Just to make sure...

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Just to make sure...

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:41 pm

...this Thing In The Desert is actually going to happen, right?

Because suddenly I have this fear that I'll show up on the playa only to find a desolate dust bed and the wind blowing against a large billboard reading "This ruse compliments of the Andy Kaufman Society - Thanks for playing!"
When he lights his streetlamp, it is as if he brought one more star to life, or one flower.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:43 pm

Games over folks, she figured it out! :cry:
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:18 pm

Well, don't tell her where the real burningman is!
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby Savannah » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:59 pm

BoyScoutGirl wrote:...this Thing In The Desert is actually going to happen, right?

Because suddenly I have this fear that I'll show up on the playa only to find a desolate dust bed and the wind blowing against a large billboard reading "This ruse compliments of the Andy Kaufman Society - Thanks for playing!"


If that happens, I'll probably be there too with a right-dumb look on my face, and we can split a bottle of champagne in a couple of lawn chairs and play some frisbee before heading back to civilization.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby ygmir » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:39 pm

I hope no one tells her there are only 4 actual posters here, the rest are socks.



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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:53 pm

Cheers, Savannah!

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When he puts out his lamp, he sends the flower, or the star, to sleep.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby Trishntek » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:00 pm

I have a feeling, if the entire event ceased to be organized, scheduled and contracted with all the other participating businesses and organizations, there would still be an enormous gathering at Black Rock Desert the week before Labor Day.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby maladroit » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:06 pm

Met by the National Guard....
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby trilobyte » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:16 am

Actually you should come to the playa with that expectation. Plan your personal and camp stuff so that even if nobody else shows up, you're going to have a great time. Then if anybody else shows up (and they often do), bonus!
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby Bob » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:24 am

Laugh all you want, you laughing people. The playa *will* liquefy one of these days.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby Trishntek » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:35 am

Bob wrote:Laugh all you want, you laughing people. The playa *will* liquefy one of these days.

YAY! Mud wrestling for EVERYONE!
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:15 am

It's been a long time since they canceled the event, and that was only on years beginning with a 3.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby gyre » Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:56 pm

Trishntek wrote:I have a feeling, if the entire event ceased to be organized, scheduled and contracted with all the other participating businesses and organizations, there would still be an enormous gathering at Black Rock Desert the week before Labor Day.

You can't hold an event without permission or organization.

They proved that with the rainbow gathering.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:49 am

trilobyte wrote:Actually you should come to the playa with that expectation. Plan your personal and camp stuff so that even if nobody else shows up, you're going to have a great time. Then if anybody else shows up (and they often do), bonus!

Right on! "Often" is a good enough chance for me! :)


I guess I am trying to express the weird amalgam of feelings and fears I'm going through as a first timer. I've got my stuff together and I've done enough field expeditions to know what I need to be comfortable in harsh environments for extended periods, so I'm not overly worried about logistics.

What's confusing me is the event itself. Look forward to one thing for so long - as with many people, I've followed the event for years, wanting to participate - and when you read "the man burns in 29 days," the phrase hits with an almost physical impact. It feels impossible not to have expectations. Hell, the whole idea of Burning Man seems ludicrous, impossible. A city of 60,000 people bound by fire and art and good will and mischief appearing out of the desert and disappearing into the desert? Too beautiful to be true.

So maybe the sudden fears that it's all a mirage are justifiable but I, for one, intend to show up. I will do everything in my power to add to the city and then to carry the city away.

Keep Burning Man impossible.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby gyre » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:12 am

Your visions of what is to come will fade like the mists of a waking dream as you enter the city for the first time.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby TomServo » Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:42 pm

Bob wrote:Laugh all you want, you laughing people. The playa *will* liquefy one of these days.



And stay dry in the winter?
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby Foxfur » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:35 pm

BoyScoutGirl wrote:...and when you read "the man burns in 29 days," the phrase hits with an almost physical impact.[/b]

You speak great truth.
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby mgb327 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:05 am

Holy Crap! I leave here in 16 days! Holy Crap! I gotta get my shit together! Holy Crap!
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Re: Just to make sure...

Postby graidawg » Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:59 pm

I love this, first reading "the man burns in X days"is just a wonderful thing, this year as i have planed to be home to meet all the wonderful people i met last year and the others i have friended this year, i have swung between various emotions sometimes even deciding definitely not to go, then changing my mind and even planing for 2013.
now with 5 days till i leave on what will be just an awesome holiday, with Burning Man sandwiched neatly in the middle I am just so excited its almost ridiculous, so yea if i do turn up to find they moved BM to different location and time well i will sit down with a rum get the frisbee out and have a good time
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