MANCHESTER, Tenn. - This is an outrage. I had to share a hotel room with KNS photographer Adam Brimer.
And as anyone will tell you, Adam is a decent and personable guy.
But we didn't reserve a room together – we reserved two.
After 15 hours of driving to Bonnaroo, hanging out at Bonnaroo, sampling some bands and then leaving Bonnaroo for more driving (well, and some working) we reached the hotel Thursday night only to be told that there was no room left at the inn. Not even a stable.
The official story was that a hotel guest had asked to extend their stay at the last minute so, as the night shift clerk told us, the day shift gave away our two-month-old reservations.
Seeing as how Bonnaroo was under way, along with the CMA music festival going on in Nashville, the next-closest available room likely was back in Knoxville.
What were we supposed to do? Camp out with the dirty hippies? Alt-magazine guys rough it. We're journalists. We're practically kind of a big deal.
Jigsha Desai, our web producer, still had a room, but she was just as livid as Adam and me (since she'd have to share her room with us.) I actually heard her almost raise her voice. Adam sat his luggage down on the lobby floor in a forceful manner that nearly echoed through the entire lobby.
I offered the clerk a few choice comments and we all huffed and puffed until our no-good, not-worth-mentioning-the-name-of hotel (coughcough, Doubletree by Hilton-Murfreesboro coughcough) miraculously found a couple of beds in an unoccupied room.
Worst off, the whole episode cost us precious time and we nearly missed last call at the bar.
Now on the other side of a sound night's sleep, hot shower and fresh, in-room coffee, I understand how our predecessors gave up on this gig.
And that was just day one. No telling what sort of headaches are still ahead.
If the air conditioning in the Bonnaroo media trailer is too cold today or the free bottled water isn't suitably chilled, I just don't know how I'll be expected to produce anymore of this stellar copy.
Seriously, covering Bonnaroo is hard.
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