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17 September 2010
Photo Friday: my night with oktapodi


Mama Love & Oktapodi during daylight hoursToday’s guest post is courtesy of the always-delightful Mama Love, who took a brief but eventful sojourn around Center Camp with Oktapodi during Burning Man 2010. I’d originally intended to just post the pics, but thought you might want to hear about the adventure in her own words, and get a small taste of what it’s like to meet and greet the public when accompanied by America’s favorite bath toy.



the artwork that started it allThis night at Burning Man started out like no other night, which at Burning Man is how every night starts out. I found myself in the area called Center Camp waiting for something to happen. I was looking at an art piece when my friend Forward told me “Mama, that should be your refrigerator magnet”. I needed a photo of this to make his statement so. I found my sweet Sonia and requested the use of her camera to capture the moment. As I walked back towards the art piece, I realized that I had a little hitchhiker with me: my ol’ friend Oktapodi. Oktapodi and I had shared our 2008 Burning Man experience in a very intimate way, but that’s another tale, and yes there are documented photos of our love! On this particular night, I felt Oktapodi was searching for some human burner connections.


oktapodi and the lantern
He and I decided to take a swirl around Center Camp to fulfill his need.
We started by energizing his soul with the lantern light.
 

who doesn't love some electrolytes?
This seemed to dry him out a bit and luckily we ran into this extraordinary creature who was willing to share her straw of magical electrolytes with him. 
 

oktapodi in a California Threesome
He became so excited he jumped into the middle of a California threesome. A video was also taken, and can be purchased at www.Pulpology.com for a nominal fee.
 

ooga-shaka, ooga-shaka
Oktapodi’s thirst was not quenched by this interaction and he moved in search of warm flesh over wooden clothespins. Next thing I knew he was being fondled by a pair of cavewomen. 
 

lusty and dusty!
He was insatiable and this is when I found him squeezed in between these two dusty-lusty women. 
 

Barbielicious
A little taste of burner love and he was inspired to attempt manifesting his dream girl, Barbie. 
 

snowbound
He ended up with a Snowbound Burner instead but I don’t think he was disappointed. 
  

distracted by shiny objects
It didn’t take him long to move on to the next shiny thing… He attached himself to the backside of a girl in the marching band. 
 

trombone!leader of the band
There was a competition going on and he jumped from the trumpeter to the hat of the very perplexed conductor. The chase was on! He is a very fast little cephalopod. 
  

oktapodi learns about the 10 Principles
Just as Okapodi reached the edge of the dome with The Man and the free playa in view, he was snatched by the green-painted, dreadlocked crossing guard. He read Oktapodi the Ten Principles of Burning Man and instructed him to go forth and radically express himself. 
 

oktapodi makes some art
Oktapodi immediately began putting sticks together
to create a reef to share with all of Black Rock City. 
 

everybody poops
The night was young but the siphon was full, so a quick stop to the Okta-porta-pottie was in order. 
 

cephalopod love
Mama Love and Oktapodi still have that spark!


Check out more fabulous travel photos at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


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Re: Photo Friday: my night with oktapodi
Oktapodi truly has a life of his own, a rather crazy one at that. Hopefully he won't end up in a rehab clinic...
Posted by mark on September 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Re: Photo Friday: my night with oktapodi
If he starts hanging out with Amy Winehouse, we may have to conduct an intervention.
Posted by sonia on September 23, 2010 at 10:25 PM

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