dragonfly wrote:I saw very little community.
Might I suggest that you weren't looking? Or perhaps you were looking in the wrong spots? Or had a vastly different view of "comminuty" than I did?
I experienced very little trust. Every day I started out with a smile and a good attitude, but by Friday morning I had had enough, and left. Too many losers without costumes, trying to be cool, looking for nudity and booze. Oh yeah, and some cowardly weasle stole my bike on Tuesday.
Ahhh. 'no costume = spectator' oh boy do I love that one.
It makes you sound really ignorant to assume that people without costumes are losers. I've said the same thing a few times on other threads, but I'll say it one more time just for you. My Burning Man experience is about trying to stay in the shade and fixing broken things for people during the day and going out at night.
The sheer dollar value of the tools in our camp was staggering - we can start with a $1,600 welder, plus gas, plus wire. 3 gas welding rigs that would set you back another $500 each. Hand tools beyond your small imagination. Free bicycle parts to anybody who asked. Free booze, water, gatorade or food (if we were eating) to anybody who was there. Professional welders, auto mechanics, plumbers, artists and carpenters available for free - just for the asking. If your stuff was too broken to move, we'd go tow it back or fix it in the field.
Any you'd call us yahoos because we want to drink a beer and not wear a fucking tutu while working on your broken crap?
I would recommend that the powers that be abandon BM next year, and move on to create something smaller, with more integrity, in some other place.
Oh, sorry, that sounds mean. Let me try again you loser yahoo, costume wearing freeloader.
Anyway, where was I? New event. New venue. Right.
Try attending a regonal burn. They are smaller, more intimate, have more integrity and they're in another place. Please try and pick one where I won't be. Please try and get all the "I didn't have fun so Burning Man should be cancelled" people in the same spot.
For whatever Burning Man once had, you know, that "thing" that made it so wonderful... it no longer has.
Not for everybody. Please don't try and think for the rest of us. Please don't try and shove your thoughts and values down my throat. Didn't like it? How about getting involved to try and fix what is missing? Or just go away.
I went from '98 to '01. '01 was horrible for me and most of my camp, and not many of us were interested in going again. Rather than ask Larry to cancel the event, we skipped it. Some went to Europe. Some went elsewhere. I ended up in the San Fernando Valley in a suburb. Other went to the burn anyway. This year, one of our newer people had an idea, and it grew and became infectious. Everybody was excited and started throwing out new ideas. Camp got bigger, more people wanted to camp with us, and the ideas kept coming in. By the time we got to the playa, there were 30 of us, a bar (oh, wait booze is bad), trucks full of tools, people eager use them, bikes to build fix and give away and a line of people with broken stuff wanting help.
We had our best year ever, and we're already throwing down ideas for next year. Will we be back? I don't know; it's a big world out there. Are we asking Larry to stop the event because things weren't perfect? No.