Burning Man smoldering with Hippie Unrest!

Warning: whenever I mention Burning Man in my blog, the S.S. Burners come out in full force to say that I’m stupid, I don’t “get” the experience and that I’m a self promoter that would never fit in. You know, things that people from an organization that refers to itself as “radically inclusive” would say.  I especially find this funny because when I pseudo-made-fun of Jeopardy fans, they appreciated a little bit of deprecation.  I’ve learned my lesson, hippies kind of suck and they’re weirdly omnipresent on internet message boards.

So, I personally take great joy in the fact that Burning Man has become more mainstream. It allows for people who espouse their generosity and community spirit to show their true colors when they say things like “people who don’t deserve to go now took spots away from artists.”

This year, the organizers held two rounds of ticket lotteries with the second lottery ending today. With this lottery, 40,000 tickets were sold at prices between $240 and $390, with a limit of two tickets per person.  40,000 tickets sure does sound like a lot, right?

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My Tea Partier friend’s rants on Burning Man

For those of you who do not know what Burning Man is, it’s kinda like this:

For those of you who don’t know what the Tea Party Movement is, it’s kinda like this:

Billiam Rooney (name changed) is my 40 year old friend that I play scrabble with every single day.  We mostly play online, which over the course of several hours, allows us to rant about pretty much whatever is on our mind.   Part of the time, it’s Bill letting me know that the eco-nazis are ruining this country.  Part of the time, it’s Bill saying that big government is going to destroy the economy.  Part of the time, it’s one of us ranting, while the other one doesn’t even respond directly to what the other is saying. Example:

Rooney – i just ate some rancid horseradish. ugh..I think I’m gonna puke

Me – i’m crazy multitasking.  doing everything so poorly

Yea, that makes me sound heartless, but in actuality, that’s just how we talk to each other.

So, with Burning Man less than a week away, Billiam found a new favorite topic of conversation: Burners.

On Sunday, Billiam had this to say (through facebook chat)* :

burning man is so stupid.

the last thing on earth I want to do is drive out to a dry lake bed with a bunch of people like Water Emu Tango Squirrel [editor's note: a hippy we both know - name changed] to light an effigy on fire and look at a bunch of big bad art made by SF queers and PAY for the privelege.

there’s not even a band..it’s not even a music festival…

I like the naked chicks though

but they aren’t even bathed

At this point, I did not really respond to or argue with Billiam (it’s useless to do so), but I did inform him “i am so gonna quote you on that” for my blog.  He continued:

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