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So last week I got the email, the passes are ready for mailing.
I’ll be surprised to get my wristband before May.
Last year or the year before they posted a photo of all of the boxes for mailing our Passes and Wristbands. It was a pretty spectacular sight to see. They had 140,000 packages that got mailed at one time.
I could not imagine having that job. that’s an unreal amount of packages to assemble, put in mailers and get ready for the post office.
Talk about EPIC!
140,000. Just imagine there will be 100,000 people in that facility EVERY DAY for 3 days. When you look at it, we’re in there for only about 8 hours a day.

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Raving & Drugs. Who’s looking out for you?

site de rencontre ado avec photo Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:04:22 +0000 rencontres 3r We’ve all been there. We’ve seen or heard about someone who’s fallen out at a festival. We’ve seen the negative focus of the media on the subject. The question needs to be asked, “Who is looking out for you?” Well, I know someone who is. Her name is Amy Raves. She’s an amazing human being […] The post Raving & Drugs. Who’s looking out for you? appeared first on Destination EDC.

]]> We’ve all been there. We’ve seen or heard about someone who’s fallen out at a festival. We’ve seen the negative focus of the media on the subject.
The question needs to be asked, “Who is looking out for you?”
Well, I know someone who is. Her name is Amy Raves. She’s an amazing human being I was able to meet at EDC LAs Vegas 2014. Over a few days we got to talking and I quickly understood that she’s the “Rave Mom” everyone else who knows her is talking about.
She advocates safety. I asked Amy to speak towards this subject and promote her cause. Before getting to what she said, lets address the issue.
Lets Be Honest
Not everyone who goes to a rave or festival takes or does drugs. However, the reality is that some of us do. Some people want to enhance their experience with chemistry.
The problem is that it’s illegal. We know this. The people who chose to partake in said chemistry are usually looking for one thing, MDMA. It’s been called “ecstasy” for many years. Recently it’s been called “Molly”. The recent history around “Molly” is that back in the day, a normal pill(dose) of MDMA was 120mg. Then, in many places you’d be lucky to get 100mg, or even 80mg of MDMA in your pill. Then, someone got smart and started making “Molly”, capsules with 120mg of pure MDMA in them. Raising the quality of what was available on the market, and raising the price of a pill from typically $20 to $30. The high was epic. It took hold. Over time, rappers, hip-hop artists and even thugs began to realize how strong the desire for this drug was. It started to be the topic in many songs that hit the radio. Around this same time, the quality of the drug began to decline, or people weren’t getting any MDMA at all! Yup, some assholes out there who were not in the scene decided that they wanted to make a lot of money. Other people found that they could create a molecule similar to MDMA and pass it off as such and not have any legal consequences.
Now, today we’re lucky to see any MDMA at all. In a recent study, only 13% of the pills had any MDMA in them at all. That means 87% of the pills and powder out there is BUNK! Over 3/4 of anything you might get is NOT MDMA. 15 years ago this was unheard of! Now this is the “norm”? To me, this is simply someone trying to poison me and get paid for it. If that doesn’t strike you as wrong and intolerable, then maybe you’re in the wrong scene. Maybe you don’t care about your life. Maybe you don’t mind getting ripped off.
But I do, and so do some others.
A few years ago I went to a local dealer and got some Green Butterfly shaped pills. I was looking to get MDMA. What I got was Piperizine. (BZP) or commonly known as “Pipes”. The dude gave me a really good deal on 3 pills for $15. I was in a hurry and thought, well, I’ll try one.
I can not stress to you how bad of an idea this was. I spent the rest of that night and half the next day recovering from a fucked up, gnarly, gross feeling that ruined my weekend. At one point I nearly went into a panic and asked my girlfriend to take me to the hospital. I was dumb enough to take a pill I had NO idea of what it consisted of. I took ONE. I kept the other 2 for testing in the future. I was pissed. What was I going to do? I could have died.
That experience hit me pretty hard. I was nearly a statistic on the news. That hit me right in the guts. It has had such an affect on me that I no longer search out pills in this area. I don’t trust anyone. I realized once again, the dealers today aren’t out there for the scene, they’re out there for themselves. They want your money. They don’t care about your life, or if you want to enhance your experience. They just want that paper. THAT is the problem with our scene today. Too many thugs and dishonest people in it. (I use the term people loosely here. It’s hard to call someone a person when they’re trying to poison you.)
Fortunately, from my experience, I learned. I lived and have moved forward.

How does this affect you?
There you are, in your happy place, having a good time, you get a pill handed to you and you don’t even know what’s in it. Do you trust the person who gave it to you? Do you trust the person they got it from? What do you do?
You “TEST your shit!” Amy says this all the time, and She’s right!

Back to the question at hand.
So, who’s looking out for you? There ARE people who do look out for others.
I’m going to address EDC Vegas specifically here, because I know they have “Ground Control”. That’s EDC’s version of Medical assistance staff, who are on a radio system that can be dispatched to any location in the festival at any time. They ride around on bikes so they can get to locations quickly to assist people in need of medical attention. But they’re working Epso-facto.

So who’s looking out for you BEFORE you take your pills? Who’s looking out for you before you take any drugs?
Amy Raves, that’s who. I was fortunate enough to meet her last year and have seen her doing great work in our “raver” community. She’s working to keep everyone safe. She lives in an age of evolved honesty and acknowledges the fact that people, regardless of legality, are going to take drugs. Knowing that the scene is full of bunk, she’s out there trying to make sure you people don’t get sick or die. I love her for that. I have asked her to write me something I can post here to let you all know, “Hey, this person is out there trying to keep you safe! Please, please, please, test your shit.”
Here’s what she sent to me. Please read it, and make sure to keep yourself safe from the harms that are out there. After all, we’re trying to have a GOOD TIME.

“I’m Amy Raves, but they call me “Mama” because I’m the one who looks out for rave kids and helps them make smarter decisions when they party. The typical 18-24 year old raver is not well informed on how to reduce risk, nor how to recognize a serious medical emergency in time to make life saving decisions, and that’s where I come in. In 2013, I founded my organization, Safer Raving by Amy Raves. I provide direct Harm Reduction, Drug Awareness Outreach services at rave events where I have free literature, condoms, earplugs, water, Gatorade, as well as a group of volunteer ravers looking out for ravers; the PLURR Patrol by Amy Raves.
When kids know the warning signs of a drug or alcohol related emergency and other rave risks like hyperthermia & dehydration and they know how to respond, and when they know about good samaritan amnesty laws, their friends are much more likely to go home alive and well after each event.
I also do pill testing and sell testing kits because many of today’s unregulated, illicit drugs are not what the users thought they were buying. So many variations of psychedelics exist and some can kill you, like 25i NBOMe if misrepresented or improperly dosed. Same with the empathogens and entactogens of the MDxx family like MDMA, MDA, MDEA, MDOH, MBDB and then there is 6-APB, methylone, mephedrone, αMT, and αET and hundreds of others! All have their own set of reactions in the brain & body, yet none come with a pharmacy label or proper warning. When you can identify your substance accurately and do research before you use, you can plan for the way it makes you feel, the duration of the experience and most importantly, how much to take, if any at all. ”

Amy’s been featured in articles by Reuters, Showbams and has been republished in hundreds of syndicates around the globe. For more information or to book her services for your Southern California events, please call 201-677-8723 or email

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June 18th. The Travel Day from Hell! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:11:28 +0000 June 18th. The Travel Day from HELL!! Here it is, almost the longest day of the year. I haven’t slept but about 3 total hours in the last 24, and it’s time for me to close the luggage and get in the shower for what’s going to be a nice day. I leave the ground […]

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June 18th. The Travel Day from HELL!!

Here it is, almost the longest day of the year. I haven’t slept but about 3 total hours in the last 24, and it’s time for me to close the luggage and get in the shower for what’s going to be a nice day.
I leave the ground at 9:50am local DC time, change planes in Dallas (DFW) and land in Vegas (LAS) at 12:45pm local time. I’m flying First Class to Vegas today, life couldn’t be better!
There’s a glow on the Eastern horizon, which is telling me I have no time to sleep, and that I need to get my ass in the shower and get out the front door to the train.
Something happens, I get behind. So we’re late taking me to the Metro. No worries, that’s why you get to the airport 2 hours early. Cool, no worries. Well, since I’m flying First Class I knew they’d be feeding me breakfast on the plane, so I elected not to make a big fuss about having breakfast at home. Since I didn’t eat, as soon as I see the Sun glaring through the windshield of the car on the way to the Metro, BAM! I start getting a Migraine. I start going blind from it, and it begins to progress. This, and this is an understatement of all understatements, is BAD. Me and Migraines when traveling don’t mix. I get Vascular Migraine Headaches. Diagnosed when I had my first one when I was 14. I go blind, see spots, go numb, fall down, and then I start to vomit profusely. Then, about a half hour later the Pain Train comes to my brain, for 8 hours. Sometimes longer, but no less than 8.
Yes, as you may have thought, I do have medication for it. I have a little white Fiorocet pill I take immediately when starting a migraine. I can stop the migraine in it’s tracks and prevent it from getting worse. It can put a stop to a very long day of pain and agony. So I eat one. We get to the Metro station and I get one out and take it immediately. Now I’m in freak out mode because I’m having a migraine AND I’m late. I got meds on board, I eat a Clif Bar for something to eat. It’s a neat little trick I’ve learned from traveling, where you wake up in a hotel room, you may not have direct access to food right away, so you take a box of 6 Clif Bars with you and eat one for breakfast, or when you get home early/late from EDC and you haven’t had food in forever.
We get through the entrance to the Metro station, get up to the platform, and there’s almost nobody there. SWEET! At least something is going right today. A minute later we hear on the PA system that there was a split/broken track early this morning and they had to fix it, and it’s on the Blue Line, MY line to get to the airport, and there will be at least 20 min. delays.
Over the next 20 minutes the platform fills with people going to work. I mean, within that 20 minutes, a couple thousand people showed up to get on this next train.
So now I’m another 20 min. behind. This next train, because of the delay, will be packed!
It shows up, it’s slammed inside the train. The doors open, like 4 people get out. 6 of us jam in there. Me with my luggage and big laptop computer backpack. I’m like this huge bulge of mass just taking up space. Nobody is happy with me. Not to mention my girlfriend is with me to see me off and she’s basically playing “Guide Dog”, because I’m partially blind due to the migraine.
I’m trying to look at her and keep a positive attitude and I’m thinking “tell me it can’t get any worse?”
She reassures me that I’ll be fine and we’ll make it to the airport fine.
She’s right. We get there, we catch some attitude from the crowded train, but hey, I don’t give a rat’s ass, I’m having a migraine and I’m going to Vegas.
We get inside to the airport. My migraine is dissipating, great news! I’m starting to get my vision back and my brain isn’t going to be fried. Problem is now, due to the Caffeine from the meds, I won’t be able to sleep on the plane. Which sucks, but hey, I’ll get there before 1pm, I can nap. And it’s Wednesday, I’m not doing anything tonight anyway. So when I get to Vegas I can just chill and relax.
I get through security in 5 minutes. Amazing! This is unreal, the airport isn’t busy at all, and I get sent through the TSA Pre line, where you don’t have to take off your shoes, belt, and pull your electronics out of their bags. SWEET! There’s not even any Gray plastic bins to put your stuff in. You just put what you have on the belt and send it through the machine and then walk through the Metal Detector. Done. I get my bag, cruise down to the gate, and have a seat.
I look at my ticket again to verify my seat. I’m in the first row. I get seated first. It’s why they call it First Class. I have to say, if you CAN go First Class, you DO go First Class. It’s pretty spectacular, because you don’t pay for food or booze. Of course, you’ve already paid for it with the high price of your ticket, so you pay for it anyway. But it’s NICE. It’s so nice, they bring you a tray with a cloth over it with your meal. You get REAL metal silverwear to eat with. They give you little jars of stuff, like Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard, not that plastic-semi-metal packets of stuff you get from a fast food joint. Nope. You get the real deal. Your food doesn’t come in plastic containers. It comes in real China bowls and plates. They ask you what you would like to drink, meaning alcohol… or whatever you want that they have. And as long as they have it, you can keep asking for it. They will give it to you freely until it’s gone. If the people in the back don’t get any, well, that’s too bad, they’re just out of it.
We board the plane. About 8 of us get seated, and then the flight attendant comes over to us guys in the first row, asks us what we want to drink, dude next to me asks for a beer, I get water. Booze and Migraine meds don’t mix, so I’m just gonn’a wait until we get our meal before I start drink’n.
They stop boarding. The pilot comes into the front of the cabin, tells us that while doing his walk around of the aircraft he noticed a “dent” or indentation in the Vertical Stabilizer, also known as the “tail”. He says it may be nothing, but he made note of it and the proper staff are going to look at it, measure it, and make a decision if we can fly on this aircraft or not.
Ten minutes later, they have us exit the airplane. Great, now we’re going to be late. No worries, this is why I traveled on Wednesday instead of Thursday when BASSRUSH Massive is. JUST in case.
After we deplane, we hear a voice on the PA system in the gate area, they tell us that the plane will take about 45 min. to get looked at and have a decision. I’m standing in the gate area, looking at the tail section of the plane, and I can visibly see the small dent in the leading edge. I’m about 150’ away, and I can see it. It’s about 4” across. It looks like a Bird strike. The mechanics come out on a lift. Some managers come out, some officials come out, they’re all standing around with a clipboard and paper work. It looks like a flip card type of set up with plastic covered pages with big metal rings like a 3-ring binder, only this one is for mechanical procedure for just this sort of thing. I can tell it’s been used before so obviously these guys know what they’re doing. I’m not concerned.
Some time later they tell us on the PA system again that they’re taking the plane out of service and we all need to get Re-booked on a new flight.
THIS SUCKS! – Ok, Don’t Panic, I know exactly what to do. Instead of getting in this 150 person long line for just getting an 800 number to call, I go into my folder of paper work with the American 800 number. I call them up, tell them what happened and the lady on the phone tells me that if I want to stay First Class all the way to Vegas, I have to go through Chicago (ORD).
I also don’t get 737-800’s all the way. I now have to fly MD-80’s, which sucks, but hey, what are ya gonn’a do right? I’m not a fan of the very narrow, loud and gas guzzling MD-80/83. They actually call them “S80”s now. They’re like a pencil with wings. I dislike them as they’re old now.
I agree immediately with the woman on the phone, who was professional and helpful as she could possibly be. She was aware of the call flood starting with other passengers from that flight. She was awesome and did what she could to help me. I was very thankful and we got me the flight through Chicago to Vegas. Now, my next flight was just after 1pm, about 2 hours from when I’d be touching down in Vegas. It sucks, but it’s the best thing I could get.
A couple hours later I’m dragging. My ass is ready to pass out, but I can’t. I can’t possibly find a place to sleep, pass out, and then miss my only shot at getting to Vegas today. So, I get food, get some water and sit down with my laptop to play online while waiting for the clock to tick off hours.
Eventually, the time comes where it’s time for me to head to the other gate, which was nearby. I get over there, verify my seat and that my luggage will be on the flight. The staff calls downstairs and assures me my luggage will be on the flight with me. Cool.
Eventually, they start boarding the plane. I get seated, I get a drink, the guy next to me orders a Bud Light, and we begin to chat. As soon as he finishes his beer, they tell us we have to deplane again! Seriously!?!? Aagain?!?! This… this is bullshit. There’s bad weather in Chicago. Of course, what else can go wrong!?
Back in the terminal again, we hear on the PA system, AGAIN, that there is bad weather in Chicago, and they’re not accepting any planes to land for some time. So they can’t put planes in the air that are heading there until they get the all clear. This is because they only launch planes with enough fuel to get to the destination, plus 1-2 Hours of extra fuel for diverting, which they really don’t want to do. So because of that, if the weather looks really bad, they just don’t bother to allow the plane to take off. So, they tell us 30 min. dealy.
30 min. later, they tell us, it’s going to be another 30 min. 30 min. later, same thing. Now we’re 90 min behind schedule.
By this time I’ve been IN this airport about 7 hours now. I’m sick of being here. I should have already been landing in Vegas, having my IN N OUT and getting a nap. But no. I’m stuck in Va. Can’t even get off the ground… This is bullshit. I’m about ready to tell them to just rebook me for Thursday morning, so I can go home and SLEEP. That’s all I want to do right now. Sleep. I can’t even tell you how angry my brain is. I’m just out of it now. I’m so tired that I’m starting to hallucinate. I’m starting to see little things moving around out the corner of my eye. Sometimes I’m seeing little “animals” moving about here and there between people’s carry on bags. I know they’re not real, but still I’m disturbed about it. I’m just done.
A few minutes later, right before I’m about to accept defeat and ask to be rebooked, again, they tell us they’re going to start boarding again.
Yay!.. meh. I just want to get on the plane. I have some more water, pep up a little bit, and head to the line. Get on the plane and sit down next to a nice gentleman. We start to chat, nice guy, and we have some jokes. I tell him of my day so far and he is sympathetic. We enjoy First Class, again.
So, I’ve been boarded on two different aircraft, and deplaned from two different aircraft in the same day, and I haven’t even left the ground! By this time I’m in “Fuck It!” mode. I don’t even care what happens any more. I just hope I get to Vegas. I’m delirious. My care level is now below 2%. Again, I just want to go home and sleep.
The guy next to me on this flight is a nice guy, conversational and a saint compared to the first guy earlier. He can tell I’m totally lounging, and he can tell I’m tired. I look like shit. I’ve spent 7 hours in the airport, and been boarded and deplaned twice, and haven’t left the ground. He’s cool about it. He gets his second beer. He finishes it before we get our push back. Finally, the door is closed, however, more bad weather in Chicago, and we can’t leave. We sit in the plane for what seems like an eternity. Finally, 20 minutes later, we get our push back and everyone on the plane is happy to be leaving the gate. You could hear and feel a collective sigh of relief.
We get out to the runway, I have my cellphone out to record the take off. I almost always do. Just in case something happens, they’ll hopefully have some record of it. I also do this from a QA perspective.
YAY! I’m somewhat happy, we’re on the way to Chicago! Of course, due to weather, we have to take our time in getting there, so more delays. the flight attendant comes to me and says, “Hi, so It looks like you’re going to miss your connecting flight to Las vegas… it’s leaving the ground at 4:30.” I say with a smile “Yup! I’m aware. I knew from all the delays that I wouldn’t make the connecting flight. I’m not worried, they’ve been really cool about rebooking me.” I tell her it’s OK that the flights will all probably be delayed anyway and I might still have a chance. She agrees and says that if the flights are delayed enough I could still get to it and make it on time.
As soon as we touch down, she’s out of her seat with an update telling everyone their new gates and times for their connecting flights. She fails to mention mine. I guess I’m the ONLY one on the plane going to Vegas in First Class. As it turns out, she can’t mention the Vegas flight because it’s late, but there’s actually not enough time to get to it, officially. They’re supposed to have 45 minutes to allow you to make it to boarding on time. At the time the flight hasn’t been delayed enough to allow for 45 min. As it turns out there are actually several people on the plane going to Vegas, and EDC. Before we get off the plane she tells me new info, that they haven’t started boarding yet and that the Vegas flight is very late, and we should all make it to the plane without issue.
Great! I get off the plane, my phone is on Death’s Door. I’m trying to stay in communication with my girlfriend and keep her up to date on what’s been going on. I’m even more tired now, I’ve been up since 3:30am EST after only 3 hours of sleep. I don’t sleep well on the day/night before a travel day. I’m too excited. So I’m always tired all day when I travel. However, this day is by far the worst I’ve felt, ever. It’s like I can actually feel the molecules in my brain cells breaking down and being destroyed. It’s an ugly feeling. I don’t want to feel it any more. I just want it to go away.
My phone is off, and I start looking for a place to charge my phone in the terminal. I have to stop and ask someone at a gate for directions, the guy is Indian or Pakistani, he laughs at me. Apparently they’re everywhere, you just have to walk far enough to get to a station. They don’t actually have “stations” like in other airports with newer facilities. There’s this wall, where public phones used to be. It has a bunch of outlets on it. People in far better condition than I, are sitting there watching movies and shows and facebooking on their Pads and other devices. There are chairs mashed together end-to-end to create a short “bed” of sorts, and a couple people sleeping in them. There are people everywhere. The weather has this airport jam packed because nobody can leave. I asked someone at an American counter, in my stupor, where I can find out if my flight is on time or delayed. They direct me to a rebooking area, and after a few minutes of trying various phones, finding they’re broken, a guy hangs up in disgust, he’s stuck until tomorrow. He’s not from Chicago. He’s as screwed as I am. Probably worse. I get to his phone, the PA system sparks up with some foreign guy mumbling incoherently into the mic so nobody can understand him, and he keeps repeating what he’s saying over and over. I can’t hear the rep on the other end of the phone. I manage to determine that my flight is delayed and I can still make it to the gate. SWEET! I go to the gate, find out the plane isn’t leaving for at least 45 min. So I find a restroom, drop one, and then get back to the phone charging area where I have to nimbly work my way through the horde of lounging people to plug my phone in. I figured I could get about 20 min. of charge and be good for the flight, because these old MD-80s don’t have charging ports on the planes. They’re so old they don’t even bother to upgrade them. Some of them have WiFi, but it sucks. This is the reason I love the newer 737-800s that American has been steadily upgrading with. They said that they’re also upgrading all of their MD-80’s with Airbus A320s. Which is awesome! A320’s are a little wider and a bit nicer than the 737s. A320s have TVs in the backs of seats and 100 channels from DirecTV.
They also have a ton of music channels, however, I’m not on one of those yet.
I sit down, go through some stuff in my pockets, try to organize things, and try to take some notes on this trip. I begin to doze off, some lady nearby sees me and gives me a smug and knowing smile. I don’t think she’s been awake as long as I have.
Oh, I almost forgot… Those Migraine meds I took a LONG time ago? Yeah, the medication in them that stop the migraine in it’s tracks, not the Caffeine, puts you to sleep. So, now I’m fighting that as well on top of normal sleepiness and exhaustion. My brain is angry, but is subdued because of the migraine meds. So I’m in this stupor, like I’m drunk, but I don’t feel drunk. I wish I was drunk, then maybe I could sleep on the plane all the way to Vegas.

20 min. later I jerk out of a doze. Shit! What time is it!? How long was I asleep? Where am I? Did I miss my flight? SHIT!.. I look down at my Gear2 Neo watch. Oh, it’s only been 1 minute since I last looked at my watch. Whew… Ok. That little adrenaline rush gets me going again for a moment. I see that it’s time for me to go back to the gate area to board the plane. I jump up, head over to the wall, swerve in and out of people again and excuse myself while I grab my phone cord out of the wall and my phone off of the small ledge where a gentleman is watching a movie on his huge Pad. Normally, just from seeing a movie for a few seconds, even if I haven’t seen it, I can pretty much guess exactly what it is. Nope. Not today, not in this condition. I don’t even care. I didn’t even really look at it. My brain is just not able to process anything beyond the stress of getting to my gate and sitting down in my seat on the plane.
Now, everyone is in my way. I’m agitated. It’s a function of the brain when you haven’t slept. It’s just part of the downward spiral that is lack of sleep. I find myself making faces out of suffering and anguish. People are looking at me weirdly, or so it seems. My perception isn’t the best right now. I push on to my gate with 30lbs. on my back, laptop and power cords and such. My phone is at only 26%. I think it’s enough to get me to Vegas.

I get back to the gate and oh, look at this, they’ve JUST started boarding. I cruise right up into the line, since they just called for First Class passengers first with the other memberships and so on. I pull the boarding pass out of my cargo shorts pocket in one smooth natural move, like I do it all the time. Nobody notices I pulled it out of no where like, “Yeah, that’s right, I travel efficiently, and I’m in First Class. People are giving grudging glances like they’re butt-hurt that they don’t get to board the plane right now. It’s ALL about them. Personally, I don’t care, we’re all going to get on the plane eventually. My dad used to like to be the last one on the plane. Either because it allowed him to have a smoke before several hours of flying. Usually it was a 5 hour flight to Hawaii. Back then I learned to appreciate being the last one on the plane. Now days it seems like if you’re the last one on the plane you’re an asshole because you’re holding us up. That’s not the case, but that is the general perception.

Board the plane, get a water, and we sit. We get our push from the gate, and we sit there for about 15 min. while the captain tells us that we’re one many planes in line trying to take off right now while the weather allows us to. Currently the weather allows planes to take off, but the weather around the approach lines to land isn’t letting planes land. I look out the window and at every runway are between 15 and 20 aircraft lined up on the tarmac. I’ve never seen this many planes lined up before. I see out the other window a plane lands, on my right, another plane lands. Turns out they are the last two. Then we see planes launching off to both sides. They’re not even stopping, they’re doing what’s called a “Turn & Go”. The tower tells them that as soon as they make their turn onto the runway, they can start their take off immediately. This is both good news and bad news. Good news if you’re in your plane ready to take off, bad news if you’re still in the terminal. Because they’re trying to get everyone off the ground that they can before they shut it down again.

We’re 5th in line. I count the planes taking off to our Left, that’s where our runway is.
Finally we get there, we turn, we pause for a few seconds, and then woosh, we feel the push and hear the roar of our engines spooling up.
I LOVE this part! Thrust is the most amazing thing in the world! Yes! Lets get to Vegas!
I see the clouds, broken and crumbly looking, then off in the distance a HUGE wall of gray water falling from sky to ground. We’re rolling and speeding up. Feels good!
Finally we rotate upwards, to the sky! I’m smiling. I look around really quick and nobody else is as impressed about this as I am. I’m like a kid in a candy store with a $50 bill. I get my camera out as I begin to see Sunlight. I realize it’s close to Sunset, somewhere around 8:30ish? I can’t remember. But I know there are going to be some premium opportunities to take some nice pics of clouds.
the Captain tells us our flight time, somewhere around 3 hours or so, and our flight level is going to be 28,000 feet. (We may go higher later on, but at least for a while it’ll only be 28k ft. which is kind of low, but it’s because we’re flying around weather. Pretty soon, our captain has us slowly turning and dodging clouds, I see the Sun cracking above the horizon out there beyond the Gray.
I get my phone out and begin to snap pictures. Over the next 20 minutes my phone is growing closer and closer to Death’s Door. I manage to get a slew of amazing pictures of the Sunset and gorgeous Orange and Yellow and Purple and White vertical cloud formations. Giant plumes and pillars of fluffy formations. One in particular is especially well placed outside my window and I take some amazing photos as we pass by. We pass quickly, around 500 mph. the captain gives us a wonderful view of this formation. It’s like he knew I was taking pictures and chose that one to fly around perfectly for me to photograph it. I am thankful and feel accomplished.
Later on the drinks come, and then the “dinner”. I eat the food, can’t even remember what it was. I think it was a small piece of meat, about 4 bites. Some veggies. Now I’m ready for a nap.
I get the blanket out of the plastic bag and I begin to fold it up so I can lean on the window and hopefully pass out for a while.
I wake up a while later, only having been asleep for 20 min., I get up to pee. Back to the seat and back to sleep. I wake up again sometime later, it’s almost fully dark outside, my neck aches like a bitch! I stretch out, get my wits about me and I feel a little bit better. I wonder if I’ve been snoring at all and I look to see what time it is. Apparently I slept for quite a while, I’m guessing an hour and a half? After a few minutes of waking up, the Captain comes on and says that we’ll be landing in about 45 min. Tells us the local time will be about 9:38pm. Great, I was supposed to be here 9 hours ago… wow.
I usually take video of takeoff and landing. At this point, I don’t even care, I just want to get on the ground and get my car and get to my room and pass out.

We land, gracefully, with all the lights of Vegas glowing brightly through my window. I’m back baby!… and I am going to NAP!
I get out of the tram to the baggage claim, and there are people EVERY WHERE. This is the most crowded I’ve ever seen Vegas. Sure, I know EDC is this weekend, but there are way more people in town than I had expected to see for a Wednesday. Our baggage claim fills up with 2 flights worth of people.
I pull my phone out, turn it back on, and tell my boy Jeff I’ve landed, I tell the girlfriend I’ve landed, and I tell someone else I’ve landed. I check facebook really quick and post something.
Eventually my bag shows up and I head for the Rental Car bus line.
I remember that my big phone charging battery thingy is in my luggage, I dig it out. head out to the line of people. 15 minutes later I finally get on the bus to the Rental Car agency terminal.
I get there, go to check in, and I can’t get a car. I get redirected to someone else out where the cars are in the garage. I’m almost there…
I get there, the guy behind the counter tells me that I can’t use this card (Debit Card) as a credit card, and that because of the kind of card it is, I can’t pay for the security deposit. Their system kicks it back and doesn’t allow it. So I’m screwed. After a few minutes of heated conversation, I explain that this was all set up days ago and there shouldn’t be any problems. I call my girlfriend who set it up and we talk to the guy. He explains to me that it’s the system kicking it back, that it’s not his choice, there’s nothing he can do. Neither of us knew this was going to be an issue and we weren’t set up to handle it. After more conversation I determine that I just want my money back and I’ll deal with it later. They cancel my reservation and now I have to wait several days before my money gets put back on my card. It could be up to 5 business days… great. that’s money I won’t have to get around since I now have to take Cabs everywhere… this is bullshit.
I’m pissed, but what can I do? I get a text from Jeff. He asks what I’m doing and where I’m at right now. I tell him my situation. He calls me. Says don’t worry about shit, I got this. He comes and scoops me up, like a fuck’n Hero. He says, don’t worry dude, that place (the rental car place) is about a mile from my house, just come over to my place, get a shower, get ready to go out, we’re going to go to club LIGHT at Mandalay Bay. (It’s a club I haven’t seen yet but wanted to last time I was here, but missed.) Jeff has to meet a high roller there to walk him in. Jeff doesn’t have time to take me to my hotel, wait for me to get ready, go home and get ready and THEN come back and get me. So we agree that it’s more efficient if I just wash all the Airport and Airplane gook off me at his place. He’s got a spare room and an unused bathroom so I’m good.
10 minutes later Jeff rolls up, I put the bags in the car and we head over to his house.

I’m exhausted. My day is over. I just want to sleep.
But Jeff has other plans.

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A conversation with a friend Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:06:45 +0000 I hope you people find this conversation… well, I’ll just leave this here. (copied and pasted directly from a facebook conversation with my friend Jt) “Jt Graham 6 hrs · Edited · And to think 4+ years ago I was the weird kid in school who listened to electronic music. I told you all… I […]

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I hope you people find this conversation… well, I’ll just leave this here.
(copied and pasted directly from a facebook conversation with my friend Jt)

“Jt Graham
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And to think 4+ years ago I was the weird kid in school who listened to electronic music.

I told you all… I knew it would take over the world
And to think 4+ years ago I was the weird kid in school who listened to electronic music. I told you all… I knew it would take over the world 😀
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Laura Ferguson Yep…. I’ve been that weird kid since the 80’s and I always had faith that some day others would see the light. XD
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Jt Graham And so they have
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Patrick Diaz I was always the weird kid to back in the day
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Aaron Sarver I didn’t have many friends other than other House Heads and co-workers. People didn’t understand the music back when I was in my late teens and early 20’s. Now 90% of those people have heard a song or track they like that has some sort of Electronic development in it. You simply can not get away from it now.
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Aaron Sarver Also, back in the day, it wasn’t JUST about the music, it was about the scene, and getting away from all the Square Man’s bullshit, going to places where you wouldn’t get fucked with. It became a scene of it’s own. The people who gathered there were like-minded and shared many of the same views. But, when you were in that awesome musical environment, none of that outside world bullshit mattered. We still cared. We still had to go back to it, but the music brought us together and the vibe of good people there gave us all an understanding that we were not alone.
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Jt Graham That’s why I was so in love with it my whole life. When everyone else is singing along to music about F’ing this girl and gettin money and being fly like a G6…. I was listening to the melodies that took me away.

This right here was like my favorite song about 5 years ago before the rise of electronic music…See More
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Ultrabeat – Pretty Green Eyes [ CJ Stone Remix ] HQ
high quality audio video of the cj stone remix of pretty green eyes by ultrabeat. from 2003!
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Aaron Sarver You know what’s funny Jt? Is the same ethnic group of people who gave us Rap and Hip-Hop, also gave us House music.
Let me show you what I grew up on years ago, and what I still groove on today.
There is Truth in this music….See More
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Aaron Sarver Listen to just the first 5 min. You’ll understand.
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Jt Graham

Ohhhh yes and this one. I played this alll the time. At 3:30 the lyrics start and they’re just so perfect. …See More
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Aaron Sarver I was listening to this shit in the car on the way to Disneyland when we drove out on the freeways in So. Cali to get over there from our Hotel. It was about a 40-45 min. drive each way. The whole time, I’m just sitting there with this big shit eat’n g…See More
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Jt Graham Okay well there’s rap and hip hop out there that I listen to as well. I’m referring to the likes of waka flaka and drake and whiz khalifa and people like that.
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Aaron Sarver Oh no, I’m not discounting anything you’re saying. Sorry if I gave that impression. Not at all. Still though, I get what you’re saying,and I totally agree with you.
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Jt Graham Haha yes that’s great
I got an EDC tattoo because of how amazing EDC is. I’m thinking of going to the orlando one
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Aaron Sarver ^ Me too!
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Jt Graham Yeah yeah exactly. I like to hide away fom that stuff
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Jt Graham wait you have an EDC tat or you’re going to orlando
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Aaron Sarver Orlando… however… I might be… naaaa.. No tats for me. lol
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Aaron Sarver I’m also a Premiere Passport holder at Disney, they can never tell me No. So, I’d end up going there when ever I am in town, however, I think EDC would be the only exception. Gott’a sleep some time.
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Jt Graham
Mobile Uploads
Alittle bit better of a picture if you haven’t seen it yet
EDC means so much to me and I’m happy to have a little part of it with my everyday.
By: Jt Graham
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Jt Graham Pretty sweet eh?
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Aaron Sarver nice man, you’re far more brave than I am.
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Jt Graham Haha it just means alot to me. Might even say it’s changed my life.

I wouldn’t go an get a tattoo of something lame just because I can tho. Only important things
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Aaron Sarver that’s legit man.
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Jt Graham Thanks
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Aaron Sarver You know, I didn’t mean it to be, but this turned into a pretty damned epic conversation.
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Jt Graham You got that right!
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Aaron Sarver lol, I was totally NOT coming onto facebook at 5am to start an awesome conversation like that, but this shit is important to me. As it is to you. So here I am. It just seems that when it’s time to talk about Music like this, everything else sits and waits.
Ravers be like: “Oh, we’re talking about Music now?…” (Everything else around them stops, they stop giving a fuck about anything else going on around them, and they focus on speaking only on this subject for the next few moments. Nothing else matters.)
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Aaron Sarver and then they share their favorite song with you.
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Jt Graham Thats definitely the truth.
“hang on I gotta stop the car to get in on the conversation”
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Aaron Sarver ^ Yeah, that.
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Raw understanding between two people living in the same world.

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EDC Las Vegas: VIP or GA? Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:05:58 +0000 To Go VIP or GA GA is simply that, General Admission. You still get access to the entire venue and all the stage areas and well, everything else that’s not VIP or backstage. GA has the use of porta-potties, which number in the hundreds throughout the venue, and they have access to a few very […]

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To Go VIP or GA

GA is simply that, General Admission. You still get access to the entire venue and all the stage areas and well, everything else that’s not VIP or backstage. GA has the use of porta-potties, which number in the hundreds throughout the venue, and they have access to a few very busy and out of the way bars.

With VIP you get an elevated VIP section to view the crowd and stage. You’re above the crowd so you don’t have to be jammed in there and can’t see anything. There are also areas to SIT or lay down and relax. There are a various number of cushioned chairs or lounge furniture, as well as tables with chairs inside the VIP area. There is even a grass area with a large Chess Board.

VIP also has restrooms. These restrooms are in a large trailer and resemble a restroom in a motorhome, a nice motorhome. This feature is very important to many people and is a large selling point for people who want privacy and increased sanitary conditions, as well as availability of the restrooms. They also have running water sinks to wash up, as opposed to NOT being able to wash up after using a porta-potty. The lines in the VIP section are always shorter, if there even IS a line.

There’s even a large air conditioned tent to cool off in, complete with a bar at one end and tables to hold your beverage if you feel like sitting down in the cold blasting air to cool off. There are bars all over the VIP area, many of them. There are several very large, optimally staffed bars with a very healthy stock of premium libations. The bartenders are local bartenders from Vegas and are very knowledgeable in their skill and profession.

The perks for VIP are what I love. I love being able to come and go as I please, get the drink I want, and have some place to sit when I need to relax. For me, VIP is the only way to go!

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Money, how much will I need for EDC? Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:55:14 +0000 Q: How much money will I need for EDC? A: It depends. ( the simple answer is $100 a day, however that’s based on assumptions.) I know, that answer sucks, however, it’s important to understand several things before figuring out how much money to bring to EDC Vegas. My first best answer is, bring as […]

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Q: How much money will I need for EDC?

A: It depends.
( the simple answer is $100 a day, however that’s based on assumptions.)

I know, that answer sucks, however, it’s important to understand several things before figuring out how much money to bring to EDC Vegas.

My first best answer is, bring as much as you can.  Simple, but doesn’t really answer the question entirely.
We need to consider some things first before we can determine exactly how much.

Things like How are you traveling? Flying or Driving? If you’re flying, figure on having $100 spending money for the airport food and stuff, and any fees you might have to pay for unexpectedly.
ON the airplane they usually only take Credit/Debit cards now, so unless you’re sitting in First Class, assume you’re going to have to pay for food.  Do you plan on drinking before your flight? Or ON the plane? I sure do!
So figure in about $10 per drink and tip. Figure how much you might drink, and then +2 drinks to that. (Safer to assume you’ll push it a bit since you are going to Vegas)

If you’re driving to Las Vegas, it’s 10 hours each way from Seattle, Denver and West Texas. From Dallas it’s about 12 hours, from Chicago, you’re looking at up to 20 hours. Figure out how many miles to the gallon your car gets, or how many miles per tank, and then do the math.  Example: My car, an Acura RSX-S is a “4-Banger”, but it’s a High compression engine, so it takes 93 octane gas. It’s more expensive than regular unleaded, so I have to account for that.  My car, on the highway gets up to 35 miles per gallon.  Usually I can get at least 320 miles per tank, most times more than that.  You can’t assume from driving around town that you’ll only get that much gas mileage. You know you’ll get a bit more on the highway.  Also consider, are you carpooling? Luggage? All of those factor in how much gas you will use.  Figure each person in your car, plus luggage will be another gallon used per tank. So add a couple extra dollars to each figure.

Now, how much money will you need aside from travel? That also depends on if you want to gamble. If gambling, then set a limit and only take that much FOR that activity.
Are you going to have a nice meal, or two? A nice sit down dinner or big breakfast? figure $60 per person for each nice meal you are thinking you’re going to have.  Other than that, do some quick math and figure out how much you spend on one quick meal or fast food, then multiply by how many days and then multiply by how many meals you think you’ll need to eat.

If you just want a simple round number, assume that you’ll spend $100 a day in Las Vegas.  I use $100 a day as a vague number, because many people under 21 won’t spend as much because they won’t gamble. However, some people do love to buy gifts, trinkets and other touristy garb from various tourist traps.  If you’re on a budget, assume $60 a day. If you’re on a REALLY tight budget, you could probably get that figure down to $40 or even $30 a day.  I don’t know what you’re going to eat and drink, but I hope you can survive!

We have to realize that you’ll need to have Water ALL the time, whether in the day at a pool party, or at night at EDC.  There are Canteens you can buy for $5 that are refillable inside the EDC venue. There are a few refilling stations and will be located easily on your EDC Map. This will save you LOTS of money over buying bottles of water or Powerade.
There are lots of places to get food inside the EDC venue, including Candy Apples, Smoothies, Fruits, burgers, hot dogs, funnel cake! And much more.

Are you going to buy EDC gear or other stuff at the event? You’ll need money for that as well. T-shirts were $15 last year, and there are various glowing and lighted products you can wear, they are a little pricey.  Depending on what it is, you can expect to pay between $5-$20 of an item that glows or lights up.

If you’re over 21, and you’re planning on having a huge party in your room, figure a few hundred dollars for booze.

Are you going VIP anywhere? You’ll need big money for that.
Are you gambling A LOT?  If you’re a VIP Guest of a hotel, then you probably don’t need to worry about budgeting.

If you’re going out drinking and partying every night before EDC weekend, figure you’ll need at least $250 for each night, just for booze.
In fact, if you have friends with you, see if you can all throw in a hundred bucks (or more) and buy a Bottle. Remember the bottle only serves about 4 people, so you might need more than one bottle.  Bottle prices start at $400 and go up, depending on what quality of alcohol you want.

Personally, I’ve budgeted $100 a day, not including airport days and flights.
I figure I’ll spend at least $100 a day on Booze and food for EDC, so I’m going to be as efficient with money as I can.

If you’re still wondering how much to bring, just bring as much as you can.  Just don’t go nuts on your first day.

Good luck, budget wisely, have fun, see you there!


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So you want to go to EDC Vegas? Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:30:26 +0000 Destination: Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas (“EDC Vegas”) A guide for the noobs, and some helpful things to remember for those of you who’ve been before. So you want to go to EDC? Great! Here’s what you need to know so you can do EDC Vegas like a pro. This blog is an extensive and […]

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Destination: Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas (“EDC Vegas”)
A guide for the noobs, and some helpful things to remember for those of you who’ve been before.
So you want to go to EDC? Great! Here’s what you need to know so you can do EDC Vegas like a pro.

This blog is an extensive and detailed guide to understanding EDC. It’s for newbies who have never been to EDC and to help others explain it to people who may have a negative perception of EDC. I believe that by spreading and sharing good news and experiences about EDC we as a community can improve the public perception about what it is and what makes it SO amazing. This is quite a bit of a read, but don’t be discouraged, I’m going to provide you with lots of useful information so you can have the best experience and carry on this knowledge for future generations. Once you get this down, you’ll be an EDC Pro.

What is EDC?
EDC stands for Electric Daisy Carnival. It’s also what is known as a “Massive”. It’s essentially a humungous festival based on a carnival theme that has a superlative amount of DJs, Producers, Artists and other art and music creators. There is even a very large Electronic Daisy inside the venue. Many people tend to gather at the Daisy to meet up with friends or to take photos. There are also carnival rides that “Headliners”, that’s what they call us people who attend EDC, can enjoy.

Who goes to EDC?
Mainly people who are interested in music based on the House and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genres attend EDC. However, EDC is open to anyone from anywhere in the world who wants to attend or is curious about what they like in music. For this particular festival, EDM envelopes many sub-genres of electronically produced music, not just one. This festival is attended by music lovers and other people interested in having the most amazing time of their lives. The curious traveler or observer is often stunned by the magnificence that is EDC.

Where is EDC Las Vegas held?
EDC Las Vegas is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a large race track about 15 miles North of the Las Vegas Strip. Just going to Las Vegas is a trip in and of itself; yet EDC is a whole other phenomenal experience beyond that.

When is EDC Las Vegas?
EDC Las Vegas is held in late June, usually the third weekend, on or around the 20th. In 2014, EDC Las Vegas is from June 20-22. EDC Las Vegas is held this time of year mainly due to scheduling of other events before and after EDC weekend.

Typically EDC gates open at 7:00 PM, however several DJs will do their sound check and just continue to play as the crowd begins to trickle in. Gates have been known to open “early” because the staff hears music and assumes that the night’s activities have begun. This may not happen every night and if it does, it should be taken as a kindness and appreciated, as each Headliner gets a little “extra”. The event tends to taper off as the Sun comes up. Usually DJs will play for the crowd and want to keep the party going until after 6:00 AM. The event information specifies ending at 6:00 AM, although a few DJs will play after 6:00 AM. You will be able to tell when things are shutting down as you see crowds of people heading for the exits and transportation areas.

If you think it’s too late, it’s not!
Look for our previous blog and get going! Good luck and see you there!

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EDC Vegas? … You Still Can! Mon, 26 May 2014 02:46:01 +0000 Do you think it’s too late to go to EDC Vegas? You STILL can! It’s not too late! There are tickets and rooms available off the strip. You can STILL GO! If you are willing to pay a premium for passes or wristbands (for VIP), and you have a way to get to Vegas and […]

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Do you think it’s too late to go to EDC Vegas? You STILL can!

It’s not too late! There are tickets and rooms available off the strip. You can STILL GO!
If you are willing to pay a premium for passes or wristbands (for VIP), and you have a way to get to Vegas and a place to stay, you can still get there.

There are still flights, although you may have to take multiple flights and routes.
There are still rooms, although you may have to stay off the Strip, which is really OK, since it’s usually easier to get in and out of a hotel/motel anyway…
There are still GA and VIP passes available on eBay,, and

Personally, I like eBay, the prices usually aren’t unrealistic, and they have a money back guarantee, so just in case you get screwed and don’t get what you paid for, you can at least get your money back.

Safety tip: When buying anything via the Internet, don’t send cash. Do not send Money Orders either, there’s no way to recover your funds if you get burned.

There are a few jerks out there who just want to take your money, so in order to assure yourself that what you are buying is the Real Deal, ask the seller to provide pictures of the GA pass or the VIP Wristband, and a copy of their photo ID, and or Credit Card (minus the first 12 digits. (out of 16)). And/Or, have them send you the purchasing email they got from (where people actually BUY the passes from.) so you have a Bar Code that goes along with your Pass.
If they can’t provide at least some parts of that combo, don’t trust them.

At least make contact with the seller, ask them a few questions, kind of feel them out. You can’t always tell if someone is telling you a lie, however you will get a gut feeling about the situation.
Being safe like this has saved me a lot of headache, and wallet ache. I’ve been able to attend 2 EDC events already following these safety guidelines when buying or exchanging GA passes for a VIP Wristband.

Some helpful hints to get you started on your (late) quest to go to EDC Vegas.
Look for hotels using,, ←- I like Trivago a lot because it gives you a very broad range of options, both on and off the strip (or anywhere you stay).

There should be rooms somewhere. If you want to go bad enough, you’ll find them.
There are even condos and houses and rental properties people are renting out, especially right in the middle of Summer, which is usually an average time for Vegas, so they’ll want to rent out the space they usually have open. Keep looking, you’ll find something suitable.

Rental Car agencies might sell out pretty quickly during this weekend. However, there are several areas of the City of Las Vegas that have satellite branches of major car rental brands, try to find those out in Summerlin, or North Las Vegas, or Henderson. OR, if you’re really in a pinch, try flying into LA and getting the rental car there, and just driving up to Las Vegas. (Make sure your rental agreement allows for state to state travel, you don’t want to get in trouble or go over your mileage limit ((if any).

If you’re driving from LA, or other parts beyond, try to carpool with others who are going.
There are a myriad of facebook pages that have people traveling to EDC Vegas that probably wouldn’t mind having another person pitch in for gas.

Try looking at specific web sites that will have what you’re looking for.
Personally I wouldn’t try craigslist at all. I’ve heard horror stories and I just can’t seem to trust many people on the site. Sadly, it was a great resource years ago when it started. Use at your own risk.

Things you’ll need:
Car? (not everyone needs a car)
Clothes/luggage – It’s Summer, it’s Vegas, so pack Summer clothes and a bathing suit. Shorts with multiple pockets is a great idea. Don’t forget your EDC Outfit!)
Toiletries. (Bathroom stuff and also medications if you need them.)
Phone, CamelBak, and comfy shoes. Don’t forget your Wall Charger for your phone!
I can’t stress Comfy Shoes enough, vastly important, You’ll be on your feet all night!

That’s pretty much it.
So get going!
Have fun and I’ll see you there!


I will be updating this as a “running blog” from Vegas and EDC. Keep an eye out for updates and new info as we get closer to the event of a lifetime!
Feel free to follow and tell your friends!

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