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Burning Man Rites of Passage 2011: Art Predator Will Be There–and blogging!

August 22, 2011

Yes Art Predator is going to Burning Man this year! And will be blogging about it from Black Rock City! How? Here’s the story!

This year we missed out on buying the less-expensive lower tier tickets and then all the low-income tickets were sold before we got our application in. So we didn’t think we’d be going–even though it was our “10 year anniversary”: 2001 was the first year my husband went to Burning Man and the experience transformed him and our friendship. (By Burning Man 2002 we were a couple and by 2003 we were married and I was pregnant. In 2005, 2007, and 2009 we returned with our son–he’s the red head in the picture; I’m wearing the cowboy hat. The image is from 2007.)

Then in late July friends of ours offered to sell us a pair of tickets. And we decided we just couldn’t afford it plus he wanted to use his limited vacation days going fishing and camping…

My son wondered why he and I couldn’t go. Hmmn, I thought, why not? At that point we’d traveled over 1500 miles together in our VW van during the previous three weeks; certainly the two of us going without the Big Monkey was in the realm of reality. The expense remained, however.

Then I remembered a Burning Mom who I know from a Burning Moms email list. She works as the art coordinator under Crimson Rose; she’s in charge of placement and all kinds of art related responsibilities. She has to be out there the month of August and during the event and her child care person didn’t want to work the event leaving her searching. The position came with tickets and food and an early arrival pass; naptime takes place where there’s wireless access. My son and I interviewed for the job, and we were “hired”!

That’s how it’s come to pass that my son and I will be at Burning Man this year; my husband also will be helping us when he arrives midweek. We’re just left with trying to get him out there! Anyone know anyone flying from Southern California to Burning Man on Weds August 31? Who could take a passenger who, with his gear, will likely weigh in under 250#?

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And read on to read more about this year’s Burning Man theme “Rites of Passage” and to see some art from last year as well as read a poem I wrote that fits the theme.

Burning Man 2011 Theme "Rites of Passage," 2010 Art & 3:15 Experiment Poetry Most Mondays I post poetry. Since it’s August, and it’s 3:15 Experiment time, I thought I’d post something from last year’s 3:15 Experiment  (illustrated with photos by Shane Butler from last year’s Festival in Black Rock City) which ties in with this year’s Burning Man theme of “Rites of Passage:” Our theme this year invites participants to join with others in creating rites of passage. The content of these rites may be as various as life itself … Read More

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