What the hell is that pounding in my head? Dub step? Rebar being hammered into something? Welding steel onto an art vehicle? No, it’s the siren’s song of the playa calling me and all my sick Burning Man village mates out to the desert for TTITD 2013! Yes everyone, welcome to August and in 25 short days the gates will open and Black Rock City will be flooded with like-minded and certifiably crazy burners for another soiree in the dust. This is in all likelihood the final newsletter before we head out, so I want to get right down to the nuts-and-bolts and delve right in to the important stuff. Well, after this article which some of our newer campmates may not have seen. We’re loved all around the world.
Let’s begin with Early Arrival passes. They have all been claimed and we have five set aside “for emergencies.” We currently have three people on the Wait List. If you absolutely do not need your EA pass—and you had to have signed up on the Volunteer Spot to work otherwise it will be forfeited—please let us know immediately. Felony and I will be cross-referencing the names on the EA list versus those on the Volunteer Spot list. With the exception of those hauling out the infrastructure (hence your names would not be on the list) if you did not sign up to do some meaningful work we will, at our discretion, not honor your pass if there are people on the Wait List. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Also if you have not paid your camp dues (those coming in from overseas are exempt from this rule) you run the very real risk of having your EA pass also forfeited. These things are way too valuable to be taken for granted. When they are sent to you in a week or two, you will need to print them out yourselves and bring them to the playa. If you lose it we cannot replace the pass.
Our next big item is transportation logistics. Without fail every year we find ourselves scrambling to find people with the right equipment (read: heavy-duty trucks or large RVs) to haul the trailers and art vehicles out to the playa. Last year we had somebody bail on the day we were to leave for the playa and just lucked out on finding transport for our 16’ trailer. We have several people already committed to helping us haul material out to the playa (thank you Junior/Yaqui, Rob, Teri, Jeff, Kara, Alice, and Mike) but we need drivers committed to actually drive specific vehicles. Oliver says we can use one of his large vehicles to tow a heavy trailer if we can secure a driver. Yaqui is set to drive the flatbed with our infrastructure, but we need a trailer and driver for the art vehicles. Please let us know immediately if you are in a position to help.
Next up are tickets. Some people still are without. There are two viable options: Go to the 2013 Tickets thread on the ePlaya within the main Burning Man website and try and buy tickets there. As we get closer to TTITD there will be a ton available if the past several years are any indication. Or you can sign up tomorrow through Monday for the “Oh My God” ticket sale, get your name on the registration list (you must have a Burner Profile on file to qualify), and on August 7th 1,000 tickets will be offered for sale, first come first served. You can contact Felony if you are unclear on how to sign up for this. But if you’re too stupid to figure that out on your own perhaps you should reconsider even going to Burning Man, but I digress.
I mentioned on our “We’ve Been Placed!” newsletter that we were on 3+ acres of prime playa real estate. Technically that’s true, but my friend Scot emailed me and let me know that in fact we’re on 4.36 acres. That’s still 3+ in my book. Picky, picky. We had requested to be placed adjacent to Camp Gallivant but the BMOrg, as is their stoned brain-dead wont, not only moved them further away, but split them into thirds and sprinkled them around the playa like nomads. And to make matters worse, they placed Gigsville next to us again even after we requested to be anywhere but there. Sometimes I wonder if Larry Harvey and his sycophantic minions even bother reading the placement applications?
We have our carpet conundrum rectified. I want to thank Mike DeGroot and David Romo for stepping up and handling this task. There should be enough new carpeting to cover the entire front of our camp. This is a very good thing, believe me.
Now a word about the Meet & Greet. This very large event will be held on Wednesday evening this year, moved up a day so everyone can attend the CORE Burn the following night. I want to make sure everyone understands that this is a closed and formal event for those who haunt the ePlaya. Mel is in charge of the event. We will be roping off the front of Barbie Death Camp from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and everyone who attends will be expected to contribute something, preferably food or drink. We are expecting over 200 people for this huge party and the logistics involved in putting it on year after year can be daunting indeed. So if you have never posted on the ePlaya please dignify the sanctity of this event and do not crash it.
Every year at this time as a public service to the friends of Barbie Death Village we like to report where the least expensive places to purchase gas are on the way into Black Rock City. As of this writing, coming in from the west on I-80 from Northern California and Reno, USA Parkway (Nevada exit 32) has unleaded for $3.47/gallon. If you’re driving in from the east on I-80 your best bet is the Pilot Station in Fernley at the intersection of US Rt. 95 and I-80. Gas goes for $3.49/gallon there. If you’re driving in from the north on either US 395 or CA 299, do not stop in Alturas but rather go an additional 23 miles towards Black Rock City and stop in Cedarville at the Rabbit Traxx station. Gas is running $3.95/gallon there. And for those of you last-minute people, the main station in Wadsworth, NV has unleaded for $3.77/gallon. You can also fill up in Nixon for $3.84/gallon. Do not count on gas being available (or cheap!) in Gerlach. That should be your absolute last resort.
On the subject of gasoline, I know Chris is donating 25 gallons. We are trying to keep all gas in 5 gallon containers if possible. If you are in the general Sacramento-Placer area and have any 5 gallon gas containers, we would like to borrow them. Make sure you put your name on it in felt pen (these things all begin to look alike after a week in the dust) so we can return it during the week. Currently we have about seven secured, but we really could stand to have another 10 or so. We will fill them in Nevada so it’s fine if they’re empty. Now if you want to donate gas, we would be happy to haul them up full as well!
We are in need of freezer space for our lumpia. As the veterans to Barbie Death Camp know, every night at midnight we deep fry lumpia and feed our hungry campmates. But as we have grown so has the amount of lumpia we need to cook up. We are out of room in Felony and my freezers in our RVs. If you have an RV with space in your freezer, we would really appreciate your help. Last year some of our lumpia for the end of the week spoiled because we could not keep it frozen and that, ladies and gentlemen, was a damn shame indeed. Also we could use a deep fryer to cook the lumpia in. We tried a turkey fryer last year but the wind kept blowing out the flame. If anyone can help with that we would be most obliged.
Reece has added a few more items to the Volunteer Spot. This pertains mostly to those with Early Arrival passes. We need volunteers for the decorating and un-decorating of the mutant vehicles. Unless they are properly mutated the DMV won’t give us our permit, so if you can help with this please go to http://vols.pt/7gDcSz and sign up. Also we are in need for a larger crew for tear-down Sunday/Monday. If you need help in adding something to the Volunteer Spot or just to sign up, contact Reece directly and he will help you out .
Speaking of mutant vehicles, The Cloud Car is well on its way to being ready for the playa, and I want to give a “Thank You!” shout out to Rob, Cap’n Joe, Yvonne, Yaqui (Junior), Cheri, Mike, Jim, Teri, Blowphish, and everyone else who so unselfishly contributed to its mutation. We could not have done it without your support. We now need bodies to help with the mutation of Barbie’s Mobile Wh0reh0use. Please let me know if you’re available over the next two weekends and we will put you to work. There shouldn’t be all that much to do since we’re not going to reinvent the wheel, but artistically inclined people are always necessary. Also we need the manpower to haul the legs and decorations from the storage shed in Newcastle to where the truck is domiciled. We may have to reconstruct the roof, though I hope not. If you can fabricate a new roof out of either PVC pipe or metal polls (three 9’ lengths and eight 6’ lengths) that would be wonderful. Also if you have a truck that would be a Godsend. Oliver and Amanda are the go-to folks for the Barbie Mobile. We will meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday at 7700 Barton Road in Granite Bay. Thank you again for your support.
A word about our shower. Wildman has engineered a power system using a gas generator to run the water flow into the shower. This should be a very superior system. But please, keep your showers to under 4 minutes (7 if you’re “showering with a friend”) and max out with three gallons of water. We hope to have 500 gallons of water on the playa, and that may sound like a lot, but trust me, it isn’t. Please try and recycle your cooler water (that water that came from melted ice to cool down your beer or soda). If everyone does that at least every other day, we should be able to shower clear into the weekend. But it’s a good idea to bring your own water as well, especially if you’re one of those people who take more than one shower a day. I want to thank Russell and Sachi for their tireless work in designing and building our “New and Improved 2013 Shower!” I already have the loufahs standing by.
Now a reminder about the pre-party. The date is Saturday, August 17th. It begins at 4 p.m. at my home, 8577 Balmoral Drive, Newcastle CA. Directions upon request. (The directions given by MapQuest from Sacramento pretty much suck unless you like driving four miles out of your way.) We will begin by actually getting some “work” done. We need to load up the 16’ flat-bed trailer with the piano, sofas, foosball table, water barrels, and anything else we can manage to cram onto it. We will be handing out shirts and hats for those who ordered them (please let Frank know if you’re going to attend so he can bring yours along ), and we’ll be firing up the BBQ with hamburgers, chicken wings, and anything else you might want to throw on the “Barbie”. We also will be serving margaritas, wine, and soda, but ask you to bring something to share, like beer. I suspect a bottle or two of absinthe will rear its ugly head as well. The pool will be open but please, this is a “family-friendly event” so keep the swimsuits on until at least dusk! No really, I mean it this time.
We have several people joining us in the caravan to the playa on Saturday, August 24th. You must have an Early Arrival pass to be part of the caravan naturally. Please do not rendezvous at my house that morning unless you’re going up in my RV! We will leave Newcastle/Auburn at 8:30 a.m. sharp and stop off for our first meet up at the Boreal Ridge Rest Stop (CA exit 176) at 9:45. That is the very best place to meet up coming from Northern California for the caravan. From there, leaving at 10 a.m., we head onto the Sands Regency in Reno and pick up campmates at 11:15, from there to the USA Parkway (NV exit 32) to fill up with gas, hit Nixon around 12:30 for Indian tacos (site to be determined), and onto Gerlach around 2:00. If there are no Indian taco stands open at the Nixon high school, we will go to Oasis 29, on the west side of NV 447, just beyond the Mile 29 post. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
By now everyone should have made their space requests to Rob, but I recognize that some last-minute people may have procrastinated, so you need to let Rob know how much space you need and whether or not you have special needs (like arriving very late or leaving pre-burn so you have placement on an access road). Email him . He and Tracy should have the Village Map ready to go by the time the pre-party rolls around. We will also have one posted in the main camp so your friends and friends-with-benefits can find you within the Village. You must have paid your camp dues in order to be placed, unless you’re coming in from outside the USA.
Now our final introduction of newbies! Crash is bringing along his nephew Carter , with Travis please welcome Eugene and Maren ; with Barbie Day Spa say hello to Cheyne , Faith , and Sommer Lovin ; what a surprise another bunch of lovely Australians including Ed , Luke , Keenan , Josh , Crispy , Charlotte , Alex , Mitchell , Ace , and Elliot ; from Seattle please say hello to Renee and Christina ; from Arizona welcome Julie and Lance ; from The Netherlands we have the lovely Mieke ; with Jewellee coming in from London welcome Francesco; with Ralph from Vallejo we have Ward ; we now have a Kiwi in our fold, please welcome Ashley ; Mike has invited along Craig and Gary ; from Phoenix welcome Nilla and Edward ; from Seattle and working with Barbie Day Spa say howdy to Karen , Craig , and Alice ; Dave has invited Ben ; Lilli has brought on board from Italy Ciccio ; and our piano tuner from Murphys welcome Keith .
And finally, as your out-going Mayor of Barbie Death Village, I want to thank each and every one of you who have contributed in making this the best damn Village on the playa. It is a privilege to be part of this group and that is something I do not take lightly. I will still be doing the newsletters for the next year and will be your treasurer, but Felony Arson is officially taking over the reins beginning August 25th. Please give her the same respect (such as it was) and help you gave me. I am humbled to be surrounded by such a wonderful and giving group of people.
The Man burns in 30 days )’(
Doc Pyro and Felony Arson