In all honesty I would be careful of your emotions. I'm no pro on the subject, being a one time burner in 2010, but I can tell you I was definately affected deeply by my experience. I needed burning man badly, having gone thru a recent divorce and loss of my Dad, who was my boss. I journeyed out from Boston solo and had some very intense, very otherworldly, and very spiritual things happen to me while out there, which is what I wanted and needed. However, maybe it's cause I'm on the east coast, maybe it's cause I was half bat shit crazy even before burning, but most likely not very many people who aren't burners are gonna understand you when you talk about it. Alot of people back east still don't even know what it is, but my friends who do, even after all my praise and expression of love for the burn, still have no real interest in going. Even if they have some interest, they are not going to take the time or spend the money. The reason I say be careful is because it actually hurts, that no one cares sometimes. Your in SF so you have a whole lot more resources available to you, but try to remember to keep the burn going everyday. I've come to realize, the sun, playa, partying, love, exposure, and art are definately a catalyst, but the real meat of the experience is the transformation, the lessons, the evolution of your soul. You can hold on to that and share it everyday without mentioning burning man or black rock city. People generally don't want to hear about what they can't comprehend. Hell the powers-that-be have known that for centuries and depend on it. But that's a whole different story... Bye the way keep us posted on your progress toward 2012, I hope to ride out once again, it would be great to touch base with another obsessed 2nd timer. I'll give you a cold beer and warm hug at the very least!
"what if one of these times the man says f it and decides to burn us?"