To my own great surprise, I found myself sort'a accepting the techno thumping, in spite of the fact that I deeply dislike it. It took me a year or two, but techno became symbolic of the event, and my mind "embraced" it on that basis.
Then I learned to camp in the "southern suburbs" (5 & G with Figjam), and that area is fairly quiet.
So no serious worries.
(I still wish they would keep that c-r-a-p down!)
that 5 o'clock spoke is a sketchy neighborhood..........
I hear it's lousy with scoundrels and rapscallions.
SquireM wrote:I've been combing the internet for anything and everything Burning Man. My wife (who is not all interested in going) mentioned that I'm not hearing any negatives. Indeed, the only negatives I've heard have been in reference to the dust. There is sometimes mention of particular people who are there for specific purposes and are harsh to anyone not serving their interests. In a few podcasts I've heard people say they were taking a year or two off Burning Man because it didn't go so well last year, but they never get specific. The biggest criticisms I've heard have all been from people who haven't attended but are sure it would "be stupid".
I guess I'm looking for negatives I can wrap my head around. Complaining about the heat and dust is a bit like going to Mexico and complaining that there are to many Mexicans and to much Spanish being spoken.
But believe it or not, I do know of at least one person who has been and the heat and dust was more than they could take. I'm not sure why it wasn't anticipated, but . . . whatever. Now they know. Sometimes you can't know for yourself until you try.
Similarly, I've seen several comments about how disgusting all the naked people are. I don't think anyone complaining about the desert or self-expression of the participants had any idea of what they were doing there.
So... What are the negatives? Has anyone read or heard from people who really didn't like it?
* Storms. I've watched virgins leave halfway through the event because the storms (on the years they happen during the event) are longer or more destructive than they expected. They can definitely tire an unwary soul after 8+ hours of crazy dust, and may physically rip a camp apart.
* Overwork/overextension. I've a friend who left early one year 'cause he felt unappreciated and overworked, and was struggling with other issues. After seeing some deeply unsettling jerkface freaked out on some drug nearby, my friend decided he was simply done
for the year.
* Noise. The thumping techno can be a bit much near 9-10 and 2-3 on the clock and at other unpredictable pockets, especially on the 9 o'clock side, which is slightly more active. Sleeplessness can be a bitch, and is probably my greatest issue at the Burn.
* The unexpected ailment. It's possible to get pretty sick or injured out there. And while there is medical treatment, the flu is simply not compatible with the playa. I left the playa 1.5 days sooner than expected last year because of it. In 2003, one of my friends left after just a few days, also because of flu-like symptoms. On the upside, I have seen people with fresh casts out there, who stay, and have a friend who returned to the playa after getting his kidney stones medicated in Reno.
* Great expectations. There are people who go out there expecting their whole lives to change, and are disappointed because that is simply not guaranteed. Might happen. Might not. Might be fun, might be hell.