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Homesick at 2am.

2005-08-25 06:16:08.382276+00 by meuon 4 comments

Homesick at 2am. - wondering how often they'll update this area on maps.google.com over the next few weeks.

Jen sent Nancy and I a postcard on the way to Burning Man, where she is to meet up with Dave and other friends. We both felt it, hugged and I told Nancy I was going next year and she was invited. She knows what I meant. Last year was a fun trip, and as great as the burn itself is, just being on the road, exploring, visiting, searching out that kewl local eatery in the middle of no-where... calls out and says 'come play with me'. This year is odd, Pam and Clem are going to Madagascar for about a month, Jen is going by herself (meeting Romeo in Utah) and I'm trying (and doing well) to establish a business. Nancy is working a great job.. and we have already travelled a lot this year, and will soon be doing more... and yet I feel the urge deep inside to 'unravel'.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-25 13:13:13.970605+00 by: Nancy [edit history]

There is something very, very sad, even heart-wrenching, about not being there. It is a week unlike any other. I still classify Costa Rica as our most fun trip yet, but I'd hate to have to CHOOSE! I want IT ALL! (As Mike is well aware, bless his heart!) And as much as I love a road trip, I could do without the all-nighters we pulled last year on the way out and back. I would rate the actual week at Burning Man much higher than the road trip itself.

Yes, I want to go back, and yes, I am willing to sacrifice a different trip to do it. Every year is tough, especially time-wise as I have very little 'sanctioned' time off, but we've talked about making it a biennial event.

If you've been, you understand. If you haven't, it really can't be explained well. It's like going to vacation on the moon, only with an adult disneyland/circus set up. Only different. Better. I saw a infomercial the other night about an all-inclusive resort called Hedonism III in Jamaica and that was the closest thing I'd seen to Burning Man in the real world. But I have no doubt that it would pale in comparison. And I would describe the Burn as more of a pursuit and acknowledgement of awareness and acceptance than hedonistic per se. At least for me.

ARRGGH!! Jen!! Have a GREAT time! I wish I were there, I really do. I have tears in my eyes. Next year.

If you want, see also my blog entry of May 2005 for a quick 101.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-25 14:42:09.463909+00 by: Dan Lyke

Hey Nancy, I'm getting a username and password request when I try for your blog entry!

Yeah, the Alaska trip has me wanting to do some more trekking. If the money works out, I'd love to do Yellowstone next summer...

#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-25 17:43:45.124925+00 by: Nancy

I think I fixed the link. I keep saying admin instead of index. Once I sign on to my site I don't know how to check it on my computer for someone who isn't signed in. Let me know, please, if you have troubles still! And thanks for the Alaska posts - I've been enjoying them.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-08-25 21:11:50.849729+00 by: Mars Saxman [edit history]

Yeah, I want it all, too. I have just about worn myself out getting ready for the trip, this year, and keep saying that I'm going to take the year off next summer, but I'm not sure I will actually be able to manage that when the time comes. We'll see what happens, I guess.

In the meantime... I am going to buy all my food tonight, and pack La Bête tomorrow, and leave Saturday. I'm about as excited as I get, and kind of freaked out at the same time, despite the fact that I know it's all going to be fine.