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Old 09-03-2013, 12:15 PM
 
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OMG. My first thought was, you've got to be kidding. The city empties out to go sweat and stink and get stoned in the desert? Live without air conditioning? Where do you go to the bathroom? My memories of burning man was a hot, sweaty, stinky, uncomfortable time in the desert I quickly grew out of. As in I went once.

But the article above says they're now showing up in RV's? Good Lord. That's just too weird. I guess the hippy days are over. It's official.
One of my sons has gone to Burning Man for years. He usually takes an RV or a shuttle bus type of vehicle. He has a dome with air conditioning to stay in. There are porta-potties everywhere, which are cleaned 3x's a day. He showers too. He has everything to sustain him. You must be prepared for the elements and this takes a good deal of preparation. You must bring everything you need and take home everything you brought.

Like any city of 68,000 or so people, it has it's problems. Those I know who attend have a great time and look forward to it every year. I don't think those who go to Burning Man think of it as "hippy". But I have to say I grew up in those hippy years and I think of it as something we would have done then.

The people who attend are no different than your neighbors really. There are doctors, lawyers, nurses, techies, construction workers, artists, journalists, photographers, etc. Quite a variety of interesting occupations. All of them out to experience Burning Man.

All in all, I think it's pretty harmless from the reports I get. But it has grown tremendously the past few years. The Playa looks like it has room for a few more, but at some point I wonder if tickets will be limited to a maximum amount of participants. Who knew it would become so popular.
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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It's that time again. I'm starting to make my list of SF stuff to do now! See you guys on Valencia Streeet in the free parking!

I think I'll have to go to Dynamo Dinuts, Birite and I am sure I am missing some places I have been meaning to check out. Maybe Tony's Pizza.
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Why didn't I hear about the Zuckster flying in a helicopter to burning man until now =D
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Old 08-10-2014, 02:14 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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This year Grover Norquist is going.

Shark. Jumped.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:47 AM
 
Location: Richmond, CA
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I think I am going to drive into the City and hit up the Mission and Hayes Valley. I can see the open parking spaces from here! Parking right at the corner of 16th & Valencia? On a Friday at 9 PM? Done!

Also, I'll swing by Make Westing in Uptown Oakland and play some bocce. On a Saturday. At 10 PM! I'm sure there won't be a line. I'll grease the wheels with a greyhound from Cafe Van Kleef beforehand. There will be lots of room to stretch out at the bar.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:21 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Rain wrecks the Playa, huge traffic jams and Schadenfreude ensue.

Burning Man Canceled for Two Days Because Even God Hates Burning Man

My favorite comment (so far) is: "Radical self-reliance has been temporarily postponed on account of rain."
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: California
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My husband and I considered going in the early 90's. Even then we would have RV'd it. We never made it there but our daughter might go next year. She says it's on her bucket of list of things to do before turning 30 and she only has 2 years left.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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Burning Man is a joke. Not sure why it even exists. It literally has no point in existing.

You can burn effigies anywhere in the United States. Why drive 90 miles out into the desert north of Reno to do so?
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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It certainly has a point, which is obviously lost on someone like you.

Thousands of people go every year and manage to have a great time. It's certainly not for everything, but you can say that about pretty much anything.
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