I am a 28 year old dude from Portland, OR and 2011 will be my sophomore burn. 2010 changed my life (that happens, right?)
As way of introduction I'd like to share my plans for 2012 and beyond. The event starts in 15 days, but already I have ideas for how I want to do it differently next time. That is how I work: I am a long-term planner.
First, let's review the decisions I made about this year.
- I was bringing my girlfriend (Nooo! they told me. Danger! they warned me).
I was volunteering at least two days (Playa Naming Booth, set-up and Tuesday from 1230-330, stop by).
I was renting a car to get there (Noooo! I heard, Big fines and cleaning fees! they warned me).
I was building a Camp Danger Folding Hexayurt. And strapping it to the top of our rented SUV. As the event approaches, this is the decision that's got me most worried, not the above.
I was going to get a cohesive, high-quality costume, in theme, and wear it most of the week . . . well actually two costumes, including one for night. I was going to do the costuming thing RIGHT. Yeah. Right. (This isn't going to happen).
I was going to use a CamelBak instead of carrying around a water bottle. (Thumbs up).
I was going to have my OWN camp, rather than join a theme camp or buddy up with some vets.
I was going to bring a solar shower, and an evap pond. I'm hoping these will work out.
I was going to buy a more suitable and rideable bike, and trick it out with big wheels, bell, basket, lights and lamp. (Done).
- I am GOING to buy a Black Rock Cruiser with ballooner tires. The bike I got for this year, while serviceable, is really more for commuting (i.e., I'm afraid the tires aren't big enough).
Go ultra-lightfoot: rent a compact hybrid car, pack a tiny 1-man tent or bivy, a modest shade structure, no shower or evap, no costumes, and camp minimalist, literally in a slice between two bigger camps.
Alternatively: build a bigger, better Hexayurt next year with 3" Thermax instead of 1", a full-size door, a swamp cooler or two, and rent a cargo van to transport it all in (maybe a sound system?)
I'd love to volunteer and somehow get myself onto the City Building Crew (Department of Public Works?) And be the one pounding rebar and rolling out the trash fence. That just looks so glamorous. Also, clean-up after it's over.
I'd like to get some of those stilts. But only if they were part of a bigger costume. Maybe a top hat and tails -- the longest tails ever?
I'd like to bring an upright piano. (In the cargo van?) And give Piano Lessons.
I'd love to buy a good Canon digital SLR and take some really high quality pictures. (Yeah, Michael Holden is pretty much my hero, I doubt I could ever match his skill, but I can try!)
Costume idea: Samurai.
Costume AND Theme camp idea: TRON. (TRON and Burning Man: match made in Heaven).
That's it for now. I've been voraciously vacuuming up all the wisdom on this board for weeks and can't wait to see you all back home.
In 15 days.