Any logical explanations why Burning Man cost have gone up?

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Postby JStep » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:19 pm

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Hell, you can still see the trails the wagon trains left behind. You tried.

I thought contaminating ground water sources from the use of hand dug latrines/no latrines was a major issue?


It is if they are not placed correctly. I have never had an issue and I've camped on single sites with a single latrine within 150 feet of our spring for 3 months straight once. The latrine has to be placed enough distance away, preferably on a hill that drains the well away from any water source or stream. Once moisture passes through 20 or 30 feet of soil it is well filtered if you're not in a high clay area. If this weren't the case everyone would be sick all the time if they drank spring water because animals shit everywhere.

Am I evil for chuckling about the year the Rainbows got snowed out in July in the high Uintahs?


No, where/when was this? I never heard about it. (Of course, I've been out of touch with rainbow land since 95.)
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Postby Beest » Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:04 am

My BM budget this year is roughly 2.5k. I'll be driving in from, and back to, Pennsylvania, building a new shade structure, better tent, booze, food, odds and ends, ticket, etc.

It's money I've earned.

I could spend that type of cash in ten minutes in Vegas, or in an hour in a strip club, or for three days on a big boat with a lot of people I'm almost certain to loathe to their cores.

I choose not to.

I choose to spend it on a unique experience that I'll never forget or regret. For me, it's money well spent.

Frankly, if a nice pie graph was presented showing how/where my cash was going and why it was needed, I'd very gladly pay 1k for a ticket with a shit eating grin on my face.

From the financial stuff I've seen, I think the ticket prices are fair. Of course BM has to be run from a business standpoint. People with good business skills run towns big and small, and Black Rock is no different than any other town.

You want a stable ticket price year-to-year? Open the event to vendors who pay a fee relevant to their sales. Kind of like a tax base... and taxes SUCK!

Things cost more all the time, every year. Fact of life. Deal with it.
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Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:54 am

Beest wrote:
I could spend that type of cash in ten minutes in Vegas, or in an hour in a strip club,



you and I have to party...
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Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:35 am

Beest wrote:You want a stable ticket price year-to-year? Open the event to vendors who pay a fee relevant to their sales. Kind of like a tax base... and taxes SUCK!

I'd say that the situation you're describing is what happens when you don't want to pay fair taxes/ticket price--the bill ends up being paid by people who are exploiting you. And that does, indeed, suck.
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Postby BAS » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:56 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Beest wrote:You want a stable ticket price year-to-year? Open the event to vendors who pay a fee relevant to their sales. Kind of like a tax base... and taxes SUCK!

I'd say that the situation you're describing is what happens when you don't want to pay fair taxes/ticket price--the bill ends up being paid by people who are exploiting you. And that does, indeed, suck.


I think you hit the nail squarely on the head!
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Postby MyPlayaUserName » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:39 am

fuck i just remembered i forgot to pay a ticket i got for supposedly driving on the wrong part of the playa, when i was clearly on a street, after the signs had been taken down.
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