If you are reading this, be sure you are one step closer to getting a ticket than you would be sobbing into your pillow. As long as life is what you fake it till you make it, your mind is your only chance. Here in the great northwest we are lucky to have a strong and reliable resource for entertainment, and succor. The following is an excerpt from the ignition NW burner regional monday night pot-luck announcement, regularly combusting from the wily wit of Michael Holden, wielder of a powerful snark. I offer it to our beloved community in the hope that dispairing pilgrims will find some relief from ticket angst.
I would like to add that, while I haven't plumbed the depth of the current brouhaha/discussion about the lottery, lotteries are not uncommon in events. Many events nationally use lotteries to sell tickets. As a person who attends numerous events as a vendor, in my no way humble opinion BM org is one of the most competent outfits in any event arena. The folks who run this event are uniquely skilled (I've met a fair number of them personally) at functioning in circumstances for which there is no academic qualification. The implication that these folks are running BM toward the cliff is ludicrous. O ye of little faith. Stick your neck out. Join the conversation. Become proactive, and your attitude will change your life and your burn.
Here is Micheal Holden (email 2-6-2012):
"Act as if the maxim of your action was to become through your will a universal law of nature."
-- Immanuel Kant
You didn't get a ticket. You didn't get a ticket for your partner, friend, spouse or parent. After all these years of going to The Event In The Desert, you got that email. You know, the one that, more than possibly any and maybe all of your life's cumulative college application rejection letters, grad school rejection letters, breakups-via-email, post-interview-we're-gonna-pass letters, pink slips and denial of parole notifications came across as a rejection of you as a person.
How can this thing that has welcomed you when you were needing it most, transformed you into who you are now, been fertile field where your creativity has grown beyond measure...or been your hope and dream or best chance give you the middle finger....so callously, with such disregard to who you are and what it means to you?
I am not going to comment on the workings of the ticketing system, or if it is good or bad or evil, or what we should all do *instead* of burning man, now that "most of us" "didn't get" our ticket.
I will tell you, in four simple little words, how you will get your ticket. You ready?
BELIEVE. ACT AS IF.
You are going. You've got the time off work. You've submitted your art app, your theme camp is going full steam ahead. You've got $400 in cash or whatever in an envelope for your ticket. You tell everyone that you're going, you get the blinky stuff for your bike, you get a roof rack for the truck.
WORK YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK. You tell everyone that your ticket hasn't found you. But it will. You know it. No specific notion of how it will get to you, but it will find you. It wants you to find it.
DON'T PANIC This is Panic's high season, this is the time when it is the least likely that tickets will change hands. But between the STEP program and the open ticket sales coming up, a lot more people who sincerely believe that they're going to Burning Man will get tickets.
BE PATIENT. A week before the event, ticket prices will plunge. Most folks who need tickets will get them then. And damn near all of them will be people who believed that they were going, and acted as if they already had a ticket in hand.
So. Come to potluck. Act as if. Believe.
For a snarking good read, check out Michael's weekly invite. It's regularly quite good. And marmosets!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again, Michael. Peace-
"Ring your bell even if you don't sell a clam. " Samuel Clemons