I ran across this article in my "Burning Man" filter at news.google.com. It's actually a pretty good article, but seeing a BM-style party through the eyes of a small town reporter is a bit funny.
I like that the Burners, despite apparently being truly shocking to the local residents, in the end made a great impression.
When Mr. Brown returned to work the following evening, he was told he had just missed the “naked swim” at the yacht club’s indoor pool; later that night, he was too busy bartending to watch as the guests burned a 12-foot-tall wooden alien on the field “somewhere between the tennis courts and the villas,” he said.
According to Mr. Brown, none of the staff that had been hired for the weekend had any idea what they were in for. “We were pretty much shocked,” he said, “. . . by everything they did.”
“It was really a fun event,” said Ms. Bryan. “The group was a delight to work with, and very appreciative of the staff and the facility. They cleaned up after themselves, and left the place as nice as it was when they arrived. The locals were more misbehaved,” she noted, “than any of the guests.”
That's the Burners I know and love, this article made me proud of my community.