Walking to my office this morning I ran across a microcosm of Burning Man, here at Florida State. To tag this as a Burning Man moment is a bit unfair, as these moments do not originate in that event. Rather, that event celebrates, encourages, and nurtures such moments. What was it?
A group of three women and two men were standing along the side of the walk, gayly encouraging passerby to make a pass through a hop-scotch game they had chalked on the walk. A few folks skirted the game, preferring the edge of the walk, but several took them on, hopping and skipping through the boxes. The five instigators, clapped, whooped and cheered them on. Those who played along continued on their way with a smile on their face.
Back in 2002 my camp, 7:15 Gut, created a sustained moment in which we riffed on a Ramp of Death another camp had created a few years earlier on Esplanade. You can read my account of Ramp of Death II here.