I met a friend for lunch at a wonderful Thai restaurant upon arriving in Reno after the shortest leg of my long journey. Afterward we strolled across the street to The Melting Pot Emporium, Reno's coolest counter culture store, aimed at one-stop shopping for Burners who don't have the time to make it to thrift shops or to make costumes or find El Wire on line or....
I could have saved so much time as well as shipping fees.
It was a real eye-opener.
And it was just the beginning.
In the next 24 hours, I would come to realize how much Reno caters to the Burning Man extravaganza.
- 1070 Gentry Way
Reno, NV 89502
- Get Directions
- Phone number(775) 337-8111
I pull up with my trailer and the owner asks me how I am with backing up trailers.
"I fucking hate it", I tell him.
"Oh, I'm good at it and like to, do you mind if I jump in?"
"I've just driven across the country. The less time behind the wheel the better."
Then he got in and backed in like a pro.
They filled up the barrel and I bought a few five gallon jugs for myself and a friend and then was on my way.
After not checking into the hotel that I thought I'd be at, (internet oops) I managed to get a room on the floor with my Art n Such and Such campmates over at Circus Circus.
I unwound, had the last shower I would have for awhile and then went down to have an incredible sushi dinner.
I slept in the following day and started lining up a shopping list and where I might find objects on said shopping list.
We hit a Sam's Club and Costco and were all set up to cross most everything off the list when we realized that two of the more obscure items, industrial size woks (which I never ended up using) and long lag screws (which were amazing, so much better and easier than rebar and will use from this point on) closed at 5 and were at the other end of town.
We were just about done, but I had a few specialty items that I knew I could find at Whole Foods; caviar and champagne (or at least something bubbly).
As much as the rest of Reno had been catering to the Burner dollar, Whole Foods took the prize.
If I were to decorate a store pimping its wares to rich Burner Folk, I would have felt that this real version was a bit much. I wouldn't believe it unless I saw it.
And I did see it. And even then I could barely believe it was real.
"Desert Friendly Food" "Hydration Station" "Local Brews" (cans of course) these were all real signs and had the "burner-type" sales-associate to go with it.
They even had unicorn stick-ponies for sale.
We finally checked pretty much everything off the list and went to pick-up a friend at the airport and then off to TTITD (That Thing In The Desert) aka Burning Man,.