percussivepaul wrote: There's a spot for you, if you want it.
creativecstasy wrote:theCryptofishist wrote:creativecstasy wrote: alright, why doesn't my BBCode work?
Go to your profile and uncheck the box that says "disable BBCode". (Why the default is for it not to work is one of those questions that has driven philosophers crazy for thousands of years.)
...I did. Like months ago. I just double check and it's on the right setting. /pout.
On.The.Road wrote:I worked hard to "fake it" hoping to "make it", before, during and after (to anyone who will ask me, I will tell BM was an amazing experience, and it will be the truth. Such is the bizarro world of feeling like shit), but it just wasn't meant to be
I had an off year this year as well- ended up having a pretty good time (with some amazing moments), but it's the first time ever I spent a lot of my time hiding away. I had a lot (and I mean a lot) of shit hit me in August and it kept me a bit more down than I hoped it would. I let myself be out of it, I let myself hide without feeling guilty about it. It's what I needed and I took it (it's also why people who came to Fandango looking for me kept getting vague responses from my friends at the bar as to where I was)
Next year don't try to fake it- allow yourself the freedom to not fake it. You might discover a whole different Burn you didn't know existed. You might also discover that you just don't like it- and that's all right as well. My best friend went 4 times & then said "done". It wasn't his thing, he stopped trying to force it to be.
graidawg wrote:damn thats we never found you! it was great meeting you at the mng though eric. next year i want a special pass to come harass you if you are hiding.
\On.The.Road wrote:...The atmosphere just wasn't what I expected. All the unaltered rental RVs and moving vans with huge fuckoff logos were very depressing (although the U-Haul vans with random facts were so bizarre to me that they felt more credible than some attempts at BM art). Being repeatedly refused rides on art cars when I was on foot in the middle of the plaza ("this is a private party" - say whaaat?) was very, very depressing. The blinding sea of whiteness (and I'm not referring to the playa) was extremely depressing. People outside BRC accurately avoiding any eye-contact with someone who clearly was a fellow burner, while at the same time getting compliments and questions about BM and human interaction from random country yokels and store clerks: super depressing. And then tons of small stuff, like almost all theme camps looking closed/abandoned or otherwise unwelcoming, all the "circling the wagons"-style camps, what looked like the whole West coast raver scene, the white-hetero-male-friendly sexuality displays, the expectation to party everywhere all the time, the dirty looks you got for asking for alcohol-free stuff at bars, all the damn golf carts with huge blinding headlights, and what the fuck was the deal with the limo anyway?
To me, BM was not a life-changing experience at all: just more of the same shit I experience the rest of the year, except with blinkie lights, and smack in the middle of bumfuck nowhere. And dusty. I understand the potential, though, and I'll be back next year, hoping to get more than another week-long anxiety-ridden downer
mars wrote:You mentioned somewhere that you didn't have expectations, but this is where they show up.
mars wrote:YOu've got work to do, On.The.Road. I hear the sincerity and honesty in your tone and I believe you can do it. I have reason to believe that while your first burn sucked, you can learn a lot from it...in fact, you can learn exactly what you have been needing to learn. And I think you will do it.
a big surprise my first year was the full range of emotions i'd run through over the course of my experience.
RedHeaven wrote:Wow great responses, I feel gratitude just reading. I thought people would snark him out but instead everyone is being super constructive and thoughtful! Yay!
deutlich wrote: I'm totally at a loss as to how to locate a good theme camp for next year. Like everyone, I've got personal tastes about where I want to be (certainly not near a major sound camp, for example). I definitely want to contribute some way (I'm damn good at fryin' up some potatoes) but I've no clue how that would all work out because I'd be coming from DC by plane. I tried scrolling through all of the theme camp names listed on the BMsite but GAWD that causes my eyeballs to hurt!
Theme camp placement is far less relevant than being into their theme. Apply to camps with themes that appeal to you.
waxpraxis wrote:Hey deutlich - check out the regional burn Playa del Fuego. Tickets for the fall burn have already sold out I believe, but they have another one in the spring as well.
I'm in the DC area myself and a few friends and I are just now starting work on a project we hope to bring to at least one if not two regional burns and the big burn next year. It's not a "big ole art project" (in it's final form it'll look like a very odd bike trailer). Right now it's just a project and not a theme camp, but if you wanted to do something big I'd say just start going for it and make it happen for you.
The second I mentioned my project to other folks I camped with this year a bunch of burners and non-burners jumped in wanting to help. If you propose to build it, and it sounds bad ass, they will come!
deutlich wrote:Lemme know if you need an extra set of hands with your art project! I'd love to get my hands dirty (if my skills are worthy enough, that is). Don't even know if I can help.
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