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May. 28th, 2003 | 06:34 pm
mood: relaxedrelaxed

From a follow-up to a friend's post:

1) There are several valid reactions (I think) to the 'freak' conformity that Burning-communities can elicit. Figuratively, you can a) smile at or comply with the nutty demands of the person with the megaphone or b) take up your megaphone and out-shout or even better, outwit them or c) have a nice game of chess with a good friend.

Oh, and of course d) a nice game of chess, using megaphones.

2) The mere presence of exes can seriously color an event. It has, each and every time, for me.

3) One year, I went to Burning Man and read a book. The whole time. I was relaxed, reclined, resting in the shade, with a good supply of chilled drinks and food, and it was a great book.(*) It was the most surreal thing many of my friends had ever seen. I'm still not sure any of them really understood where I was coming from. But someone at this Flipside thanked me heartily for it, saying it was an amazing bit of performance art.

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Triple Entendre
(*) _Cryptonomicon_ by Neal Stephenson

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: May. 28th, 2003 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Note that I wrote this before I knew there was a huge discussion on the list about megaphones.

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Elphie

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from: elphie
date: May. 28th, 2003 06:06 pm (UTC)
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My friend Kristen read the Bible at Burning Man, it was really
amusing some of the reactions she got!

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dr. pangloss

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from: denshi
date: May. 29th, 2003 02:01 am (UTC)
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Whoa. Chess with megaphones. Let's do that next year.

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Chess with Megaphones

from: triple_entendre
date: May. 29th, 2003 09:59 am (UTC)
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June (in referee uniform): AND A HUSH FALLS OVER THE CROWD AS TRIPLE ENTENDRE CONTEMPLATES HIS NEXT MOVE.

J: I SAID *A HUSH* FALLS OVER THE CROWD! YOU! (points) HUSH! (points again) AND YOU! FALL OVER! (Soccer Mom topples into the crowd)

Triple Entendre: KNIGHT TO QUEEN'S BISHOP FOUR.

Denshi: HEY! YOU HAVE THREE KNIGHTS ON THE BOARD!

TE: WHAT?! (megaphone feedback squeal)

D: THREE KNIGHTS!!

TE: I CAN'T HEAR YOU THERE'S A BANANA IN MY EAR!

D: I SAID YOU HAVE THREE KNIGHTS!! THAT'S CHEATING!

J: (megaphone siren) PENALTY!! PENALTY!!

D: LUCKILY I BROUGHT MY SECRET WEAPON!

TE: WAIT, I...

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