Sunday, September 9, 2012

Burning Man 2012- Dusty AF

Burning Man 2012
I just returned from my now must go to annual trip to Burning Man.  This year was a very different vibe than last year for me. No less great just less of being in it.

We had an art car this year and I would definitely say that this gave a bigger social calendar so we spent more time passing by the beautiful art and not getting into the theme camps. 

What did I get? The beauty, the people. We got to spend time with our favorite people at Flattery Camp. Papa Jay and Crash. Those two are the most real and hospitable folks that I am so honored to have friended. If time permits this year, we will be seeing them off the Playa. 

Another memorable friend, also from Flattery Camp from 2011 is Jake. Love that guy. His presence brings fun and the perfect amount of snark to everything. I was grateful he is able to express that our mutual admiration towards each other still held up since we had last been together. (Those Brits can be so closed off) I had more time to talk to him and get to know him, but there is never enough time to do all of it. I hope to meet up with him before next year. I truly do.

This year we brought Seven Virgins (and a Nutcracker) with us. Risky to do, but overall, I am very happy with the outcome. I say that because I can be terribly selfish with my vacation and protective of my time with Ian. We had planned many months with the virgins. Everyone seemed to love it and now 'get' why BM is so special. 

We also had a great op to get to know Brett and Rich and the sometimes there, lil miss sparkle pony, Carolynn. 

Since I am closest with Brett and have 'known' him for many years now, I tended to hang with him more. I do get into a comfort zone and stay with what I know even though I crave new situations on a regular basis. Brett was really taking it all in. Thoughtfully and spiritually. He absorbed it and questioned it and dove in head first. He showed up fully and totally gave and received the spirit of the moment. He wins the virgin award. He never said no to anything, except pickle backs. Thank you Brett for showing up and sharing yourself. Thank you mostly for trusting me with going and letting be the witness to your moment. Love you.

Speaking of moments. There are so many that I am not going to cover here. On the social spectrum, we met these really great guys from Lake Tahoe. Grounded and real. I was especially surprised at the connection we made with all 3 of them. Not just a slap on the back, you guys are cool, but really a deeper level of a connection. They felt it too. We will def be getting together with them soon.

I wouldn't advise anyone to actually go to this place. It is a lot of work and time to get there and home. But I do know this. I love it. I can call it home.



Vapid Vixen said...

Everyone should have a place like this where they really feel at home. I'm happy for you that you've found one.

Wow, that was awkward said...

I teared up reading this. That has happened a few times since I got back. Further proof that Burning Man is more special and more spiritual than I could have ever imagined.

We were really lucky to get to join your camp and learn from you much less experience BM with you. Thank you for your patience. As a group we can certainly give more to the everyday function of our camp next year.

This year was a revelation for me. Wow. I enjoyed meeting new people as well but confess I didn't give much to them since I was focused on myself and our camp mates. I look forward to changing that next year by broadening my circle! This was intentional though.

Yes, you were my rock. You essentially were why I was there in the first place and although it wasn't planned at all, how perfectly appropriate that you were there when I needed you as I was suddenly overtaken by all that was around me and inside me. It was a crazy moment that I will never forget and I'm glad you were part of it.

It was also worth the trip just to get to spend more time with Ian. I told you both (after you made me!) that I now see something in you two that I didn't see before. You two are really good for each other. It's a beautiful thing to see in people and you two are very lucky. Please don't ever take that or each other for granted.

On top of all that, what a fun party with amazing art, creativity, dancing, oooooohs and ahhhhhhhhs and WTF is going on heres! And the people!! All the crazy people!!

Sorry for writing a comment as long as your blog, but I copped out on you on your comment on my blog, so I'm making it up to you here. Thank you. Love you more.


NicePeace said...

I really do miss your twirly hugs.

BM is nothing you ever thought it could be. But it is amazing the power that it leaves you with.

Hold on to it and keep it alive.

NicePeace said...

@ Wow - I'm glad you got to spend time with me whilst half naked all week.

Wow, that was awkward said...

And then there is that part of Burning Man that I love!!

Leslie Lim said...

I read your blog.I thought it was great.. Hope you have a great day. God bless.