Decentralized, renegade rogue burn that went off without anyone (besides the BLM of course) telling ten to twenty thousand reckless burners and clueless virgins what to do? Fucking Bad Ass.
And no major calamity or disaster? Fucking Bad Ass.
Lucked the fuck out on the weather. Days in the 80s and 90s and hardly a dust storm. The smoke was all high altitude and besides making for some cool sunsets/rises and moons really wasn't that noticeable.
And yes, there was definitely some not-the-best-of-behavior on display, but that shit happens anywhere theres a bunch of people.. Though there sure were a lotta assholes driving too fast too close to settlements. "Esplanade" turned into a fucking parking lot tailgate party by sunday am. The only time I missed the BORG was when vehicles weren't being used responsibly or respectfully. I talked to the guy in the red mustang, first of all it wasn't brand new, didn't get the year from him but it was 2011-2014 body style, and not even a GT. Told him how much I wished I had my convertible mustang out there but I would never ever take it somewhere so damaging. His response was that he was "willing to make sacrifices for the greater good" and that he had been giving randos rides all week. Zipping across open playa in a 'top down mustang would have been cool...
More fire art and some big burns would have also been cool.. But honestly I really loved the lack of "big art". People were out there to interact with people and not stand around slackjawed in marvel of well funded "artists" and their grand l.e.d. and propane pissing matches. More person to person interactivity than any other burn I've been to. Art cars were on point. Except for robot fart, as always.
The drone swarm stole the fucking show on saturday night. Standing in the giant circle of art cars and blinky weirdos and staring up at a 100 foot man brought me to a place I honestly hadn't expected to visit on this trip to the playa. I went in telling myself that whatever was going happen, I was definitely not going to burning man. On saturday night I was most definitely at Burning Man.
It truly was an epic year and will stand out amongst the the 8 other burns I've attended. Last year's little renegade gathering was pretty neat and will remain a unique point in burning man history that I'm glad to have witnessed, but this year... This year... oh man..
During last years little black rock city cosplay, there was this subtle yet tangible vibe of "things will be different after this" going around, and this year that vibration had roiled into a raging crescendo. Things are different now. I do believe that Burning Man will never, can never, go back to the way it was. The big question now is how will the money makers that run the corporation(s) react? Will they embrace or resist?
I for one, can't fucking wait.