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. 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?

Welcome to the Indaba

Welcome To The Indaba

Do you ever look at a piece of art, and wonder, “How the hell did they make that?!” Imagine a space where you can communicate, ask questions, and collaborate with the artists in our community. Imagine a space that provides an opportunity for participants to learn, grow and educate each other as they  gain new ideas & skillsets.

Heart artists; Buttercup & Fluffernutter

The goal of The Indaba is to create the cultural hub that embodies the 10 principles and beyond. A place where artists can view sketches, discuss their past or current projects that are in the works and provide prototypes of their art to exhibit. Perhaps you possess an interesting skill and want to host a workshop, or be a speaker and talk about your first playa experience; the opportunities are endless. I am excited to introduce to you a new part of infrastructure that will give participants the opportunity to be inspired by each other, with each other.

Photo by Sara Laroux, inside the man 2012


“When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community.” ~ Alex Grey


About The Indaba

An Indaba is a tribal conference, the word coming from the Zulu word for “business” or “matter”. The event’s executive committee would like to provide the community with a place to discuss their future and take a new shape. The free-form tent that’s been donated provides an open-walled structure that can be entered from any side. By combining the word and the tent with some needs; a bunch of stuff became a thing; a necessary and welcome feature on our event’s new landscape.

The AfterBurn Indaba is a 3,700 square foot shaded structure containing:

  • A performance and presenter stage
  • A small, amplified sound system
  • The event’s combined Info Booth & Volunteer station
  • A hosted coffee and tea house
  • Small-scale art pieces and exhibitions

The Indaba’s goal is to promote participation in the community by providing a shared infrastructure for artists to display their artistic processes, exhibit their work and to show everyone “how they got there.” Participants will also be able to host community-led talks, workshops, & events.


We invite Artists and community leaders to teach workshops and lead discussions on large-scale participatory art, sharing what they’ve learned so an entire generation of skills may be passed down.


Community Grant Salon

Burnt Oranges will be utilizing the space to host a Community Grant Salon. We invite participants to present ideas for multiple, immediate $599 micro-grant awards to take back into your communities for public art and civic action projects. Awards are based on participant votes; don’t miss your chance to help fund the community’s dreams. More information will be posted on the new web site, stay tuned.

BWB’s version of the Indaba, Black Rock City, 2016



Can you imagine it? Do you envision it? Do you want be a part of it? After many months of planning, I will tell you that this cannot happen without you. Look at this concept as if it’s our own community tree. We have the dirt, we’re planting the seeds, and the participants are the water. The water will make our tree grow and flourish into the biggest, beautiful tree you’ve yet to see.

So the real question is, do you want to share something amazing?

Are you a master at making fire poofers, or have you built a grand piece of art? Or maybe you’re an acoustic musician, spoken word poet, or a guided meditations guru, or want to lead an ecstatic dance workshop, that part is up to you.

Photo of Carey Thompson’s Portal to Center Camp. BM 2012



There are also opportunities (aside from participatory submissions) available. Do you want to help lead and coordinate this project? Do you have building experience and would like to help build the entrance portal for the Indaba?

For questions, email

For ideas, presenter submissions, and volunteering, fill out this:

Sara “Fluffernutter” LaRoux,
Burner, Indaba Lead, and Board Member