The other week Burning Man’s San Francisco office held a goodbye party for Andie Grace – Action Girl! – who is leaving us because eventually all the good ones do. (That’s actually the 3rd noble truth of Buddhism.) It was a good party: there were heavy cocktails, helium balloons, hors d’oeuvres, and speeches.
A lot of people, it turns out, have been inspired in life changing ways by the gifts of Grace.
At the time I didn’t say anything. As regular readers of this blog know, I only attend Burning Man functions for the open bar. Andie gets that about me. Still, in hindsight my silence that day was a mistake.
Andie Grace is entirely responsible for my taking up the volunteer work I have performed for Burning Man for the past five years – and the story of how that happened, while not entirely flattering, seems worth sharing in order to thank her properly.
This story also might be enlightening for those who think Burning Man’s organization works like a well oiled machine, and who think that the Org is always plotting five steps ahead. It’s not. From the very first experience I had volunteering for Burning Man, it’s been clear that rather than leading from the front the Org spends much of its time desperately trying to keep up with all the things the rest of us do.
The story goes like this: