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"Alas, I know if I ever became truly humble, I would be proud of it." -- Benjamin Franklin

414: Nevada: Dreaming of Art, Burning Man 2008
@ CherieSpotting     Sep 10 2008 - 11:17 PST
cherie writes: How do you begin the day at Burning Man? You might try to fly with a pair of 30-ft steel wings or squash a car with the help of a giant hydraulic hand. Or before your playa journey, you may consider a quick Karma Muffin at McLightenment, especially since Ronald will be waiting for your order at the Drive-Thru.

At Burning Man 2008, we climbed inside a super-sized “Bummer”, an enlarged replica of the gas-guzzling Hummer. Later we rode on a Magic Carpet, grazed with sheep, climbed the ladders of “Elevation”, swung inside a replica of the Capitol building and narrowly escaped the jaws of a primordial fish. All this before breakfast!

It’s hard to sleep at Burning Man. If you close your eyes to rest, you might miss that UFO that just crashed!

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Cherie during a morning soar in the Black Rock Desert on "Spread Eagle", by artist Bryan Tedrick.

Cherie during a morning soar in the Black Rock Desert on "Spread Eagle", by artist Bryan Tedrick.

Always reach for the sun.

Always reach for the sun.

The sunrise this morning is outta this world. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

The sunrise this morning is outta this world. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Are we in Roswell or the Black Rock Desert? *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Are we in Roswell or the Black Rock Desert? *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Self-portrait on a UFO. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Self-portrait on a UFO. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Playing with the light of dawn. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Playing with the light of dawn. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Reaching for the sun. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Reaching for the sun. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Walk into the light. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Walk into the light. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Sculptures at dawn. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Sculptures at dawn. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Remembering 2007's Crude Awakening. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Remembering 2007's Crude Awakening. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The first moments of light on the playa. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The first moments of light on the playa. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

"Spread Eagle" at dawn. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

"Spread Eagle" at dawn. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Melting under the sun. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Melting under the sun. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

The Hand of Man. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The Hand of Man. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Playa art in the warm morning glow. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Playa art in the warm morning glow. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Dean and Karem going patriotic. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Dean and Karem going patriotic. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The "Primordial Fish Project" by Bobby Bacon. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The "Primordial Fish Project" by Bobby Bacon. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Stay away from those "Primordial Fish" jaws. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Stay away from those "Primordial Fish" jaws. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Margaret practices being primordial dental floss. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Margaret practices being primordial dental floss. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Something fishy is going on here. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Something fishy is going on here. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Jean, Lisa and Cherie bask in the early playa light.

Jean, Lisa and Cherie bask in the early playa light.

Karem and Dean in the Black Rock Desert. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Karem and Dean in the Black Rock Desert. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Ride towards the swirly-thing. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Ride towards the swirly-thing. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Prepare to enter the spiral. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Prepare to enter the spiral. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Miraculously, Dean emerges dust-free. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Miraculously, Dean emerges dust-free. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Jean and her bike (two heads are always better than one!) *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Jean and her bike (two heads are always better than one!) *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Jean and Greg race across the playa. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Jean and Greg race across the playa. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

"Altered State" is a replica of our country's Capitol by artist Kate Raudenbush.

"Altered State" is a replica of our country's Capitol by artist Kate Raudenbush.

The carved white steel of "Altered State." *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The carved white steel of "Altered State." *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Cherie on a swing. *Photo by Karem.

Cherie on a swing. *Photo by Karem.

Swing all the way to the top. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Swing all the way to the top. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Dean framed by white steel. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Dean framed by white steel. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Whale Skelton by artist Adam Baer. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Whale Skelton by artist Adam Baer. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Playa shark. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Playa shark. *Photo by Jean Leitner.

Karem at the helm of the "Bummer." *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Karem at the helm of the "Bummer." *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Cherie with the wind in her hair. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Cherie with the wind in her hair. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Don't mess with those tires! *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Don't mess with those tires! *Photo by Brian Delaney.

You should see how quick this "Bummer" guzzles zero to sixty gallons. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

You should see how quick this "Bummer" guzzles zero to sixty gallons. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Cherie with Love and Vision. *Photo by Margaret.

Cherie with Love and Vision. *Photo by Margaret.

Who is ready for "McLightenment"? *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Who is ready for "McLightenment"? *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Margaret wants to know if she can super-size her order of Hope. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Margaret wants to know if she can super-size her order of Hope. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Karem requests (with mind vibrations) a Good Karma muffin. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Karem requests (with mind vibrations) a Good Karma muffin. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

It's always nice to know who is taking your karmic order.  Is that Ronald behind that glass? *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

It's always nice to know who is taking your karmic order. Is that Ronald behind that glass? *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Dean at the drive-thru (he's a bit miffed that Karem isn't on the menu.) *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Dean at the drive-thru (he's a bit miffed that Karem isn't on the menu.) *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The steel tower of Babylon. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The steel tower of Babylon. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Lean back on the Magic Carpet.

Lean back on the Magic Carpet.

Dean and Brian do head-stands on the Magic Carpet.

Dean and Brian do head-stands on the Magic Carpet.

Who dropped the bomb on the playa?

Who dropped the bomb on the playa?

What the flock?  Dean poses playa sheep. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

What the flock? Dean poses playa sheep. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Haystacks. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Haystacks. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Mining for dust? ("Miner" by artist Daniela Ardizzone.) *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Mining for dust? ("Miner" by artist Daniela Ardizzone.) *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Lisa and Karem with "Feeble Flobbler" by artists Charlie Smith and Jaime Ladet. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Lisa and Karem with "Feeble Flobbler" by artists Charlie Smith and Jaime Ladet. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The "Hand of Man" by artist Christian Ristow. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The "Hand of Man" by artist Christian Ristow. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The hydrolic "Hand of Man" (ready to crush cars and pianos). *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The hydrolic "Hand of Man" (ready to crush cars and pianos). *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Climbing the 54-ft steel ladders of "Elevation". *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Climbing the 54-ft steel ladders of "Elevation". *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

"Elevation" from below. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

"Elevation" from below. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Hold on, you're at a high "Elevation". *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Hold on, you're at a high "Elevation". *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Climb high and let go of your fears. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Climb high and let go of your fears. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

There's only one chair at the top of "Elevation." *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

There's only one chair at the top of "Elevation." *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Margaret presents "the man". *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Margaret presents "the man". *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The man is surrounded by flags of countries from all over the world. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The man is surrounded by flags of countries from all over the world. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

This year you could "almost" reach out and touch the man. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

This year you could "almost" reach out and touch the man. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The man means something different to every Burner. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The man means something different to every Burner. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

There is much more to Burning Man than the burning of "the man." *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

There is much more to Burning Man than the burning of "the man." *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

The man in the distance. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

The man in the distance. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

One of these three didn't eat his breakfast. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

One of these three didn't eat his breakfast. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Lisa takes a whirl on "Spread Eagle" by Bryan Tedrick. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Lisa takes a whirl on "Spread Eagle" by Bryan Tedrick. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

If you can't fly, borrow some wings. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

If you can't fly, borrow some wings. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

To spin faster, simply arch. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

To spin faster, simply arch. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Flying on the steel wings of an eagle.

Flying on the steel wings of an eagle.

Lisa almost flies away. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

Lisa almost flies away. *Photo by Brian Delaney.

"Hand of Man" gives itself a thumbs up after is crushes this car. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

"Hand of Man" gives itself a thumbs up after is crushes this car. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Red hand with "Altered State." *Photo by Christian Buhl.

Red hand with "Altered State." *Photo by Christian Buhl.

Another view. *Photo by Christian Buhl.

Another view. *Photo by Christian Buhl.

Red hand on a swing. *Photo by Christian Buhl.

Red hand on a swing. *Photo by Christian Buhl.

Lisa is all smiles on the playa. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Lisa is all smiles on the playa. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

When the sun goes down the lamp-lighters come out. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

When the sun goes down the lamp-lighters come out. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Let there be light. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Let there be light. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

What kind of gas mileage does this Bummer get? *Photo by Cherie Sogsti.

What kind of gas mileage does this Bummer get? *Photo by Cherie Sogsti.

Cherie holds on.

Cherie holds on.

Even in dust-storms, Burners light the way. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti

Even in dust-storms, Burners light the way. *Photo by Cherie Sogsti