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Postby Kinetic » Fri Sep 19, 2003 8:35 pm

Olivia, your very beautiful, and the old hag was just jealous that she didn't look as good as you when she was younger. Jealousy is all it was, just forget about it. (That purple hair just drives me wild but that's another post! I almost signed up for the SG site because of you alone and I never make time for that stuff!)

Reno = Yawn. The place just seems kinda ho-hum. A gateway to Tahoe, Black Rock / Slick Rock NCA and more interesting places and nothing more. I've never run into any attitudes, I did have people ask how the burn went especially when they saw the Missouri plates on the truck and trailer. This year when I bought gas on my way up Mt. Rose the guy behind the counter told me to pick up the SF Chronicle as it had a pic of the temple burn on the bottom front page I might want to have. I bought it on the spot too.

When I make my trip to BRC and back and I still have blue or purple hair and am not exactly dressed like the locals I just keep going. Let'em snicker, they have no idea the fun I am getting ready to have or just left. Screw 'em. I do more in one week than most of them do in years. Let' em laugh or comment. It's not a problem anymore.
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Postby PJ » Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:03 pm

got any mean reno experiences?


Well, there was the time she held me at gunpoint and then handed me over to Fidel Castro...

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Postby Kinetic » Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:06 pm

lmao, indeed! Ohmygawd, PJ, that was one of your best posts yet.

Excuse me while I try and regroup here, I totally lost it....I'll never look at that picture the same again.

Where do you come up with that stuff? Totally incredible.
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Postby TestesInSac » Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:21 pm

The reason I remember that pic so vividly is the impeccable trigger-finger discipline if the agent in the pic. I wish all my students took so well to that discipline.
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Postby Kinetic » Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:54 pm

I've always run across that picture and until PJ's post it stirred a lot of emotions, and the emotions run the full spectrum from disgust to anger to partial understanding, even sympathy...but never funny. PJ's quote lets me see it differently and more importantly in a positive light. That's why I loved the post so much.
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Postby Ivy » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:45 am

I guess we got off at the special liquor store and strip club exit


And what exit was this again exactly?
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Postby nymphgonebad » Sat Sep 20, 2003 1:08 am

Ivy wrote:
I guess we got off at the special liquor store and strip club exit


And what exit was this again exactly?


take your pick - there's got to be a dozen or so.

as a native miamian, i can relate to how emotionally charged that picture of elian is. i don't like to bash large ethnics groups as a rule ( except the dutch! ) but can i just say what a clusterfuck all those rabid cuban democrats brought upon themselves by that crap? it just killed me when the family made a case for him staying by saying that he would have more advantages living in the us - what a bunch of arrogant fucks. as impoverished as cuba is, they have higher literacy rates than the us does. all you have to do is look at the veritable cornucopia of talented people that were raised on that chunk of rock.

my favorite elian pic was the one with janet reno with the red devil eyes.
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Postby Last Real Burner » Sat Sep 20, 2003 9:31 am

the beautiful princess strych-9 said wrote:
i don't like to bash large ethnics groups as a rule ( except the dutch! )


Let's not forget those damn Frenchies. Bastards, you know, they have a different word for everything we say.


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Postby LadyPhoenix » Sat Sep 20, 2003 10:01 am

We meandered our way home through Truckee and stopped at a fine place, Dragonfly. We were clean, but with a certain look in all our eyes because the waiter asked if we had just gotten back from a happy place. We smiled and all agreed. He had come home the day earlier. He comped us a lovely appetizer. On the way out, I asked for a copy of the menu and he gave me one in an envelope. In the truck I opened it. He had drawn the Man and wrote by the restaurant name: Burner Friendly!
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Postby consumer » Sat Sep 20, 2003 10:42 am

In my four years of going to playaland™, I've always had good experiences in Reno. Heidi's is great for a burner-friendly breakfast, and the Peppermill Hotel & Casino has always been accepting of my dusty, smelly, post-burn condition.

Every place we stopped in Nevada on the way home (to Phoenix, Arizona) was cool to us.
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Postby jinx_sf_burner » Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:28 am

LMAO!

PJ wrote:
got any mean reno experiences?


Well, there was the time she held me at gunpoint and then handed me over to Fidel Castro...

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Postby jinx_sf_burner » Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:31 am

Last Real Burner wrote:
Let's not forget those damn Frenchies. Bastards, you know, they have a different word for everything we say.


The French have a word for everything... (except victory...)
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Postby olivia » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:04 pm

Angry Butterfly wrote:I shoud have bauled her out and told her go find someone her own age to pick on. Why my grandparents had to die young and old hags like this get to live on to annoy people is beyond me. Perhaps mean spiritedness keeps you alive longer.


yeah. it didn't occur to me until afterwards that you can actually talk back to old people. my friend said i should have just told her it was none of her business, but i have some kind of mental block about dealing with oldies, i will always defer to the grey hairs.

ps: peeing pants at PJ's post.
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Postby Badger » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:34 pm

yeah. it didn't occur to me until afterwards that you can actually talk back to old people.


Yeah, I've had a few instances like the one described above. My usual retort is "Counter to what you may believe, rudness is not a prerogative of old and bitter people. You'd be well to remember that."

Usually shuts them up.
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Postby nymphgonebad » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:37 pm

imho, old people are the only ones who've earned the right to be rude, cranky motherfuckers. getting old is hell.
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Postby TestesInSac » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:41 pm

Does 40 count?
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Postby clandyone » Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:47 pm

princess strych-9 wrote:imho, old people are the only ones who've earned the right to be rude, cranky motherfuckers. getting old is hell.

I'm actually looking forward to being a mean old lady. I think I'll be good at it.

Reno story: My brother, who is a teeny bit vain (he's allowed, he's a good-looking kid) cultivated his playa hair all week. By the time we left, it was all in magnificent anime-guy spikes. We were stuffing our faces at the Atlantis buffet when one of the waiters, quite spiky of head himself, came up and said "Man, I gotta ask -- how did you get your hair to do that?" Bro said, "Well, to start you gotta spend a week at Burning Man." The waiter was a little mystified, but allowed himself to be explained at. Maybe we'll see him next year.
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Postby Lydia Love » Sat Sep 20, 2003 1:40 pm

old people are the only ones who've earned the right to be rude, cranky motherfuckers.


My childhood was made completely insufferable because of this theory. When the old are rude to me I'm rude back.
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Postby olivia » Sat Sep 20, 2003 1:48 pm

hey lydia, i had a dream about you last night. completely random.
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Postby Kinetic » Sat Sep 20, 2003 1:53 pm

Getting old is hell, but some use it as an excuse to be rude. I sometimes stay quiet, but if their being a pain I have no problem putting them in their place with a few choice words. I just assess the situation and see if it's worth the effort, some people are so dense that anything you say won't work...so why bother?

Ignoring people also works...deprive them of a reaction and they fall flat on their faces....that can be fun too.
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Postby Lydia Love » Sat Sep 20, 2003 1:55 pm

hey lydia, i had a dream about you last night. completely random.


Weird - was I a real bitch cause I was being a real bitch in my dreams last night. Just curious.
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Postby DogBoy » Sat Sep 20, 2003 4:19 pm

I don't think being old gives you license to be rude & cranky. It's not my fault you had no fun in your life. I try to funhouse mirror peoples attitude toward me-be an asshole & I'll be a bigger one right back at you; be a sweetie & I'll try to out-love you.

It was not in Reno, but rather in Cederville that I heard one of the locals say "Oh yeah, this is the week the dusty people come through..."
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Postby olivia » Sat Sep 20, 2003 4:54 pm

Lydia Love wrote:Weird - was I a real bitch cause I was being a real bitch in my dreams last night. Just curious.


no, you didn't feature in it directly. i had come across some awesome website and then i realised that it was yours.

sucks when you dream about the stuff you do all day. although then i had a dream about flying. that was cool.
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Postby PJ » Sat Sep 20, 2003 9:03 pm

princess strych-9 wrote:getting old is hell.


I'd like to think that it beats the only known alternative.
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Postby Bob » Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:07 pm

If you think Reno is mean, try [fill in home town].
Amazing desert structures & stuff: http://sites.google.com/site/potatotrap/

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Postby dapperdan » Sun Sep 21, 2003 12:46 pm

reno is a tough place in many ways but there are many good people here who support the whole thing.i cant think of a more appropriate place to have burning man each year than nevada.burning man is good for reno.just remember as out of towner folks passing back thru reno to whereever you are headed to spread the positive memes about burning man thru your words and actions.
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Postby cobwebbywings » Sun Sep 21, 2003 6:49 pm

This year was my 2nd burn and we've stopped in Reno on our way home to eat at one of the buffets in the Silver Legacy both years. I haven't gotten any reaction one way or the other to the way I look but I guess I haven't looked too wierd yet, this year I was of course dusty, pissed off, with a cast on my hand from running into a pole on the playa, and wearing boxer shorts and a t-shirt. Although making my way through crowds of tourists at casinos is not my favorite thing to do after I've just spent a week in a tent in the desert, both times the food at the buffet has seemed like the best food I've ever eaten. Although I live only 3 and 1/2 hours from Burning Man I can't seem to wait until I get home to have a hot meal and I am very glad that Reno is on my way.
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Postby sugarlarry » Sun Sep 21, 2003 9:45 pm

I always feel a little edgy when travelling in the US. This is usually compounded after leaving BRC when I show up in the gas station in Cedarville (northern route), and slap my Visa down on the counter covered in comics making fun of Hilary Clinton from Hustler. My chipped nail polish never fails to get a snear from the dude behind the counter every single year.
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Postby actiongrl » Sun Sep 21, 2003 10:12 pm

I have had really good luck and nice interactions in Reno for five years. But since I go up early and stay there late, maybe they are just not quite as persnickety as during the peak times.

I think old folks who are cranky are probably no different from young folks who are cranky. Maybe they've just gotten better at it.

I did have one negative thing happen...we got attitude from the folks at a health food store for asking for directions to wally world (yes, I admit it.) I mean, I really would have bought tiki torches from the granolateria if they carried them....but then I wouldn't have found that rad "Ten Commandments" paint-by-numbers, for sure, that kept me entertained on Saturday afternoon prior.

I am probably going to hell. Anyway, I like the folks in Reno.
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Postby Chimp » Mon Sep 22, 2003 4:47 am

I walked into some tiny store somewhere near Reno in a yankee's American Civil War Jacket with a sarong tied around the top of my jeans and asked for some nuts or something - this woman's jaw like dropped and when I came out my buddy from NY said 'Did you just go in there dressed like that' - 'Go back in there and apologise to that woman at once" -he was laughing his ass off. I just think those coats are way cool.

This year I cycled around a K Mart at 5am stoned out of my mind on a kids bike looking for my friend and the manager very nicley said "please could you stop doing that, it is a lttle odd"

I still love the look on the face of the shop assistant who I cycled up to and asked if he had any lightsabers in stock at 5am. I think people in the US tolerate more 'freakness' from foreigners perhaps - thus the 'Can't you see that boys from France' quote.

That story very nearly made me piss myself too Badger.
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