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Well, Burning Man season has come and gone. So have many, many months where I have been absent in the blogging world. But I’m back, or attempting to be back and updating regularly.

I really think I lost the inspiration to blog for a little bit, or there just didn’t seem that there were any reasons for me to blog; LIFE WAS HAPPENING. But I’m here now, and ready to log in my memories once again!

One of the newer things I tried at Burning Man this year, was using the video function on my camera. It’s not a professional camera, or anything close, but I thought it’d be fun to take a few short clips of events, art and ideas happening around me. The sound and film are  really terrible, but I hope the little bits make those of you who weren’t able to make it out to the playa this year feel, well, a little closer to home.

For those of you that shared these moments with me, THANK YOU. The time I spent on the playa this year really meant alot to me, as I’m sure it did for you. The past few months have been a little bit rougher than normal. It was absolutely amazing to feel safe, sound, and truly the happiest I’ve felt in a really long time.

Seeing that I haven’t posted in awhile I thought I’d switch gears from my last post and talk about Burning Man (yes, again).

I am currently en route to Black Rock City, NV. A little later than usual, but on time actually. All of my technological devices will be out of commission for a week, but please feel free to email or text me any non urgent info. I WILL GET BACK TO YOU.

With that said, here we go into our greatest adventure, Burners! The best thing I learned all week was that if you really want something, you must go for it with perseverance! With this year’s theme, we must remember that this world is fertile with opportunity. We just need to go for it!

Ok ok thank you for reading my, “I think I’m really cool so I’m going to give you a bunch of words of wisdom,” speech.

See you all on the playa! And for everyone else who isn’t going, please consider next year?!?!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AARON LUNA! 

Thank you thank you thank you for being such an incredible friend, big brother, Burning Man roommie, and the only other person that takes longer to get to any destination than me! It’s been such a wonderful….how long have I known you now?…years. I hope your day is filled with cake, balloons, celebration and all the people you love!

With that being said, I can’t wait to celebrate, and share, more Burns, more vegetarian anniversaries, and especially MORE BIRTHDAYS!

Let’s party like we used to, and drink multiple jager bombs!!

Cheers!

P.S. The title refers to this moment:

I’ve been noticing that one of my previous posts, “Let’s Get Into That Burning Man Spirit,” (posted August 3, 2011) has been getting a higher volume of hits than usual. It could be that Burning Man is getting closer and closer and many are on a mad hunt for tickets at the moment, or it might be because I have some awesome followers who want to keep going back to that amazingly written post? (Ok, I’m flattering myself, just a tad there.) Well, I reread that post I wrote, almost eight months ago, and decided I needed to do some kind of retraction to the statements I originally made.

Last year’s burn, and months preceding it were completely different from the circumstances of this year. It was the first year the festival sold out before the end date of its online ticket sales, leaving many in panic and wonder as to what actions festival coordinators would be taking this year, 2012.

In my penultimate post, Let’s Get Into That Burning Man Spirit, I stated that I had been searching Craigslist for tickets to last years Burn. That was the case last year, but IS DEFINITELY NOT THE CASE THIS YEAR. I am not encouraging anyone to obtain their tickets through any third party websites.

The Burning Man Organization has set up their own ticket selling system in which users can buy and sell tickets, at face value, to one another. The system, called STEP, is the only fair way tickets should be sold. I mean, well, besides, buying your ticket from a friend who is willing to sell to you. The reason I tell you this is because there are so many scalpers on Craigslist, Stubhub etc this year charging exorbitant prices for the event. Please do not give into them. This will only make the market for Burning Man tickets wilder and beyond our own control.

Here’s my advice on getting a ticket this year: Look everywhere. Meet people. Network. It’s the easiest and most efficient way to find your way to a ticket at the moment. If you end up not being able to experience the festival this year, you’ll have probably met a ton of people either way. Remember, the universe works in ways we can not completely understand. You might not get a ticket this year, but there will be many other events in which you will be able to experience this type of event. There will also, hopefully, be many more years of Burning Man. You’ll experience one when time, and tickets allow. Stay optimistic, keep looking, keep willing your way towards a ticket.

With that, I’ll see all of you lucky individuals at home. If not, there will be many many events in which we can experience the friendship and love shared at Burning Man! Stay optimistic!

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