Fire_Moose wrote:My best recollection places me at about 12 years old, so circa '97. I was watching something on the discovery channel (or channel like that) that was showing this amazing place in the middle of a desert! People in fantastic costumes, and fire, and huge smiles.
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pinemom wrote:I was born to burn
Mosin wrote:Who remembers the first time they ever heard about the burn?
Savannah wrote:I was working at a dotcom in 2000, and a 6 month acquaintance of mine--a sweet little bald woman with huge tattoos on her skull--said "let's go to Burning Man!" & I said "Burning what, now?" She was a newbie too, but described it as best she could based on her friends' experiences, and I was intrigued.
I hadn't been camping since childhood at that point, and didn't own a single piece of camping equipment . . . but with two months to go, in a move I shall never fully understand, I decided to risk it. I borrowed a friend's $40 dome tent, packed in an oddly thorough fashion considering I would not know about ePlaya for another 8 years, and took off on a road-trip with this woman and 18 strangers. I was so stressed out about traveling with people I didn't know that my face leaked all the way to the drop-off point. I was so shy then. It's all very strange to me now.
I will never forget the homesick, loving look on the face of one of my fellow travelers on the way into the city for the first time. He was leaning his head against the wall of the RV and gazing out the window and I was staring at him in turn, thinking "what on earth has gotten into him?" By the end of the week, I understood. It was amazing to run into him this year and thank him for his hospitality that first year. I'd seen him a couple of times since then but I think this was the first time I expressed proper thanks.
I missed a few years in the middle of the last decade, but have now attended 6 Burns.
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