How'd you learn about Burning Man?

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How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby chuckularone » November 20th, 2014, 7:34 pm

Personally, I don't recall when I first heard about BM. It's like it was always itching at the back of my brain. At the end of 2013 I knew I could afford to go, so knowing this, I forced destiny's hand and went. No epiphany. It was just time.
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby Sunbeam » November 24th, 2014, 11:02 am

I knew about TTITD. In 2010, i decided to... It took 4 years to get there.
No epiphany, altho i would welcome one.
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This is related to the topic.
Went to Renfest this last Sunday. Spent several hours cooling my heels and just observing. I see that, despite the stress and drama, we are more centered and content than the average.
Part of that is due to TTITD. A goal achieved!

Edit: I have been blessed with darn good genetics. As a once upon a time jock and long distance runner - I am used to a casual physical competence that I take for granted. Example: I throw a wadded up paper at a trash can, and rarely miss.
The after effect of TTITD is comparable to a casual mental competence. I planned, I did it, no major screw ups, I survived, and I got back. I can DO IT!!!
There is an underlying personal confidence that exudes from having undertaken such a massive effort and succeeded. If I can survive TTITD, I can do lots of things... :)
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby chuckularone » November 24th, 2014, 11:19 am

I find myself a lot more centered and patient since TTiTD myself.
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby TT120 » November 24th, 2014, 12:54 pm

A co-worker had been going every year since about 2003 and always wanted me to come along saying I'd have a blast. The stars didn't align till 2012 when I found a guy on Craigs List with 2 tickets for sale for half face value 1 week before the burn. I just happened to have the cash in my pocket and I swooped them up. Been going ever since.
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby kowtow » November 26th, 2014, 2:29 pm

I found out about it sometime and somewhere in 2011. I started poking my head around trying to learn about it. The biggest thing I encountered was that it was definitely an enigma. Even trying to figure out what you had to do in order to go to Burning Man was difficult to ascertain unless you were somehow plugged in.

Post BM 2012 I think is when I really started to sink my teeth into what it was, but it felt like it took a lot of research just to learn how the tickets were sold and maybe part of the confusion there is because tickets were so hard to come by and the ticketing process was undergoing changes, etc.

In 2013 just before the event. I was bitten by the bug. :geek: I watched the live feeds from morning until the time I went to bed at night. It was this transformation that told me, I would be going in 2014 and there wasn't anything that was going to prevent me from attending.

The rest is now history...
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby lionsnzebras » December 24th, 2014, 10:13 am

I dont honestly remember how we herd about it, but we looked a few years back. Never thought much of it.

I guess life changes as you get older, and you want a little more "experience" out of it so to speak.
The first things we herd about was ATTOL and the whole free love movement, people bitching about the tech billionaires taking over.
Then I (lion) did some research, shared it with my wife. Youtubed my butt off and took a look at what is actually there.

Sure, commidifcation exists, because its human nature. Crush the little guy for your own needs. We dont play that game.
But for us its not what burning man represents, the 10 principles are important to us, so we will do our best to have fun, to learn and grow and see what we can do and how things go.

Nothing will wreck the burn if we let it.

I guess our first true test will be freezerburn in July 2015 I believe.

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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby GaminWench » January 16th, 2015, 4:00 am

Back in '99.

Friends said " Come to this camping thing. Look for the big silk flag flying near center camp."

Arrived 2AM Friday, in a rainstorm (that had been going on for hours).
Drove around :shock: in the muck without a clue.
Picked up an inner city hitchhiker that was high on ??? looking for LOVE camp.
Dumped her after half an hour, she was no help navigating the city. :o
Finally parked (3AM) and got out of the rental van in the rain to look for our friends. (Flags are NO GOOD at night in rain)
After an hour or so of " No, fuck off, we don't know your friends" at every socked in tent, we retreated to the van to sleep.

Next morning, 7AM, dry conditions.
Look out van windows to freaks in costumes riding bikes.
( I have EVERYTHING I need, and NONE of it is with me :o )
Partner stopped a likely-looking sort, who said "You look familiar" ... turned out we were parked in our buddies' neighbor camp.

Two glorious days/nights with a cooler of crap food and an air mattress in the 'living room' of friends' camp, and I was hooked.

Next year, full blown theme camp with 80 participants and 24/7 entertainment on the Esplanade.

Making the yearly pilgrimage home, to a new world every time, and loving it.
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby kowtow » January 18th, 2015, 4:14 am

Awesome story! Did the hippie chick ever find Love Camp? I think it was right next to Weiners at One Camp. ;)
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby GaminWench » January 18th, 2015, 11:39 am

No clue.
The poor thing was so high and incoherent I'd be surprised if she knew her own name.

There's only so much help you can give someone like that;
She just opened the car door and slid out into the mud and was gone.
YAY!

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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby lionsnzebras » January 18th, 2015, 5:01 pm

GaminWench wrote:No clue.
The poor thing was so high and incoherent I'd be surprised if she knew her own name.

There's only so much help you can give someone like that;
She just opened the car door and slid out into the mud and was gone.


good thing she has found her level of "normal" and is now ready to enjoy the real fun.

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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby GaminWench » January 19th, 2015, 12:22 am

nah, she could still be wandering the desert waste in a drug-fueled fog ...

(not really, they now have Rangers for that sort of thing ...)

although the guys at Gedi Prime ( a camp of 'real locals', grew up in Elko, going since the 80's) have a tale of a friend, Melissa, who, in the early years, came to the playa with a car loaded with nitrous and other party favors. Story sez she got lost and spent the ENTIRE WEEK out alone, doing all the drugs :o :shock: :o :shock: :o :shock: . When she was found, finally, she'd completely lost her mind. She died less than a year later.
They have a truly frightening flame shooting sculpture that they bring every year, named Melissa, that was built in tribute out of the used nitrous bullets.

Truth.

(read the back of your ticket folks, you could die.)
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby GreyCoyote » January 19th, 2015, 5:26 am

This is the type of thing that should make it into the books. The gritty, historical, edgy stuff.
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby lionsnzebras » January 19th, 2015, 8:47 am

We will pass on the drugs I think, and are going to limit drink too, want to remember our first playa experience.
At least that is the plan.

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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby chuckularone » January 19th, 2015, 8:57 am

Pass on the drugs, yes. Pass on the booze??!??! Get the hell out of my camp teetotalers! ;)
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby lionsnzebras » January 19th, 2015, 9:28 am

chuckularone wrote:Pass on the drugs, yes. Pass on the booze??!??! Get the hell out of my camp teetotalers! ;)


Oh dont get me wrong, ill have a drink with you bud, any time, anywhere.

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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby kowtow » January 19th, 2015, 10:35 am

I'm sober now, so I won't be nearly as brash (thankfully for me), but between electric blankets and sober burners I'm not sure what TFTITD is coming to. Yay!, will you get these people straightened out?

I think the key (which I hope to try this year) is to maintain a certain buzz the entire week. Unfortunately my ability to regulate is inversely proportional to how much I've had to drink. So decision making between buzz and flat down on the dust is only one drink apart.
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby chuckularone » January 19th, 2015, 10:41 am

Let me pace you. Drink when I drink you'll be rocking on the edge of drunk all week.
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby GreyCoyote » January 19th, 2015, 12:32 pm

Kowtow: An **Irishman** is offering to help "pace" your liquor intake? BAWHA-HAHAHA!!

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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby chuckularone » January 19th, 2015, 12:43 pm

Actually, I'm mostly Italian.
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Re: How'd you learn about Burning Man?

Postby Sunbeam » January 19th, 2015, 1:26 pm

chuckularone wrote:Actually, I'm mostly Italian.

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