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the continuing slide into curmudgeonity [Jul. 29th, 2004|12:30 pm]
Just me.
[music |the shrill downloadable ringtones of "get yr freak on"]

On a Burning Man list I'm on, people are introducing themselves with name, years attended, and favorite thing about Burning Man.

After yesterday's grump-inducing experience at the gym, I'm pretty sure my answer would be:

My favorite thing about Burning Man, though I haven't been yet, is that cell phones will not work there. Having a whole week free from having to hear the 1812 overture done MIDI style, hearing one-sided conversations at the gym, or thinking the other dog walker is talking to me when she's actually talking on her earbud is worth more to me than all the "radical self expression" on the entire Playa. I know there'll still be rave camps and other such unpleasant thumpeta thumpeta, but the fact that I'll be so far away from civilization that I am spared the intrusion of ringtones is enough to make me giddy with excitement.

Also, no lawn in the desert to keep those damn kids off of.
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[User Picture]From: rimrunner
2004-07-29 12:48 pm (UTC)
Cellphones don't work well on the grounds of Spring Mysteries, either, and it's SO NICE.

I hate the ones that play little MIDI tunes. They always seem to be set at full volume and something about the tone is really, really obnoxious. If I wanted to listen to beeps and boops, I'd turn on C-89.
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[User Picture]From: rwx
2004-07-29 12:59 pm (UTC)
hey, who are you camping with this year?

Yeah, the cell phone thing is nice. It's always weird after a week in the desert to have the cell phone power up again.

Amusingly, driving *down* to BRC, you're mostly in a cellphone-free area except when you're on the i-5 corridor or near the major eastern oregon places.

--Corprew
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-07-29 01:03 pm (UTC)

mein camp..

is DeNile. are you also in area 47 or elsewhere?
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[User Picture]From: rwx
2004-07-29 01:06 pm (UTC)

Re: mein camp..

I'm in Arson Island Resort, which is probably about 15 ° radially outward. Part of AIR split off and joined Arson Island, I have a reserved parking space there, but I'm camping out with Arson Island proper.

--Corprew
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[User Picture]From: rwx
2004-08-03 06:54 pm (UTC)

Re: mein camp..

okay, we're one block back from denile and towards the tokyo outpost.
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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2004-07-29 06:42 pm (UTC)
Cellphones don't stink, but farts don't play those stupid tunes. -- supergee.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2004-07-30 09:47 am (UTC)
I haven't been on those listservs since I got back from CA, and I have to say, I've been enjoying the peace and quiet ;)

But yes...no cell phones is WONDERFUL. As is no television, imho. And no tailgaters, no billboards, no advertising, no overblown infrastructure.

That said, you will see far more naked bits than you probably would like and have to listen to far more trance. But the trade off works. ;)
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2004-07-30 09:47 am (UTC)
OH...and we are NOT going, so lets pick a time for you to come over and do gear sharing.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-07-30 10:13 am (UTC)

:-(

sorry to hear you aren't coming, as pleased as I am to have regained a dogsitter. :-) I'm free tonight and pretty much all day tomorrow. sunday I have a Camp meeting/work party (I feel like a veteran already!)I get off at 5:30, home by 6:30. you?

when/where is J's artshow? I've heard nothing about this...will it be just him? will there be cheese?
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2004-07-31 12:42 pm (UTC)

Re: :-(

Last night was busy, today I work. Tomorrow is the newby picnic...lets talk there, or could you come by my place in the morning?

It is a show by him and his collaborator. It is also a birthday party for him. I'm not sure about the cheese yet...but there will be beer and soda for sure.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-07-30 10:14 am (UTC)

the deadly combo

yes, I especially fear naked trance DJs. The horror!
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-07-31 01:32 am (UTC)

Re: the deadly combo

Who loop ringtones.
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