I have heard that thump before. I have turned down gift tickets, twice, for the simple reason that there was now way I could attend either of those years. For a couple of years I had a job where my boss went to the Philippines for her annual family reunion guess which two weeks each years. Anyway I am one of the unemployed now and it looks like I will be doing the Temporary Employee Shuffle Step for a while. Not much security, but it means I can take time off when I want to, like, say the week leading up to Labor day.
Yep, that is pretty much what I figured. I just hope the some of the long time burners don't throw in the towel. I understand that putting up incredible art takes time, planning, and resources, and that the uncertainty of getting a ticket which used to be a sure thing has really thrown a gorilla wrench in. I also think that if the Borg can get their stuff together, this will only be a temporary setback.
One of the reasons I want to go to Burning Man is to contribute to an art project and learn what it takes to set one up. If I knew how to do it, I would be trying to set up a project to increase the awareness of how people in the rest of the world are doing, say a Haiti Earthquake Camp or a African Farm Drought Camp. When you think about how most of the humans on the planet live as compared to US, some of the frustrated comments on the board suddenly seem very trivial.