On a mission

On A Mission

The playa is noisy, fiery, sexy, chaotic. Normally it’s almost impossible to go in a straight route from point A to point B at a Burning Man event without being distracted by dozens of things along the way. Even a simple trip to the porta-potties and WORD OF THE DAY: On A Mission, The playa is noisy, fiery, sexy, chaotic. Normally it’s almost impossible to go in a straight route from point A to point B at a Burning Man event without being distracted by dozens of things along the way. Even a simple trip to the porta-potties and back can turn into an hours-long adventure. The exception is when a participant is “on a mission.” Instead of the usual meandering, wide-eyed stroll, they move quickly, even speed-walking toward their quest. This is the only way to keep from being stopped by something remarkable or a friend who just has to share some fabulous new discovery. The mission might be anything from a quest for food to a search for a ranger. When on a mission, a Burner will always refuse your offer of a fresh grilled cheese sandwich, unless perhaps it’s cooked on a flamethrower, laced with LSD, and served by boys in bikinis. Some distractions are just too exciting to ignore.back can turn into an hours-long adventure. The exception is when a participant is “on a mission.” Instead of the usual meandering, wide-eyed stroll, they move quickly, even speed-walking toward their quest. This is the only way to keep from being stopped by something remarkable or a friend who just has to share some fabulous new discovery. The mission might be anything from a quest for food to a search for a ranger. When on a mission, a Burner will always refuse your offer of a fresh grilled cheese sandwich, unless perhaps it’s cooked on a flamethrower, laced with LSD, and served by boys in bikinis. Some distractions are just too exciting to ignore.

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From Kit O’Connell’s amazing Burner Lexicon! http://kitoconnell.com/writing/lexicon

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