me: there is one (1) fun size™ butterfinger between me & J & it’s been that way for days
me: someone who is not J or me will probably have to eat it
me: and neither of us will see them grab it, and both of us will think it was the other
me: SHARED CANDY DISH POLITICS 101
me: Chapter 1, Uneasy Detente
C: Ohhh,,, true story
C: very true story
C: if it were you and I …one of us (likely me) would eat it…if we beat D to it
me: or we would blatantly eat it AT the other person
me: make a production of it
me: maybe with interpretive dance
C: This does sound like us
C: I like us
If I could sum up Wasteland Weekend in one word it would be: Validating.
I’m old and jaded. I’ve seen variations on all of this before. Desert vistas. People in all kinds of costumes expressing their inner selves. Tricked out cars. The Thunderdome. I’ve even seen a lot of post-apoc aesthetics around these things.
But there were a few things that made WW different in a really good way. First of all, I loved the existence of a coherent aesthetic. That was just plain fun. It wasn’t like a ren faire where everyone had their own interpretation and it wasn’t like a rave or TTITD where everyone just does their own thing. It was original and interesting and personal, but within a bubble of this post-apocalypse, this aesthetic. Not just freeform whatever. And everyone knew and liked the movies. When I arrived I found @poisonous-angel camped adjacent to people who were all into the MFP from MM1979. There was a guy who went as IronBar in the costume contest! There were *two* Immortan Joes. There were all the Death Guild folks being Death Guild. There were even a bunch of Fallout people being something I didn’t understand (but I guess some sort of soda is popular). But it all hung together.
Secondly, the event was small, but not too small. You’d run into people you’d met before, but it wasn’t just an insular group of friends. And when I was overwhelmed by “people I know but can’t deal with” I could walk off and be around “people I don’t know and are free to ignore.” Which was nice since being alone in crowds is kind of a thing for me. I also did stuff. Like instead of sticking with the stuff my friends were doing, I got out… I had make-up done at the body shop and… well… that was kinda it. But I always want to do stuff like that, then never do it if my friends aren’t doing it.
@flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy has alluded to this, but it was pretty kick ass that everyone was respectful and hands off. I can’t tell you how many festivals and parties I’ve been to where (no matter what conversations are going around about consent) some dude thinks it’s his right to decide that you need a hug. Like, I hadn’t even realized how pervasive this was till I was somewhere that people offered a handshake and then asked before hugging. I think I hugged someone without asking and now I feel a bit guilty. But that’s good because that was always an excuse for some gropey new-age dude to make people feel uncomfortable. Yeah… stop that gropey new-age dudes… it’s kinda shitty behavior.
BUT BEST OF ALL was the people… especially my Gigadumpster girls and the Bolties. It was SO FREAKING AWESOME to get to meet @bai-xue and @bulletfarmersdaughter. Both of whom are just great folks. And thank you to the Clan of the Boltcutters for letting me hang around a bit, feeding me lots of mead, and taking time to chat (especially @sacrificethemtothesquid & @bethagain who I hadn’t yet met and wanted to). Sorry if I boned out on you guys… I hadn’t eaten enough dinnerto keep drinking at that rate and if I stayed I would have kept drinking. Whoops!
And second best of all was getting to hang out ON THE THUNDERDOME during matches. Yes, I’d seen the Thunderdome at BurningMan. But I’m short, so I could never see the matches from the ground and it was always too swamped with people for me to get up top. The best I’d seen of any of the matches were from the top of my friend’s art car, but that was still peering through people. SOOOOOO MUCH MORE FUN to watch the matches from up on the dome! Their ringmasters are BADASS… All hail Death Guild!
Oh and a quick 3rd best goes to hanging out in Ace’s bloodbag cage with dummy Max. That was fun, send me pictures anyone who took them.
Downsides: The main stage music. Oh god. The few times I listened it was soooooo not my thing. It was like they took the worst parts of techno, industrial and metal and merged them together. Ugh! Maybe there were times when the main stage music was better and I just missed them, but generally it wasn’t my thing. There was a dude messing around with a Moog Mother 32 at his camp that made more interesting music. And at least on the Thunderdome you could mostly just hear the Death Guild DJs.
P.S. Next year I want to build a car. Despite having zero skills at it. Ummm… shit, maybe I can trade a costume for a car???? Prolly not huh?
TL;DR – Wasteland Weekend was fun mostly because of awesome people (both those I knew and those who enforced a respectful environment) and THUNDERDOME/Death Guild!
So are you planning to go next year?
Trying hard not to be consumed with jealousy
Scratched my creativity itch by a nice long session with my new bass. It’s still fighting me a bit, but I’m getting there. And I’m still contemplating names…
TFW you need to be creative but your brain won’t stop bouncing around – I want to live in the world I created for my explorer even though I can’t decide if it wants to be just a short short story or a physical printed thing or or or, and I want to make new button sets, but I’ve got 3 new sets I haven’t even photographed for the shop yet so I’ve got no business making anything new yet and I don’t have any good ideas anyway, and I need to finish my Keeper of the Seeds cosplay but I’m not loving the twine I started the macrame with, and I want to write poetry but the words that were in my head a few hours ago have left, and I still need to learn the bass line for the cover song I suggested for Album No. 3, which reminds me, I want to start the artwork for that but we should probably decide on a name at some point …
Me and the war pup having adventures in the green place.
2016: probably enjoys old memes unironically, no idea how anything works
2012-15: uses “XD” unironically, has a basic understanding of the internet
2010-11: is a fairly average person, advanced understanding of the internet, might be nostalgic
2006-09: wayyy too nostalgic, remembers the old days of youtube, wants things to be simpler, has a nostalgiagasm when remembering old internet, probably has old youtube amvs on their channel from when they were 12 or remembers watching youtube videos when they were 6, age varies from preteen to 20s
2000-05: remembers internet pre-facebook, pre-twitter and pre-youtube, youtube poop expert
the 90s: demigod of the internet, possesses unknown knowledge, reblogs 90s internet posts
the 80s: remembers when eternal september began, probably still uses usenet, possibly doesn’t exist, possibly god
60s-70s: is literally actually god, is a human myth, rest is unknown