burning man 2000
Nothing much happened this year.
Our vague plan was to form an "urban design" camp, and march around with picket signs, demanding higher urban density, better land use for Black Rock City. I still think it's a great idea - for the people that go to burning man and camp far from each other, not only are they reproducing the sprawl that they probably came from, but they're reducing the chance of meeting their neighbors and having a real community experience.
The plan did not materialize. Nonetheless, every year has it's highlights -
Playing bocce ball in the dark, with black-light fluorescent balls
Volunteering in the Center Camp Cafe. I worked the register, Cassandra slung espresso. Totally fun! Highly recommended.
Dropping by to visit the wonderful folks Earth and Fire of Erowid in their nifty dome.
An enormous goat, with bed inside to have sex on, while stairs lead up to its behind so that a passerby can stick their head though its anus to watch. We planned to go into the goat but got too tired... desert fatigue.
The inescapable photos!
Loved this sign in Empire, for those people approaching Burning Man. In Empire, a surprise Emu! Thought it was an Ostrich at first, but some folks down under corrected me. Me with our new decorated bike, which was sadly lost/borrowed/stolen. There was supposed to be a lost-and-found for bikes after the event, but it never happened. Cassandra looking cool in techno shades. Cassandra with surreal assault vehicle. The Fluffland dome, full of fluffy things. We camped next to it, on the noisy end of the city. A Phoenix DJ. Phoenix had the loudest, biggest soundsystem, although the nicest music was at... The Illuminaughty camp, with their beautiful decorations and excellent Nipple Dome, which filled with happy ravers hiding from the rain on two stormy nights. Curiously, there's something about being around people on MDMA that's almost as nice as being on it yourself. Beautiful morning set in the Illuminaughty camp, after the night of the burn. I finally managed this year to ceremoniously part with items from my past, the respectful separation way - with fire.