CV! Part 90 (Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday)
Monday, December 7, 2020 – Pearl Harbor Day
3:15am: Well, the weekend kinda sucked.
And we just woke up.
We fell asleep a little before midnight, and now we are awake again.
We fell asleep and woke up again, fell asleep and woke up again.
And now it’s 6:30am.
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The 8 crazy nights of Hanukkah begin on the evening of Thursday, December 10
and end on the evening of Friday, December 18.
1:30pm: Well, it’s Monday afternoon and time for lunch.
We woke up. The dogs got taken care of, and we got the newspapers.
We had an espresso and went back to bed.
And then woke up and went back to bed.
On The Menu: Lunch! 3 Hotdogs with mustard, red onions and cheese, dill pickle, carrots, red grapes and an iced espresso.
Monday Night Football – the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Buffalo Bills 34-24.
On The Menu: Italian food delivered from Maria’s Kitchen
– meat lasagna and bruschetta bread with an iced espresso to drink
We re-watched three more episodes of “Long Strange Trip”, and the documentary “Creating Woodstock”, as well as some cool stuff on the interweb. There have been a lot of great musical performances (Billy Strings! Josh Daniel!, The Grand Ole Opry, Taimane, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Gunhild Carling, Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs, Junior Brown, James Intveld and Bill Kirchen) and we’ve caught up on Josh Gad’s “Reunited Apart” zoom reunions – watched the “Wayne’s World” and “Ghostbusters” episodes and laughed our ass off.
Our “Top 5” Holiday Movies recommended for 2020:
Elf, Scrooged, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Die Hard
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
“Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it’s been.”
9:30am: And we are awake.
We didn’t sleep until morning again…. and then we had sinus problems again.
So we woke up and fell asleep and woke up again… and we are still tired.
Dogs got taken care of.
We had a cup of espresso and we can breathe so it’s a good morning right?
Ate two toasted English muffins with butter and raspberry jam.
Drank another cup of espresso. Slept most of the day.
And the dogs got supper.
Tuesday Night Football – Dallas Cowboys v. Baltimore Ravens
Dez Bryant tested positive for COVID-19, so he won’t play tonight for the Ravens.
And we still don’t think the Cowboys will win. (Update: THE COWBOYS LOST of course)
On the Menu: Mac’n’Cheese with bacon
Re-watched the last episode of “Long Strange Trip” and then the “Haight Ashbury” documentary on Prime. That last episode is just terrible, the subject matter and the lack of disclosure. Jerry Garcia died because the Grateful Dead money machine needed to keep rolling. Thirty years of history was way too much for six episodes, and the documentary never gets deep into any subject, era or personality.
Key events in the band’s history are barely mentioned or totally ignored. The most obvious is Brent Mydland’s contributions to the music, his death. What happened to Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby? They also don’t mention the New Orleans bust that inspired “Truckin'” and the “He’s Gone” story – the band’s manager Lenny Hart (Mickey’s father) stealing the band’s money and vanishing. Jerry’s coma, and his subsequent recovery barely gets a mention too. These and other major subject omissions (Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, Wavy Gravy, Mountain Girl, the failed record label, Saturday Night Live, John Belushi, Bill Walton, Bill Graham, Winterland Productions, etc.) make the documentary incomplete and “whitewashed”.
From my original review (written when it was originally released):
Yes and No. It was well done and covered a lot of ground. I got chills during Not Fade Away (because I was in that audience) and it brought back good memories of old times (and 80s California shows). However, how can you do a documentary about the Grateful Dead and not mention Chet Helms, the Family Dog, Jefferson Airplane, Woodstock, T.C., and most of all BILL GRAHAM! Also, very little about Brent, Owsley, Neal Cassady, the Merry Pranksters and Kesey, Marin County/San Rafael, and the Grateful Dead Movie. Nothing about Vince or Bruce, “Festival Express”, the Radio City/Winterland Shows, Jerry’s Golden gate Park drug bust, the band members other endeavors and side projects, Jerry’s art, the arts and crafts and merchandise (both licensed and bootleg), Old and In The Way, David Grisman, Tom Davis. Bill Walton and the other members of the family and staff (GDP and Winterland). After waiting all these years, I was happy there was something good and a lot of history, but it barely scratched the surface and definitely didn’t cover the true culture, cultural impact or continuing legacy of the Grateful Dead. Also, there were some incredible images from the archives that I’ve never seen before and I was left wondering WHY HAVEN’T THESE IMAGES BEEN SEEN? NOTE: Last week, unseen “Jerry’s Prom pictures” (set of 8 pics from the 50s) appeared in this group because someone’s daughter (her father grew up with Jerry) shared them with an Uber driver! So PLEASE DIGITIZE IT and share it if you got cool pics, music, art and/or merch!
How do you do a film about the Grateful Dead and not mention BILL GRAHAM? Also missing from the film: the New Orleans bust, Arista and Grateful Dead records, Alembic, Betty Cantor-Jackson, Dan Healy, Mickey’s dad, the GD Hotline, mail order tickets, the Fillmore east, Saturday Night Live and John Belushi, the US Festival, Bob Dylan, KFOG radio, BASS tickets, BAM magazine and the New Year’s Eve shows. (just sayin’)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
4:00am: We fell asleep and woke up about half an hour ago.
We went back to bed around 6;00am.
Tried to sleep and the big dog started barking. And barked all morning.
The dogs got fed and we got the newspapers. And we had a cup of espresso.
On The Menu: We made breakfast. 2 eggs over easy, bacon, toasted English muffin with butter and raspberry jam, and another espresso to drink.
4:30pm: BREATHE. Breathe in the air.
Tomorrow is the first night of Hanukkah!
On the Menu: We had Cuban food from Versailles the other night, and we used the leftovers for a super taco tonight! Garlic chicken and onions, black beans, white rice and plantains. Added pepper jack cheese, lettuce with a little Caesar dressing, and red salsa with a flour tortilla for the taco.
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