Dusty Tuesday Exodus

9 Comments on “Dusty Tuesday Exodus”

  • Tempest says:
  • September 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm
  • *sniff*
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  • DASHING says:
  • September 6, 2012 at 8:29 am
  • That was a really great wrap-up Moze. Thank you!
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  • jason says:
  • September 6, 2012 at 10:45 am
  • I saw the MOOP also and spent time cleaning up. thanks for letting other people know about that. It is more than a party in so many ways but the party sure is a hell of a lot of fun. Thanks for your blogs this year Moze.
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  • Bruno says:
  • September 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm
  • A mark on the spirit that we bring back with us, share here, and then take back stronger into the world to share… I’m a burgin, and this handful of words helped me more than you might imagine. The trace we leave is what we bring back with us. I have been in a slough of post playa depression since Monday, and these words are like a cool breeze on an otherwise stagnant week so far, sitting at a computer terminal in an office building, wearing a tie and a watch and a cell phone and feeling so eerily disoriented. The Playa has forever changed me. The fertility of the dust has gestated within me and something new is growing. As for MOOP, I’ve gotten so used to picking it up that I just do it without thought now, here in the streets of San Diego … because we are all stewards of the land right where we are. I am finding the sacred in the mundane. I am finding meaning in the MOOP.
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  • pink says:
  • September 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm
  • I picked up MOOP until I couldn’t carry any more, just from the small place I was sitting at BWS. I left Tuesday, and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of people who stayed compared to last year. I think the ease of exodus may have been helped by spreading it out over two days.
  • Monday night was beautiful; so still our windmill didn’t move, mostly quiet, more like camping in the desert, being visited by other camps nearby. It was a nice way to end up the burn.
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  • Cooky says:
  • September 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm
  • I passed 2 of those “free” water piles on Monday…. aka MOOP. When I saw the third pile, I pulled in, rearranged the already full load and packed up as much of that MOOP as possible to haul it back out and donate it somewhere it can be used.
  • I wish folks would understand that the things they leave for “free” like that are a pain in someone else’s rearend that must be cleaned up. Definitely NOT a Gift.
  • I was also super saddened by the piles of garbage bags left once again at the rest area on I 80 toward’s Reno. I know Burning Man does clean that up (or at least pays for the cleanup) but it still made me sad. With the copious amounts of 24 hour trash and recycling drop offs why oh why are folks still dumping?
  • And in Reno I had a long chat with a store manager at Trader Joe’s who was very sad about the piles of packaging and trash that had been left by Burners in their parking lot pre-event.
  • My lesson again this year…. we might be doing okay and even a little better on de-Mooping the playa but we’re still have a long way to go to be fully respectful with our trash in the surrounding communities.
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  • Pink says:
  • September 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm
  • The Paiute Food Bank was taking water. There are people in the tribe with no running water. Thanks to Comfort & Joy for publicizing this fact, and setting up big pink & orange flags at the dropoff points. And not only did I rid my vehicle of a ton of food & water, but also found out that, as promised, Bunny’s Taco stand DOES have the best fry bread!
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  • Gayle says:
  • September 9, 2012 at 11:45 am
  • Love Pink’s comment.
  • TONS more moop this year on the Playa, and odd that people would just walk past it. Years past I collided with Burners as we all dove for the MOOP. We need to get the word out way more to Newbies about MOOP. I was especially horrified to see all the cigarette etc. butts on the ground, folks using the Playa as an ashtray, not knowing that someone (including me, a nonsmoker, who collected enough icky butts to fill an elephant’s ass), was going to have to pick up after them. Mint tins, folks! BYOAshCan.
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  • Chrispy says:
  • September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm
  • As a newbie, I was amazed at the amount of MOOP on the playa when I arrived Tuesday morning. It bummed me out. I picked up MOOP all week — the (once) silly basket on my bike carried it back to my camp, where I’d empty it into my trash stash. I was one of the last people to leave our camp (75+) the following Tuesday and spent my last 4 hours at BRC picking up MOOP others had ignored.
  • Maybe I was more sensitive to it because I know some awesome DPW fuckers and have a clue about what it takes to truly leave no trace. I got a few thumbs up from DPW vehicles passing by as I sat my ass in the dust and picked through itty bitty pieces of MOOP. I knew it was everywhere but I didn’t want a spec of it left in our camp. Not on my watch.

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