Hello fellow Burners. My name is Josh and I'm excited to be Welcomed Home soon for yet another year. I must admit, this is my first time posting on the forums. I usually just read them, but I'm posting for a special reason.
One of my two best friends died in a car accident a month from yesterday. His name was Jeff, we called him Babo (pronounced Bob-O), and he was 26. He had never been to Burning Man, but had wanted to go to Burning Man since I first told him about it. This year, though I don't have much for money, but I'm taking him with me. A fellow Burner and I are building a memorial art project for him called Babo's Bar out on the playa. It's the perfect tribute. I'm fundraising my friends and the rest of our small home town for the materials to build his tribute monument.
On the other side of things is my other best friend Donnie. The three of us were like brothers. He like myself and the rest of my friends back home (I live in San Francisco now , while they all still live in 29 Palms and Joshua Tree in SoCal) doesn't have much money. But I want him to be at Burning Man this year for the tribute to Babo that we are building.
I'm the only one of my friends to ever go to college or anything of that sort. Most of my friends at home get into trouble a lot, we grew up wild, and now they often go to jail and live hard lives. I got out. But continue to head home as often as I can to try and spread positivity to the scene and show them a different (but still partying) way of life. Most of us never had much to call our own but friendship, and Donnie is the same way. I haven't told him I'm trying this, because I don't want to get his hopes up if we can't raise enough money to get him to make it to The Burn for Babo's tribute memorial, and burning of it, but I WANT TO REACH OUT TO THE BURNING MAN COMMUNITY AND ASK FOR HELP in getting my friend to Burning Man this year (for his first time). It only seems right that he be there for Babo's memorial on the playa, since nobody else with my group really even knew Babo (it's all my friends from up here).
I know Donnie can probably save up enough money to fly to me in San Francisco from Southern California, before we drive to BRC but that is about it. i don't have a ticket for him (I myself had to apply to low income 4 months ago to get mine), and with me spending my extra money for the memorial project, I can't afford to pay for him.
If you can spare some monetary help, every little bit counts. I only have to raise enough for him to afford to buy a ticket, make it out there, and survive. Nothing extravagant. Prob $750 or $800 will get him there (counting the ticket) and back. I was be so amazingly grateful for any help that can be provided by the community.
If you'd like to see Babo's memorial video, feel free to watch it on YouTube at the following address:
-I have a Paypal address for my business at Josh@renaissancerampages.com
or a check or money order would work as well:
1618 19th avenue
San Francisco, Ca
Thanks for taking the time to read this tome.
P.S? Is this the best place to post on the ePlaya? spot? It seemed to me so, but just double checking that here is appropriate.
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