Postby Eldon McMullen » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:59 pm

I'm a many times Grandfather. I was a hippy in the 60s. Ive always wanted to go to Burning Man. This year my oldest son and his wife bought me a ticket. I would like to come early and help. I'm a jack of all trades and very skilled in some. I'm a welder machinest and have my own shop. Its small but well equiped. I can fix almost anything and will be prepaired to do that. I go by Mac
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Postby jkisha » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:00 pm

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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:04 pm

You're almost certainly not going to get early entry. Unless you make yourself indispensable to an art project or theme camp. But early entry passes are rare, and given to known hard workers. First year out, you're not going to have the kind of track record that gets you a pass.
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Postby Savannah » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:37 pm

Hi Mac! :D

Welcome. What Fishy said about it being difficult to enter early is true. Experienced volunteers sometimes have early entry (but usually not first-timers) or hardworking types who work on a theme camp Build prior to the playa, and are given early entry by a camp leader.

You can sign up for local mailing lists here, maybe meet some local camps near you whose build you can work on:

You can sign up to volunteer via this link, but it can be overwhelming the first year; best to pick something you would like even if there is no advantage beyond satisfaction, and start with just 1 or 2 shifts and maybe add another at the event if you're happy.

No matter when you arrive, there will no doubt be someone in need of your skills whether you are solo or in a group, and repairs are an amazing gift out there. (Some of friends of mine do this during hours of their choosing, and never lack for business). You can have "office hours" and hang out a sign, or keep it informal & introduce yourself to your neighbors as a handy guy in times of need. :)
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Postby tamarakay » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:06 pm

Anubis is looking for people who know who to do construction, for both Pre-playa and on playa build. There will be more showing up on the theme camp and art threads looking for help. Look into the regional groups in your area. A great way to get to know people around you and to get in on some work.

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Postby jella » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:13 pm

Welcome Eldon. Savannah is spot on as usuall with the links. Getting ready for burning man is half the fun.. and getting involved with local burners and their projects is your best chance at early entry
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Postby Eldon McMullen » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:12 pm

I thank you all for your friendly repartee. I live in a small community half way between Eugene and Medford Oregon. I will try to get involved with anything that is going down here. but I have my doubts. However I have a ticket and if nothing else I will arrive and play it by ear. That's the way I've lived most of my life anyway and it always works. I'le see you at the burn. Mac
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Postby ragabashpup » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:21 pm

Eldon there are quite a few burners in your area. All up and down the coast we have little burner pockets.
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