Burning Man Can Be Tough On Relationships

Photo by Tor Clausen, 2006

Are you attending Burning Man with a significant other or close friend?

How long have you known this person?

More importantly, how well do you know this person?

Truth be told, by week’s end you’ll know that person much more than you did when you arrived.

Anyone attending Burning Man with his or her significant other or close friend should know the potential for stress and frustration the event can have on relationships -especially if this is the first time you’re going to the playa together.

I personally know of several relationships (both romantic and platonic) that were dissolved after a bit of drama erupted into full-blown arguments and, to this day, have never been completely resolved.

It’s hard to say what exactly is the cause: the intense daytime heat and stress of being in the desert; the intensity and over-stimulation of the event; the pervasive spontaneity; lack of sleep; decreased appetite; potential dehydration; or, if this is your first time, your inexperience with the combination of all the above.

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It’s Never Too Late To Volunteer

Photograph by Heather Gallagher (CameraGirl)

Did you know that excessive volunteering guarantees you a spot in heaven? At least, that’s what we’ve heard from people that know stuff about this sort of thing.

OK, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but volunteering in whatever capacity you can is still a great way to participate and play a part in making Black Rock City the marvelous place that it is.

Plus you’ll be creating some good karma for both you and your fellow citizens. So you’ve got that going for you. Which is nice.

I do realize that Burning Man is mere weeks away and you may be saying to yourself, “But Timmmii, how can I possibly volunteer now? Isn’t it too late?”

Well, no, it’s not too late. It’s never too late for you to volunteer!

Yes, it’s true! You can still volunteer at Burning Man after you arrive, and No, it doesn’t matter that you didn’t sign up in advance.

Here’s what you do:

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Drink And Be Merrier

can_top_closeup.jpgI like to drink as much as the next lad or lad-ette. Especially in the joyously hot Black Rock Desert.

When you’re chilling underneath your shade structure in the middle of a sweltering afternoon on the playa, there are few things more suitable than quaffing a few cold ones to watch the day go by — interspersing those cold ones with steady gulps of delicious water to keep yourself alive and stuff.

Or, if and when you run out of ice to keep said beverages chilled, you’d be amazed at how tasty a warmish beer can be. In fact, by the end of the week, I can attest you’ll be acclimated enough with Black Rock City to not care if a beer is cold or not. Even if it’s been sitting in the blazing sun all day (which can be easily avoided if you keep your cooler in a shaded spot) and its inner temperature is near boiling point.

Regardless, when purchasing your various beverages, whether or not it’s alcoholic, you should always get aluminum cans, never glass bottles!
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Be In The Moment

Photo by PleasureSean

I recently saw Daft Punk play at the Greek Theater in Berkeley and beside the fact that the cheeky French duo’s light show blew my mind, i couldn’t help but notice the sea of glowing blue-hued screens of cellphone and digital cameras capturing that particular moment of the concert.

It increasingly feels like we as a culture are becoming more preoccupied with capturing a potentially “special” or “unique” moment on some sort of recording device in an age of YouTube and MySpace, where everyone is jostling to be noticed and recognized among the masses just to say “I was THERE!”

While I definitely like the concept of recording those special moments to relive again and again, there’s no arguing that a digital rendering simply cannot recreate the moment quite like being there and experiencing it.

In other words, enjoy Burning Man for what it is — Live and be in the moment! (more…)

Let’s Begin

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Well hi there. You’ve come to the right place. We’re quite sure of that. If you were in the wrong place, you’d probably know.
So now that we know that you’re right and they are wrong, let’s get down to it.
First off, some introductions are probably in order. My name is Timmmii. I’m a human, much like most of you reading. I come from a land far, far away, but I managed to escape that land and find myself in this place, where I am right now.

More importantly, I’m a big fan of this thing called Burning Man. You may have heard of it. Burning Man is this unbelievably amazing event that happens but once a year out in the Black Rock Desert. For just one week. But people plan for it year round. (more…)