Rock City.
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Postby Flux » Mon Sep 08, 2003 11:11 pm

My friends Lora and Gordy call it Camp Reality.

Seems to me that there's all kinds of fodder there for describing the everyday world in terms of theme camp values. "Sure, it's interactive, but they expect every last damn visitor to work his/her ass off on some ridiculous project or another, without even the decency of a free tequila shot or gratuitous grope when it's done! What's up with that?"
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Postby supersurly » Mon Sep 08, 2003 11:30 pm

Reality Camp sucks.
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Postby clandyone » Mon Sep 08, 2003 11:34 pm

Reality Camp

HA! I love it!
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Postby Jefferson Starship » Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:06 am

pmattf wrote:Oregon Country Fair people call that which is not part of it The Unfair.

I can't think of anything nearly as good for not Burning Man though.

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How about "Earning Man", as in... the rest of the year I spend working for "the Man" to pay for my next Burning Man trip.

Or even "Yearning Man".

I'll stop before I go too far with this one...
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Postby TestesInSac » Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:17 am

Burning Plan.
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Postby Isotopia » Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:34 am

I can't think of anything nearly as good for not Burning Man though.


Unmanly?
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Re: what do you call the world outside the playa?

Postby diane o'thirst » Thu Sep 11, 2003 10:40 pm

genghis wrote: what do you call it, and why?


<b>Babylon.</b> Got it from my '99 campmate A7N7G7E7L7, he said it with so much passion and awed contempt. It just kind of stuck. The long version is "Babylon the Gweat and Tewwible" which is about how I feel when I get back to it.

I'm guessing A7 called it that because Babylon is said to be the first great city-state on the face of the planet and the rest of the world seems to be in a mad rush to follow in its footsteps, for good or for ill. That year A7 wound up moving to some hamlet in the middle of Alaska where wolves killed a moose in his back yard.
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Postby nymphgonebad » Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:14 pm

i call it the world - just like vietnam vets.

burning man is home

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Postby robbidobbs » Fri Sep 12, 2003 9:34 am

Reality Camp
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Postby Borris » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:19 pm

casnimot wrote:Burning Plan.


Plan is russian slang for bud, so watch out for them LEO's coming for you...
Shit, where was i for the last week... ehm...
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Postby TestesInSac » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:20 pm

Borris wrote:
casnimot wrote:Burning Plan.


Plan is russian slang for bud, so watch out for them LEO's coming for you...


<Snort!>
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Re: what do you call the world outside the playa?

Postby Borris » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:27 pm

diane o'thirst wrote:<b>Babylon.</b>


This is what Rastafarai call all that is not Rastafarai
Shit, where was i for the last week... ehm...
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Postby chloe_dancer » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:34 pm

i think i will call it "detention" b/c i feel like i am restricted from doing a lot of things that i can do on the playa or at playa-related events
i feel there is an angel in me whom i am constantly shocking
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Postby Isotopia » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:38 pm

Actually, I refer to it as the 'default wrold.'

But that's nothing original on my part.
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Postby TestesInSac » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:50 pm

The real world has it's perks. I can't build furniture or mill metal on the playa. And I can party more at home than I can on the playa. In fact, if I set my mind to it, there's not a thing I can't have here that I can have on the playa, other than watch nekkid hippie girls stroll by by the dozens.
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Postby Zane5100 » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:52 pm

I call it "the world."
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Postby Flux » Sat Sep 13, 2003 11:00 am

Here's one I just came across:

Comforts Of Home Camp

I think you use this one to make you feel better when you don't go to Burning Man, and then start having second thoughts around Wednesday evening.
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The best one I've heard

Postby babblingfreak » Sat Sep 13, 2003 11:33 am

Mundania.

though i have to say that for me, i have been blessed with a really cool life at the moment so i love it both in mundania and at home. :wink:
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Postby katekt » Sat Sep 13, 2003 12:59 pm

Camp Reality is my favorite so far. none of the others have ever worked for me.
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how bout

Postby crimbopple » Sat Sep 13, 2003 3:21 pm

Learning Ban
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Re: how bout

Postby OregonRed » Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:59 pm

crimbopple wrote:Learning Ban


Love it!!! Do you mind if I use it?
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Postby antron » Sun Sep 14, 2003 9:04 pm

here
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Postby Kinetic » Sun Sep 14, 2003 9:35 pm

Camp Reality or Camp Fuckedup, or Disillusion Camp...depends on the mood, time of day, tidal position, number of Clear Channel repeats for the day, and other misc crap.
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Postby Lydia Love » Sun Sep 14, 2003 10:03 pm

Disillusion Camp


<snort>

That so describes it lately.
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