Now, let me see if I understand this all correctly: demand suddenly surged this year. The lottery experiment failed to account for major contributing members of the community whilst distributing the tickets at random. The 10,000 first-come, first serve tickets have been redistributed to artists, artcars & camps which were hand-picked for their community services.
Sounds about right?
Firstly, let's examine the first axiom: to quote Bender "Demand suddenly sky-rocketed, you all saw it!" This is an illusion.
I would suggest that demand was manipulated by having a single drawing for all of the tickets. Please stay with me here, I'm not here to remonstrate or to endorse anyone. My intent is to provide clarity. Remember waaaay back when the Exodus road was all ONE single line, snaking all the way back to Center Camp during peak hours? This is essentially what happened when everyone heard the news of a singular, giant lottery drawing for event tickets this year. Perhaps a time-staggered lottery system may have had a chance, but as I stated, I'm certainly not endorsing anything.
Secondly, the forms we all filed out as a preview to entering the lottery...I'm mystified here. Granted, "I have mystical visions and cosmic vibrations," but I could not discern any purpose to filling out how many years I've been to the Burn if the tickets were distributed at Random. So why was that information requested? I know, that's a question that calls for speculation, but if we're honest with ourselves, then aren't we all just the least bit curious?
Finally, the feeding of the multitudes with the Ten Thousand golden tickets to the Chocolate factory...boo-hoo, my art car didn't get picked (kinda a relief really, as the deep-cycle batteries are all stone dead, a cost of $400 dollars to replace).
It was the best available solution, given the circumstances, yes. I may not have a ticket yet, but I'm willing to wager anyone who does will be feeling a great need to really make life FANTASTIC this year. Not about to halt my latest artistic creations just because the ticket's a little lost in the STEP, after all.
Alright lovers & friends, astonish me with your human kindness.