This One Time At Warped Tour – I Felt Human Again

I Felt Human Again

A traveling music festival sounds complicated, but the actual living situation is simple. You’re traveling with a community of people who all joined together to build and maintain a traveling music city. With this kind of adventure comes structure and routine to prevent the city from self-imploding.

For the most part, I think I got the hang of the routine and structure fairly quickly, thanks to the help of the crew I’m rolling with and the new friends I’ve made. Routine makes tour life easier, but definitely not normal.

I brush my teeth outside the bus with a can of tour water. I sleep on a bus with an amount of people that could fill a small college classroom. Not having to shower is considered a successful day. I did my laundry in a hotel bathroom sink the other day.

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So when I have the chance to step out of this Warped Tour bubble, I relish in feeling like a “human” again.

Feeling like a human again includes:

  • Taking a shower longer than 5 minutes
  • Getting a manicure for my disgusting broken nails after work destroyed them
  • Eating good food. While sitting down. And not inhaling it in 5 or 10 minutes
  • Sleeping in after multiple 12 hour days
  • Shopping for healthy snacks
  • Seeing buildings, freeways and people that aren’t a part of Warped world
  • Sleeping in a regular bed and not having to worry about falling out of my bunk
  • Brushing my teeth like a normal person
  • Dressing pretty to go out and having friends visit
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Vegas with the KAB girls!

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My LA gals visited me in Pomona, CA!

Don’t get me wrong. I freaking love being on this tour and I don’t really mind living this kind lifestyle. Stay tuned for more updates for my Warped journey!

cheers,
Jenay

 

This One Time At Warped Tour – A Wind Storm Hit Albuquerque

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After a day off in Santa Fe, we woke up in our bus in Albuquerque for the fourth show of the tour. For once, the weather was pleasant and the surrounding area was beautiful. It was nice to have more scenery other than a parking lot or venue filled with stages, trucks and merch booths.
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The KAB crew and the rest of bus GG deemed today the first Boobie Tuesday, which means we’ll all wear these sweet I Love Boobies socks once a week.
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So, today was running smoothly weather wise, but then there were warnings of a storm. Boom. The wind, dust, rain and thunder struck. We tore our stuff down twice, then got the go ahead to completely breakdown. I deal with iPad surveys, taking photos and other technology-based jobs, so I'm officially the protector of electronics, especially during situations like today.
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It wasn’t a major storm, but I sure miss California weather.

This One Time At Warped Tour – I Lived On A Bus With 17 Other People

#checkyourselfie

Working Warped Tour was a dream of mine, so it’s surreal that I’m actually working every date of it. I admit, I was a nervous wreck, but the KAB crew and everyone I’ve met on the tour have been super helpful and friendly. It makes it so much easier to learn the ropes as a newbie roadie. The Warped Tour family bond is a strong one.

Here’s a break down of my typical Warped Tour day:

My days start around 6:30 a.m. (ish). I’m building some serious shoulder and arm muscles by setting up and tearing down the Keep A Breast Girlz Garage booth every day. I encourage people to take our #CheckYourSelfie pledge. I educate kids. I sell merch to kids. I photograph the happenings at the booth. I update Keep A Breast’s social media platforms. It’s a grueling day, but I’m having an incredible experience.

Tour Bus Life:
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I live on a bus with 17 other people. Every morning I brush my teeth using water from a bottle. I climb in and out of a top bunk and store extra clothes under my bunk mat to lessen the amount of times I have to go through my suitcase.

After five days of living like this, I think I have my routine down to make it less complicated to get ready for the day, a shower and for bed.

In addition to embracing tour life, one of the guys bought chocolate milk for everyone and we had a day off today, so I am THRILLED.

Target Saves Lives:

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In two days, we (plus Melanie) went to Target five times. That’s a new record for me. It was right down the street from the Houston venue AND had a Starbucks. Talk about a life saver because the humidity in Texas is no joke. An iced green tea with no sweetener never tasted so good.

More Warped Tour adventure updates to come!

Off To The Vans Warped Tour I Go

Storage Space

Moving and packing are two of my least favorite things to do. Unfortunately, it had to be done. I moved out of my Los Angeles home, filled a storage space, packed my car to take the rest of my belongings to my family’s house, and then packed one suitcase and a backpack for Warped Tour. Just ONE suitcase for seven weeks. I’ve been quite stressed.

But now I’m off! Currently, I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to San Diego and then Houston (Pre-TSA is freaking sweet by the way).

I’m hoping to update you on my Warped Tour adventures. I will be working as a Digital Media Manager for the Keep A Breast Foundation‘s Traveling Education Booth. Make sure to follow all of KAB’s social accounts and I’ll be updating my Twitter and Instagram frequently!

If you’re attending Warped, make sure to stop by the KAB Girlz Garage to say hi!

Summer of Stoke

Summer of Stoke

Stoked, a surfer slang term that originated in the ’60s, is one of my favorite words to express my enthusiasm for something.

Right now, I’m stoked about: traveling North America with Warped Tour / stepping out of my comfort zone / discovering new bands / meeting new people.

Los Angeles-based apparel brand The Times is embracing a summer of stoke with a new collection and I’m very excited to be sporting a piece of it this summer. I hope to take a variety of photos of myself in it while I’m busy being a tour gypsy. For now, here are a few snaps of me in The Times “Stoked” tee.

Summer of Stoke

BUY HERE / #summerofstoke / Instagram: @thesearethetimes

What are you stoked about? Comment below. 

All Of Your Words, They’ve Been Cursed With Dishonesty

Banks - Drowning

I have mad respect for BANKS. Both she and her music is alluring and sexy without having to try hard. Actually, she’s deep in the hustle and bustle, but it looks and feels effortless. It feels smart. It commands my attention.

Her latest music video release for “Drowning” didn’t have a lot going on and I appreciate it. I appreciate the styling, the darkness and the effect of the mirrors. It’s basically a fun house for dwelling. It’s the perfect room for reflecting on life (seriously, no pun intended). Sign me up for a room like that.

Take a look at the lyrics for “Drowning” (originally posted on BANKS’ Tumblr). So on point.

Drowning Lyrics

Fan of BANKS? Not a fan of BANKS?
Tell me why in the comments.

 

Nook Häus: The End Of An Era

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Two years ago, we moved in together. For two years, we became a family. While living in Nook Häus with eight people sounds incredibly rough, it wasn’t. It wasn’t always easy (some drama, some mess, some terrible neighbors), but I made some of my favorite memories at USC with these kids (and others who stayed with us as visitors and temporary replacements).

End of semester potlucks. Enough hilarious quotes to fill a book. DTLA adventures. Photo shoots. Making fun of each other’s quirks. Current event discussions. Asian drama shows. Baked goods provided by Chris’ mom. Movie nights. Game of Thrones nights. I’ll miss the Häus, but I have our reunions to look forward to!

Some of us (including myself) are moving out this week (my roommate of four years already did — *major sad face*) while some will hold down the fort through July. It’s sad, but the next chapter of our lives are upon us. We’ll keep killin’ it, whether we’re in California, in another state or in another country.

Nook Häusians, if you’re reading this, I love you.

Hours Lost Is A Work In Progress

Hours Lost: A Work In Progress

Dearest reader,

Some of you already know, but I’m a business owner. I own a clothing brand called Hours Lost and it’s a work in progress. Between finishing college and internships, working on other projects, gearing up for tour and hunting for a full-time job, it’s been difficult to develop. But, Hours Lost is my baby and quality things take time to grow and mature.

Here’s a little post I wrote about why Hours Lost is a “work in progress” and what’s next for me and the brand.

onward + upward!

Solid Investment: #GIRLBOSS by Nasty Gal Founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS

“Sophia’s a badass bitch and she’ll always be a badass bitch!” That I’ve managed to build a company where an assistant feels comfortable calling the CEO a badass bitch in a room full of senior executives is pretty amazing. – Sophia Amoruso in “#GIRLBOSS

I needed this book, and I don’t know your life, but so do you. As soon as I opened the cover, BAM, it jumped at me, kicked my mental walls down and convinced me that I too could be a successful badass bitch. I mean, #GIRLBOSS.

In her refreshing, “tell it like it is” memoir, Sophia Amoruso delivers a story about her trek from dumpster diver to CEO of a $100 million company. It’s a book told in a manner suitable for any sort of character at any point in their life. From her “crust punk” days to developing a store via eBay to becoming the incarnation of what Nasty Gal has become and will be, her journey is worth knowing about.

#GIRLBOSSes understand the importance of saving their money, how to wear multiple vocational hats, and the proper way to hire, fire and get employed.

#GIRLBOSSes are able to charge through adversity, earn respect and play clean, not dirty. They wear what they want and wear it well. They are genuine and own their individuality.

The nuggets of advice are plentiful in #GIRLBOSS, but here are a few teasers from the book:

- There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.

- Take care of the little things – even the little things that you hate – and treat them as promises to your own future. Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.

- You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your house if you don’t want them there.

- You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.

- When life hits you with something unexpected, you have to be prepared to hit right back.

- Compete with yourself, not with others.

These quotes merely scratch the surface of the #RealTalk Amoruso dishes out. #GIRLBOSS is a solid investment for those who want to take responsibility of their lives and strive to slam down mediocrity.