Playa Time

We’re out in the dust, doing all that setup jazz.

For me, right now, this mostly translates to taking care of the domestic end of things: setting up our home for the next two weeks, making sure people get fed, and so forth. This also leaves some time for reading and writing, both of which are happening.

Once our other two camp leads are settled in, of course, the real push to build a village in a couple of days will take off.

Right now, we’re just an assorted grouping of campers, vans, and storage trailers (we bought two this year); by Monday, we’ll be a cohesive mini-community of 35, home to a dance space with barre, a bar with dance space, a public lounge, a camp kitchen and lounge, and (assuming all goes well) our own aerial observation deck.

For the moment, though, I’m enjoying the time to myself, in a space that I’ve (mostly) organized according to the way I work, which occasional forays to dance in the dust.

I miss the structure of class and the rhythm of my normal week (though perhaps not the breakneck intensity to which I’ve consigned myself by tackling both aerials and dance at the same time), but I can make my own structure until the Burn officially begins, at which point there will be enough scheduled technical dance classes to comprise another one-week dance intensive.

I’ll be mostly offline for the next two weeks — after the gates open, in fact, getting online will quickly become impossible.

As such, here are a couple of pictures is one picture because WP’s Android app is being dumb. Inevitably, during the actual Burn week, I’ll mostly fail to take pictures. I’m fine with that. Build week is actually my favorite part, and I’m okay with the momentary and serendipitous things that happen during Burn week being just that — momentary.


I've been decorating (hooray for liquid chalk).

So I’m off for now. I might get around to posting again before I return to the Default World, but I might not.

So, until then, à bientôt, mes amis.

About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Neuro-atypical. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2016/08/23, in adventures, burning man, it is a silly place, life and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Are you using the temporary cellular network? I once met David Burgess, the guy from OpenBTS and Yate who put it in. Interesting guy; used to drive stingrays for the NDA.

    • NSA, I mean. *coffee*

    • That’s a good question. I think last year we were at least piggybacking on the temporary network, but this year I read that ATT has a new tower up here somewhere (though it still won’t be able to handle the load during Burn week, and we’ll be down to strictly MMS only, heh).

      He does sound interesting! A lot of the people who are involved in organizing stuff up here have really fascinating histories, which is really cool.

      • He built the first open source GSM network. He also *looks* like a sinister techno-spook…kind of hyper-respectable. 50s CIA style but geeky.

        Anyway you can’t do 3G in open source because Qualcomm patents, and AFAIK if you can do 4G legally nobody’s done it yet, so SMS, voice, and just maybe twitter it is.

        *so happy to cross the streams of packet radio and dance*

  2. How thrilling! I am sure the advantages of bringing a group of people with disparate experiences yet united by a passion must be a fabulous melting pot for ideas and collaboration. I am officially jealous! 😊 Enjoy every moment.

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