I was a 70-year-old virgin when I made my first pilgrimage to Burning Man.
Hardly an anatomical virgin, of course, but virgin is what veteran “burners” call any stiff who has never dared cross the line from the “default world”—our everyday colorless existence—to enjoy radical self-expression at the greatest party on earth. Hey, it’s never too late to have another adventure!
But I had no idea how to prepare. It was a tribe of millennials who coaxed me to go. Boom Spiral, they call themselves. Fifty or so congenital entrepreneurs, with female twins as their matriarchs, these young leaders take their tribal ethos from Burning Man. For them, experiences are the new luxury, more precious than money or success. Miki and Rada Agrawal, the twin sister matriarchs, insisted that Burning Man was one passage I could not miss.
I took the dare.
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