Saturday, July 19, 2008

Dreams about Burning Man

For me they all have the same nightmarish theme... This morning I awoke with the most palpable dread, with my heart sinking in my chest as I realized (in my dream) that I arrived at the Reno Airport and I had forgotten to check my luggage and I wouldn't have anything to camp with, or worse even still, to wear at Burning Man!!!

Too funny. I'm so used to the dreams I now wake up and say to myself immediately, its only a dream...it didn't really happen. It's gonna be OK, there's still time.

This may sound extremely silly to some people, but if there is one thing that comes into play at Burning Man it's survival, if you're not prepared you could have a rotten time or worse yet, die. And if you don't have the proper fashions, well, my opinion is, why bother!?

Am I being mellow dramatic!? No, there is a reason the tickets say that the Burning Man Organization is not responsible for death or bodily injury.

Oh, that just made me think of one of my favorite art cars from 2003, it had swings on it and they would spin slowly (like a whirling dervish ride) and you had to run along side it and jump on a swing while it was moving. I guess you could wait 'til it stopped, but where's the fun in that!? My pal Jimmoi nearly tore his finger off on that one. Luckily he survived with no blood having been spilled, just pulled it badly. I gotta see if I got a pic of that somewhere.

Anyhoo, it is serious and I totally crack myself up with the crazy dreams I have of being unprepared. I've already had about 5 of them this year not including the one this morning. I would've thought that by now, in my 5th year of attending, this anxiety would decrease but it doesn't. I guess for me that's part of the fun; the challenge of the whole trip. The camping, the dealing with food and water and the whole survival aspect of it. Luckily, I have a killer tribe of people I camp with called Homeslice who have established a pretty darn cushy place to camp.

I also have a tremendously generous and wonderful friend named Reno Sassy who stores most of my gear in her shed! I couldn't do it without that. Thank you Sassy!

Well, that's it for now. If you got this far, thanks for stopping by.
-MP

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

dreams and visions coming into reality

Today is an auspicious day for me. My first website (www.wearwithattitude.com) has been launched and a dream that has been in my heart so long, that I can't remember how it got there, has come into being. That dream is to somehow use my artistic talents to create beautiful things that make people smile and support myself financially in the process.

The seed of the realization of this dream was planted in my heart in 2003 when I made my first trip to Burning Man. It was the first time in my life that I felt like I truly fit in, I felt like I had found my people, and that I actually did belong on this planet!! And through the journey of attending Burning Man over the past five years, I've found a community that wants what I have to offer, and would be delighted to have it. Thank you Burners!!

But before I go any further talking about all that, I have to Thank the people who helped me get to this wonderful day.

First and foremost, I have to thank my number one set of believing eyes, my beloved friend and father of my child, Wes Grasty, who has believed in me and encouraged me for so many years. I just simply could not have achieved any of this without his love and support. It also happens that he is an awesome Daddy and has mad Internet skills to boot! (www.customer-e-service.com & www.petpossibilities.com)

Secondly, there are the amazingly creative people in my life who have lent their talent to help me manifest my amazing site, and make my dream a reality. They are:
  • John Howard of JohnSHoward.com who designed and built my site. He not only did it for free, but also made me feel like his best customer through the entire process, he's truly amazing and I really feel that angels sent him to me.
  • My dear friend of 20 years, and star photographer Jim McGuire (JimMcGuire.com) who always inspires me in the way he lives his life.
  • My friend Jade Wills (JadeMakeup.com) who possesses mad skills in bringing out the beauty of others, is a talented hooper and poi artist, and still has many, many unrealized talents...can't wait to see what is next for you Jade!
  • And then there's my long time friends Scott Cooper and Kristi Stanfill of (EvolutionMT.com) who not only have represented me as an actor, but also happen to respectively own, and help run, the coolest talent agency around! (EvolutionMT.com)
  • And of course there are the group of beautiful models who worked for me for free and did it with grace, high spirits and a wonderful sense of play!! My beautiful model friends: Michael, Lissette, Amber, Heather, Chloe, Lilly and Jade. You guys make my hats look so good!!
  • And then there are my star PR consultants Chai Guy, Shutter and my dear friend Elizabeth Malcolm who is an amazing producer, writer, therapist, director and, and, Liz you have too many talents for me to name here!! I thank you all for your advice and support!!
  • And finally I thank my dear, dear friends, family and Homeslice tribe, who have been my believing eyes through this entire journey!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

O.K. Wow! Well I've got some orders to fill, so more blogging later!!

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