Decided to beat the heat a bit in the Guest tent. Also lucked into one of two or three extension cords in the place, so I'm drawing a strong current to recharge the phone. (The solar charger has had mixed results for my battery, but scores 100% for "That's really cool" comments from passersby.)
I'm still trying to put my finger on the vibe of this festival. We've exchanged several pleasantries with our RV neighbors. They're nice. The hippie/jam-band heritage of Bonnaroo is evident in the maze of vendor tents (complete with the tie-dye clothing hut and the puzzle box guy ("You keep your WEED in it!")). There's also a healthy presence of do-good causes ... I could have signed a petition to end hunger in Africa or taken a picture to support music in schools ... but Lolla has that too. The demo skews a bit younger. Maybe more college kids are willing to camp out and can't afford the downtown Chicago hotels for Lolla ... I'll keep noodling on it, but I will say this: Many, many staff, volunteers and fellow-festival-goers have gone out of their way to wish us a good festival and ask us how we're enjoying everything. In that way, I think people here really are living the Bonnaroovian tenet of Positivity. So I've got that going for me.