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DJ At Planet Earth

This year I was a DJ at Planet Earth Burning Man. :-D Planet Earth is one of the few indoor places at Burning Man, they have an indoor area with a DJ booth, a bar and an outdoor space with a DJ booth. It is named Planet Earth after the Duran Duran song.
I DJ'ed two one hour sets, Friday and Saturday both in the main indoor area. The genre I picked was 80's new wave and pop. Initially I applied for three sets, I wanted Friday, Saturday and Sunday and ended up getting Friday and Saturday. How many sets you get depends on the amount of DJ's applying for that particular set and your experience plus affiliation with the Planet Earth camp. In the end I did three one hour sets because Porter, the main organizer of Planet Earth and also one of the DJ's gave me his 1 AM - 2 AM Saturday night set! YEAY! Porter DJ's at the Cat Club in San Francisco and he created Planet Earth Burning Man to resemble that club.
So I decided I wanted to DJ at Planet Earth after getting home from the 2016 Burning Man and this year it became a reality! I have been going to Planet Earth since my first burn in 2013, one of my fave places to be on the playa!
I used a Pioneer DDJ-SB3 controller, downloaded a DJ program called Serato DJ Lite plus all the songs I wanted to play and I brought my laptop. I already had a pair of Pioneer headphones since many years, I finally got to use them in a proper DJ setting. I started my first set with Scotch "Disco Band", in case you know that song.....great tune. If I do this next year - which I hope to I am thinking about getting a different laptop and download the Serato Lite onto it so I don't bring my nice MAC laptop to Burning Man.....to avoid getting it dusty. And it wasn't even that dusty this year.
This DJ experience was AMAZING , SO much fun and I am very HAPPY that I did it.....! Plus I got so much positive feedback, I didn't expect it. Even on Sunday the night I didn't DJ people came up and told me that they really liked my sets. !!! :-)
My equipment.



Me and Porter.



With Jay another Planet Earth DJ.





Jay and Porter were very helpful so a big THANK YOU to both of them.















And there is a video on YouTube with a snippet of me DJ'ing, I am playing "True Faith" by New Order - one of the best songs ever.....I come in right after 3:20 if you watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obQjVyEh1vQ&feature=youtu.be

Art Of Burning Man 2018

So much art and of course I did not see it all. In hindsight I wish I would had made more of an effort to see more of the art. I need to remember that for the future. Here is a fraction of the art of Burning Man 2018.
Bloom. A 40 foot tall jellyfish that first appeared on the playa last year.



I don't know this art's proper name, so I will call him Samurai.



With Open Arms We Welcomed That Which Would Destroy Us.
"With one of her aspects she welcomes and seduces; with the other she voraciously devours. She promises everything you’ve been hoping for. All she needs in return is your humanity."
From burning man.org



McKenzie climbed up....look how happy and cute she looks!



Passage. I really liked this one. A man made of steel walking and touching some wheat.
The wheat represents the food we need to survive. Beautifully made, lots of detail.



Me and the steel man holding hands. I painted my nails blue as in bluenose pitbull. ❤️





A painting inside Center Camp, I think the little sailing robots were so cute....



Come-Million I found not too far from the trash fence (outskirts of the playa).
Shimmering with thousands of lights in the dark, beautifully lighting up the night.



Lodestar.



Great Train Wreck. These two trains faced each other on a track, one evening they collided and wrecked into each other and went up in flames.





I got a ticket at the train station. In the background, Larry Harvey's hat.



Me in front of The Rainbow Bridge.











Night at the Climb In. I heard they had to rope this off after somebody fell down from it.



Rabid Transit. Very impressive mutant vehicle spewing fire and propane.





In Every Lifetime I Will Find You. This one I very much regret not seeing and I searched for it my last night at the playa but I could not find it. I hope it will be back again, if not.... perhaps it will be out there somewhere in the default world. So pretty! Somebody else that saw it sent me this photo. I wish I had a photo of this couple during sunset.



Last but not least....Larry Harvey.



I also wish I would had seen a dog named Dot. This is the story behind it, "This art piece was done in memorial of a Burner who passed away recently. His dream was to build a sculpture of his beloved dog Dot to share with the playa. His campmates lovingly fulfilled his dream this year with this furry, lovable piece. People were invited to leave notes on the art piece and to vocally interact with it."

Last Blockbuster In America

Guess where the last Blockbuster in the whole of America is located? Bend Oregon! It's kind of a big deal, all kinds of memorabilia is being sold and a movie is planned. And people come from all over to take pics in front of the LAST operating Blockbuster. I took a pic of a couple that are on a months long road trip all the way from New York state and they made sure to stop in Bend to get a pic in front of Blockbuster. Of course I have pics in front of it as well.....! ;-)







Doesn't the guy with the sunglasses resemble Corey Feldman back in the day?







Some of my personal faves.....



Perhaps I should be in the movie? OF COURSE I SHOULD! :-)



Some of the last Blockbuster locations to get closed down were located in Anchorage and Kenai, located in Alaska for those who do not know. I rented movies from both locations since I lived in both......

To Las Vegas And Back

Let me tell you about this last week that I spent traveling to Las Vegas and back.....
But first, today is the one year anniversary of the mass shooting that happened in Las Vegas. This is the cover of this week's Las Vegas Weekly. Part of the Strip will be dark for a moment this evening in remembrance of the victims. What can I say about something like this? Nothing. I feel bad of course, it is just so wrong.





On the way to Vegas I stopped in McDermitt located on the Nevada Oregon state line, to fill up the car with gas, while there I visited a very interesting place and talked a bit to a person with many stories to tell, White Buffalo. Make sure to stop there if you go through McDermitt, well worth it.









When in Vegas I noticed these kinds of surveillance cameras in different locations, I have never seen them before.



Spent one fun evening on Fremont Street where people of all kinds of backgrounds get along and have a good time. If you are ever down and out or want an exciting career change you can start busking down on Fremont Street, where even men can get decent tips for showing some skin....perhaps a gig for you?



I am not sure if these guys are for hire for their "services" they are boasting about? I did not inquire. Perhaps inspiration for a t-shirt for you?



I could not believe it when three songs by Linking Park played on the Viva Vision, Chester was singing with his amazing voice above me. WOW! ❤︎





More art from Burning Man has found a home in Las Vegas, this time one of the giant puppets. Pretty!



A mural that I liked.





I found five cents outside a CVS.....great success!



Under the lights of The Plaza.



Took the babies to Red Rock.



Showgirl Video.....



You have to support the working ladies.



Took a tour of the Alien Cathouse located in Amargosa Valley (Nye County), my first ever brothel tour. Got guided around the premises by a nice girl, Allie that told us it was her first time working in a brothel, she was two weeks into a three week stay. What else can I recall....she said it costs $20/day in "rent" for the girls to stay (at this particular location), the first month (or stay) is free and you have your own room and bathroom, with TV and WiFi included of course. The kitchen is shared and the meals are free. The rooms were nice and comfortable and there was a gym area. Allie loved it there and was planning on moving down to Las Vegas from Washington state on her next time off to be closer to her new place of employment. And she was very happy with her choice of work and she said she did plenty of research before making a decision about it. She seemed nice and I wish her the best of luck.
There were a few other ladies present during our visit. The Alien Cathouse used to be under the ownership of Dennis Hof but has a new owner since a few months now.







The car forest in Goldfield.....a small town full of things to see.



Stokes castle in Austin.



And I got back to my destination in Oregon this morning. I am already planning another trip to Nevada to do some more exploring sometime next year.....



Vegas Visit



I am making a rather quick Vegas visit....well quick for me. Most people (I am guessing) that visit Vegas come for a weekend or a few day, maybe a week. To me that is a quick visit. I am here to take care of some stuff that I have to do. So no Wolf Pack partying for me. Anyhow....I am going to take out my contacts and snuggle up with my furry babies and go to bed.

I, Robot

The 2018 Burning Man art theme was I, Robot. To quote some about the theme found on burningman.org, "This year’s art theme will focus on the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us. Are we entering a Golden Age that frees us all from mindless labor? Everything, it seems, depends on HMI, the Human-Machine Interface. In a world increasingly controlled by smart machines, who will be master and who will be the slave?"
So lot of robots on the playa.....here are some of them and the man.
The man was mainly blue, an electric blue and stood on a platform.....surrounding the man on the platform were 12 robots (robot effigies) of different kinds. The robot family. "Robot effigies to stand vigil around the Man during the Event, then accompany it to fiery oblivion on Burn Night."





















"Robot Resurrection is towering 30 foot tall, human piloted, articulating sculpture made from reclaimed
airplane parts and found objects. From the torso cockpit, the operator(s) manipulate the Robot’s motions and fire effects. This piece is a representation of we all have become… Robots. It is a wake-up call of how large these problems are. We have been controlled for too long. Robot Resurrection was born from what we as a society have discarded. Our hope is that this 28′ Robot will inspire reflection upon one’s self and be a reminder of the power we all hold. We hope it awakens some awareness of our situation and encourages some small change on a small scale that leads to big change in the massive system."
From burningman.org



Yellow tape around the man the day of the Burn which always is on a Saturday.





Beautiful and magical Black Rock City! ❤︎


Proxy Falls

Yesterday I hiked to Proxy Falls which is located off the OR 242 Highway, also knows as the McKenzie Highway. It is a VERY scenic highway and it is closed down parts of the year, I highly recommend checking it out. The hike to Proxy Falls is not very long and there is Lower and Upper Proxy Falls, I thought that the Lower was much nicer and you can hike down to the waterfall and be really close to it.





Proxy Falls from a distance.



A bit closer.









What a nice day! It is so pretty outside....I love it. By the time we got home it was getting late, I made some food (heated up leftovers and had a cup of Earl Grey tea), watched a movie and went to bed.

Bike Problems

So a few days into the burn I got some bike problems, suddenly it became very strenuous to bike....I got exhausted after five minutes. So the following morning before my barista shift started I tried to get my bike fixed but the two first places I went to were not open yet. When I got to the welding shop which was the third stop I didn't have enough time to wait for them to fix my bike so I had to do it after my shift and that meant I would miss out on Foam Against The Machine which closed at 4:20 pm but fixing the bike was a priority. It is no fun to be without a bike on the playa. You need a bike, preferably a functioning bike.
So I went to Elliot's Naked Bike Repair and met Un Jon and a guy called Reverend and they helped me. It was the bearings and they fixed the problem in no time. SO NICE! Actually Elliot helped McKenzie with her bike a few days prior when it needed some adjustments and yes Elliot is naked....hence the name of the bike repair place.



This is me after my barista shift, sweaty and bothered after pedaling across the playa on a very reluctant bike. And that is Un Jon sitting next to me, he is 81 and lives in Salem Oregon. Some people you just bond with and I felt that we bonded. I went back the next day to visit him and took another pic with him. I hope to see him again next year.





Foam Against The Machine

Oh.....Foam Against The Machine....where do I even begin? I LOVE that place....and THANK YOU to all the wonderful and amazing people that make it a possibility at Burning Man!!! Thank You is not even close enough to express my gratitude for this place. So at Foam Against Machine you step inside a large tent structure where they play great music, people are dancing, majority of them are naked but it is not a sexual thing at all, it is a very organic and natural experience....one of the best times I have at Burning Man every time I go there.
Also beautiful murals were being painted by Alex and Allyson Grey inside the tent. Have you ever seen their art? If not, look it up it is beautiful.
You step into an enclosed shower area and there are people above you that hold large hoses, you get sprayed down with foam that you rub all over yourself and then you get hosed down with water. It is so refreshing and you get clean...I only rinsed off once in my RV this year, I kept nice and clean by visiting Foam Against The Machine. The camp changes name every year (one year it was reFOAMation) although the concept is the same. The people who put this on are political and conscious, they try to educate people and the message is always a positive one that I can fully relate to. Plus the camp memers are always genuinely happy and friendly....I feel deep happiness when I am there.
Dr. Bronner's soap is one of the funders for this camp. I went three times this year, I tried to go four but I had to cancel once to repair my bike. During my last foam a well known mycologist and author, Paul Stamets foamed too. Foam Against The Machine talks a lot about psychedelics and the healing they can provide.
This is a very popular place.....sometimes you stand in line for a while to get in but it is so worth it. You get a token that gains you entry.





My playa hair.....after two days on the playa I can't get a comb through it. I just leave it be, either down, in a braid or a bun. I spray water on it to add moisture and cover it up when I bike around. I waited three days after coming home before I finally had to wash it. Trying to keep Burning Man with me for as long as possible



And I met this girl, Annisa outside the Steam Bath. She asked me where I was from and it turned out she is Polish but lives in Los Angeles. We instantly bonded and spent some time together, she made me speak Polish with her as mush as possible. I really like her.



Steam Bath is also well worth a visit. Taking a sauna located in the middle of nowhere on a dry lake bed? Yes, at Burning Man it is possible. I was the only girl in the sauna at one point with seven naked guys. Two guys from Japan to my left and two from Switzerland to my right....and a few other across from me. Never once did I feel worried or bothered. Because it is so not about sex (contrary to what many that have never been to Burning Man seem to believe) it is about being a human together with other humans, sharing experiences.



There is a lot of more information online about Foam Against The Machine, also look up Alex and Allyson Grey and Paul Stamets. All so very interesting.