I love Burningman

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I love Burningman

Postby MikeVDS » Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:56 am

I thought I'd counter some of the negative vibe in here with some positive. So this post is for what we love about burningman. No matter where you go or what you do you'll find negative aspects, but to me burningman is about focusing on the positive.

I love the community. I love the culture. I love the art. I love the partisipation. Most of all I love feeling like a 10 year old again riding my bike around and playing.
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Postby Ron » Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:23 am

I love the fact that many folk tend to be more open to engage the stranger and enjoy street interactions than in the general corse of events. Early in the week, just about every person I walk by will return a smile and nod, say, "Hi," and maybe even chat a bit. I've been lucky enough to meet various friends by such chance encounters, something that almost never happens outside of BRC.

I love the art. Weather we're talking about the hight craft and spectacle of the Mother Serpent, say, or the simplicity and elegance of the string art golden gate bridge wandering around and experiencing all of the art is incredible.

I love the way women act. In no other city in the world have I been approached for a bit of sensual fun by as many women as I have at the Burn. In my experience, only swing clubs seem to create the same sense of freedom, power, and sexuality in the female participants. And that's a very cool thing, in my world.

I love the stories and adventures the playa provides. Dodging fireballs, laughing until I can't breath, beating up assholes, eating food that never tasted so good, wandering from encounter to encounter, teasing camp mates and new friends met, giving and getting all kinds of cool gifts. Yummy.

I love the community. With the goal of creating a camp and constructing some form of Shady Tower each year, a group of folk have pulled together to make our own little clan and kin. We stay in touch all year, visit each other, argue, fight, make up, and love each other in a very family kind of way.

I love the looks on folk's faces when they walk into my art each year. Seeing the expressions as the cool wet grass does it's magic on their bare, playa encrusted, feet. I love watching around 100 burners talk, laugh, sleep, and seek shelter from the sun on a spot of ground that I and my friends built. Bringing grass and shade to BRC gives me a fantastic feeling.

I love what I learn each year. Everything from how to use a new tool to bits of hard fought personal understanding. I love how going each year reminds me that culture is a creation, not a pronouncement. Among other things I love about the burn. Next?

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Postby MikeVDS » Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:54 am

Were you the one who built the pyramid filled with grass this year? That was pretty awsome. I wonder if I talked to you. Faces all turn into blurs for me.
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Plain Talk

Postby gyre » Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:05 pm

I like it that most burners say what they think,
and don't mind if you have an opinion.
Getting used to that almost makes you unfit for Reality Camp.

Oh, yes and everything else too.

I can't get my friends to come.
But last night I met a couple that I recruited to come.
It took only an hour.
They're already making plans now.
I'm so thrilled.
They will be great, too.
"Everything is more wonderful when you do it with a car, don't you think?"
-girl by the fire, watching a tree moved by car bumper in the bonfire

It would be a shame if I had to resort to self-deception to preserve my faith in objective reality.
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Postby AntiM » Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:09 pm

I nearly have my Aunt Pat talked into attending with her boyfriend. She's always been interested, I think she'd have a blast.
These are not my fuckos.
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Postby joel the ornery » Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:18 pm

MikeVDS wrote:Were you the one who built the pyramid filled with grass this year? That was pretty awsome. I wonder if I talked to you. Faces all turn into blurs for me.


yes, Mike, he is the same.

and thanks for your insightful inclusion of this thread.

the thing i like about burningman is the friendships i have gained since attending, Ron being one of those many friends.

Ron, again thanks for a spot on cool green grass to place my ass. many thanks.
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Postby SED » Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:44 pm

I love the negativity.
It ain't the hanging, it's the drop.
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Postby joel the ornery » Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:47 pm

SED wrote:I love the negativity.


and that is why you are so adorable.
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Postby Dr. Pyro » Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:09 pm

I love being able to flirt all I want and if I go over the line I can be told to "fuck off" without hurting my feelings. Of course, that in and of itself wouldn't get me to stop, which is another thing I love about Burning Man.
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Postby blyslv » Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:14 pm

I like the outpouring of energy undertaken by so many people for no other reason then that it feels good.


And Doc ... Fuck Offf!
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Postby SED » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:04 pm

joel the ornery wrote:
SED wrote:I love the negativity.


and that is why you are so adorable.



Fuck off.
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Postby SED » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:04 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:I love being able to flirt all I want and if I go over the line I can be told to "fuck off" without hurting my feelings. Of course, that in and of itself wouldn't get me to stop, which is another thing I love about Burning Man.



Fuck off.
It ain't the hanging, it's the drop.
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Postby SED » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:05 pm

blyslv wrote:I like the outpouring of energy undertaken by so many people for no other reason then that it feels good.


And Doc ... Fuck Offf!



Fuck off.
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Postby joel the ornery » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:08 pm

SED wrote:
joel the ornery wrote:
SED wrote:I love the negativity.


and that is why you are so adorable.



Fuck off.


you say that with such conviction.
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Postby helitack » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:10 pm

...and it will stay with you on your permanent record...
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Postby SED » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:15 pm

Wow, I've never been convicted before. Where do get my tattoo?
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Postby helitack » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:17 pm

From Butch, he's the 450 pound fun loving leprechaun in cell 25.
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Postby Ron » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:26 pm

MikeVDS wrote:Were you the one who built the pyramid filled with grass this year? .....


Yep, that's us.

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Postby Ron » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:28 pm

Hey, Joel, it was good to meet you as well, a sentiment shared by all of the inmates you bumped elbows with during your squat. Is it next year yet? ;)

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Postby MikeVDS » Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:39 pm

The grass was great. Burningman is like a different world, and entering that pyramid was like entering another world from that other world.
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Postby joel the ornery » Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:56 pm

Ron, please tell all your compadres hello for me... i've got your neighborhood on my must visit list.

my favorites from burning man...

the friends i have met, friendships cultivated and those friends i haven't met... and the opportunity to visit them where they live someday.

the idea that "yeah, it (insert subject) is possible... a general positive vide versus a negative one (usually associated with default world)

the mountains, the climate, the weather, the dust... you don't see any of it where i live. the scenery alone has made me a wealthier person.

totally selfish here.... the fucking great strories and photos i get to share with my default world friends that for whatever reason can't see themselves at burning man.

i'll add to the list again, when it suits me.
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Postby Ron » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:25 am

SED wrote:....

Fuck off.


Isn't he just *so* adorable! Positively cute when he stamps his rhetorical foot that way. ;)

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Postby joel the ornery » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:35 am

Ron wrote:
SED wrote:....

Fuck off.


Isn't he just *so* adorable! Positively cute when he stamps his rhetorical foot that way. ;)

Ron


he's fucking hot in a kilt too!
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Postby SED » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:09 am

Fuck off! Fuck off! FUCK OFF!!!!!

EVERYBODY JUST FUCK OFF!!!

And Joel, I can get you kicked out for looking up my kilt, so just back the FUCK OFF!!!!
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Re: I love Burningman

Postby HughMungus » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:00 am

MikeVDS wrote:I thought I'd counter some of the negative vibe in here with some positive. So this post is for what we love about burningman. No matter where you go or what you do you'll find negative aspects, but to me burningman is about focusing on the positive.

I love the community. I love the culture. I love the art. I love the partisipation. Most of all I love feeling like a 10 year old again riding my bike around and playing.


Me too! But regionals are still better. :P
It's what you make it.
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Postby joel the ornery » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:33 am

SED wrote:Fuck off! Fuck off! FUCK OFF!!!!!

EVERYBODY JUST FUCK OFF!!!

And Joel, I can get you kicked out for looking up my kilt, so just back the FUCK OFF!!!!


you tramp, quit bending over if you don't want your package checked out.

Fuck the Burn!


fuck those losers
shiny, happy people

fuck them, their hugs, their trinkets, their massage camps

fuck the art cars that don't take you anywhere, fuck the camp layout,
the generators, fuck the goddamn Rangers, fuck the feather boas, fuck
the rules that are there because of .0001 percent of the complainers

Fuck the paying food , and its ridiculous prices. $40 dollars a day?
Give me a fucking break

fuck the old men who ruin it for the young men, lecherous and perverted
fuck the young men who ruin it for the old men, shoving their stiff
youth in the way

fuck the hippy moochers, who beg for food, and fuck the rich dudes,
with their RVs and their collapsible chairs they bought at Target

Fuck the fat old people who try to cover up their disgusting
appearence by walking around naked as if they are some pagan fertility
idols

Fuck the lanterns, fuck the lasers, fuck the losers who light the
lanterns and the lasers

Fuck Megavolt, it doesn't work most of the time

fuck the hot chicks, because they are hot
fuck the fitness freaks, who think they are hot
and put some pants on, you Prince Albert fuck

Fuck your fuck, who is fucking with you fucks

fuck your brother-in-law from Tulsa, who you thought would like it,
and brought along, only to find out he is a total tool. You babysit
him, you stupid fuck.

fuck your gifts, your "I worked on these FEMO neclaces for 3 weeks"
piece of crap, fuck your stickers that make no sense to anyone but
your pompous friends

Fuck Orgy Camp, may it live forever just behind the lights in the
distance by the trash fence

Fuck your bags of ice, your ice chai, your coffee

Fuck your organized, "please sit down in front, we can't see the Man"
attempt at civillity

fuck you goddamn type-A's, who walk around with your Party
City-planned costume, showing up on Thursday, leaving on Saturday night.

Fuck your girlfriend, who wants to fuck your best friend during the burn
Fuck your boyfriend, who already fucked your best friend during the burn

Fuck your online discussions, your websites and your know-it-all blogs.

FUCK ALL YOUR PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR.

Fuck Harrah's, Sam's Club, and fuck the goddamn Pilot gas station
where they look at US funny.

Fuck your camelback, fuck your glowstick, and fuck the glitter on your
breasts

Fuck all your plans, fuck the planners

Fuck the goddamn "We built this city" DPW

Fuck the dude who talks about how great it was when there were only
300 people there.

Fuck the Opera, and be fucking glad it is gone.

Fuck the heat
Fuck the cold

FUck the dust

Fuck.... us ...... all
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Postby helitack » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:35 am

Love? No.
Enjoy? Yes
Are robots art?
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Postby Kinetic IV » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:41 pm

Robots are definitely art IMHO. No question about it. Precision art on a grand scale. Drawing, sculpting and more are part of making one, and are quite often overlooked anymore.
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Postby helitack » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:49 pm

Hmm, I don't see it that way. I don't recall seeing any robotics in my art history classes. Nor my art theory classes. Nor my aesthestics classes. Nor in any of the galleries where I have shown my work. But that's just my opinion from 21 years in the fine art photography gig. I need to sell a few more prints we made last year on the playa so I can buy another lens...and some more film...and chemicals...
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Postby Kinetic IV » Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:06 pm

Just because it's not in some old musty art history book somewhere as a type of art doesn't mean it's not art.

I wonder if there's an art debate coming out of this? We already have "Moop or Schwag", next up? "Is it Art or Trash?" I could see some serious debate going on over that one.
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