My grandparents and my uncle are visiting us and since they’re planning on moving to Eksjö (about five miles from Hultsfred) we took a trip there today to check the place out. The old town was amazing! There aren’t many places like that in Sweden and very few of those places have as many old houses as Eksjö old town. It reminded me a lot about the medieval town of Visby, my favourite place in the world. We did some sightseeing and shopping in Eksjö and then we went to Bullerbyn where the Astrid Lindgren movie about the Bullerby children was filmed. Check out photos here.
And this is what I bought:
A white t-shirt with this motif. This tee is actually a kids tee. How cool isn’t that? When I was a kid we certainly didn’t wear clothes with gothic motifs like this. Gotta love it!
I bought a new tee and knickers today. Looksie!
It’s one of those extra long tees.
A couple of things that bugs me:
1. Hip hop and RnB videos. What the FUCK is up with all those half naked girls dancing like strippers? I know that sex sells but personally I can’t stand those videos. Espescially not those with a male hip hop star surrounded by ten half naked girls. Because looking like a pimp is cool. Yeah. Very cool.
2. Emo, scene or whatever you want to call it. All the scene kids say that they want to express their personality. Yeah right. How come they all look identical then? It’s a trend, just like any other trend. I understand peoples basic need to belong but the truth is that many of the people belonging to subcultures do it for the looks and not as they claim; the music. Someone who really love a certain kind of music don’t even need the visual attributes of that subculture because for them the music and not the looks is the most imporant thing.
3. Macho men. Seriously, I can’t stand men trying to be all though and macho. I’d never ever fall for a guy like that and I’d never befriend a guy like that either.
4. And speaking of that I hate that “life as it should be” diet coke commercial on tv! I don’t know if it has been shown outside Sweden but if you’re swedish you’ve probably seen it.
5. The FRA law. In Sweden Big Brother sees you. This new law makes it so much easier for the government to spy on anyone, any time. This law is a scandal when it comes to personal integrity and even Google has been protesting it. They won’t even invest in new servers in Sweden because of this law. But the government think we needs the FRA law because of all the major treats against Sweden. Pardon me but WTF? There are no major security treats against Sweden at this time! And when was the last time there was?
I just had the weirdest dream! I dreamt that my father worked at a factory which wasn’t very nice to the environment, or the people. Some young men who worked there were mean to me and tried to steal my stuff. And somehow I ended up swimming in this poisonous water outside the factory. I dunno why. And then there was something about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Something about that wall. Still in Sweden though. Weird. And now comes the funny part of the dream. I had a friend who was a small fairy like Tinkerbell and she had this tiny fighter jet. And all the sudden I was small like her and we flew around in her little fighter jet doing missions trying to sabotage things at the evil factory! Tinkerbell or whatever her name was sure knew how to fly, she was awesome! The story looses something being written down. Half the fun was just flying with this crazy Tinkerbell doing loops and flying under cars and through all kinds of tiny passages.
I pretty much always remember parts of my dreams and they’re always crazy and surreal like this. I’m thinking about starting to write in my Book of Dreams again. That’s a book in which I used to write down all my dreams.
Today I’m just sick of it all. I’m seriously conscidering moving to Jönköping. I conscidered it back in 2002 or 2003 but it didn’t happen. Now I think it’s more doable and I need it much more now than I did back then. And now I live a lot closer to Jönköping than I did back then. Going there by car takes about one and a half or two hours so if I lived there I’d still not live too far away from my family. Jönköping is a very nice city and the nature surrounding it is absolutely stunning. The city is situated next to Sweden’s second largest lake and surrounded by a lot of hills and deep forests. If you’re swedish you know who John Bauer is. He actually lived in Jönköping so his paintings are based on the nature there. Trollskogar! I think I’m going to start looking for a apartment there as soon as possible because this town just isn’t working for me. I hated it from the very first day and still I’ve lived here for almost four years. If things are bad, change them! And I will. This time I fucking will.
Just a minute ago while sorting this months bills I had another one of those “omg I’m actually an adult!-moments”. Even though I’ll be twenty-five in a month I’m still having trouble seeing myself as a grown up. I live on my own, I have my own income, I pay my own bills, I can get into the pub and I can buy my own booze. I do my own laundry, I do my own cooking and I do my own grocery shopping. I’m allowed to get married and have a driver’s license, I pay taxes and I’ve already voted in three official elections. But still I really don’t feel all that grown up because except for all the responsibilites and advantages my age has given me I’m still the same person as I was when I was eighteen. Sure I’ve matured and changed in some ways but the difference isn’t that big. I’m a mature person when it’s required but I’m also very in touch with my inner child (and teenager) so I still do all kinds of crazy shit and I still live the life of a young person.
I see some people my age who seem desperate to appear grown up. They dress conservative, do conservative things and just can’t let go of things and just have fun. I’m not like that because I know there’s probably going to be a time like that aswell, some day. But not now. I’m still young enough to be able to sit in a park and drink alcohol and play drinking games with my friends without it looking too strange. A twenty-something person doing that is just looked upon as perhaps a bit trashy but still young enough to get away with it. A thirty or forty-something person doing the same thing is often looked upon as a tragic probably alcoholic person. Twenty-something people playing hide and seek in the garden are perhaps a bit immature but still young enough to get away with it. A thirty-something person doing the same thing without his/her kids is looked upon as weird and probably retarded.
Us adults talk a lot about how great our childhood was and how we wished we wouldn’t had been in such a hurry to grow up and instead enjoyed being kids a bit longer. Why don’t people talk about the teenage years and twenty-something-years in the same way? Because that’s a unique time aswell. In ten years many if not the most of the people my age will have kids and houses. They’ll have a lot of responsibilites and everytyhing will be different. I really don’t want kids and a house but I’ll probably be a different person too in some ways. And I won’t get away with the things I do now. That’s why I’m not desperate to appear all that mature right now.
Oh and a funny thing. I have the advantage of not looking my age anyway. During the festival someone guessed I was seventeen. Most people think I’m a little bit older though. Like nineteen or twenty. People actually think I’m as much as eight years younger than I actually am! As long as I have my ID on me (which I always do) to prove my age if nescessary I think it’s great looking young. Not to mention cheap. Half price youth bus tickets ftw.
So the festival is over for this time and it’s sad. It’s one week a year. One week when living in Hultsfred is great. And now it’s over and there’s no Hultsfred festival until next june. It’s so sad since this is the only thing that livens up the town. The festival visitors are gone, the stages are gone, the tents are gone, the artists are gone, the music is gone, the party is over. But I’m still here because this is where I live. Great one week a year, terrible the rest of the time.
This years festival was great. Mainly becuase of my backstage job. THE best job, ever! The music was good aswell and so was the party. It all ended in a not so nice way though because I got a pretty bad urinary tract infection and couldn’t visit the festival area at all the last day. I fucking missed the last day of the festival! WTF?! But I was in such pain, peed blood, had a fever and just wanted to die a little. I went to the hospital at sunday and now I’m on penicillin, feeling a lot better.
I thought I’d make a list of things you have to do on a festival but that list would be too embarassing so screw that. What happens at the festival stays at the festival.
It’s 2:38 AM and I just got home from my second and last day of work at the rock festival. I’ve been working for seventeen hours straight and I’m so very tired. But I had fun! I worked backstage at the Hawaii stage again today and tonight Babyshambles, Serj Tankian and Rage Against the Machine played. We waved at Serj Tankian, he waved back. Pete Doherty passed by me two meters away, looking high. And I saw RATM close by after their gig when they left the stage. It wasn’t exactly time for autographs since I worked backstage. I don’t think we’re even allowed to ask for that and I wouldn’t anyway. Not while working.
So the day was kinda slow with not so much to do but it was alright anyway because it was fun just to watch everything going on. In the middle of RATM’s concert I got to jump in as a water girl though. There were thousands of people in the audience and the ones up front closest to the stage were kinda packed so the security behind the fences separating the crowd from the stage handed out water. LOTS of water. So I ran away with some security lady and got a huge red security shirt and then ran back and forth filling water bottles and handing them out. It was interesting being THAT close to the stage. Not that I had any time to enjoy it though since I basicly just ran out there and left some water bottles and then ran back backstage to fill up some new ones.
Monday I worked for ten hours and today for seventeen so that makes it twenty-seven hours. That’s a lot, but I loved it. I’m a bit sad I’m done with the work and that says a lot! Last year I couldn’t be happier to be done with my festival work because last years job was incredibly boring. But this? Fucking great! Getting to be there while everything was being built was fun and getting to work backstage during the concerts was even better.
Now I need to go to sleep because I need many hours of rest to recover from this day. My feet hurt, my arms hurt and I’m so very tired. Tomorrows plan is to sleep until at least 3 PM, take a long shower, get dressed, get drunk, go to the festival area, see HIM (YAY!) and then party all night.
Rock festivals FTW!
After working at the festival on monday I walked home and spent three hours at home before I went back to the festival area for some partey. I got there around 11:30 PM or something and didn’t go home until more than twelve hours later in the afternoon the following day. What I love about the festival is that anyone can be your friend. Strangers party together and it’s easy making new aquintances. My friends from town left earlier than me but I stayed behind and hung out with random people in random camps and had a blast. After twelve hours of socializing at the festival camping I started my walk home. I stopped by the lake and took a swim since the weather was insanely hot. It was the best swim ever! Yesterday I had a insane hangover. Probably because of the absinth I drank. I felt sick for the entire evening and night. I’m staying away from that shit from now on!
Tomorrow I’ll be working again starting at 9 PM. I have no idea for how long I’ll work but it will probably be for at least twelve hours. It depends on wether the bands are in need of the spotlights I’ll be working or not. If they are I might be working until 1:30 AM or something. I’ll spotlight either Serj Tankian or Rage Against The Machine. Maybe both. We’ll see.
I know I said I wouldn’t update the blog until the festival is over but I do have the time for a quick update right now. It’s 8:30 PM and I got home one hour ago. After a much needed cold shower I’m sitting here with a vodka drink. Today I worked my first day at the festival between 9 AM and 7 PM. I’ve had many litres of water to drink, I’ve got a terrible sunburn, before the shower every inch of me was dirty and I’m soo physically tired. But… it was fun! Today I worked as a runner and me and the other runner where in charge of making sure everyone working around the Hawaii stage had water and we also had to clean the toilet. Other than that we built some staircases and did a “tipspromenad”. I can’t translate that but it’s basicly a game where everyone are to answear a couple of questions. Me and the other runner wrote the questions which were about the festival and the Hawaii stage. Right now there’s a barbeque going on behind the Hawaii stage for all the people who worked there today but I just wanted to go home and have a shower. And the tipspromenad which they’re doing tonight isn’t too much fun for me since I was one of the people who wrote the questions.
Last year I worked as security at a gate making sure only people with acces got through. It was incredibly boring so I’m very happy with this years job where I actually get to do other things than just open and close a gate! And it’s really fun to be a part of the construction of the festival. There’s something going on everywhere! Stages being built, carpentry being made, cars, tractors, trucks, people, people, people. I pity the poor guys working with building the stage though. It’s a very heavy job building a 55 ton heavy stage in the hot burning sun for eleven hours.
This is the stage. So far without a roof. The roof is eventually going waaay up there.
A construction site for the moment. Where the crowd will cheer to Rage Against The Machine in three days.