On an otherwise unremarkable Wednesday, around 80,000 people sat nervously in front of their computers, waiting for the noon hour to strike. And when it did, they quickly clicked the link to get into the queue to purchase one of 40,000 precious tickets to Burning Man 2015. And then began … the wait.
As we’ve learned, it takes time to process all those transactions. Maddening time. Anxiety-inducing time. Time people spent on an emotional rollercoaster from hell, as they waited helplessly to see whether or not the winds of fate would blow a golden ticket into their hands. And during this time, probably more intensive psychic energy was heaped onto one single thing than anything else in Burning Man’s 29-year history: The Little Green Man.
The Little Green Man (yes, we’re capitalizing it, shut up) was the little dude standing, strolling or running along the progress indicator bar, marking one’s advancement through the ticket queue. As ticket-seekers urged him on with a fervor worthy of a filly at the Derby, he ascended to the level of a little green mythical being of possibility that would make the average totem, rune, relic or fetish (wait for it…) green with envy.
And while technically he’s white on a green background — Burners are known to be loose with aesthetic interpretations — he will go down in Burning Man lore as The Little Green Man. We’ve pulled together some of the sale-day homages to the little guy here (and we’ve saved our favorite for last) ….
— Andrew Strugnell (@strugs) February 18, 2015
— Bavarian.Queen (@Virago_Virgo) February 18, 2015
— Sean Levatino (@OnwardLevvy) February 18, 2015
— MacTheZazou (@MacTheZazou) February 18, 2015
— Erin O'Brien (@erinogirl123) February 18, 2015
Cheering my little green dude on to the fullest. #burningman
— h❋yley⇅vi✕en☮ (@hayl_ydub) February 18, 2015
— Michael Chang (@mflux) February 18, 2015
I am a power walker. Why is my dude snail pace walking?! #burningman
— Audrey Markoff (@audmarko) February 18, 2015
— gus (@OriginalKen) February 18, 2015
— Robin Oudheusden (@mrpandora) February 18, 2015
Oh my god I've never cheered so loud for anything as I am this little green man right now. #BurningMan
— Dom L'Eplattenier (@DomLeplat) February 18, 2015
My guy moved! #burningman
— Kristine Jennings (@theKrisMonster) February 18, 2015
First ever experience of the #BurningMan ticket queue. C'mon little green man! You can do it!
— Kirsty Vance (@KirstyVance89) February 18, 2015
— Mary Sundermeier (@mundermonster) February 18, 2015
OOOOOH OOOH my little man is walking!!! Ever faster! #burningman
— Mosy (@Mary_Misfit) February 18, 2015
Come on little stickman. WALK!!!! #burningman
— Scott Alexander (@sc00ter5) February 18, 2015
— Rishe G (@rishegee) February 18, 2015
— Carl Spitzer (@carlspitzer) February 18, 2015
— Kim Jay (@kimjayphoto) February 18, 2015
What's the cheat code to put the stick dude in god mode? #burningman
— PJK (@Privacy_Dude) February 18, 2015
I just saw my little man do a light jog… I'm hopeful! #burningman
— Ellie Stephens (@elliesbells) February 18, 2015
This little green man must be on some crazy drugs because he's been walking forward and backward and now appears to be lost. #burningman
— Tristan Brown (@BrownTristanh) February 18, 2015
— Ray Terrill (@Rayterrill) February 18, 2015
#burningman can you PLEASE tell this little stickman bastard to get his ass in gear!?!?! I can't possibly still be 1 hour + in line
— Matthew Snyder (@followsnyder) February 18, 2015
And our favorite (this one’s a JOKE, people) …
— rob banagale (@jetsetter) February 18, 2015