Album: 08-27 Burning Man

     Album:2006:08-27 Burning Man

Back to Burning Man, of course.

This year was epic. My sixth year of Black Rock City, and I had created a theme camp that was placed on the Esplanade right at 4:30, the best spot. Our camp was Ultra Stunt Danger Academy, or the U.S.D.A. for short.

It was quite an honor, though quite a stressor seeing as how we needed to get everything ready for being a camp right on the front of the action, something we hadn't expected. Amazing. We pulled it off, I think. People seemed happy and many stopped to get photos of our ghetto town frontage.

I think we lived up to our name with a number of injuries, including an quasi-fractured arm and a memory-loss concussion. Such is the dangerous life of the members of the USDA.

The Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots were back this year after a short break. It was great to run them again.

Again I had photo problems at BRC. This time my camera stopped working. Fuck you, Sony!

Photographers: Dave, Jeanie, Jerry, Jeremy, Larry Colen, Cooper

4 images
13 images
We start setting up
the town after sleeping for a night. [photo Jerry] ( comments)
A panorama
of the Esplanade [photo Jerry, kludgy stitching by Dave] ( comments)
This was an enormous dust devil.
I ran the scooter out to it and rode inside, it was over 50' across. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
The town frontage
was particularly nice this year. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
..the robots guard
the town entrance at night. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
The town from out on the playa
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Later, a massive duststorm
[photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Massive duststorm
[photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Dust storm hits
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Looking like white trash
while the storm goes on. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
The world starts to turn white
[photo Jeremy] ( comments)
And then all hope is lost.
[photo Jerry] ( comments)
The town sign
during the white-out. ( comments)
Uncle Jer,
after the storm. [photo Jerry] ( comments)
Digging the trench
for the Robot powerlines [photo Cooper] ( comments)
Danny becomes foreman..
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
..of the Ultra Stunt Ladies
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
The trench
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Haley cavorts around
as the USDA mascot [photo Cooper] ( comments)
..And then cleans up her toys.
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Building the floor
for the boxing ring [photo Cooper] ( comments)
Setting up the ropes
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
KK watches
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Assembling the robots
with lovely robot assistant. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Dusty, naked robot help,
is the best kind of Robot help. The robots get first assembled. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Robot Operating Area
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Cooper advertises,
whilst under the town frontage. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Somehow this critter
was still alive on the playa. [photo Jerry] ( comments)
Robot workers
stop for a passionate kiss. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Building robots.
[photo Jeremy] ( comments)
The inside of town,
with most citizens arrived. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Haley and I
are photographed by zericm-yahoo ( comments)
Karissa painted
like a superhero. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Uncle Jerry
helps assemble the boxing ring [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Jordan helps paint
robots after combat damage. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Time to setup the smoke ring machine
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Disco and my Uncle Ger,
and Brett happens to stop by. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Disco mans the propane
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
..the flame rises..
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
..and the smoke ring
begins to form. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
Flash boom!
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Disco Dan
assembles the torch we use to burn off propane (to prepare for Propane Soccer!) [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Running the propane
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Moths drawn to the flame
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Propane soccer
with a very 'wet' ball. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
Robots setup
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
The Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots
in action. ( comments)
Strong uppercut
[photo NK Guy] ( comments)
Good combat,
Blue Bomber wins! [Video, 4.8M] ( comments)
Loading the robots
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Robots battling
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
A weak fight
with an okay finish. [Video, 11.1M] ( comments)
The robots
prepare to fight. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Cooper climbs in
to battle [photo Cooper] ( comments)
Cooper's battle
- the robots tangled [photo Cooper] ( comments)
The robots in the sunset
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
Robot heads
in the sun. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
Robot combat
( comments)
A video of the robots
I found on YouTube posted by St3ph2u [Video, 582k] ( comments)
At the moment
of knock-blocking-off. ( comments)
Good combat
with DPW [Video, 5.9M] ( comments)
Haley goes into combat
( comments)
Haley in combat
[Video, 16.8M] ( comments)
We had a blues dance
most nights in town. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
Dance floor courtesy Kermit [photo Jeanie]
( comments)
Haley and Kermit
setting up appropriate mood lighting. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
Uncle Jerry
[photo Aurie] ( comments)
While doing some research
on our neighbors for 2007, we look at their photo album and click on a thumbnail of an attractive looking woman and it turns out to be Haley! ( comments)
Ballistic Bob
brings his Pole Dance Revolution to the Playa. Hunny Dan tries it out with ?? ( comments)
And Haley, of course,
takes the pole. ( comments)
(Dark) Random Hug Patrol!
[Video, 2.3M] ( comments)
Random Hug Patrol!
( comments)
We spread random hugs
throughout the Playa, spending some time at Center Cafe. ( comments)
This was the best hug.
The guy in the center with the skulls on his hat (from Death Guild, I think) had this terrified look on his face while everyone was hugging him, and then he suddenly sunk into the comfy bliss. ( comments)
Haley and I
climb about in "Cat's Cradle." ( comments)
Haley Cradle
( comments)
The famous "Message Out of the Future"
a.k.a. the Belgian Waffle. This was the hottest wood burn I have seen in my life. ( comments)
The Belgian Waffle
lit-up at night. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
The inside of the Belgian Waffle,
with Kermit, Nathan and Jeanie. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
The Belgian Waffle
at day. [photo Jerry] ( comments)
"Starry Bamboo Mandala"
a 55' tall bamboo structure. [photo Aurie] ( comments)
Haley stands at the base,
we consider climbing. ( comments)
After much effort,
we manage to climb to the top. ( comments)
And watch the sunrise.
( comments)
And a dragon art car.
( comments)
Then my camera died. ( comments)
was fire genius Nate's project. I sadly didn't get to see it, but here is an amazing video from YouTube [Video] ( comments)
Beautiful. [photo herby_fr on flickr] ( comments)
The Esplanade getting watered
in front of our town, with the teddy bear train in front [photo Waldemar Horwat] ( comments)
Center Camp from the sky,
you can see the red blob that is my bus as Esplanade comes up near the top of the photo. [photo NKGuy] ( comments)
Animal Control,
on the hunt. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
The town frontage.
[photo Jerry] ( comments)
The front of the town
as the sun sets. [photo Jerry] ( comments)
A dragon eats my bus
and the U.S.D.A. [photo Larry Colen] ( comments)
On the bus
watching sunrise. [photo Aurie] ( comments)
The women
of U.S.D.A. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
Bryson ('Erection In Progress')
airbrushed a bunch of the women in camp in preparation for Critical Tits. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
enjoyed fire and being naked. Not from our town, but hung out plenty. [photo Cooper] ( comments)
Green Haley
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
[photo Cooper]
Daily repair work on the robots.
This year all of the arms had to be replaced. A'lan is helping me here with some of the reconstruction. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
Smoke rings
(I don't know if these are from our machine or not.. Jeanie?) [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
We setup our smoke ring machine.
A blast of fire ( comments)
Forming a smoke ring
[photo Cooper] ( comments)
And then they burned the Man.
Saw that coming. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
The last few years
we have been blessed with fire devils. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
Last night for the robots.
[photo Jeanie] ( comments)
A relaxed Dave and Haley
at work. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
Post combat
[photo Jeanie] ( comments)
Karissa, bless her,
follows my advice and gets a Playa hairdo. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
gets playafied. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
The first casualty
of an Ultra Stunt lifestyle, Mel smacks her arm. [photo Jeremy] ( comments)
We find this UltraStunt toy,
which Luke later uses to get the name 'Concussion' [photo Cooper] ( comments)
Some of the town,
my Uncle Jerry, Cooper, Karen, Nathan and Jeanie. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
The temple burn,
very mellow this year. [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
The empty robot boxing ring,
with something burning in the distance (the Belgian Waffle, perhaps?) [photo Jeanie] ( comments)
The Man
[photo Larry Colen] ( comments)
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