The Skies of December Turn Gloomy
December 11, 2006 12:04 AM   Subscribe

The La Contessa, the Spanish galleon that roamed Lake Lahontan, is gone.
posted by fandango_matt (18 comments total)

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posted by allen.spaulding at 12:22 AM on December 11, 2006

posted by loquacious at 12:24 AM on December 11, 2006

burned on purpose or if it was arson

Tough call to make, i s'pose.
posted by slater at 12:25 AM on December 11, 2006

Dammit, that was the best converted school bus since "Further". This makes me sad.
posted by GavinR at 12:42 AM on December 11, 2006

On playa this year I talked to one of her crew, who mentioned that La Contessa needed a lot of repairs, and that they were having trouble getting everyone to commit to paying for it.

Take it with a grain of salt, but that ship always was running aground out there, and many times was not as mobile as she looked. I suspect the burning was intentional.
posted by cotterpin at 4:56 AM on December 11, 2006

I'm wrong, I see the site claims it was arson.
posted by cotterpin at 5:00 AM on December 11, 2006

La = The, FYI. "The La Contessa" has one 'The' too many.

Too bad about the burninating.
posted by dustbo at 5:11 AM on December 11, 2006

I suspect foul play. It's my belief that one of our members couldn't stand the competition.

Book 'em Dano.
posted by substrate at 5:27 AM on December 11, 2006

Sounds like a case of hippies gone mad.
posted by MapGuy at 6:49 AM on December 11, 2006

These rumors of my death are wildly exaggerated.
posted by contessa at 8:03 AM on December 11, 2006

That's just so sad. I'll miss seeing her emerge from the playa dust, drunken pirates hanging from the mast.
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:17 AM on December 11, 2006

She was a thing of beauty.

Here are a few photos of her during the daytime in 2005.
posted by donovan at 11:02 AM on December 11, 2006

dustbo, what the the hell are you nattering on about?
posted by ism at 11:41 AM on December 11, 2006

posted by equipoise at 12:18 PM on December 11, 2006

At the risk of marginalizing the post, Burning Man is all about ephemerality (is that even a word?). Create beauty. Revel in it. Watch it pass, beautifully.

Granted, this was possibly a somewhat ignoble death, but perhaps not. Maybe its operators or merely admirers decided that it should not go quietly into that dark night and gave it the final respect it deserved.

Don't know. Just saying that's maybe a more apt eulogy.
posted by elendil71 at 12:52 PM on December 11, 2006

what, no pix of the fire?
posted by mwhybark at 7:05 PM on December 11, 2006

ephemeral, yes. but now there's a burned out bus and a bunch of metal bits sitting in a dusty field.
posted by diggum at 10:39 PM on December 11, 2006

Maybe include a tag 'burning man' so those of us who don't give a flying shit about what some people from the Bay do in the desert won't have to read these ceaseless burning man advertisements.
posted by Sukiari at 10:40 PM on December 11, 2006

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