Not long ago I started reading "Stealing Fire" by Kotler and Wheal. In it, the authors spent a long time talking about Burning Man. It was the final bit of persuasion I needed to decide that this was the year I'd finally attend.
Having read much about it - including all the official stuff for first timers - I'm left with the impression there's much that will be new to me, but much I'm already familiar and comfortable with.
Driving home from work tonight I thought about the community ethos I sense from repeat attendees. They seem to have a sense of ownership in the event. I like this and would like to pitch in next year, at least for the time I'm there - I won't be part of the "advance echelon" or the stay-behind effort.
While I know there's much I'm familiar with, I also know there's much MORE about which I have no clue. So I'll post what I think is relevant and ask where I might best be put to use; and in so doing, maybe also leave the reader with a bit of an impression of who I am.
In no particular order, including but not necessarily limited to:
- o 48 years of age
o From Northwest Indiana - Hoosier Flatlander born-and-bred
o Present profession: Land Surveyor/Drafter (manual & AutoCAD)/basic civil engineering
o 22 years Active Army and Army Reserve (retiring at end of 2017 - HUZZAH!)
o Combat Lifesaver (like medics only without the meds - I guess that makes me an ic)
o 2 tours to Iraq and 2 NTC rotations - familiar with desert environment
o Relevant military jobs included postal, logistics/plans/operations, personnel accountability (exercise census), construction engineer, etc.
o Volunteer with County Emergency Management Agency - mostly with commo and mapping
o One daughter, 19 yrs old, who also plans to attend
o Not terribly good with computers but can run a slide rule and use a logarithm table
o Stoic (Roman tradition)
o Half-assed Taoist
- o Ham radio operator - General class license
o Freemason - P.M. 1998 & 2013 (Griffith Lodge #735 F&AM, Griffith, Indiana)
o Chinese martial arts - tai chi quan (empty hand), dao (sabre) and jian (sword); bian gan (short staff) and Changquan gun (quarterstaff)
Any ideas how I might be able to make a decent contribution, and whom I should reach out to?