"Hi! What would you like to hear?" Burning Man, 2016 Black Rock City, Nevada
What would you like to hear? Burning Man, 2016
It was another dusty morning in Black Rock City and our little tribe found ourselves wandering down a dusty road with no particular goal in mind. As with so many experiences at burning man, we stumbled upon a rather cool spot. The name of the camp was the “Platy Bus and the Band’s” camp. The first thing I noticed was a giant stuffed teddy bear lying in the dust surrounded by a bunch of music instruments, dusty camp chairs, a few wooden tables, and a multi colored bus prominently labeled the “Get Ass Bus”. Well, so, as usual with Burning Man, wherever you go, there you are. So, I had to step in for a visit. The core of the camp was more of an impromptu concert venue than anything resembling an actual camp you might have in your mind. Folding canvas camp chairs positioned for a great view of the drum set atop the old school bus and the dusty electric organ nearby. The only visible resident at the time was a gentleman sitting on a table wearing an outfit fit for good dust protection, a straw hat, red bandana to breathe through when the wind kicked up the dust, and trusty sunglasses. He was strumming away on his guitar and singing a few tunes. I’m assuming the population density of the camp was misleading as it was around 11 in the morning and many Black Rock City residents were likely still sleeping from the previous night’s adventures. We settled into the camp chairs and did what you do at Burning Man. We started chatting with our new acquaintance.
Scott was a generous, soft spoken guy. He played us a couple tunes while we sipped on a Jameson and Ginger enjoying the relaxing vibe of the…wait, it was 11AM. I mean we were drinking coffee. :)
Per usual for me, I was curious about his story. Here’s a guy, chilling in a dusty camp at Burning Man playing and singing a few great tunes. I had to ask. What’s your story?
It turns out, Scott started playing the ukulele and then guitar about 5 years ago and enjoys playing an singing “mostly folkish type songs”. He’s been to Burning Man a few years in a row now and has volunteered as a Black Rock City Ranger which he said makes him feel more connected to the Burning Man community and the experience as a whole. He’s a retired engineer from the Pacific Northwest who “still likes working on technical things, but now just fun technical things as a hobby”. He’s married and has 2 daughters, one whom is traveling the world and he jokes with her that she’s living the retirement life he’s looking forward to as well.
If you ever happen to stumble upon the Platy Bus Camp, stop in to see if Scott’s playing a tune or 3.
He said to me “Burning Man is such an inspiration”. I have to agree completely with that.
I always love stories of people who have retired or are finding passion and inspiration to try new things and enjoy their “second act”. Cheers Scott. And, thank you for the great tunes and wonderful conversation.