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what to expect?

Postby f2m0u$72391 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:13 pm

group of first timers anything to look for or expect?
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Postby Mojojita » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:29 pm

Welcome! Leave all expectations at home but do a lot of reading. Read the survival guide and the first timer's guide, then read them again. Read the back of your ticket. Read this board for a wealth of playa-tested tips and tricks.

Being on the playa seems to force me to always live "in the moment". Once you know your survival and comfort are taken care of, you can be free to exprience things that nobody could possibly expect to have happen or to see.
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Postby f2m0u$72391 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:35 pm

most definitely i have read and read and read some more and i also made my friends read an understand the guides, also i planned to go for the past 4 years and got bailed on lol so still have supply's from years past
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Postby Savannah » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:41 pm

group of first timers anything to look for or expect?


Look out for everything!
Expect nothing! :)

You could have anything from a miserable time to a fun week to a life-changing experience. Impossible to know. (Isn't that exciting?)

http://www.burningman.com/first_timers/
http://www.burningman.com/preparation/
http://www.burningman.com/preparation/event_survival/

Then, check out the Q&A forum. The answers to almost everything you could ask are in there. If you look back several pages and use the "search" tool at the top center before asking, your questions will be more entertaining and be answered more quickly and politely . . . usually.

Welcome.

eta: looks like you've found the guides. good-o. :D
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Postby Major Krash » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:59 pm

expect to get dusty...and some other stuff will also happen.
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Postby Mojojita » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:00 pm

Maybe there are some things that over the years I have learned to expect.......

1) To be hot, dusty, and tired sometimes
2) To have my face hurt from laughing so hard
3) To get to hug people I only get to see once a year
4) To have at least one random drunk pass out in my camp
5) To be amazed by the creativity and random acts of absurdity.

Anybody else?
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Re: what to expect?

Postby Eric » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:29 pm

f2m0u$72391 wrote:group of first timers anything to look for or expect?


stuff.

other stuff that distracts you from the first stuff.
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Postby Trishntek » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:00 pm

While looking, go with the attitude of participating. BM is not a spectator event. If somebody needs help, give it. If somebody gives you something, accept it. If you are suddenly struck with an awesome idea, DO IT!
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:29 pm

I'd expect dirt, and lots of wind.
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Postby Eric » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:37 pm

mudpuppy000 wrote:I'd expect dirt, and lots of wind.


unless it rains, in which case it will be sticky gross clay. Still lots of wind though.

Fake fur. Expect lots of fake fur and cowboy hats.

And boobies.
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:56 pm

Eric wrote:
mudpuppy000 wrote:I'd expect dirt, and lots of wind.


unless it rains, in which case it will be sticky gross clay. Still lots of wind though.

Fake fur. Expect lots of fake fur and cowboy hats.

And boobies.


True true, and blinky stuff. Maybe a little bit of fire too.
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Postby Eric » Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:27 pm

I would also expect there to be sunlight during the daytime.

At night it would depend on the drugs you're using.
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Postby Elderberry » Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:55 pm

With all the snark on his threads I would expect f2m0u$72391 to never post again in this forum.

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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:25 pm

I would expect there to be sky, dust, heat, cold, different types of weather, a gate, greeters, the man, and other stuff.
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Postby Major Krash » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:34 pm

jkisha wrote:With all the snark on his threads I would expect f2m0u$72391 to never post again in this forum.

JK


...Hah!

Of course, every response was 100% truthful...and appropriate for such a vague wide-open question. Besides, at least one helpful post was made first, which according to the rules of the almighty Mods, opens this thread to Snark...

Ask more specific questions, f2m0u$72391, get more specific answers.

Oh - and welcome home!
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Re: what to expect?

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:41 pm

Eric wrote:
f2m0u$72391 wrote:group of first timers anything to look for or expect?


stuff.

other stuff that distracts you from the first stuff.

You forgot the even more stuff that distracts you from the other stuff.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:20 pm

Expect to see shit you never seen before - even if it's only in the JOTS.
Expect to be offended by something.
Expect to get some dust on something of yours.
Expect to get at least a little bit thirsty.
Expect to rely on yourself.
Expect to be surprised by the graciousness of others.
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Postby gaminwench » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:00 pm

Expect 24/7 oontz oontz that you can feel through the ground...
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Postby magic8ball » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:17 pm

this I am told is like clubs in Riga and Vilnius.
I am hoping for this, and other U.S. music.
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Postby Trishntek » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:29 pm

magic8ball wrote:this I am told is like clubs in Riga and Vilnius.
I am hoping for this, and other U.S. music.


We qualify as "other", but not necessarily U.S.
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Re: what to expect?

Postby TomServo » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:17 pm

f2m0u$72391 wrote:group of first timers anything to look for or expect?


Go with NO expectations!
anything worth doing is worth overdoing..
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Postby AntiM » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:22 am

You will have an afternoon when you are too hot, tired and cranky. You will hate the event at that moment. This is when your campmates should see that you get hydrated and rest, possibly eat.
Some sunshine, some dust, a little paint and a tutu. Yeah.
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Postby graidawg » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:43 am

stuff? and stuff thatr distracts me from that stuff? and so on

oh yea boobies? i get to see boobies? woo hoo!!!!
oh will i get to see the batard wizards that bought all the tickets? i want words with them about that?
what about sparkle ponies? are they stuff or other stuff or are they covered by boobies?
is there any particular stuff i should try to be distracted by first? will i see fire? oh and what if dont see any stuff that i can be sure is stuff are there people i can ask if its stuff or not?

oh dear me i am so bored at work why isnt it august yet?
oh i'm 42 this year which is the meaning of life does that mean i get extra stuff to see not available to other people?
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Postby Mojojita » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:50 am

Magnificent post - reminds me of how I feel much of the time out there ..... like a ferret on crack.
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Postby Major Krash » Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:40 pm

Mojojita wrote: ..... like a ferret on crack.


that wears a pink Tu-Tu, dances to Frank Sinatra, and is a pyromaniac...
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Postby Colonel Monk » Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:58 pm

UNEXPECT THE EXPECTED!?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:49 pm

graidawg wrote:stuff? and stuff thatr distracts me from that stuff? and so on

oh yea boobies? i get to see boobies? woo hoo!!!! No woo hoo, unless you want to marked as a yahoo.
oh will i get to see the batard wizards that bought all the tickets? i want words with them about that? Are those wizards that have been baked into bread?
what about sparkle ponies? are they stuff or other stuff or are they covered by boobies? Yes, yes, and....yes

I have answered three questions and that is enough
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you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
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Postby graidawg » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:58 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
graidawg wrote:stuff? and stuff thatr distracts me from that stuff? and so on

oh yea boobies? i get to see boobies? woo hoo!!!! No woo hoo, unless you want to marked as a yahoo.
oh will i get to see the batard wizards that bought all the tickets? i want words with them about that? Are those wizards that have been baked into bread?
what about sparkle ponies? are they stuff or other stuff or are they covered by boobies? Yes, yes, and....yes

I have answered three questions and that is enough
said his father, don't give yourself airs
you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
be off or I'll kick you downstairs.


not YAHOO but Hotmail (fnaar)
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Postby Thecatman » Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:38 pm

Do not expect to find money,
even though I found .10cents on the playa last year near the mant farm.
Yes! I picked it up as if it were moop, except I kept it.
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Postby B the B » Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:10 pm

I've only been once, the last one, but I can already tell be careful what you expect because that may very well be EXACTLY what you get. In other words, keep it positive. I saved a mans life, my truck key carefully attached to my pants inexplicably vanished, got seperated from an amazing woman while on our way to a tent to [b]CENSORED[/b], danced my ass off in my underwear('n this homey don't dance)(much I guess), gave a full bottle of premium tequila away to a bar that had been gifted to me, at the drop of a hat, when I was out of alcohol, hugged a sculpture of an angel for 1/2 hr during a bad dust storm (we had a connection, you will see when you get there), lost my bike for over an hour twice, one of those times it certainly had been "borrowed" then returned, my phoenix tattoo bled from its funnel tail feather during the man burn, I met a man that also had killed his dog as a puppy by accident and the both dog's lived thru it miraculously (we knew each other for minutes, he somehow new I had been thru this too), and the strangest part - none of this phased me, yet it also blew my mind wide open to the realm of possibilities. There's more - almost started a mob to pre-outrun the raining fire of the temple burn (we had some kind of feeling) Rode my bicycle full speed (I mean really flying) into a HUGE metal plant in the pitch dark and rose unscathed to the amazement of the folks nearby and myself, made a nice necklace out of stuff found on the ground, one day turned into two somehow, mysteriously reversing direction while riding across the playa at night, um what else, giving away lidocain patches and a cane that I had no idea why I had brought really, to a new friend that had turned her ankle, breaking down into a puddle of tears just from being in the temple (n this homey dont cry)(much I guess) sharing a wonderful embrace from a complete stranger due to said empathy, I could go on, and on, and on, and on. Whatever you expect, keep it positive. Trust me.
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