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Road Trip Diary: Week Four

The bittersweet end!

And now, dear reader, we near the end of the Rookie Road Trip. After exploring eerie Eureka and before soaring into sunny San Francisco, we ogled obscene Oakland. (I am really proud of those alliterations and spent the whole week developing them.) The vintage store and beauty salon Down at Lulu’s had good cheerleading skirts and good PINK STUFF EVERYWHERE:

Our SF meet-up had quantity and quality! So many people, all so nice and happy to see one another. If this was a MasterCard commercial, or the episode of Lizzie McGuire that ends with her throwing toilet paper with her mom and a voiceover parody of a MasterCard commercial, I would say this: Bi-Rite ice cream, four dollars. The guitar one girl brought to play, probs some money. The REAL LIVE CAT another girl brought to play with, probs some money. Bonding and hanging and talking and hugging and all-around good vibes and nice people, PRICELESS.

Cute ladies!

More cute ladies, who are all in a feminism club at their school!

And we finally got to meet one of our illustrators, Leanna.

There were a LOT of people.

Sigh, what a loving group. I really loved how everyone else in Dolores Park was confused by this parade of girls in crowns. And once again, I sang the troll lullaby, and everyone joined in. That night, I stayed with my friend who was visiting California from back home, but the rest of the Road Trippers hung out with Rookie diarist Dylan and allegedly had lots of fun. (I believe it.) We watched Almost Famous, and I realized that once William’s in high school, it’s possible the whole movie could have NOT HAPPENED AT ALL! You know how he listens to Tommy with a candle burning when he’s little because his sister said he would “see [his] entire future”? And then there’s the sequence transitioning into his future? Isn’t it plausible that the transition is just like, him seeing his future, like That’s So Raven, and the whole rest of the movie is just his imagination? I mean, obviously it’s not supposed to be that way, but IT WORKS. THINK ABOUT IT.

There needs to be a different word for “driving” when you’re driving to Big Sur, because it is entirely different from driving to any other destination. Highway 1 is right on the coast, and it’s twisty and turny and green and blue, and the ocean is, as one would expect, sort of beautiful.

Petra and me when we all got out to take it all in.

Our get-together was at the Henry Miller Memorial Library, the perfect venue for a cozy last meet-up. We talked about LARPing, and people showed off their special talents.

Here we are, bitchfacing.

We got to stay with the very hospitable man who runs the library, Magnus, and his also hospitable wife, Mary Lou. They were so hospitable! And Magnus already knew the troll lullaby, because he’s Swedish! So we bonded over that. Mary Lou made a delicious dinner. At night we went to the hot springs. Big Sur was very hard to leave.

The view from the house. I am standing in a bunch of lavender, surrounded by no-sting bees, and miraculously not freaking out.

Now we’re in Los Angeles, and tomorrow our installation/show/pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty opens, and our week of fun will begin. You can see the full list of events and times here. It will be a beautiful sea of hormones and probably many crowns. Here’s Petra, excited about the Hattie-designed T-shirts that just arrived. (You’ll be able to buy them here online in a few weeks!)

Shout-out, also, to our London readers who organized their own meet-up, which looks like it was SO MUCH FUN. I wish we coulda driven across the ocean and joined you all!

So, I guess the on-the-road part of the Rookie Road Trip is over. I’m not prepared to reflect on any of this yet, and will wait until our events here in L.A. are over to even try. Meanwhile I shall link you to this song and, consequently, remind you of fifth grade. ♦


  • Susann July 20th, 2012 3:08 PM

    Once again, the road trip sounds and looks like a lot of fun! The Rookie shirt is super cool too!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • EllaZella July 20th, 2012 3:24 PM

    Awww there was a London meet-up? Wish I could have been there…

  • CarolineElizabeth July 20th, 2012 3:27 PM

    I want a Rookie T sooo bad!!!

  • rosiesayrelax July 20th, 2012 3:30 PM

    I’m actually gutted it’s over! Although I didn’t join you physically, I was there in spirit. You guys look like you had an awesome time!!

    Escaping Jackie

  • anindieeducation July 20th, 2012 3:31 PM

    I would like a ROOKIE tee to wear around college and PHASE everyone with ROOKIE’s awesomeness…#goodplan


  • tellyawhat July 20th, 2012 3:32 PM

    It’s official, CALIFORNIA loves TAVI!

    Also, I want that t-shirt!

  • SiLK July 20th, 2012 3:36 PM

    It seems amazing, you must have had a wonderful time! Please come and visit foreign Rookies some time! I’m sure we would gladly put up with more advertising to fund your travels :)


  • all-art-is-quite-useless July 20th, 2012 4:10 PM

    I wish I could have been at the London meet-up!

    So want a rookie t-shirt…

  • hvit July 20th, 2012 4:16 PM

    I AM ON THE ROOKIE WEBSITE. (London pic, the girl with long mousey hair kneeling down in a green skirt far right.) Life is now complete. ;) Glad you included us! It was super fun! :D

    Otherwise, congrats on the road trip over all. I’ve loved reading about it and it looked SUPER. And AWESOME. Okay, enough capitalised adjectives.


  • uaresoawesome July 20th, 2012 4:42 PM

    I can’t wait to buy a tee and become some kind of weird Rookie missionary in my high school when I start freshman year. Also, thanks for all of the coverage. I live in CT and couldn’t go to anything, but I felt like I was in on all of the fun!

  • Olivia July 20th, 2012 4:45 PM

    hhahahha good riddance is the theme song of my 7th grade. love emo billy joe just hangin in his room and the weird slo mo.

    also, it’s highway 101 ;)

    I CANNOT WAIT TO BE IN LA!! <3 <3 i love you all.

  • maddy417 July 20th, 2012 4:53 PM

    aaaah this looks like so much fun! COME TO DC NEXT TIME!

  • Annie92 July 20th, 2012 5:18 PM

    Tavi, that almost famous thing…..JUST BLEW MY MIND!

  • Kaleidoscopeeyes July 20th, 2012 5:26 PM

    Ugh I wanna go to Strange Magic so badly, that looks amazing! ROOKIE, Y U NO COME NEAR THE CENTRAL VALLEY?

  • Pashupati July 20th, 2012 5:38 PM

    I hope the shipping fee won’t be too high for that t-shirt. I’m so gonna buy it and cut the sleeves and add stuffs to it.

  • whatnaomiloves July 20th, 2012 5:51 PM

    Again, wishing so hard I were there. If the t-shirts don’t break the bank then I’m definitely purchasing one!

    Also, I love the picture of Tavi in the lavender fields.

  • EmilyJn July 20th, 2012 6:00 PM

    Thanks for featuring the group picture from our meet!
    Photo credit goes to the friendly passing man who agreed to take the picture and yelled “YO WOMENS!” to get us to smile

  • Yayo July 20th, 2012 6:10 PM

    I love the image of Tavi and Petra.

    It’s sad that it’s all over. I’ve enjoyed reading about the fun you’re all having, even if I wasn’t there. Couldn’t make the London meet up either. N’aaw :(

    But I’m loving the T-shirts! I pre-ordered the Yearbook too a couple of days ago (Or at least I pressured my parents into buying it for my birthday. They were totally like ‘what the heck is this anyway? It better not be some cult you’re in, Olivia.’)

  • Cosmo Beatrix July 20th, 2012 6:24 PM

    Please can Petra do a tutorial for her hair???!!

  • HollinsCollins July 20th, 2012 7:16 PM

    OHMYGOSH! T-SHIRTS! Now we can all run around shouting (actually not SHOUTING. That makes no sense XD) our love of Rookie to zeh world.

  • Emily July 20th, 2012 7:18 PM

    “..Sing this song and consequently remind you of fifth grade”

    My entire class sang ‘time of your life’ for fifth grade graduation, (The first song not in Hawaiian that we got to sing!) and I was like positively bursting with giggles after every time we practiced it, because I really wanted to tell my teacher, “Hey, you know this song means ‘screw you!’ right?” in those exact words.

    Which reminds me now that I said things like ‘screw you’ in fourth grade. Wow.

  • AClementine July 20th, 2012 7:37 PM

    Aw kinda tearful but in a good way :’)(

  • MadelinelovesLouReed July 20th, 2012 7:42 PM

    Tavi, may I PLEASE hear this troll lullaby?

  • unicorn-rhapsody July 20th, 2012 8:11 PM

    I kind of want to go to the LA thing next week but I feel a little scared to go alone, like I will be eaten by teenage girls. Is it very intimidating?

    • kruisin July 20th, 2012 9:05 PM

      No! You will feel like ur surrounded by sister love. You should go for sure.

  • jill July 20th, 2012 8:35 PM

    OH MY GOSH a rookie tshirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahh i can’t wait to buy!!! haha and good riddance (time of your life), brings me back to those awful middle school days blahh.
    Oh, and it was so great seeing everyone at the sf meetup!! I had so much fun and met so many rad girls! :D

  • kruisin July 20th, 2012 9:03 PM

    Tavi, meeting u at Dolores park ruled. You are seriously an angel goddess from a parallel universe. I am rlly glad smiley dashboard hanger is hung from the rookie road trip van, I won him in Reno. He’s the biggest little mistake I ever made.

    • bethleeroth July 21st, 2012 11:39 AM

      “Make the biggest little mistake of your life in Reno” – thanks for making me smile!

    • tellyawhat July 21st, 2012 1:17 PM

      At Circus Circus?

      • kruisin July 21st, 2012 3:28 PM

        yes! did you see it there as well?

  • Luceisms July 20th, 2012 10:35 PM

    Tavi! This is off topic but I totally walked by a magazine stand today and did a backtake. You’re on the august cover of BUST! Wow! When did that happen?! Crazy! Obviously I bought it on the spot but am trying to save it for a time when I need cheering up and haven’t opened it yet. When I do there’s no doubt your article will be fucking awesome. Way to go, miss cool cat. xo

  • itslaurafrances July 20th, 2012 10:55 PM

    Your interpretation of Almost Famous totally makes sense to me. I never saw it that way and it’s now blowing my mind.

  • whodatgal July 21st, 2012 2:57 AM

    MUAHAAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAFinally I am on ROOKIE <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 ok so I'm not in the group photo because I left early (BUM) I went to the London meetup though and dragged my Dad in too :D I can't wait to buy the tee- shirt and the rookie yearbook!!!!!! If any London Rookies are wondering which crazed person I am, it's Ophelia xxxxxx


  • Harley July 21st, 2012 4:02 AM

    I must have that Rookie shirt, even if no one at school will know what it means.

  • bethleeroth July 21st, 2012 11:41 AM

    I haven’t been enthused by a t-shirt in a really long time, but the Rookie t-shirt looks totally righteous. Will be buying.

  • falkor4eva July 21st, 2012 11:55 AM

    Big Sur… looks like it was mind blowing.

    It was amazing meeting everyone! and that rookie shirt is super cute.

    p.s. The kitten was an orphaned kitty found on a roof, although taking care of him does cost money you are right about that.

  • AmyR July 21st, 2012 1:37 PM

    So bummed I won’t get to see Strange Magic. Any chance you guys would post a video tour?

  • mayaautumn July 21st, 2012 5:31 PM

    is there any way you can purchase the rookie tees online? if not, I’ll try and make one myself:)


  • Skylar July 21st, 2012 7:35 PM

    Good Riddance actually was my 5th grade end of the year song..

  • charchar77 July 21st, 2012 10:04 PM

    Hey all you guys!! Gahhh these meetups look so amazing (The NYC one was totes rad too, I went to it and it was RADICAL)!!! Why are all rookie peeps so damn (excuse my french..) Coolownageradawesomesnakfush (ummm this isTOTALLY a real word…)??!! Oh and I had a question for Tavi… So here is my message of.. weirdness (?)
    Hey, Tavi
    I met you at the NYC meetup (Im Charlotte from the Eating Disorder Essay and the one is the red, weird cape thingy) and I wanted to first of all thank you (really late) for being so awesome. Second of all say that you are very easy to talk to and funny. And thirdly (dorky question coming) ask you if you could maybe look at my blog: theflowered.blogspot.com because I cant think of anything cooler that havin’ Tavi look at my blog…
    THank you!!

    • Anaheed July 22nd, 2012 1:25 AM

      CHARLOTTE, YOU ARE *THAT* CHARLOTTE? Goddamn, you are awesome in too many ways, I am getting dizzy.

    • Anaheed July 22nd, 2012 1:27 AM

      P.S. I love love love your blog.

      • charchar77 July 22nd, 2012 9:11 PM

        Yes, yes I am *that* Charlotte (I know you are awed to have met me and my amazingness… um that was narcissistic, sorry)… You are freakin’ amazziingg in so many ways too (really, you are one cool bean!!) and it was great to meet you!!!

  • TinaBallerina July 22nd, 2012 11:43 AM

    I AM SO JEALOUS THAT YOU GET TO MEET EACH OTHER. I don’t know if there are any Rookie readers in Norway besides me and my sister. Are there?? If there is, please say so :)

    Tavi, I commented this on the latest Roadtrip post: That troll lullaby, is it “Når trollmor har lagt sine elleve små troll”?? If it is, I’ve known it since I was little.

    You are all so awesome. :) Thinking of buying a t-shirt to show some love :)

  • lula July 22nd, 2012 2:03 PM

    omg i love rookie

  • caro nation July 22nd, 2012 3:24 PM

    “Rookie readers” are, in my opinion, a legitimate subculture. You know, feminists, flower crowns, retromania, thrift store clothes, empowerment, constant use of the word “vibes.” Tavi, you’ve created what I believe will be the staple of all future accounts of 2010′s counterculture. It’s odd most it revolves around nostalgia and obsessing over OTHER subcultures.

  • ValeCrts July 22nd, 2012 4:31 PM

    I want to go to LA so bad!!

  • sapphirestars July 22nd, 2012 6:58 PM

    do u think ill be able to purchase the rookie tshirt and yearbook from sydney??

  • willow July 22nd, 2012 9:29 PM

    i’m literally hyperventilating about the prospect of a rookie t shirt

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  • jennbx July 23rd, 2012 11:54 PM

    Just wanted to say thank you for coming out on Sunday to meet us all. Strange Magic was absolutely breathtaking, and I had the best time ever. You are such a sweet girl and such an inspiration to me.

    <3 Jenna

  • sarahssunsandmoons August 19th, 2012 8:46 PM

    When will the tshirts be available to be purchased?? <3

  • Swans44 September 3rd, 2012 4:10 AM

    Oh boyy I want a rookie tshirt so bad!