The Burner demographic...

Share your views on the policies, philosophies, and spirit of Burning Man.

Postby Minxy » Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:53 pm

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Postby Sham » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:10 pm

I was one of those freaky kids that started a high tech company at 19--to compete with the largest corporation in the world at the time. Short story, I won, they lost!
Don't confuse me with the rich elite who attend, I will be using my cheap 9x7 tent again and cruise the playa on a bike.
My art car is now 27 years old, and still turns heads. It was on the home page of MSN just a few weeks back as one of the world's most unique cars. (yes, I made it myself)
I've been posting on here for many years under my own name, but changed my screen name a few years back for a bit of anonimity. EmilyD was the first to crack me, but she promised to keep quiet. Right Emily?
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Postby gyre » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:13 pm

The writing style was a dead giveaway.
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Postby ygmir » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:53 pm

*hoping the light of knowledge will shine upon me.......*

dang, I must just be slow, or, dim........
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Postby motskyroonmatick » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:53 pm

X- Beer and Wine Tank Welder, Farm Hand/Assistant Manager, Oriental Rug Retail and Wholesale Worker/Warehouse Manager and Excavation Laborer/Foreman. Still a Volunteer Fire Fighter and work for the DOT in Bridge Maintenance. BS Degree in General Agriculture.

Interested in Humanitarian Aid work in Agriculture, Water Delivery or Sanitation systems.

I am hopeful for Solar Power and Electric Cars.

I am a fixer, maker and tinkerer at heart.
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Postby Apollonaris Zeus » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:34 pm

It is well known that all citizen of Black Rock City have come at one time from another city
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Postby EmilyD » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:33 pm

Shambala wrote:I was one of those freaky kids that started a high tech company at 19--to compete with the largest corporation in the world at the time. Short story, I won, they lost!
Don't confuse me with the rich elite who attend, I will be using my cheap 9x7 tent again and cruise the playa on a bike.
My art car is now 27 years old, and still turns heads. It was on the home page of MSN just a few weeks back as one of the world's most unique cars. (yes, I made it myself)
I've been posting on here for many years under my own name, but changed my screen name a few years back for a bit of anonimity. EmilyD was the first to crack me, but she promised to keep quiet. Right Emily?
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Postby Sail Man » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:51 pm

I stick people with needles, shove plastic tubes down their throat, and push drugs on them when they least expect it. I am the Pusher Man. And licensed to do so :wink:

Isn't this a great country or what?! :lol:
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Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:01 pm

I was an electronics technician in the Navy and married a sailor (two, actually, the first one was a jerk). Later I was a substitute teacher on base in Japan for 7 years, and though I earned a teaching certificate, I never was a classroom teacher. I have two BS degrees (LOL), one in psychology (minor technical writing) and one a Social Science composite (history, anthropology, geography and psych). I am also certified to teach ESL. The second degree is usually easier. I have also been a nanny, a parking attendant, a fast food server, a dry cleaner, an English tutor and teacher, a desk jockey for a community college adult ed division, a receptionist, a librarian. I have a beautiful phone voice, but am nearly phone phobic when it comes to making calls. Currently I am a wayward artist and a homemaker.

My Larry was also an ET ( guess where I met him), he now drives heavy haul flatbed, although he did do rail crew shuttle for a few years. His main gig is being Super Larry. He delivered a baby on a speed boat, killed a deer with a knife, and caught a six foot timber rattler in mid-strike. Yesterday he was blown off his truck, a ten foot drop, and landed on his feet. I don't have to make shit up about him.
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Postby Prospero's Ghost » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:43 am

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Yep..all 3...
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Postby Clar-i-ty » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:03 pm

sputnik wrote:Did you know that Burning Man conducts a census?

Here is a link to the last one posted

http://afterburn.burningman.com/08/census/index.html



After reviewing the data, I can't help but notice that I'm largely in the minority as a suburban home owning, married person of color, with an advanced degree.

But I also can't help but understand that it's not about where I live, but how I live and what I value that brings me to our beloved Playa.

Can't wait to get home.
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Postby EmilyD » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:18 pm

AntiM wrote:I was an electronics technician in the Navy and married a sailor (two, actually, the first one was a jerk). Later I was a substitute teacher on base in Japan for 7 years, and though I earned a teaching certificate, I never was a classroom teacher. I have two BS degrees (LOL), one in psychology (minor technical writing) and one a Social Science composite (history, anthropology, geography and psych). I am also certified to teach ESL. The second degree is usually easier. I have also been a nanny, a parking attendant, a fast food server, a dry cleaner, an English tutor and teacher, a desk jockey for a community college adult ed division, a receptionist, a librarian. I have a beautiful phone voice, but am nearly phone phobic when it comes to making calls. Currently I am a wayward artist and a homemaker.

My Larry was also an ET ( guess where I met him), he now drives heavy haul flatbed, although he did do rail crew shuttle for a few years. His main gig is being Super Larry. He delivered a baby on a speed boat, killed a deer with a knife, and caught a six foot timber rattler in mid-strike. Yesterday he was blown off his truck, a ten foot drop, and landed on his feet. I don't have to make shit up about him.


I would call you two Renaissance people! You know how to do so many different things!

I also hate the phone, HATE! But love computer talk (obviously as you all have seen me blah, blah, blab!)

I was thinking about you yesterday and hoping it's going well for you working on your Dad's papers and such. It's not an easy task for sure.
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Postby Sham » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:24 pm

Clar-i-ty wrote:married person of color,

But I also can't help but understand that it's not about where I live, but how I live and what I value that brings me to our beloved Playa.

Can't wait to get home.

Wow Clar-it-ty, you're a person of color? What color are you? We need more colored people on the playa! :D
By the way, is this your first year?

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Postby Sham » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:27 pm

EmilyD wrote:I also hate the phone, HATE!

EMILY? :(
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Postby geekster » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:56 pm

After reviewing the data, I can't help but notice that I'm largely in the minority as a suburban home owning, married person of color, with an advanced degree.


Yeah, I think most burners rent.
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Postby swampdog » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:05 pm

AntiM - took me a minute to realize that when you refer to YourLarry as an ET you mean electronic technician and not extra-terrestrial.

..... or do you?
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Postby geospyder » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:37 pm

AntiM - "N" or "R"? Aside from being an ETN I also had an Assault Boat Coxswain rating so they sent me up muddy rivers to places we weren't supposed to be at the time.
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Postby Clar-i-ty » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:04 pm

Shambala wrote:
Clar-i-ty wrote:married person of color,

But I also can't help but understand that it's not about where I live, but how I live and what I value that brings me to our beloved Playa.

Can't wait to get home.

Wow Clar-it-ty, you're a person of color? What color are you? We need more colored people on the playa! :D
By the way, is this your first year?

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Depends on my mood. Sometimes I'm blue, and other times I'm green with envy.

6th Burn BTW
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Postby TomServo » Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:02 am

Ex-press operator, piano smasher, truck driver and aspiring hot dog cart vendor.
anything worth doing is worth overdoing..
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Postby EmilyD » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:26 am

Clar-i-ty wrote:
Shambala wrote:
Clar-i-ty wrote:


Depends on my mood. Sometimes I'm blue, and other times I'm green with envy.

6th Burn BTW
I'm almost always pink except for my noggin which is purple! ;-)

All we need is someone whose yellow and we've got a rainbow! ;-o

TomServo...tell us about the piano smashing!
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Postby Bounce530 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:04 am

TomServo wrote:Ex-press operator.

You're not a Media News Group causality are ya?
What other people think about you is none of your business.
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Postby TomServo » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:24 pm

Bounce530 wrote:
TomServo wrote:Ex-press operator.

You're not a Media News Group causality are ya?


No I quit, before the collapse. Left to work a hot dog cart in S.F.
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Postby Dr Jet Sinister » Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:03 pm

Used to work in retail management and years in network administration. Now, I'm a homeowner in the suburbs of DFW, married 22yrs, one 19yr old offspring, 2 bachelors degrees in Emergency Management and Sociology. I have no internal filter and as an militant atheist and liberal it makes working with others in the southern default world difficult. Luckily, my husband Capt Smashy, earns enough money so I don't have to grow up. :D
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Postby Joe Buck » Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:55 pm

Ph.D in molecular biology and genetics

I have worked for various small biotech and medical device start ups for the last 15 years. Little or no job security and poor pay for most of them, so at least the current hard economic times have not been much of a change from my perspective! Challenging work, but not always exciting enough for me, prefer to work with my hands as well as my brain, guess that's why I'm so preoccupied with Burning Man.

My real passion is making musical instruments, Irish (uilleann) bagpipes more specifically, as well as general machining, metal working, welding, tinkering.

Before I die I'd like to make a flaming bagpipe powered by compressed natural gas. Just have to figure out how not to get horribly charred in the process!
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Postby gyre » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:20 pm

Joe, you should build some flame speakers.
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Postby EmilyD » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:21 pm

TomServo wrote:
Bounce530 wrote:
TomServo wrote:Ex-press operator.

You're not a Media News Group causality are ya?


No I quit, before the collapse. Left to work a hot dog cart in S.F.
Good call, people gotta eat!
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Postby TomServo » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:32 pm

EmilyD wrote:
TomServo wrote:
Bounce530 wrote:
TomServo wrote:Ex-press operator.

You're not a Media News Group causality are ya?


No I quit, before the collapse. Left to work a hot dog cart in S.F.
Good call, people gotta eat!


Yeah, can't get hot dogs on the internet. Just wish I owned the cart. The owner, who owns most of the carts north of market, is filthy rich.
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Postby burningquestions » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:05 pm

I'm a proponent of capitalism and low minority unemployment.

I'm a champion of the private sector and small business.
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Postby This Woman » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:40 am

Insurance agent. Used to specialize in special event coverage, now I sell insurance to insurance agents.

I quoted Burning Man once, but was happy when I didn't get it. Burning Man has got to be one of the most difficult events to insure, and it's not just the fire. Spectator and participant definitions blurred beyond all hope (generally, one is covered and one isn't), huge amount of volunteers, the towers people build, the art cars. You can bet your ass that most of the rules implemented over the years resulted from the directives of an insurance agent or risk manager.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:32 pm

Do you have any tips for people who want to insure camps or mutant vehicles?
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