Tuesday, July 13th, 2010


Read about day 4 here. Day 3 here2008 (11X-Day) X-Day review here.

As always, click through to comment on any picture individually on flickr, or to see the full-size…

We went to X-Day again this year. It was a totally different experience than last year. It rained for the first three days we were there, but then it got really nice for the weekend. It was never overbearingly hot.

WAKING UP

July 5th — X-Day — is always the hardest day. Since X-Day — The Rupture — occurs at 7:00AM on July 5th, it’s tough. Most people are up late partying and drinking, and nobody is in the mood to get up at 6:55AM. Some lucky people are still awake from the night before. But most people are asleep at 7AM.

Granted, there’s not a single time, 24 hours a day, that you can’t walk around and eventually find people during X-Day…… But getting up at 7AM on a Sunday? That’s for people who go to church, not church of the subgenius! ;)

Last year Carolyn & I utterly failed to make The Rupture. Sure, we woke up in our tent, and heard the noise… But I was too hungover from slamming too many bears while trying to get the taste of awful homemade absinthe out of my mouth. I was a casualty on July 4th, 2008!

But not July 4th, 2009! We actually successfully woke up! And actually made it to The Rupture!

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0349 - Carolyn's Misfits jacket - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Carolyn’s Misfits hoodie accidentally left out all night

First off, we went to the Roundhouse, to warm up by the fire. This was also the Most Precarious Fire Set-Up Ever. I mean, check that picture out — those logs are practically levitated off the ground. Crazy, crazy. Will it fall down and fling hot stuff at us? We were passed some orange juice drink (pictured above). It wasn’t just orange juice… This was about 6:45AM or so.

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0350 - morning after the bonfire - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Precarious fire is precarious

THE RUPTURE

As we walked to the main pavilion / saucer landing site, I got to use my noisemaker [recorder mouthpiece*] to bring misery to all the people who didn’t get out of their tents. Total awesomeness!

*[ i.e. the recorder instrument they have you play in music class in elementary school]

So, as it stands, we did, in fact, make it to The Rupture this year… The 15-25 lucky SubGenii who made it there were all presented with a drink called “Bob’s Pipe Juice”, which was a foul, brown, nasty-tasting alcoholic drink. Try as we might, any drink designed to taste like pipe juice is obviously not very palatable. We discretely poured ours into the trash cans.

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0352 - The Rupture - Carolyn, Clint - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
909 Jim Jones Cult members agree: Bob’s Pipe Juice sucks.

Everyone gathered around, waiting for the pleasure saucers to come…

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The Rupture – SubGenii gathered

Those of us who had cameras or audio/video recording devices got ready to commemorate this important day in SubGenius history…

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0355 - The Rupture - Dr. Hal, Reverend Stang, Pantiara - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Yetimen, start your recorders!

The moment of truth drew nearer, and nearer. We counted down to 7:05AM, and smoked the last cigarette we would ever smoke before leaving planet Earth:

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0357 - The Rupture - Pisces, Eggplant, K-Ren, Stang, Sudz, Clint, Rose, Carolyn - (by George Burgyan) - 585239460_ybHCo-X2 - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
The Rupture (by George Burgyan)

But alas, the saucers did not come.


Our
Rupture video (1m24s)

Agent Lloyd’s rupture video. I love the last couple seconds, where you can see Bug and Rev. Panik trying to jump up into the saucers.

Damnit, “Bob”!

You screwed us again!

Well–maybe not. The Conspiracy keeps changing the calendars around. We may never know when it’s really 1998. But it definitely wasn’t 1998 this year.

NOW WHAT?!?!

Well….

This is awkward.

We’re not dead. (!!??!!)

And neither are you, Bobdammit.

Well, no what? Take pictures of the ground?

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dew on the grass

Sit around a bit, and ponder the fact that all the pinks aren’t going to be left to fry in a hell on earth?

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0360 - The Rupture - Clint, everyone - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Ponder the existential existence of being lorded over by JHVH-1, and wondering what its motivation for us is?

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0361 - The Rupture - Clint - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Maybe it was my fault, somehow?

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"What in the hell do you think you're doing!?"

Well, while we’re still here and in Brushwood, may as well take note of the pretty pagan thingamabobs:

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0364 - The Rupture - dream catcher thing - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
pagan thingamabob is pagany

And maybe go check out the graffiti board… Completely different from last year’s…

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Here’s last year’s, for comparison:

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Well, Christie & 808 have candy, in this strange, orb-like container. Let’s eat some!!!
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They made us some awesome peanut butter & marshmallow fluff sandwiches that were heated up on the sandwich press. I had never thought of using that for a peanut butter sandwich, but it was a definite win.

So now that we’re alive, we still have a day of stuff to do. Maybe catch a little sleep, then wake up before noon. OH HAI, A KITTY!!!

KITTY!!!

This kitty lives at Brushwood. She was really friendly. Someone told us she had had kittens but they all found homes. Tangent & Dammit Janet might have gotten one of them.

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Carolyn petting the Brushwood kitty

This kitty was insanely sociable!


Brushwood kitty – stalking, attacking (1m4s)

kitty!


Brushwood kitty – petting (1m12s)

MORE WANDERING

So anyway, we checked out 808 and Christie’s campsite, which was strangely far away compared to last year. I’d never actually been on the other side of the field. Yes, we drove. We’re SubGeniuses, damnit! SLACK IS OUR GAME.

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0378 - view from across the woods at alt.slack woods - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

view from the alt.slack woods; we spent most of our time directly forward, on the opposite side, near the four flushers. You can see the roundhouse.

Funny stuff ’round the alt.slack woods:

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Witch parking only – All others will be toad

808’s trademark parachute was put to use, as always (this thing has visited Assateague too):

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0381 - 808 & Christie's campsite - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
808 & Christie’s campsite – full of supplies

I ran into a random “OH!” sighting:

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0382 - OH - on the boat - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
OH!

And I took a picture if Rev. Panik’s painting, which ultimately became the upper image on the official 12X-Day page, as well as the Facebook profile image for the girl who was dancing naked around the bonfire in real life:

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0384 - Rev. Panik's painting - Lord Cyclohexane, drunk naked girl @ yesterday's bonfire - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Rev. Panik’s painting

I also found out someone — Christopher Lee — had my exact shirt! Except Clint’s shirt has permanent latex on it from Chris H‘s liquid latex party back around 2000.

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0385 - Clint, Christopher Lee - a meeting of the shirts - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
a meeting of the shirts – don’t forget to bring a towel

THE BOBBY AWARDS

Unlike people who had to work Monday, this Sunday we were still not 100% sure if we wanted to leave today or tomorrow/Monday.  Carolyn wanted to get on the road if they were leaving, but Clint wanted to stay for the Bobby Awards. And that we did.

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SubGenius signs @ main pavilion stage

I believe this year’s Bobby Awards were made by Suzie The Floozie and Popess Pantiara:

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0387 - Bobbie Awards - Suzie The Floozie, Princess Wei, Pantiara - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Suzie, Princess Wei R. Doe, Pantiara

Finally, they started giving out the awards…

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0390 - Bobbie Awards - Dr. Hal, Reverend Stang, Suzie The Floozie, Pantiara - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Bobbie Awards begin

Carolyn was awarded the “Goddess Of Mellowing The Harsh” Bobby Award, for her mellowing skills as demonstrated on day 2. She was called up pretty early, like the 2nd or third one.  Yay!

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0391 - Bobbie Awards - Carolyn receiving Goddess Of Mellowing The Harsh award - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Carolyn receiving Goddess Of Mellowing The Harsh award

They also had a dedicated video and picture cameras, to capture the awards:

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0392 - Carolyn receiving Goddess Of Mellowing The Harsh award - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
official documentation of Carolyn’s award

20090705 - X-Day - Carolyn - getting Bobbie Award by Susie - 2814-Magic_Mist - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Carolyn showing off her award

And here’s what her award looked like:

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Carolyn’s Bobbie Award

Ultimately, Carolyn’s award became an inspiration for SubGenius artist IMBJR to create “The Mellow”, who also created “The Xanatos Scream”. Here they are:

20100325 - Carolyn - The Mellow - by IMBJR from alt.slack
20100324 - Clint - 0 - The Xanatos Scream - by IMBJR from alt.slack [SubGenius]
^ This thing tiles really well. Check it out.

Clint got a double award, for “Earliest X-Day Casualty” and “Best Mud-Puddle Pass-Out”. Rob had nominated him.  Yay!

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0394 - Clint receiving Earliest X-Day Fatality + Best Mud-Puddle Passout award - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
receiving Earliest X-Day Fatality + Best Mud-Puddle Passout award

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0396 - Clint receiving Earliest X-Day Fatality + Best Mud-Puddle Passout award - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Getting official documentation pic

20090705 - X-Day - Clint - getting Bobbie Award by Pantiara - 2817-Xanatos - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Official documentation pic

Close-up of the award:

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Quite appropriate

I was quite sunburned by this point… but didn’t really notice or care…. After all, THE WORLD ENDS TOMORROW AND YOU MAY DIE!

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0398 - Clint receiving Earliest X-Day Fatality + Best Mud-Puddle Passout award - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0399 - Clint receiving Earliest X-Day Fatality + Best Mud-Puddle Passout award - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Dildo Valerie and Bunny Day got their awards, as did many others:

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0401 - Bunny Day, Dildo Valerie's Bobbie Awards, Brayneleeke (bg) - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Bunny Day, Dildo Valerie’s Bobbie Awards

Bunny Day and Dildo Valerie received Bobbie Awards along with Bust A Nutmeg for something like the “Best Rendition Of ‘For A Good Time, Call'”…

DECAMPMENT

We decided it was time to pack up our tent and such. We hadn’t slept in it since Day 1 anyway — we’d been sleeping in the car. And my god did it smell like a diseased swamp in there. Our tent was by a small patch of trees — maybe only 10 feet across. Yet it took us 2 years to notice the random stuff that was right there in front of behind us the whole time:

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stuff behind our tent I almost didn’t notice

Pagan things… orbs.. shiny stuff… yay..

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stuff behind our tent I almost didn’t notice

Sirius Rising is a huge pagan festival at Brushwood, where some 1,000 people show up… But it costs way more money than X-Day…

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stuff behind our tent I almost didn’t notice

This hair reminds me of the lost hair of 1,000 My little Ponies:

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stuff behind our tent I almost didn’t notice – hair

All in all, I’m not sure how the hell I missed this stuff:

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stuff behind our tent I almost didn’t notice

The 3 days of hellish rain were long gone, and the mud tracks were now baked into the mud:

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dried mud tracks

We said goodbye to Teeters, and took a picture of his Cous Cous to remind us to buy our own:

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Teeters LeVerge

Don’t forget:

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Add a boullion cube. It's the only way!

POTLUCK

By the time all was said and done on Sunday, Carolyn was like “since it’s now so late, I’d rather just stay now.” But then we decided to go ahead and leave! We’d just get back in the middle of the night, rather than sleeping here one more day, waking up early, and getting back in the evening.

But then Carolyn was like “it’s already 5PM, and the potluck is going on, so we may as well stay for that!”

Free food rather than having to stop to eat. It makes sense. Plus there’s more variety. And WAYYYY better company. SLACK! It is the SubGenius way!

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potluck dinner

The food was awesome.  Shitloads of pasta, incredible Indian food, haggis (yes, haggis! We actually tried it!), chips and artichoke salsa…  Olives with pits.  Carolyn tore those up, they were so delicious.  Clint thinks they should be eradicated from the earth.  They also had fried donuts that “were just donuts”, but that looked like seafood poppers.  If it was shrimp and scallops, Carolyn would have eaten them, but when she found out they were “just donuts” she passed.

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potluck dinner

We said our final goodbyes to the remaining SubGenii that were hanging around, both inside and outside. Contact infos were exchanged, yadda yadda. But the truth is, as long as you’re on Facebook, you’re going to be able to find everyone at X-Day. They’re pretty much all on there. And those that aren’t are on the alt.slack newsgroup, where they’ve been for decades…

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potluck dinner – outside

We just found out Rev. Spike’s glasses don’t attach to his ears! He custom-made piercing-based glasses! There’s no frame whatsoever, just lenses that attach to his piercings via magnet. That’s so friggin’ awesome. Piercings are mostly pointless — this one actually had a point.

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Rev. Spike’s self-made piercing-based glasses

DRIVING HOME

Finally, we left and went home.

It was sad, but they were still broadcasting on FM, so we got to at least listen to X-Day until we were out of FM radio range.

And then at that point, we popped in all the various free cds of SubGenius-created music that various people had given us.

Finally, after a good hour or 2, we had to go back to our music, which represented the final unplugging from X-Day. Now we were just in a car, with still 6 hours to go.

And you know what? WE SAW FIREWORKS! One thing about going to X-Day is, there aren’t really fireworks in New York. And SubGenii were banned from having explosive devices at X-Day many years ago–we’re troublemakers. And since X-Day is July 5th, not July 4th, a lot of the times you don’t even realize July 4th happened. I had only seen 3 fireworks explode in the past 2 4th of Julys.

So driving home at night was actually kind of awesome! You got to see the various towns setting off their fireworks. And you got to see it three-dimensionally, as you passed. I was lucky, as Carolyn had first driving shift, so I got to stare at them more. But Carolyn definitely did some drive-by staring of her own.

It took about 6 1/2 – 7 hours to get home, which is pretty good time.

We stopped in Breezewood again to top off the gas and pee and switch driving shifts.  We also stopped at Taco Bell and had some confusion with the order. This Taco Bell still served the long-since removed from the Taco Bell menu TOSTADAS. I love ’em! They’re light. Chips, beans, lettuce. A great item if you’re not quite full, but don’t want a full taco. And only 79 or 89 cents. They’re even vegetarian! We had a long conversation with the guy who worked at that Taco Bell. Basically, they will make any canceled item that they have the materials to make. I wish our Taco bells were so rebellious.

Finally, we got home around 1:30-2:00AM, Sunday Night. We left our remaining beers in the cooler outside, where they were (much more slowly) eventually drank.

COMA

Under normal road-trip scenarios, three days of misery might have made Event Generic-Event not worth it. But since this was not a Generic-Event, but a SubGenius X-Day, the awesomeness of it all totally outweighed the rain. Sure — it would have been better if it hadn’t rained as much — But anybody who knows us knows that we hate driving. And we still think it’s worth the 8 hour drive. And we’re going to do it again in 2010! In fact, by the time this posts, we will have just come back from X-Day 2010. So there!

To view all the pictures from day 5, go to my 20090705 tag on flickr. Read about day 4 here.

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0384 - Rev. Panik's painting - Lord Cyclohexane, drunk naked girl @ yesterday's bonfire by you.

Hey Pastafarians? What does your church do for you do? Bwahahahaha, we had a great time because Church Of The SubGenius is a real organization, not just a page you “fan” on Facebook! IN YOUR FACE!  One more thing: 2008 (11X-Day) X-Day review here.