Last time I blogged to you guys, I talked about the upcoming Burn. Sarah and I ended up going with my friends Django and Luisa. We were late making our way to the ranch, because we stopped by Walmart to get food and other last minute supplies. We managed to make it by three and were welcomed home by my sempai Pringle. On our way towards the camping sites we all saw Story and Aaron walking with foam swords, hammers and shields in their arms.Django and I waved at them enthusiastically
We all camped over by my friend Peter’s photo hut under the shade of some large trees. When we finished up , my friends, Kory, and Allie stopped by to say hi and wish us a happy Burn Day. Allie, Kory, Django, Sarah and I wandered back to Kory and Allies tent exploring the rest of the burn as people were still setting up their tents. After seeing where Kory and Allie were camping- next to where my friends Lydia, Tyler, Cyrus, and Javier were camped, we explored the burn again to find out where my friends Story and Aaron were camping out. Along the journey for our friends, I saw many old faces I hadn't seen since Afterburn and many new ones. This time around I was pleased to see allot more Black people participating in the Burn. I counted at least 10 Black guys and 4 Black women in total. I headed back to our camp where I saw my friends from the last burn Tony and Matt setting up their camp.
Eventually we managed to find Story and Aaron and I introduced Sarah to them. They talked about flogs while Django and I went ahead to Story and Aaron’s tent to chat with Aaron. Camped next to Aaron and Story, were a couple of poi spinners, who taught me some tracer tricks and pendulum tosses. I’m still working on them…
Aaron made some food and as Sarah describes it, “it was so hot that I started involuntarily crying, from the sheer intensity of the heat. I thought I was prepared. I was dead wrong.” After she recovered, Sarah was sent on a quest to explore the burn by Story and I attended the fire-safety meeting over by the conclave effigy, which was a mini-skyscraper constructed out of plywood. On each side of the building, one of the four elements was carved into the wood. During the meeting, they explained how instead of firespinning in one circle around the effigy prior to it burning, they had us break up into four waves, stationed strategically around the effigy.
Afterwards, I roamed the burn for a bit, looking to see who had arrived and if there were any more familiar faces. At random intervals throughout the burn, I saw that darned drone, hovering and spying on the proceedings. By 8 o’clock, I went to the Ranger’s station to sign up for my fire-safety shift. I switched into my purple harem pants, purple flame coat, red bandana, and steampunk goggles to get ready for the night. The shift was very laid back because no one was spinning fire except for my friend KC and one other girl, who was spinning fans by the effigy. When they were done, someone climbed on the top of the effigy and lit the small torch perched on top of it, commencing the burn.
It seemed that the moment when the torch was lit, the burn instantly came alight with music, lights, bustle and fire. Over by the effigy was Camp Funk Evolution. They had set up a flaming basketball hoop which would spout a gout of fire whenever someone made a basket. It was here that I ran into my friend Sivens. It seemed like this burn was just one big NCF reunion. As I shot a hoop, Sarah showed up in her skimpy black bellydancer’s outfit, with many jangly golden bangles sewn onto the top and bottom. She had found a clothes pin attached to her skirts with a cell phone number written on it and the words, “Call for a good time.” We promptly attached it to the back of my friend Django’s shirt. Sarah and I spent a lot of the rest of the night in each other’s vicinity since I had nothing to do in particular. My job was to roam around and find firespinners. If I couldn’t find any, well, that meant I had free time. We danced, shot hoops into the flaming basketball hoop, painted each other with glow in the dark body paint, and we were surprised to see my friend Jake who wasn’t supposed to be there. We played a game of Jenga, with a twist. For each brick you pulled out, you had to obey the instruction written on it. Sarah got a brick instructing her to give constructive criticism to someone. She turned to me and said solemnly, “You use too much tongue when kissing.” At first, I felt that she had crushed my pride, like a force choke crushes an esophogus. Jake laughed hysterically at my expression, saying, “That’s the most constructive criticism I have ever heard.” I managed to bounce back and accept the feedback, like a boss. Sarah decided that she was tired and went back to the tent as I served out the rest of my shift until midnight. When I went back to the Ranger’s tent, they gave me an awesome orange bag for my service. I hung out some more with Jake, Django and my other friends for a while until I felt like going back to the tent and snuggling with Sarah.
The next morning was rough. We were very tired and sore from sleeping on the hard ground. Once we both got up, we went and stood in line for the showers. While in line, my friends Jon, Chris and I put on a love triangle for Sarah, much to the amusement of everyone in line. We planned to run away to Japan, just us three guys. Sarah and I did a photo shoot with my friend Peter. The photos came out marvelous and no, I won’t be sharing them with you guys. Afterwards, I changed into my much-anticipated costume: the Sith Lord. With black leather boots and gloves, a black cloak, silver mask and red obi, I looked fearsomely unrecognizable. I paraded around the burn in my outfit in order to drum up some hunters for the Sith Hunt that I had planned. I ended up fighting one of the hunters, a barbarian clad in a fur loincloth, prior to the hunt. Once the hunt began, I was successful in hiding from Sarah and most of the other hunters, although the barbarian did find me at one point for 20 minutes. The game ended early however because I ended up getting heat stroke. As a result, I missed out on spinning in Conclave.
Because I could no longer spin in conclave, I ended watching with Sarah as my friends Javier, Tmmy, KC, and others showed off their stuff. After the fire performance of the “dragons” they lit the effigy a flame while Sarah and I basked in it’s glory. For the rest of the night I spun fire blowing peoples minds and I explored the rest of the burn with Sarah. Eventually she went to sleep and I spent the rest of the night with my friends Jon, Django, and Chris. I ended up not going to sleep at all and stayed up till Sunday. After showering, Sarah and I packed everything up and helped out friends pack their stuff as well. I walked around as others started packing and took goodbye photos with the friends I had a chance to say farewell to.
When Sarah and I returned to campus we slept for half the day. The week we returned was BACC week. I went to several Baccs that week but focused mostly on touching up my own presentation and getting ready for my Bacc. I’m defending my thesis May 14th at 10:00. I will be serving eggs and bacon during my presentation. Yesterday was my last day working for Phonathon.I worked the Thank--thon shift, thanking parents for their generous contributions to the College this past year. I ended my shift calling my girlfriend and my best friends parents asking them for donations to the college.
Today I went and had my committee copies of my thesis printed and bound today. If feels odd to have held in my hands the final product of all my hard work. I thanked the lady who helped me out paid for my copies and made my way back to campus. This weekend I am going Contra dancing with Sarah. Till next time my friends and have an awesome weekend!