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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 >> 2005 >> 2006 >> 2007
2008 >> 2009 >> 2010 >> 2011 >> 2012 >> 2013  >>  2014

2010 – There is always Burning Man
They are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Burning Man this year, it will be my 11th trip to Black Rock City. I cannot image my life without it.

The first 6 months of 2010 have already proven to be high in Drama in our house, people & events, relationships and situations. I would like to get off this Roller Coaster for a while. Part of the lesson for me is we are not in 'Control' of anything, we react to what the rest of the world; people do.

No matter how crazy it gets or seems, there is 'Always Burning Man', the draw of and to Community.  I hope each of you have a Burning Man Community in your hood, a place you can call home.  Get involved in Burning Man, make a difference in someone's playa experience, go out on a limb, take a chance.

Playa Lessons Learned…

  • 2010 will be my 11th Burn & 9th serving as Camp Daddy, Benevolent Dictator of PolyParadise.  I apologize none for the way in which I run the camp, the decisions I make.  There is no doubt that if it was your camp; you would run it very differently, as we all have our unique styles and methods. I am ready for what awaits me; what awaits us all in Black Rock City 2010.

  • Always look a Gift Horse in the mouth - Never take that gift for granted, It's neither an obligation or requirement - It is an honor.

  • The thought of 'Giving  Up Control' is easier than actually doing so.

  • No Refunds or Exchanges means...No Refunds or Exchanges

  • One of the more important lessons from this years Burn - Delegate but not micro-manage....

  • What I find ethically bankrupt & morally reprehensible is normal to someone else. Even as I encourage diversity in thinking, I cannot ever get over that you do not find it it as appalling as I do....

  • When you describe what kind of time you had, please tell me what you did, not how fucked up you were. Leave out the words; Smashed, Drunk, Rolling, Tripping Balls. Tell me what you did, not how messed up you were or what your drug of choice was...

What lessons did you learn from Burning Man & the Playa in 2010?

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