Hi! Me again, your anonymous Burner friend who wishes to gift you a no-strings-attached ticket to Burning Man.

This is the 3rd year I’ve gifted a ticket in this manner. In 2011, I received over 250 entries. In 2012, that number dwindled to around 75. Each time, the ticket went to a lovely human being.

The process is exactly the same as last year: Here’s the deal. I have an extra ticket to Burning Man, and I want someone wonderful to have it. Yeah, for free. It’s a gift ticket, there’s no monetary value associated with it.

I don’t have a lot of time to volunteer this year, so my intention with this ticket is to give it to someone who will be a kind of proxy- who will interact and participate. Your smiling face will be my gift to Black Rock City this year.

That being said, I will accept NO SOB STORIES about why you don’t have a ticket, or why you feel you need to get out to the desert. I’m looking for someone who has great, fun, whimsical, joyful ideas about how they’re going to make Black Rock City a better place in 2013. Virgin Burner or veteran, I don’t care. I want to hear your passion, your energy, your plans, your positivity.

There are no strings attached to this gift, but there’s a small process in which I’ll choose the person who will receive the ticket. I would highly suggest reading this whole post before emailing me.

PLEASE NOTE: I value following instructions, and have no patience for people who do not do things with care and consideration. If this is important to you, you will take your time and make an effort. I’m not asking for a novel (I’m a busy girl), but full sentences, proper grammar and the like will lead to a more-positive response from me.

Here’s how to submit yourself for consideration (please note I do not accept nominations on someone else’s behalf):
-send an email to oneburningticket@gmail.com with the subject line “Burning Man Gift Ticket Request”. Any other subject lines won’t make it past the filter for consideration (see also: following instructions).

-in the body of the email, tell me some things:
1) Have you been to Burning Man before? If you’ve never been before, tell me about your plans (monetarily and otherwise) to prepare for the playa. It’s a lot of work and $. Have you done your research?

2) Why should I choose you? How are you going to make Black Rock City a better place?

3) What city do you live in?

4) What’s the #1 source of MOOP at Burning Man?

5) Anything else you’d like to mention?

CONSIDERATIONS:
–I will choose a ticket recipient on June 24th at 12pm Pacific time, so be prompt. Any emails received after June 24 at 12pm Pacific time will be disregarded. Recipient of gift ticket will be notified via email.
–You will receive one gift ticket to Burning Man (either by mail, or local pickup if you’re in the SF Bay Area, or at will call) once physical tickets have been sent out by Burning Man, with no expectation that you do anything but come to the event and make it a better place. And, this would be nice but not necessary: come visit me on the playa and give me a hug and tell me how your Burn is going. I am not creepy and I am a girl. I will not grope you.

Have a nice day!

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Hi!

Last year I gave away a ticket to Burning Man, and I’d like to do it again. It was fun, if overwhelming! I got over 250 responses, but I want to change it up a bit for 2012. Read on:

Here’s the deal. I have an extra ticket to Burning Man, and I want someone wonderful to have it. Yeah, for free. It’s a gift ticket, there’s no monetary value associated with it.

I don’t have a lot of time to volunteer this year, so my intention with this ticket is to give it to someone who will be a kind of proxy- who will interact and create fun and participate. Your smiling face will be my gift to Black Rock City this year.

That being said, I will accept NO SOB STORIES about why you don’t have a ticket, or why you feel you need to get out to the desert. I’m looking for someone who has great, fun, whimsical, joyful ideas about how they’re going to make Black Rock City a better place in 2012. Virgin Burner or veteran, I don’t care. I want to hear your passion, your energy, your plans, your positivity.

There are no strings attached to this gift, but there’s a small process in which I’ll choose the person who will receive the ticket. I would highly suggest reading this whole post before emailing me.

PLEASE NOTE: I value following instructions, and have no patience for people who do not do things with care and consideration. If this is important to you, you will take your time and make an effort. I’m not asking for a novel (I’m a busy girl), but full sentences, proper grammar and the like will lead to a more-positive response from me.

Here’s how to submit yourself for consideration:
-send an email to oneburningticket@gmail.com with the subject line “Burning Man Gift Ticket Request”. Any other subject lines won’t make it past the filter for consideration (see also: following instructions).

-in the body of the email, tell me some things:
1) Have you been to Burning Man before? If you’ve never been before, tell me about your plans (monetarily and otherwise) to prepare for the playa. It’s a lot of work and $. Have you done your research?

2) Why should I choose you? How are you going to make Black Rock City a better place?

3) What city do you live in?

4) Anything else you’d like to mention?

CONSIDERATIONS:
–I will choose a ticket recipient on July 8th at 12pm Pacific time, so be prompt. Any emails received after July 7th at 12pm Pacific time will be disregarded. Recipient of gift ticket will be notified via email.
–You will receive one gift ticket to Burning Man (either by mail, or local pickup if you’re in the SF Bay Area, or at will call) once physical tickets have been sent out by Burning Man, with no expectation that you do anything but come to the event and make it a better place. And, this would be nice but not necessary, come visit me on the playa and give me a hug and tell me how your Burn is going. I am not creepy and I am a girl. I will not grope you.

Have a nice day!

Dear Burners:

It’s after 12pm Pacific time, and I’ve made my choice. I actually ended up with TWO gift tickets, and have notified both of the recipients as of a few moments ago. Thanks to all who wrote in! I received over 250 emails, with the vast majority of them taking the time and care to provide the information I’d requested, in the format I’d requested.

For privacy reasons, I’m of course not going to give you details on who won, but let’s just say both tickets will be winging their way to more-than-worthy participants.

Things I learned/re-discovered during this process:

  • the Burning Man spirit is alive and well and our community is full of amazing, passionate people who care deeply about the event- thank you all!
  • out of 250+ loving, polite responses, only one woman wrote in and gave me shit for having people “jump through hoops” (amusingly, she’s a New Ager and felt compelled to brag about being in a higher tax bracket than me and that she was more enlightened….oops). That’s an amazingly small percentage of Troll!
  • A huge, surprising number of people out in the world (more than 40% of respondees) had (self-reportedly) missed the tickets-selling-out-point by HOURS, if not MINUTES, if not just one day. Seems there was a massive groundswell of hive-mind to buy tickets JUST THE INSTANT they sold out. Hmm.

I hope to see you all out in the dust! Come hug me, I’ll be the dusty girl in the goggles. You can’t miss me.

EDIT: Due to the huge number of responses this post has received after people posting it on Facebook, and wanting to read and give care to each letter, I will not be accepting new emails after 12pm Pacific time Saturday (7/30). I will choose a recipient Saturday afternoon.

Here’s the deal. I have an extra ticket to Burning Man, and I want someone wonderful to have it. Yeah, for free. It’s a gift ticket, there’s no monetary value associated with it.

I don’t have a lot of time to volunteer this year, so my intention with this ticket is to give it to someone who will be a kind of proxy- who will interact and create fun and participate joyfully. Your smiling face will be my gift to Black Rock City this year.

There are no strings attached to this gift, but there’s a small process in which I’ll choose the person who will receive the ticket. I would highly suggest reading this whole post before emailing me.

PLEASE NOTE: I also value following instructions, and have no patience for people who do not do things with care and consideration. If this is important to you, you will take your time and make an effort. I’m not asking for a novel (I’m a busy girl), but full sentences, proper grammar and the like will lead to a more-positive response from me.

Here’s how to submit yourself for consideration:
-send an email to oneburningticket@gmail.com with the subject line “Burning Man Gift Ticket Request”.

-in the body of the email, tell me some things.
1) Have you been to Burning Man before? If so, why didn’t you buy a ticket before they sold out? If you’ve never been before, answer that same question but tell me about your plans (monetarily and otherwise) to prepare for the playa. It’s a lot of work and $, and the event is soon.

2) Why should I choose you? What participation will you bring to the playa? Any plans for making art or other interactivity?

3) What city do you live in?

4) Anything else you’d like to mention?

CONSIDERATIONS:
–I will choose a ticket recipient on August 4th, July 30th at 12pm, so be prompt. Any emails received after August 3rd at 8pm Pacfic time 12pm Saturday 7/30 will be disregarded. Recipient of gift ticket will be notified via email.
–You will receive one gift ticket to Burning Man (either by mail, or local pickup if you’re in the SF Bay Area), with no expectation that you do anything but come to the event. And, this would be nice but not necessary, come visit me on the playa and give me a hug and tell me how your Burn is going. I am not creepy and I am a girl. I will not grope you.

Have a nice day!