The Best of Bonnaroo 2013

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Last week felt like I was constantly flying by the seat of my pants. We returned from Manchester, TN late Monday evening. The next day I started my new workout regimen, had a full schedule of tutoring and had to clean our old apartment and do the final walk through. Quite a busy day after an 11 hour drive with minimal rest in between. So that’s my excuse for just posting my Top 5 favorite things about Bonnaroo 2013.

5: Road Trippin’ with my besties!
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Anytime I get to spend with both my baby sis and my fiancĂ© is time I absolutely love! They are both my twins when it comes to sense of humor and opinions. Often I will find myself saying or thinking the exact same thing at the exact same time as one or both of them. Our weekend was full of lots of laughter and fun… And obviously a few arguments between me and my sister but we were pretty quick to get over it. I think it’s impossible for us to spend more than 24 hrs together and not argue but we always get over it as soon as we find something mutually entertaining.
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Oh we also made a pit stop in Memphis for some barbecue, an adventure that was both delicious and fun!

4: Finding all the free stuff! Most things at Bonnaroo aren’t cheap but occasionally you will find some freebies. We started everyday with a free serving of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and followed it up by standing in line for a brightly colored handkerchief filled with ice. We also picked up a sandwich bag full of icky cigarette butts and exchanged it for a $6 jumbo corn dog. And the best freebies of all were the complimentary showers we finagled. I won’t give away exactly how we managed it but I will say it included a long hike and waiting until late in the evening.
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Thank goodness we only took sink baths the first day most people did that daily or skipped a shower all together

3: Finding out just how far my two best friends will go to protect me.
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Headed to Bonnaroo one of the bands I was most excited to see was Matt & Kim. We spent an hour and and a half scoring a spot up close to the stage for the performance.
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Little did I know that those primes seats would be more trouble than they were worth. The performance was so energetic and fun at first but then towards the end the artists encouraged those at the back to make their way up front. This lead to a river of crowd surfers rolling over us and eventually on top of me. Two tall and not very skinny men landed on top of me knocking the wind out of me and pinning me near the feet of a crowd that was indifferent to my safety. Both Richard and Steph went crazy in their efforts to get them off of me and after they succeeded we hightailed it out of the crowd and away from the still flowing crowd surfers.

2: Unexpected Surprises!
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Though Mumford and Sons was one of the biggest highlights on my schedule I was equally as excited for Jack Johnson but I didn’t realize just how excited until he was onstage. Jack Johnson had a major presence on the soundtrack of my college years. My favorite parts of his show included his funny song about the stresses of pulling the show together so quickly, the handful of mistakes he made which he covered charmingly with a made up lyric and a swear word, and singing along to “Better Together.” Maybe I’m getting more emotional in my old age but I got choked up during that song, it was one of the tracks on the CD I gave Richard before we spent our first summer apart after Freshman year.

1: Watching a living legend!
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Yes, Paul McCartney deserves the top spot!!! It was by far the best concert I’ve ever seen. It was the perfect mix of Beatles tunes, Wings tracks and stories from his long and colorful past! If you know me then you know I’ve known not only every member of The Beatles by name but also most of their song lyrics since about 6-years of age. I really tried to drink in every moment of this year’s Bonnaroo experience and during Macca’s performance several times I found myself nearly in tears when I realized just how long I’ve dreamed of seeing him perform and how amazing the experience was. I won’t lie… I did actually cry while singing along to “Black Bird”. And the tears kept rolling through “Here Today” a song McCartney wrote for his friend and colleague John Lennon after his death reminding us all to tell our loved ones just how much we care for them while we can. And the multiple finales including “Live and Let Die” and “Helter Skelter” all rocked!

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