Water doesn’t sleep at night, nor does a hydrologist (at least not at first). That’s where the campfire comes in handy. It’s our chance to gather around and talk about what’s important in life.

The waterman speaks

What I like best about this pitch:

The waterman’s brashness, optimism and salesmanship.

Coming to a train station near you

Some might even say its a borderline con. But the truth is when it comes to getting people to believe you have to be willing to go out on a limb of what’s possible and why it’s worth the risk. In a modern-day world where improvements to the water happen inch by inch, if at all — isn’t it fun to be swept away in a grand vision where everything can be restored. I’m not saying we’ll get it all back.

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More about the speech: For the longest time I never wrote it down, I just memorized it piece by piece. It’s an amalgam of speeches from several movies.

Major Water Speech
And it's relation to the smokey boiler room

When is it a good time …

To talk about water?

Burt’s Water Speech

Answer: Probably at any point during a campaign, or after it for that matter, too. To quote a close friend, water will always be on humanity’s Top 3 priority list. Family, peace, water. Maybe not in that order. In this epic speech, in true Burt fashion the candidate lays bare his passion for the substance at the same time he isn’t going to reveal his hand as to what may or may not be in his cup when he’s playing high stakes poker in the smokey boiler room at night. Why? If Burt understands anything in life, it’s how to play a hand, be it weak or strong. In his view, him revealing whether he’s drinking water or something else is akin to the most dreaded of card table (and/or negotiation) faux paus — a tell.

So you’ll just have to trust Burt when in comes to the water, or whatever’s he drinking.

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Reality: Water and politics go hand in hand.

Geology of the Swamp
Out of sight, out of mind

Not many people visit the swamp …

To see its geology.

Cross sectional sketch of the swamp’s geology

But really, the geology is an underappreciated treasure of the swamp, and not uncoincidently buried under the ground. Did you know there is about 3 miles of marine limestone underlaying the swamp? In layman’s terms, that’s over 500 million years of deposition, all sitting on top of the Senegal Platform rifted away from the African Plate when the last supercontinent Pangaea rifted apart. Most of south florida’s drinking water is in the top 100 feet. About a thousand feed below ground is the cryptic geologic layer known as the boulder zone where coastal cities pump their treated municipal wastewater. Much farther down is the Sunniland Trend that holds a modest reservoir of hydrocarbons. I’m not saying the geology of Florida is as scenic as Yellowstone or other western parks, but it may be more interesting, even if if visualizing it and understanding it requires a good geology book. In that regard, I highly recommend Geology of Florida by Randazzo and Jones and Land from the Sea by Edward Hoffmeister.

Ranger Days
Rudi joins Bob around the Campfire

Rudi joins Bob around the campfire …

To reminisce about the good old days.

Bob and Rudi collaborated on 12 campfire talks and three books called the Centennial Campfire Trilogy: (1) The Legend of Campfire Charlie, (2) Last Stand at Boulder Ridge, and (3) Final Campfire.

Hindsight as we say is 20/20. The reason? We have the benefit of seeing how the future played out. We survived the past, so it must have been good, and so seeps in the “nostalgia effect.” But make no mistake, they were good times, too. At this campfire, Bob interviews Rudi about the ups and downs and many memories of his rangering days. Bob does his part by introducing a new “experimental s’mores” recipe that Rudi doesn’t seem to like much. It could have been intentional on Bob’s part knowing that if they were too good Rudi would have ate the entire stockpile.

animation bunker

Eerie Silence
In the Bunker with Buck Buckner

When does a peaceful quiet …

Turn into an eerie silence?

Buck’s radio show is peppered with campfire breaks

With Halloween so close, it may be the perfect time to find out. A silence can be quite peaceful, but it can also be eerie, too. But how do you distinguish between the two? Fortunately, AM radio host Buck Buckner is on hand to tackle the question as only Buck can.

More about In The Bunker. Basically, Buck is an expert on many (many) topics, that’s why he has a radio show. What makes Buck’s show particularly unique is that he broadcasts from a remote bunker hidden deep in the woods (rumored but never confirmed to be somewhere in Campfire Park). Buck’s biggest pet peeve is the “fringe middle” and their unnerving silence. So who not more perfect to address this topic. His passions include searching for Bigfoot and hosting an occasional guest.

About Campfire Breaks: Campfire Breaks are like commercial breaks, but instead of selling an idea they touch on a campfire-inspired idea.

So without further ado, kick back and enjoy Buck’s radio show.