Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 9 – 2017

Blurb of Bob

Blurb of Bob

Volume 1, Number 9
November 27, 2017

Hey, Guys!
Welcome to the Art Edition of the Blurb of Bob! How about a round of applause for all the art and the artists who brought it to AfterBurn? In this issue, I’ve got photos of many of the art pieces, plus some Very Important Information about how you can make sure AfterBurn continues next year.

How ’bout that?

In this issue:

  • AfterBurn art in pictures
  •  Support #GivingTuesday to ensure the future of AfterBurn
  • Send Bob your schwag photos
  • Event feedback form still open for your input

AfterBurn art in pictures

The Media team was undaunted by rain as they captured photos of the art at AfterBurn: Restoration. One dedicated member of the team even spent several hours in the Indaba, creating a painting of the art. Here’s a sampling of the results. Which one is your favorite?

Hint: Click on the thumbnail to see the entire image.

Support #GivingTuesday to ensure the future of AfterBurn


From the Board of Directors of Burnt Oranges

Burnt Oranges, the nonprofit that put on AfterBurn: Restoration, needs your help to make sure our next event is just as spectacular. On #GivingTuesday, November 28, we’ll be kicking off our end-of-the-year fundraiser.

There are a couple of easy ways you can help Burnt Oranges continue to fund art and community action in Florida:

  1. Make a donation on Tuesday — if you use this link, donations up to $2M will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There’s no fee or minimum; all the money goes to Burnt Oranges.
  2. Go to and designate Burnt Oranges, Inc. as your beneficiary. We’ll get 0.5% from each purchase, and it would cost you nothing.
  3. Can’t give on Tuesday? Just use the Burnt Oranges website to donate at a more convenient time! You can mail a check or come back later and give online.

Did you know that even with a contractor discount and no tax, this year’s effigy materials cost $1705.90?

Did you know that Burnt Oranges donated $8985 in community action grants during the event?

Do you know how much it costs to rent port-a-potties?

Please give Burnt Oranges your support on #GivingTuesday. And be sure to let all your friends know, too!

Afterburn 2017 #unfuckflorida volunteer patch

Send Bob your schwag photos

Hey guys, it’s Bob again! What was the most incredible gift you received at AfterBurn?  If it’s something you can photograph, I’d love to include it in my Cool Schwag blurb! Just snap a picture and email it to me:

By the way, I think the most mind-blowing schwag this year was the #unfuckflorida volunteer patch. I got mine! If you didn’t get yours, be sure to send an email to with the shifts you worked and your mailing address.

Event feedback form still open for your input

The Event Coordination team is still looking for your feedback on AfterBurn. Do you have a thank you, an idea, or a suggestion to make the event better? Please use the Event Feedback form to tell us what you think. If you submit the form with your name, you’ll receive a thoughtful response, or you can submit your feedback anonymously.

I got my patch, sent in my event feedback, and set aside some bucks to donate to Burnt Oranges tomorrow. Now I can relax until the next Blurb. Be sure and send me those photos, especially the ones of your schwag!

How ’bout that?


Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 8 – 2017

Volume 1, Number 8
November 16, 2017

Hey, Guys!
Show of hands: Who besides me was Radically Restored by this AfterBurn? Wasn’t all my super-excitement justified? It was fabulous, fantastic, and amazing! thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

The folks with the vision who made AfterBurn happen are the Event Coordination team, led by Comrade Heathen and Robl, and the Directors of Burnt Oranges: Ben, Jennifer, Sara, and Morgan. AfterBurn: Restoration is their gift to the community. They each spent hundreds of volunteer hours behind the scenes, creating a place for us to gather and play and learn and be transformed.

They were assisted by the team leads (more hundreds of behind-the-scenes hours!), and everyone who volunteered before, during, and after the event. But it doesn’t stop there. You brought your art, set up theme camps full of interactivity, played music, and shared your gifts and hugs. AfterBurn: Restoration has restored this vibrant, caring community, and the future is bright, thanks to YOU.

Now, it’s your turn. I want to share YOUR photos, stories, and blogs about AfterBurn: Restoration! To keep this flame burning, please email your submissions to, and I’ll share them in the Blurb of Bob.

How ’bout that?

Stuck truck

In this issue

  • Event Feedback form published
  • Lost & Found report
  • The AfterBurn Moop Map
  • Volunteer patches
  • Shipwreck update

Event Feedback form published

The Event Coordination team really, really wants your feedback. Do you have a thank you, an idea, or a suggestion to make AfterBurn better? Please use the Event Feedback form to tell us what you think. If you submit the form with your name, you’ll receive a thoughtful response, or you can submit your feedback anonymously.

Lost & Found report

Items turned into the Lost & Found range from hats, cups, and children’s clothing to an entire cooler with a half bottle of Jägermeister. All of the items have been packed up and taken to Tampa, and you have a week to reclaim your lost item from Fluffernutter. If you lost something at AfterBurn, please send an email to with a description of it by November 24. After that, items from Lost & Found will be donated to a thrift store, with one exception, the Jägermeister.

Please email your suggestions for the Jägermeister to So far, participants have proposed a toxic waste dump and a pest control company.

The AfterBurn Moop Map

On Monday, a small but dedicated Restoration crew tackled the property at AfterBurn: Restoration. We did a series of line sweeps to pick up Matter Out of Place, known as Moop. Read on for a great discussion of Moop from Comrade Heathen Stumble Biscuits, who supervised our LNT and restoration efforts:

Believe it our not, not all moop is obvious.  Sometimes well-meaning burners just don’t KNOW that something is moop.  If it wasn’t there when you got there, it goes back home with you. The Burning Man website has a great write-up on MOOP, and following is a list of MOOP issues that our AfterBurn 2017 LNT and Restoration volunteers were forced to deal with.

Map of moop found during resto
The AfterBurn2017 Moop Map

Things that are actually moop (yes, even at AfterBurn):

  • Firewood left at your camp: (it must be taken to DPW Dog Pound, or it is moop).  If left next to your camp site our hard working LNT crew has to haul it up the hill to DPW so it doesn’t interfere with mowing of the filed later.  High grass grows fast, and things left in the field can cause damage to people, the landscape, and equipment.  Please drop it off at the appropriate location!
  • Food Waste: Chicken bones, orange peels, watermelon rinds, lime wedges, cupcake wrappers, anything.  Take it all with you when you leave.  Do not leave food waste on the ground.  It draws pesky critters in addition to being moop.  Throw it in your trash bag, not on the ground!
  • Rocks, pebbles: Please, PLEASE do not leave small rocks, crystals, or marbles in your camp.  We have to dig them out and through them away.  If you packed it in, you have to pack it out.  Yes, rocks too!
  • Glitter:  This is the single worst thing you can leave behind.  It is an LNT nightmare.  Don’t bring it.  Just don’t.  It can take HOURS of time for multiple volunteers to clean up your mess.  If you have any questions about WHY glitter is terrible, there are many articles out there.  At the end of the day, it’s a trace.  And it’s leave NO trace, not leave glitter trace.  Don’t be THAT shiny jerk!  Glitter bombs will result in your theme camp placement privileges being revoked.  This is a zero tolerance offence.
  • Zip Ties/ Micro Plastic: Be extra-vigilant about tear down.  Zip ties are the single biggest offender, with water bottle tops and glow stick connectors coming in a close second.  Tiny tarp shreds, and Styrofoam micro pieces from coolers or other things are also culprits.
  • Trash in burn barrels: Unless you’re going to stand there and watch it burn ALL THE WAY TO ASH, this is mooping.  Paper almost NEVER burns all the way down, and plastic doesn’t burn, it melts.  Cigarette butts don’t burn either.  All of these things create a gross mess for our LNT/ Resto crew to have to scrape out of the bottom of a barrel before they can be stored.  It’s gross.  Don’t do it.  The best bet is to take it with you back to your camp, and throw it in your contractor bag.  PS: Baby wipes and Clorox wipes don’t burn either!  So knock it off!
  • Plywood/ wood: This must be cleared IN ADVANCE by an event coordinator.  We have to let the fire cool down before it can be cleaned out.  If water is poured on a hot fire, it leaves a significant burn scar (that’s leaving a trace).  When you place something on the fire after effigy burn, it creates a leave no trace issue for our effigy restoration crew.  Instead of being able to clean up a cooled area, we now have garbage, large wooden pieces, and HOT COALS, rebar, nails, etc on Monday.  You’ve essentially created a really un-cool issue for volunteers.  DO NOT ADD ANYTHING TO THE EFFIGY FIRES WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM AN EVENT COORDINATOR.  This WILL effect your future theme camp placement.  Continued issues with this will result in NO ART GRANTS OR PLACEMENT.
  • Damage to the land: Ruts, divots, burn scars.  Open ground fires are not permitted.  Fires in burn barrels or raised fire pits only.  NO FIRES IN WALK-IN CAMPING. Please try to leave the area you camped in as good as condition as you found it or better.
  • Cigarette Butts: Shouldn’t even have to be said, but ALL butts go with you.  Always.  No exception.  Have a plan.
  • Art: You need to have a LNT plan for your art.  Leaving it on site is not acceptable unless prior approval has been granted from an Event Coordinator.  No exceptions.
  • Trash: Anything left behind is moop.  Even if you think it’s moop, it still requires resources for out LNT and Restoration crews to deal with it appropriately.  EVERYTHING you leave behind creates an issue for someone else to attend to, even if you don’t think it’s a problem.  Hint: it actually is.

Volunteer patches

From Bob:

I goofed!  I was supposed to give the volunteer patches to the volunteer leads, but I was so super-excited, taking pictures and hugging people, they never made it out of my tent!  Whoops!

If you volunteered at AfterBurn with an infrastructure group (see below), you probably qualify for a patch. Please send the following information to

  • Legal Name
  • Burner Name
  • Shift/s Worked
  • Mailing Address

Here’s the list of infrastructure groups:

  • Cats
  • DPW/ Dogs
  • Earth Guardians
  • Effigy Crew
  • Gate/ Greeter
  • Gloo
  • Indaba
  • Info Booth
  • LNT/ Resto
  • Media Crew
  • Medic
  • Placement
  • Ranger
  • Sign Crew
  • Temple Crew
  • Webteam
  • Woodchuck Work Weekenders

Shelter from the Tempest at AfterBurn2017
Shelter from the Tempest

Shipwreck Update

From Comrade Heathen Stumble Biscuits:

Many questions were asked about Shelter from the Tempest (also affectionately deemed the shipwreck, or the pirate ship) on Sunday.  We were unable to burn the structure safely due to weather and a lack of suitable support staff.  Many of you wrote message of all kinds in our temple, and left lots of heart. Do not despair!

The Event Coordinators, Board of Directors, and Temple Crew met with the landowner to determine some options for this beautiful art piece.  It was decided that we shall leave it as a semi-permanent interactive art piece until the next AfterBurn. At which time, we will schedule a memorial burn for the burn that should have been!  In the mean time, enjoy Shelter from the Tempest!

Thanks again for your awesome participation at AfterBurn: Restoration. Stay tuned for the next edition of the Blurb of Bob, with stories from the Burn and ways to stay in touch in the coming months. If you are active on Facebook, be sure to follow the Florida AfterBurn News & Updates page for information about future events — that’s the most reliable source of AfterBurn news on Facebook.

How ’bout that?



Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 7 – 2017

Volume 1, Number 7
November 9, 2017

Hey, guys!

There’s a hard-working crew here on site, sweating like pigs and swearing like sailors. Just what you’d expect from the DPW! We’re going to have things ready when the gates open at 8 tomorrow morning.

Drive safely! We need you to arrive in one piece!

How ’bout that?

In this issue…

  • Official directions
  • Download the WWWW
  • Perimeter, conclave, and fire safety meetings
  • Perimeter – the most magical volunteer role
  • Real Burners Carry Trash
  • How can you stay through Monday?
  • Grant Salon
  • Tool Drive
  • Community Dinner
  • It’s never too late! Volunteering at the event
  • Out of room? Leave your firewood behind!

Official directions — be sure to turn on Albritton Road, not Sand Lake Road

From Florida Highway 60, turn South on 80 Foot road (there is a Citgo Gas Station on the South West corner of Hwy 60 and 80 Foot Road). Continue south approximately 3 miles. Turn right (West) on Albritton Road. You will then turn left on Sand Lake Road. There will be a 90 degree left bend in the road, follow around this to the gate, which will be on your right. Even if your GPS tells you otherwise, we are directing traffic this way to prevent any backups onto a two lane 50 MPH roadway.

When you come through the gate, you’ll find four lanes: RVs, Theme Camps, Open Camping, and Walk-In Camping. Pick the lane that corresponds to your intended camping spot, and we’ll get you checked in and placed as quickly as we can.

Download the WWWW

Who? What? When? Where? Download your printable version of the WWWW here. You’ll also find it in poster format in the Indaba and at the Gate.

Perimeter, conclave, and fire safety meetings

These meetings are required for anyone who is fire dancing, spinning fire, fire-breathing, serving as a fire safety, or volunteering for Effigy perimeter.

  • Effigy Perimeter Volunteers and Fire Safeties: Either Friday at 5 pm or Saturday at 2 pm
  • Conclave Participants: Either Friday at 5:30 pm or Saturday at 2:30 pm

Perimeter – the most magical volunteer role

Have you ever volunteered for Perimeter? It’s the most magical experience — instead of watching the Burn, you get to watch the amazing faces of all the Burners. Please consider volunteering for this very special job, which makes the Burn possible for all of us.

To volunteer for Perimeter, check with the folks at the Info Booth in the Indaba.

Real Burners Carry Trash

LNT stands for “Leave No Trace.” This is why there are no trashcans at AfterBurn — you are expected to take everything with you, and to pick up any Matter Out of Place (aka Moop) you find as you walk about the property. Real Burners always have a couple of pieces of trash in their pockets!

How can you stay through Monday?

In addition to cleaning up your own camp, we need additional volunteers to stay over on Monday and help us restore the property to its original, wild state. Fill out the DPW form online, and then check in with Comrade Heathen when you arrive. The folks at the Info Booth can help you find her.

Grant Salon

The Grant Salon is in the Indaba at 5 pm on Friday. Hear what folks want to do to improve their communities and vote on who gets funding! It’s super-exciting!

Tool Drive

One of the first things you’ll see when you arrive is the Big Blue BWB Container. This container is destined for the Florida Keys, where it’s badly needed to help rebuild after Hurricane Irma. Bring tools to  help us supply the container, and if you’re making one last stop at Lowe’s, please pick up a few new tools for the project.

Community Dinner

The Community Dinner will be in the Indaba on Friday evening at 8 pm. We’ve got barbecue and all the fixin’s for everyone — just be sure to bring your plate, cup, and utensils. If you’d like to bring your own special dish to share, we’d love that!

Bob’s car was too full to bring pie. Could someone please bring pie?

Volunteer, painting in the shade

It’s never too late! Volunteering at the event

As the old saying goes, many hands make light work. So volunteers are always needed at the event! Please stop by the Info booth in the Indaba and find out how you can volunteer on site. Remember, not only does your volunteerism make you an awesome individual, but you’ll be rewarded when it comes time to buy tickets for the next event — volunteers get first crack at ticket sales.

Bob wuz hereOut of room? Leave your firewood behind!

Robl says there’s a giant pile of firewood on site, so if you don’t want to bring your own, you don’t have to.

It’s getting dark out here, and I have to set up my tent. And you need to be packing, not reading this blurb. How ’bout that?



Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 6 – 2017

Blurb of Bob

Blurb of Bob

Volume 1, Number 6
November 8, 2017

Hey, guys!

This new site has real critters, and you know what rhymes with hugs? BUGS! Pack your insect repellant and boots.
How ’bout that?

In this issue

  • Site map
  • Did we mention boots?
  • What to expect at the Gate
  • Ticket exchange
  • Unsupervised children will be given espresso and a puppy
  • Ice sales

Site map

AfterBurn site map
The AfterBurn site map

When you arrive, be prepared to wait at the Gate until the Placement Team can take you to your camping location. The Info Booth, located in The Indaba (top left corner of the map), will have a Theme Camp map to help you find your friends.

Did we mention boots?

This entire site will be considered by most Floridians as “Primitive”. This means, for the most part, unimproved natural, beautiful habitat. Wear boots and socks and have a bug plan for sunset – fire pits, mosquito coils, essential oils, or Deet if you don’t want to get eaten. Ant bait is a good idea, too.

We’ve seen a variety of flora and fauna onsite, from bobcats to deer to alligators to gopher turtles to snakes to birds. The center of the field (marked) is a bird sanctuary. Please do not take vehicles through the sanctuary, including golf carts. The area is very rough. Pedestrian traffic only.

Bring boots, hard-soled shoes or hiking boots. If you decide not to wear them, great. 

How ’bout that? Did we mention boots?

What to expect at the Gate

Gate hours are:

  • Friday, November 10: 8 am to midnight.
  • Saturday, November 11: 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Sunday, November 12: No entry. You must be packing up by 4 pm, and off the property by 7 pm.

AfterBurn is a no-reentry event. If you leave, you will not be allowed to return.

You know the saying, “The party starts at Greeters?” Be prepared to wait in the gate/greeter area to be placed — someone from Placement will take you to where you need to go. This is for your safety, and the safety of other participants. 

Ticket exchange

Do you have an extra ticket? Things are hopping over on the Facebook ticket exchange page, and you can easily find a new home for your ticket. To join the Facebook page, visit this link. Remember, when you transfer a ticket, the name on your ticket must match your government-issued ID. To change the name on a ticket, phone Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

Unsupervised children will be given espresso and a puppy

Sorry, no puppies at AfterBurn. That was just to get your attention.

Now that we have your attention, this one is serious: If you are planning to bring a child to AfterBurn, you must read the Minors policy on our website. The policy states that you must be prepared to supervise your child 100% of the time during the event: “All children must always be accompanied by a designated, responsible, sober adult.”

What should you do if find an unsupervised child? Get a Ranger.

Ice Sales

Ice will be available for purchase Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Saturday before dark. If there’s any left we’ll sell it Sunday. The cost is $3 a bag.

How ’bout that?


Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 5 – 2017

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blurb of bob

Volume 1, Number 5
November 6, 2017

Hey, guys!
Bob’s down in Bartow, getting the AfterBurn site ready for you. Over the past three weeks, it’s been transformed from an overgrown field in the central Florida wilderness to the site where our community will come together and co-create an art-filled event. I’m super-excited! From the views of the sunset to the natural amphitheater, I can’t stop thinking what this place will look like with 600 people bringing their best!

How ’bout that?

An urgent message from your Event Coordination Team!

This week, we need help with final site preparations. Anyone signing up for one of the following shifts is guaranteed a volunteer ticket +1 for the next event.

  • Today thru Wednesday: Infrastructure build crew to assist with core building and land beautification. If you have skills in lawn care, brush clearing, picking up sticks, raking sand, filling in holes, and building structures, we need you. We’d also like to get an area cleared out around the natural, sand-bottomed artesian spring so community members have a place to soak tired feet.
  • Tuesday: Indaba Setup Crew. Noon to 1 PM. We’re looking for a handful of people to help raise the tent in the field for the Indaba. Bonus points if you’d like to transition into a site build crew or land crew once you’re done in the field.
  • Tuesday thru Thursday: Stake crew. Assist DPW with placement of stakes and string to mark off gate, greeters, and parking areas as well as any places where people should stay away from such as drop-offs. If you’re handy with a hammer and know how to tie knots, this is for you.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: Paint Crew. Turn leftover plywood into signage and works of art. If you like to paint, we’re looking for those who know how to hold a paintbrush, draw lines, shapes, and letters.
  • Wednesday and Thursday thru Event: Effigy Crew. Help make sure that the effigy sites are ready for the event. Help spread piles of sand with tractors, rakes and shovels. At the event, be an Effigy Guardian to ensure that noobs don’t mess them up for others. Help with LNT after the effigies burn and rake the fresh sand over the burn areas so grass will grow there and it will look better than before.
  • Thursday and Friday: Placement crew. Directing people to the appropriate camp sites for open camping, primitive camping, RV camping, or theme camping. You need to be a licensed driver, we will provide the wheels. Basically, lots of driving around, explaining, and pointing. Be friendly and ready to answer the same questions over and over. Some periods of slow hanging around, interspersed with periods of great chaos!
  • Sunday evening thru Monday afternoon: Tear-down, LNT and Resto Crew. If you’d like to ensure that this beautiful land is left better than we found it, sign up for this shift. You’ll be making sure that there aren’t any fun burner toys left behind, getting the infrastructure packed away in a way that will make the next event run more smoothly and wrapped up with glee, instead of angst. We’ll be offsite by dark on Monday 11/13, and you’ll be home before bedtime.

If you would like to join any of these crews, please send your information using this Google form:

When you fill out the form, you’ll get a confirmation email to verify your availability, and you’ll be assigned a team lead to check-in with on-site. You’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have about the process.

How ’bout that? I had no idea there was so much work involved in setting up the site! Be sure to thank your hard-working DPW Dogs and Event Coordinators when you see them. I’ll write more tomorrow, and I’ll see you all very soon! ~Bob



Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 4 – 2017

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Volume 1, Number 4
November 1, 2017

Hey, guys!
We’ve got 23 theme camps registered, all of them bringing super-exciting activities for your edification and enjoyment. Which ones? I knew you’d ask, so if you read all the way through this Blurb, you’ll find the list at the end.

Remember, you can always email me at if you have a story to share or a question.
How ’bout that?

  • Pre- and Post-Event are where the REAL fun happens
  • HURRY! WWWW closes on November 4 at 6 pm
  • Got an idea to help your local community? Get a grant to do it!
  • Community BBQ: Bring your plate, fork, cup, and appetite
  • Last call for RVs and other vehicular sleeping accomodations
  • Got an extra ticket? Need a ticket?
  • Drumroll, please! The registered theme camp list.

Pre- and Post-Event are where the REAL fun happens

EZ and Comrade Heathen have some super-duper volunteer opportunities to offer. Can you help with any of these?

The DPW, or Department of Public Works, is responsible for infrastructure — and because we’re in a new venue, that’s a big job! They need folks for Thursday, before the Burn, and Monday, after the Burn. The hours are 10 am to 6 pm, on-call. To sign up, email

This weekend, November 4-5, there’s a work weekend at the property — the more, the merrier! Come out to work and meet your Event Coordinators and team leads. You can work for both days or just a few hours, but bring chainsaws, weed-eaters, and implements of destruction. Wear bug spray, sunscreen, and gloves. Volunteer hours rewarded!

Also this weekend, CueTip needs help with effigy construction, starting at 8 am. Construction experience and tools are helpful, but warm bodies will also do. Volunteer hours rewarded!

HURRY! WWWW closes on November 4 at 6 pm

We’re accepting submissions to the Who-What-When-Where for a few more days — get your events and activities in there! AfterBurn: Restoration is going to be packed with nonstop fun, art, and learning, so be sure your offerings get listed. Use the Google form to submit your events.

Hug counters
Hug counters

Here are just a few of the items submitted so far:

  • Introduction to taiji and qigong
  • Who can collect the most Hugs for the Needy? Get your hug counter at The Hermitage — it might be you!
  • Take the giant puzzle challenge at “Esoteric, a year’s growth” in the Indaba
  • Get your morning coffee and snacks from Camp Java
  • At the Tainted Tater: Saturday evening dance with DJ Goodwood’s beats while noshing on hot delicious fresh cut French Fries
  • Bring your thoughts & positivity to “Inspire,” an interactive art piece in the center of our city

Got an idea to help your local community? Get a grant to do it!

Community Action Grants are intended to fund grassroots projects that help our local, Florida communities. Submit your idea now for a chance to present it at the Community Grant Salon at AfterBurn: Restoration. You can read more in the blog on the Burnt Oranges website. Here’s the link to apply — use this Google Form.

Community BBQ: Bring your plate, fork, cup, and appetite

You all know the importance of bringing your own cup to events at AfterBurn. But for this one, you’ll want a plate and a fork, too! The Board of Burnt Oranges is hosting a community-wide BBQ dinner at AfterBurn: Restoration at 8 pm on Friday, in the Indaba. There will be pork, chicken, beans, mac & cheese, slaw, and buns. Bob has noted a distinct lack of PIE on the menu, so if you want to bring some, or anything else to share, do it!

Email for his favorite pie recipes.

1970's Girl Scout Tent
The tent of Bob

Last call for RVs and other vehicular sleeping accomodations

Friday, November 3 is the deadline to submit your “Camping Vehicle Application.” If you haven’t registered it by then, you’ll have to sleep in a tent, like Bob does.

Got an extra ticket? Need a ticket?

There’s a Facebook group, “Florida Burns Invitation Exchange,” where you can post ticket requests and available tickets. Use this link to request access to the closed group:

Drumroll, please! The registered theme camp list.

And now, the list you’ve been waiting for. Here are the theme camps you’ll find at AfterBurn: Restoration.

Camp Java
Camp Java

Bohemian Grove
Burners Without Borders
Camp 1997
Camp Bitchbook
Camp Java
Camp Psychonaut
Car Camp
Darwin’s Jizz
The Djembe Jack’s Spirit Grooves
The Hermitage
The Intergalactic Bank of 808
Jupiter’s Arcade
Keeping it Classy
Nanner Hammies
Parade Brigade
Rogue Flamingo
The Tainted Tater
Those Assholes

Hey, guys! The thing’s gonna burn in 9 days now! How ’bout that?

Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 3 – 2017

Hey, guys!
It’s only 15 days until the thing burns — are you counting the days? One participant in Bonita Springs is counting down in an interesting and creative way; you’ll find Jenny’s story below. We’ve also got a work weekend coming up, and the Effigy Crew needs some experienced carpenters. Plus volunteer opportunities, a reminder about RV registration, and other important stuff.

Plus, for this issue, I’m adding a super-exciting i-FAQ with the “infrequently asked questions” from my inbox.
How ’bout that?

In this issue:

  • Counting the days: Jenny’s AfterBurn Countdown
  • Got tools? Want volunteer credit? The effigy build crew can use you!
  • All hands on deck! Work weekend on the property, November 4 and 5
  • You spoke, we listened: Sanctuary is back, and needs volunteers!
  • Fluffernutter’s Indaba Update
  • Do you need vehicular sleeping accommodations?
  • i-FAQ: Infrequently-Asked Questions

Counting the days: Jenny’s AfterBurn countdown

In the beginning of October, an AfterBurner at work on a slow day made a bright paper chain with 30 links. “Each loop has a word that makes me happy on it, including the word, ‘Happy,'” says Jenny. The links represent the number of days remaining until AfterBurn, and each day before work, she tears one off and saves it.

Jenny says, “I plan on putting the broken links in the fire. Probably before it’s lit, I’ll tuck them somewhere. It would be awesome to have each link signed by a family member I meet there…that way our family is bound by earth (paper), fire (????), air (air is life), and water (marker), and will last as long as we do!

Got tools? Want volunteer credit? The effigy build crew can use you!

CueTip’s looking for help building the effigy on November 4 and 5. If you’ve got tools and carpentry skills, and especially if you can get started at the crack of 8 am, you might be the person he’s looking for. Contact him at or 813-335-5710.

All hands on deck! Work weekend on the property, November 4 and 5

Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, we need lots of help cutting, chopping, and clearing brush.  Chainsaws, hand saws, weed eaters and other implements of destruction are helpful.

Work weekend gets you access to volunteer ticket sales for the next burn. You can camp overnight, but you’ll need to bring all your water and food, and definitely Leave No Trace.

This is not a theme camp set up opportunity, and you won’t be allowed to leave anything on site. Bring bug spray, sun screen, hat, long pants, boots, long sleeves, and work gloves.

This is real actual labor, but will be FUN as well. Come over to Bartow and meet your leads and Event Coordinators!

You spoke, we listened: Sanctuary is back, and needs volunteers!

You wanted Sanctuary… It’s been added… You wanted to be more mobile…So we are creating a mobile Sanctuary, with roving volunteers, who will intervene before things get to an escalated state. This allows the person in need to be assisted in the comfort of their own camp. We will have all the therapeutic gadgets, stuffies, and blankets you’re used to, in a portable tote on a cart.

But we need volunteers! Please sign up for a Sanctuary shift today.

Fluffernutter’s Indaba Update

Come to the Indaba on Friday night at 8PM for a shared community meal! Bring your cup, plate, and utensils, because The Magic Kitchen will be serving BBQ for all participants. Let’s eat, laugh and enjoy each other’s company while we discuss the future of our organization.

We still have plenty of slots available for participants to feature their art under the Indaba! Please sign up by November 3.

Fluffernutter would like to coordinate a “LIVE” painting experience. Are you a great painter? We would love to have a few artists paint a live painting for everyone to enjoy. The lovely Huggable Meps will be painting Saturday afternoon, starting at 4 pm. Please email if you are interested in sharing your talent for this.

Please submit all inquiries regarding the live painting, art submissions, and performances by 11/3/17. Thank you!

Do you need vehicular sleeping accommodations?

Just a reminder, if you are camping in a trailer, RV, tiny house on wheels, converted schoolbus, fancy-shmancy SUV, or even just sleeping in your car, we need you to submit the RV registration form. Right now, we’re collecting everyone’s information, so we can help you get the best placement for your vehicular sleeping accommodations. We’ll get back to you with a confirmation before the event.

i-FAQ: Infrequently-Asked Questions

Have pet policies loosened at all since we’re not burning at Maddox?
Sorry, no. On the “Gate Entry” page, it says “No pets or animals of any kind are allowed within the event.”
How do I change the name on my ticket?
To change the name on the ticket, call at 1-800-838-3006 and select option #1 or #2.
Will I get a confirmation of my RV registration?
Yes, we’ll be sending out a confirmation before the event.

Go make a paper chain and start tearing off those links! I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful, creative faces!

How ’bout that?

Blurb of Bob Vol. 1 No. 2 – 2017

October 24, 2017
Volume 1, Number 2

Hey, guys!

You’re probably hip-deep in your AfterBurn projects right now, making jello shots and painting some kind of esoteric puzzle with one hand while you wire up sophisticated electronics for your sound camp with the other. Anyway, thanks for taking time to read my super-exciting second Blurb!

How ’bout that?



  1. RV registration and parking policies now available on the Vehicles page
  2. Got an extra ticket? Need a ticket?
  3. Fluffernutter’s Indaba Update
  4. Volunteering gets sexier all the time: Join the new Media team
  5. Do you have med creds?
  6. WWWW submissions close when it’s full, so don’t wait!

RV registration and parking policies now available on the Vehicles page

What are you driving to AfterBurn: Restoration? Unless you are walking or riding a bike to Bartow, you’ll want to check out the recently updated Vehicles page. In addition to Parking Policies, there’s a form where you can register your RV. Remember, if you are planning to sleep in an RV, bus, camper, trailer, or truck, you’ll need to register it. Space for such vehicles is limited, so hop on over and register your vehicle now!

Got an extra ticket? Need a ticket?

There’s a Florida Burns Ticket Exchange on Facebook where you can post available tickets or request tickets. If you’re not on Facebook, then please send your Brown Paper Ticket confirmation email to and we’ll cancel it to free more tickets for those who can come.

Fluffernutter’s Indaba Update

What are your passions?  What are your dreams and desires?

The Indaba is your place to utilize your talents, thoughts, and discussions. A place where you can share all of these wonderful things with the community. Get engaged and participate!

Lotus portal design for the Indaba
Lotus portal design for the Indaba

Fluffernutter & Buttercup have been working to design the entrances for this sacred space, with a lotus-inspired light-up portal to greet you as you enter.

The Indaba will also host our Community Grant Salon on Friday evening, where you can vote on funding for community projects around Florida. Submit your ideas for grants now, and come vote for your favorites.

We are in need of more TED-esque talks, speakers, & small performances. Perhaps you’d like to share poetry, an artistic concept, or an Acro Yoga workshop? Sign up before November 3, so we can get the word out about your event.

Volunteering gets sexier all the time — join the new Media team!

We’re assembling a media team to help document our events. Community members bringing professional grade equipment (typically considered interchangeable lens systems) can volunteer just by sharing pictures after the event.

Not only are we looking for photographers, we’re also looking to assemble a video crew. This may be one rockstar who can handle it all or a team of people (videographer, audio, lighting, on screen talent, editor, etc).

Read more on the media page. Scroll to the bottom and submit the form to let us know you’re interested, and we’ll get back to you with more information.

Do you have med creds?

From Daisy, our Burnt Oranges Medic Volunteer Coordinator & Medicnatrix Extraordinaire:

To volunteer with the Medic Team, you have to have current clinical credentials. There’s a list of accepted disciplines on the Medic team page. The medic shifts are purposely locked and only myself or my co-coordinator can enter shifts, this is to make sure no unqualified participants add themselves without verifying credentials.

Please send shift requests and copies of your credentials (if this is your first BOI event) directly to me at

Also, no shift requests will be accepted if sent via FB Messenger, text to my personal phone, email to my personal email or via any thread in any social media.

WWWW submissions close when it’s full, so don’t wait!

Calling all participants! We know you are planning all manner of scheduled activities for AfterBurn: Restoration. Be sure and submit them to the WWWW to get maximum attendance! Submissions close when the WWWW is full, or on November 4 at 6 pm, whichever comes first.

Hey guys! Thanks for reading the Blurb of Bob! The thing burns in 18 days! How ’bout that?

Blurb of Bob: Vol. 1 No. 1 – 2017

Blurb of Bob

October 20, 2017
Volume 1, Number 1


  1. Hey, guys! … a Message from Bob
  2. Submit your AfterBurn activities to the WWWW
  3. Burnt Oranges announces Community Action Grants
  4. Would you like to be a Ranger? Sign up for training at AfterBurn
  5. Sign up to perform or place art under The Indaba
  6. Volunteering is sexy…current state of sign-ups

Hey, guys!

This is Bob, your new AfterBurn spokesperson! Every few days, I’ll be gathering up the hottest AfterBurn news for you, putting it all together with a flourish, and publishing it via email and the website.

I’ll be sharing super-exciting news and updates from the Event Coordinators and Team Leads, as well as keeping you up to date on artists and theme camps who are bringing their “A” game to AfterBurn: Restoration.

Write down my email address, because if you have news or stories to share, I want to hear them! You can reach me at Did you get that? Write me!

How ’bout that?


P.S. What, you want to know about lil’ ol’ me? OK, here’s my thang: I love, Love, LOVE to pARTicipate.  I’ve been to AfterBurn and PreHeat a bunch of times, and I’ve gotten dusty at TTITD. I’ve built art, painted murals,  given public talks, served in a bar, and run a theme camp. I’ve volunteered for greeters, GLOO, Sanctuary, pool monitor at Maddox, and CATS. I’m just your average-Bob Burner, smaller than an elephant, bigger than an ant. I’ll ask for permission before I hug you, but if you say yes, I’ll hug the stuffing outa ya.

What are you doing at AfterBurn? Get your activities in the WWWW!

Huggable Meps says:

Are you hosting a scheduled activity or event at AfterBurn: Restoration? If so, submit it to the WWWW, that valuable compendium of who, what, when, and where! Submissions close at 6 pm on Saturday, November 4. Don’t wait — send us your event right now!

If you are not sure what you want to do, there’s a great place to go for ideas. We don’t have an archive from past AfterBurns, but the website does have an archive of past events. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose one of the “Previous Years” for hours of hilarious browsing.

Personally, I’ve always want to throw an event called “One Naked Cartwheel.” Who wants to join me?

Questions about the WWWW? Email Huggable Meps:

Burnt Oranges announces participant-led component to ongoing grant programs

From the Directors of Burnt Oranges:

Lakeland, Florida:  Microgrants will help fund community projects that engage residents, produce direct action, create collaborations between different groups, utilize several of the 10 Burning Man Principles, and creatively tackle problems.”

These grants were created as a means by which our already active community can self-fund and magnify their efforts and create real action. 

To read the entire write-up, go to the new Community Action Grant web page.

To date, $480.00 has been raised in donations to be made available for grant programs. Given the newness of the program, we’re encouraging participants to make additional donations that Burnt Oranges will match to provide additional funding for this round. If you’d like to help fund these community-led initiatives, just visit and donate to the “Community Action Grant”. 100% of funds will be used for this project.

If you’d like to submit an idea for the community grant program, simply email and we’ll get you immediate feedback on whether the project qualifies for inclusion, and if not how you might be able to adjust it to qualify.

If you have feedback on how this program could be improved in the future, or would like to help lead, emcee, or facilitate the salon, email

Would you like to be a Ranger? Sign up for training at AfterBurn

From Kive:

Would you like to contribute towards helping others and mediating when issues arise? Sign up for Ranger training at AfterBurn.

Ranger Training will be held on Friday at 4 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am at Ranger HQ; the sessions last 60 to 90 minutes. Folks who would like will be signed up for “Alpha” (training) shifts from there.

To sign up for the training, go to SignUpGenius. Once you sign up, we’ll e-mail you the FB group and training manual.

Sign up to perform or place art under The Indaba

From Fluffernutter:

Do you want to share spoken word poetry, lead a yoga workshop, a musical performance, or speak about something you’re passionate about and want others to get involved?

Or perhaps you’ve made art in the past, and you have a sketch, prototype or model that you’d like to share so others can learn from you.

I’m currently working on the Indaba schedule, so I need your inquiries no later than 11/3/17.

Sign up here! Click the button that says: “Yeah I’ve got art to share!” and fill in the form accordingly.

Volunteering is sexy…current state of sign-ups

Woo hoo! All the Guardians of the Earth and Loo shifts have been filled. We’re going to have the nicest potties ever! We’ve also filled all the Welcome Home Greeters’ shifts. We still have openings for CATS (fire safeties and perimeter), parking, rangers (see Kive’s post above about Ranger Training), and info booth. If you haven’t signed up for your volunteer shifts, what are you waiting for? Go to SignUpGenius today — it’s easy, and volunteering is as sexy as h-e-double hockey sticks!

Hey guys! Thanks for reading the Blurb of Bob! The thing burns in 21 days! How ’bout that?