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Burning Man 2010: How You Will Get Hurt (probably!)

August 25, 2010

If you attend Burning Man, you will be hurt, you will be injured, you will cry, you will laugh, you will be transformed, you will become a statistic.

Some of my best laughs, cries, and even orgasms have been at Burning Man. Two of my best scars are from Burning Man: a narrow 2″ scar  on the back of my right hand by my index finger (from 2001 when I was setting up camp), and a deep wide one, about 1.5″ long on my right shin from 1997  when I was trying to pull …well…it was wheeled and …Will Rogers had pulled Crimson Rose in it while she was playing with fire on the night of the Burn and… tequila was involved…need I say more?

Anyway, Burning Man is dangerous. People die. They get run over, they do too many drugs, they do stupid things and get hurt.

AND they don’t drink enough water: 10% on average cases were related to dehydration.

Above is a chart based on about 150,000 people who attended the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Burn and how they were injured. There’d be fewer stats on this chart if people had more common sense, drank more water and less alcohol, and were more careful with controlled substances. This is where the chart came from: Transparency: How You Will Get Hurt at Burning Man – Transparency – GOOD. via Burning Man 2010: How You Will Get Hurt (probably!).

The physical changes are minor. The changes to you on the inside will likely be major. You will not return as the same person you left. And I dare you to prove me wrong.

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