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Old 09-04-2008, 01:30 PM   #11
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Okay, I read it. I must admit my mind blurred a bit after you wrote "nothing like Sturgis."

I would add this. As you know, Madison is now the capital of the "graying, long-in-the-tooth, older hippie-dippy, sagging communist, holistic healing, we-are-the-world" counter culture's existence.

In fact, our Williamson Street celebrations are kind of a similar event, except we don't burn anything but bratwurst.

It appears that BM is a fest that just grew. It even looks like a "child friendly" wire enclosure now envelopes the fire.

I was just interested in the history. For example, "Sturis" as you know it, started with six bikers burying a giant dead grasshopper.

Stuff like that interests me. Here's a tid-bit. The metal struts that hang down from the back of a semi's trailor are nicknamed "Mansfield bars." It keeps automobiles from sliding under the trailor in a crash and beheading the car driver. While Jane Mansfield was not decapitated, the concept stuck.

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Old 09-04-2008, 04:20 PM   #12
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looks lieka good time was had by all

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Old 09-04-2008, 04:44 PM   #13
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RK, That is AWESOME! I didn't fancy you as the "burning man" type, lol! What good times!
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:01 PM   #14
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RK, That is AWESOME! I didn't fancy you as the "burning man" type, lol! What good times!
Hahahaa! I'm the type alright!

Thanks, it was such an amazing year. Already counting the days until next year!!
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Old 09-04-2008, 07:18 PM   #15
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Tonight in Santa Fe, NM they are having something like that that they have done for 84 years. They also burn a large man figure it's called Zozobra and it's the burning of old man gloom. It signifies burning up all bad things that have happened in the past year with hopes of a fresh start. I'm guessing thats where burning man may beem inpired.

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