This is how I know I’m old aka Happy Friday!

Here’s the cycle of events that went down last night that forced me to confront my impending fall right into a nursing home. And how I’m actually looking forward to it.

  • My daughter records a show call Tosh.O – which is highly inappropriate but highly hilarious. After I’ve caught up on all my cooking shows, I sometimes(always) watch it.
  • During one of the commercials (sometimes I forget I’m watching a recorded show and can fast forward) Tosh announced the line-up for Bonnaroo. 
  • Bonnaroo is a cool, outdoor music festival in Tennessee. My sister and her man went, camped and loved it. She told me all about it. That’s how I know.
  • Anyhoo. Tosh announced the line-up. Paul McCartney. Tom Petty. Wilco. Wu-tang Clan.
  • 3 days of music, fun and revelry. I decided we were totally going.
  • After the show ended I immediately went online to get tickets, look up details etc. Maybe I’d surprise my hubby with the whole thing all planned out. A cool off-the-cuff weekend for just the two of us!
  • The website offers a lot of info. It’s very tongue-in-cheek. Lots of cute jokes sprinkled in with the directions and stuff.
  • Then I read that the festival is on a farm, on rolling hills. Most people camp there – which I didn’t want to do. So I googled hotels/motels in the area. Maybe a nice bed and breakfast, I thought. I did find a Days Inn about 30 miles away.
  • Then I read the “safety” section of the website. Heat exhaustion is a rampant problem. “Communal” was a word used often and generously, as in, whatever you bring to the festival is communal and you should share and share alike. hmmmm.
  • Then I read a section called “traffic” about the miles and miles and miles of jammed cars leading up the festival.
  • I decided to leave that site and go to the travel site for the town. Surely we could have a nice stay there and enjoy the festival by day no?
  • No. It’s too far and too complicated to leave the festival and come back. According to all the chatter on the web anyway. And there’s a lot of chatter.
  • And then there was the weather. Last year, around that time, it was about 101 degrees. No joke.
  • Heat. Crowds. Traffic. “Communal”. Ok then. I’m out.
  • I went through a few minutes of mourning. Was I so rigid? Couldn’t I have a good time? Crowds aren’t just for mobs – they could be fun. So it’s warm. So what. So what?? So EVERYTHING. Was I nuts. Not one thing about that time sounded good. I shut the computer off in disgust.
  • I was so mad at myself for even considering it. I’m a granny. I’ve been a granny since I was 22.
  • When my husband came home I told him about my tortured plan and took him step by step through my thinking. About me grappling with trying to make this plan work, and then finally, realizing it wasn’t for us. I was hoping he’d say something like,”let’s make it work! It’s worth it for the music!”.
  • He actually said,”I’d sweat the whole time. And I hate people.”

Atleast I won’t be alone in the nursing home.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 10:07:06

    communal sounds a little too iffy to me


  2. semperfimarketing
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 10:22:02

    Bonnarroo definitely wouldn’t be for you guys. Maybe a set or two but not the whole overall experience. Imagine Woodstock. Unless you are prepared for all the craziness it brings you wouldn’t enjoy it. Like you said, if you are already out at just the camping part, you wouldn’t enjoy it.


    • wifemothereventplanner
      Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:42:28

      it just sounds so…dirty. I think someone out there should do a festival that’s a bit more upmarket. Maybe everyone rents RVs that are parked on the lawn and there’s a lights out mandate by midnight?


  3. April Perry
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:15:09

    Too funny. Yes-I’ve heard Bonnaroo is just like Woodstock- which I went to (Woodstock Reunion) in 1994. I was 26 and even then a bit of a granny. Awesome music, no good toilets, personal pizza sold for $20 as did a 2ltr bottle of Coke. Water scarce. On the plus side, I got to mudslide with Nine Inch Nails. We are too old for this kind of fun. How about the 4 of us just go to Puerto Rico for a few days?


  4. melissa.scholes.young
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 19:17:37

    Sounds like you’re ready for Burning Man. Google it. Or maybe not 🙂


  5. hlthaker
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 14:52:06

    I can’t believe you weren’t going to invite me!


  6. walizki,
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 19:13:57

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