Wowee! I'm part of the Pinky's crew and I'm blown away by all the supportive and positive posts. We're amazed more than anyone at the growing popularity of the place each year. With the myriad of playa attractions vying for everyone's attention it really feels good to know we make such an impression on some people. Our camp and ship keep growing and growing. This year we added two beautiful crow's nests and next year should bring more surprise additions (I keep lobbying for a plank, but that's just asking for trouble!). It's great that everyone is so appreciative, but believe me, there's a TON of pleasure in the giving. I love tending bar and I don't want to pretend to speak on behalf of the rest of the crew here, but I think it's safe to say that turning so many people on is truly OUR pleasure as much as yours. Pinky is indeed a great guy with a heart of gold and I'm proud of all the good vibes that swirl around the bar when it's running full tilt.
To the person who showed up one night only to find us closed, we tend to start swinging late afternoon, happy hourish, and will close around 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00... depending, so we can have some time to explore the playa ourselves, but will often turn it all back on again late night (however you define "late night" on the playa).
As for where Pinky and crew reside in the off-season, most of us live in So Cal, but at this point we have people from a lot of other states pitching in. The bar is a very "giving" deal, but we do have fundraisers, parties, etc. through the year.
More info and a lot of great pictures can be found at the Pinky's website. I'm pretty sure you can e-mail Pinky via the website too. Pictures from 2003 should be up soon if they aren't already.
The web address is http://188.8.131.52
(posted here with Mollusk's blessing!)
Thank you again for all the nice words. I'm going to forward this thread to Pinky and a bunch of the crew.
"Madness is the first sign of dandruff" - Dr. Winston O'Boogie