Well hullo there, I'm throwing my hat (and heart) into the ring here as I am seeking 2 tickets.
First off, I'm in San Francisco, so that makes some logistics easier for everyone. We could wear roses on our lapels, meet up in a bar, and pretend it's a blind date. Ok, my story? Hm, let's see...
My boyfriend and I moved from Canada to SF this year and were super stoked to be so close to BM..."finally!", we said, "we'll be able to have our fabulous (first) burning man experience!". Geography, finances, timing...it all fell lovingly in place. But then, failed ticket attempts...oh noooo!
We're both in a high-gear life-shift time, perhaps partly being in our mid 40s (nope, BM isn't our red convertible replacement!), but mostly due to yanking the wheel of our lives and cranking it toward...directions unknown! The move down here was the first veer and we are resisting the safety and comfort of the known to fully stretch into new things, places, people, and uh, sand. We are trying to embrace change and growth fully. Part of that is to life a life of no regrets and much is to not only visualize, but actualize what our contribution to the world could be - to use the full capacity of our brains, bodies, and souls to enrich those around us. The more we open up, the more we hone in on how to use our powers to bring positive change. The BM environment sounds like just what we are ready for. Oh hellz, you know, what overrides everything for me is the fun. Yup, it's kind of handy that reigniting our selves and changing the world is being led by our sense of fun. Very convenient indeed.
I could make a list of what we will bring to BM but to be honest, I've been resisting defining it too much as I've been told by veterans to not have many expectations going in. We are both generous, adventurous, mature, responsible, fun, silly, serious, and all-around decent folks who will step up to make awesomeness happen everywhere and anywhere we land. We'll concoct some amazing creativity to gift, that's for sure. It would be fabulous to be able to finish all those phrases we seem to be starting with "hey, I know what we can do at Burning Man!..."
My profession is in sustainability so I'm particularly interested in the experience from the LNT angle. I've been meeting many people here in SF who further the BM community and arts goodness year-round - would love to get more involved but it's been hard when I have to admit I've never been to BM. Trying not to feel like cinderella being the only one not going to the ball! Oh, and my much younger little brother up in the Canadian prairies has a ticket so it would be so fab to bond with him there too.
I realize you have tough choices to make about what amazing people get your tickets (if it was me with extra tickets, I'd go with MaryJo. Alas...). Hoping to hear from you!