rob (veovix) wrote in burning_man,

Every cloud has a silver lining

Today all the members of my camp got together to do a dress rehearsal for our shade structure and camping setup at Ravenna Park in Seattle. Things were going really well. We were having a lot of fun working together, just laughing and enjoying each others company. The structures came together perfectly too, the floors went down without a hitch and we realized it really would work as expected. Even the weather was first.

As we were sitting inside the structure amongst all our setup tents and camping gear, we noticed the clouds were suddenly looking rather ominous. We waited a few more minutes, making lists and thinking through our camp kitchen setup, then started tearing everything down. We got most everything done before the first call of "rain" went out. Then in an instant the sky opened on us and a torrential rain pounded us with big, fat drops. Everyone and everything was instantly soaked. We tried to pull things under trees as quickly as possible but it was futile, the rain was falling under the trees just as heavily as not.

We all huddled under trees, drenched and warm in the humid rain, staring out at the skeletal remains of our shade structure. We stood there for a minute hooting and hollering about the sudden downpour and how ridiculous everyone found the scene. It really is an uncommon thing in Seattle. Our city gets misty and drizzly but it never downpours. Ian said it reminded him of a Miami style sub-tropical rain storm. The rain didn't stop and everything was getting wetter. Partially folded tarps were becoming mini swimming pools and our fingertips were pruning up from the warm moisture. Everyone seemed to reach the same conclusion at the same time: "We're already totally wet, might as well finish up!" and almost on queue everyone walked out from under the trees and started working again.

We all got drenched working in that rain but our mood was chipper and playful. No one got upset or frustrated, we all just rolled up our sleeves and did what had to be done. It was a great bonding experience to share before leaving next week and I also think it bodes well for how we will collectively deal with adversity.

I'm getting really excited. I'm hopeful this will be an awesome Burn!

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