Tiahaar wrote:karmic dept for rush to buy lowest tier ticket: lost sleep, computer hangups, stress...
Waiting a bit, perhaps purposely buying a few tiers up to save room at the entry level for truly needy folks works well.
Karma is bullshit. I sold two tickets last year at $40 below the price I paid for them in order to spread the goodwill and help those that could go. My reward- when I first posted it to the local Yahoo group of Burners, I quoted the price per ticket without stipulating. The guy that answered said, "Hey you said that was the price for BOTH tickets. Yah, well... I guess
I won't hold you to it."
I also spent most of my time preparing many interesting and fun drinkables for my campmates and neighbors. When I left early due to personal issues, I left my chairs to the group (after a camp member promised to get them to me afterwards) and cases of homemade absynthe, cider, moonshine, and mead. My reward- I get back and the person that stepped up to bring back my chairs tells me that he doesn't know who's truck they packed it in and told me to run around asking everyone. But get this, he says it might be in the garage- "but I don't feel like looking for it". I ask around and four months later he looks in his garage and returns them to me. This is the guy I gave about $100 worth of "fun" homemade liquor so that they could enjoy the event and share with the neighbors. And I didn't ask him to keep an eye on the chairs, he walked up to me and volunteered to do it.
I guess what I'm trying to say, Buddah, is that the idea of karma as a balancing force is bullshit. Assuming karma simply sets you up to get sucker punched by life. And "needy" only applies to food, water, shelter, and medicines in my book- no one "needs" to go to Burning Man. But if you want to buy tickets for the homeless, go ahead- I'm sure that $165 wouldn't buy them much food. When I was so broke that I couldn't afford a concert ticket or the like, guess what- I didn't go to the concert. How much does it cost that "needy" individual in traveling expenses, food, water, and drugs/alcohol?
I have seen way too many examples of "the hippie downtrodden" that complain of being broke, yet seem to always have money for drugs and always seem to make it to the party. To ask you for money. For drugs. And "can I have a bite of your burrito"?