Burning Man

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    Aug 26, 2014 8:33 PM GMT
    Didn't this start off as a gay deal? Seems like a lot of str8 odd balls now!!


    Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart



    http://news.msn.com/pop-culture/soggy-start-burning-man-crews-stuck-at-wal-mart
  • daveindenver

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    Aug 27, 2014 1:52 PM GMT
    Nope... Didn't start as a gay deal. You should go...one of the most fun things you'll ever do. ..
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    Aug 27, 2014 3:01 PM GMT
    daveindenver saidNope... Didn't start as a gay deal. You should go...one of the most fun things you'll ever do. ..

    It was a small artists gathering, originally in SF, later moving to the desolate, flat Nevada desert, where it's still held. They build a temporary community for the event, then tear it all down until next year. Today it's so big they have full-time staff and offices in SF to plan for it.

    By the 1990s it had attracted a lot of Silicone Valley people, who remain very prominent there. One of my friends with Microsoft in Redmond, WA, also started going in 1995. The latest trend has been the mega-rich, likewise mostly from the computer industry and related hi-tech fields.

    Which has generated some controversy. They arrive in, or rent, luxury motorhomes, or have elaborate accommodations built for them. And engage the very expensive services of upscale travel agents. To include the use of on-site concierges they've hired, known in slang as "Sherpas". Deviating from the original artsy, under-funded, counter-culture spirit of the event. Think of Woodstock in the desert with art.

    The advantage that many now enjoy and tout is that the zillionaires fund incredible, gigantic art works. And much of the infrastructure that allows it to happen so smoothly on such a huge scale.

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  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 27, 2014 3:16 PM GMT
    In response to the tech elite taking over the festival:

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    At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another

    Camp dues at $25,000 for one week? The founders did not intend for things like that to happen.

    I'm eager to see what it's like. My husband and I are going up tomorrow for the day and an art tour (we live in Reno). Thankfully the playa is dry now so the festival is actually underway.
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    Aug 27, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
    2bnaked saidDidn't this start off as a gay deal? Seems like a lot of str8 odd balls now!!


    Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart



    http://news.msn.com/pop-culture/soggy-start-burning-man-crews-stuck-at-wal-mart



    I was at the second '87 and third burn '88 in SF . I had my 3 month old son at burning man 3 and he went to burning man 25. It was a mixed artsy group in the beginning.
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    Aug 28, 2014 6:02 AM GMT
    I went last year by myself and had a blast! I met so many amazing people, most of who I consider now to be my lifelong friends icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 03, 2014 6:30 AM GMT
    Looks like it could be fun

    http://news.msn.com/pop-culture/burning-man-2014-1
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    Sep 03, 2014 12:14 PM GMT
    I would love to see this. I would need a tank of sunscreen.