But the process was nerve wracking!
Tickets were supposed to go on sale at 10:00am PST this past Wednesday. It was supposed to be simple: I’d hop in line the second sales started, would buy our tickets, and would then jump around happy.
Step one: Hop in line the second sales start. Check! I was in line at 10am, although a couple thousand other people had the same idea and clicked a gajillionth of a second before me. I was #2,812 in line and I would be able to buy one of the 9,000 first-round tickets, which were the cheapest tier at $210 a pop. Sweet. (There are discounted and scholarship tickets available as well, but we didn’t feel like we qualified for or needed them. At the same time, we’re trying to keep our expenses down so getting tickets early was a goal.)
Step two: Buy our tickets. The “number of people ahead of you” counter kept getting lower, which made me happy. Then, without any warning, a big 404 error! NO! I quickly hopped over to twitter to follow the conversation there, and everyone else was having the same problem. Burning Man tech people knew about the issue and were working their butts off to fix it, but the big unknown was whether their freezing and resetting of the queue would reset everyone’s place in line. Nearly two hours later, we finally had our tickets, but not before a lot of people left their place in line because of bad information or not being able to stay by their computer for up to eight hours. Oy.
Step three: Jump around happy. I didn’t exactly do that, but I was certainly happy. And $440 lighter.
Burning Man’s 2011 theme is Rites of Passage. I think I just went through my first one.
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