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Welcome to April everybody and this month’s riveting Barbie Death Village newsletter.  As we embark upon this first day of April, I am reminded of a quote from Mark Twain: “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”  I somehow think Mr. Twain was being somewhat charitable considering the current state of affairs, but I digress.  As is our wont, we try to begin these brilliant tomes with something Barbie Death Camp related.  Scroll down just a few shots and you’ll see a nice picture of our camp.  But if you go much further some of the pictures are NSFW.  Enjoy!
 
 
Now that the main ticket sale is behind us, it’s time to reflect upon that ordeal.  For those of you fortunate enough to get a link through the Directed Group Sales, that seemed to work out very well.  For those of you trying to get in on the regular way sale, being in that queue as they sold out in 42 minutes must have felt something like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis.  From what I hear, only one in four people trying to get in to buy tickets and a vehicle pass actually got them.  Bummer.  But for the rest of you there is good news on the horizon!  We are now starting our Barbie Death Village in-house ticket exchange, which “Bag Lady” Sharen is heading up.  If you need a ticket we should be able to help you out.   If you happen to have either a ticket or vehicle pass for sale, please do not go into the STEP program.  We guarantee your ticket will find a good home with a  fellow Barbiebarian and the Village will cover the cost to transfer if need be.  That’s how confident we are that it will be bought.
 
Now would be a good time to discuss Work Access Passes, otherwise known as “early arrival passes”.  We do not know how many the BMOrg will give us, but you can just bet it will be fewer than last year.   So far we have requests for 63 passes.  Just because you have already requested a WAP does not mean you will necessarily get one!   Simply because you’re flying in from Estonia or are driving from the East Coast holds no sway with us whatsoever.  And if your reasoning—like several of you have had in the past—is that this is the only way you can secure a ride into Black Rock City, then might I suggest you find another form of transportation.  Felony and I are, by necessity, going to be very anal about who actually gets a WAP.  Do not hold it against us if you don’t get one; we know you’re “indispensable” to the camp, but people who are actually hauling out the infrastructure and have shown that they’re not afraid of hard work are truly indispensable and will be the first ones to be rewarded.  The rest of you can wait in line just like everybody else.  Special arrangements will be made for those picking up tickets at Will Call.  So if you want a WAP, not only do you have to request one to both Felony and me but you must justify why you need one.  That should eliminate about a third of you.  Do not shoot the messenger.  Last year we ran out of WAPs and we’re not going to make that same mistake again.  We will take into consideration if you’re staying until late Monday night helping to clean up Barbie Death Village.  That will be to your advantage.  Otherwise, you know the drill.
 
Just a quick note on dues.  Until June 1, they remain $100 for veterans and $150 for newbies.  Anybody coming from overseas will be assessed an additional fifty bucks.   Our preferred method is PayPal the usual email, or you can send a check via snail mail to Doc.  Please do not send cash.
 
We are on the lookout for a new piano for the camp.  Ideally it should be a console though a spinet will do.  Please, no upright or grand pianos.  We have to move it ourselves.  We also could use a piano tuner.  If you happen to know of one who will be on the playa, have him or her contact me so we can try and work something out.
 
Speaking of additions to the camp, with The T*** Guys, A Playa Home Companion, and Cantina Vida either gone or just relocated, Barbie Death Village for the first time in three years is in an expansion mode.  So if you know of some quality people looking for a camp within the best damn Village on the playa, have them contact either Felony or me and we will run the vetting process by them accordingly.  We anticipate being on about four acres again this year (you never know for sure considering the BMOrg allocates the space) so we can probably offer a plot of land on one of the main thoroughfares if there is a small army coming over.  And in that regard, now would be a good time to request space for individual sub-camps (of which everyone in the Village will be part).  Let Julia know how much space and of course the name of your camp and she will begin the mapping process shortly.
 
Vulture Chow has finalized the 2018 Volunteer Spot, which lists many of the camp’s activities and is an easy and convenient way to sign up for one of the many, and dare I say fun, tasks that we have available every year.  Once you’ve paid your dues she will send you a link.  If you have already paid your dues but have not received a link, please contact her ASAP via email.  Everyone is asked to volunteer for something and if you were awarded Directed Group Tickets or intend to receive a WAP, then it is absolutely required.  Nobody who asks for a Work Access Pass but has not signed up on the Volunteer Spot will receive a pass.  On this no exceptions will be made.
 
We once again have our Barbie Death Village Reno Hotel Deal for all burners, not just Barbiebarians, driving to and from the playa via Reno.  We have negotiated a great deal with The Sands Regency and if this year is like the previous three, there will be an extended burner party on Monday and Tuesday as well.  Use this link https://eplaya.burningman.org/viewtopic.php?f=524&t=85650 to help make your reservation.
 
We would like to welcome our newbies to Barbie Death Village!  With Lake Tahoe Lori we have Devin and Ryan; joining Tom are Kristi, Eddie, and from Indiana Erika; long-time burner and FOBDV from Idaho we welcome Little Flower; with Jolanta say hello to Jon; Hottie is bringing along her BF Mike; from France, Rebecca has Bruno; Susie Q has introduced us to veteran burner Willy; and with Chantelle and the Pizza Cats welcome Luke, Anna, and from Germany both Martin and Regina.
 
If you would like to follow up on the internet, visit our website at http://barbiedeathcamp.com or like us on Facebook https://facebook.com/barbiedeathvillage.
 
And finally, for those of you who have actually bothered to read down this far, on a personal but non-related note, I am retiring this month after many years in the financial-services industry.  I am having a little get-together on Sunday, April 22 at The Sienna Restaurant 1480 Eureka Road in Roseville, CA from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  For $25 (that includes tax and tip) you get all you can eat in their fabulous buffet and for an additional ten bucks it’s bottomless mimosas.  And when they say “bottomless” they mean it.  If you want to join the festivities shoot me an email and I’ll add you to the list.  We do need an RSVP to hold your spot.  Hope to see you there.
 
The Man burns in 153 days )’(
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Doc Pyro and Felony Arson