Skip to content

Burning Man 2014: Vinegar and Honey

September 3, 2014

10648813_10152332114490924_74311066746709047_oThe Man Burn live feed filmed by Larry Nimmer and then projected onto the TMSL aka Big TV Mutant Vehicle during the Burn. Also pictured: tea pots mutant vehicle.

We made it back from Burning Man Monday night which means time to get assimilated again, get cleaned up, and get caught up. For my son, that means a lot of math homework that he’s agonizing over–and keeping me from doing what I need to do to prepare for school!

After the sweetness of Burning Man, it’s time for the vinegar.

Because of the chemical make-up of the playa, the dust that covers everything doesn’t really wash off–you must use vinegar to cut through it. Put it in two bottles –one straight and one dilute. You can also put some lemon in it to make it smell better. We’ve also learned to vacuum everything that can be vacuumed to remove the dust. Then in the washing machine be sure to include a cup of vinegar.10613024_10152330627560924_7847018276218927333_n

So that’s the vinegar part. The memories and the transformations that occur out there are the honey.

For example, Grover Norquist enjoyed Burning Man so much that he wants to come back next year and bring the kids and stay in Kidsville; I tweeted to him about Black Rock Scouts and he responded that he would tell his wife.

It can be hard to assimilate. You get used to meeting everyone with a hug, to dancing at dawn, to exchanges of gifts.

But the lessons can stay with us, a different approach to life, a desire to develop and maintain community, to create.

When I saw this Thai commercial, even though it is not about Burning Man, it struck me how much it is about the “gift economy” and how “doing good” and “giving back” changes us for the better. It’s the honey.

Read more Burning Man’s 10 Principles: A Journey Into Community Soul Making & New Economy.

More stories and images to follow. Right now I’m just trying to get my kid to school and be ready to teach this afternoon! Hmn, think I’ll show that video to kick start our discussions…



One Comment leave one →
  1. September 3, 2014 10:17 am

    Reblogged this on The chrono-synclastic infundibulum and commented:

    Lots of photos to come of our theme camp at Burning Man!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Crushed Grape Chronicles

Adventures in Wine Exploration


Taxi Talk Without Tipping

Querus Abuttu

The "Q" Review

Jack Elliott's Santa Barbara Adventure

. . .tales from one man's wanderings, regional insight and history

The magical world of wines from Grocery Outlet

The best and the worst of Gross Out.

Stephen McConnell

A Daily Journal of Fruit, Structure, Varietal honesty, and Balance.

Sonoran Images

Photography by Steven Kessel


Diary of a Wine Student

Syrah Queen

Wine, Food & Travel Resource

The Paper Plane Journey

About my passion for wine and travel

Briscoe Bites

Booze, Baking, Big Bites and More!

Mythology Matters

Matters of Myth, and Why Myth Matters

Smith-Madrone News

Good Thoughts & Great Wine from Spring Mountain, Napa Valley

Fueled by Coffee

Lifestyle, food, parenting, DYI

Bottled Bliss

Day-colored wine, night-colored wine, wine with purple feet...

Do Bianchi

Negotiating the Epistemologic Implications of Oenophilia


Global wine culture

Elizabeth Gabay MW

Wine, Food and History: from the Rhone to Piedmont

Budget Trek Kashmir

Family run Company Specialist Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir, North Indian Himalayas,

Oldfield's Wanderings

Objects in blog are closer than they appear

Memorable Moments

With Lists & Adventures That Keep Life Interesting

Vinos y Pasiones

Información acerca de bodegas, vinos, gastronomía y enoturismo.

Best Tanzania Travel Guides

from Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti and beyond


The Best Guide in Tanzania

Pull That Cork

Wine makes our life more fun.

Always Ravenous

Adventures in Food and Wine

Joy of Wine

"Wine cheereth God and man." -- Judges 9:13

Side Hustle Wino

If you're not having fun, you're not doing right.

Vineyard Son Alegre

Organic Wine And Olive Oil From Santanyí, Mallorca (Spain)

L.M. Archer

wordsmith | consumer, b2b + b2c

What's in that Bottle?

Better Living Through Better Wine!


My humble wine blog


When food and wine click!

The Flavor of Grace

Helene Kremer's The Flavor of Grace

The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures


Living La Vida Vino!

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories

Gretchen L. Kelly, Author

Gretchen L. Kelly

%d bloggers like this: