Just get back? Just get tested!

That.

Was.

Awesome!

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for coming out and to welcome you back to the default world where reality has hit most of us like a wet fish across the face. (Pro Tip: Salsa is your friend and pho ain’t bad either.)

This is a loving reminder that you were a part of a very big event with a lot of incredible people you haven’t been exposed to in a medical, and possibly even biblical way in a long while. As such, getting tested for COVID is likely a good idea so you don’t go bringing it home and/or spreading it around to your other loved ones.

The country, our state, and all nearby counties are seeing an increase in community spread and so it should come as no surprise that a very small number of our volunteers have already tested positive for that nasty bug upon their return.

Here’s what we suggest:

  1. Testing is sexy. Do it right meow even if you feel ok. A home test is fine. Why not know for sure?

  2. Test again in 2-5 days as that bugger likes to sometimes take a minute to show its face. Then, if you start to experience any weird symptoms, test again. As a reminder, we have Load Out for the land coming up, so if you’re volunteering it’s a super good idea to test before you go.

  3. Need a test? Here are community resources to get some free stuff.

Free testing resources:
https://www.austintexas.gov/covid-testinfo

Get some free home tests here:
https://www.covid.gov/tests

That’s it! Painless, right? Look, we’re not your mom or anything, but we want to be sure you’re safe and happy and we get to see your face again come next Flipside. A quick swab up your nose and 15 minutes or so of questioning your life choices seem like a fair trade for that, right? Right. More to come soon

Big love,

AAR, AFs, Leads, Volunteers, and everyone who helps make it go!

Weather Warnings and Camping Cautions

Greetings Flipside-bound Burners,

It’s nearly time! We hope you’re as excited as we are.

As you may know, the weather has been…interesting and we have a couple of words of caution for you all as the land is wet and getting a bit wetter in the next couple of days.

Monday – Wednesday:

  • If it’s actively raining, many of the roads to and on land quickly become dangerous. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Turn around.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and emergency broadcasts before heading out. Isolated severe weather is forecasted through Wednesday night.
  • The land will be slow to dry out. Be cautious if pulling off the road.
  • Be prepared. Theme camp RVs might be relegated to RV parking due to ground conditions.

Thursday – Monday:

  • GOOD NEWS! Right now the weather looks amazing starting Thursday!
  • Wouldn’t hurt to shoot to arrive later in the day to allow for more drying.
  • Remember your ID, and valid proof of vaccination so you can get in
  • details at: https://www.burningflipside.com/2022-covid-policy
  • Please be patient with your fellow burners. Soggy land makes for slow unloading.
  • Bring your booties and other wet stuff gear. The land will dry slowly.
  • Be prepared. Theme camp RVs could be relegated to RV parking due to ground conditions.
  • Keep an eye on weather forecasts in case something changes. This is Texas, after all.

Basically, just everyone stay the hell safe. There is no rush to get to Flipside. It’ll be there when you get there and hugs will be waiting.

Keep those bums dry,

Flipside Action Weather Team

Ticket Requests Open / Make art happen!

Flipside Ticket Request is open right meow!

Rejoice, for the prophecy has come true! On the 14th of February in this year of our lord 2022, the ticket request window opened itself to the masses for all your requesting needs.

The point is if you want to come to Burning Flipside 2022 you need to create your request and get everything postmarked by February 28th for a shot at tickets.

Did you forget how it works? We got you, fam. The A, B, C’s of it all can be found at: www.burningflipside.com/event/tickets

Give a little, for art’s sake.

While registering for your tickets you’ll see a checkable little box. That little box will be by some words. Those words will be “Ignition Philter” and, well, this will be your chance to be awesome.

Click that box to add a few shekels to your ticket request and help add a whole helluva lot of awesomeness to the burn for everyone else. Ignition Philter provides grants to people who make art so they can drag that art out to the middle of a pecan grove for all of our entertainment and the only thing separating you from being part of that is a tiny box.

Show that box who’s boss. You got this.

That’s all for now. Get those requests requested and stay tuned for more info on this bat-channel.

We’re gonna do the thing!

The Burning Flipside 2022 team

Burning Flipside 2022

Hello Flipizens!

It feels like we’re finally digging out of the mess of the past year and a half, and Austin Artistic Reconstruction is optimistic that we’ll be able to have Burning Flipside in 2022. There are some things we do know and some things we don’t know at this point. This is to update the community on where we’re at.

  • Flipside will be held at the same time and place, Memorial Day weekend at Apache Passtures.
  • The theme will be what was intended for 2020: The Sacred and the Propane.
  • The effigy will also be the same: Stairway to Heaven.
  • The ticket window will be slightly later in the year, and will be shorter: probably one week in February.
  • Population cap is currently not decided. As always, volunteering levels will decide overall population.
  • There will be some Covid-19 precautions at Burning Flipside 2022. Their exact nature, and how they will be implemented in our ticket system and at Gate, is not yet decided.

We realize that Covid-19 could still throw us a curveball, so be prepared for this to change.

Flipside hasn’t been the first thing on anyone’s mind in a while, but it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll bring in terms of volunteering, art, and theme camps. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the pecan playa.

The Cautious return of Church Night

Church Night Returns This Wednesday, November 24th
(and hopefully Wednesday, December 22nd!)

Santa is checking his list of names but we’re watching the numbers. Right now it appears that even with the increase in travel and holiday gatherings it’s possible to safely give everyone a little time to see their chosen family while providing an escape from their real one.

So let’s catch up before Thanksgiving and, assuming the COVID monster continues to mostly behave, do it again before Christmas (stay tuned for an announcement closer in). With any luck, next year we’ll be able to jump right back into our weekly regimen and everyone will be sick of each other again before you know it.

Covid Protocols will be in place:

  • Masks are to be worn when inside the warehouse
  • Social distancing encouraged
  • Get consent before crossing into anyone’s personal space

We can’t wait to see your faces!

AAR, LLC, TBD, YMCA, LOL

Cancellation questionnaire sent

As mentioned in the cancellation message, AAR has sent a questionnaire to all current ticket-holders. Please check your e-mail, check your spam filter, etc.

If you did not receive the questionnaire, it may be that the ticket was not registered in your name or that we don’t have your correct e-mail address. Please log in at https://secure.burningflipside.com/tickets/ to check your ticket status, and if you are in fact ticketed but did not receive the questionnaire, send a message to Tickets via our contact form at https://www.burningflipside.com/contact.

Ticket update

Short version:

Everyone who submitted a valid ticket request will be getting a ticket.

Long version:

As soon as the ticket window closed, it was clear that this was going to be a big year. More ticket requests had been created in our ticket system than ever before. There’s always some percentage of requests that get created but never get mailed in. That percentage would need to be unusually high for this not to be a record year.

The requests were opened and processed on Saturday, February 22, by a hardworking team of about 50 volunteers. And in fact the percentage of requests that got mailed in was slightly higher this year than last. There is also always some percentage of requests that are not valid—generally these are either requests accompanied by personal checks, or requests mailed outside the request window. This is a small percentage—just 2–3% most years.

Milam County approved Flipside’s permit application on Monday, February 24. While we were expecting to receive it, the fact that we did not have the permit in hand at ticket opening meant that we held what we call a “soft lottery.” In a soft lottery, we draw down just below the number where the mass-gathering act kicks in, just in case we don’t get it. Then once we get our permit, we accept the requests we drew. This is a manual process where all the requests (except lottery-exempt ones) are assigned to one of eight bins at random. Then members of AAR LLC randomly draw requests from each of those bins in turn, and read out the names on those requests. Even though we had every reason to believe we would be getting our permit, this was still a difficult process. We drew the names of friends, campmates, former board members, and hardworking community members. Four of the people who were in the room to volunteer for request-opening had their names drawn.

The number of available tickets is not straightforward. First, there’s the mass-gathering limit of 2500: without a mass-gathering permit, we can’t exceed that number. Flipside has applied for and received this permit every year since 2014, but we don’t take it for granted. Second, there’s the maximum number of people that we’ll admit to Flipside, based on the land’s carrying capacity and volunteer capacity, even with our mass-gathering permit. For 2020, we set that number at 3100. Third, there is a “lottery exempt” number. These are people we can identify in advance who will (you guessed it) be exempt from a lottery if we need one—leads, AFs, etc, and their SOs. We try to keep this number as small as possible, because every person that gets added to this group pushes us that much closer to a lottery for everyone else, and lotteries suck. This year, that number was 199. Finally, there are “set asides.” These are slots for people we cannot identify in advance, but we know we’ll need to set aside tickets for to make available closer to the event. Again, we try to keep this number small. This year it was 160.

So, without a mass-gathering permit, we need to have a lottery to get down to 2499 minus set-asides, or 2339. With a permit, we need to get down to 2940 requested tickets.

In 2020, we received requests for 2937 tickets. That gave us a margin of 3 under our cap. That’s a first.

In past years, we haven’t been so close to our limit, and have been able to honor late-postmarked requests. This year, we can’t do that.

As of this writing, your request status will not show any change. We are still dealing with a very small number of “special handling” requests. Once those have been dealt with, we’ll flip the switch in the system and you should see your status as ticketed here.