Questions about DPW/Greeters/etc

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Postby psychoalpha » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:46 pm

Shockingly enough (apparently), early entry isn't a huge attraction for me. I'd like to go out early simply because I'm going to be unemployed and I'd rather go do some work than sit around on my ass in Portland for an extra week in August. I'd only be able to get there 1-1.5 weeks before the gate opens, so if that doesn't pan out.. that's okay.
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Postby jkisha » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:55 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:Another suggestion is considering helping Robbiedobbs and the Pottie Project. She is both a member of the Rangers and DPW, but what she does is both unique and necessary. You can see a lot of Black Rock City while performing a very vital public service, one that cannot be overstated.


What's the Pottie Project all about?

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Postby AntiM » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:59 pm

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Postby jkisha » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:07 pm

Thanks. Who knew!? :oops:

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Postby Dr. Pyro » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:27 pm

Well, I certainly did. But Robbiedobbs is a good friend of mine. Why else would I have suggested it I suppose.
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Postby ygmir » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:52 pm

Dr. Pyro wrote:Well, I certainly did. But Robbiedobbs is a good friend of mine. Why else would I have suggested it I suppose.

I knew, too........I've even gotten "Pooetry" on the JOTS......
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Postby Lord Of Ruin » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:05 pm

C187 wrote:Forget about EE and everything else you might of heard, and think about these three things.

1) Will you have more fun, and receive more over all enjoyment because you are volunteering at the event?

2) What skills do you have that you use in the real world that you enjoy?

3) If those skills are confined to a certain environment, then how would they apply to the department your thinking about joining? (allow yourself to draw non-conventional but realistic analogies to realistic but presumed situations that could happen)

Do those things and a laundry list departments will turn into a few in short order. Those are going to be the departments that you'll enjoy working in, and presumably the ones that will enjoy having you around.

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Completely unrelated. But don't Rangers do training in Second Life as well? j/w


I'm not sure about SL...it may have been tried one year when that venue seemed like it mighjt be relevant some day.

I respectfully disagree or comment on some of your list above.

1. You generally might not know if your event will be more enjoyable by volunteering. Almost to a person, when non-Burners hear of my volunteer commitment they don't get it. And without fail, when they attend and first voluhteer, they each express...."Ok, now I get it. It's awesome to be connected to the event..." I don't think this is something you can know before ya do it. Most people initially do it so they give a little back to the event....just a shift or two for some group.

2. While real world skills are helpful and needed, don't let that deter you. If you are at the burn to get away from real life, feel free to volunteer doing something you've never done. If they'll take you, have at it! Too many people I've talked to say something like "Oh, i work all year, so last thing I want to do is go out there and work." But they're thinking volunteering is gonna be like their day job. Doesn't have to be even remotely like that. In many cases, it lets your alter ego run free for a shift!

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Postby TomServo » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:30 pm

psychoalpha wrote:Shockingly enough (apparently), early entry isn't a huge attraction for me. I'd like to go out early simply because I'm going to be unemployed and I'd rather go do some work than sit around on my ass in Portland for an extra week in August. I'd only be able to get there 1-1.5 weeks before the gate opens, so if that doesn't pan out.. that's okay.


Thats why many DPW go out. If thats not your first choice, there are art projects that will bo out early. Of course, work is involved. Can you list your skills or experience with building? It would help out greatly!

However, If you've never been to Black Rock, a week or few days early, may just fuck up your experience during the event. The playa will sap your strength if youre not careful.

And if you're the slightest bit curious, you can always do a work weekend with the DPW, to get a sample of what it's like.
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Postby psychoalpha » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:48 pm

Skills: basic woodworking and welding. Offensive nickname generation. Carrying heavy things.
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Postby TomServo » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:20 pm

psychoalpha wrote:Skills: basic woodworking and welding. Offensive nickname generation. Carrying heavy things.


Make sure you mention that!
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Postby delle » Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:34 pm

Can one greet on their virgin burn? I'd love to be a greeter.
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Postby TomServo » Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:11 pm

delle wrote:Can one greet on their virgin burn? I'd love to be a greeter.


I believe so. Greeters seem to work in teams...and as long as you can provide the basic info, you're covered when someone asks a question only a vet could answer.
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:49 am

delle wrote:Can one greet on their virgin burn? I'd love to be a greeter.


Yup, go ask at info booth, but I believe greeters is always looking for huggy, friendly people to greet.
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Postby Teo del Fuego » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:43 am

Lamp Lighter Camp might be an option for voluinteering and early entry. I know someone with that camp who is out there a few weeks early every year.
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Postby tamarakay » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:51 pm

one more question. there is a chance that kenman and i will get early entry passes too. Are there greaters out there on Saturday? I've been so looking forward to ringing the bell and just experiencing it all
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Postby TomServo » Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:04 pm

tamarakay wrote:one more question. there is a chance that kenman and i will get early entry passes too. Are there greaters out there on Saturday? I've been so looking forward to ringing the bell and just experiencing it all


Why cant I remember? I think they get started monday morning. If you really want the initiation, make playa angels in the dust, or ask someone to spank you! That was before the bell...
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Postby AntiM » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:15 am

They are there early, we have had early entry the last few years and were always greeted. That's where you get your map after all. Saturday before I think.
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Postby Rice » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:34 am

tamarakay wrote:one more question. there is a chance that kenman and i will get early entry passes too. Are there greaters out there on Saturday? I've been so looking forward to ringing the bell and just experiencing it all


Hi, If you are looking to volunteer with greeters (or any official crew), here is the link to the questionnaire: http://www2.burningman.com/people/

Just fill in what you can and you will be contacted. The earlier you fill the questionnaire in, the more likely you will get into the crew you want.

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Postby delle » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:42 pm

There we go.

Questionnaire(s) filled in and sent. I'd seen the sign-up page before, but always just presumed that they would never consider a first-timer.

In actual fact, the only one choice requiring at least one year of participation is that of the ranger.

....so there's hope for me yet....


Thanks for pointing out that link, Stretch!
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Postby Clar-i-ty » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:58 pm

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tamarakay wrote:one more question. there is a chance that kenman and i will get early entry passes too. Are there greaters out there on Saturday? I've been so looking forward to ringing the bell and just experiencing it all


Hi, If you are looking to volunteer with greeters (or any official crew), here is the link to the questionnaire: http://www2.burningman.com/people/

Just fill in what you can and you will be contacted. The earlier you fill the questionnaire in, the more likely you will get into the crew you want.

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Postby CapSmashy » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:01 pm

Pottie patrol with Robbie is fun and as mentioned, you get to see large amounts of the city in a shift.
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Postby CapSmashy » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:03 pm

I'm seriously considering volunteering for Gate/Perimeter this year. A friend of mine was out with them last year and it sounded very entertaining.
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:20 pm

CapSmashy wrote:I'm seriously considering volunteering for Gate/Perimeter this year. A friend of mine was out with them last year and it sounded very entertaining.


If you think PG&E sounds like a good time, we always need new blood!!! Please fill out the volunteer form and put us first. Then we'll get in contact with you.

Looking forward to seeing you on the playa.
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Postby CapSmashy » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:24 pm

VeganChoirGirl wrote:If you think PG&E sounds like a good time, we always need new blood!!! Please fill out the volunteer form and put us first. Then we'll get in contact with you.

Looking forward to seeing you on the playa.


You too. :)
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Postby ygmir » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:03 pm

VeganChoirGirl wrote:
CapSmashy wrote:I'm seriously considering volunteering for Gate/Perimeter this year. A friend of mine was out with them last year and it sounded very entertaining.


If you think PG&E sounds like a good time, we always need new blood!!! Please fill out the volunteer form and put us first. Then we'll get in contact with you.

Looking forward to seeing you on the playa.


you may want to warn him about who to ride with, who's funny, and who's embarrassing..........
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Postby VeganChoirGirl » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:22 am

ygmir wrote:
VeganChoirGirl wrote:
CapSmashy wrote:I'm seriously considering volunteering for Gate/Perimeter this year. A friend of mine was out with them last year and it sounded very entertaining.


If you think PG&E sounds like a good time, we always need new blood!!! Please fill out the volunteer form and put us first. Then we'll get in contact with you.

Looking forward to seeing you on the playa.


you may want to warn him about who to ride with, who's funny, and who's embarrassing..........


Ride?? Only if he's doing perimeter. He may be a bit more gate-y. Who knows? :) Plus...warn him?? I think not. We all need to learn these things on our own.
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Postby Mojojita » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:29 pm

Delle - come on out to the Greeter's station during one of my shifts and I will be happy to get you right to work. It IS the best job on the playa. I will know what shifts I will have sometime in June - pm me then and I will give you my schedule. There is a Greeter's training manual online but I think it is currently down for editing.

Yes Greeters are most certainly fully operational 24/7 for days before opening - it is an essential part of getting theme camps to the right place and contacting their placement person to meet them there.
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Postby delle » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:40 pm

No shit? I'd be honoured!


I'll definitely be in touch!!!!

I'm a bit shamed to admit it, but since having signed up, I've been in to the Greeter's List, hoping to glean some more information and maybe introduce myself somehow, but the format in there has me totally befuddled.
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Postby SurlyBDrinkin » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:46 am

[quote="C.f.M."]If you just want to "do something," skip Rangers and DPW, go for Greeters, Post Office, Arctic Cafe, etc.[/quote]

yeah because DPW doesn't do anything? please....
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Postby Savannah » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:29 am

No need to be ruffled. C.f.M. means that DPW and Rangers are more labor-intensive, so someone who just wants to "do something"--but doesn't know what that "something" is--would be better off taking a volunteer post that is shorter & easier.

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