Playa Lingo 1997
The lexicon of Black Rock City
business establishment in rural Washoe County bought out by that well-known
Gerlach conglomerate. Don't you know that
everything in Gerlach has been Brunocized?
roving, early-morning drug dealers who stop by for a visit. Dude, don't worry about tonight. A chemist
stopped by this morning, so now we're fully provisioned!
Circle jerk: Any
person who participates in a drum circle. I
was sleeping just fine until those circle jerks started up over there.
The dig: Excavating
for smoldering Burning Man artifacts on Monday morning after the Burn. I have to get up early tomorrow morning so I
can go to the dig.
restless way one sleeps during the day after being up all night on
hallucinogetic drugs. I really wanted to
get some solid sleep-time in, but all I could do was disco-nap.
Dust goblins: The
annoying boogers that one acquires while living on the playa. I can't breath, I've got all these dust
goblins up my nose!
supposed increasing commercialization of Burning Man. Especially popular among
old-school Burning Man veterans. Yeah, I
remember Burning Man before all the Lollapalooziation set in.
Magic markers: Those
blinking strobes people put on their tents as a nighttime navigational tool. If it weren't for the magic markers, we
would have walked around for hours trying to find our campsite!
everything covered by a thin layer of alkali playa dust. After Burning Man, everything in the car was playafied for weeks.
Reno recharge: Getting
some R&R in "the biggest little city in the world." After Burning Man, I'm going for a Reno
recharge before heading back to San Francico.
at night, way out into the desert, away from camp, with no flashlight, during a
new moon. I was tripping really hard last
night, so I just went out on a spacewalk.
Strafing run: Trying
to witness, no matter how briefly, as many art installations, performances, and
events in one night as possible. There so
much going on tonight, I think I'm going to have to do a strafing run to catch
result from placing your tent just a little too close to a major traffic
thoroughfare. Last year, we camped at a
spot that was on the way to Rave Camp, and it was near tenticide every night!
Ticket holder: A
derogatory term for someone who treats Burning Man like any other entertainment
event. Yeah, last night a bunch of ticket
holders blundered by our camp asking where they could get some beer!
Wuss factor: A
term applied to those who leave after the first dust or rain storm, or those
too scared to come out in the first place. There
would have been even more people here, but the wuss factor kept a lot of people
÷ compiled by Stewart McKenzie, Adrian Roberts, and Bryan