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Mark Atwood
Walking a girl around in the dark
So an hour or so ago, I was sitting here at Center Camp Playa Info, uploading photos to Flickr, when this lovely young lady, wearing a bikini and a pair of boots, comes up to me.

She's lost, terrified, shivering, and more than a little chemically altered.

I helped her into the shirt and scarf she was carrying, that random passing burners had gifted her with, and got the start of her story out of her.

She's from San Francisco, here with her wife, who she got into an argument with, and her wife just got in their (fully packed) car, and drove off, presumably to go home.

She does have a camp she can crash with, but has no idea where it is, and doesn't know how to run the Playa Info computers.

So I put away my machine and stuff, get her to remember the camp name, and look it up. Camp Elsewhere, up at around 3:30 and H. That's a long walk from center. And since the Man has burned, the street signs have all been ripped off.

So I walk her to her friends' camp, listening to her, as she's so happy to no longer be so lost and alone.

Even though the street signs are gone, the layout and survey markers are still in place, and thus I was able to work out the street and avenue names, and keep us from getting lost .

Apparently she and her wife are an Oscar and Felix pair, and Felix came here to the playa and didn't care for it, doing things like trying to sweep out their tent each day. The whiteout and duststorms all day today where the last straw, and she wanted to leave early, before the Man burned, thus the argument.

Anyway, this girl is safe and warm for the moment, and now has a ride back to San Francisco.

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jatg From: jatg Date: August 31st, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Obviously that's a pair that's going to stick together. Good on you for being a caring escort.

jatg From: jatg Date: August 31st, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait...I meant the sarcasm with the first comment...not the second. :)
elfs From: elfs Date: August 31st, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the audience can figure that out.
amythis From: amythis Date: August 31st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was kind of you.
elfs From: elfs Date: August 31st, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for you!
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: August 31st, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for you. I sent you Mental Chocolate (or food drug of your choice). The world needs more menschen.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: September 8th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
What I find really odd is that y'all think I did some great and good thing. I would think that doing stuff like this is an ordinary thing!
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: September 8th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Weeeelll...you wrote it out as a story because you thought it was worth mentioning, didn't you? And if people are going to respond, it's going to be along the lines of making positive noises rather than saying, "Yeah, so what?"

Personally, I do those kinds of things too without considering them a very big deal. But we live in a culture where it's common not to be involved and where people are raised with the idea that other people can hurt you and it's best to avoid them. So it is notable when someone refuses that bit of programming.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 1st, 2008 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Nicely done. Thank you.
awfief From: awfief Date: September 2nd, 2008 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)

hopefully you would have done the same for a man in the same situation.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: September 8th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I did, sort of. When I got back to the Center Camp, there was a guy sleeping on a couch wearing just a thong and a pair of boots, sleeping. I pulled open one of the huge sheets of cloth that were laying about on the ground, and blanketed him with them, before leaving.
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