This Woman wrote:It is a shame I'll leave early...but not that big of one. I am a long-time burner and the actual burns, while amazing, are now toward the bottom of the list of why I go to BRC every year. They can be sacrificed easier - for me - than I would sacrifice a full day in line and the ensuing exhaustion once on the black-top. Also, this will open up a place in line for someone leaving on Monday - since that has always been my ideal day to leave. And, I'm hoping it's a temporary situation.
bradtem wrote:One reason I have raised my concern is that I talked to a lot of people on the playa this year who left before the burns -- before the burning of the Man even, not just before the temple burn, out of concern over Exodus. And the concern was well placed this year. As noted I did the early morning Monday strategy, which used to work well, and now no longer works. People who left mid-day Monday knew it would be slow, and got even slower but at least got something roughly in line with expectations.
But I think you want to avoid a situation where the old-timers are leaving before the Man burns, or everybody says there is little option but to stay to Tuesday as that is not even an option for some.
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But as a 14 year burner and builder of many art installations and projects, I'm starting to look seriously at the balance of how much work and time it is to pack for, drive to, drive from, unpack and clean from the event compared to the time at the event. I want people who come to be serious, but I don't think the bar should be that high.
For those of you keeping track of Exodus times when I left yesterday it took 5 minutes Fourteen seconds from Hushville to the pavement, once again illustrating that your Exodus times are mainly dependent upon the time you leave.
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