Gift Prolific Mini Edition

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I decided last year that I was skipping Burning Man this year.  But recently Theresa was offered a job that starts the week of Burning Man….and that is when the temptation started.  I thought….well me and Darwin could go.  No big projects, no giant amount of work.  Just me and the boy and a bicycle.  So I looked into it.  Turns out it was nearly doable.  Lance would take our stuff (clothes, shelter, bike, water,. etc.)  I would need to buy a tent and groceries.  Then I found a ride with Brenna on Wednesday night (PERFECT).  And the Love Puddle folks had rumor of a possible ticket.  And then my bills caught up with me.  After scrambling to pay most of them very late….it occurred to me that my priorities are probably off.  I can’t go to Burning Man and screw over my family for 2 months.  If I could find 400 bucks for a ticket, I would need to use that to put out all kinds of fires here at home.  So with a sad heart I called Brenna yesterday to tell her that I just don’t see how I can do it.  She understood…and told me that if things change, the ride was still available.

That got me thinking.  What if I just sit down and decide to leave it up to the world to go or not go.  After all I had a lot of things pushing me to go.  So I wrote out a Facebook status update that said that if there was a 2% chance of me going I would need a 4 person tent and a free ticket.  AND an attitude of Gratitude.  Within minutes Magdalena offered to loan her 4 person tent to me.  WOW.  And an hour later a buddy siad that he had heard rumor of a free ticket.  But I wasn’t really sure about it.  So I went to bed.

This morning I woke up to find a message from Molly Vickart who works at Burning Man.  “Send me your address, you have a ticket” it read.  I started shaking.  NO WAY?!  After a few messages back and forth Molly explained that SHE was gifting me one of her tickets.  And that she really thought I should go.  Even now as I type this I can’t believe it.  I am taking my son to the desert to see art and do cool stuff.  THANK YOU MOLLY!

When I told Darwin he was so excited that he ran out to my art studio and grabbed a bunch of small blank canvas.  “We have to give these away!” he said.  I laughed and thought of last year.  And then it hit me.  GIFT PROLIFIC mini.  Darwin and I are going to give as many gifts as we can from now until Burning Man.  Then we will make a painting about each day’s gift, together.  At Burning Man we will give these paintings to people as a gift.  I am super excited about this little father and son project.  We may skip nights….after all he is 3.  But I feel like he loves giving to people….and we will see where it takes us.  So please follow along and enjoy.  Take care.

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About giftprolific

My name is Joshua Coffy and I am an artist living in San Francisco. You can see my art at www.undersong.com as well. Thanks for your time.
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2 Responses to Gift Prolific Mini Edition

  1. Anonymous says:

    Where will you be camping? I will be in Hushville, Anti M’s Home for Wayward Art will be at 5 and E. I’d love to see you there!

    • giftprolific says:

      As of right now we will be camping at 2 o’clock on the 7 o’clock wheel with Astro-Cats. I will be there from Thursday to Monday. I will also have a whiteboard at my camp so if you stop by and we aren’t there please leave a message. We will ride over to your neck of the woods….maybe drop off a painting for ya. Take care.

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