Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

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Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:03 am

With the exception of those of us on meds, we're all feeling anxious about BM ticket sales and the lottery. It's a natural thing. Breathe deeply; find your center. and all that stuff....

Are some of us feeling entitled to entry into Burning Man every year? If there were no Burning Man, would some of us have no life at all?

I'm curious, free association here, what would you imagine your life would be like if Burning Man had never existed? Would you be resigned to a drab, bleak existence, or would you have come up with something equally brilliant on your own????
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:05 am

i woulda been a contender.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby lemur » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:06 am

i coulda been somebody
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Nipple » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:07 am

One of these years I intend to climb Mt. Hood.

I also do distance cycling. One of these summers I'm liable to bike down the west coast. This will probably lead to me biking across the US at some point.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Sham » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:15 am

I had a nice big swimming pool in the back yard, and filled it in because it was getting in the way of my planning for Burning Man. When I would get home in September, the closing would always be too much work after 8 days on the playa--so the pool went.
I used to take real vacations, in hotels with hot running water and restaurants. I have only photographs to remember those days!
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby lemur » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:23 am

Shambala wrote:I have only photographs to remember those days!


oh.. you dont pick through the burned ashes for mementos on all of your vacations?
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Bob » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:28 am

Nipple wrote:I also do distance cycling. One of these summers I'm liable to bike down the west coast. This will probably lead to me biking across the US at some point.


Don't feel bad about taking the train or the dog back home. Biking upwind is overrated, plus you don't have the distinct charm of smelling your own farts.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:30 am

lemur wrote:
Shambala wrote:I have only photographs to remember those days!


oh.. you dont pick through the burned ashes for mementos on all of your vacations?

Well, at least he doesn't have any crappy plastic necklaces--hey, he could go to Rio and do Mardi Gras there...
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Nipple » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:31 am

Bob wrote:
Don't feel bad about taking the train or the dog back home. Biking upwind is overrated, plus you don't have the distinct charm of smelling your own farts.


Better than my riding partner's... After a day of eating various carbo-goo science foods there's a distinct advantage to doing a pull at the front of the line.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby jkisha » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:35 am

Considering that I survived the first 58 years of my life without Burning Man, I reckon I could survive the next 58 years without.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby trilobyte » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:37 am

Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Burning Man helped me change my life in some meaningful ways, but I don't know that I wouldn't have found some other way to make them. I knew I wasn't content with the world I was living in, and would have continued looking for ways to affect a positive change. I probably would still be living in LA, though.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby The CO » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:51 am

Well, I would have a lot more money and less bizarre camping infrastructure... maybe.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby lemur » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:09 pm

if it wasnt for burning man ...every time a bouncy kids air inflated gym blows away.. i wouldnt think "they shoulda staked that down better..."
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Postby thisisthatwhichis » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:13 pm

Listening to Rush Limbagh and watching FOX news...... Without ever meeting the lovely Piney and all you fuckin yahoos.........
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Bob » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:14 pm

When did you people first start expecting Burning Man to change your life, and not the other way around? I started going because my friends kept bugging me about doing a "shower" that turned out to be the best naked mud pit ever, and never looked back.

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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:16 pm

So, now that there are no longer naked mud pits, where do you go to get your ... whatever ... on? :mrgreen:

I'm thinking of the Big Island, seeing the volcanoes from helicopter and close-up, plus spear fishing.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby unjonharley » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:13 pm

If I had not gone to Burning Man..

My kids would not be trying to take my lic. and put me in a rest home
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby 48_love » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:52 pm

If it wasn't for Burning Man, I would be wasting time on another fourm.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby ygmir » Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:59 pm

if not for going to Burning Man,
I'd probably still be doing my "work" in Belarus, and, probably been caught and hung, by now......


no, wait, I mean I'd be vacationing at Club Med.

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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby trilobyte » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:17 pm

I don't think I've ever had the expectation that Burning Man was going to change my life. As I prepared for that first burn, people kept telling that it would, but I think I did a pretty good job of keeping expectations in check. For me, that first trip to the desert was more of an affirmation than it was anything else. It affirmed things that I'd suspected, and that damned near anything really was possible.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:20 pm

trilobyte wrote:I don't think I've ever had the expectation that Burning Man was going to change my life. As I prepared for that first burn, people kept telling that it would, but I think I did a pretty good job of keeping expectations in check. For me, that first trip to the desert was more of an affirmation than it was anything else. It affirmed things that I'd suspected, and that damned near anything really was possible.


I''ll put it this way, Trilly baby.

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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:34 pm

He has a girlfriend! Me, I'd have to go back to wailing about my legs and my husband 24/7/52.


Speaking of which, these whiners. They don't know what real suffering is...
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby wh..sh » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:49 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Speaking of which, these whiners. They don't know what real suffering is...


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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby wh..sh » Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:49 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Speaking of which, these whiners. They don't know what real suffering is...


First world problems. There are people all over the world fighting for basic necessities and here's everyone whining about a ticket they are most probably going to get.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Nipple » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:12 pm

HEY... the people in Africa who can't get medications because local drug lords control and steal at will from the shipping routes are TOTALLY welcome to get into the ticket lotteries, just like everyone else.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby wh..sh » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:26 am

Nipple wrote:HEY... the people in Africa who can't get medications because local drug lords control and steal at will from the shipping routes are TOTALLY welcome to get into the ticket lotteries, just like everyone else.


I told them they could, but they said we were too whiney.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:06 pm

wh..sh wrote:
Nipple wrote:HEY... the people in Africa who can't get medications because local drug lords control and steal at will from the shipping routes are TOTALLY welcome to get into the ticket lotteries, just like everyone else.


I told them they could, but they said we were too whiney.

Alright, I'm officially in love with Wh...sh, now.
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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby wh..sh » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:53 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
wh..sh wrote:
Nipple wrote:HEY... the people in Africa who can't get medications because local drug lords control and steal at will from the shipping routes are TOTALLY welcome to get into the ticket lotteries, just like everyone else.


I told them they could, but they said we were too whiney.

Alright, I'm officially in love with Wh...sh, now.


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Re: Where Would You Be If It Hadn't Been For Burning Man/

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:01 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:He has a girlfriend! Me, I'd have to go back to wailing about my legs and my husband 24/7/52.


Speaking of which, these whiners. They don't know what real suffering is...

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