Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 15, 1969

Welcome to. . .

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Can't believe I saved them
 all these years.

(Disclaimer: I was underage
 though somewhat emancipated)

I remember selling macrame` belts

 to boutiques for my ticket money.

I remember the BUZZ 

that THIS was gonna be a

 "gathering of the tribes" 

and a do NOT miss event!

Arriving at the site late on

 Thursday night 

it was too dark to see much.

We slept on the ground.

But Friday morning

 was a bursting, bustling SEA of cars

 and humanity.

I'd never seen so many people in one place

but certainly never so many freaks!

(Only Time magazine,

 and news people,
 and the 'out of it'
 called us hippies)

Bob Seger struck a chord 

that still resonates

 down the corridor of years:

"Always seem outnumbered,
 don't dare make a stand,
Same old cliches:
 'Is that a woman or a man?"
Turn The Page by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet on Grooveshark

It took real courage 

to let your freak flag fly.

But this was freak utopia.

The few cops looked surrendered and happy

 and just kept the cars safely flowing 

even as random people (like me)

 hitched rides on hoods and trunks

 along the slow moving line of cars.

 Joints were smoked freely 
under the open sky,

 even sincerely offered to cops 

who declined smiling. 

Some people were topless, 

others muddy, and/or nude. 

Everyone looked HAPPY!

The cops acted like real peace officers.

 Locals told the press:
 "They're good kids." 

The cops treated us like citizens 
(instead of prey) for once. 

What else could they do, but still.

It was a peaceful metropolis

 under the sky,

 no fights, no attitude,

 just unbelieving bliss.

Everybody got along.

The radios in the cars

 reported that the

 New York State Thruway

 was closed!

"We closed the highway, man!"

 they got us all together 
in one place
 to bomb us."

It looked like the end of the world
 as we knew it 
and it felt fine indeed!

The disorientation and sensory overload 

of being amidst so many folks in quasi-

disaster conditions

 made me feel high,

plus we hadn't brought food 

in expectation of buying it.

But fences were flat,

 services overwhelmed

 and not set up.

We sucked on those English

 flavored cigarette papers 

popular back then.


Campers shared food. We got by somehow.

I still have my tickets

 because no one needed one.

 Free show, Man!

Free was a big concept then: bartering,

Whole Earth Catalogue self-sufficiency, 


A shop in West Philly at the time 

was called 

"The Free People's Store" 

which had a " free shelf" to challenge 

the whole idea of consumerism. 

Those folks were interesting

 and later morphed into

 Urban Outfitters,

 right Richard?

I can still see that ocean of people,

 and "feel" that ride

 on the snaking line of cars

 as the cops directed traffic


I remember meeting people
 from all over the country.

I remember seeing my first
 Hawaii License plate. 

I remember the music 
way way WAY
 over the sea of people,
and the helicoptered bands landing.

I remember me and my friends
 being overwhelmed by the throng
 and leaving on Saturday...
but I never tell that part.....

Thanks for reminiscing with me! cloudia

On a Clear Day

A L O H A !
  On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) by Johnny Mathis on Grooveshark
" My favorite things in life

 don't cost any money.

 It's really clear 

that the most 

precious resource 

we all have is

 time. "

Steve Jobs 


" In meteorology, 

virga is an observable streak

 or shaft of precipitation

 that falls from a cloud 

but evaporates

 or sublimes 

before reaching the ground."

" The water in a vessel 

is sparkling;

 the water in the sea 

is dark. 

The small truth

 has words which are 


the great truth

 has great silence. "

Rabindranath Tagore 

" Never regret 
anything you have done 
with a sincere affection;
 nothing is lost
 that is born of 
the heart. "

Basil Rathbone 

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