The playa surface is mostly smooth and firm in BRC, but there are still plenty of mounds to negotiate
Black Rock City is just a busy beehive these days. The weather’s been great (wish you were here), and momentum is building. It’s hard for us all to believe, but the gates to the city open in *gulp* 12 days. How is THAT possible?
Heather was talking about it out at the Temple the other day. Burning Man is something that always seems like such a long time away. You have the whole year to think about it, and then there are months and months to make grand plans and get yourself ready.
“And then whoooosh,” she said, “It’s right in your face.” And that’s where we are now. It’s here. It’s in our face. We can almost feel you breathing down our necks, dying to get back to the playa.
So we’re going to take a deep breath, keep putting one foot in front of the other, and try to remember that it’s all going to get done. The city will be ready for you.
So with that as our prelude, here’s a roundup of what’s happening from here and there:
The Man Base crew got together after work.
There’s something very special going on out at the Man Base. As we’ve noted earlier, the rain and mud early in the build has bonded this crew together. And good thing, because there’s lots of work going on, and still lots to be done.
The work begins every day at dawn, and it continues until dusk. Remember, this is a very ambitious project: a giant spaceship upon which a rotating Man will stand, plus ramps for you to slide down. The bigness is mind boggling.
There are 19 people on crew now, although it’s likely that number will swell. The crew is camped together in the Ghetto, and they seem to move around the playa as one unit.
They gathered on the second story of the structure at the end of the day to share a beer and look out over the glowing landscape. It was one of the last days to enjoy the truly open playa, because artist camps will begin moving in Tuesday to set up their installations.
The days have been long, but there’s humor about it. “Hey, we’re only working 12 hours a day,” someone said. “Half a day is no big deal!”
Goatt, who used to be on the Center Cafe/Oculus crew, is among the more enthusiastic and seemingly tireless workers on site. He’s like some Kerouac character from “On the Road,” constantly moving, constantly talking, constantly philosophizing. Read more »