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Postby tummler » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:37 pm

Finally delurking. I felt compelled to go on an asperger-ish Burning Man self-study project from late August to late September--movies, boards, books, web sites, BM channel. We are saving our pennies and building our crewe for Burning Man 2012? 2013? Glad to be here now.
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Re: Long-time lurker, first-time poster

Postby ygmir » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:40 pm

welcome........I see you've already "jumped right in" with your other post.
so, well..........."hi"......
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Postby Savannah » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:44 pm

Haha, Yggy, you're right. Tummler came in with a bang!

Hi Tummler. Welcome.
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Re: Long-time lurker, first-time poster

Postby trilobyte » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:56 pm

Hello and welcome to ePlaya, tummler! Hopefully some of the tips and tricks tucked away in this board will help you get the most from those pennies as you plan your adventure :)
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Postby wh..sh » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:06 pm

And that thread didn't freak you out?
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Re: Long-time lurker, first-time poster

Postby Eric » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:36 pm

wh..sh wrote:And that thread didn't freak you out?
I guess something good comes out of everything.


The fact that Tummler could enter so well on a thread that nasty is a good sign! Welcome to the madness!
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Postby Drawingablank » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:30 pm

Welcome.
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Postby Elderberry » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:54 pm

Hey there, welcome to eplaya!
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:32 pm

I won't ask you the question I always ask lurkers transitioning into board participation, because they never answer.
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Postby Bin Noddin » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:35 pm

If he's a real tummler, he should tell us some jokes.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:40 pm

Or hold water.
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Postby ygmir » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:41 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Or hold water.

no fair making "Sybil: the tv movie" jokes....
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Postby wh..sh » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:46 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Or hold water.


Isn't that tumbler?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:06 pm

wh..sh wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:Or hold water.


Isn't that tumbler?

I guess when Bin said "tell jokes" I thought of "tumbler" as in jester, so it made sense to me.
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Postby Bin Noddin » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:25 pm

Same thing, I think - the "tummler" in the Borscht Belt resorts was the guy who kept the guests entertained, introduced the performers, kept the mood up.

From wiktionary.org:

tummler (noun)

1. An employee - usually male - of a Catskill Mountains resort charged with the duty of entertaining guests throughout the day by providing any number of services, from comedian to master of ceremonies.
2. A lively, puckish man.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:27 pm

Ah. No derivation?
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Postby Eric » Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:15 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Ah. No derivation?


Yiddish, of course (from the Catskills you expect Greek?). "Tumlen": to make a racket
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Postby MyDearFriend » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:39 am

tummler wrote:Finally delurking. I felt compelled to go on an asperger-ish Burning Man self-study project from late August to late September--movies, boards, books, web sites, BM channel. We are saving our pennies and building our crewe for Burning Man 2012? 2013? Glad to be here now.


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Postby tummler » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:06 am

I'm from the "enthuse-the-crowd" school of tummlering.

I'm from the Midwest. My niece, brother-in-law, and 12-year-old son are all in for attending. I remember reading a huge Burning Man book back in 1998 or so, and keeping the candle-head man photo from the New York Times posted on my office wall, but thinking simultaneously that I could not stand the heat, the dust, or the crowds of people in altered states and that it looked like my sort of event. Over a decade later, I have learned to embrace heat and am far less delicate about dust and environmental particulates, while my fascination with BM has never left. This past summer, I finally got the idea of "radical self-reliance" in a way I never had, and BM resurfaced fiercely, you know, like a cat that keeps nudging you until you get up and fill its empty food bowl.

I delurked because I had something I just had to post.
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Postby illy dilly » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:50 am

Tummler, welcome to eplaya!

I'm glad you've decided that the time is right to attend your first burn!
Also, happy that you've decided to de-lurk!
It sounds like you'll have the whole family jambory of Burning Man camps.

I'm still contemplating bring my Niece in 2013. At that time she will be 12. By then, I'll have seen a hand full of burns, done the crazy party thing, the theme camp thing, and hopefully this year the village thing. I also, find that each year when I leave, I say to my self "next year, I'm going to spend more time sober" and have a feeling that by 2013 I'll be spending my burn almost entirely sober. Which is when I'll bring my niece.
What are your thoughts about bring a 12 year old to such an crazy place?
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Re: Long-time lurker, first-time poster

Postby Eric » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:03 am

tummler wrote:keeping the candle-head man photo from the New York Times posted on my office wall


His name is Ggreg Taylor, or Nambla the Clown. Hasn't been the last few years, but was a regular from the very early years (I know him, and he's part of the reason I started going as well).

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Postby illy dilly » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:07 am

Jeeze le-weeze!
Talk about devotion. That had to really hurt!
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Re: Long-time lurker, first-time poster

Postby tamarakay » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:24 am

Hey there and welcome! Glad you de-lurked too and I loved your first post. Quite a doozie to jump in with and well said.
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Postby Savannah » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:02 am

Eric wrote:
tummler wrote:keeping the candle-head man photo from the New York Times posted on my office wall


His name is Ggreg Taylor, or Nambla the Clown. Hasn't been the last few years, but was a regular from the very early years (I know him, and he's part of the reason I started going as well).

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I remember that guy! I believe I saw him my virgin year near Center Camp during a whiteout. His makeup was more goth-masculine and he was wearing a three piece suit.

Needless to say, he was very striking.
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Postby tummler » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:06 am

Yes, that is the very person! I remember thinking, "Oh, it must be hard to sleep in that head gear." How naive I was back then, in the 1990s!
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Postby knowmad » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:53 am

Welcome to the eplaya part of your planed real playa adventure. There are all sorts of fun things to do here. I would sugest the Preperation threads as first visit, or just jump right in and debate politics with random jahoos. See ya in the dust.
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Postby tummler » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:40 am

Knowmad, I've been drilling down into the boards--there's so many great resources here. I've pulled a few into my prep folder. Now, if only electricity didn't remain such a mystery to me! Those threads on how simple it is to rewire one's air mattress in order to make it a self-inflating, glowing, air-conditioning shade tent that also functions as a mutant vehicle make me sleepy with confusion.
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Postby tamarakay » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:09 am

tummler wrote:Knowmad, I've been drilling down into the boards--there's so many great resources here. I've pulled a few into my prep folder. Now, if only electricity didn't remain such a mystery to me! Those threads on how simple it is to rewire one's air mattress in order to make it a self-inflating, glowing, air-conditioning shade tent that also functions as a mutant vehicle make me sleepy with confusion.


Just wait till you see them in action! Blew my mind how smart creative and amazing these people are.
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Postby knowmad » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:12 am

tamarakay wrote:
tummler wrote:Knowmad, I've been drilling down into the boards--there's so many great resources here. I've pulled a few into my prep folder. Now, if only electricity didn't remain such a mystery to me! Those threads on how simple it is to rewire one's air mattress in order to make it a self-inflating, glowing, air-conditioning shade tent that also functions as a mutant vehicle make me sleepy with confusion.


Just wait till you see them in action! Blew my mind how smart creative and amazing these people are.

like ferrets on crack!
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Postby shroom » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:46 am

welcome!
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