I woke up just after 7 AM. The morning Sun was very bright. I found my
meal ticket from Monday and rode my bike over the commissary. I put a little
too much Rooster Sauce on my eggs, thinking it was ketchup, but it all
worked out. The porta-potties at the commissary were always stocked with
I sat down behind the empty bar to catch up on my writing. That’s where
I met Annette, a charming redhead who also kept a journal. She said she
was doing “fabulous.” Anniversary Guy dropped by with his friend Clayton.
They just came from playing sunrise music. He said their friend Caroline
was a “little firecracker.” I was shocked at how seriously depleted the
bar was that morning. It was completely stocked just the day before, but
now the shelves were almost empty. What the heck happened?
We swung by her camp before heading back to HOTD. That’s where I met up
with Rhino, whom I had not seen since Interfuse. Rhino said he was hassled
by an ATF agent who kept pressuring him to incriminate himself. I found
a Corona. I met a pretty girl called Feral, from the Costco Soulmate Exchange.
A girl named Amber showed up wearing a floppy hat. She was delighted that
Burning Man gave her the opportunity to walk around without underwear.
She ran to catch a ride on an art car, but changed her mind when she saw
if was full of kids. Jabba’s Sail Barge rolled by. I got on my bike and
revisited some of the places I saw Monday, such as the veggie camp, where
they shared some amazing salsa. The space where we saw the big toadstools
turned out to be a Frisbee golf course.
Back out on the inner playa, I stopped when a big cloud of dust rolled
through. As the dust cleared, the wrecked pirate ship slowly emerged from
the haze—an amazing sight. Back at HOTD, I spoke with Annette and the Captain.
Annette was still waiting on her luggage, which the airline lost but promised
to deliver… to Gerlach. After noon, the bar got very busy, and a little
frantic, considering our depleted stores. A beautiful girl dressed all
in white and carrying a green parasol walked by. I met a charming blonde
girl from Sacred Spaces—Love Bug? The Pimp yr Bike camp across the street
was doing a booming business. I spotted Ranger Inkwell walking towards
Dot came by the bar and gave me a hug. She was camped over at Hushville.
The big project that afternoon was to assemble the shower. I figured out
the pump and how the propane water heater worked, but we had to get it
all put together so that someone taking a shower could reach the controls.
It could’ve been better. The heater only worked when water was pumping
through it. I worried about getting the input and output nozzles correct
until I realized: the heater didn't pump the water. It didn't matter which
was which. We also had to tack up a curtain. I got to take the first shower,
and that’s when the hose to the pump came off—a quick fix, but annoying.
It felt really good to be clean. Well, cleaner. The bar was jumping
with live music on stage.
That evening, I went to the Ranger social at Berlin. That’s where I talked
with Bumblebee and his trainer. Someone was giving out very nice lanyards.
I had a beer and met Ranger Violet. Around the burn barrel, I talked with
Ranger Catnip, who had visited Chaco Canyon. She said the road in was more
like 30 miles. About a month before leaving for the playa, I ordered some
glow in the dark necklaces to give away to people, but they really didn’t
glow that well. When it got windy and dusty, I headed back to camp.
Last updated: September, 2012
|Jenn showed up, and we took a bike ride out to the Man. It was a beautiful
morning, hardly any wind at all. The center structure inside the Man was
built without using any nails; it was all joints and blocks. Still, the
Man Watchers had to keep people from climbing around too much on it.
We rode around and looked at some of the CORE effigies. I saw Legba
at Iron Rose camp, getting ready for more trainings that day. That’s where
we were gifted some delicious dried berries. They reminded me of Crunchberries.