So we got our hands on the Who What Where book and checked off the things we thought were interesting. For Tuesday, those things included getting a lesson in how to tie people up; having our bikes modified by the Pimp My Bike crew, formerly known as Mama Lillith’s Falafel Palace; checking out the hemp beauty bar; getting ourselves new outfits at the Boutique in Center Camp; … (deep breath) … visiting Martini Village for … right, martinis; … and saying hello to the lovely folks at Beaverton.
Forget the list. On the playa, other things happen. The playa will lead you where you need to go.
And that was just the morning.
We’ll see you again soon we hope. But right now it’s happy hour.
John Curley has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 he spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. John is a longtime newspaper person and spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was a deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since leaving the Chronicle in 2007, he was a contributing editor on Blue Planet Run, a book about the world's water crisis, and for the past two years has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has also started an event and editorial photography business, and is also working on a book about the "Ten Dollar Doc" from Arco, Idaho, which will make a lovely film someday.