Big belly-scratchings to all who participated in the Fluffer Project! I'll post some pics on the website once I scour them from Flickr and such.
The juxtaposition of receiving your warm, fluffed coat/hat/whatever on a cold, dark desert night had exactly the effects I was hoping for- those of comfort, love, joy, surrender, and happiness as evidenced by the faces and subsequent hugs. After a while, I learned to suspend the clothing above your head so you could feel the heat and smell the fabric softener. After your anticipation, and that of those in line swelled, I let it slowly trickle down onto your head and face, then stepped back to watch the magic.
Many admitted going into a trance state, thanks to Lucifer, our hypnotic consultant. Something tells me it will change the way a few do laundry for a long, long time.
At Sunday's final "Fluffer Farewell" at the 12:00 trash fence, I was delighted to be greeted by many enthusiastic followers of the project, including "Mike" who was back for his third fluffing. Near the end, two guys showed up separately, one offering milk and "15 minute fresh" cookies that tasted store-bought, the other asking me very direct questions about what substances I might be "on" at the time. I had the faculties to evade, then asked if they knew each other, which they denied, then soon left thereafter. I could tell the guy with the cookies was fiddling too much with his gear on the ground while trying to keep his ear pointed at our conversation. Neither of them seemed interested in participating in the Fluffer experience, otherwise I would build in a "narc override" if we ever do it again.
Although I suspected Fluffer to be somewhat "raver bait", I did not anticipate the LEO's recognizing it too. Live and learn, burner style.
Fluffer will be at the Reno Decompression this October. We may do the full hypno-experience, but I also think it would be funny to run it just as a "coat check".
Be well and do strange things.