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Sometimes random people just give you stuff at Burning Man. I always get the best stuff, I love all of my gifts. I keep all of them.
This year while sitting and reading at Center Camp a girl walked by and gave me these, what she called "love crystals". They were in a pretty pouch. ❤



And another time while I was walking away from Center Camp a man walked up to me and gave me this wooden necklace. ❤



I have an idea for what I am going to stock up on and give away next time I am at Burning Man.

Black Rock City Pics

I have some more Black Rock City pics to show......
First a pic of ME. :-)



You have to stay hydrated.



With my brother. ❤



We drank tea.



I spent time at one of my face places to be.....Planet Earth. Depeche Mode time!



Wandered around.....





I like this pic, a stranger at Center Camp.



With friends.



Read the message. New beginnings.....yes, I walked through that door with determination.



Far Out Camp

So this year at Burning Man I felt more tired than usual. At first I was not sure why......am I finally getting "old", am I out of shape? What could it be? Well, I am not a teenager anymore but I am not old and I sure have a lot more energy than some people. I have definitely been in better shape but I am far from out of shape. Then I think I got my answer. Our far out camp location. We set camp at the very outskirt of the Playa. On L. Way too far out and way too windy out there. Now I know.
When me and my brother finally arrived to Black Rock City it was getting late and the sun was perhaps an hour away from setting. We were driving around trying to find a spot to camp at and had to set up the tent before it got dark. So we just went with L. Well, biking back and forth all the way to L several times a day is more tiring than I thought it would be. So never again am I camping that far out, hopefully never again. We talked about moving camp a few days into it but were too lazy to.
Here is a map of Black Rock City 2016, if it makes any sense to the people that never been there before. It is very well structured.



The canopy we set up for shade blew away and got destroyed on the second day (windy). We had a canopy before we left for Center Camp and when we got back it was gone. We got it back and it was all bent and broken. Well, I made sure we still got shade and did what I could with the broken canopy structure, the car, rope and some fabric I brought with that was intended to be hooked up to the canopy anyways. Yes......shade! The tent got dusted in until I figured out what had to be done to keep the worst of the dust at bay (tarps).
I will be even better prepared next time, you live and learn. Luckily we had a neighbor that borrowed us some rebar. She was prepared for Armageddon.
We had some interesting neighbors out on L. Helpful and fun. And our canopy was not the only one that blew away. Of course having an RV is much more convenient and comfortable but Burning Man is absolutely doable in a tent. I kind of like tenting at Burning Man, it's cozy. Plus if you have done Burning Man in a tent you have really experienced Burning Man.
One afternoon me, my brother and our neighbor Herman sat around camp and came up with a theory that Burners are the chosen ones. That Burning Man is a preparation for the end of times and if you go to Burning Man and make it, especially after a whole week in a tent, you are (although you don't know it yet) part of a bigger plan that is preparing you for the end of times. I should add here, if you spend at least a week at Burning Man in a tent and STILL want to come back and do it all again next year......then you are chosen. Because I am sure that there are some people (like girls that are scared of dust, being uncomfortable and are just annoying and whiny in general) go once and never want to come back. Not that I am sure if I would like to be fighting for my survival in some end of the times scenario.....
During the day I look like this. I don't want any sun or dust on my face and hair (especially sun). I can't stand the sun burning my face. My hair turns into a dusty ropey looking mass by the end of day 2 usually. I just give up on my hair when I am at Burning Man.



Biking around the Playa. Back and forth......back and forth.....



This year was not as cold as last year. I was only cold the last night this year and I wore a jacket and a hoodie. Brrrrr! The year before I was FREEZING more than once. There were some windy moments this year and complete whiteouts but that is how it is out there. I like it. It's Burning Man.

First Out Of Three

Tonight was the first out of three.....presidential debates that is.



Me and Chhaya were glued to the TV. Chhaya is voting for whomever that is going to be a strong advocate for animal rights and she is also for harsher mandatory punishments for assholes that abuse animals. She feels strongly about dog fighting rings. Me and Chhaya are not Michael Vick fans. She wants more funding for public parks and she also want people to educate themselves and stop breeding animals with no care for what happens to the offspring. Hello it's 2016, get your head out of your ass!
I am voting for the candidate that will put me on their latte tasting payroll and I am not cheap. I have a feeling that would be Trump. He likes foreign ladies that are tall, thin and pretty. Trump has a taste for the finer things in life. ;-)



Well.....there are two debates left. Hillary has way more experience than Trump in these scenarios and she did really well I think. Trump was more emotional and there is nothing wrong with that. People tend to get emotional in matters they feel passionate about - it's a good thing (I think). I am an emotional kind of person too, I would had been loud, bossy and animated had I been on that stage. I can't and don't want to pick a winner or a loser in tonight's debate. Besides.....at this point there is no "winner" and "loser". You have to look at the bigger picture, take it all in. Where does each candidate stand on all the important questions? Look at the bigger picture people!

Playa Art 2016

The art scattered all over the Playa this year......I saw perhaps half? I was lazier this year than the previous years I have to admit. I did not see and photograph all the art I wanted to because I was actually physically tired......from all the biking back and forth that I did. It takes a toll on you to bike long distances in heat, wind and dust. But I did see some and here it is......Playa art 2016.
I love the colorful man just sitting there, he fits right in.





Yes, a real B747. It had the overhead bins and the seats in it still.













The Temple 2016

Here is the temple at Burning Man 2016 before it burned down Sunday night. It is always very emotional to visit the temple, I always cry. And I think about life and death and everybody in my life. Ugh......even writing about it makes me feel anxiety and tears are welling up. I do not attend temple burn. I have in the past and decided that visiting the temple is enough for me, I can't take that sadness.
The temple, as always, was beautiful.





I love this teddy bear. ❤



Other stuff that I took pics of inside the temple......













God rays (crepuscular rays).



I am so grateful that I have experienced Burning Man four times (in a row) now.
I hope that I get to go again and again and again. But you never know. Life can change a lot. The first year I went I remember when I came across the Talk To God phone booth. I lifted the receiver and there was a voice on the other line. It was God! :-) And all I said was "Thank You for everything God". And I choked up. I was SO happy and SO grateful right then and there. I will always remember that moment.
I miss the Playa. I miss Burning Man.

And here is an interesting article about the temple 2016 Burning Man. Read it.

http://www.rgj.com/story/life/arts/burning-man/2016/07/15/why-years-burning-man-temple-has-no-name/87088796/

Illumilatte Brew Society

So I found and tried another, new for me, coffeeshop in Vegas. Illumilatte Brew Society located on 6825 W Russell Road. The west side of the Strip is my side of town.
I went there last night with Janis, it was the first time for both of us. And I went back this morning for some more and I have a coffee date there set up next week sometime with Maja. One can never have enough FIKA time, alone or with friends.
I should be a professional FIKA person, I can't believe I am not getting paid to do that yet......!
I really like the inside of the place, many cozy couches to sink down and relax in, nice and interesting decor. Not the best latte I've had but OK. I still want to sample one or a few of their pastries and a few more espresso drinks before I look for another new place to try.





And today's local coffeeshop news.....
"LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - Las Vegas Metro police said a deadly shooting at a southwest area Starbucks may have stemmed from a confrontation over a declined card.
Police responded to the call at 11:32 a.m. at the business near Warm Springs Road and Rainbow Boulevard. Police said it was a very "confusing event" that involved a shooting. Citing the preliminary investigation, police said the suspect went through the drive-thru at the Starbucks when his card was declined. The suspect then drove to another part of the building and entered the business agitated. The suspect fired at least two shots in the air and then fired at a customer inside.
The customer was struck in the chest area and witnesses administered CPR. Since officers treated the incident as a hostage situation there was a delay to get medical treatment to the victim. The victim was transported to Spring Valley Hospital where he or she died. Nearby roadways were blocked off during the investigation. Motorists were urged to avoid the area."

Oh yes.....I was actually in that area today and had to make a huge circle, as traffic was being diverted, to get to my destination. I was very annoyed and thought it was yet ANOTHER traffic accident. Seriously, people in Vegas do not know how to drive.
I usually see one or two accidents per day if I am out driving. I suspect that about 1/4 of the drivers in Vegas are either drunk or high on something.
But to get so freakin' mad because your card got declined that you decide that the solution to the problem is to shoot somebody? Yeah.....there are some serious psychos out there. People are sitting and enjoying their coffees on a Sunday and some random psycho barges in and starts shooting. I have no words......




To People Of All Faiths

I found a gem in the middle of the hustle and bustle just steps away from Las Vegas Blvd the other day. It is called The Shrine Of The Four Faced Brahma and it is dedicated to people of all faiths, which I think is beautiful in itself. The shrine is very beautiful and you can light some incense (you can get incense at the shrine or perhaps bring your own), sit down and have a quiet moment.
I would like to come back in the evening on a weekday and bring Chhaya, I like showing her different things. I would love to take her to see the big squirrels inside the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Harvest Show is on display now. She would like that.







I also ate at Serendipity 3. The food was OK at the most, I would not go there again for the food. This is a place if you are craving dessert. Or milkshake. Sit outside for some people watching.



Alice.