[mod hat off, yet again]
some seeing eye wrote:*And BTW it is about time for the ticket system to disqualify buyers from the regular sale who have already been successful in the patron and presale.
This is one of my personal biggest pet peeves, and one of my rant drafts for the BRC Weekly as I fumbled for ideas was basically this: There is no fucking way in hell that someone who can afford FOUR $990 tix should be allowed to compete for the already extremely hard to get $390 tickets with the rest of us plebes. Not only is it unfair, but it knocks way too many average (ie: not rich) Burners out of the running.
Sadly, this seems to be one of those areas that the Org can't see from the windows of their ivory tower (maybe the drapes made out of $100 bills get in the way), and I don't know if they have any clue at how much this pisses off "the masses" every year. Pardon the bluntness, but this is obviously an area outside of the usual "calmness" I try to display on here. [slapping that mod hat back on]
You are forgiven, and could not be more right.
I do know that some folks buy the pre-sale as a "safety" in case they don't get tix thru the regular sales, I understand the panic, but allowing this not only allows those with means an unfair advantage to acquire tickets.
It could also allow unfair advantage to scalpers to acquire tickets (dunno if the new system is effective at preventing the scalping or not.)
I'm not nearly as crusty and grizzled as some of you, just having returned home from burn #10, but I was there early enough to see what it was like BEFORE the masses showed up. Hah, to some this is not true (to you I wasn't here before the masses), but the event is more than double the size from the year I first came.
I feel like it's changing from an SF to an LA the last 3-4 years, and I don't really like it. Could still be the best show on earth, but feel like I should get some "Keep Burning Man Weird
" stickers or something. Feel like it's losing the vibe that I originally fell for.
The fly in fly out PnP folks and extra emphasis on theme camps (which also get some bit of advantage to acquire tickets these days) have not helped. Particularly the sheer number of arrivals for theme camps.
I have come early to help build camp infrastructure/art and left late to take it down in the past, and in both cases largely to avoid the crowd of ingress/egress. My anxiety doesn't do well in waiting circumstance.... neither does my desert home on wheels....
While it may have gone smoother this year in terms of the exodus waits being more uniform, since not everyone headed for the gate at once, there were definitely more people arriving early that I've ever seen and more didn't even attempt to break camp till tuesday.
I can't tell you how disappointed our camp was that monday night did not bring silence as usual for this exhausted band of volunteers, but instead we had to listen to some asshole thumping beats till 5am Tuesday morning off the 9:00. With the absence of all the other usual noise from streets, and absence of camps creating a soundblock, we listened to this bullshit all night long, over and over again like it was on repeat. Worse than it would have been on a regular night of the week. During the week it doesn't bother me at all and my home is right on 9:00 and C/D. Kinda surprised that nobody went over there sooner, a friend from another camp went over there at 5 am and tried really hard to reason with these assholes to have them shut down so that all could finally rest.
Something is missing for me, it's too early to ponder but I might not be coming every year at this point.