Invent a Rite of Passage?

Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby anandaconda » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:34 am

Is there a rite of passage that you wish you'd had? A rite of passage that you're planning to create on the playa this year?
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Trishntek » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:48 am

Swimming lessons are a great "Rite of Passage". I found out the other day that my grandson has more of an institutional progression through swimming lessons, i.e. "Stage I" to "Stage II", etc. I remember starting out as a "Minnow", "Guppy", "Fish", etc. We only graduated to the next level when we could complete certain tasks in the water. My grandson is graduated based upon what he is taught,,,, not necessarily what he has learned.

Our "Rite of Passage" at our camp is based upon accomplishment. We even offer certification for completing our RITE. You can find out more by clicking on the link below.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby AntiM » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:11 am

My swimming lessons were traumatic, and my instructor was a cruel ass. And I forgot my underwear the one day I wore my swimsuit under my dress, yes, we HAD to wear dresses to school, and I cried all the way back to class on the bus. That's the day I learned the word "modest" and was scarred for life.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:22 am

Our culture doesn't really have a rite of passage for manhood / womanhood. Lots of teens get into trouble IMHO because they don't know where childhood ends.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby C.f.M. » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:50 am

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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby anandaconda » Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:08 pm

Swimming? I was raised in Hawai'i, so lessons were required; my mother says I turned out this way because she held me underwater too long while teaching me to swim. Hm. Looks like that's a rather traumatic ROP all around.

So kind of you to certify folks on the playa, Trishntek! Heh.

I agree, Ugly Dougly-- Friends I've talked to can pinpoint something that made them finally feel like they'd made the transition from childhood to adulthood, but it seems to be vastly different for everyone. I've gotten everything from a cross-country move, loss of virginity, having a child, and losing a parent-- all in the context of "growing up."
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:19 pm

Just brainstorming here.
A camp for people 18 years old - which is, like it or not, our year of adulthood -giving them a pseudo-tribal initiation, with dancing, bodypaint and so on.
A coming of age bar for people 21 years old!!!
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Foxfur » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:40 pm

I wish I'd had a better "first time".
She laughed a couple times at inappropriate times and made some rude remarks among other things.
Bitch.
(I should have given her a Cleveland Steamer but I didn't know about that back then...)

My swimming passage was wonderful. Mom and dad used the traditional method of supporting with arms and then free swimming with increasing distances between em when I said it was ok. I'll always cheris those memories :D
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Savannah » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:01 pm

If I'd thought about it in time/realized swim lessons were such a rite, I might have tried to do something in that vein for this year. I was actively instructing up until 2 years ago, as a side gig (8 years total). Adult students, with or with traumatic experiences--or who were too poor for lessons as kids, or who came from countries where it was dangerous to swim--were actually my favorite students, because I understood the particular nature of adult anxiety and embarrassment a lot better than the younger and more cavalier of the instructors. What professional adult with a sphere of competency wants to sacrifice their lofty standing, get into the equivalent of their underwear and be bossed around by an 18-year-old? Well, okay, a few--but for the rest it was difficult, and I respected them just for showing up. They were motivated. And brave.

I don't know how to heal lessons-gone-wrong in the epitome of the anti-pool. Maybe there isn't time to figure that one out in 40-something days.

I suppose it can't hurt to think about it. Though if there's something I can do, I suppose I've gotta come up with it on my own.


Rites I could've used: cutting off contact with toxic family. Though that would be a most peculiar rite, because I eased into that rather than striking at the heart of the knot. I guess when I think about it, there was a rite: the 2008 Burn. I fell out of contact because of the Burn, and just kept extending the lease.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:27 am

At some point, I discovered I can float wonderfully well, and that I like being in the water. I pretty much can't swim underwater, but I am bouyantly mobile. I just hate water on my face, to the point I cannot wash my face in the shower under running water; I have to finish bating then wash my face in the sink with a washcloth. A truly odd phobic~quirk.

My rites of passage lately have been dealing with the death of family, being the executor of my father's trust, and selling what passed for my childhood (teen years) home. Currently watching my widowed SILs lose their lifestyles and health to poverty. Deaths of siblings to cancer, a real mind warp. Survivor guilt, in spades.

Then I think of "my first orgasm with a sex toy" as a rite of passage and I grin a lot.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Foxfur » Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:50 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:Just brainstorming here.
A camp for people 18 years old - which is, like it or not, our year of adulthood -giving them a pseudo-tribal initiation, with dancing, bodypaint and so on.
A coming of age bar for people 21 years old!!!

Like! That would be fantastic.
(Have it run by dirty old men & women. Now there's a rite of passage...)
I turned 21 right in the middle of basic training. The drill sergeants brought out a 12 pack of beer and drank em in front of me while they made me do 21 push ups for each one they drank. They pounded em so I was pretty much pushing continuosly.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby jkisha » Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:36 am

I hated every minute of basic training.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Foxfur » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:40 am

jkisha wrote:I hated every minute of basic training.

Showers?
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:14 am

So what's wrong with a nice little ordeal once in a while?

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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby AntiM » Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:36 pm

jkisha wrote:I hated every minute of basic training.


I went through Navy boot camp in Orlando in the 70s. I laughed (inside) through most of it. The showers were hilarious, 80 women rushing to wash their hair and hit the line. I'm quite certain it wasn't nearly as much fun for the men.

Our obstacle course was condemned as too dangerous and old to use.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Lassen Forge » Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:21 pm

Fuck, once you had them figured out, the Sergeants were hilarious. I absolutely loved basic... really, no shit. Got healthy fast, and got some personal discipline in my life, which this wild thing needed - direction to aim what would have destroyed me otherwise. And the stuff they'd pull themselves - hell, I stuck it out so I could do the evil shit they did eventually. :twisted: Tho I picked up right away - they actually gave a shit about us. May not have said it, but you could tell.

Plus it opened doors for me later. Forced me to get tough. it was a revelation... most wouldn't say this, but I owe them a lot. One in particular - little short shit, kinda like this Kiwi I know. Hard, tough, evil, mean, callous, cold, and strong. God, I loved that woman. (And for the life of me can't remember her name...)

Don't know how it was for the other side... I have heard stories of blanket parties and "slipping down stairs". A lot.

(I forgot about those showers. Damn. Most of us got our hair shortened and thinned first chance we had...)
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby AntiM » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:53 am

We had a gal who was set back from another company because she was a fuck up. She would NOT shower. She got a midnight cleaning from the platoon leaders (there's some fancy name for section leader recruits these days). They used the big floor scrub brushes, although it was more threat than action. She screamed bloody blue murder, and we all stayed in our racks and grinned. She managed to lose her cover to her dress uniform for the final big inspection, she was sent packing off to medical. You aren't sick? You will be if you don't go.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby graidawg » Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:14 am

burying my dad, by the time i got there he had been burnt, no family no ceremony just a cardboard box with his ashes in. because i fell out with my family before mum got to england i dont even have his ashes to say goodbye too.
Having a family, because i hit my gf, by accident, we split up i never got to see my kids grow up it was only when they were adults i got to meet them.

I missed all my rites of passage because of a shitty family that just didnt care, they didnt abuse me they just didnt care or because i was ignorant and never saw what mattered till i saw someone else having a rite of passage and saw what i missed.

So for me This, going to burning man is MY rite of passage, showing to myself, that in spite of being an ignorant child and never really suffering and so never really caring i can do something that is difficult and because of me, who I am I can do something that matters to me, and people who care about me will help me do this thing, for reasons i dont understand AND not because they should but because they want to even if I am too stupid too understand now why

everyday i look at what i meant and what i wanted when i started this journey and how its turning out i am confused, its not what i expected nor will it be what i thought. However it will be something and whatever happens it will change my life because I DID IT and for me its a very personal rite of passage.

I am so glad you all can share it with me. every single one of you that have made it possible and so much more and so very different from what i thought it would be, no matter how lonely i am in the future i know now I will never be alone
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby AntiM » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:26 am

I think you may have an whole new family waiting for you.

I am the crazy cat-lady aunt, of course.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby graidawg » Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:22 am

AntiM wrote:I think you may have an whole new family waiting for you.

I am the crazy cat-lady aunt, of course.


yay for cat lady aunties! i already have a family here on eplaya, one that i havent met yet. one that is wise, supportive, honest and good full of other lost souls that have been adopted into the best family that chooses you because of your 'faults' and understands that baggage carried isnt one of them and will happily help you carry that baggage until you are ready to put it down. by happily i mean they will take the piss and mock you with out trying to hurt you.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby yurtgirl » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:19 pm

I'm turning 50 in August so this years BM is my rite of passage. From what to what, I have no idea. I've been looking forward to this for 2 yrs now. My man and I are driving 5000 miles round trip for this trip and I seriously can't focus on anything else. My slight OCD is turning into full blown OCD. weeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby AntiM » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:27 pm

yurtgirl wrote:I'm turning 50 in August so this years BM is my rite of passage. From what to what, I have no idea. I've been looking forward to this for 2 yrs now. My man and I are driving 5000 miles round trip for this trip and I seriously can't focus on anything else. My slight OCD is turning into full blown OCD. weeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby graidawg » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:34 pm

AntiM wrote:
yurtgirl wrote:I'm turning 50 in August so this years BM is my rite of passage. From what to what, I have no idea. I've been looking forward to this for 2 yrs now. My man and I are driving 5000 miles round trip for this trip and I seriously can't focus on anything else. My slight OCD is turning into full blown OCD. weeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!


I see a tattoo in your future.



Yea Tattoos lets all crash Sting ray tattoos on the tuesday after the burn! that should be funny and we could get a bulk discount :)

just how many cats are we talkng aunty?
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:26 pm

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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Sic Pup » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:29 pm

Dare to have a potluck at BM, oh my!
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Foxfur » Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:42 am

All these military women are turning me the fuck on!
Glad I married one. A sergeant.
I stole her from a staff sergeant.
I was a specialist.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:40 am

Foxfur wrote:All these military women are turning me the fuck on!
Glad I married one. A sergeant.
I stole her from a staff sergeant.
I was a specialist.
There's gotta be a rite of passage in there somewhere.


I was MyLarry's relief on Diego Garcia. We were both first class petty officers, not even supposed to be dating. Just over 200 women on an island full of 5,000 men, and I had to beat the other girls off him. Apparently no one dated anyone unless someone else was interested.

Ah, the dual military marriage. Long odds on those!
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Lassen Forge » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:04 am

please stand by while we shall to do research...

AHA! We have to found answer for YOU. Is in Apokiliptik Manual of Arms, commemorative 7th CY edition, volume 621, section BW, page 1164, paragraphs 9, 41 and 143...

"#273 - Rite of Passage points shall to be awarded for engaging and otherwise performing upon any other military member outranking ones self.

#273.1 - Points shall be awarded at following: 1.75 standard award multiplier for each rank above and beyond present ranking.

Please also to note special clause # 273.43/a(1-3) to wit:
"For successful trapping and capture of rank above Field Colonel, General Major(Apokistapo/Apokispetznatz), or Commissar 6th rank, any personnel Apokiliptik shall to be eligible for awards as follows - Apokiliptik Medel of Condemnation, Order of Flaming Propeller, 2nd class, and Order of Fries Wit'dat, with Onion and Chili Clusters. Such may to be awarded immediatly preceeding execution of said personnel for actions traitorous to cause.

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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:58 am

Hot Damn, Vietnam, now I'm all horny and shit.
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Re: Invent a Rite of Passage?

Postby Foxfur » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:02 am

(Speaking to group with hand shielding mouth deflecting words sideways)
Does she realize what the fuck she's doing? Speaking like that tickles the wrinkled one. Rad hardened foot thick leaded glass stands no chance against the diamond tipped engorgement that inevitably follows such talk of rank and award. Aw fuck, she knows EXACTLY what's goin down.
Ahem, uh uh uh, arg, patooie! (Hand removed)

Your research is quite thorough. Awards may be hammered into chest with extreme force and be gratefully recieved.
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