Wendor wrote:bdongray wrote:Badger wrote:...La Contessa and the Green Shark are two very prominent cases in point...
Are you saying these two will not be out there this year?
La Contessa and the Shark were both asked not to return due to repeated safety violations...
Pity, as they were great to see, and for me just happening to find a totally dark galleon in the middle of the open playa was an <I>AMAZING</I> experience. OK, it was stationary, so maybe I'd have had a different idea if it was driving recklessly.
BUT... as they were built for the 2002 "Floating World" theme, maybe it's time vehicles like this, designed for an old theme, should be redesigned for this years theme?
Earlier this year, I was thinking about changing a school bus (or large van) to look VERY much like the Starship Enterprise (Capt.Kirk style), simple (although BIG) parts added to the outside, painted well, nice lights added, to make it as perfect and look-a-like as possible. Very theme based, I'd have driven (carefully) about the playa giving anyone a ride to/from anywhere (as I've taken a ride from others when I've got a little tired after being out all night, so happy to be able to return the community favor). Maybe there'd have been some fun Star Trek activities/toys/fact sheets inside. But I didn't have the money (see "divorce"). Luckily from what I read, as I stringly suspect that it would have been rejected anyway, as it would not have been significantly changed in the original bodywork, just bodywork additions. So I'm glad I didn't waste a significant amount money, a lot of time, and probably a lot of effort to get rejected!
OK, it might have been accepted but...
Going further into my deepest thoughts and feelings, from what I hear about the DMV and many rejections, I'll own up to now not wanting to create <i>any</i> motorized vehicle anymore since all my efforts and money could all too easily be in vain if some DMV HotHead does not judge me creative enough, or does not feel the base of the vehicle is modified enough, or they don't like people with blue eyes, or whatever criteria they are rejecting good art vehicles for. I don't think this is what BurningMan is about, ie denying people to express their creativity. I understand the safety point of view, but from what I read of rejections by the DMV, BurningMan is losing what I thought creativity was all about. I also feel disappointed about probably not seeing simple artistic visions, even if they are based on a golf cart or ATV - <B>I enjoy seeing them</B>. If I see no motorized couches (and "so what" if it's really a creative mode of transport), I'll know BM is finished and it's probably time to look for (or create) another gift community similar event that does not deny artistic creativity.
For me <U>SynchroniCity</U> sounds appealing. It's also only one days drive for me anyway (not three), and I would be able to express my creativity without some self appointed, seemly unreasonable, fascist (<i>adj: oppressive, dictatorial control, including being judged without any appeal process</i>) authority to worry about. Also the ticket price at SynchroniCity is more in line with what something like this should be, unlike BM - close to 10x the price. I would have thought as the population got bigger at BM the ticket price would drop, not escalate, seemingly out of control, year after year. For me, since I never know if I'm going to get there (vehicle concerns with driving 2000 miles), I've always paid at the gate, willing to pay a bit more as "insurance" against not getting there, but I hear it's going to start at $350 this year - WAY TOO MUCH, especially if you include gas money, rental costs, etc - I could go to DisneyWorld. It makes me think perhaps some of the money is lining someone's pocket?
Is there a fully accounted for breakdown of the total incoming money and how it is allocated, distributed, spent, and donated, by the BMorg?
Or am I simply hearing more rumor about the initial gate ticket price?
PS Maybe "fascist" is a little over the top! Sorry (see "venting").