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It sure has been a while since we posted here, has’nit? Well, I come back to you now at the turn of the tide! Okay, that was just an excuse to use a Lord of the Rings quote, but we are back!
This year brings an old theme, a new ticket debacle and another year for DebaseCamp to go around complaining how much better the event was next year!
Our preparations are just getting underway (we are slackers, of course), but we will try to provide some updates about what we are up to!
See you on the playa!
We’re back!! That’s right, 2010 marks the triumphant return of DebaseCamp at Burning Man! We had some members there last year, but this year we’re back in full force and it is shaping up to be our biggest ever! We have no plans to register as a theme camp this time around, but we will certainly have a wide variety of events in camp, so make sure to check back with us in the coming months for more info!
To say I’m excited would be an understatement.
Metropolis: The Life of Cities
This was just announced over the airwaves of BMIR, who are also providing a live stream of this year’s event! Check it out here.
The event has drawn to a close for another year and while the cleanup crew is still out on the playa picking up after us dirty hippies, we’re all here at home wishing we could be back in the city. However, we can all reflect back on our week in the American Dream and know that we totally succeeded in helping to build the temporary city we love so much.
This year was full of first and last times for lots of stuff in BRC. From all the virgin burners we had in Debase Camp to all the long-time BRC staples that will never be seen on the playa again. Most notably, the loss of Adrian will take the most toll on your humble Captain. Adrian’s Piss Clear and then Bootie BRC have always been what tells me I am really home. Now that she has moved on with her life, it’s hard to think of BRC the same. At the same time, wonderous new beginnings were all around us this year! So, it’s not all sad crying time in Debase Camp.
Our little group pulled off something none of us ever though possible. We successfully plannned and ran a medium sized theme camp with daily events! Mostly thanks to Sat Sangeet’s morning Kundalini Yoga and Spicy’s Combat Club, people actually came looking for Debase Camp this year! We weren’t just a bunch of slackers with a big canopy and a dome. That is really what set us apart from any other year that our group has attended and I can speak for most (if not all) of Debase Camp when I say that it was a smashing success! We even over-booked, as anyone at the New Earth discussion can tell you. But, even when we had the task of keeping a hippie discussion separate from a filipino knife fighting class, we took it all in stride and made it happen. A massive thanks to Sat Sangeet and Spicy (not to mention everyone else who helped plan and make those events happen) for their hard work and dedication, as we wouldn’t have been anywhere without them.
Another milestone was the joining of multiple groups of people — some of which had never met each other — in to a cohesive group. In Debase Camp alone, we had 3 entirely different groups of people who all came together to fill out a space that looked entirely too huge for our needs when we arrived on Saturday. We had so many people, we even had to split off an entire group of people who came with a lot more people and structure than expected! While that was sad, it provided them with the opportunity to form their own camp, which is always exciting. Not to mention our sister camp down the street, comprised of some salty motherfuckers. Of course, we like to keep those bastards at a safe distance, as their coolness is too powerful and overwhelming.
In short, Debase Camp was widespread and totally dominant. There was nothing more exciting than having random people walk up and say, “is this Debase Camp?” and then being able to say, “yes, yes it is.”
So, what’s next for Debase Camp? As your humble and gracious Captain, I am sad to say that I will not be at Burning Man next year. After 10 consecutive years of burning the man, I am ready for a short break. This year tested me mentally and physically, as anyone in camp can attest to my limping around towards the end of the week. Next year, though enticing with the Evolution theme, I will be at an island resort somewhere in the southern hemisphere. However, this does not mean that Debase Camp is over! Debase Camp, as I hoped, has only grown and taken on a new life of its own. It has always been my fondest wish to see Debase Camp carry on after I am gone and it looks like that will happen! So, expect to see Debase Camp registered and placed for next year’s event!
Thanks go out to all the people who helped plan this year’s theme camp and all those who made it work so smoothly once we got to the playa. Without all of you, Debase Camp would have been nothing. And once again, a big hug to The Mayor for providing us with one of his now-famous songs at the end of the week. He proved once again that he can re-write any song to be about Burning Man.
A personal thanks to everyone who participated in the camp this year, including our many visitors from around the playa and everyone’s playa Grandmother Kate. This year really did feel like the culmination of many years of hard work. Seeing so many of you with virgin eyes and veterans who rediscovered something they had lost was impressive and awesome. Without all of you, I would never have imagined I would still be going after 10 years. I’m just sorry I can’t be there next year to see what comes next. But, don’t despair, I will return in 2010 to stand around and yell at you hippies to get off my lawn.
Most impressive, Debase Camp. Most impressive.
Thanks to all those who helped make Debase Camp a success this year! Between Kundalini Yoga, Combat Club and the wildly popular A New Earth discussion — we really pulled it off!
Pictures are starting to trickle in on our new photo gallery (which will get all the old pics soon, I promise). Check it out with the link to the right.
Much love to the events organizers in camp and to our sister camps: The Brave and SafeSide! We love you all!
Things are really starting to heat up with Debase Camp! We’re in the final stretch, as 4 of us will be leaving for the playa in 7 days! We got our Early Arrival passes on Wednesday and we’re pretty excited to get there already!
Since we last updated, Spicy has really gone above and beyond with adding new Events to the Combat Club schedule. These include Mixed Martial Arts, Knife Fighting and — JUST ADDED — a blend of Martial Arts and Fire Spinning!
As you may have seen, we just posted our promotional spot for BMIR! This is new territory for us, as we were nervous enough about all the events in camp! But, we’re so thrilled that we’ll be getting even more exposure from this commercial. Not to mention The Mayor’s dulcet tones being heard on the airwaves of BRC.
Our resident Yogi, Sat Sangeet has also been preparing for our morning Kindalini Yoga sessions. So, get ready to get your spirituality on!
You can see a full list of our events in our wiki. But, be sure to come by Debase Camp and check our posted schedule for even more events and randomness throughout the week.
We’re almost ready for the Playa, are you?!
The Mayor and Sat Sangeet have just completed the recording of our BMIR radio spot! Listen for this on BMIR on the Playa!
DebaseCamp! Fuck Yeah!
Paul Addis, the man accused of setting fire to the Burning Man early at the 2007 event, plead guilty to arson charges. On June 25th, 2008, he was sentenced to 12-24 months in jail and ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution.