Thanks for the perspective Kinetic and I know you are right in that. It was just a first impression, nothing more.
But where do you go to access all the rest of the hordes?
The big question for me, travelling from the UK on my own and for my first ever Burning Man and genuinely wanting to participate rather than spectate, is:
How do I know with whom to volunteer or where to camp?
I have been reading the playa and the site information as much as possible (for fear of asking dumbarse questions) and was wondering, a couple of the camps have already started to recruit with Lost Penguin saying they have only a small window of recruitment and only 5 spots. Vortex/Carn'Evil are also recruiting now and may also be closed by the time the full list is published.
I have no clue who the rest of the people are and which of the many Spirits of Burning Man they represent nor how they organise nor how accepting they are of newbies/outsiders etc but would appreciate some direction to help me navigate all this. When do other camps start organising? Where do we find them/find out about them? That kind of thing.
There is also a consideration for those of us coming from abroad of not being able to truly participate in much of the pre-event construction, planning and team-building so we may end up feeling like we are crashing someone else's party no matter how much we are keen to contribute.
I guess the way I had initially thought to approach it was to try and make some kind of email contact and chat to people online first to see who I would naturally connect with. Or see if someone wanted to Car/Resource pool with me from San Francisco or elsewhere to the Burn and develop some kind of connection that way. Seems that it is all still too early to tell but for those of us coming from quite a way away it helps to be able to plan a bit. I still need to book my flights. :?
We look at our reflection in a still pool and it gives us a perspective on who we are, but we do not know how deep it goes until we dip into the pool and past the image, necessarily disturbing the surface in the process.