Burning Man Festival

  • What_May

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    Apr 17, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    Hey guys. Thanks in advance for reading.

    Im curious if anyone's ever been or known soneone that has been to the Burning Man Festivals in Black Rock Desert, Neveda. I'm kinda curious as to what it's all about and if anyone recommends it. The research I've done has pulled up very little as to what it is about except for the very descriptive "it's hard to explain if you've never been".

    Thanks!

    Mike
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    Apr 17, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    We got on this topic about a week ago with a few of my gym buddies. Four of us are thinking about going .... flying into Denver and renting a RV from www.cruiseamerica.com to go for the first time.

    I know a couple of old car buddy friends of mine in LA who said once you go, you’ll never stop going.
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    Apr 17, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    I've attended, and one of my BFs has. It was originally a kind of hippy artists gathering. And it still maintains a strong Bohemian, artistic emphasis.

    Today it's kinda general counter-culture, non-conformist, with lots of impromptu "happenings" that also hark back to the 1960s & 70s, and art displays of every kind. Gays are strongly represented, and there's also lots of nudity, both of an artistic nature and just casual, with things like outdoor open showers.

    Living arrangements on the flat desert floor are quite primitive, though nowadays there are lots of self-contained RVs that raise the level of creature comfort for many attendees. The climax is burning a large wooden figure of a man, hence "Burning Man."

    http://www.burningman.com/
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    Apr 17, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    Given that I was at the first (Aug 1969) Woodstock, not the second (corporate) Woodstock 15 or 20 years later that came nowhere near the spirit of the first one, I thought Burning Man might be a way to relive a bit of that. And true, without the music, but it looks plenty good.

    I know that taking a rental RV sort of desecrates the spirit of something like this, but when one has no idea of what they’re doing, it’s probably the best bet for the first time.

    This would be with the same group of three other guys who brought up the Moody Blues concert 190 miles away in Charleston, WV a couple of weeks ago, so they know to be careful with things like this, I’ll do it.

    Problem is that's the same dates as the convention, but I actually think I'd prefer to go to Burning Man. Big events every weekend from 4th of July to Labor Day. Hope the money holds out.
  • somedaytoo

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    Apr 18, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    I've always wanted to go, but never could find anyone to go with.
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    Apr 18, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    It's idea is that its participatory.
  • What_May

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    Apr 18, 2012 12:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for the input guys.... I'm thinking I'll attempt to try it out for the overall experience!