I could have sat in our camp at Burning Man, watched the world revolve, and felt that the experience was well worth the price of admission.
A constant parade passed by our front door. Costumed everything, entertainers, dressed up bikes, law enforcement vehicles, water trucks, and mutant vehicles were all part of the parade. It’s even possible that an alien from outer space wandered through. Who’d ever know? I was suspicious of our neighbor. And it was nearly guaranteed that representatives of the one-percent travelled our street. The giants of Silicon Valley such as the founders of Google, venture capitalists, and CEO’s of High Tech firms have discovered that Burning Man is a great place to play– and apparently do business.
Even Pastie Dan stopped off at our camp. Dan is a budding entrepreneur and a Burning Man institution who provides a unique service. He will gladly give (and apply) pasties to any woman making a request so she can go topless or braless without feeling quite so naked. Pasties come in a variety of sizes and can leave you looking smiley or even patriotic. Perusing the net, I found Pastie Dan’s website where you can check out some of his favorite projects or buy pasties for at-home use. Let’s see, will it be the snowman or the pumpkin? Hmmm… The pasties come with directions. Using the right amount of glue is important.
Staying in camp was not an option, however. There was far too much to see and far too many adventures to have. I’ve already introduced the art; there were over 300 pieces at Burning Man 2013. And of course there was the 24/7 entertainment, not to mention the major burns. Everyone knows about burning the Man; it is the signature Bacchanalian experience that gives the event its name. But there are also numerous other burns ranging from the Temple to regional art.
Then there are the events hosted by theme camps. Our “Welcome Home” packet included a 160-page catalogue of everything we might do. Randomly opening the book to page 102, I learned I could paint myself, learn self-hypnosis, redefine who I was, or talk with a paleontologist. Authenticamp declared “Men: dare to receive custom tune-up of your masculine presence by embodied, tuned-in women.” No thanks. If Peggy hasn’t tuned me up after 20 plus years, I doubt it is going to happen.
Beyond all of the above, I find that wandering up and down the roads of Black Rock City, stopping off at Center Camp and occasionally dropping into one of the large theme camps can provide a year’s entertainment in a week. This, and my next two blogs will feature photos exploring the streets of Burning Man.
I am going to start with Burning Man’s main thoroughfare: the Esplanade.
NEXT BLOG: We will travel the back roads of Black Rock City and visit such sites as the Library of California and the French Quarter of Louisiana.
10 thoughts on “Out and About in Black Rock City: The Esplanade… Burning Man 2013”
Once again, great photos Curt, and descriptions of the attendees as well. BM should provide good blog fodder for days (maybe weeks). BTW, I have to know, did you or Peggy go for the pasties? ~ James in Kyiv
Pastie Dan refuses to do guys, James. 🙂 As for Peggy, she says what happens at Burning Man stays at Burning Man. I think it may have something to do with the Fifth Amendment. PS… expect to see Burning Man for a few more weeks.
Each year I try to do something a little out of character for me…….I will say no more!
…which may be why your Burning Man name is Luna? –Curt
Inquiring minds want to know – what’s that thing that looks like a dozen oil barrels on a bicycle next to the volcano? (The very fact that I’ve ended up typing that sentence is proof that this thing pulls you in!)
As for Pastie Dan… well… I’m older than I thought!
Art, my friend. (grin) One of the bikes has found the piece as something to rest on. Not sure about the other one. What can I say about Dan? He’s quite successful? –Curt
I loved – LOVED – the crashed UFO art piece…! Very nicely done… I hope you removed some of the engineering marvels from it so that you can sell it to the Pentagon. And Pastie Dan… I’d get them for my man-boobs. 🙂
I’ll have more pictures on the flying saucer. Apparently the aliens abducted Peggy. 🙂 As for paste Dan, he doesn’t do man boobs. Can you imagine the discrimination? –Curt
Love the juxtaposition of the bikes leaning against the Celtic castle.. The past meets the future! Another greats set of shots/commentary!
Thanks! Hard to take a shot without bikes. (grin) Had to be at least 50,000. –Curt