5280MeV wrote:These burgins are wayyyy burnier than me. I sure as hell didn't get my tickets in January - by experienced friend had to prod me into it in late March. I was still scrambling to make last minute purchases in August.
I keep hearing things like "I read the survival guide 10 times" ... "Why is everyone telling me not to volunteer my first year?"... "What do you think of my costume / art project / camp / performance idea?" ... "I have been wanting to go to burning man for five years and am finally able to make it."
These people are SERIOUS... and it is only FEBRUARY.
The moral of the story is this-don't just think that because someone is a "virgin" that they are there for a party or don't truly understand what "leave no trace" means. Don't judge a book by its cover. I am excited to return to the playa this year to meet all of the virgins and to share my story with them. It is a magical place, don't let your hubris change what it means.
Sheyanah wrote: This event would become stagnant very quickly w/o fresh faces & ideas! Maybe, just maybe, BMORG saw the clique-ness and "greater than thou" attitudes surfacing before this year & decided that the only way to make people play nice together was to shuffle things up so new people would have to work side by side w/ veterans in order to pull it off, instead of everybody sticking to their own groups & therefore making it an unwelcoming place for newcomers.
A virgin has to have decided by say March that they will attend, have the money ready to go and be lucky to get lottery or secondary sale tickets. If anything, this should be a great year for great virgins. Those who hove looked at the event for years and decided early on to make the leap this year. Those who have just discovered it, but make an early commitment with plenty of time to prepare.
Also, this ticket process has spurred me on even harder on the project I am working on. I will earn my ticket and place in the community.
AntiM wrote:Keep at it. This is a clusterfuck, but the playa isn't eplaya. Even if the event is different from previous incarnations, it is still unlike anything else.
solemnraven wrote:Thanks for the post.
To us virgins we really appreciate the sense of the real community. I don't blame those that are upset, they're just mad they didn't get their tickets.
Ruleryak wrote:Thanks for saying what alot of us were thinking Gibson. Burning Man wont be ruined if more virgins than vets go - it will just be different. We were all virgins once damnit!
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