This week has been absolutely nuts. We are getting into our groove trying to find out how to manage copious amounts of merch and money, living in a van with the same four people and figuring out how to do 150% every day on only a few hours of sleep.
We have had some fantastic screenings and some not so amazing but still profitable screenings. On Thursday night we went to Texas Tech University and the screening was fantastic. It really felt like we had a groove going and the people were so engaged that when Mallory got up to do transition she started crying looking at the people’s faces. Then during Q and A they asked the best questions. One of the people in the audience had lived in Congo his how life and really grilled us but I thought we answered it amazingly.
But despite the sucesses, we weren’t without a few mishaps and these videos are proof.
Number one rule of the road: DO NOT TRUST THE TOM-TOM
The past month I have been having the most trying and exciting experience of this year. I definitely didn’t think that would happen state side.
I have spent the last month living and working with the same 50 people 24/7. My beliefs and values have been challenged daily through conversation, thoughts, and interactions and I wouldn’t change it for the world. We were challenged in just the daily grind of working 110% and then getting home quickly fixing something to eat and then staying up getting to know each other till the wees hours of the morning. Then getting up at 6 am so you could by one of the lucky few to get a hot shower and do it all again. In short, I loved it. I met everyone in that house only a month ago, and leaving yesterday was like moving away from friends I had known for 16 year in Delaware. It is never perfect living with 50 people - cleanliness was surely redefined for me and certain OCD tendencies came out- but it was as close as you can get.
Now, the training is over. We are out on the road ready to tell a story. A story for the first time that not only tells the world the horrors that are going on in it, but gives you and me, average young global citizens, a way to tangibly and effectively change it.
I am going to be honest, for the best month I have been holding out on believing full force in what we were asking for this tour. I have always loved Invisible Children because of its unique way of seeking to end a war through advocacy and awareness, rather than guns and soldiers. This tour, we are asking for the resuce of Kony’s child soldiers and while we are asking for it by nonviolence, the option of violence hasn’t been ruled out.
But at 4am on Thursday morning, just 6 hours before we launched, we saw the media that we would be screening for the next ten weeks. We saw, The RESCUE. We saw 10-15 year old kids carrying AKs. 10-15 year old boys, boys who would smile and play ball with Jason and then the next thing you hear the ny times is quoting them “as leaving burning huts and broken skulls in their wake.” 10-15 year old boys who were stolen from their homes and stripped of their childhoods. 10-15 year old boys who deserved to be rescued. I was on board. I was no longer skeptical. I trust that the people who are in charge of this ask will look at all of the figures, and I have heard them run the pros and cons, this boys deserve a chance and Kony has to be stopped. The RESCUE will blow your minds and if you are not moved to act after it, even it is not for this event, I could not understand.
Right now we are at “the new roadie house” as Mallory has coined it. We lucked out and get to hang at Mallory’s house in Huntington for two days to rest and recooperate before we drive to Texas and have our first screening on Monday. I love it because we get to hang out with “team buffalo”: SoCal, PNW and LaTex!
P.S. - Roadies, I MISS YALL ALREADY!!! Cannot wait to see you again in May!