A Jester wrote:....what are the other things I might not know about?
DPW builds, repairs, installs, transports and stores their lamp spires.
It isn't really a matter of comparing the list of DPW tasks with the list of Lamplighters tasks, as if they are competing or even comparable crews. Lamplighters are the longest-running performance art project in BRC. And probably one of the largest-scale performance art projects, too. Aside from making the streets really beautiful at night, they coordinate hundreds of walk-up volunteers during the week... including a lot of first-time burners who, in many cases, urgently want to find some way to feel like they're contributing to the city, and participate in a procession that is in some ways both whimsical and solemn, and can be fairly challenging and laborious. By doing that kind of work, people get an inkling of how much work everyone has put into making BRC. Lots of them continue with the Lamplighters, and/or move on to other ways of working and creating and contributing to the culture of BRC... I believe the founding Lamplighter went on to be part of the Neverwas Haul crew.
As for what you might not already know about, the Lamplighters are extraordinary lovers, lightly scented in kerosene. The sign-up time is 5pm, by the way.
I was just giving Doc Pyro some shit right back, since I've seen he has a little hyperbole problem. Like a while ago when he was miffed about his necktie-covered pickup truck not getting approved by the DMV, and while venting about it he started to claim that it was a cooler project than anything the Flaming Lotus Girls do. But just because the Doc is face down in his camp every evening at dusk doesn't mean the Lamplighters aren't out there kicking ass doing their own thing and contributing something valuable to the city.