Temple Visit 2014

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Thelma Lee read about the Pink ride in a 2011 Jackrabbit Speaks (The Burning Man newsletter)

She came to the talk and the ride and then when we hit center camp–with Playa Serendipity- she crossed paths with her Husband. He was pulled into the pink lovefest and I gave him a hug. It was magical and she wrote about it.


Back in the default world, Thelma Lee joined and became active in AnyBeat, the (now defunct) Burning Man-inspired Social Media platform that I helped co-found with Dmitry Shapiro and others.

Anybeat was closed in May 2012.

In February of 2014, Thelma’s husband, Peter, died.

For the 2014 burn, Thelma Lee asked me to place a small chain of origami cranes in the Temple. It was the heart of a “one-thousand cranes” project, folded and constructed by Peter’s colleagues.

The cranes were hand-delivered by Esta (aka Luna), another Anybeat alumni who she remained digital and physical friends with.

Mid-week at Burning Man, I rode to the temple. With tears streaming down my face I approached the center alter, removed my shoes, and then attached the cranes to a large plaque for a medic who had passed.

Moments like this are hard to express.

Places like this are hard to convey.

But I am overwhelmed with gratitude that they exist.

Thank you, Peter. Your love vibrations ripple eternally.

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