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Are You Ready to Burn?!

Bureaucrats! That thing in the desert is quickly approaching, and there’s still A LOT to get done before we head Home. Are you freaking out yet? I’m getting there, but this year we’ve got a fantastic team of people working behind the scenes to make this the best Burn yet!

A couple things you should know about:

Turtle Power!

Sam has been cranking away at the Turtle, and it’s going to be even more awesome than you can imagine this year!  Of course, this kind of awesomeness doesn’t come without a whole lot of hard work and dedication, and pretty big price tag. To recoup the costs, Sam is offering Bureau and Turtle Tshirts for $20 a pop. ALL the money goes towards paying for the Turtle, which has racked up quite a price tag. SO do your part to support this project. UPDATE: Shirt sales closed.


Sign Up for Volunteer Shifts @ The Bureau!

We need a lot of help to keep this machine running like a well-oiled Rube Goldberg. From Misinformation Shifts to MOOP Captains to Bar Tenders – WE NEED YOU!  Sign up for a shift or two here:

Bureau Events on the Playa!
This year, some of our departments will be hosting events throughout the week, so we thought we’d let you know about what’s planned.

Banana Hammock Frozen Banana Extravaganzana! 
Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:30 PM, these banaana loving monkeys will be handing out frozen bananas Monkey attire encouraged! BYOMA (Bring your own monkey attire). Oh yeah!
Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:30 PM @ The Bureau. 9 & D.

Hot Pink Party!
The Bureau’s Sheriff is one of the organizers Camp Walter’s Hot Pink Happy Hour over a 4 & A. We’re going to set the Turtle’s phasers on PINK, don our pinkest party outfits, and head across the Playa for the Party. Be sure to get your outfits ready!
Tuesday, 6:00PM @ Camp Walter. 4 & A.

Join Yzaura at The Bureau for a Wednesday morning Yoga class!
Wednesday, 10AM @ The Bureau. 9 & D

Tales of Tabasco’s Bloody Mary and Poached Egg Breakfast!
One of our newest Departments, The Tales of Tobasco, will be wearing tales and mixing Bloody Marys, spiced to perfection on Wednesday morning!  They’ll also have poached eggs for you early birds
Wednesday, 11AM @ The Bureau 9& D

Delegation of Fire Performance.
Come see The Bureau’s best fire performers all come together for celebration of BURN!
Wednesday, 9PM @ The Bureau. 9 & D

Group Photo and Group Dinner!
How do you corral 80+ Bureaucrats into one place and get them to sit still for a group photo?  FEED THEM! Come gather for a group photo in front of The Bureau a 6PM on Thursday for a massive group photo, and then join us in the commissary for a big family dinner. (Dinner TBD).
Thursday, 6PM @ The Bureau. 9 & D

Champagne and Egg Rolls with Nipples in the Mist!
The Nipples in the Mist, will be misting you down, pouring Champagne, and serving egg rolls for brunch on Thursday morning. Don’t miss this party!
Thursday, 11AM @ The Bureau 9& D

Peach Sparkles for Brekkie! 
I don’t know what a Peach Sparkle is (Unicorn Sex Move?) But the lovely duo of Sally & Steph will be serving them up at the bar Friday Morning. I know I’ll be there!
Friday, 11AM @ The Bureau 9& D

That’s a lot of action! Get ready to get weird, amigos! See you in the dust!

Captain Buzzkill Jones
Department of Organized Chaos
The Bureau of Misinformation


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Give Me a Sign.

We need a sign. A signal. Something like a gang sign, but more subtle – less ego and more inclusion. We need some way to signal to that person in line at the local cafe in the default world that we are not strangers waiting for a coffee fix, we are brothers. We are Burners. We are FAMILY.

I think it should be noticeable, but subtle enough that you could make the signal in conversation with a default civilian, and they wouldn’t even notice. Online, we can write )'( and all Burners will know that we are Burners, while others would likely skip over the random punctuation. But in the real, live, default world, we don’t have something like that. And I think we need it.

Imagine that you’re in the default world, going about your normal routine, and you see a car, months after the event, and it has that special coating of dust on it, but your’re not quite sure if it’s Playa dust or just years of caked on default dust.

Or you see a woman walking through the park with a hula-hoop, and you’re wondering if she’s a burner too, or just practicing her hoop skills. Or you’re stuck in traffic next to a guy with a BRC sticker, and you want to signal to him that you’re also a Burner. But HOW do you do it??

Now imagine that there is a subtle and simple way that you can convey to that person that you are a Burner. And imagine they signal back. Suddenly, you’ve brought The Playa into the default world. That guy in traffic smiles and you exchange a knowing look. That girl with the hula-hoop stops to chat with you about hooping barefoot in the dust during a sunrise set in Deep Playa. And that guy you saw in line at the cafe, turns to give you a Playa Hug in his suit and tie.

So let’s create a sign. Let’s be the ones to start this movement. Together, we can come up with a signal, and create a short video PSA to post online. And maybe we’ll see this thing spread throughout the community.

It could be a hand sign, a tug of your earlobe, sound, or a phrase. People in AA use, “Are you a friend of Bill?” to discreetly determine if the person they are talking to is also in recovery. It could be  just about anything. Let’s get creative!

Leave your ideas/ thoughts in the comments, or on the Bureau Facebo0k Page.

Captain Buzzkill Jones