November 18, 2008, 6:35 pm
Posted by: Matt

Here we are. It’s mid November, and Desert Bus 2 is just on the horizon. I’d like to appologize for leaving the announcement so late this year. We encountered a number of complications over the last couple of months, and we weren’t able to finalize the details until last night. We’re scrambling a bit to pull things together, but rest assured, Desert bus is happening, and it’s going to be even better than last year.

First off, as you’ve probably seen in the announcement posts, it’s going to begin at 6:00PM on Friday November 28th. It’s Thanksgiving weekend for the yankees, I know, but hopefully you can find time to fit us in between the turkey and the pumpkin pie, or somewhere in between the pie and the requisite midnight turkey sandwich. At the very least, you’ll presumably be home with your families, rather than out at work, so may I suggest you take the opportunity to introduce them to LoadingReadyRun, and get them in on the Desert Bussing action?

The second thing to know is that we’ll be running from Victoria, BC again this year, although we have a location other than Bill and Morgan’s living room. If you live in Victoria, keep an eye out, I’m sure there will be opportunities presented to meet the team or prticipate in a more direct way than simply watching the feeds.

We’ve also finalized our roster of drivers for this year! Returning to the driver’s seat are James, Bill, and Morgan. I’d have thought that they’d learned their lesson last year, but I guess I was wrong. Paul has been dropped from the lineup this year so that he can direct his focus to the technical elements – the stream, recording elements of the event, lighting, audio, the chatroom, and so on. We’re hoping to have things go a little more smoothly in the technical area this year, and we think freeing Paul up to handle it was the right move. Replacing Paul in the lineup this year is our very own Jeremy Petter. I think he’s pretty excited about taking the wheel this year, so I hope you’ll all be out in force to support him as he drives his legs of the trip. Graham and Kathleen are taking the roles of official pit crew this year, they’ll be ever present at the driver’s sides, supporting them and the audience in whatever capacity they require. And if you haven’t figured it out already, I’ll be handling the communications. I’ll be your main point of contact whenever I’m around (which should be essentially all the time). I’ll be handling the blog, updates, running the twitter feed, and moderating the IRC channel. additionally, I’ll be frequently checking e-mail, and keeping you up to date on dollar totals, and special events. You’ll be able to contact me in a wide variety of ways over the course of event, and if you have any questions, or comments, feel free to direct them to [email protected], or [email protected] . I’ll be checking both regularly.

As you can see, Paul has just launched the new, improved , so check the site periodically, and see what’s up. We have a lot of plans for this year’s drive. Some of those plans we’ve finalized, others we’re still pulling together. I’ll be filling you in with more information as it becomes available, so make sure you’re following one of our many information streams, either the twitter, the announcement thread in the forum, the blog, or here, at .

We’ll see you on the open road!


29 Comments on “Desert Bus for Hope 2: Bus Harder”

  1. First.

    Wooo!!! Go Desert Bus!

    By James (TX) - November 18th, 2008 6:54 pm
  2. Woooo!

    By Arilla - November 18th, 2008 7:01 pm
  3. Woot!

    By Zack - November 18th, 2008 7:53 pm
  4. Only 7 cents to buy a whole hour. Get ’em now when they’re cheap!

    Will donations be tax deductible this year?

    By Evil Jim - November 18th, 2008 9:58 pm
  5. @Evil Jim
    They were last year, and they will be again.
    You just need to contact Child’s Play and they’ll provide you with a tax receipt.

    By Graham - November 18th, 2008 10:08 pm
  6. Also, don’t forget to join the twitter feed.

    By Tim - November 18th, 2008 10:25 pm
  7. I’m going to miss the “homey” feel of watching people play games in someone’s living room, but I’m sure the spirit will come through however it’s set up. Can’t wait!

    By Jen - November 19th, 2008 2:43 am
  8. It’s still going to a very… I want to say “intimate” setting, but considering how much of a sausage-fest it’ll be that’s probably the wrong word.

    You’ll see.

    By Graham - November 19th, 2008 2:48 am
  9. Indeed I will! I just put forth my donation. I apologize in advance! Good luck guys!

    By Jen - November 19th, 2008 2:55 am
  10. WOOT! Go team go. I am holding off on making my donation though. Need to do some math on my finances for this year.

    By Dale - November 19th, 2008 8:09 am
  11. BWAHAHA I own an hour of your suffering!

    By Rob Reynolds - November 19th, 2008 12:29 pm
  12. Ten percent of the way to $5000 already, and it’s 10 days before the event starts. Pretty exciting!

    By Tim - November 19th, 2008 8:07 pm
  13. Looks like you guys are set to cream the goal again.

    By Linis - November 19th, 2008 8:43 pm
  14. I can’t wait for Desert Bus to start! So glad you all finally got your asses in motion and updated us on the situation! ;D

    And yessss, this means I can pretty much spend/waste my weekend on Desert Bus. Extra exciting! I’ll definitely be donating this year (after I figure out exactly how much money I need to keep back for Christmas).

    By Kcha - November 19th, 2008 9:42 pm
  15. Let me assure you, our asses have been in motion for months – things were just slow coming together.

    By Matt - November 20th, 2008 12:36 am
  16. Haha, I had no doubt you all were getting things together. I was saying you left us hanging. (I was about to give up on DBfH for this year….!)

    By Kcha - November 20th, 2008 2:37 am
  17. “If you live in Victoria, keep an eye out, I’m sure there will be opportunities presented to meet the team or prticipate in a more direct way than simply watching the feeds.”

    By allison - November 20th, 2008 5:57 pm
  18. “Let me assure you, our asses have been in motion for months – things were just slow coming together.”

    … *snicker*

    By NecroVale - November 20th, 2008 7:38 pm
  19. $28.39 to the next hour already???? Isn’t that a bit much?

    By Zack - November 20th, 2008 10:47 pm
  20. Awesome! Good luck guys, I’ll see you (virtually) on the road…

    By Jordan - November 21st, 2008 12:38 am
  21. “We’ll see you on the open road!… buying a T-shirt”

    Any new merch DB this year?

    By spartanhelmet - November 21st, 2008 1:17 am
  22. @Zack
    They will be playing for over 2 whole days already 30$ isn’t to bad at this point for another hour

    I am very much looking forward to desert bus again this year, had alot of fun watching you guys last year. I hope you destroy last years record, I’m waiting until it is just about over and then I’ll push to finish off an hour just to torture whoever gets stuck with it.

    By Zenelly - November 21st, 2008 9:44 am
  23. @Zenelly: I know, it just seems like it jumped pretty quickly… now it’s a $38, lol.

    By Zack - November 21st, 2008 10:46 am
  24. @Zack: That’s just how it builds. It’s a 7% increase every hour, so when LRR donated the first $100, that was 30 hours.

    Now we’re at $537 and 54 hours.

    It means that the longer we go, the worse our suffering will be, and the more it’s worth to keep going.

    By Graham - November 21st, 2008 11:15 am
  25. Of course, Graham. 😀

    By Zack - November 21st, 2008 10:34 pm
  26. Have another $20 of pain LRR!

    great to see this running again this year – hope you top last year’s total!

    By Joel - November 24th, 2008 3:32 pm
  27. Over $1,000 already, and it doesn’t start until more than three days from now! Awesome to see, everyone!

    By Tim - November 25th, 2008 11:18 am
  28. Holy shit! For all this time something weird happened (whether it was my bookmark or ChipIn or whatever), and I saw it as only being at $600 dollars-ish! This is awesome!


    By Zack - November 25th, 2008 4:41 pm
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