thoughts of a first timer...

thoughts of a first timer...

Postby takyon » Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:57 am

hi every body,

my name is jeff, i'm french and this summer it will be my first burning man.

i am pretty surprised about the reactions i have read so far :

the lottery system, does it obviously mean that is all about randomness? so i think it's pretty normal that some long time burners which think they "deserve a ticket" (i am not judging them, i really think THEY DESERVE tickets) don't get one, and some newbies like me do...? so in my opinion it is just not "unfair" but it is "random". because i almost feel guilty right now to get one...

plus, i am aware about the "scalpers phenomenon", THAT is unfair... so i understand some sort of frustration you might feel. but i thought the heart of the burning man community was mutual assistance and not rancor or anger... (i hope i'm not too rude, english is not my maternal language... so i hope that i can express my thoughts without being too tough..)

because once again, i feel like, when i will be on the playa and i will meet people i will have to hide that i'm a first timer or something like that... (even if i guess it will be obvious that i am...) because i am afraid of what some persons will think about me...

to finish, i want to say that i have a deep respect for those who act to make the burning what it is, all the artists, performers, volonteers, organisators and those that i forget...

and after all i said, i want to tell that i am still very happy to finally be a part of burning man after several years without being able to participate. i can't wait to meet you all (if only it's possible...) to share some time, experiences, talks and more...

hoping that you understand what i feel, i wait for your remarks and comments...

have a nice day.

ps: once again i don't wanna seem too rude or impolit, but i'm not able to better nuanced what i think. and i dont want to make ennemies but just share my thoughts with you and receive yours. as i already said, i'm a newby, so it's all new for me and i really hope i could be a part of your family...and i guess the real question beyond all this, is : will i be welcome even if i am a first timer and some long time burners were not allowed to get there?
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Re: thoughts of a first timer...

Postby Elderberry » Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:21 am

Hey there, welcome to eplaya!
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Re: thoughts of a first timer...

Postby 5280MeV » Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:33 am

takyon wrote:because once again, i feel like, when i will be on the playa and i will meet people i will have to hide that i'm a first timer or something like that... (even if i guess it will be obvious that i am...) because i am afraid of what some persons will think about me...


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Re: thoughts of a first timer...

Postby a figment » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:18 am

come participate and enjoy, every one was a burgin at one time.
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Re: thoughts of a first timer...

Postby tamarakay » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:32 pm

Welcome! These are crazy times around here right now. Thinks will settle down and we will be back to our sweet, warm, snarky selves.
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Jump on in, the preparation threads in particular are very much worth spending lots and lots of time in.
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Re: thoughts of a first timer...

Postby takyon » Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:57 am

thanks to all,
i feel better after reading your posts.

don't worry for me Tamarakay, i read everything to be well prepared...
if i have any others questions, i know where to ask now...

thanks again
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Re: thoughts of a first timer...

Postby Cal1dev » Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:03 am

Welcome! See you on the playa! :D

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Re: thoughts of a first timer...

Postby Drawingablank » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:04 am

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Re: thoughts of a first timer...

Postby Savannah » Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:23 pm

Hi Jeff!

You are welcome here, and welcome on the playa.
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