Scotto - - 2017

Burning Man - A Week of Radical Self Expression

'Burning Man is an Adult Playland', a 29-Hour a day party for a week; A Globally Charged Community in the desert of Northern Nevada.

'You can vacation in say Jamaica and see things that millions have seen before you and millions will see after you...Or you can trek yourself & stuff to BRC and see things that will only be available for one week to see'

Here is an interesting look back at what Burning Man has meant to me and the lessons I have learned each year...

2000 > 2001 > 2002 > 2003 > 2004 > 20052006 > 2007 > 2008 >  
2009 > 2010 > 2011 > 20122013  >  20142015 > 2016 > 2017 > 2018

2007Defining My Polyness & Poly Attention Span
What an amazing GIFT Burning Man is…a place & time to define oneself, a place to learn from others, a place to grow. This gift is not just one-week long, it is available 525,600 minutes per year. You just have to be willing to see the signs & listen.

Playa Lessons Learned…

  • I am Camp Daddy of PolyParadise, but I am not YOUR Daddy. The emergency you are experiencing when you inform me about it, is in-fact an emergency, it just may not be my Immediate Emergency.

  • In 2006, Erection of Camp stopped on Friday, in 2007 that day came on Wednesday. It felt good to be able to stop putting things together mid-week.

  • The Trash Fence was a great place to bury our Weddings past & for me to formally propose to Ginny. The best part was that she said YES!!!

  • Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, there is just not enough time during the week of Burning Man to visit all the great camps of people we know, let alone visiting new camps and meeting new people.

  • Never attempt to break a block of Dry Ice with your clinched fist! Trust me on this one.

    • Avowal: Before leaving Arizona I attempted to break a block of dry ice with my clinched fist. At first it did not hurt much. As the 23 hour drive to the Playa wore into middledom…My hand became so sore that I could not close my fist. I was scared I broke something. Over the course of the next 12 hours the pain traveled throughout my wrist and palm. Between WildChild’s massaging and my telepathy to The Man, already arisen on the Playa, my hand was doing better as we pulled into BRC. I dodged a bullet…Without the use of my hand there would have been NO PolyParadise, I would have been utterly useless. Never attempt to break a block of Dry Ice with your clinched fist! Trust me on this one.

  • You run into more people while walking the city & on the open Playa then you do when you visit their camp.

  • I was questioned as to how Poly I was…I think the real question being asked...Was I open to Public or Group sexual situations, and in that moment I further defined my own Polyness and answered NO.

    • Avowal: For me Poly is a feeling, knowing that my ‘In Love’ quotient does not have to be limited to just one person at a time. My Polyness is not defined by how many relationships I have ongoing, the pursuit of the next relationship, or the amount of sex I engage in with others publicly or privately.

  • Wanting it to be about me! I realize that I do not & cannot control the actions or choices of a partner or potential partner, but what I do wish to control is their Poly Attention Span! When I am involved with a partner or potential partner, I do want to have their Poly Attentiveness focused on ME! I do enjoy hearing & listening to stories and such about other partners and sharing what those bonds have spawned within my partner or potential partner, but I do want to have their Poly Attentiveness focused on ME! Maybe this attention span deficit I see has nothing to do with Poly, maybe it is being generated & encouraged thru the all out media rich world we live in. A reality where there is no end to the amount of distractions and pressure for our time & attention.

  • What happens at Burning Man may in-fact stay at Burning Man. We may never be confronted in the default world with the lessons from the Playa and then again we might. It is now 3-weeks after the Burn and I am encountering a potential partner’s lack of Poly Attention Span. Well an interesting turn of events, the lack of attentiveness turned into Monogamy. Maybe its ME!

    • Avowal: When she comes to bed with ‘clothes’ on it is a pretty good bet that you are not going to get laid.

  • Then of course there are comments posted by others that inspire me…With praise like this…Who needs enemas?

    because it is folks like SCOTTO ..who do this...for the "all" of us. Scotto is one of the friggin greatest BURNERS and camp Leaders out there.... period. So if you wanna see and you wanna learn... about the concept of BM -or what BM should be, or strives to be, or what is great about BM, well then, listen and learn from these friggin amazing camp leaders and participants..... Scotto is one example of many out there who "do" this kind of thing, work, "make it happen".

    So Kudos!!... to Scotto and Stroke Greg...and many other LEADERS and PARTICIPANTS in theme camps..all over the city, they make it happen and to all those who do not shy away from mooping up to the last crumb are the true spirited ones.

    listen and learn...cause it's all about the love....and...the freedom.

What lessons did you learn from Burning Man & the Playa in 2007?