Sunday, August 26, 2007

Burning Man

At dusk today, my cohorts and I will leave for Burning Man. For the next week, I shall have no access to email, SMS, phone, crackberry, google, blogger, wikipedia, youtube, urbandictionary, facebook, or

Which one will I miss the most? Will it be you guys, my Gentle Readers? Will I yearn for contact with my family and loved ones? Or will my most heartfelt pining go toward the important updates regarding Paris and Britney?

On Wednesday, we assembled costumes at David's house in San Francisco. Discussing shower arrangements:

Melinda: "My friend said some people at Burning Man go the whole week without showering."

Dan: "Last year, I showered every day, and I plan to do the same this year. People who go a week without showering stink."

Melinda: "Not necessarily."

Me: "Last century in China, people only went to public bathhouses every few days. The Romans did that too."

Dan: "They stank."

Melinda: "Some people have less body odor than others."

Dan: [extremely skeptical look] "I don't buy that."

Me: "Okay, then tell me if you agree with the following statement. 'Some people have more body odor than others.' Because if you do, you must also agree with the other one."

Dan: "Hmphf."

A temporary adieu, Gentle Readers, for this next week. Take care...


Anonymous said...

On noess!! One whole week without showering!1

Anyone who thinks that's amazing is a fucking pussy who shouldn't even think about going to burning man. Burning Man has really sold out now that these prissy dumbfucks who think it's a travesty not to shower for 12 hours are going.

Jesus Christ, I spent 2.5 months without showering on an extended camping trip. You use a cloth to wash your crotch every couple of days and you get over it.

Seneca the Younger said...

You know, it's really not fair to go using logic and mathematics on people like that.

Have fun, bring lots of pictures and stories.

Anonymous said...

Make sure you take lots of pictures on stinky nude people. (Females only)

The Self-Proclaimed Wordsmith said...

That logic is incorrect because it doesn't take into account the possibility of people having the same amount of body odour.

Edwil said...

Would you rather:

Go a week without showering, or a week without Niniane posts.

Oh, well, I guess it will have to be for at least a week to satisfy my funny, insight (Asian American) 'fetish'.

Cato the Elder said...

I think your off on the Romans. The Romans of Rome prided themselves on their engineering feats, particularly their ability to bring clean running water vast distances to the cities. Many a Roman could be found bathing daily. They believe it was one more indicator of their superiority over the barbarians and other tribes on the frontiers. When Roman civilization fell to those barbarians, it was not til the late 19th century before clean running water for bathing, drinking, sewage or whatever was brought back to the same level. Have fun with the barbarians in the desert next week, it will give you renewed appreciation for civilization.

Pleenky said...

The first commenter appropriately mentioned Jesus Christ, who most likely showered no more than 3 times per lunar month.

Jesus was most likely trying to distance himself from the Romans who bathed more frequently to appease their gods.

Also, I'm something of an expert on the latter days of the Roman empire, being that I watched all of season 1 and part of season 2 of the HBO series.

One thing that made a distinct impression on me was the Roman practice of using oil to clean themselves rather than water. In one of the first male nude scenes of the series I do recall one of Mark Anthony's slaves assisting him with his oil bath.

School is in session, suckas.

Anonymous said...

Do you even know what Burning Man is all about, or are you just going because you think it's "kewl!".

So lame.

Anonymous said...

Burning Man is about commercialism!