So I hear the Lamplighters finally made it up to the temple during a USA night time - to dance on the its ashes on the final day. I'm sure they're very proud of themselves for throwing away their duty to the community and keeping to themselves for most of Burn2. It's not why I sought them out. I really thought such an established group would have upheld its practices at least long enough for me to have been a part of it.
I think in the end though it turned out better. People got together and just did it. People got to appreciate the beauty of the temple. People got into the spirit of fire and bringing up the sun.
Having been unable to get close enough last year even to cam in, it was great to observe The Man burn from just across a sim line. When Bordello netsplit, I readied myself and crossed over the moment it returned, knowing people would have crashed or logged off in confusion. The Lampies as a group were nowhere in evidence for that 4am SLT burning. A random number of us - only one other in Lamplighter robes - did the percussive honors with a scratch artist. Interesting that there is a group of RL burners with shirts displaying photos of themselves at the actual Burning Man festival. Two of them performed with us.
With Burn2 officially over, I'll have the liberty of lag-free exploration of whatever wasn't burned down. I reckon there's quite a bit.
How was this? As I expected, Burn2 was much much better than Burning Man. The spirit and feel of the RL one was there. The coziness and randomness of individual styles set one beside the other. With the exception of #lampiefail and the lag/fill caused by the central tent, it really was perfect. If only there were resources to create that buffer between the tent and everyone else.
With next year's theme announced as Rite of Passage, I have a head start in pondering a build. Or two. When Snurky won the lottery this year I couldn't imagine having her do my style of build. I wonder if they'll take requests for placement? This year was ideal with Marianne, Molly, me, and their friends all as neighbors and not sharing a region with the events tent. Be nice to do it again - and STILL be in it.
I'll add Burn2 shots to this post this evening. Other Burn2 pictures can be found on Flickr.
Now for the rest of 7seas' Fall Fishing Festival. They party till LL pick up the regions, which means I've got some relaxing by the water ahead of me this week for both avatars. We all want that galleon, don't we?