I've recruited 2 people this year. There maybe one or two more camp mates, but we'll not know for sure until mid-August. I'm not holding my breath and it just doesn't really matter anyway. I'm in it for me. From last year, my best friend Mason- who, with me, experienced The Man for the first time -which prompted us to do a theme camp this year... Gonzo's Inner Sanctum... has dedicated his time, some money, and effort to the cause. The new recruit (virgin burner) is my boyfriend Ken. We've only been together for 7 months and he's a 'naturally high' person who's kind-of geeky and has never experienced anything like Burning Man nor has he experimented much with other things, but his favorite musical group is Pink Floyd, he loves cartoons, and loves sci-fi/fantasy stuff and he digs my strange ways. Ken has surfed the BMan site a lot so he's really excited. I gradually pressed the invitation to him by giving him time to gently absorb the unusual media about The Man. The thing is, I'm paying for most of the costs (I owed Mason from last year) and I'm the registered leader of the camp. I've done a lot of research and recollecting (inc. lessons from last years experience) and have developed a plan that will keep the on-the-playa energy effort down to a minimum esp. since Ken and Mason have a tougher time than I do of climatizing and stripping off their shells on the playa. I'm doing a lot of the physical prep work at home beforehand because my two boys have opted to handle the audio entertainment compilations and the physical construction of the camp itself which is a lot of work in its own right. They are also willing to help me host the camp during reasonable hours that we've all agreed upon, but I'm the one who'll light the spark when the time comes. In this way, I've become the proprietor of the endeavor and am reassurredly- per past performance -an excellent road trip cohort so they can trust they're in good hands. This is a lot of trust to be put on one's shoulders and I doubt they'd be going if it weren't for my energy infusions into them, to say the least. Although I'm not absolutely responsible for their good time, I am their caregiver- so to speak, and this is a sacrifice I'm willing to make in order to share The Man with them esp. with Ken since this is his fledgling voyage. Ken and I are driving from Denver, CO to BRC with a southern Utah stop over to pick up Mason and to complete the final preps like food/bevy shopping before our trek. And this is the key, most people aren't willing to contribute as much effort as you and I. Their hearts are all for it, but procrastination, financial, and time restrictions ultimately mute their desire to participate. Doing The Man is a big project that most people can't pull together the resources to engage in because it's just not in their nature, really. There exists a solid core of Burners that are meant for The Man in body, mind, and soul. Everyone else are not as willing to give so freely of themselves in such an environment. So, it's up to the core to perpetuate the life of The Man. Expect that you will sometimes trek to The Man alone... and this is good because that's what The Man is all about. Mano y mano connectivity with The Man within a communal environment. Everyone at the event is there to befriend you so never, ever feel like you're not already among friends at Burning Man. Don't cheat yourself... always plan for your trekking alone in cost and prep and you'll have much better odds of maintaining a safety net when your friends bail out... hopefully, well in advance. Let's display some common courtesy, people, please don't bail out- without extremely valid reason -with The Man just around the corner. Likewise, sometimes you have to be the beacon that lights the way for them. Give and you shall receive in kind... in some way
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