Bonnaroo advice for the summer intern

Knoxnews.com producer Lauren Spuhler piles up the camping gear for intern Linda Nguyen to hold.

Knoxnews.com producer Lauren Spuhler piles up the camping gear for intern Linda Nguyen to hold.

"You're the mentor,” my intern told me yesterday. I'm sure it was said partly in jest, but I'm taking it.

For my sixth Bonnaroo, I brought knoxnews.com summer intern Linda Nguyen (pronounced "Win," as I only realized last night).

While some would stick her with carrying around equipment (@saulyoung), I've opted to take her statement seriously and show her what goes into covering the 'Roo with my top 5 take-aways:

1. Value a clean Porta-John.

Typically my first use is the best. It's early in the weekend and as odor-free as these places get. This time was different. There was no toilet paper and inhaling proved toxic. Linda came out and promptly reached for her hand sanitizer. Turns out the sanitation schedule listed on the door was dated 2006. Hmmm.

2. Keep your concert tents (venues) straight

Linda wanted to see The Postelles so we worked our way up to the front for a good spot. When the introduction for another band started, I realized this 6-year veteran directed her to the wrong tent.

Knoxnews.com producer Lauren Spuhler piles up the camping gear for intern Linda Nguyen to hold.

Knoxnews.com producer Lauren Spuhler piles up the camping gear for intern Linda Nguyen to hold.

3. Never question authority

At photographer Saul Young’s suggestion, we made sure Linda understood who was in charge. I count this a success.

4. Watch where you step

With the rain that's recently fallen in Manchester, it's especially important to watch where you step. Note: Don't skip right into a mud puddle like I did yesterday.

5. Always remember your neighbors

Many friendships begin at Bonnaroo. Camping in close proximity and sharing the basics like trash bags and toilet paper with neighbors create unique bonding moments. Our neighbors this year are The Postelles, who offered to share their bottle of whiskey in exchange for our paper products. We didn't accept the liquor, but appreciate the gesture.

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