Here's an interesting article from CNN on burners and the Burning Man culture. Yes, I admit, I much prefer to do business with other burners - even if I have never met them. It takes a certain type of person to go to the playa and yes, they get extra credit in my book. Not only are they most likely self-sufficient, they are generally more creative and willing to think between the lines. Oh yeah, and they probably like fire and blowing shit up.
I'd much rather hire and work for/with people who can do crazy risky things responsibly. It's what I call, managing risk strategically. It's not like you're not willing to take risks, it's just that you plan your risks and manage them for the least risk impact.
On a similar note, I met the Dance Dance Immolation people. I LOVE them. Last year, they were one of my most favorite installations. Any exhibit where you can suit up in a fireproof suit and get flames blasted at you and dance to Duran Duran's remix gets extra gold stars.
... still de playaing.