NOTE: Email and home addresses have been removed from this newsletter - if you need to paypal/send anything please refer to the original copy (should have been mailed to all members) or ask around in the Facebook group
Welcome to February everybody and another riveting Barbie Death Village newsletter. This time of year I am somehow reminded of a quote by William Shakespeare fromMuch Ado About Nothing: “Why, what’s the matter, That you have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?” But as winter will lead us to spring, my mindless ramblings will lead us to yet another newsletter. As usual, I like to begin with something Barbie Death Camp related, and if you scroll down to picture 19, this proves that our camp is amongst the most interesting things and places to see at Burning Man. As if we didn’t already know that. Enjoy!
We begin this newsletter on the subject on most of your minds: Tickets. As of this writing, we have not been awarded any Directed Group Sale tickets. Both Felony and I believe that we will receive some DGS tickets, but until we hear from the BMOrg nobody will be guaranteed tickets. But since we’re a glass-half-full kind of camp let’s go with the assumption some tickets will be available, though we anticipate far fewer than last year. Naturally demand is always higher than supply, so if we are granted a certain number of DGS tix and you have requested but were denied access, trust us it’s only because some people are more indispensable than others. Beginning on You absolutely, positively must be able to buy your tickets within the first 30 minutes that they go on sale!!! If there is any chance whatsoever you will not be able to access a computer during that finite window, you will not be granted a link for tickets. Period. Last year we lost 6% of our tickets because of this snafu and we don’t want to repeat that mistake again. Each link, assuming the process is the same as last year, is good for two tickets, and you must buy both as a pair. We have plenty of people willing and able to take the oddball ticket off of your hands. Tickets are $425 plus the on-going usurious fees inflicted on us by Larry Harvey and his gang of drug-idled sycophantic minions. Anyone whose dues are not paid will not receive a DGS ticket. We will send out a special newsletter once we know for certain how many, if any, DGS tickets become available.the DGS form opens. We have 10 days to put your name on a list, including email and an up-to-date Burner Profile, and have it to the BMOrg. DGS tickets then go on sale at .
There are going to be Low Income Tickets available, though this has nothing to do with Barbie Death Village and you may not apply for both Low Income and DGS tickets. Low Income applications open on . For those of you having to go to the Main Sale to get tickets—and that is certainly a majority of you—registration opens on Wednesday, March 21 and the sale will commence on . You can only register to buy tickets on the Main Sale if you have not previously bought tickets through the Directed Group Sale. For further information click on this link https://tickets.burningman.org/
Several final notes on tickets: You may not, as a group, control more than four DGS tickets. Last year we had several groups/camps needing up to eight tickets which places an undue burden on everyone else. Please keep this in mind. Also there are several people who will be expecting DGS tickets because they’ve received them in the past who will not be granted them this year. That is due to the fact a handful of you vanished when it came to clean up camp—some for the second time in two years—and we will not tolerate that kind of disrespectful behavior any longer. You have been forewarned.
On a related subject, we have Work Access Passes. These were previously known as Early Arrival Passes, which is precisely what they allow you to do. Certainly if we get DGS tickets we’ll have an equal, or greater, number of WAPs. We are going to be somewhat stingy (depending upon how many we actually get) handing them out this year and priority will go to those arrivingor earlier to set up the Village as well as those staying until or even to help clean up the Village. Of course anyone hauling out Village infrastructure will be on the priority list as well. You must let both Felony and me know when you plan on arriving and departing and how many are in your party and you must be able to justify being awarded a WAP. Several camps lost their WAPs privileges the past several years and we are not going to be the next casualty.
Now a quick word on dues. Most of you know the drill. Until NOTE: Check FB group or email version for the email addresses/snail mail addresses!, veterans are $100 and newbies or veterans living outside of North America are $150. Newbies from outside of North America are therefore $200. We prefer using PayPal (make sure you’re “sending to a friend” so we’re not charged 3%). You can also use snail mail. Please do not send cash. We have already heard from a number of you and for that we say “Thank you!”
This may come as a surprise to many of you, but we are actually in the market for more Barbies. So many got trashed last year, and we were gifted very few, we need to replace them for our “art instillation”. I intend to repair and replace most of the planks, about 52 in all, over the spring and summer (you camp dues at work!) and yes, I could use some help. If you’re particularly adroit at drilling holes in Barbie’s ass have I got a job for you. But I digress.
We have ordered new Barbie Death Camp stickers. They are the same size and lettering as in the past and this year’s color schemes are black background with white lettering, black lettering on pink background, and red lettering on black background. If you would like any or all of these, shoot me an email and I’ll have them off to you shortly.
As you probably are aware, everyone who stays in our Village will be assigned to a sub-camp. It is never too early to begin the process of space requests. If you need street frontage with enough space for interactive activities, please let Julia know ASAP. You can begin making your space requests by contacting Julia by email.
Speaking of sub-camps, one of our anchor camps for many years, Cantina Vida, has decided to go independent this year and form their own private hacienda somewhere on the playa. We do wish them well and naturally they can return whenever they please. This does free up to the campmates that remain with Barbie Death Village those tickets, so there will be six more available to Barbiebarians in good standing.
If you would like to follow us on the internet, our website is http://barbiedeathcamp.com or like us on Facebook https://facebook.com/barbiedeathvillage . I would also like to thank Big Red for heading up our IT department again this year.
And finally, our good friend Marty has a mutant vehicle for sale, the Gerlach Stage Company. It was built on a Chevy S-10 frame and it’s V6 engine has plenty of power. It comes with a new battery and has a hookup for a second battery. It has a 105 amp alternator, which will produce plenty of 12 volt power. The frame is made out of steel box tubing and because of the strong frame he has had up to 19 people on the MV at once. He also has plans for flame effects if you want that sort of thing. And here’s the really good part: The BMOrg DMV has put the Gerlach Stage Company on the direct sales list for two tickets and two work access passes. All of this is yours for the giveaway price of $4000. Pictures available upon request. You can contact Marty by email.
NOTE: Check FB group or email version for the email addresses/snail mail addresses!
The Man burns.
Doc Pyro & Felony Arson