I find the following statement from JRS (Jack Rabbit Speaks) to be somewhat disconcerting! I hope indeed that what we have seen this year vis à vis ticket sales and distribution is not indicative of this year's burn, and even more so, of the future of the Burning Man LLC and/or the Burning Man Project. Like I mean just how many years has BMorg been sending out tickets? Could we at least have an explanatory comment about why it has "taken longer than we anticipated..."
"Sending out this many tickets is a highly labor-intensive process that has taken longer than we anticipated, but our ticket vendor has been cranking through them just as fast as they can."
After last year's (2011) technical glitches, it doesn't seem to to me that we are getting any closer to anything like a better and fairer system. Do we have a new and therefore less experienced ticket vendor this year? Even so, with the many past years of ticket mailings behind them it would seem to me that the BMOrg ticket "overseers" should have been able to allow for the length of time required to "Play it again...Hairy! Once more from the top, please!"!
I speak as one who has yet to receive his tickets (as of 07/15), is unhappy with the new early payment late delivery mandate and is seeing more and more inklings of the gradual disintegration of an organization that at one time I felt deserved nothing but kudos for the excellent job they have done in the past of "pulling off" an event that has astronomically greater probability of failure than of success! E.g., How in the world is it possible that the population count was over limit last year? Without an extensive, expensive and exclusive lobbying effort in Washington this spring, it is highly probable that this year's permit would not have been issued. Perhaps next year, in order to forestall that expense (and/or to be more "all inclusive") in the future, the Burn should convene on the Mall (that's right...the Washington DC Mall)!
Any thoughts of returning to the January call-in system and let the chips fall where they will?