It feels a little odd making introductions when, from my deep-lurking perspective, I've been hanging with you all for... oh dear god, so much longer than any of us care to imagine, but now is certainly the time for it.
I figured out that Burning Man existed sometime around '95, basically by lurking on the internet at large. After stumbling across enough cryptic diary entries and phantasmagorical photographs and obscure forums, all of which seemed to speak to something inside me, I eventually hit a critical mass and connected the dots, and decided that come hell or high water I would one day walk the playa with the family I hadn't even known I had.
But then, until about two years ago, I spent my life being the consummate good little boy, putting aside frivolities like festivals and parties to accomplish everything society taught me a good little boy should want to accomplish. Once I finally got over all that learned insanity I found myself at a crossroads, able to choose pretty much whatever direction I wanted. Given that I'd never stopped keeping up with the burn since I found it, the choice was obvious to me, and with New York right next door it's been easy for me to jump in and get my feet wet.
These days I'm active in the NYC community, working and partying with the local camps, and I'm a founding member of a camp of my own, Digital Native
. If you've been to Disorient's Country Club or the PEX Summer Fest this year you've probably met us; maybe you've even met me. Next year we're at Frostburn, Freeform, Country Club, Summer Fest and the playa, and in the meantime we're throwing fundraiser events for our artists and equipment needs - like tonight's End of The World
party in Brooklyn.
So as I said, now's definitely the time for me to delurk. I'm really happy to be here, and I want you all to know that over the years, your forums have played no small part in keeping my dreams alive long enough for me to finally live them. Thanks for ePlaya, and thanks for having me!