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Gate opening early this year

Postby Just_Joe » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:27 am

Perusing my Survival Guide I see "Do not come to the event site before our gates open at 6pm Sunday, August 26."
So after two years of "soft" openings" I guess it's official now.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby moonrise » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:46 am

Please, do extrapolate. <grinning> :P
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:53 am

You have this year's survival guide?
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby bluesbob » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:09 pm

Some people are tickets already. One person in my camp received hers on Weds.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Just_Joe » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:10 pm

Yes. It came in the mail with tix and a fireball. There's no "New for 2012" section. I haven't noticed any other changes so far.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Savannah » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:14 pm

There isn't always a "New Info for This Year" section; the new items tend to be flagged in the margins . . .
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby MoBo » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:15 pm

Perusing my Survival Guide I see "Do not come to the event site before our gates open at 6pm Sunday, August 26."
So after two years of "soft" openings" I guess it's official now.


Can you provide an image of the above (6pm opening) from the survival guide?
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby lemur » Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:39 pm

it says such type things in the stipulations

http://www.burningman.com/media/doc/pdf ... ations.pdf

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The event would last 192 hours (8 days) starting no earlier than 12 PM on the Sunday that falls eight days before Labor Day and ending no later than 11:59PM on Labor Day. For 2012 the event would officially commence at 6:00 PM on August 26th, the Sunday before Labor Day, and would end at 6:00 PM on Monday September 3rd, Labor Day. ..
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Elliot » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:12 pm

:D
The earlier opening is a Good Thing!

But I continue to lament the sloppy way people express themselves, even in official documents.
...August 26th, the Sunday before Labor Day,...

They get it right in the previous sentence ("...the Sunday that falls eight days before..."), then blow it. Next thing you know, some underemployed lawyer....

Rant over. Earlier opening is Good! :D
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby trilobyte » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:31 pm

Technically, it still is something of a soft opening. The gates open at 6pm on Sunday night, but as I understand it no event listings may be posted/added before 12:01am Monday.

The BLM allowed the gates to open early (also 6pm Sunday) in 2010 and 2011, but they did not allow that information to be posted in advance. After some discussion they agreed to allow advance notice this year.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby junglesmacks » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:33 pm

So I guess this means that the gates will secretly open at noon on Sunday now?
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Savannah » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:35 pm

:lol:
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Jackass » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:36 pm

junglesmacks wrote:So I guess this means that the gates will secretly open at noon on Sunday now?



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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby lemur » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:41 pm

thursday is the new friday
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:48 pm

wednesday is the new saturday.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby trilobyte » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:11 pm

It wasn't ever a secret, just not announced in advance. When the gates open it's posted on the online via Twitter.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Rice » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:14 pm

In 07 the Man burned on Tuesday. So, Tuesday was the new Saturday...
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby FIGJAM » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:27 pm

Last year I was in line for 2 and 1/2 hours before I was parked at my camp. (8pm to 10:30pm)

Guess we're going to tell everyone now so we can go back to waiting 8 hours in line? 8)
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Rice » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:52 pm

If everyone shows up at the same time, they will have to wait a large amount of time to get in.

If people were to stagger their arrival, the waiting time would be shorter.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby International Incident » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:54 pm

stretch80 wrote:If everyone shows up at the same time, they will have to wait a large amount of time to get in.

If people were to stagger their arrival, the waiting time would be shorter.


Stop it.

Stop being logical.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Rice » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:06 pm

melaniejane wrote:Stop it.

Stop being logical.

Uh, ok.

Everyone. Show up at the gate at 6pm on Sunday. Yah, that will make your trip into BRC quick.

Whatever works for you.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby FIGJAM » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:34 pm

Thank you for volunteering to come in tuesday. 8)
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby H.G.Crosby » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:55 pm

i heard it on very good authority that they are letting RV's OVER 27' long Early Access to avoid a bottleneck ClusterFuck.

Starting SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT the secret entrance for EARLY ARRIVAL MASSIVE LUXURY RV'S will be on Jungo Rd. from Winnemucca, NV.

easy access from Interstate 80.

seriously....

keep it slow though, the speed limit is 55.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:00 pm

you can be SUCH an asshole, ya know?
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Savannah » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:11 pm

:lol:
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby jella » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:39 pm

Wins my vote for best post of the year
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Elorrum » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:44 pm

I never get there when I think I'll get there, since I never leave when I think I'll leave. So maybe I should fake pretend plan for getting their early.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:31 pm

trilobyte wrote:It wasn't ever a secret, just not announced in advance. When the gates open it's posted on the online via Twitter.

You know, some of us don't tweet, and some of us don't even travel with a way to get on the internet...

Yup, it's the burningman digital divide, one of the other things the playa 99% will be protesting.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby trilobyte » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:27 pm

Of course people will bitch and complain and protest. Radical self entitlement is a way of life for some people.

It's not like the gates are closed to those who either choose not to or don't have access to technology. There isn't either the time or the resources to call up every ticketed burner (or fuck that, go door to door - not everybody has regular access to a phone) when the BLM says 'hey you can open the gates and start letting them in.' Do you say "no, we can't open the gates early, some people may not find out?" I think they've made the right choice - try and get some word out and then focus efforts on getting people through the gates. Those who don't have twitter or get word through a friend still benefit because thousands of people who were ahead of them in line are through - net result is a shorter wait time. And then finally, after working the issue for many years with the BLM, they've agreed to not only allow the gates to open earlier but they're agreeing to opening them early in advance (instead of making the decision on site), and allowing the information to be published in advance.

There's been a Burning Man digital divide since burningman.com launched in the 1990's. And before that, the RSE crowd could contend that there was an unfair geographical advantage to those who lived within range of a ticket outlet.
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Re: Gate opening early this year

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:44 pm

man, it will be SO much easier once we are all assimilated into the hive mind.
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