Its that time of year again. I leave for Burning Man in seventeen days. My mom finally understands this is not an annual pilgrimage to Birmingham. In fact, she is excited to receive a couple bracelets I’ll be giving away this year. She has a friend that is super interested in all things Burning Man and wants to give her one to wear around the retirement community. You gotta like 80+ year old ladies in Flar-da. They wear colorful slacks, astounding hairdos and apparently they also don Burning Man schwag.
I wrote a little about this year’s Burning Man theme back in March. Check it out here: I’m excited about the Silk Road/Caravansary theme. After a little discussion about what we were thinking, my awesome artist friend Amy made a ton of bracelets for us to give away on the playa. They turned out great!
If you are too lazy to click the link and read and the March blog, I’ll summarize the goat part of the theme. There is a Caravan of Dreams Proverb that says, “If you have no worries, why not buy a goat?” So we have a mountain goat (I live in the Rocky Mountains) with a tassel representing the Silk Road. The goat represents luck, prosperity, longevity and happiness. Cool, eh?
And of course we named our RV The Goat. The ‘we’ is me and my buddy Rich. We are making our third consecutive trip to Burning Man together; meeting up with our camp of about twenty people. The RV is a used one we bought a couple months ago for a few thousand bucks and prayers that it works. It has it’s own Facebook page. Like it here.
We figured it was a smart investment to buy an RV rather than renting and then we don’t have to worry about the abuse it takes going to Burning Man. Plus if I can get a few side trips out of it with my kids, I’ll be happy. We already have let friends borrow it and the Burning Man trip will be the 4th excursion in a month. Hence the Facebook page to give The Goat a life of its own.
A lot of people ask what goes on at Burning Man and it’s really hard to give a complete answer. So much of it is individual in terms of what you get out of it. What is there is less important to me than what it does for me so I have a hard time listing a bunch of things about it. Sometimes it helps to see pictures. Google it and you will find tons. Here is a link to some pics that a professional photographer took last year. He just posted them today and they are awesome!! Scroll past his written intro and check it out.
As with our first two years of Burning Man, we are kicking off the trip with our traditional stop in Salt Lake City to see Dawn.
Speaking of kicking, read this sweet wonderful blog Dawn posted after we met the first time. It’s so fun to tease her and banter shit at each other, but I have to admit I love this woman in a friend from the internet that has a live-in boyfriend kind of way. Oh sorry, here is that link.
So we are going to see Dawn and a few other friends in Salt Lake City on Saturday night 8/23. I’m sure I’ll have great blog fodder after an evening with the Vapid Vixen. And then we will carry on to Black Rock City, the middle of nowhere desert of northwest Nevada to experience my third Burning Man.
I feel like a wily veteran this year with our own RV and being part of an established camp with an awesome art car called Movement of Jah People. It has its own Facebook page too. Check it out and give it a like here.
I’m looking forward to seeing my family, checking out the over 300 registered art projects (with over 100 of them involving fire), meeting people from around the world, participating and giving. I’ll be bartending at Camp Walter for four hours one day, attending the reggae and IPA party at Camp Shadyville another, hitting the Pink Party, the temple, the core burn, the man burn, the city and anything and everything for a week of very little sleep. I can’t wait!
As I’ve talked about Burning Man, written about it here and posted stuff on Facebook, many people have said they want to go someday. One of my pals from New York went last year. And another buddy from Chicago is going this year. But that’s it from my network of friends that pulled the old, "its on my bucket list." A lot of talk but no action.
Hundreds, if not thousands of people are still looking for tickets to this year’s Burning Man. It’s a tough ticket to get, even at the average price of $400 a head. I may have access to one extra ticket. So what do you say? “I want to go someday?” I say, “Really?” Just like Black Rock City (the name of the city created and taken away every year at Burning Man), everything is temporary and could be gone by tomorrow. Seize the day. Carpe diem. Live in the moment. Rage rage against the dying of the light. If you want to go to Burning Man, go now.
All you have to do is let me know.