This week, both my boys are in Manchester, Tennessee working at the Bonorroo Music Festival - an annual event that gets bigger every year. I have a friend who, with her husband, owns a concession business that sets up opening gates (cattle shutes) and manages parking for lots of huge events like this. She got both boys and a friend a piece in last year, paying for their flights down and back, all food and a $12.00/hr wage while they're "working". I put work in quotes because what they did and are doing this year is "supervising" the entry gates and ticket takers to make sure no one gets in without paying, or brings in contraband of any kind. Last year the boys said it was easy, fun and there is constantly amazing music surrounding from any of several stages...think Bruce Springsteen last year on Saturday night of the 4 day festival - playing for over 3 hours! This year Stevie Wonder is the "biggest act", with tons of other great bands and comedians. Conan O'Brien recorded a bluegrass album (of all things!) there last night with his band for an audience of only 300. I'm hoping my boys were among the 300, because they're huge Conan fans. Last year each boy made over $500, not including the flights, food and music, so it's a pretty lucrative endeavor for them!
One funny note...when they got home last year, one of the things Mark said was how cool it was to see "real hippies". He noted, "I've read about them but didn't know they still existed!" I love that - since I was part of the hippie generation - though never really dressed the part. Did align politically with them in many ways though!
Anyway - they will be home Sunday, and #1 son, the 23 y/o who's living in Chicago will be staying for several days next week before going back. I'm so excited to have 2 of the 3 back in the nest, even if for just a few days. #2 son (21) is home all summer and will return to Atlanta for his senior year of college in August. This weekend I'm going to be getting Chicago son's bed all freshly made and the room cleaned, as well as cooking up some of his favorite foods, like spaghetti and meatballs for one. Daughter Jean (26) who is living in the Dominican Republic is insanely jealous that 4 out of the 5 of us will be together. I wish she could be with us too! But we'll have a group Skype call sometime so we can actually lay eyes on each other! We really have fun when the whole fan-damily is together. How lucky am I for that??
I hope everyone has a great weekend. I've got a lot of exercise planned, including a walk of the loop at Ridley Creek State Park. I'm going to take pics to share. When I dashed out at lunch today, I saw the most GORGEOUS hollyhock bush in full bloom, wich flowers so deeply darkly purple they were almost black! And I didn't have my camera!! I'm going by on the way home to record it for all eternity.
I'll leave you with a couple more pics - the last will be one that I have titled "Don't tell me dogs don't smile!"