I joined this community (just now) as part of my quest for next years event. I had planned to go this year, however, fate had more mundane plans for me, and who am I to argue with fate?
I live near Portland, OR and a huge group of my friends went this year, after deciding at the last minute. I was heartbroken. completely.
This has acted as a galvanizing affect on my determination to go NEXT year. I read back through this last week and a half of your comments and entries and think wistfully of the playa and hope to see you all there next year. scratch that. I WILL see you all there next year.