Rachael here, first timer attending with my boy Aaron. We're Australian doctors who have packed in the career treadmill, and for now our future plans are to live out of our backpacks somewhere in the depths of South America until we make it up to BRC in August.
We ARE first timers who were lucky enough to get tickets, something I confess I feel a little guilty about after reading all the JRS updates the last few weeks and feeling the emotion reverberate through the online community. However, the call of BM has been there for 6 or so years now, sparked somewhere in the past after reading old magazine articles on the original camps, and this year just happened to be the year we decided we'd had enough of working for the man. My original desire to become a burner was consolidated after a friend of mine returned from a trip 5 or so years ago, having fallen into the man and burning his hands, leaving him unable to work for some time, he still had nothing but love and excitement to relate about the experience. Oodles and oodles of it.
He returned last year and got married at BRC, something which makes me smile everytime I think about it. His photos are poignant and beautiful and awe-inspiring, something I just cannot wait to feast my eyes on in person.
Aaron and I were planning on flying solo but after hearing about all the ticketing issues I feel that I would really like to be able to participate/volunteer/contribute something as newbies. I'm no artist, but we're both photographers (Aaron is much better than I, even insisting on carrying his 4kg medium format film camera around with us for the indefinite future, to the detriment of his wardrobe capacity) and can bartend/cook reasonably well. I guess if we were forced to, we can also admit to being medically skilled
I'm planning on re-posting on the Aussie forum as well, but to be perfectly honest, sometimes it's nice to hang out with people who aren't and experience something new, one of the reasons we've left the country for now.
Anyone with thoughts on ways we can help out, or things we could contribute, let me know.
p.s. this is also the first time in my life I've posted online, so sorry for the bareboned technology. I don't have a clue what half the symbols scattered around the webpage mean...