Closer and closer

It was a bitch and a bear on Thursday. Wednesday night might have been one of the most beautiful nights in the history of the playa (and yeah, given that this desert lakebed has been virtually unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years, that’s quite a statement), but Mother Nature and Mr. Blowhard Wind reminded us the next day that no, it’s really not all that hospitable here.

Thursday afternoon, the dust was blowing so hard it hurt. Movement was impossible. The tents of a lot of veteran burners, people who’ve been doing this awhile and know the drill, got shredded. (Which made for interesting improvised sleeping arrangements, but that’s another story entirely.)

Theme camps are moving onto the playa in force, and artists are busting hump to finish their installations before the event begins. There’s activity all over the playa, and it’s filling up fast.

There’s lot’s to report, and we’ll be back in a bit with more.

About the author: John Curley

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.

7 thoughts on “Closer and closer

  • Oh my! I cannot wait to endure it all for another glorious week on the playa. Thank you so much for these wonderful contributions. Thank you for keeping us all out on the playa a little bit more…

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  • Hey John ! thank you for the great stories. Your insight into the pre-burn activities on the playa have given me a new found respect for the folks that work so hard so that we can play!

    On a completely unrelated note, the Reno Police Dept. , Washoe Co. sheriff and Nevada Highway patrol have rolled out a real warm welcome for any Burners who happen to venture off the highway in the area of Robb Dr. or McCarran Blvd in West Reno. I’m sorry to post this message here but I was unsure where to send this information. Ya’ll be careful out there !!

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  • John Curley…Dude, just wanted to thank you for the blogs and posts you’ve been putting up!! For those of us not there, your contributions are incredible. You give us the flavor of the place, the comings and goings, and make us a little more nostalgic to get back to the playa asap. Again, muchas gracias for all you’re doing. Keep up the good work!!

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