Hello, I'm Cath, from Portland OR, hoping to participate in Burning Man for my first time this year.... if I can get a ticket that is, but I am optimistic with STEP starting this week! I first heard about BM ~10 years ago, shortly after moving to Portland from Australia. My neighbors had built a mutant vehicle and were heading for the playa. I've been mighty intrigued ever since. For some reason, this year it suddenly occurred to me, why not GO? And the decision was made!
Amazingly, just the decision itself has me energized, and the preliminary planning is fun! At the moment, I'm especially interested in ideas for building shade structures (I like the monkey huts) and swamp coolers!
I'm a little apprehensive about what I can contribute at BM, because I really want to be helpful and involved, yet I'm not an artist or an architect or electronics wizard. (I'm a neuroscientist, sheltered within the ivory tower of academia, ...not sure how useful that background will be on the playa). One practical thing I can do though is bike repairs and tuneups. I also like cooking and helping to build stuff (even if I'm not the one creating the brilliant plan). I will attend some of the Portland Burning Man project nights (I think there is one this weekend), and maybe I will be able to join a group, or at least help on their project.
I was hoping to pull together a camp with some fellow Portlanders, but so far my camp consists only of myself. In any event, I am looking forwarded to meeting fellow burners and other adventuresome, creative, nonconformist folk.