But they lied and padded the receipts they presented to the Nevada judge (i was there for all the hearings, so i know this first hand) and claimed $33k in damages. The judge knocked it down to $23k, but anything over $5k makes it a felony in Nevada and Paul is sentenced to 1 - 4 years in jail there, with only 60 days served to his credit! He has been locked up since October.
I am heartbroken that i will miss the event for the first time in 10 years - but i cannot ethically support the Board Members who decided Paul's fate and handed him over to the Nevada police. Once a refuge from the corporate, greedy world - there is NO vending on the playa, only gifting, and a place where you could roam amongst 30,000 strangers with a light heart and a smile on your face, always returned, BM is now part of the corporate, greedy world, reacting in fear instead of believing in community and laughing at a really good prank that has been dreamed of and wished for the whole decade I have been attending, and they are hypocrites to say otherwise.
All of my friends (those who are going) - are sad of the rift this has made in our community. I hope the newbies have a wonderful time in the desert. The last few years, adopting a newbie (last year a couple, Lucky & Bamboo) has been my greatest source of wonder at it all, seeing them gasp and watching them emerge in that environment into something new.Whatever else it is, BM is cathartic.
I sold my two tickets weeks ago. The only way i would attend is if someone gave me a ticket that BM had given them (for working last year, or for doing art or something) but i won't even except a free ticket they paid for. And the main purpose of my attendance, besides just seeing the Art and the friends i ONLY see out there once a year, is to walk up to Larry Harvey (Hairy Larvae to me now) and kick him in the shins. For which i would be escorted out.
So it's probably best I don't go :)