Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Make friends with New Media

You can't really do Burning Man without a bike. Unless you ride a "mutant vehicle", there is no driving and Black Rock City and its play cover an area of 9 miles squared.

But how to set about organizing bicycles to the playa? We didn't know anyone in Reno. I'd heard Indians may sell bikes by the side of the rode on the drive in, but we didn't want to chance it.

Then just before we left, I got a friend request on my Facebook profile from a guy named Bob, who had read my columns. When I checked out his profile, lo and behold, he was from Reno! I asked him if he knew where I could find some used bikes, and guess what? He organized 5 bikes for me and my entire crew. And grape vodka, too!



Let's give a glittering hand for
Bob's Bikes.








On our way back from Burning Man, Bob and his boyfriend Tony used their Reno connections to hook us up for a night at the fabulous Peppermill Hotel. Down in the hotel pool, we saw tons of fellow burners (they offer burning man specials) because after a week on the playa (where my playa-fied hair began to dred...ok!), there's nothing like king size beds, whirlpool baths, and a casino (of course). We totally hit the jackpot. And I can no longer say Facebook is only good for procrastination!

A huge thank you to my new friends Bob and his trivia-whiz husband Tony for showing us the very best of the biggest little city in the world.

4 comments:

Mark in DE said...

Bob & Tony ROCK!!!

Mark :-)

Jesse Archer said...

And they're keeping the bikes for next year, too...

They so rock!

Bambam said...

Bob and Tony amazingly generous - thanks guys! Plus, Tony's trivia knowledge extraordinary and bewildering.

Bambam said...

Bob and Tony amazingly generous - thanks guys! Plus, Tony's trivia knowledge extraordinary and bewildering.