If you mapped the cultural genome of Burning Man, a startling number of long time, heavy duty contributors key their original connection to Larry Smith.
So you’ll hopefully indulge me this shameless plug for his Smithmag.net, specifically a post about Jess Bruder’s fantastic Burning Book.
That done, back to the green channel.
Great summary of some of the green things happening at Burning Man this year from the folks at World Changing, read it here!
After a really good morning workout and breakfast at the commissary, I drove to Gerlach to work in the office. Andie Grace was there, and so was Tom Price, Mishka, and Tomas. I was so tired that I fell asleep at one point right on the desk. I woke up to Logan asking me a question over the top of the cubicle, paper stuck to my forehead and confused as to where I was. I recovered and spent the rest of the afternoon helping Mishka. By “helping,” I of course mean “bothering.”
Shade is not a luxury item in Black Rock City. It’s essential. Right up there with water and sleep, you gotta have it. So it should come as no surprise to find out that Burning Man has a semi-professional hit squad of shade putter-uppers working round the clock to make shade for staff and participants alike.
I joined the shade crew today, just in the nick of time for Booty Shorts Day. After breakfast at the commissary, we boarded the big green bus and headed out for the Artery, Burning Man headquarters for Art Placement & Artist Support. Tool belts on, nails and screws loaded in the pockets, and gloves at the ready. Grab a ladder off the side of the bus or a Dewalt out of the tool box, and fall in.
Another CoolingMan.org update:
Jeff Cole just let me know they’ve received 412 tons worth of offsets for this year’s event, another new record! Keep em coming.
News from the playa:
Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s dusty. But nothing we’ve not experienced before. Conditions today are great–a little warm, but still. Everything is happening on or ahead of schedule, ya’ll c’mon down!
Dude, major dust storm today. Major. But first, a word from our Placement Team…
AG here, inviting you to check out the newly updated Reno preparation pages this weekend so you can make your plans for your final approach into BRC. If you’ll pass through Reno, you’ll find TONS of new info from Reno area volunteers who have updated, added, and refined information on exactly where to go in Reno to get the stuff you need on the way through the event if you’re passing through.
Step on in to the Reno preparation pages and take a peek! Check out the geographic location links at the bottom of the page. Almost every page has new information you can use on your way through if Reno is on your itinerary. You can also browse by category according to what you’re looking for — including any special rates or packages for Burners at area hotels.
And then…get packin’!
I got back from Reno last night, just in time for dinner on the playa and a really great night out at Crane Camp. People are starting to drive around now in the evenings, visiting each other and checking out the different camps. You can see multiple sets of headlights off in the distance, rolling randomly down the Esplanade or open playa like a colony of confused ants, missing each other by minutes along different trajectories. As we were hanging out under the stars on couches attached to the back of renovated Caddies, some of the Temple crew cruised by in their rocket car to see what’s up. It’s just like any other neighborhood really.