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Burning Man 2008 saw over 49,000 participants reveling in the Black Rock Desert, working together to create the magic metropolis that is Black Rock City. The week was bookended by vicious dust storms, between which mother nature graced our encampment with gorgeously placid weather, allowing participants to enjoy the artwork, community and broad expanses of the playa. The Man, standing atop an obelisk bedecked with the flags of all nations, spoke of our American Dream, which is truly a global dream. Saturday's dust storms broke their stranglehold on the city in time to allow the community to gather to watch the Man burn late that night. On Sunday evening, Shrine and Tuktuk's "Basura Sagrada" temple burned before a silently reverent audience, taking with it our community's missives to the great beyond. All told, it was a very successful Burning Man.