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Burning Man, Literally!
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NvaGvUp 08-Sep-17
MT in MO 08-Sep-17
NvaGvUp 08-Sep-17
NvaGvUp 08-Sep-17
Whitey 08-Sep-17
NvaGvUp 08-Sep-17
TD 08-Sep-17
DL 08-Sep-17
'Ike' (Phone) 09-Sep-17
huntr4477 09-Sep-17
Owl 09-Sep-17
NvaGvUp 09-Sep-17
Owl 09-Sep-17
DL 09-Sep-17
NvaGvUp 09-Sep-17
bad karma 09-Sep-17
NvaGvUp 09-Sep-17
From: NvaGvUp
08-Sep-17
The annual festival for the truly strange, aka, 'Burning Man,' which took place about :90 from Reno last week, was highlighted, or should I say lowlighted, by some poor soul who walked into the massive bonfire they have there every year and was burned to death.

The early report was that alcohol was not involved, so it must have been either drugs or suicide.

08-Sep-17
I'll do anything once.......I'd like to go to Burning Man in a 50 ft class a motor home with all the comforts. it might be pretty amusing.

From: MT in MO
08-Sep-17
I ain't walking into any fire, but I seem to recall SA jumping over a few...8^)

From: NvaGvUp
08-Sep-17
Randy,

Actually, a lot of folks do just that - rent big motor homes for the event.

There's also a few private jets there every year - they land on the playa, which is 20 miles or so long and flat as a pancake.

From: NvaGvUp
08-Sep-17
Burning Man:

1. Held in NW Nevada the week ending with Labor Day.

2. Held on the playa in the Blackrock Desert, which is about as remote and desolate as it comes.

3. The little burg of Gerlach is close to the event and is the only town/burg/ whatever within 50 miles. It's also got to be the most God-forsaken town in America. And that was before a nearby gypsum mine closed a few years ago.

4. At that time of year, daytime highs will often be 100 degrees +/- a few degrees.

5. The playa consists of bare dirt covered with 1"-2" of DUST.

6. As I understand it, no cash transactions are allowed at the event, only trading and bartering. Which means booze, sex and drugs are serious commodities.

7. Here in Reno, it's easy to determine who's been to Burning Man. Their vehicles are totally covered with dust, almost all of them have mountain bikes strapped on in the back, and those bikes are decorated with a LOT of very weird stuff! Prior to the event, many of those people are wearing VERY weird costumes. Doctor Seuss outfits seem to be the favorite.

From: Whitey
08-Sep-17
The guy walked into the fire because he believed he was descended from dragons and therefore impervious to fire.

From: NvaGvUp
08-Sep-17
That would confirm it was probably drugs.

He was also from California, which might also explain it,

From: TD
08-Sep-17
High Sierra Fly In this Oct on the playa by Dead Cow. They turn it into a high traffic airport over the weekend. Planes (and people) like the cooler weather better.

Totally different group of folks...... still kinda crazy though..... lots of big tire planes.... STOL drag races, tours to ridge lines and tight spots to land in and play around on, pumpkin bombing, etc......around 190 planes last year if I recall....

That one I'd like to go to...... had enough crazy people things in the 60-70s. Ok... maybe some 80s....

From: DL
08-Sep-17
A good friend works close with the Governor in Nevada. He was saying that every year after burning man they have to send out a lot of road crews to pick up the trash. Yes they leave the area clean where they have the event but down the road they start dumping their trash, tons of it.

09-Sep-17
Darwin Award winner, 2017!

From: huntr4477
09-Sep-17
Thinning the herd

From: Owl
09-Sep-17
Completely ignorant of the event, I did some surfing to satisfy my curiosity. What's the first thing they do at Burning Man? I kid you not; they build a fence around the perimeter. The 1st Principle of Burning Man is "Radical Inclusion..."

Apparently, the only items that can be bought and sold are ice and coffee. So, in an event that one is supposed to live the Principle of "Decommodification," where money is not allowed, the only things bought and sold are 2 basic comfort items. Sounds like a wonderful business plan to me.

From: NvaGvUp
09-Sep-17
Owl,

You have to pay to get in, hence the fence.

From: Owl
09-Sep-17
Nva, Maybe 'Radical' is a New Age fraud synonym for "remunerated." lol

From: DL
09-Sep-17
Radical Inclusion, aka Freak Show. Some are walking around nude. The problem with that it's usually people that Should be covered up.

From: NvaGvUp
09-Sep-17
It costs $390 for a standard ticket for Burning Man. ~ 70,000 people attended this year.

That's a LOT of porta potties!

From: bad karma
09-Sep-17
I'll bet it's like a much bigger version of the bar scene in Star Wars.

From: NvaGvUp
09-Sep-17
A few years ago I had an antelope tag NE of where Burning Man is held. There is a paved highway that runs along through the desert just to the north of the playa, but it's old, twisty and turny with no shoulders. So I'd just drive out onto the playa and go 20 miles at 70-75mph until I got to where I could get back on the old highway.

They were starting to set up everything for Burning Man at the time, so with a couple of trips up and back, I saw a lot of what was being done.

Fortunately, Burning Man didn't start until after my hunt, so I missed seeing tens of thousands of very weird people.

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