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Back in the Default World: How to Clean Up After Burning Man

September 8, 2009

the drive on the playa to and from Burning Man 2009Yes, friends, I am back in the default world after nearly a week at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. More on that plus lots of photos in the coming days.

I prefer to give myself time before immersing myself slowly slowly into the default world but this year it was not to be. Be kind to yourself, especially you newbies: it can be a rough landing back in the default world.

Some don’ts: Don’t hug everyone you meet. Don’t try to clean everything all up right away. When you do, don’t use water–it just makes slippery mud. Some do’s: Wash with vinegar or club soda. Drink lots of water, get some sleep. Assimilate. Take off your cowboy hat. Lose the playa do. Remember to wear clothes.

This was, by far, the dustiest Burning Man in my 13 years of Burning. Major dust storms on Friday, followed by whiteouts most of the day Saturday and much of Sunday were intense.

White-outs remind me of childbirth. If you remembered how bad they were, you’d never do it again.

Coming up soon: more tips on how to clean up post-Burning Man.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2009 8:27 pm

    Cleaning up is definitely a necessity. I think you did a great job, welcome home!

  2. September 9, 2009 10:11 pm

    Thanks, Daniel! There’s still a lot more cleaning to do–Baby Beluga’s interior is still coated with dust as are most of my playa wear!

  3. August 2, 2011 5:39 pm

    Will keep this in min this September. =]

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