Burning Man 2012 Fertility 2.0

The sights, the sounds, the smells, the people, the music, the sun, the night, the Man, the Temple, the art, and the Human Connection. Such wonderful beauty! Such inspirational creativity! All of this, summed up into two words: ‘Best Burn’… So far ;).

Burning Man 2012, Fertility 2.0 was one of the best experiences of my young life. Things went right this year.

First, I would like to thank and acknowledge all of the amazing new Burners that came out to the 2012 Burn. You all are amazing people. You all stepped up and created new art, new experiences, and reinforced the integrity of the Burner Culture (something that is constantly being questioned by veteran Burners). I am impressed. I’m also inspired.

The art out at this year’s Burn was epic, as always. Large roving structures caressed the Playa with sound systems to rival any club in the Default world. Burners danced into the night, only to be greeted with a communal cheer as the sun crested Black Rock City’s surrounding mountains. The Man’s interior was a honeycomb of human interaction and delight and the Temple was the most spiritual place on the planet, if but for a moment. Ah! Lessons in the Temporary.

We build the city and we Burn it down. It is our ritual. In many instances, it is our life. Poetry of the soul, and I can’t wait to do it all over again. Burning Man is the one place, the one thing, in this world that I can always get my hopes up for and NEVER be disappointed. What a strange thing we have created!

I will tell many of the stories of this Burn in the coming weeks. For now, I would like to share some helpful advice about life after the Burn.

Decompression.

1) Don’t quit your day job/don’t make any super-important life changing decisions for a minimum of 3 weeks. 2 months is better. We’re all wound up like tops when we come back from the Burn. It happens every year. Decompression parties/events happen for a reason. Take some time to gain perspective on life and the default world, then go from there.

2) Write it down. Everything that you are feeling and thinking in your head. Get it on paper and start sorting it out. You just lived in a place of 54K people for a week. You developed new relationships and reaffirmed old ones. Feelings of loneliness are natural. A friend put it really well when he said “I’ve never been so inspired, charged, pumped, and incredibly lonely and lost all at the same time.” This is natural. How do you exist in the default after so much sensory input? *Suggestion: Sleep over parties and nap time with friends… it helps.*

3) Bring it home. Don’t stop being inspired. That gigantic ship that you climbed, that dome you danced in, that art you Burned, all of it was created by someone. Don’t start thinking in limitations. This community is amazing. If you have an amazing idea, get on it and get your friends to help. If you don’t have friends, hit up your regional. If you don’t know your regional (Check the Burning Man site), email me. I’m always down to talk ideas and inspiration. Also, you don’t have to stop living the Burner culture off of the Playa. Bring the Human Connection home and start teaching others how to interact on a meaningful, day to day basis. You don’t have to have gone to Burning Man anymore to be a Burner.

4) Start planning. Next year is coming up fast. Get on it.

5) Never go to the Burn without some sort of goal. If you just ‘go’ to Burning Man ‘just because’, you may not have as good of a time. The Playa provides and Burner Magic is in the air.

I’ll be posting more later. For now, work on re-entry and be happy! The world is an amazing place!

Success in Seattle

Capacity and Desire Web is a small business that I am trying to get up and running. Please check out my IndieGogo Campaign and help me raise the money to start my small business. 

One of the nicest things about being part of the greater Burning Man culture is the instant connection that I have with other Burners. For example: One month ago, I moved to Seattle. In that month, I have made many new friends, have attended quite a few potlucks, and have been welcomed into the greater Seattle Burner culture. I’m starting to remember people’s names, people are recognizing me and I feel right at home in my new city.

The Burners out here have quite an interesting culture. They all tend to be older than their mid-twenties and many of them are successful people in both their artistic and professional lives. I don’t know if it’s the new Burners I’m surrounding myself with or the new and exciting city, but I’ve never been this focused to succeed.

A list of what I’ve done and started in Seattle so far:

  • Started a new workout and eating program so I can have the performance body I’ve always wanted
  • Started running
  • Started a new business: Capacity and Desire Web
  • Started an IndieGogo Campaign for Capacity and Desire Web
  • Managed to get two new clients for Capacity and Desire Web
  • Landed a job at a start-up company
  • Became the Assistant Shin for Northwest Conclave
  • I’m now a dancer with New Vision Dance Company Seattle
  • Continued to progress with my guitar practicing
  • Attended some networking events
  • Created the Exodus Festival website

It’s pretty amazing that I’ve managed to do all of this so far. I still have a lot to do with my life. It’s pretty awesome to be living it the way I want to.

The STEP Program: Thoughts, Opinions, Information and What’s Next

Hello C+D Readers! A new article that I’ve written on the Burning Man STEP system is up over at Burn After Reading Magazine. Check out the start of the article below and read the rest of the article after the jump!

On Friday, March 2nd 2012, Burners looking to get tickets to the Fertility 2.0 Burn took to the internet as they anxiously awaited the opening of the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). The STEP site went live and was swarmed by the waiting masses. In less than a half-hour, the STEP site was closed and 2,000 people were in the queue for tickets. If you were one of those trying to get tickets through STEP during this time, one of three things happened:

  • You were accepted into STEP and received a confirmation email stating you were added to the queue.
  • You were bumped from the STEP site due to the high volume of Burners trying to access the program.
  • You received notification that the STEP system had been closed due to the 2,000 person limit being reached.

Both during and after the initial  STEP rush, Burners checked into the Burning Man Facebook page. FB comments ranged from the happiness of getting into the program, to anger that the STEP site was crashing.

Continue Reading…

Fire Dancing in Denver for the Last Time

First off, my apologies for not posting yesterday. I’m moving to Seattle at the end of the week from Denver and I had to take care of getting my car all up and ready for the trip. After spending 80% of the day prepping the car, I ran over to the Fusion Factory for Monday night Burner potluck to say goodbye to my friends.

If I hadn’t mentioned it earlier, all of my fire performance gear was stolen 2 weeks ago. Being a fire performer without any fire gear was a strange feeling, so I decided to make some new fire swords and test them out at the potluck. This is the resulting video (Note the complete lack of wow factor coming from my audience. In a culture surrounded by fire, playing with fire is a normal everyday thing. I find the desensitization (of being around fire/seeing someone perform with fire) to be a very interesting event.)

We had some people visiting from the North West (Seattle and Portland). You can hear my friends debating on whether or not I’ll be moving back to Denver. I’ll definitely miss the people and the nightlife culture in Denver, but I can’t wait to move out near some water!