A Newbie's Experience Made Magical
Every year, I'm on the outskirts of a conversation that I feel like at this age, I should be able to join. If anyone knows me, they know that I'm all about music festivals, eccentric styles, and experimental art forms. I'm of course talking about the Burning Man festival, where tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s desert to create a temporary community that celebrates basically everything I stand for - art, self-expression, and new experiences.
I had been considering going to Burning Man for several years. And by several, I mean SEVERAL. I had been to parties before, made some *lovely* memories... but I had heard enough personal experience stories from friends about Burning Man, specifically, so I was sure it wasn't for the faint of heart. And for someone like me who is naturally shy, I knew I would need to come prepared with equipment of my own to make sure I was comfortable.
I researched a bunch of rave toys, from the old school Toys to brand new rave stuff like Vertical Vortexes. I figured, I'm pretty new to the scene, but I do know how to dance, and I love hoop-related activities, so something along those lines would be good. In the end, I decided that I would go with the Vertical Vortex. Why, you may ask? Because it seemed perfect for a newbie. It doesn't take too much skill to operate, and since it's still a new-ish product, it draws attention so you can easily create a dance circle. Something that works well on my own AND with others? What can I lose?
Nothing, is the answer. I had no idea that my Vertical Vortex would become such an attraction! Nobody had seen one before. But the best part was that it seemed to bring about the real vibe Burning Man is all about: everyone joining together to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
I don't know if I was just lucky or if it was because of my Vertical Vortex but all I can say is... I have plenty of stories of my own to share now.
Posted on Fri, June 5, 2015
by Joshua Lindley