‘Burning Man is an event that takes place in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. It lasts for one week and takes it’s name from the ritual burning of a large wooden man. It is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. Basically, a great big bloody party in the desert that lasts a week’
As per usual my first thoughts were of death, rape, robbery, thirst, heatstroke and toilets piled high with other peoples poo. I hate it when I act like this but it seems to be my default deposition. But don’t worry; this old rooster is changing into the young cock it used to be. That’s not right…anyway…I thought back to the summer of 1994, one of the best times of my life. That year I went – willingly and excitedly – to both the Glastonbury and Reading music festivals. I had the Dirty Dancing theme song. When I came back home I reported sick and spent the week in my garden getting drunk and listening to a Glastonbury Live CD compilation. I just couldn’t fit back into normal society.
I remember those festivals like it was yesterday. Except it wasn’t yesterday, it was 19-years ago! Let’s do play with some numbers.
2013 The Summer I Live it up Large at Burning Man
I will be 38-years old.
My girlfriend will be 37-years old.
My son will be 12-years old.
My mother will be 58-years old.
My father will be 62-years old.
1994 The Summer of Glastonbury and Reading Festival
I was 19-years old.
My girlfriend was 18-years old.
My son was still swimming around in my testicles
My mother was 39-years old.
My father was 43-years old.
I said I remembered 1994 like it was yesterday and it’s true. So let’s blink our eyes once more and move into the future. I know…let’s use the same time difference between 1994 and today. Let’s use that blink of an eye, because before we know it that’s where we will be.
2032 The Summer of the Old Wrinklies, Young Bucks the Possibly Dead
I will be 57-years old.
My girlfriend will be 56-years old.
My son will be 31-years old
My mother will be 77-years old.
My father will be 81-years old.
I am not exaggerating when I tell you we are running out of time. I am going to Burning Man and everywhere else I need to, so when I lie on my deathbed I can look back and say I had a fulfilling life.
Stop talking and start acting because you only get one life!
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