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Lightning in a Bottle? Click It or Ticket! Costumes? Food?

May 22, 2008

Warning for those of you hitting the road in California: state grants are paying local Police for a “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Here in Ventucky that means there are 5 motorcycle cops being paid by the state from now until June to ensure that your seat belt is fastened! I am sure most greedy municipalities are onboard. This is an annual grant!

Driving to Santa Barbara’s Lightning in a Bottle may not be as bad as the drive in to Burning Man where if you blink you get pulled over. But they are out in force looking for seatbelts–and it’s always a good excuse to see what else you might have aboard!

I hear that they are already letting people in (before the 4pm gate opening) and it’s filling up fast! Friends warn it is going to be really crowded this year with wall to wall tents. They also say you’ll probably have plenty of shade.

Since I am new to LIB but an experienced Burner, I’ve been asking about the scale of nudity, 1-10 with 2 being Burning Man and 10 being the Ventucky Mall. Friendly neighborhood composter Eric Werb says it’s a 4 in camp, but an 8 by the stages…fair enough warning to keep the various and sundry bits covered. Costume up but keep it covered too!

I better get back to packing! We’ll leave as soon as we can to grab some prime real estate and relax before the non-stop entertainment and workshops Friday-Monday!

In case you need something, there’s a Trader Joe’s in Ventucky –take the Victoria exit toward the hills. If you need camping stuff, get off at Main and go left toward Target and Big 5. The TJ’s in Santa Barbara is on Milpas. Ventucky has a great collection of thrift stores, with most of them conveniently located in downtown (west end of town) on Main Street. Burner owned Wild Planet is downtown too across from the movie theater. And there’s venders there too (how unBurning Man is that??) but I will bless those ice cold Fat Tires when we drink ours all gone…

Here’s a video making the rounds that might seem familiar to those of you trying to get people together to go to Burning Man or Lightning or even just a simple pre-school campout…You will either laugh like crazy or be offended. Remember , if it’s offensive, TURN IT OFF and read some poetry or something! It’s called “Hitler Plans Burning Man…”

UPDATE: for links to other LIB posts:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2008 8:52 pm

    man, oh, man… that looks like fun! all those speakers in one place.

    have a great time!

  2. May 27, 2008 3:57 am

    it was really quite interesting…i plan to post on it when i catch my breath!

  3. August 4, 2008 7:37 pm

    If you’re looking for info or reviews about LIB, click on the image above of the monkey zoetrope at Burning Man which will take you to the home page. Then use the search function for Lightning in a Bottle which will provide you with several posts which discuss music, art, workshops, and general comments.

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