Good thoughts and thank you.
I am beginning to see that I might be a better asset (electronics tech, electrician, mechanic, HVAC tech, fabricator, artist, tailor, chef) and would have much to offer an organized camp.
We will see. I have already sent out a few feelers for the TX regional contacts but nothing official yet, mostly people I have caught up with on the forums and Ustream week.
My real and only issue is the group concept...it works in the military because it is organized, it works in a sports team setting because there is a goal, but the party fun group is a bit disconcerting for me (hence why I am a multi-craft tech...didn't waste time with partying lol).
Hopefully there is a group that I/we could tag along with.
I am still going to move forward with the theme camp plans...most of the groups are in Houston (3.5-4hrs away), Dallas (7.5-8hrs away), or Austin (4hrs away)...makes it hard to hang out for a BBQ...we shall see.
I work on high end ships/yachts with clients from those very cities that keep their vessels on the coast...chances are good that I could get a group setup local, which is my plan and part of the reason I am planning for 2013 rather than 2012.
To be truthful I don't think I would want to go to the event without an art car or at least an art bike (4-6 tandem setup with lights and glitter...oh so much glitter lol).
I have no desire to be a tourist...but I also do not want to go and to get laid/drunk, unless it is with my wife and we already manage that nicely right here
So the "just go and you'll love it" is not really a winner for me...I need the planning, the preparation, and the project(ing?)...I want to be one of those pretty sparkles in the playa night...that was a spectacular vision.
And yes I agree being there does not compare to watching it on Ustream, but I got to see the burns from 360*, I got to see close ups and panoramic views, I got to appreciate the entire field of vision that a person on the ground would not...each experience has value and I fully appreciate the Ustream week, it was meaningful to me.