WARNING: The views expressed in this post may not represent the views of this poster when sober. I typically try to be positive and open minded but the combination of sleep deprivation, tequila, and the content of this post have weakened my resolve. I apologize in advance!
Hi, I'm Taz and I'm a 10 time burner.
-- No shit that's just like being freaking a rock star right?
(edit) (Hi I'm Taz and I'm a Self-righteous hypocrite)
Let me tell you how this system failed at it's main goals.
--I don't think you have a clue what the new systems goals actually were.
This system is somehow supposed to reward the regular attendees to some extent.
--Who the hell ever said that? No really, who? Thank you for proving my last point!
Did we allow for first timers? We certainly did but it came at the cost of the destruction of the regular attendees.
--Yes I personally witnessed a "regular attendee" explode in to thin air. Fortunately he did not leave a trace.
But we were doing that before anyway. The only difference is that new prospectives were screened by the regular attendees before they turned them on to the event.
--Its not a private social club where people like you get to choose who does and does not attend (THANK GOODNESS). If it wasn't for new people Burning Man would just be a bunch of burned out 60 year old hippies sitting in the dust. (Please note that I have nothing against 60 year old burnt out hippies)
--You make it sound like we are all a bunch of noobs that want to join your motorcycle gang.
All this talk about "undesireables" like frat boys, rednecks, and other that didn't conform to the burner radical self expression concept have now been compromised by the current system.
-- Pull your head out & look around. Just because you don't like someone doesn't mean that they aren't practicing self expression, After all, Its not easy being a redneck-Frat-Boy.
How can that be when my chances are even out with someone who's never been there? Over the years that I've spent syndicating with "regular" attendees and creating bonds and connections have suddenly been shattered.
-- Either that's a gross over exaggeration or you really suck at keeping in touch with people. Try e-mail & Facebook. Or dare I suggest using a phone.
What it boils down to is that we were better off with the old system than we are with the present. This new system is fair to no one.
Time will prove this point. The jury is still out.
You imply that just because someone has been to more than one Burn they are somehow better than a "first timer". I disagree and no longer feel guilty for having been granted the privilege of attending this year. Thank you Taz
Now go to the web site & read the 10 principals.
Grrrrrrr. I hate me when I'm drunk!
So what is the reward for regular attendance?
-- There is none. who said there was? Be thankful for the Burns that you have under your belt, and try again next year just like everyone else.