what did you expect?
it has been heading that way since 98'. i believe Space Station Zebra was one of the first "mega Camps"...
having prostituted myself for the past 4 years to a "mega Camp" i can say that without the resources, we wouldnt be able to throw the same kind of party for the playa as we have done.
with that said, i'm afraid i wont be participating for awhile.
i am toasted....after 12 years on the playa, and especially the past 4, it has becaome a job....a full time, 24/7 gig, and thats not what i want my one fucking vacation a year to be.
i didnt see shit these past years...no photos....no events....nothing...
i love the people in my camp. they are the greatest bunch of people, thrown together under harsh conditions, and from different walks of life.
we busted our asses for you, our fellow burners, and it just doesnt seem to matter...
nobody says thank you anymore.....and thats all i really need to keep going, just a litttle smile and nod of appreciation from the people who use, and abuse the stuff we worked very hard to produce.
we had no hookers, and we pitched in on the kitchen duties, and contrary to popular belief, the "billionaire" that runs our camp does NOT pay his dj's, it is all voluntary. (ok, maybe a ticket or two here and there, but not the lavish salaries you might think)
i am torn. i love the big sound camps, and the dancing and all that these bring to the playa....you may disagree, but just imagine the playa without them....
now the question becomes how can we direct these resources and the corresponding patrons to better represent and provide for the playa and it's citizens some financial stability and support system.
it's not how much money, it's how you use it, it is merely a tool.
we may have missed the nail-head a few times, but the hammer has good intentions, and at least from where i see it, and i was there, inside, watching it all. with a little bit of guidance, it need not be just a weekend of debauchery for the filthy rich.
if we arent careful, it will end up that way....
and now, my farewell.....it is time to leave the dust behind, i've had a good run. Capt. Godammit, it was a pleasure to meet you and badger in the flesh as well as the peeps at the bombay tea company.
i missed all the fun at the meet and greets because i was working.
and so i leave you all with this thought....
"speak good words, think good thoughts, do good deeds"
that is all.
i love you, burning man, but i have to go now, and with tears in my eyes, i must say "goodbye".
Simon of the Playa.