I'm cath, aka cat, from Toronto. I really do wear funny hats in my "regular" life, when I'm feeling saucy (which, sadly, is not often enough).
I've burned once, in 2000. This year, I'm hoping to burn again -- so I'm not a birgin, but I still
. Like many here, I'm in the STEP line, fingers crossed, waiting to see if the playa will have me this year. If things go the way I hope they will go, I'll be coming home to it with a mixed group of fellow burners -- a mix of virgins, veterans, and in-betweens. I know that if I get there, it will be a very different place than what I remember, but I trust that the spirit will be the same.
There is talk in my group of potential fellow travelers of joining a theme camp to share the work and joy of Burning Man. Nothing is settled yet. For now, I'm mostly lurking on the forums, learning what I can, soaking up the excitement and anxiety, and whetting my appetite for the joy and dust and sweat and struggle of the playa.
Peace and love to you all.
If you want drama to stop following you everywhere, try letting go of the leash.