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Burning Man: House Rules by NaturePunk Burning Man: House Rules by NaturePunk
I'd been alseep on the bus for what seemed to be only an hour, curled up beside Jake with Ashland the mountain lion draped over my body like a blanket. I'm sure the cars passing by nearly veered off the road if they saw it and didn't realize that it was just taxidermy. We got honked at a lot, though that probably had more to do with the fact that we were driving a HUGE bus with "NOW IS ALL YOU HAVE" printed proudly across the side, with "ON TO BURN NOW" written in duct tape on the back trailer.

By the time we'd slowed down enough for me to realize the change in motion, we were nearing the line to enter Black Rock City. It was about 4:00 in the morning, and the sun was about to rise over the peaks of the mountains in the distance, lighting up the edges of the horizon behind them, leaving them back-lit and black as ever. The only other light on the scene came in the form of a great yellow-and-red snake, moving slowly through the valley on its way to the Playa. These, of course, were the thousands and thousands of cars which had, like us, made the vast pilgrimage to Burning Man.

Though I hadn't gotten much sleep, I was excited. My cousin Marty, a veteran Burner, had explained that the wait was like one big party, and indeed, there was an energy in the air that seemed excited, calm, and utterly happy all at once.

I wanted to go out and explore, so I put Ashland the mountain lion on my head, and Danny donned a gigantic tea pot costume (think Disney's Beauty and the Beast). Then the two of ran up and down between the rows of cars, shouting, "Tea time in ten minutes!" and asking people with their windows down if they "Fancied a spot of tea?" It was a riot of laughter.

At last, as we inched forward, the sun began to rise over the black mountains in the distance, and Danny, still wearing the tea pot costume, turned to me, still wearing my mountain lion, and nodded toward the mountains. "Race ya?" he suggested jokingly. But I raised an eyebrow at him, and suddenly, both of us had begun a mad dash between the cars, under the boarder fence, and off across the wide open Playa, out-of-bounds, toward the mountains, which only seemed to grow smaller the closer and closer we got. Finally, we both realized that it was a fruitless effort and turned back, much to the disappointment of a cheering crowd.

Back in line, Danny and I climbed atop NIAYH's sister bus, aptly named "Swamp Thing" due to the unsightly drab green and rust orange paint job.

A few others from the group joined us, and we sat there, passing around a bowl of weed and a few bottles of beer to pass the time. Several people walked by and gave me compliments on Ashland, asking if it was real and where I got him and such. I was impressed that no one had given me any snide remarks yet, but Marty had told me that it wasn't in the spirit of Burning Man to pass judgement without asking questions first, and thus far, no one had had any issues with the origin of the pelt. I was pleased. One woman even told me that it was the most awesome costume she'd seen at Burning Man in over ten years. I laughed an merely reminded her that there was a whole week ahead in which to find a more extravagant outfit than mine.

She smiled then and handed a little note to one of the young men sitting on Swamp Thing's hood. "I found this. Pass it on!" and she left, disappearing into the rows of cars.

When the note finally got to me, I smiled and had to photograph it.
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:iconneongekko:
NeonGekko Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
First time this year for me think i'll be living by these rules ;D excellent picture to
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Portia1616 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Writer
What a nice story!
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:iconwelpje:
Welpje Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
This is gorgeous I love your story about this :)
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:iconmoihawk:
moihawk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh burning man.......
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kiddbc Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful :D
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HikaruAndKaoru Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
hehe I searched ''Little lion man'' this pic is awesome.And i'm happy I got to see it ^^ Thanks for sharing good stuff (Y)
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure thing! :)
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:iconhikaruandkaoru:
HikaruAndKaoru Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
=D
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Rose-Riley Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, small world! I think we got in at about the same time. We first spotted city lights around 4:30am on Monday, and I know we were stuck in traffic with the Swamp Thing bus on our way down through Oregon. Wonder if I can see our rig from here? ;-)
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Were you in that traffic jam where the 18-wheeler went off the road and they had to heli-vac someone to the hospital?
When we stopped in traffic, the NIAYH guys got and and had a little jam sesh on the roadside. I was wearing a mountain lion on my head. And was probably high.
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
What a nice list to have. Another great story!
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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xZEBRAxZEBRAx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
You have a cool life. haha
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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:iconthandav:
thandav Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
cool
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconthandav:
thandav Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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Lucidaemon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Life would be so much better if everyone adhered to these simple House Rules.
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Agreed! :love:
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:iconthetranscendental:
TheTranscendental Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Please stop telling me nice things about this. I'm not the jealous type, but you're turning me :P
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Don't be jealous. Just come to Burning Man!
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:iconthetranscendental:
TheTranscendental Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I HAVE NO MONEYYYY
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Low-income tickets can cost as little as $90.00 and cheaper.
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:iconthetranscendental:
TheTranscendental Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I prove I've low income?
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Dunno. There's a form to fill out and such. There's more info on that on the website.
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TheTranscendental Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always just outside the upper boundary for stuff like that. Mummy is a lowly secretary in the local health service and Daddy's job, although decent, just isn't going anywhere. He wont get a promotion any time soon, and he's to stubbourn to ask for a raise. With some effort, we're ok, but never really that comfortable with the economic situation.
I would love to help, but I just can't find a job. The few vacancies there are want people with experience, and I cant get any experience if I ain't got a job. I'm sure you see my problem here... :depressed:
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you personally don't make much money, I think that's what matters. Technically, even though I run my own business and make enough money to pay for my own education, I could apply for food stamps and unemployment benefits since I'm no longer a dependent on my dad's work permit in the Cayman Islands and my job is rather 'off the radar'. I could also get a low-income ticket for Burning Man, but I paid for a $300.00 one last year because I could afford it at the time.
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abcartattack Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice story, and nice note to pass on :)
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure is! :D
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DemonKitsuneOfNight Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Very cool photo. :)
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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DemonKitsuneOfNight Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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