Desert Bus for Hope 2019

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The 13th annual Desert Bus for Hope - Desert Bus for Hope 2019 - started on November 8, 2019 at 8 AM Pacific Standard Time[1] and bussed until November 15 at 2 AM (162 hours), raising over $865,000.
The venue was the Lunar Module Mk IV (the same venue as last year, but with a little less space).[2] This is the second venue to host multiple Desert Buses, and the first reuse of a Lunar Module.

Drivers

This year, there were no single-driver shifts. Instead, each of the four daily shifts—Dawn Guard, Alpha Flight, Night Watch, and Zeta Shift—had a team of people who handled driving, co-piloting, and other shift-related matters.[3]

All shifts (except the starting and ending shifts) were 6 hours long. Times below are in 24-hour time format, set to Pacific Standard Time (aka Moonbase Standard time).

Driver Shift Start (PST) Total Money Raised During Shift Avg. Donations Per Minute Points Earned Bus Crashes Bus Stops Driver Name
Pre-Desert Bus $22,825.69 raised beforehand
Dawn Guard (4 hours) November 8 @ 8:00 $50,923.28 raised during shift $212.18 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 0 stops Goose
Alpha Flight November 8 @ 12:00 $27,064.12 raised during shift $75.18 per minute 0 points 2 crashes 0 stops Goose, Honko, Scronch
Night Watch November 8 @ 18:00 $26,436.09 raised during shift $73.43 per minute 0 points 1 crash 3 stops Scronch, Maverick
Zeta Shift November 9 @ 0:00 $10,812.61 raised during shift $30.04 per minute 0 points 2 crashes 2 stops Maverick, Wedge, Icdman
Dawn Guard November 9 @ 6:00 $23,869.50 raised during shift $66.30 per minute 0 points 1 crash 2 stops Icdman, Teamordr
Alpha Flight November 9 @ 12:00 $21,057.48 raised during shift $58.49 per minute 0 points 2 crashes 0 stops Teamordr, Order, Itchya
Night Watch November 9 @ 18:00 $30,457.32 raised during shift $84.60 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 3 stops Itchya
Zeta Shift November 10 @ 0:00 $14,738.91 raised during shift $40.64 per minute 0 point 0 crashes 2 stops Itchya
Dawn Guard November 10 @ 6:00 $40,011.46 raised during shift $111.14 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 0 stops Itchya
Alpha Flight November 10 @ 12:00 $33,618.45 raised during shift $93.38 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 1 stop Itchya
Night Watch November 10 @ 18:00 $40,522.89 raised during shift $112.56 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 1 stop Itchya
Zeta Shift November 11 @ 0:00 $12,551.72 raised during shift $34.87 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 1 stop Itchya
Dawn Guard November 11 @ 6:00 $23,206.62 raised during shift $64.46 per minute 1 point 1 crash 0 stops Itchya, Buttsoft
Alpha Flight November 11 @ 12:00 $31,725.89 raised during shift $88.13 per minute 0 points 1 crash 0 stops Buttsoft, Jocko
Night Watch November 11 @ 18:00 $31,738.97 raised during shift $88.16 per minute 1 point 1 crash 1 stop Jocko, Matlock
Zeta Shift November 12 @ 0:00 $10,070.59 raised during shift $27.97 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 2 stops Matlock
Dawn Guard November 12 @ 6:00 $15,600.53 raised during shift $43.33 per minute 0 points 1 crash 2 stops Matlock, [blank]
Alpha Flight November 12 @ 12:00 $16,911.39 raised during shift $46.98 per minute 0 points 2 crashes 0 stops [blank], Jocko, Horse
Night Watch November 12 @ 18:00 $28,207.33 raised during shift $78.35 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 4 stops Horse
Zeta Shift November 13 @ 0:00 $7,535.50 raised during shift $20.93 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 3 stops Horse
Dawn Guard November 13 @ 6:00 $16,244.03 raised during shift $45.12 per minute 1 point 1 crash 1 stop Horse, Hubris
Alpha Flight November 13 @ 12:00 $40,104.26 raised during shift $111.40 per minute 0 points 1 crash 3 stops Hubris, Butthard
Night Watch November 13 @ 18:00 $20,530.78 raised during shift $57.03 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 3 stops Butthard
Zeta Shift November 14 @ 0:00 $11,463.19 raised during shift $31.84 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 3 stops Butthard
Dawn Guard November 14 @ 6:00 $25,248.39 raised during shift $70.13 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 0 stops Butthard
Alpha Flight November 14 @ 12:00 $45,819.40 raised during shift $127.28 per minute 1 point 2 crashes 0 stops Butthard, Omega, Paulwall
Night Watch (2 hr., 24 min.) November 14 @ 18:00 $100,742.61 raised during shift $699.60 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 1 stop Paulwall
Omega Shift (5 hr., 36 min.) November 15 @ 20:24 $84,181.00 raised during shift $250.54 per minute 0 points 2 crashes 4 stops Paulwall, Wnderwall, Jocko
Post-Desert Bus $XX,XXX.XX raised afterward
Shift Hours Bussed Total Money Raised Avg. Donations Per Minute Points Earned Bus Crashes Bus Stops Driver Name
Dawn Guard Subtotal 40 hours $195,103.81 raised $81.29 per minute 3 points 4 crashes 5 stops
Alpha Flight Subtotal 42 hours $216,300.99 raised $85.83 per minute 2 points 10 crashes 4 stops
Night Watch Subtotal 38 hours, 24 minutes $278,635.99 raised $120.94 per minute 4 points 2 crashes 16 stops
Zeta Shift Subtotal 36 hours $67,172.52 raised $31.10 per minute 3 points 2 crashes 13 stops
Omega Shift 5 hours, 36 minutes $84,181.00 raised $250.54 per minute 0 points 2 crashes 4 stops
Totals (WHILE BUSSING) 162 hours $841,394.31 raised $86.56 per minute 12 points
(high score: 5)
20 crashes 42 stops Goose, Honko, Scronch, Maverick, Wedge, Icdman, Teamordr, Order, Itchya, Buttsoft, Jocko, Matlock, [blank], Jocko, Horse, Hubris, Butthard, Omega, Paulwall, Wnderwall, Jocko

Dawn Guard

Alpha Flight

Night Watch

Zeta Shift

The Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Team

Organizers

Volunteers

Guests

Call-ins

Guest / Website Best Known for Call-in time (all times 24hr PST) Video
Jerry Holkins Writer November 9 @ 15:00 (Saturday) [4]
Phil Plait The Bad Astronomer November 10 @ 15:00 (Sunday) [5]
The McElroy Brothers Podcasters November 11 @ 10:00 (Monday) [6]
Penn Jillette Magician, TV host, Podcaster, Author November 11 @ 15:00 (Monday) [7]
Dr. Joe Albietz Medical Director of Child Life University of Colorado School of Medicine November 12 @ 10:00 (Tuesday) [8]
Jenn Bane & Trin Garritano Co-Hosts of Friendshipping! November 12 @ 15:00 (Tuesday) [9]
Mikey Neumann Writer, Voice Actor, Content Producer November 13 @ 15:00 (Wednesday) [10]
Teller Magician, Writer, Actor, Director November 14 @ 15:00 (Thursday) [11]

Visitors

Guest / Website Best Known for Visit time (all times 24hr PST) Video
Erick Blandin Child's Play Community Project Manager November 8, 9, 10 @ 9:00 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Dan Floyd Animator, YouTube Creator November 8 @ 15:00 (Friday)
November 9 @ 9:00 (Saturday)
Kirsten Carlile Director of Philanthropy & Partner Experiences for Child's Play November 9, 10 @ 9:00 (Saturday, Sunday)
Heather Dery November 10, 11 @ 0:00 (Sunday, Monday)
Mia Steinberg Archivist, Friend of Desert Bus November 10 @ 15:00 (Sunday)
Jeremy Petter iOS Developer, LRR Alumnus November 10 @ 20:00 (Sunday)
Tally Heilke Petter Former Desert Bus Prize Mistress, Crafter November 10 @ 20:00 (Sunday)
Maddy Suddaby Singer, Dancer, Actor November 11 @ 9:00 (Monday)
Andrew Cownden Actor, Writer, Composer November 11 @ 9:00 (Monday)
Ken Steacy Comic Book Writer/Artist November 11 @ 17:00 (Monday)
Tabitha Sheehan Community Program Coordinator November 12, 13, 14 @ 9:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Ian Jacek Former Desert Bus Volunteer, Food Services Manager November 12 @ 9:00 (Tuesday)
Ben Wheeler Magic Player, Twitch Streamer, Podcaster, Co-host of North 100 November 12, 13 @ 16:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday)
Mike Selinker Game Designer, CCO of Loan Shark Games November 13 @ 10:00 (Wednesday)
Skylar Woodies Game Developer November 13 @ 10:00 (Wednesday)

Milestones

Lifetime Milestones

  • $5.5 million lifetime at 57:29.
  • $6.0 million lifetime at 156:42.

Previous Years

  • An $8k donation at T-3 minutes pushed the total to $22,825, $20 more than a Desert Buck.
  • A $36k Fangamer drop in the fourth hour helped push the total beyond $70k and a Desert Doubloon.
  • $140k came just shy of 23 hours into the run, surpassing the first 3 Desert Buses within the first day.
  • 39 hours down and DB4 was also beaten, with $210k total.
  • 7 hours later and $228,050 brought the total beyond 10 Desert Bucks.
  • Desert Bus 5's $383k came at 77 hours.
  • When this Desert Bus hit 88 hours, it beat Desert Bus 6.
  • Overtaking Desert Bus 7 took 120 hours.
  • The 151st hour took the total beyond both DB8 and 2017.
  • The trend continued with DB9 and 10 both in hour 155.
  • 2 hours after DB9 and 2019 took the record for highest earning Desert Bus for Hope from 2018.

Notable Events and Memes

  • James promised to buy ice cream for the crew if a Desert Buck was raised before the start of the run. This happened.
  • Serge called the pine tree a Tree Mint
  • HONK!
  • The random dance party button needs to be cranked before use this year.
  • Ham is served every evening, accompanied by the Godfather theme.
  • There were multiple proposals.
  • In a democratic election conducted by straw poll of the chat, Kathleen was named leader of Alpha Flight.
  • Andrew demonstrated Airplane Mode, an upcoming game, inspired by Desert Bus, where you get to be a passenger on a plane. [12]
  • A horrible goose showed up and crashed the bus. [13]

Coffee Pong

For the second year, James and Serge had a chain of Coffee Pong matches during Dawn Guard. Penalties (or boons) were determined by spinning a wheel after each match.

  • Match 1 (Nov. 9): Serge won (6-5). James couldn't have any more caffeine until the next Dawn Guard shift.
  • Match 2 (Nov. 10): James won (6-5). Serge had to do Caramelldansen for every Random Dance Party until the next Dawn Guard shift, starting with a chain of them.
(Nov. 11 had maccha instead of a match.)
  • Match 3 (Nov. 12): James won (6-5). Serge was granted the boon of being able to pass any challenge to somebody else...and immediately used it to pass James the bonus penalty of having to buy coffee for everyone from Hey Happy.
  • Match 4 (Nov. 13): James won (6-4). Serge had to drive for the entire shift. This also clinched the best-of-five series for James, obliging Serge to buy everyone cookies.
  • Match 5 (Nov. 14): Serge won (6-5). James had to wear a banana suit for the rest of the shift.

There was also a bonus match during Omega Shift, the first to be held outside of Dawn Guard.

  • Omega Match (Nov. 14): Serge won (6-4). James had to pick up the tab at a dinner for the two at a steakhouse, and endure 21 minutes in Baby Shark Hell.

Craft-Along Participants

  • Alcaria Cosplay (Twitter) (Instagram) — Dagger of Time
  • Alexander Miles (Twitter) — Ugin, The Ineffable Stained Glass
  • AnisariansShade (Twitter) — DesArt Bus quilt
  • Ashen Stone Models (Instagram) — Desert Bus Orkz Trukk
  • Avi Miller (Twitter) — Celeste Perler Bead Lot
  • Bea Mandel (Instagram) — Higher, Further, Faster
  • Black Wrym Leatherworks (ArgentumFlare in chat) (website) (Instagram) — Folding Leather Dice Rolling Trays (Set of Five)
  • Blue Lotus Designs (Facebook) (Instagram) — Kirby Sleep Quilt
  • BlueChloroplast — Needle Felted Heartless
  • Boomer (Twitter) — Desert Bus House/Shift Scarves
  • BrainStew (Twitter) — Stardew Valley Reversible Apron Set
  • buildthebird (Twitter) — Mecha Pepe
  • Candysniper015 — Nintendo Cross Stitch Set
  • Carrie Emmerich (Twitter) — Rampaging Bus Beast (with Shift Heroes!)
  • Charlene aka NyxFire (Twitter) — The Spoopiest Embroidery
  • chimingfish (Twitter) — Beginning the Climb
  • Crafted By Colette (website) (Twitter) — Shift Colour Dragonscale Dice Bags
  • David Woehr (Instagram) — Needle Felted Owlbear Cub
  • Dillatont (Tumblr) (Twitter) — Kingdom Hearts 3 Box Art Cross-Stitch
  • DocSamurai — Sega CD DBFH Edition
  • Emily Jarrett (Twitter) — Emily Knitted Prize
  • Emily Mitchell (Twitter) (Instagram) — Dark Souls Crest Shield Pendant
  • Eric Johnson (Tumblr) (Twitter) — The Boston Accostin'
  • Fantasytiger — Sailor Moon Pixel Art
  • Flailsquared (Twitter) — GameCube Cat Cube!
  • GeekyCraftz (Twitter) — Slime Rancher cross stitch
  • Gold (Twitter) — Ajani Goldmane Plush
  • Gordon McMillan (Twitter) — Eileen the Crow Pen and Ink Drawing
  • HatsWearCats (Twitter) — Sword of Dungeons and Dragons, Sword of Sinew and Steel
  • Invincible Ink (website) (Twitter) (Instagram) — "Not Too Familiar" Coaster Set
  • Jack (Tumblr) (Twitter) — Yoshi's Crafted Chaos! Shadowbox
  • Jamas Enright (Twitter) — Desert Race for Hope Board Game
  • Johanna Iles Art (Twitter) (Facebook) (Instagram) — Niv-Mizzet Needle Felted Sculpture
  • John Henderson (Twitter) (Instagram) — Core 2020 Themed Watercolor Tokens
  • Katherine Bagdasian — Desert Bus Shift Banners in Chainmail
  • korvys (Twitter) — Tooled Desert Bus Leather Bag
  • Kuebiko Krafts (Instagram) — Crocheted Gen VIII Starters
  • Lex Hover — May the Sprites Be With You Pillow
  • Libby — Mounted Beholder Head
  • Lilian Young (Twitter) (Mastodon) — Desert Bus Deck Boxes
  • Mark Siefker — Game Boy Dice Tray
  • Matty (Twitter) (Instagram) — Lord LoadingReadyRun's Space-Vampire Hunting Kit
  • Michelle Kuipers (Twitter) — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Resin Painting
  • mikialice (Twitter) (Etsy) — Desert Bus Shifts Stone Gift Set
  • mithodin (Twitter) — Mini Cat Shelf
  • Musings of a Fox (Twitter) (Instagram) — Desert Bus Shift Banner Scarf
  • Nathan Yaussy (Etsy) — Needle Felted Animorph Aliens
  • Northern Redsmith — The Desert Mandolin
  • Odd Fox Laser Creations (Facebook) — Lord of the Rings wall clock
  • Orin Drake (Twitter) — Luxie the Plush Chocobo
  • panovanator (Twitter) (Instagram) — Liliana Dreadhorde General - Yoshitaka Amano inspired Stained Glass
  • PunkRockZoologist (Twitter) (Instagram) — The QWRP Prank Tank
  • r10pez10 — Desert Bus Shift Clock
  • rebeccajeanknits (Twitter) (Instagram) — Bigger On The Inside Blanket
  • Robin Roberts (Twitter) — Glass Daggers
  • Ryan — MTG Pen
  • Sam Lewis (Twitter) — The Fifth Element: Zorg ZF1 Replica
  • Saphling — Stardew Valley Blanket
  • Sarah Louttit (Twitter) — Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Blanket
  • Sarah Serinde (Twitter) — The Turn of the Universe
  • SchalaKitty (Twitter) — Kingdom Hearts Shadow Box "Prismatic Symbolism"
  • Sean McKee "FlamingSpidernado" (Facebook) (Instagram) — Lord of the Rings One Ring Lanyard
  • Setra Lynn (Tumblr) (Twitter) (Instagram) — Desert Bus Shifts Quilt
  • Squirrel (Twitter) — Cushion Rotation - Shift Banner Cushion set
  • Stained Glass Half Full (Instagram) — Stained Glass Yoshi
  • Steve "ApodoNuevo" Lewis (Twitter) — Catan Clock
  • Strawbecky Shop — Desert Bus 2019 Drawstring Dice Bag
  • TacitusVigil — The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons Sprite Mini Sampler
  • The Bog Witch (Instagram) — Monster Hunter World Resin Coasters
  • The Crafty Otome (Twitter) (Instagram) — Hylian Plushies
  • the.evergreen.burrow (Twitter) (Instagram) — Korok (Legend of Zelda) Autumn Limited Edition
  • TheGeekyQuilter (Instagram) — Take This Quilt!
  • Tim O'Leary (Facebook) — Three Piece Nested Dice Bowls
  • Tyler Treadwell (Twitter) (Instagram) — Damascus Steel Kitchen Set
  • Vox Vulpi (Twitter) (Instagram) — LoadingReadyRun Charm Keychain

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  • Desert Bus de l'Espoir (French marathon, inspired by DBfH but not affiliated with it; will run Nov 29 to Dec 1.)
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