Hi all -- it feels like yesterday we were wandering the fields of green in good ol' Manchester, TN.
I know a lot of us haven't been frequenting as often as we were a month ago, I just wanna say that the weeks leading up to Bonnaroo this board game me more smiles than I can even count. The excitement was high, Bonnaroo was around the corner and talking with all of you and reading your thoughts made me laugh and smile all at the same time.
I know there are some comparable experiences to Bonnaroo -- (phish tour, Coventry, other festivals, even going to your local town festival) But -- I'm sure many of you agree there is nothing exactly like the magic that happens at Bonnaroo.
It's a beautiful scene but what truly makes it worthwhile is all of the wonderful people that participate. Synergy is at it's highest during Bonnaroo. People throw down their barriers and blockades and for the most part are open to the improv life of a sunny day in Tennessee.
I promised myself this year I wouldn't start thinking about next years Bonnaroo until the fall but I already find myself planning next years trip.
I hope everyone that who had a great time will be back and for those that may have experienced a little bit of negativity at the roo this past year I wish you the best in realizing that it's a given with the size, and a lot of good always over shadows a little bad.
It's the little memories that stick with you...
*walking to the dave and friends set seeing the Bonnaroo neon and hearing that first song from the bonnaroo cd just resonate over the fog into my brain
*the mud and everything that went with it -- when you all of a sudden came to a spot where vendors had laid down tarps over the mud and you looked over and thanked them for a tiny bit of walking sanity
*the screams of Bonnarooooooooo
*dancing on the sand during the trey set realizing that the magic of Bonnaroo can't be told it must be experienced
*the fact that we can leave our tents and cars unlocked and nothing is touched
and finally.... *weeping willow fireworks falling on you
I know this board may stay slow until next spring but I wanna thank everyone so much and I'm truly looking forward to all of the conversations next January when the masses start to come back.
Ditto. The official listserv is still going fairly strong, and I hope this board keeps some energy in the next few months. I'll be here to support it! I really like the people on this board -- you are all so unique and diverse; you have interesting things to say that sometimes challenge my beliefs or cause me to give conscious thought to actions/event/ideas I hadn't much before; you're creative (I've missed Kosmik's creativity-inspiring posts!); you have been very open, welcoming, sometimes challenging, and usually tolerant of others' views and perspectives; and you make me smile and make me think. Hopefully we can keep the groove going, even if at a slower pace, into the early spring when Roo fever begins to rise again!