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The last night at Burning Man after Planet Earth was done I took my time biking home through the Playa.....I wanted to take it all in one last time before getting back to the RV and going to sleep. I knew that after a few hours of rest it would be time to get ready and return to reality.
So I came across this light and thought my bike looked kind of nice in the different shapes the light made.....and then I thought I would put my face in the light and snap a few selfies. I am not going to anger you with putting up all 20 of them (you know me, I am myself my biggest fan) but here are a few. This is the face of one week at the dusty Black Rock City on a bike.....no make up and all those filters people use to distort their real face - just bliss.









Burning Man 2018 Continued

I am not quite done with my Burning Man pictures yet.....so here is Burning Man 2018 continued.....ENJOY!
Starting my days off at Center Camp figuring out what I am in the mood for by looking in the What Where When book.



The Temple this year was called Galaxia.
"Galaxia celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes, the movement uniting us in swirling galaxies of dreams. A superior form of Gaia in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Galaxia is the ultimate network, the fabric of the universe connecting living beings into one entity."
From burningman.org
I did not go inside the Temple, way too emotional. But I took some pictures of course.
The Temple was beautiful.





I missed my beautiful Chhaya so very much, she was on my mind. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
I LOVE YOU CHHAYA .





I talked to God as usual.....God was a woman.



I watched this man that looked like a scary movie butcher carve impressive ice sculptures to some really good house music beats illuminated by a large disco ball - only at Burning Man!



One afternoon me and Mckenzie took a bunch of pics together, here are some of them.













Let's never go back!



One evening when I DJ'd I wore a very appropriate shirt with John Bender all over it
(The Breakfast Club).



Happy.



Last night close to 4 AM at Planet Earth. The music had stopped.....no more until next year!



I totally agree with this.....when some random dude (it's always a man) comes up and tells me (or other women) to smile. WTF? Go away please. Do men tell other men they don't know to smile too?



I came across this somewhere way out on the Playa.





DJ At Planet Earth

This year I was a DJ at Planet Earth Burning Man. :-D Planet Earth is one of the few indoor places at Burning Man, they have an indoor area with a DJ booth, a bar and an outdoor space with a DJ booth. It is named Planet Earth after the Duran Duran song.
I DJ'ed two one hour sets, Friday and Saturday both in the main indoor area. The genre I picked was 80's new wave and pop. Initially I applied for three sets, I wanted Friday, Saturday and Sunday and ended up getting Friday and Saturday. How many sets you get depends on the amount of DJ's applying for that particular set and your experience plus affiliation with the Planet Earth camp. In the end I did three one hour sets because Porter, the main organizer of Planet Earth and also one of the DJ's gave me his 1 AM - 2 AM Saturday night set! YEAY! Porter DJ's at the Cat Club in San Francisco and he created Planet Earth Burning Man to resemble that club.
So I decided I wanted to DJ at Planet Earth after getting home from the 2016 Burning Man and this year it became a reality! I have been going to Planet Earth since my first burn in 2013, one of my fave places to be on the playa!
I used a Pioneer DDJ-SB3 controller, downloaded a DJ program called Serato DJ Lite plus all the songs I wanted to play and I brought my laptop. I already had a pair of Pioneer headphones since many years, I finally got to use them in a proper DJ setting. I started my first set with Scotch "Disco Band", in case you know that song.....great tune. If I do this next year - which I hope to I am thinking about getting a different laptop and download the Serato Lite onto it so I don't bring my nice MAC laptop to Burning Man.....to avoid getting it dusty. And it wasn't even that dusty this year.
This DJ experience was AMAZING , SO much fun and I am very HAPPY that I did it.....! Plus I got so much positive feedback, I didn't expect it. Even on Sunday the night I didn't DJ people came up and told me that they really liked my sets. !!! :-)
My equipment.



Me and Porter.



With Jay another Planet Earth DJ.





Jay and Porter were very helpful so a big THANK YOU to both of them.















And there is a video on YouTube with a snippet of me DJ'ing, I am playing "True Faith" by New Order - one of the best songs ever.....I come in right after 3:20 if you watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obQjVyEh1vQ&feature=youtu.be

Art Of Burning Man 2018

So much art and of course I did not see it all. In hindsight I wish I would had made more of an effort to see more of the art. I need to remember that for the future. Here is a fraction of the art of Burning Man 2018.
Bloom. A 40 foot tall jellyfish that first appeared on the playa last year.



I don't know this art's proper name, so I will call him Samurai.



With Open Arms We Welcomed That Which Would Destroy Us.
"With one of her aspects she welcomes and seduces; with the other she voraciously devours. She promises everything you’ve been hoping for. All she needs in return is your humanity."
From burningman.org



McKenzie climbed up....look how happy and cute she looks!



Passage. I really liked this one. A man made of steel walking and touching some wheat.
The wheat represents the food we need to survive. Beautifully made, lots of detail.



Me and the steel man holding hands. I painted my nails blue as in bluenose pitbull. ❤️





A painting inside Center Camp, I think the little sailing robots were so cute....



Come-Million I found not too far from the trash fence (outskirts of the playa).
Shimmering with thousands of lights in the dark, beautifully lighting up the night.



Lodestar.



Great Train Wreck. These two trains faced each other on a track, one evening they collided and wrecked into each other and went up in flames.





I got a ticket at the train station. In the background, Larry Harvey's hat.



Me in front of The Rainbow Bridge.











Night at the Climb In. I heard they had to rope this off after somebody fell down from it.



Rabid Transit. Very impressive mutant vehicle spewing fire and propane.





In Every Lifetime I Will Find You. This one I very much regret not seeing and I searched for it my last night at the playa but I could not find it. I hope it will be back again, if not.... perhaps it will be out there somewhere in the default world. So pretty! Somebody else that saw it sent me this photo. I wish I had a photo of this couple during sunset.



Last but not least....Larry Harvey.



I also wish I would had seen a dog named Dot. This is the story behind it, "This art piece was done in memorial of a Burner who passed away recently. His dream was to build a sculpture of his beloved dog Dot to share with the playa. His campmates lovingly fulfilled his dream this year with this furry, lovable piece. People were invited to leave notes on the art piece and to vocally interact with it."



Photo of Dot borrowed from burningman.org

I, Robot

The 2018 Burning Man art theme was I, Robot. To quote some about the theme found on burningman.org, "This year’s art theme will focus on the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us. Are we entering a Golden Age that frees us all from mindless labor? Everything, it seems, depends on HMI, the Human-Machine Interface. In a world increasingly controlled by smart machines, who will be master and who will be the slave?"
So lot of robots on the playa.....here are some of them and the man.
The man was mainly blue, an electric blue and stood on a platform.....surrounding the man on the platform were 12 robots (robot effigies) of different kinds. The robot family.
"Robot effigies to stand vigil around the Man during the Event, then accompany it to fiery oblivion on Burn Night."





















"Robot Resurrection is towering 30 foot tall, human piloted, articulating sculpture made from reclaimed airplane parts and found objects. From the torso cockpit, the operator(s) manipulate the Robot’s motions and fire effects. This piece is a representation of we all have become… Robots. It is a wake-up call of how large these problems are. We have been controlled for too long. Robot Resurrection was born from what we as a society have discarded. Our hope is that this 28′ Robot will inspire reflection upon one’s self and be a reminder of the power we all hold. We hope it awakens some awareness of our situation and encourages some small change on a small scale that leads to big change in the massive system."
From burningman.org



Yellow tape around the man the day of the Burn which always is on a Saturday.





Beautiful and magical Black Rock City! ❤︎


Bike Problems

So a few days into the burn I got some bike problems, suddenly it became very strenuous to bike....I got exhausted after five minutes. So the following morning before my barista shift started I tried to get my bike fixed but the two first places I went to were not open yet. When I got to the welding shop which was the third stop I didn't have enough time to wait for them to fix my bike so I had to do it after my shift and that meant I would miss out on Foam Against The Machine which closed at 4:20 pm but fixing the bike was a priority. It is no fun to be without a bike on the playa. You need a bike, preferably a functioning bike.
So I went to Elliot's Naked Bike Repair and met Un Jon and a guy called Reverend and they helped me. It was the bearings and they fixed the problem in no time. SO NICE! Actually Elliot helped McKenzie with her bike a few days prior when it needed some adjustments and yes Elliot is naked....hence the name of the bike repair place.



This is me after my barista shift, sweaty and bothered after pedaling across the playa on a very reluctant bike. And that is Un Jon sitting next to me, he is 81 and lives in Salem Oregon. Some people you just bond with and I felt that we bonded. I went back the next day to visit him and took another pic with him. I hope to see him again next year.





Foam Against The Machine

Oh.....Foam Against The Machine....where do I even begin? I LOVE that place....and THANK YOU to all the wonderful and amazing people that make it a possibility at Burning Man!!! Thank You is not even close enough to express my gratitude for this place. So at Foam Against Machine you step inside a large tent structure where they play great music, people are dancing, majority of them are naked but it is not a sexual thing at all, it is a very organic and natural experience....one of the best times I have at Burning Man every time I go there.
Also beautiful murals were being painted by Alex and Allyson Grey inside the tent. Have you ever seen their art? If not, look it up it is beautiful.
You step into an enclosed shower area and there are people above you that hold large hoses, you get sprayed down with foam that you rub all over yourself and then you get hosed down with water. It is so refreshing and you get clean...I only rinsed off once in my RV this year, I kept nice and clean by visiting Foam Against The Machine. The camp changes name every year (one year it was reFOAMation) although the concept is the same. The people who put this on are political and conscious, they try to educate people and the message is always a positive one that I can fully relate to. Plus the camp memers are always genuinely happy and friendly....I feel deep happiness when I am there.
Dr. Bronner's soap is one of the funders for this camp. I went three times this year, I tried to go four but I had to cancel once to repair my bike. During my last foam a well known mycologist and author, Paul Stamets foamed too. Foam Against The Machine talks a lot about psychedelics and the healing they can provide.
This is a very popular place.....sometimes you stand in line for a while to get in but it is so worth it. You get a token that gains you entry.





My playa hair.....after two days on the playa I can't get a comb through it. I just leave it be, either down, in a braid or a bun. I spray water on it to add moisture and cover it up when I bike around. I waited three days after coming home before I finally had to wash it. Trying to keep Burning Man with me for as long as possible



And I met this girl, Annisa outside the Steam Bath. She asked me where I was from and it turned out she is Polish but lives in Los Angeles. We instantly bonded and spent some time together, she made me speak Polish with her as mush as possible. I really like her.



Steam Bath is also well worth a visit. Taking a sauna located in the middle of nowhere on a dry lake bed? Yes, at Burning Man it is possible. I was the only girl in the sauna at one point with seven naked guys. Two guys from Japan to my left and two from Switzerland to my right....and a few other across from me. Never once did I feel worried or bothered. Because it is so not about sex (contrary to what many that have never been to Burning Man seem to believe) it is about being a human together with other humans, sharing experiences.



There is a lot of more information online about Foam Against The Machine, also look up Alex and Allyson Grey and Paul Stamets. All so very interesting.


Center Camp Coffee Shop Barista

So I volunteered this year (again) as a Center Camp coffee shop barista.....it is so much fun! This year I did four shifts and a shift is four hours so about 16 hours, you always stay a little longer. You gets tips and I am going to donate my Burning Man barista income to a local spay and neuter fund. My last shift which was the last Sunday was the most fun because I had a super fun co barista next to me. The shift before my last which was on a Thursday was the worst cause my cashier sucked and so did my runner.....they were just two annoying girls that had zero clue. When you do the barista thing you get divided up into "teams", one cashier that takes the orders and the money, one barista, one runner that gets the non espresso drinks plus there are other people that take the dirty spoons and give you clean ones, empty the bins with the coffee grounds, fill up the coolers with milk and milk alternatives (almond and soy), get you clean rags to clean your machine with etc. If the cashier sucks then I get thrown off.....some people have no clue, in real life and at Burning Man. Oh well. But yes....doing the barista thing at Center Camp is a lot of fun to me. It is supposedly the busiest coffee shop in the world for that week but I think it was much busier last year. Perhaps because you can find other places to get free coffee at Burning Man, the drinks at Center Camp coffee shop are not free and the prices went up since last year and more people come in RV's which means they can make their own morning drinks. Of course you can make your own coffee if you sleep in a tent too but in an RV it is easier....cause you have a stove inside already. But I like Center Camp in general I go there every day whether I volunteer there or not, there is art everywhere and stages where people perform and talk.....it is a great place to start your day with a tasty latte or end your night with a hot chocolate or chai.







The blend of beans created for Burning Man.



Orgy Dome

I think I spent at least half of my time at Burning Man inside the Orgy Dome in a naked haze.....no not really actually. But I did want a picture with the Orgy Dome sign so I took McKenzie to it. And she donated some baby wipes to them because that is what they needed. As you can see, the Orgy Dome also offered some educational workshops, you never know what you might learn at Burning Man.









No Orgy Dome for me....I actually DID go inside once a few years ago because I wanted to see what was going on in there, just to look definitely not participate and I think I lasted about 30 seconds in there before I started laughing so hard that I had to leave. It's not for me....but I think it is a great option for the people that want to enjoy themselves in there.