Burning Man Experience, Part II
Typically Bizzare Day on the Playa
Allan Lundell in RealVideo format
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We begin a day
Man as thousands of others do, lounging around in our RV,
entertaining each other and our guests, getting ready for another
extremely unique, fun-packed day. This morning Lumina
Lovestar, designer of love temples, and reporter for www.newearthnews.com,
joins RV captain John Graham and myself, ready for the day's
Soon the Butterfly
Man arrives with his electric-powered fluttering chariot, ready
to give the cute ladies in our camp a free ride on his winged
insectoid steed. Camp mate Yellow
Crystal Star goes for it, and we get to see Butterfly Man
do his thing...notice that awesome acceleration!
As we walk by the
Free Burning Man in Center Circle in the 100 degree F plus
heat, a fellow reveller comments on the day so far...
To give you perspective,
we take you to the roof of our RV, behind the radio station.
Check out those brilliantly illuminated mountains behind the
Next, we catch
a Burning Man marching band while bicycling. I recognize the
Viking Girl with the javelin as Karie, a UCSC student who made
last year's Burning Man a major anthropology project. This year,
it looks like the scientist in her has really come out to play...
out on the playa, we pass a large, flowing tropical fish-like
wind scuplture. When I first saw it, I thought it might be some
kind of flying contraption, but on closer inspection, it was,
well, a fine example of playa art.
While taking a
stroll out on the Esplanade, fellow camp mate Princess Rowan
and I observe a happening mobile band cruizing by on the playa..
"They are rocking, literally!" she exclaims.
But not all is
milk and honey in Playaland. After all, what's life without
a little drama? Almost out of thin air, a tempermental dust
storm descends on us, creating whiteout conditions, flinging
dense clouds of super fine alkaloid dust particles at us in
gusts of up to 50 mph. Yum, pass the water! Lumina and I escape
into a nearby work van, where we take a moment to document our
Aaah, natural states
of Burning Man bliss return as Lumina, myself and Yellow Crystal
Star visit the Water Woman Goddess Temple. Here, sheltered from
the heat and dust of the playa by a large tent crafted from
surplus parachutes, is a real honest-to-goddess hot tub, big
enough for a dozen people! With Peppe,the grand old architect
of Burning Man classics like The
Temple of Ishatar, watching from the side, Lumina and Star
take turns floating each other, helping each other de-stress
from the travails of the day. Sisterly love at it's tenderest!
the name of the game as poetress Alex gives her acupuncturist
prone friend, Steve, a deep Reike massage at Icarus Camp, off
the Southern Promenade...She has gotten very good at this!
Now, watch carefully,
as the camera pulls back, pans up and zooms in to reveal one
of the world's largest Tesla coils, sitting right out there
on the dry lake bottom, ready to deliver 20 foot bolts of raw
lightning to those who are ready to receive.... Are you? If
so, click on the movie below...
A word of warning,
however...Experiencing the Tesla coil in action may give you
a little jolt of adrenaline, a bit like a shot of cappaccino.
You may want to play the clip again and again, and again to
whoever else is in the room with you. Ok, you've been warned....now
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