WHEELCHAIR CAMPING AND MOBILITY SERVICE AT 7:00 CENTERCAMP

WHEELCHAIR CAMPING AND MOBILITY SERVICE AT 7:00 CENTERCAMP

Postby POWERCHAIR » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:36 pm

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Postby jkisha » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:21 am

What a great service you provide. Kudos.

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Postby POWERCHAIR » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:37 pm

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Postby _pandora_ » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:45 pm

please take a look at this recently created donations page - every little bit helps!!

http://www.egeekbme.com/portal/Home/201 ... ility.aspx
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Postby POWERCHAIR » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:15 am

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Postby jarjar » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:06 am

so i can bring my powerchar by for a charge? that would be fab, and save me gas for my genny!
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Postby jarjar » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:29 am

"We do have some room for campers in wheelchairs/mobility scooters and sleep apnea, etc, we do ask that you bring some documentation; sadly we get fakers at times. "

now thats just sad. i'm a Vet with sleep apnea and i'm on 24/7 oxygen and have walking issues. how in hell can someone fake that kinda stuff? and still have a clear concience? lol who would carry around a sleep apena breathing machine?
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:33 am

Very cool!
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Postby veleda » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:46 am

Hey Powerchair!

I'm wondering about how one accesses mobility services? Is this like a reservation thing? Sorry for being clueless..

I am amazed and happy to find this!

Our camp has a 73 year old grandmother attending and she will not be able to walk that far from our camp (6:15 and D) without some sort of art car/gold cart/etc. We simply don't have the funds this year to try to get one for her. I would love for her to be able to go beyond our camp and see the playa.

I'm trying to find a way to make her journey to the playa easier and smoother and wandering if perhaps your camp can help?
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Postby veleda » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:51 am

Was John your dad? just checking out your website.

I knew him for many years and he dated one of my best friends - heather. :)

I miss him greatly.
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Postby _pandora_ » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:03 am

hi veleda yes, john was my dad... i still miss him like crazy, and going to the playa without him is gonna be tough! i met heather before (she stayed at my house one night on her way through phoenix to somewhere else) - my dad was very fond of her, and thought of her a lot in his last weeks...

as far as helping your camp grandmother get out and about, wayne can correct me if i'm wrong, but i think what we would like to do is have people register with our camp, and then we can try to do some sort of "bus route" type thing - i don't think wayne has all the details worked out, but that's my general understanding. this is not the only option for mobility, but sounds like it would be the best one in this case. :)
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handicap ride on playa

Postby mbear » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:36 pm

Hi, Please give me information about how to receive, or reques, or be on a ride line. I'm already registered at Sacred Spaces Village, near Center Camp, between Entheon and Red Lightning. I am a Priestess for one of the Chakra Temples. I'm 73 and unable to walk any distance. I have a disability placard but, sadly, no vehicle to get around in when I'm there. I look forward. Thanks, Mbear
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Postby veleda » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:23 pm

it's a small world pandora! We often talk of John still!! He was an incredible human being and we all miss him.

Mbear just registered and sent a message. Can you please let us know what we need to get her registered and on a line?

This would be invaluable to us.
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Postby _pandora_ » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:22 am

small world indeed! i'm always glad to hear of more people in the world who cared about my dad...
as far as mbear's registration - i'll give wayne a call tonight or this weekend and try to work out some details that can be posted here. the best advice i can give right now is to visit us on the playa to get registered. that may be what wayne ends up asking for anyway. :)
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Re: handicap ride on playa

Postby POWERCHAIR » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:01 pm

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Wheeled Burners and Our Elevator

Postby madmatt » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:08 pm

Open letter to all wheeled burners who visited our camp and went up in our elevator - THANK YOU!!!!!

Thank you for providing me personally, and I feel comfortable saying, everyone in our camp, a tremendous, moving and lasting gift at Burning Man this year. I'm referring to using our Hotel's elevator to bring disabled (or injured) Burners up to our viewing platform 40 feet up to enjoy the panoramic view of our magnificent metropolis. This was an unexpected, unplanned yet transformational act that grew organically out of our camp and is so emblematic of the magic that happens at Burning Man. I feel it also is a powerful revelation of what gifting and contributing at Burning Man is about.

For me personally, this year was the climax and culmination of what I've wanted to achieve at BM since I started going 10 years ago - I can't make giant sculptures or fire pieces, so by 2005 I wanted to be part of a camp that was a real contribution to BM. That was why my wife and I joined the Mystikal Misfits camp and helped turn it into a large, organized endeavor, with an intentional contribution to Black Rock City.

(((As a side note, I made it my project to make sure we had a bar so that our beautiful space would become a gathering place for our community on the Playa. Back in 2003 I was out on the Playa dying from the heat and thirst, and was frustrated to find no place of refuge with cool shade, good company, good music, and icy cocktails to refresh and revive. We have been offering that for several years now, and it's very clear that it's something that a lot of people need. See a niche and fill it! Black Rock City is truly a DIY culture.)))

Then in 2010, without it being planned, we found ourselves all week long offering a real gift and a contribution to Burning Man that actually met a significant and specific need for people at Burning Man. A place and a means for wheeled Burners (or anyone really who is physically unable to climb) to comfortably and safely enjoy a panoramic view of Black Rock City. It was something that had never even occurred to me in 10 years, but now seems obvious. To me, being able to see the City, the physical presence of all that human creativity and passion and community, laid out before you is a big part of realizing and enjoying Burning Man. We did it - we made this City.

A wheeled burner and Ranged named Roadblock and a group of Rangers were just passing by our camp on Sunday shortly after we had the elevator totally checked and running and ready for use. One of us spotted the Rangers and spontaneously invited them to come in and go up in the elevator. Roadblock was the first person in a wheelchair that rode up the elevator to the viewing platform. I was one of the lucky 10 or so camp mates that happened to be there at that happy moment, as we were all really feeling good and happy to be back at Burning Man and almost done making the camp ready. Then it dawned on all of us simultaneously what we had here.

One of our camp mates boogied over to the Department of Mobility and asked them to spread the word around that we had an elevator and could take people up to a high viewing platform, who were in wheelchairs, on crutches, or otherwise unable to climb up stairs or structures. All week long at least 5 times a day, we had people going up and enjoying the view. Every one of them told us their story as we went up the elevator shaft slowly and steadily. And it brought each of us to tears every single time how happy it made people to enjoy this simple pleasure.

So you see, it was a gift to us to be able to do this. It moved me more than anything I have ever experienced at BM since my first time 10 years ago being in the Temple. To me personally, it was a gift to feel so moved, and to feel honored by the privilege of doing something that really was perceived as a gift by others at Burning Man. Seeing the pure joy on peoples' faces as they took in the view, was truly touching. I won't get into the many stories, but most of the wheeled burners who went up had either never seen this view before, or had not for many years.

So, long story short (too late, ha!) it paid back 100 fold all the elevator-related headaches we experienced in our camp planning team leading up to the Burn. The elevator idea was proposed by one person in our planning team as a personal project he wanted to do; something fun, cool and interesting. But he didn't have in mind that it would provide a service to disabled Burners. It just fit in perfectly with our Waldorf Mystoria Hotel theme this year. It caused a LOT of arguing and hand-wringing involving safety concerns, liability and responsibility. Ultimately, we all held out breath and took a leap of faith and just did it. Incidentally, there were no incidents, close calls, or problems or worries of any kind, because we had set up everything very safely and carefully.

But we were destined to build that elevator. We didn't even know we were doing it, but something pushed us to just allow our friend to pursue his vision, even if there was some risk, because we all inherently knew that Burning Man would not be what it is if people didn't try to contribute something radical. The result was that our contribution to Burning Man was a gift to us. This illustrated how giving without reservation or expectation is the purest form of giving, and when you do it, a magical cycle is created and spiritual rewards come to you immediately, and you feel like you've been zapped with an electric charge. It really was palpable.

So that's the story.

I plan on gathering the anecdotes from our camp mates of their experiences of going up with wheeled Burners and hearing their stories, and getting some anecdotes from the wheeled Burners themselves, and writing up an article or doing a video piece about this and what it meant to us, and what it reveals about Burning Man and the gifting economy. I plan to submit it to the Burning Man organization and whoever else would want to post it or read it, just because I think it is a great story that I want to share. In it, I will encourage camps to think about offering this if they have platforms or cranes or some other method of offering a vista point, and putting notices about it on their camp description or in the book or at Playa Info.

PS - our campmate and captain in charge of designing our scaffolding, JP, had the elevator custom made, hand-welded by our friend and Burner artist Jason S.
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Postby dragonfly Jafe » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:42 pm

...I visited your camp for Bernie's Puppet Show, and watched in awe as a group with a wheelchair went up. It certainly looked like a well run operation...
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Postby sputnik » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:11 pm

Bravo MadMatt
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:49 pm

So sorry I missed the burn this year, and this, this...magnificent contraption (to borrow a word from a cat)
Breaks my heart a little.

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