I got ambushed by a MONTH in the hospital....needless to say I am still struggling to stay alive! Fire Moose is correct, the regional burns will be good enough for me for a while but I have to add, going to the Big Burn is a must IMHO....there's nothing like it and it can take some YEARS to get there and do it right, or even come close to right-ish.
I kinda knew my health was fuckin' with me mid-winter but I never expected to be slammed into emergency surgery and the recovery to take soooo long and still on-going, arg! I'll definitely return some year and hope the same die hards are there to welcome me or who knows, maybe return with some new camp mates I meet at a regional some where if I move away from the shadow of the Black Rock (and of course go a lookin' for my old cronies...BDC BRC Dept. of Mobility, Last Bar Standing and a few other camps I'm loosely affiliated with.
Lastly, by not going you're allowing others to get a chance to go! so feel good about that, share the limited tickets and share the burn experience is one of the best ways to view you're not being able to go year after year after year....give someone else a chance for *ucks sakes! Tough love or whatever that means....share the gift.
Not to mention there are other things in life to do, see and experience and share the lessons learned at Burning Man...
PS Anyone have a last minute ticky they don't want? I could scoot on out for a day or so and gift a few thangs....hahahaha!
I'm the MAN in a truck, burner who is stuck, you're in luck! I'll whip out my BIG tow chain and not charge you, not even one lousy buck!