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In less than two weeks the first of our Villagemates will be hard at work on the playa, so this newsletter will be strictly to the point.
We want to remind everyone who is driving in to make sure to place a tarp underneath your vehicle to catch oil drippings, etc. But more importantly, if you spill something toxic, such as black water or gasoline, or you encounter a spill in camp and cannot completely clean it up yourselves, notify Wildman or Felony ASAP. This in no way will affect your standing in the camp where not reporting it certainly will.
Julia has been hard at work finalizing the Barbie Death Village map—no easy task, let me assure you—and she has done another magnificent job. It is available upon request. She has placed, within the limits of human capacity, 271 of you in nearly two dozen sub-camps. When you arrive on the playa and are being placed, please recognize this in an inexact science and try to not overreach on space. The BMOrg cut us back by half an acre but we have 40 more people than last year, so your patience is appreciated. In other words, cut us some slack.
If you are availableand are in the general Carson City/Dayton area, Drew really could use your help securing the mutant vehicles to their respective flatbed trailers so they can safely be hauled out to the desert. Please contact Drew ASAP if you think you can be of help.
We have a number of openings that need to be filled in our Volunteer Spot. Here are the days and what needs to be done. The numbers in parentheses—for example (14/20)—are the number of volunteers we have versus the number we need to step up.
: Chili chefs (14/20) for the cook off.
: Greeters (29/42); Taco feed needs chicken, lettuce, cheese, and servers (3/12); also not on the list, we need people to help load the wine in bags on ice for the NBR&PC evening.
: For the Naked Bike Ride & Pub Crawl, we need snacks like chips/salsa, cheese, meat and crackers, etc. (1/10) Wildman also needs seedless grapes to freeze in liquid nitrogen, and I’m not kidding either.
electric griddles (1/4), gas/propane griddles (2/12), O.J. (3/6), butter and syrup (3/7), bacon (11/20), and though it’s “filled”, we always could use more pancake batter mix.: For the Pancake Pork-out,
Barbie Death Village teardown (15/25 though everyone should be doing this job): Bulk trash & burn barrel loading (7/15), Art Car tear down (8/16),
As of right now our most pressing need in my opinion, which is why I underlined it and put it in italics, is the severe shortage of cooks with (preferably) gas or propane griddles for the Pancake Pork-out. Without griddles we can’t cook our pancakes or bacon. If you can help we sincerely would appreciate it. Hornsby is in charge of the feed.
I mentioned Wildman and frozen grapes. Allow me to elaborate. We all know Wildman is a true Renaissance Man, like a celestial spirit right out of the Sixteenth Century. I mean, just look at him and tell me he isn’t 450 years old. But I digress. During the entire week he uses liquid nitrogen (kids, don’t try this at home) to flash-freeze grapes, Otter Pops, gin, or anything else you can imagine in literally seconds on the playa. And frozen grapes seem to be very popular indeed, so he has requested that people bring along a bunch or two of seedless grapes to serve to the dusty denizens of Black Rock City. So please, if you can help out, he’d appreciate it.
Work Access Passes. They will be available for downloading and printing sometime between today and. This is an inexact science as well (it’s ran by burners after all) so please, just check into your email that you have used for your Burner Profile and look for an email from TicketFly. You must print it up yourself and no, carrying it on your phone like a ticket to a Lady Gaga concert will NOT work. There are a few WAPs available for , but those will all be handled through me. If you need a WAP and you haven’t already requested one, you must plead your case with me. Good luck with that. But if you succeed, you can pick it up at the Pre-Playa-Party.
Which segues nicely into that wonderful event. The Pre-Playa-Party (note the earlier start time) is a week from Barbie Death Camp. The pool will be open and kids are welcome. Please let me know if you can make it. This is open to all burners in the general area, not just Barbiebarians. The reason the party is starting early is that a number of people, including yours truly, are heading up to Oregon for the eclipse, so changes were in order.beginning at at my home. We will load the flatbed trailer with the piano, shade structures, crucifixes, gallows, ice chests, and whatever else we can cram on. Then kick back for a BBQ with hamburgers (even veggie burgers) and beer, all brought to you by your good friends at
We really need people to help schlep the Barbie planks out to the desert. We have just over 50 of them and if you haul them out you’re respectfully requested to haul them back as well. If we can get eight or ten people to each take five or six planks, we’ll be set. They can be picked up anytime between now and the Pre-Playa-Party.
There still are a few tickets, at least as of this writing, floating around. It seems everyone who needed tickets and/or vehicle passes got them. Thank you Chris H for the fine coordination of this thankless endeavor. Jack may still have a pair of tickets and a vehicle pass. Contact him directly if you are interested.
It’s not too late to take advantage of the Barbie Death Camp Reno Hotel Deal. We have taken down two floors at the Sands Regency beginning and lasting until . You must call (866) FUN-STAY [(866) 386-7829] and ask forBARBIE17. The Sands Regency has a free sauna, large Jacuzzi, and steam bath with ice machines on every floor, large swimming pool, and ample free parking. There is even covered free parking you can use for the duration of the week if you’re carpooling to the playa. There is a free shuttle to and from the Reno airport and the Sands is five blocks from the Amtrak station.
If you have a coveted WAP and are coming in from Northern California on, don’t forget our Burner Caravan, meeting up at the Boreal Ridge rest area (CA exit 176 off of I-80 eastbound) at We will take off for the playa at sharp. Let me know if you’re going to be part of the posse!
On a final note, I want to thank everyone who has helped during the year with working on the art vehicles, helping to load and unload the storage shed, driving the trailers to and from the playa, welding our new burn barrel and making new crucifixes, doing IT support for our Facebook page and newsletter, organizing our Volunteer Spot, keeping track of who-is-staying-where within the Village, and general cat-herding. You know who you are and so do we, and The Best Damn Theme Camp On The Playa couldn’t operate without each and every one of you. It was once said that Barbie Death Camp is the closest thing that Black Rock City has to royalty. Truer words were never spoken.
To follow us on the internet, check out our Facebook page https://facebook.com/barbiedeathvillage or our website http://barbiedeathcamp.com.
I would like to introduce our newest newbies to Barbie Death Village: With Alexis, welcome Mike ; with The Pizza Cats we have Riles, Gabby , Jessica , Guy , and Vahan; and joining Danger welcome Brittany.
See you in the dust. The Man burns in 24 days.
Doc Pyro & Felony Arson
Welcome to August everybody! Since we are now getting down to the nitty-gritty, let’s jump right into this month’s Barbie Death Village newsletter. There will be a final newsletter sent out on or about the 10th. I want to begin with a few words about the Volunteer Spot. Please keep volunteering for duties. This is very important that we have plenty of help so as to not burden the few for the benefit of the many. If you haven’t either signed up yet or not received a link to the Volunteer Spot, please contact Vulture Chow to access your link. So what do we need? We always could use more chili chefs for Monday night, but more importantly look later in the week, say - - . We absolutely need people with gas and propane griddles for the Annual Sunset Red Memorial Pancake Pork-out as well as butter and syrup and bacon. Lots of bacon. All newbies should pitch in and do at least one MOOP sweep (that would fall under MOOP Patrol). Also if you have already volunteered please go back and review your spots. Life gets in the way on the playa and some people have a tendency of overlooking their responsibilities. Thank you ahead of time for your help.
A quick word on the art cars. They are currently in Fernley/Dayton and Drew and his crew have worked diligently throughout the spring and summer to get them (comparatively speaking) playa ready. But one obstacle remains: and/or we will need people to help pack up and secure the art cars. The aforementioned Drew will be there, but three or four other people to help would certainly make life easier. And besides, everyone wants to ride on the mutant vehicles, right? Well, let it be known that those who actually have helped restore them to their pre-playafied greatness will always get priority seating. We do have drivers to haul them to the playa, and I want to thank Jon who will be hauling The Cloud Car and Danger who will be hauling out the Barbie House, but they will need help. Please, if you’re in Northern Nevada on your way to the playa, we need your support. Let Drew know you can help. Speaking of towing and saying “Thank you”, I’d also like to give a shout out to Jim McAlister for towing the silver trailer and to Richard Neuman for towing the flatbed trailer. We cannot thank all of you enough.
In real estate they call it “location, location, location”. On the playa they call it “You’ll get what we give you and like it.” And like it we do. Our location this year is at and Eulogy stretching to Genuflect. However the rest of the Village will be moving towards , away from Center Camp. This is probably a blessing as Artica, the kiosks where we can buy ice, will be located at , so that is good.
Which brings us to placement and space requests. Everyone in our Village needs to be placed in a sub-camp. Several are already full including Cantina Vida and Barbie Death Camp itself. If you haven’t yet requested space—and it is incumbent upon you to ask, she will not do it for you—contact Julia immediately otherwise you will be placed, well, who knows where. Probably Loose Nutz. We would much rather have you in a smaller defined sub-camp than not, so if you are with a group of unplaced or displaced people, you can form your own sub-camp and Julia will be happy to not only place you but have you prominently displayed on the Village map so you can actually be found. This assumes, of course, that you in fact want to be found. But I digress. Even though the BMOrg has allotted us 3.6 acres of prime playa real estate, this is 12% less space than we had last year and because of road frontage, areas set aside for the shower, camp “hospitality” sector, and the roads inside the Village itself, we will be packed in very tight. Please do not request any more space than you need. To quote Governor Moonbeam, “Lower your expectations.” The BMOrg isn’t giving us any more space, so we’ll have to tighten our belts somewhat. Please do whatever you can to conserve space. There really isn’t as much as you might think.
Let’s talk tickets. Our in-village ticket exchange program is still operating. I want to personally thank Chris for taking on this often thankless task. There almost certainly will be a few more tickets come trickling through in the next two weeks, so if you’re still looking for a ticket and presuming your dues are paid, make sure Chris knows and we’ll try and help you out. This is also the go-to addy if you need to sell a ticket or vehicle pass as well. People who haven’t paid camp dues because “…I’m waiting to get a ticket…” have the absolutely lowest priority on snagging a ticket through us. We always take care of dues-paying campmates first. And candidly, we really don’t take care of non-dues-paying campmates at all.
Speaking of dues, if you haven’t already paid them, for veterans to our camp they run $150 and for newbies $200. Foreigners coming in from overseas please add an additional $50. You can use our preferred method of PayPal to the go-to addy or snail mail to Doc Pyro.
Now on to Work Access Passes (the old “early arrival passes”). Felony and I have been in contact with our placers and it looks like we will be receiving all of the passes we need. We would like you to be able to print them out yourselves (having the link on your phone will not work) so we need your email address that matches the Burner Profile. You can send it to Felony. You will then in a few weeks get an email and a code to print your pass. Please do not ignore this. Give Felony your email addy and arrival preference. Otherwise you run the real risk of not getting a WAP. If you would like a WAP for either or and have not yet signed up and are able to remain on the playa until Monday to help clean up we should be able to accommodate you. Just let me know ASAP.
Which segues nicely to this: If you have a WAP and are heading to the playa from Northern California, you may want to consider joining the caravan we have on Saturday, August 26. We will be leaving from Newcastle/Auburn at meeting up at the Boreal Ridge Rest Area (CA exit 176) at At sharp we’ll take off stopping off at the Golden Gate/USA Parkway Gas Station (NV exit 32) for gas around . This takes us about 15 minutes and then we’re off to Nixon for Indian Tacos. We are considering trying the Indian Tacos at the Nixon Store rather than Oasis 29. From there it’s onto Empire/Gerlach and we should be on the playa by , weather and traffic permitting.
I want to thank Rob and Yvonne once again as they have offered to use their property in Ophir/Auburn as the staging area to keep our silver trailer with our sofas and our flatbed trailer. We will be asking for volunteers to help unload the storage shed in Newcastle, probably the week of . We need to empty all of the planks of Barbies, ice chests, shade structures, tables, and general infrastructure. If we have say six of us the job can be done in about an hour as long as we have the vehicles to carry the load. Anyone who can offer their services would be most appreciated.
Everybody knows Barbie Death Village is the lap of luxury, especially by Burning Man standards. One thing that sets us apart from other camps is our garbage disposal service. Wildman has it up and running again this year. For the uninitiated, here is how it works: Wildman hauls out an 18-yard container and into it we can throw all of our used trash. This way you don’t have to “pack it in, pack it out” yourself. The 30-gallon trash bags will run you $5 for one or three for $10. Please take advantage of this terrific perk. But please, do not throw your—and I am not kidding—human waste into the garbage bin. And all personal trash must be placed in one of our specially-marked bags for recycling.
As a public service we like to provide the best and least expensive places to buy gasoline before hitting the playa. Unless you’re coming in very early or very late, avoid Empire and Gerlach like the plague; Nixon isn’t much better. As of this writing, coming from the north on CA 299, bypass Alturas and instead head into Cedarville (about 23 miles down the road). The Rabbit Traxx station has regular for $2.59. If you’re coming in from the west on I-80 the Golden Gate station on USA Parkway (NV exit 32) has regular for $2.55. Coming in from the east in Fernley the Flying J right off of I-80 has regular for $2.45. If you wait until you hit Wadsworth on NV route 447 it will run you $2.68.
I would like to step back for a moment and address a problem most camps wished they had and that is shower etiquette. As you know, Wildman has designed and built a terrific shower for Barbie Death Village and it works beautifully. But that leads to a problem we always seem to have: water conservation. The shower runs electrically and we supply over 500+ gallons of water. (Your camp dues at work!) You will still need to fill a bucket that holds no more than two gallons of water (three if you’re “showering with a friend”). We need the water to last the entire week so please do not use more than the allotted amount and we ask that you recycle your clean cooler water (melted ice used to keep beer and soda cold, for example) as best you can. Frank has contracted for us to have two pump-outs, one and one . If you feel the need to pour your personal shower water into the holding tank, please make sure it does not overflow. Using your excess water as “dust abatement” is another alternative.
Make sure to mark your calendars for our Pre-Playa-Party at my home in Newcastle on Saturday, August 19. This is open to all burners, not just Barbiebarians. The party kicks off at and winds down at The start time is earlier than previously announced. We will be loading up the trailer with everything we hauled out of storage like the piano, shade structures, Barbie gallows, and anything else we can cram on. Then we kick back for a barbeque with hamburgers and beer. The pool will be open and this is a family event. A splendid time is guarantee for all. Please RSVP if you can make it.
For those of you who will be arriving early Vulture Chow and Graidawg will be your hosts Bureau of Erotic Discourse. They have spent the last several years giving discussions raising awareness with regards to sexual communication. They will be going over the ins-and-outs of sex on the playa, negotiating consent along with other fun, adult topics. We will learn important skills critical to the safety of our guests including, but by no means limited to, how to recognize bad situations and intervene with grace and humor, how to support someone who has been assaulted, and how to find help when needed. This does indeed look like time well spent.afternoon, when we will have a guest speaker from the
I’d like to welcome all of our newbies to Barbie Death Village! Joining Haley from San Francisco we have Kevin ; joining Cleopatra Jones there’s Christy Love 415 ; from Russia say “bo-zheh moy” to Tim ; with Barbie Day Spa welcome aboard Laura , Rolito , and Katherine ; from Sacramento veteran burner Christina ; joining Pizza Cats is Linda , from L.A. Kien , and from NYC both Retta and Deseret ; with Brazildo and Papa Smurf welcome from New Zealand by way of Ireland Sue , also Kat , and Pony ; with Bucket in the newly-formed sub-camp Beanstalk we have Michael, Charlie , Clifton , and Jordan ; joining KC and A Playa Home Companion veteran Lamplighters Mahela and Willow ; with Chantelle from New Zealand say “Good day, mate” to Dave , Andre , and Mikyla ; with Wildman let’s give a shout-out to Lynette ; with Paul welcome aboard Molly ; joining Flash from D.C. we have Monica and from NYC Asif ; joining A Playa Home Companion welcome veterans from San Francisco Anna , from NYC Briana , from L.A. Shelby , and from D.C. Lyla ; Misa is bringing along four burners from the Czech Republic: Daniel , Magdalena B. , Magdalena L. , and Sarka .
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Doc Pyro & Felony Arson