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JRS VOLUME #7; ISSUE #49

JRSV7:#49:08.24.03

The Man is risen!

Our city is built and the population is growing. The event started earlier today, when we opened our gate to all ticket holders at 12:01 a.m. In the few days before that, there were hundreds of volunteers here, helping build and paint benches in the Café, lighting the lamps of the city at night, establishing our Ranger and EMS services to be fully staffed 24/7 when the gate opened, and putting the finishing touches on all the other infrastructure of this 30,000+ person city that wasn't here two weeks ago.

Yesterday morning, the Man was hoisted by crane onto the spectacular pyramid that will serve as his base and platform for the next week, until Saturday night when he is scheduled to meet a fiery end. The crane operators couldn't kick back and spend the rest of the day at dance camps, however - with over 100 theme art installations being erected all over the city, the DPW folks running Hysters and cranes and the teams performing art placement are incredibly busy. As I sit here in the Center Camp Café (on-playa internet is up and running, as long as you have a laptop and a wireless card) I can see a crane just about to set down something four stories high and purple, over across the Esplanade. If I had more get-up-and-go I would stroll over and ask the artist, but I won't kid you, it's HOT out here today and makes staying in the shade really attractive. I'll come back and take a look at it later tonight. Lord knows, the way this year is going, that purple thing may only be the bottom third of it.

Did you know you're about to attend the largest public art event in the world? As I sit here I realize that the art is the *mental* infrastructure of the event - the foundation for your own creative experience here. And with the art placement being completed as I type, that means that we are ready for you. The Man is up. The community burn platforms are burning. An art car shaped like a bowling pin just drove by. Come on over.

Thanks for a great year - talk to you after the event! -Jack Rabbits: Maid Marian, Andie Grace, Cabe Franklin

Photos of the Man being raised on Sunday, and of Crimson lighting the Fire Cauldron from the sun today that marks the start of the event: burningman.com...bbrc03

Missing the burn? Don't miss the WEBCAST of the burn:
burningman.com...#webcast

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BLACK ROCK CITY NEWS
- INTERNATIONAL BURNER HOSTEL IN RENO STILL NEEDS PICKUPS THURSDAY
- YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED: THE BURNING MAN 2004 CALENDAR
- UPDATED GPS DATA

PARTICIPATE!
- CRITICAL TITS BIKE RIDE, 4 PM FRIDAY AT THE MAN
- CLEU NEWS
- WATER YOU TALKING ABOUT

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INTERNATIONAL BURNER HOSTEL IN RENO STILL NEEDS PICKUPS THURSDAY

A quick note about the International Burner Hostel, right on the way from the Bay Area (and Sacto, and Tahoe) to the event:

Hageymon still needs people to drop in between NOW and THURSDAY. Help someone who just flew across an ocean make it those last few miles to the desert! All you have to do is show up - Fred (Hageymon) helps get all the visitors supplied and packed and ready to ship out. They will be ready to hop in the car, and thrilled to see you! Again, volunteers are needed now through THURSDAY. (No new hostel guests permitted after Wednesday, but some get in very late Weds. night and will need a Thursday pickup.)

Directions: On 80 East through Sparks, take the McCarran Blvd exit and turn LEFT at the light. Proceed through a few lights to Greenbrae, then make another LEFT. A few blocks later is Breaker, and another LEFT. The International Burner Hostel (aka Fred's house) is at 1350.

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YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED: THE BURNING MAN 2004 CALENDAR

Burn-to-Burn calendar year:
September 2003 through August 2004.

THE first-ever Burning Man wall-calendar is now available. Live the playa year-round. This beautiful 16-page calendar contains more than 85 images by over 32 photographers, and is filled with historic Burning Man information, unusual factoids and unique cultural events not listed in any other calendar.

In true Burning Man style, the first month of this calendar is September 2003 -- the start of the new (Burning Man) year.

A definite must-have just for the photographs themselves -- which span the history of the event, including the very first burn in 1986. Stick this to your wall and mark the days until the next Burn.

Available on-line, on the burningman.com site
marketplace.burningman.com...id_prod=577

AND at various stores and markets between Reno and Gerlach, on your way to the event this year. Take a look for it. (no, it will not be for sale at the event).

mike/gomonk+

PS Reputable sources have proclaimed this calendar to be "mom- and cubicle-friendly".

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UPDATED GPS INFO

It doesn't get more updated than this (and if it does, I'm not sure we want to hear about it):

The Anti-Smurf presents his updated GPS data, which lives here: home.comcast.net...gpsdemodata.htm

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CRITICAL TITS 8th ANNUAL BIKE RIDE

4 pm, Friday, @ the Man, all women and girls are invited to join in the coolest event and largest gathering of women on the Playa -- the Critical Tits Bicycle Ride. Meet at the Man on Friday, 4 pm (sharp) with bikes and painted chests. We'll celebrate the feminine power and beauty within each of us as we ride through Black Rock City on our new anti-paparazzi route and finish with a fab cocktail party. Please join us and celebrate the goddess within.

Let's get at least one of every ten women on the playa in this ride and activate the 100th breast phenomena -- the spontaneous generation of goddess consciousness.

The Official Critical Tits Cheer: 123 Thrust! 456 Bust! 789 Dust! Yeah Critical Tits!

Photographers are kindly requested NOT to obstruct the riders in your efforts to get photos.

Space Z Cowgirl
PSSeidenman

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CLEU NEWS

Just a reminder to all you lucky people about to create the most beautiful city in the world -- Proclaim your identity by accessorizing your Cleu with a mystic charm of your choice. Come to the CLEU camp to get a pendant or stenciled Cleu. Even though we follow different paths, we are all One. Take your favorite mystic tradition beyond belief-- see it reflected in the many traditions represented at BM 2003. We are Consciousness, Life, Earth, Universe. We are CLEU!

GOT A CLEU? Wear it with your special mystic symbol.
NO CLEU? Come to the Cleu Camp at 3:45 and Vision.
OR GET A CLEU at consciouslife.org.

Look for the CLEU camp on Vision between Serious and Received (around 3:45). Also check out the giant Cleu on the playa (and open the box to find a mystic revelation) and keep your eyes open for the ephemeral Cleus in the sand. Welcome home ye gods and goddesses! Behold, you are miraculous! You are CLEU!

Emma
Cleu lady
consciouslife.org

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WATER YOU TALKING ABOUT

[Rabbit note: In response to Jerry Six's offer of 55-gallon drums, Chris Prosser writes the below. As always, you should do your own research and trust your judgment. I do know that Jerry has made this offer in years past and we have not heard anything negative about it.]

"Just because something is labeled non-toxic does not mean its safe. Yes, there is a gaping loophole in the law. If a product has not been tested for toxicity, it can be labeled non-toxic, even if it can kill people. As long as no-one has run an actual test with subjects and scientists in pointy hats, the manufacturer gets to call it non-toxic, even if its closely related to an actual toxic product. Fuct, yes. There have already been cases where a 'non toxic' product was lethal when ingested (glass encapsulated lead glaze for ceramics). Therefore any container that has held any kind of industrial product, pretty much anything other than a food product, should not be used for storing potable water as it could poison you, or cause birth defects, brain damage, etc. You can read "The Complete Guide to Artists Health and Safety" if you want more info."

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[Soundtrack to the JRS: the thumping bass of the Artery's art car, which offers art tours from Monday to Friday at 3pm, leaving from the Artery in Center Camp.]

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