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
 
Ah, the sweet smell of May!  Welcome everyone to this month’s riveting Barbie Death Village newsletter.  To be very candid, this is one of my favorite days of the year.  Every year on May 1 we like to celebrate our favorite pseudo-holiday, and I’m referring of course to Beltane.  For many of you this is the greatest day of the year, and for the uninitiated, allow me to explain.  Beltane is the Gaelic May Day Festival.  The name originates from the Celtic god Bel “the bright one” and the Gaelic word teine which means “fire”.  So Beltane translates to “bright fire” and what could be more Burning Man than that?  And since so many of our fellow Barbiebarians are either Druids, wiccans, or Celtic neopagans, this comes as cultural relief indeed.  Keep in mind Beltane is associated in Irish mythology with “…special bonfires and their flames, smoke, and ashes which are deemed to have protective powers.”  So I have adopted Beltane which now of course makes me Druish.  But I digress.  As is our SOP, we like to begin these brilliant tomes with something Barbie Death Camp related.  Here is collection of shots from ToysREvil that shines a nice light on our little slice of paradise on the playa.  It’s sort of a historical perspective of our camp.  Enjoy!
 
 
Let’s begin with our largest art vehicle, The Cloud Car.  As anyone who has ever ridden in that stately beast can attest, the playa can cause havoc on all working parts.  Two years ago we had a fund raiser, which was very successful, to completely refurbish both The Cloud Car and The Barbie Mobile.  We are having another one this year, dedicated to the Cloud itself.  We are going to put in an entirely new transmission and sound system.  We project it will run around $3000 for all of the parts and labor.  For those of you coming in, especially from overseas, who bemoan the fact that you are unable to artistically contribute to the Village, now’s your chance for redemption.  A modest donation, say fifty or a hundred bucks, will go a long ways to making The Cloud Car whole again.  Vulture Chow is adding a link in our Volunteer Spot for donations as well.  You can PayPal your donations, just as you would your dues, and make sure you add a note saying it’s for The Cloud Car.  Thank you in advance for your generous support.
 
Speaking of dues, this is the last month that camp members can get in at the discounted rates.  Veterans to Barbie Death Camp are $100 and newbies are $150.  Anyone coming in from overseas will be asked to pony up an additional $50.  Come June 1 dues go up for everyone by fifty bucks so get your dues in today!  You can PayPal  or snail mail.  If you use PayPal make sure you’re “sending to a friend” so we’re not charged 3%.
 
We had our semi-annual State of the Village meeting a week ago and have several things to announce.  There will be a work party June 8-10 in Dayton/Silver Springs, NV to work on both of the art cars.  Wildman has graciously put his home up as a central meeting place and a place to crash for the duration.   If you want to be in the work party, and need directions, contact Wildman.   We also discussed clean-up.  Many of you have said, especially our newbies, that staying on into Monday evening to help clean up would not be a problem.  We need to hold you to that.  Last year we only had four people hang until Tuesday morning and we really could use a lot more help.  Vulture Chow will be adding a link on the Volunteer Spot for that purpose.  We are also streamlining the way we purchase and distribute ice.  All ice must be pre-paid for as we’re going to do the ice runs at 9 a.m. each morning.  Sean, Shannon, and Rachel will be in charge.  Every sub-camp that needs ice must have their own ice chest clearly marked in the main camp and once we get back from the ice run, the bags and blocks will be placed there.  Then each individual camp needs to send someone to pick up their ice and return the empty cooler for the following day.  In a nutshell this means that we no longer will be schlepping ice to you but you need to come to us.
 
Let’s talk tickets, shall we?  We know a good number of you were unsuccessful so far in securing tickets.  No worries, we have it covered because Barbie Death Village has its collective act together.  If you need a ticket or vehicle pass, or have either available, please contact Sharen to get on the I-need-tickets list.  You must have your dues paid in full to be even considered.  We’ve had several people contact Sharen who haven’t ponied up and they are currently not on the list.  The Village will guarantee you will be paid if you are selling a ticket or vehicle pass.  Please do not put your extra tickets in S.T.E.P!  Your fellow Barbiebarians always comes first.  This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to secure a ticket through S.T.E.P. or the OMG sale later this summer.  But rest assured, everyone who needs a ticket and is current on their camp dues will manage, somehow, to secure a ticket to Burning Man.  On a related note, we do have a $990 pre-sale ticket available.  If you really want it, and to put your mind at ease, contact Suzy and the ticket is yours.
 
Stu has finalized the design for this year’s shirts.  Here, take a look:  https://ibb.co/ntwmgn https://ibb.co/nibrE7   Shirts are $22 and hats will run $17.  We will have a link available for purchase shortly. This is the only actual “fund raiser” apart from dues/donations that Barbie Death Camp has, so please, order a shirt, m’kay?
 
We have a new piano for camp!  It’s a black console which I got from a widow in Newcastle.  Now all we need is a piano tuner.  If you know of a piano tuner who will be on the playa have him or her contact me and I’ll see what kind of reciprocal benefit can be arranged.
 
It is getting to be that time when we start planning on the sub-camps within Barbie Death Village.  Everyone will be assigned to a camp, and if you’re not, well, you’ll be dropped off into Loose Nutz.  We welcome new sub-camps so if you’re thinking about creatively starting a new camp, please do so!  Especially if it has a bar.  Please let Julia know which sub-camp you are going to be part of.  We need to know in order to divvy out space and to let all of those stoned brain-idled hippies know how to find you within the Village.
 
For those of you who want to get your “pirate” on, Danger has invited everyone to the Golden Coast Adventure Faire, May 12-13 at the Roseville Fairgrounds.  This is a “family friendly” event and will give you the opportunity to be a part of such amazing blend of Renaissance, Fantasy, SteamPunk, and Pirate themed activities.  Check out their website at www.adventurefaire.com
 
As most of you know, I have retired from Wells Fargo Advisors. I have been using their computer for these newsletters but the one I have at home, while adequate, is not quite as professional or for that matter user-friendly.  Adding links seems to be a very burdensome process; I suppose I could ask any 17 year-old how to do it, but I’m not going to.   Be that as it may, from this point forward do not send any emails to my old work address.   I’m just hoping next month’s newsletter looks half as good as this one.
 
I would like to introduce the newbies to Barbie Death Village.  With Sarah coming in from Connecticut, say hello to Liz “The Unsparkle Pony”; with Willy is his main squeeze Annie; with Barbie Day Spa welcome Rick, Lisa, and Suzy; with The Pizza Cats say hello to Chris, Whitney, Ian, Felipe, and Karthik; from Georgia two lovely ladies, from Atlanta Jennifer and from Augusta Jessica; adding to the international flavor of our Village, by way of Italy originally we have from Dublin, Ireland Mike, from London, England Costanza, from Rome, Italy Marco, and Turin, Italy Lorenzo.
 
To follow us on the internet, be sure to check out our website at http://barbiedeathcamp.com or like us on FB https://facebook.com/barbiedeathvillage.
 
The Man burns in 123 days )’(
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Doc Pyro & Felony Arson
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 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