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Postby Booker » Mon Sep 01, 2003 6:59 pm

Anything interesting happen on the road home?
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Postby Booker » Mon Sep 01, 2003 7:03 pm

Many, many LEOs out on I-80 eastbound, none of 'em writing speeding tix to moi. Veeeeeery tired, despite stopping overnight. If anyone wants a ref for a cool, historic restaurant in Rawlins, Wyo., just ask.
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Postby Booker » Mon Sep 01, 2003 7:04 pm

That's "If anyone wants . . . " Damn edit button doesn't seem to work.

OK now it's working. I am obviously not prepared to operate this equipment in a safe and sane manner at this time. Sleepy-bye.
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Postby buzcut » Mon Sep 01, 2003 7:17 pm

the drive was nice today
the city was doing good when we left... from 446 and faith to the road 40min

home unpacking.....
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Driving home after dark...

Postby Ardust Plaza » Mon Sep 01, 2003 7:49 pm

... we saw a neon sign in Reno which was supposed to say "Stardust Plaza" but the "St" was not lit up. Classic. The cosmic joker strikes again!
"We are the fire that whirls across the stellar deeps and dances all things into being." - David Zindell.
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Postby Lydia Love » Mon Sep 01, 2003 8:18 pm

We just got home - and aside from what seemed to be a rather larger than usual number of cow-on-the-road sitings it was both nice and uneventful.
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Got home safely...

Postby devilgrrl » Mon Sep 01, 2003 9:24 pm

and got to see some lovely sights on our drive back to So. Cal. My favorite site being the dust caked bicycles on cars that passed us. :D
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hi booker

Postby chloe_dancer » Mon Sep 01, 2003 10:11 pm

hey, glad u r home safe.....love, lucky and chloe_dancer
i feel there is an angel in me whom i am constantly shocking
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Postby CyberHippy » Mon Sep 01, 2003 11:37 pm

Back home, showered & fed here in NorCal... only minor near-overheating of the RV (cured by a stop at a great brewpub in Davis) and the usual amount of dumb drivers, none of them Burners that I could tell.

There's so many burners in the Bay area, on 80 we had a regular crew surrounding us, including a brief encounter with a large silver fishmobile just as my compadre was talking to his boss on the cellphone - "Yeah, it was great - there's a huge fish on the road!" - yet another BurningMan moment...

Decompression begins in 5...4...3...
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Part way...

Postby Borris » Mon Sep 01, 2003 11:41 pm

Am safe in Reno at the International hostel.

going to SF 2morow, then to NYC on Wed. and back home Sat.

see ya all next year.
Shit, where was i for the last week... ehm...
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Postby Tinkerbell » Mon Sep 01, 2003 11:55 pm

Yeah, we broke down coming home, was stuck in Truckee for a night, then got AAA to take us home, other then that event, nothing else happened.
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Burners spread out...

Postby drucifer » Tue Sep 02, 2003 12:18 am

I got home to Monterey, Ca. on Sunday night. I thought it was cool that as we left BRC we were surrounded on the road by nothing but other burners. By the time we made it to Reno I would say about 1/2 the cars on the road with us were still fellow burners.....we gradually spread further and further apart, and by the time we passed Sacramento, the number of burners on the road with us was very low, but we were still spotting tell-tale Playa dust covered cars all the way to Santa Cruz.... It made the drive home a little more pleasant just honking, waving, or smiling at our fellow burners, almost like we just extended the borders of Black Rock City all the way to the pacific.... :D
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Postby nymphgonebad » Tue Sep 02, 2003 5:29 am

i had an indian taco for the first time - yummers!

other than that, quite uneventful. it's good to be home.

hrs - the princess
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Postby Booker » Tue Sep 02, 2003 6:47 am

My weird experience: Having breakfast on the road in Evanston, Wyo. I get to talking to another traveling burner. We're exchanging contact info so I can get him a URL, and he asks "What's your name?" It felt really weird saying "David Talley."
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Ho Hum...but random happiness too...

Postby gemini » Tue Sep 02, 2003 9:09 am

We had done our part....

We dutifully brought home a burner from Israel (hi, Tal!) and safely delivered him back to the hostel and also brought someone to the airport in Reno to catch a flight back to San Diego...

We were on our way to our own abode, finally coming down from the ride and the experience, back in suburbia, shell-shocked, but still surrounded by fellow burners...

It was warm...

Windows were down...

When all of a sudden, out of the blue, random guy on a motorcycle spots us beside him on the roadway and says "How was it?!?!?!"

How can all those images of "how it was" flash through my mind all at once??? They did, though....

"It was awesome....truly."

"Man was I bummed...we have a baby due and couldn't make it this year. Can't wait to go next year. Rock on."

Ahhhh....the magick continues....
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Postby LuckyBurns » Tue Sep 02, 2003 11:55 am

Well on the way home, ChloeDancer and I stopped by Reno for a nice little buffet dinner (which I can easily say is one of my favorite meals of all time).

Anyway, I took time to notice all the people mindlessly putting money in their slot machines chain smoking cigarettes. Feeling so "enlightened" from the burn, it just shook me as pathetic or sad? Everyone seemed so miserable and dead in there.

Falling asleep while driving home was also very interesting.

Smiling at the burners on the highway was fun too.
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Postby chloe_dancer » Tue Sep 02, 2003 12:08 pm

don't let him fool you folks.....i drove 80% of the way home, and all the way from reno to san luis practically, except for 10 minutes when i woke his ass up, made him try driving, noticed he was sleepy and took the reigns again..........we made it, don't worry i stopped to nap for 1 1/2 hours at a rest stop......let me tell u how good that meal in Reno was, even tho we were fithy and looked homeless.........and our first shower at 5am.....we took it til the water was ice cold.
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Postby RebA! » Tue Sep 02, 2003 3:43 pm

Hubby and I are home safe. Nothing out of the ordinary on the trip home. Truck still needs unpacking, but that might wait until after I get caught up and napped.
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Postby Amyl » Tue Sep 02, 2003 4:02 pm

Dear BRC Family
It is with great sadness that I wish to tell you about a fellow burner,who we saw die on the way home.
It was sunday at 7:00 our time about 10 miles outside of Elco Nevada.
We were driving along and saw dust rise from the side of the road. Another car had stopped and people were running out to the roadside with a first aid kit.
A light bronze SUV, possibly a GMC, had flipped end to end twice- then rolled several times before stopping.The engine was still running- there was no one inside.
Jim was first to get to her. She had been thrown about 12 ft from the car. It was a horrible site her body was broken and she was obviously dead. The other witness checked for a pulse- there was none. Then he reached in to the mangled vehicle and shut the engine off. I walked up to the car just after he had shut it off. The dark interior did not hide the amount of blood inside. I was looking underneath the car for another victim when I made the horrible discovery of her left arm on the ground. It was next to the passenger side wheel. The hand was palm down. A large skin flap from the shoulder was bunched at the top. Her arm must have been caught in the seatbelt she Obviously was not wearing and was then ripped from her body.
Nearby was her bloody bra and tshirt. A boot here, chapstick there... Another witness and myself covered her arm with what was left of the shirt that had also been ripped from her young body.
She had medium length dredded light brown hair-she was a taller girl in her early 20's. She had a blue decorated playa bike and a dark leather cowboy hat with a rolled brim.
She was headed back to Colorado from the burn and her body is being flown back to her family in New Jersey.
She had almost no camping gear ( of what was spread about the field where we found her) so,I think she must have camped with others- or slept in her car.
There was a pipe nearby.
PLEASE- Oh PLEASE, Learn from her mistake. She obviously didn't sleep enough, partied too hard and may have smoked on the way home and fell asleep at the wheel. This beautiful life with so much potential ended so horribly.
If you think you know the identity of this girl please email me. I am still very disturbed by witnessing her death. I worry about her friends who don't know what happened to her. I wish to send flowers to her funeral.
Please- remember her next time you leave Black Rock City- wear your seat belt and ask yourself- Am I too tired to drive?
Love to you all
Amyl and Jimbobwe
ps- we now know her name was Kimberly Pisarcik- she was 33 and a Vet tech from Evergreen Co.- if you met her- please honor her in memory
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Postby desert pearll » Tue Sep 02, 2003 9:42 pm

I am sending healing thoughts your way, too,
for this was terribly traumatic for you, Jim,
and the others who saw this happen.
Have peace.

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Postby portazo » Tue Sep 02, 2003 10:09 pm

Heading west into SF on Monday night, heard the traffic report. Something to the effect of, "unidentified debris on 80 west". Pictured a large golden wing or giant toadstool or pile of stilts or dusty parachute or metal flames or...
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Another leg done.

Postby Borris » Tue Sep 02, 2003 10:13 pm

I'm safeley in SF.

NYC 2morow night.

anyone has any ideas as to how could i celebrate my B-Day tonight in SF??
Shit, where was i for the last week... ehm...
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Postby kabuki » Wed Sep 03, 2003 3:15 pm

We drove home amidst burners on Sunday night and it was so sad passing by the dust covered cars and the sullen faces. No one smiled at us, no one waved at us, no one seemed to have any energy for anything except following the dull gray road back to the real world. We pulled over in Reno and got some cold, greasy fast food, which was pretty sad, since I'd spent the whole week anticipating my first hot meal back in "civilization" and instead I got cold MacDonalds.

In MacDonalds I saw lots of dust caked, dull eyed burners waiting around and I smiled at each of them, tried to catch their eye because I knew they had to be mourning just as I was and I wanted to carry the love of the playa back with me. I figured they could reciprocate my knowing glance, smile with the knowledge that we had all just been through something together, even if we hadn't met out there . . . and yet not a single one of them smiled or returned my gaze . . . just turned away. I guess because we were back in the real world, and in the real world you aren't allowed to smile at random strangers, you aren't allowed to strike up conversation with the person next to you. I couldn't really hold back the tears. I confess I wept a little at the table.



Yesterday school started and it was back to the daily grind. I made an effort to smile or say "hello" to EVERYONE who caught my eye, despite the fact that NO ONE returned my efforts. I left school slightly disheartened and drove home sullen and bleary eyed.

Just as I approached my exit, I glanced at the car next to me and saw a busted-ass blue vehicle covered in a thick film of dust, the windows open and a tired looking young girl with matted, dusty hair gazing back at me from within. I turned back to the road and started to exit the freeway before snapping back for a double take a second later. My eyes wandered to the back of the car, where I could see sleeping bags and water bottles stuffed in the back, and somehow I just KNEW . . . I didn't have to force my smile, it came naturally. She smiled back, lifting one hand in a weak wave. I think she knew too.
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more fun times

Postby electrolux » Wed Sep 03, 2003 5:14 pm

We blew a tire on our trailer outside sacramento. I woke up to the driver yelling 'oh shit' and i thought we were about to crash. Luckily we made it to the side of the road, and 3 hours later managed to limp into a hotel parking lot. Some burners from Santa Cruz saved us by stopping and giving us tools (thank you wherever you are). The episode was slightly more scary than the cow we almost hit just before gerlach on the way to the festival. Now I'm in palo alto contemplating how to get back to vancouver... it seems my co-riders are more interested in hanging out with the ladies they met on the playa than ever going home so it looks like it's greyhound for me the rest of the way.
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Postby Apollonaris Zeus » Wed May 26, 2004 8:40 pm

Hey I just got back and its May 2004!

Oh you mean from BM sorry


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