In 2010, I met a girl named Coco at Burning Man. Coco had flown from Paris to Reno, made her way to Black Rock City, and then sauntered into our camp. I was sitting on a mattress in my U-Haul trailer (a “poor man’s RV”) when she arrived.
“Hi, I’m Coco,” she said. Noticing the mattress, she continued, “Is this a real mattress?”
People talk about a lot of odd things at Burning Man (i.e., art, camping, music, and sex) but as far back as I can remember no girl ever started a conversation with me by asking about my mattress. Yet, it was definitely happening now.
Bennett Haselton writes: "While nothing can really 'prepare' you for your first time at Burning Man, there are a few simple steps that can eliminate a lot of the stress. Unfortunately it can be hard to get information out of the 10-year veterans about how to do things the easy way (some of them probably view the 'easy way' as 'ruining the whole point'). So here's some advice instead from someone who just got back from their first time, and who likes to take the path of least resistance."Keep reading for the rest of Bennett's Burning Man advice.
BURNING MAN Ultramarathon
A few of our campmates run this event every year.
Organized by Cherie Yanek.
BURNING MAN is FUNDING OUR ART PROJECT!
Ibis Maximus is going to the Playa!
From Burning Man: "On behalf of Burning Man’s Art Grant Committee, I would like to thank you for applying for an art grant. This year we received the largest number of applications – 326, asking for approximately $5.2 million dollars. We are thrilled to tell you we want to fund your proposal.
Someone who had never been to Burning Man once asked me how much the event cost.
Here's my answer. Enjoy.