stuart wrote:funny, that's not the impression I got when I paid $225 for a ticket.
ALERT! THREAD DRIFT AHEAD
Well, although I understand your humor
and don't take it personally or want to get into a tussle (and get plonked
), your $225 goes to make the event actually occur: Portapotties, permits, wood (to build the man, and more), medical, ticket printing, ePlaya servers and on and on. The participants and volunteers are what make Black Rock City so amazing. If we didn't have any money (solely from tickets) or we had to pay everyone who helps make Black Rock City a reality, we straight up wouldn't be able to build the blank slate that is Burning Man. All that shit doesn't just magically appear in the desert.
And anyone who gets paid for their work, does so because their role is either critical (no flake factor allowed), mandated (by the gov't) or they've repeatedly shown competence in the face of great need, and NOBODY gets paid fair market value for their skills and time. You think I work here because it pays well? Also, I volunteer for the Café (my other hat says: Café Performance Manager) and don't get compensation for the planning, meetings, emails, supplies, transportation or my entire month in the desert, working my ass off in the sun, dust, rain and cold. I'm not holier than thou or badder ass than you, I just see the every day-ness of it (and I get this question a lot). It does take money to produce an event of this scale, and we appreciate your $225
If you care to learn more about where your ticket money goes, you can visit the AfterBurn:
or more specifically about the financials:
But I drift from the topic of this thread. If you'd like to continue the discussion, let's wait until the real General Discussion (or similar) thread is back up. Or you can email me via the board. Let's keep this thread on topic. I'm off to have caviar and foie gras on my expense account...