Monday, June 19, 2017

ATX 2017

Austin is so sunny. My soul is sunny when I'm in Austin.

Now that I no longer live there, anyway. Unfortunate irony.

main source of my Austin happiness

highlight of the weekend - two-stepping in "Texas's best honky tonk"!

Happy Fathers Day, padre! 

This was a family and fun-filled weekend. I arrived Thursday afternoon and spent time with my sisters (both of whom are working there this summer) and Alban, whose last day of work (before grad school) was Friday. Dad, June, and Davis arrived Saturday; we gathered for a family lunch then toured Janie's workplace and Mary McCall's apartment. After scattering for naps at our respective lodging places, we re-convened at Broken Spoke for a laughter-filled two hours of dancing. Sunday featured a family brunch at Elizabeth St. Cafe — I was excited my all-American family was up for Vietnamese brunch! Sadly my flight back to Nashville was early Sunday afternoon. I'll be excited to see MM on her road trip back to NC later this week, to see the NC folks on my likely trip to Tarboro in July, and to see Alban at my friends-reunion lake party in August! Can't get enough of my favorite people <3 

Monday, June 12, 2017


I'm fascinated by the culture that has been built up around Bonnaroo. It's not just a festival, an event, a place. It's a sense of community. An identity. An escape. A self-contained culture.

me enjoying Bonnaroo culture

Key elements of the Bonnaroo style:
  • hair in two braids or two buns
  • intense sunburn (why have these people not mastered sunscreen yet?)
  • tattoos, glitter, body paint
  • floral prints & tie-die 
  • fanny packs & bandanas
  • spectrum of neon colors
  • free-hanging breasts
  • high-waisted "cheeky" shorts
  • pierced belly buttons 
my Bonnaroo look

As you might notice from that list, the women of Bonnaroo adhere to a more defined uniform than the men.

Other characteristic elements of Bonnaroo:
  • high five-ing strangers
  • varying levels of drug-induced trances/dances 
  • fried foods & plastic cups of beer
  • heavy clouds of smoke & dust 

As you can probably tell from the anthropological notes, I just got back from my first time at Bonnaroo. I was there from early Thursday morning until late Sunday night as a "vendor," volunteering at the Porch Writers Collective booth in a nonprofit area called Planet Roo. 

my Bonnaroo view
Strangely (to me), a lot of Bonnaroo attendees never went to Planet Roo. I learned during the weekend that many people hang out at their campsite all morning, usually drinking/smoking with their "Roo Croo," until they feel drunk and/or high enough to go to shows (which start early afternoon). This realization made me ponder how happy I am to be confident in my personal values and priorities. Personal health is a high priority for me, so I don't like smoking or heavy drinking. Exploration and awareness are high priorities for me, so it seemed natural for me to familiarize myself with every area of "Center Roo" (the festival's main campus). Clearly not everyone shares these values, and therefore lots of people "did" the festival differently than me. Hike your own hike.

The Head & the Heart - one of my favorite shows all weekend

Sweet Crude - a band from New Orleans that I LOVED

Mandolin Orange <3

classic Roo: a penis inflatable (complete with a sheer condom), emerging from a pink-frosted donut inflatable. Next to a unicorn inflatable. My group used this as a landmark to find each other before Lorde's performance Sunday night.