The Swede is not coming to Burning Man.
I would say that I’m sad about it, but in truth I saw it coming and was resigned to it before it even happened.
I was really looking forward to having him there and seeing Burning Man through the eyes of someone who has never been there before.
He was a good sport about it, and I have to give him credit for that.
Not everyone wants to spend a week in a hot and dusty desert surrounded by freaks, hippies, ravers, artists and musicians.
I think he initially agreed to go simply because of my enthusiasm for the event.
But it’s not like I’m going to Burning Man by myself.
I’ll be traveling with Tejas and I have my whole camp there as my small community within the larger Burning Man community to keep me entertained and connected.
Still, it gives me pause.
I will miss The Swede.
And even though I was expecting this, I am sad to lose his companionship.
I will have to send him pics and texts from the burn.
It’s not the same as being there, but it’s the best I can do to let him know that he is missed.