Meeting Eva at Eggchair’s

Eggs Bar on Center Camp

Eva told Mike and I a story yesterday when we were at Eggchair’s bar in Center Camp and I cannot attest to the facts nor the timelines, but our discussion of art tours took a bit of a detour and she said something very close to this.

“Back in 1993 Larry Harvey wanted to bring a porta pottie to the playa for what they were calling ‘Burning Man’ and he came over to my place and helped me pack my van for the trip. He helped me entirely pack but I think he was waiting for that twenty dollars we all were putting in to pool our money for the porta pottie because none of us had much money.”

“We finished packing, I gave him the twenty dollars and he took a napkin and wrote down the directions to the playa with ‘get off the playa here’ and ‘go 3.5 miles this direction then go 1 mile that direction.’ He then wrote ‘Paid 20$ for porta potties’ and signed it Larry Harvey.”

“So, I came up here to Black Rock and followed the directions. It was Wednesday and we didn’t burn the Man until Sunday then so I finally find where they are and Larry is in a pup tent and the Man is in the back of a pickup with about twenty people camping there. On Sunday it was a great burn and about a thousand people showed up, a lot of them from Reno.”

Mike took a sip of his drink and said, “Do you still have that napkin? That might be worth something. It sounds like one of the first tickets to Burning Man ever.”

Eva thought a second then said, “No, there wasn’t any toilet paper in the porta potties so I had to use it to wipe. I’d already followed the directions and found Burning Man.”

Eggs Bar on Center Camp
Eggchair Steve and Loopy

About the author: Moze

John Mosbaugh aka Moze is a SF Bay Area heretic and writer who's been hauling himself out to Black Rock City since the Nebulous Entity first beckoned him to check out this phenomenon known as Burning Man. Moze is a "Life Collector" who scribbles down encounters with you to share on the blog. He enjoys the hyper reality of that week in the desert enough to keep coming back. He's been on the Burning Man web team since aught two and has written for Piss Clear and the YEP (Yahoo Education Project). He doesn't speak for the org and he finds you fascinating. He celebrates you and loves it when you take away ideas from Burning Man and shares them with the rest of the world. He likes to make grilled cheese on Saturday (Burn Night) afternoon and give it away because by then you may not have eaten for a while. And he's a big fan of fire and art.

6 thoughts on “Meeting Eva at Eggchair’s

  • Thank you, Moze! It was a pleasure to host you and everyone that came to Eggs Bar this year. We had a great time at the bar and truly believe we fostered the perfect social canvas for interactions like the one you had to be able to exist. The “Closed” sign you see in the picture is a small, subtle distinction that we weren’t just “open” to being a place to get a drink, but a place to make a true connection in the chaos that is Burning Man with people sharing a common love of the event. It worked well, every time!

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  • Eggs is my favorite bar on the playa! Love Larry, and all the fabulous people there :) My favorite place to get a good drink and conversation in the godforsaken heat of the day!

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