random pics from burning man 2009

We made it out to Burning Man again this year. The last time we went was in 2004. It took five days to get there, and five to return. Whew! I charged all the gasoline for the truck to a credit card. All hell will break loose later.

Burning Man is a life-changing experience. Wikipedia has more on Burning Man if you've never heard of it.

We've uploaded hundreds of pics and some vids to flickr. They can be found by clicking on the images below. They're not quite organized yet, but they are there.

Image #1: The Man anchors the temporary city in the desert. There were over 40,000 participants this year, maybe 44,000 I heard.

The Man!

Image #2: Me staying cool in the desert in a dashadasha.

David and the Dishadasha

Image #3: Reedplayernc wearing a hi-viz kilt.

Hi-Viz Kilt in Action

Image #4: We met Victor from Tijuana at Burning Man, and now we chat online all the time.


Image #5: Me enjoying an ice-cold strong mojito prepared by our next-door neighbors.


20 responses to “random pics from burning man 2009

  1. This is so cool. I'm gonna go one year, just don't know when. I love the cactus-like sculptures surrounding the man. I looked at quite a few of the photos on flickr but have to go back to finish.

  2. The Burning man is very much like the Michigan Womyns Music Festival. Nudity is optional and no desert, in the woods 🙂

  3. Originally posted by operainchicago:

    Michigan Womyns Music Festival

    Spelling womyn with the "y" will surely get us the attention we deserve. 😆 Bring it on! :up: Music is such a great forum for expression.It was amazing how great everybody looked at Burning Man, nude or not. After about a day of it, it all seemed so natural, and nice! People who I'd otherwise rate as looking a bit horrible, looked great out there in the desert. Fat, thin, dark, light, weird, buff, whatever, it was very liberating. It was also nice to be able to walk from the trailer to my camp shower without worrying about prying eyes or somebody calling the police. For the most part, I was able to maintain my phobia of my own body and kept the dishadashas on most of the time. :p

  4. and best thing I'm sure is the only women allow at Burning Man were the gals who empty the garbage and clean the porta potties 💡

  5. As far as I know there is no gender or racial profiling at Burning Man. Economics might have a bearing on who shows up, but anyone with a ticket is admitted and does as they please. The refrain "do what ye will lest it harm none" does apply.There is no garbage collection at Burning Man. What you bring, you have to take back out, and then some.The porta potties were serviced by a company from Reno that was mostly male, from what I saw.

  6. Looks great. A friend of mine from here in Scotland went out to burning man this year. She said it was great and we all have to make plans to go next year.Personally I'd love to…. We'll see what happens I guess.

  7. Hope you can make it. :up: I don't think we can go next year. We had to cross the country and the bank is now empty. Every few years will work for us.

  8. I love vizie-kilt! :cheers:

  9. That's one impressive construction!I'll pass by your flickr pages one of these days, kinda busy now 😦

  10. I just wish I could attend a "Burning Man" in some not too distant future. It sounds worth the travel. I don't however own any flashy clothes. Yet. 😀

  11. The theme of Burning Man this year was evolution. I think the "man" centerpiece was something to do with humans arising from the chaos.There was a temple (there is every year), also made of wood, some distance from "the man." People write all kinds of things on the temple, leave mementos, photos, sometimes very serious items. I often see people crying around the temple. I did a little. The "man" gets burned on Saturday night. It's a hootin', hollerin', party event. The temple gets burned on Sunday night. It's dead quiet when that happens. You just hear the flames, the wood cracking, people whispering, and some weeping. Tens of thousands of people and barely a sound.I filmed the temple burn. I didn't film the man getting burned because sometimes it's better to just *be there*, plus there was a bad dust storm on Saturday night.

  12. Originally posted by daxonmacs:

    I don't however own any flashy clothes. Yet.

    People will loan/give you some. 😆 It's good if you make up something that you really like, though. You can always wear little or nothing at all. It's a very casual atmosphere. 😀 Having the trailer, we could take a lot of stuff. Before the event, in Reno, the nearest city, I saw lots of people flying in from europe and other places, and they had to get everything they needed upon arrival. Every Wal-Mart and Target in Reno got totally raided.Our neighbors at the event were really nice, and interesting. The only slightly worrisome thing was that across the "street", there was a whole nest of Russians that partied 24 hours a day. They weren't impossible, but we kept an eye on them. I think they did a lot of drugs, as several times we had to shoo lost ones away from our little area and steer them back home. With that said, I don't find Burning Man to be a drug-centered event at all. People do pretty much what they want, but I always feel safe and happy there. There were some 6 types of law enforcement there: federal, state, county, local. I'm sure there were some aggressive bad ones in their lot, but I treated them nice (as I think most did) and they responded in kind.

  13. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    The temple gets burned on Sunday night. It's dead quiet when that happens. You just hear the flames, the wood cracking, people whispering, and some weeping. Tens of thousands of people and barely a sound.

    This, to me, would be a very spiritual experience. All the things you've done in life, good and bad, would pass through your mind. I know I would weep and tremble.

  14. Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    I know I would weep and tremble

    This time I was braced. Several days before the burn I took a marker and wrote something to a departed loved one on one of the rafters of the temple. I thought, "I can do this, it's all ok." Then I stood back and saw my words in print, and BAM, I was all over the place. Fortunately, it's a place where everyone is understanding and in give-comfort mode. I was actually rather calm compared to some out there. Some had a complete, and rather noisy, catharsis. Then the night the place is burned down, it's eerie and powerful. If you cry easily, that'll bring it on. I also heard some whoops of joy, emotional laughter, people hyperventilating, all kinds of things.The fire was hot and huge. Even though the people are kept waayyy back, the heat was skin searing. Several large heat whirlwinds went way up into the sky.It's fun trying to describe these things. 🙂

  15. Oh Wow…I just got goosebumps reading that.

  16. Dave, would you PM me the link to buy a ticket for Burning Man? I think I'd like to plan to go in 2011. Can't go next year. My finances are a bit tenuous. I can't imagine a better experience for the acceptance of getting old and the remembrance of people gone and life stuff gone haywire.

  17. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    It's fun trying to describe these things.

    You did it splendidly, too. :up:

  18. Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    Dave, would you PM me the link to buy a ticket for Burning Man?

    Might as well do it here.http://burningman.comTickets usually go on sale in February for the event during the last of August/first week of September. For 2009, tickets started at $210, and gradually topped out at about $300 as time went by. It's a lot, but really not much at all for a week-long thing. You'll spend lots more than the ticket price prepping for the festival and getting there.Planning for a first time, it's not a bad idea to project a year ahead, or even two. There's plenty on their webpage to give you an idea if it's something you want to do, and what all will go into getting ready. They have an e-mail list and a forum. All helpful.You don't have to go it alone either, after all, it's hard to plan for something you've never been to. There are plenty of people and groups, called "camps", that will take you under their wing. I have, however, seen people show up out of the blue, alone, with very little, and do fine.The age range is from cradle to extreme senior. Everybody fits in fine.

  19. Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    I can't imagine a better experience for the acceptance of getting old

    I forgot to say, "I HEAR YA!"

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