Now firstly this whole TLC thing has always been a bit of a sore point for me as per my previous post 'Tribe TLC' . We have had two runs of the TLC card. (FYI, It was a paper card before it was a plastic E-card). I doh know if its me alone getting emails from Tribe but I cannot understand why this simple principle escapes so many people...A TLC card entitles you to NOTHING except the right to LINE up on a specified registration date that is PRIOR to the registration date of NON-TLC ppl. It does not GUARANTEE a costume or a costume of your choice. If it have a 100 costumes left and you are #101 then yuh buss!!To date....There is NO distinction between people who have played for 5 years in TRIBE, for 1 year or who play in the section in Poison. . Me and my 5 year veteran self have been present and accounted for at every registration for my costume PERSONALLY. I will be the first admit that some priority should be given for 5-yr vets than for 1-yr vets but its not so I find my tail up there. Secondly, How many times they have to tell you to go for it and why you should?? Now when you doh have one, you demanding it and vex at the position that puts you in.Last year registration I saw hundreds if not thousands of UNCLAIMED TLC cards.Thirdly, online registration has a LIMITED number of costumes for overseas masqueraders. Really if you living in Trinidad and trying to register online you being bad mind. Leave that for those who in foreign and don't have anyone here to send to the mas camp. When the online registration is depleted they don't add costumes to it, the online registration is suspended. Worse yet, they MIGHT actually pull from that online pool to accommodate ppl in the mas camp who are breathing fire in their faces to get in a particular section.That is the reality of the situation as I know it, and ppl are already in denial about that,but with the current situation some people need to face some NEW realities.
Firstly, Tribe has approximately over 6000 TLC eligible masqueraders. The fact is Tribe's intention is to reduce the overall size of the band, I estimate by roughly 25%. It is therefore mathematically impossible that everyone who ever qualified for a TLC card can get a spot. Even if we assume that there is a percentage of ppl who have a card and will not use it, it is still unlikely that everyone will have a spot. Woe is the man with no TLC card. We still have not counted celebrities,ministers and those with preferred status of some sort. Last year I was in the top 20 in line and yet when I sat down in front a CSR I only had time to register myself before I was told that my section was sold out! In under 30 mins! That is WITH TLC, in the top 20.I should also note there is no restriction on how many people you can register once you in line.People in front of me were calling 7 and 10 for my section of choice. I actually did a rough count to see where I would fall in real numbers. Even in Year 2...Nylon Pool and Angel Fish were sold out in the first hour!!
Now digest all that and use some more common sense and ask yourself what can be expected come Saturday? Personally I think Brazilian Macaw, Spangled Cotinga ,Caged Canary and African Love Bird will be sold out within the first 15-20 mins. I am giving Green Honeycreeper and Ruby Topaz 30-45 mins max. If you there in the first two- three hours you might get a Flamingo or Night Owl.You might think me over reaching a bit but I have been there, I have been in the fore front and I have left hundreds of ppl behind with no hope for getting in their section of first choice. And I not saying this to scare ppl, but as a reality check for all who seem to think that they 'entitled' to a costume because they have a TLC. My point is, you are NOT. And don't be pissed about it cause nobody ever told you that you were entitled just because you have a TLC. Regardless of how many people could have done a 'pre-registration' , there can never be 100% coverage of TLC holders.I feel a bit sorry for 5-yr vets who are not there early enough and don't get their pick but that is both on yourself and Tribe. For one, you would actually have to have collected your card. Two, you should know by now that if you aim for 12pm when registration opens you will not be anywhere near the front of the line.Three, Tribe may need to filter the 'loyalty years' but I have no idea how they can do that at this late stage and you definitely can't take people word for it.
It is obvious that the demand for Tribe has increased dramatically since their inception.Why is that? Maybe its cause first year vets were pleased and told all their friends. I tend to believe its because it became the 'in' place to be.I can assure you that there are many people who don't give a two-two's of if its 'in' or not. Myself being one of them. I just like being there cause my friends are there, its where I took up my residency after getting sick of Poison, its where I am happy with the costumes, music and service and more than anything its what I have become comfortable and accustomed to.Notwithstanding, once I am sick of Tribe I will not hesitate to move on again.They are already in my bad books for that mass of ppl on the road this year and my whack costume.
With all that being said..could you blame anyone for wanting to pre-register? You would have to be pretty dumb to have that opportunity and not use it. Of course it goes without saying, there should be limits or rules of engagement for such an operation. The challenge is always to ensure that such a thing is not abused. I wonder if all the people who are so vehement about the 'pre-reg' issue are upset because they did not have the link themselves or because they think its wrong in principle? My guess is that if they had the 'hook up' they would pretty much be placated.Furthermore, if they got into their section of choice on registration day the issue would evaporate completely.At the end of the day no one HAS to play in TRIBE but many prefer to.It irritates me even greater that there are people who have not been loyal to Tribe (i.e switched bands/ never played!) who also feel that they are entitled to be there before true loyalists.No wonder people who are regulars want to pre-reg cause otherwise they may be out in the cold because of just comes who just want to be in style.
So you have no link and want to play in Tribe...what do you do? These are just a few of my suggestions:
- Locate your TLC card. If you never bothered to go for it, thats your bad cause you just put yourself to the back of the line.May the force be with you.
- Reach early. Earlier the better. Tribe provides cold breeze once you in the top 100 or so and Gatorade/Water but bring a book and guard your seat!Might want to bring a snack as well.As said , doing things this way requires true dedication. Doh reach 2pm and feel you straight.
- Make sure you have your MONEY from everyone by the day before!!Tribe does NOT take Credit cards at Cascadia or the mas camp. I prefer cash cause if LINX go down you buss!
- Make sure and have everyone's sizes and personal information from the day before!!Bra size+cup,waistband(not waist), bottom size, Bottom type,costume options(if any), name , address, email, TLC#,PH#,USER ID for good measure
- Have at the very least your top 5 choices picked out in advance.Better yet , rank the whole band. This includes for yourself and whoever you may be signing up for. The whole time you sit at a CSR calling and asking yuh 5 friends for their 'second choice' or a size costumes selling.
- If you want a Frontline costume don't be surprised if you don't get it.Frontlines are always limited. This goes especially for 'private sections' who have the privilege of selecting a certain portion of the Frontlines.
- If you wanted and Individual and have not already checked the mas camp directly you're probably already out of luck. No harm in putting your name on a list.
- If you get yourself sorted out, please don't hang around and gloat cause everybody will be giving you the evil eye. Give praise and ride out!
- Keep your receipt in a safe place. My advice is give ppl their receipt asap, you doh want to be responsible for that if you can help it.
- Don't be devastated if you don't get in your section of choice or God forbid the band! There are other bands in existence and you do have other pretty good options. Several Tribe designers have sections in other bands.Tribe generally also has waiting lists for all sections and there are always a few on sale at some point. Beware of costume scalpers!!
So finally, don't delude yourself TLC card holders, if being in Tribe really means so much to you then you would make the effort to get where you need to be.You can also take a look at my past posts for the Super Stickers who decide late to play in Tribe which also has some good pointers and link to the merriments we endured from last year's 'Tribe registration.'
EDITED TO ADD: I don't think we can expect to see 'sold out' signs on arrival for any section. I think Tribe know better than to lock out the average joe completely from a section. How MANY will be available to the average joe will be the issue.And again, don't feel this is the first year that ppl have registered behind the scenes.....that has been the norm from YEAR 1!Its only now because of the demand its a big hoorah now.