I don't know if I gave a proper introduction in my initial post so if anyone is interested, here are a few tidbits about me:
I am 31; I'm from Chicago and live in LA. Moved here from NYC.
I'm currently taking a year "off" to write a novel. Although terrifying in some ways (I'm using up all my savings to make it happen), it is incredibly liberating to pursue something I am truly passionate about.
I love meeting new people and having new experiences, especially of the creative and "out of the box" mentality. Hence, Burning Man. I don't really know why I haven't gone before -- I guess I just wasn't that aware of it. Now I am!
Although I'm trying to recruit friends to come along (this is harder than I thought), I'll probably also check out the regional boards to find out who else in my area is planning to go and might be interested in pooling resources. I'm considering joining Stag Camp (if possible) but definitely need to do more poking around.
Anyway, I thank everyone in advance for the questions I'm sure I will continue to have throughout this process (yes, I'm reading all the first-timer info) and look forward to meeting up come August...