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CV! Part 190 – “The Days Between” part two (Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon)

CV! Part 190 – “The Days Between” part two (Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon)
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ACROSS THE WESTERN UNITED STATES!
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
DO NOT TRAVEL! DON’T STOP SOCIAL DISTANCING! 

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The Grateful Dead early 70s

August 1st is Jerry Garcia’s birthday.
August 9th is the anniversary of his death in 1995.
The nine days from August 1st to 9th, are known as “The Days Between”
named for the Grateful Dead’s song on “So Many Roads” released in 1999.
CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA!

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First LIVE performance of “So Many Roads”:
February 22, 1992, at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.

Thought I heard a blackbird singing
Up on Bluebird Hill
Call me a whinin’ boy if you will
Born where the sun don’t shine
And I don’t deny my name
Got no place to go, ain’t that a shame?
“So Many Roads” by the Grateful Dead
written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

Grateful Dead – “So Many Roads”
From the last Grateful Dead concert: – July 9, 1995, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois

 

Friday, August 6, 2021 – “Puff puff, give.”
“’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do.”
Happy birthday Lucille Ball!
(“I Love Lucy”)
Happy birthday Andy Warhol!
– “Art is what you can get away with.”

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Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s 32 Soup Cans at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Read our previous Blog Post “Warhol Wednesday”

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The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York July 28, 1973

8:30am: And TGIFriday! It’s Friday!
We were up all morning long, and we laid down after sunrise.
And then the dogs were awake and barking.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed. 
We drank a cup of espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We just published Part One of “The Days Between” Blog Posts.
We worked on future Blog Posts this morning too.
But TRAVEL MUST WAIT AGAIN, so we are in LIMBO right now.
There are ROOFERS on our street, and they start too early.
They are replacing the wood shake roof across the street this week.
(Can’t even imagine how HOT it must be up there in August!)

Today’s SECRET WORD is HELP:
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-make it easier by offering one’s services/resources
-serve someone with (food or drink)
-improve (a situation or problem); be of benefit to
-aid, assist, improve, remedy, support
-the act of helping someone to do something; assistance
-a person or thing that helps, a domestic employee
-giving assistance to
-an appeal for urgent assistance
– a song title and the fifth studio album by the Beatles

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The Beatles’ “HELP!” was released on August 6th, 1965.
(WOW! We did not know that, and that’s a really weird coincidence!)

10:55am: We made another iced espresso.
Watching TV: “Flight of the Conchords” in concert on HBO.
+Surfing the interweb, and working on this Blog Post for a couple hours.
12:00Noon: We did a little dog grooming, and brushed out all the dogs.
We do a little bit everyday of course, but they all got brushed this morning.
We took them outside and now they are happy in the kitchen.
And we might be hungry.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.


It’s HIROSHIMA DAY! (aka “A-BOMB DAY”)
The anniversary of the first World War II Atomic Bomb attack on Japan.
Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Kōen is a public park in the center of Hiroshima, Japan. It is a memorial dedicated to the first city to suffer a nuclear attack, the memory of the victims (as many as 140000), and to WORLD PEACE. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is visited by more than one million people every year. The annual August 6th Peace Memorial Ceremony is sponsored by the city of Hiroshima.

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The A-Bomb Dome is the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall.
The building is the nearest building to the bombing that remained partially standing.
It’s now another memorial to the August 6th, 1945, 8:15am nuclear explosion.

“the Peace Memorial Ceremony has never once been cancelled since the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims was built in Peace Memorial Park in 1952, the Peace Memorial Ceremony will be held this year in a similar manner as last year with strict COVID-19 infection prevention measures.”


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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

10:22pm: Recapping Friday afternoon. We made some lunch.
TV, interweb, YouTube, podcasts. We were mildly entertained.
We fell asleep with the dog and slept.
We woke up and then we went back to bed and slept some more.

On The Menu: Fried chicken breast, quesadilla with salsa verde,
and a dill pickle. With an iced espresso to drink.
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We woke up again. The dogs got fed and went outside.
We made and ate some dinner at 10:00pm. GOOD SHABBOS!

On The Menu: Double helping of Mama’s homemade lasagna. And a coke.
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NOTE: We were invited to Friday night dinner again.
We don’t feel it is safe to eat and party
with people not inside your bubble again….
WE DON’T KNOW: WHO IS FULLY VACCINATED?
WE DON’T KNOW: WHO IS INFECTED AND CONTAGIOUS?
Is it really safe to party indoors with people who are vaccinated? 
Do you know where they’ve been and who’ve they’ve contacted?
Are they being honest about their status and contacts?
So, we didn’t go the party and we ate our dinner alone.
And then we had a little dessert.

On The Menu: Chocolate Cake from Benes Bakery with Haagen-Daas
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Thought I heard that KC whistle
Moaning sweet and low
Thought I heard that KC when she blow
Down where the sun don’t shine
Underneath the Kokomo
Whinin’ boy got no place to go

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Jerry Garcia and John Kahn – Old & In The Way 1975

TRAVEL ALERT! DO NOT TRAVEL!
Spirit Airlines cancelled over 2000 flights this week!!!!! 
with more cancellations coming this weekend.
Passengers have been left stranded at airports across the country for days.
TOTAL FAIL. And there won’t be any penalties of course. 
Can you even imagine being stuck in line with hundreds of strangers
for hours with the Delta Variant spreading?


Las Vegas Livestream on Friday night!
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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!


Saturday, August 7, 2021
Happy B
irthday Ralph Bunche! Born in 1904 in Detroit, Michigan.
He was the first African-American to receive the Nobel Prize in 1950.
BLACKLIVESMATTER!

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3:50am: Still awake. Working on Blog Posts, watching TV, surfing the interweb,
and watching YouTube vids and Livestreams. Sleepy time soon.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZ

7:15am: We are awake again. The dogs got fed and went outside.
We drank a cup of espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.

8:00am: We took the dog outside again. Now it’s nappy time for the dogs.

Today is the midpoint of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere
and Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

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9:10am: The gardeners are here.
They’re going to work in the backyard today.
We did a little dog grooming. And we thought about some food.
But we don’t know what we want to eat right now.
And we’ve had our coffee already, and we don’t want to drink more right now.

10:00am: Okay, we made an iced espresso. Still no food.
We’re chilling’ in the Home Office with the dog again.

Thought I heard that KC whistle
Moaning sweet and low
Thought I heard that KC when she blow
Down where the sun don’t shine
Underneath the Kokomo
Whinin’ boy got no place to go

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZ

12:25pm: We woke up and took the dogs outside.
We ate some food. Then we fell asleep again.
On The Menu: Leftover lasagna for lunch
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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZ

7:30pm: We woke up again. Crashed hard. 
And the gardeners were just finishing up in the backyard for the day.
It’s Saturday night. We got the dogs. The dogs got fed.
The dogs went outside. Now we’re chillin’ in the Home Office again.
BORING. So BORING.
We put on some music and the dogs are napping now.

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8:40pm: ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT.

So many roads, I tell you
So many roads I know
So many roads, so many roads
Mountain high, river wide
So many roads to ride
So many roads, so many roads

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Recapping Saturday night. We worked on our future Blog Posts.
We watched TV, surfed the interweb, watched YouTube vids and livestreams, 
and we were entertained, occupied, and distracted into the early AM hours.

Criminal Complaint filed against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Sexual harassment and retaliation? The Democrats are giving him up.
Albany, NY Police press conference today. Not good for him.
The NY Attorney General’s press conference was also not good for him.
THIS IS JUST MORE GOOD MEDIA DISTRACTION
FROM TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITOR’S TREASON!

The Senate is meeting today to vote on the “Bi-Partisan” Infrastructure Bill.
And 700000 Bikers are still gathering in Sturgis, South Dakota, this week!
They didn’t learn their lesson from last year, of course.
YES, PEOPLE ARE REALLY GREEDY AND STUPID.
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United Airlines will require ALL EMPLOYEES get vaccinated.

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THE NEW LAMBDA VARIANT IS SPREADING IN THE UNITED STATES!
“highly infectious, may also be able to evade vaccine antibodies”

The SARS-CoV-2 Lambda variant, also known as lineage C.37, is a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was first detected in Peru in December 2020. On 14 June 2021, the World Health Organization named it Lambda variant and designated it as a variant of interest – wikipedia

Investigators in Chile conclude that the lambda COVID-19 variant is not only more infectious than standard SARS-CoV-2, but could also possibly shrug off vaccines. The first case in the United States has been spotted at Houston Methodist Hospital. – July 30, 2021

120000 New COVID-19 Cases in the United States yesterday.
The highest daily number in six months! Delta Variant is spreading fast.
619900+ Reported US DEATHS from COVID-19 as of this morning!
Hospitalizations are rising. Children are being infected.
And so, LET’S SEND THE KIDS BACK-To-SCHOOL. WTF?
Deaths are increasing again. The unvaccinated are dying.
And so, LET’S REMOVE MASK MANDATES and RESTRICTIONS. WTF?
And only 50% of the US population is Fully Vaccinated.
And so, WTF? Are they just waiting for the vaccine-resistant variant?
WE WANT TO GO OUT! WE WANT TO TRAVEL! WE DON’T WANT TO WORRY!
WHO THE FUCK IS IN CHARGE OF THE PANDEMIC RESPONSE?
WHY ISN’T THERE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANDATE?
WHY AREN’T THERE DOMESTIC TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS?
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THERE NEEDS TO BE A 40 DAY TOTAL SHUTDOWN.
QUARANTINE EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, except for actual essential workers.
NATIONAL GUARD/LAW ENFORCEMENT if necessary to enforce the shutdown.
REQUIRE EVERYONE GET VACCINATED IF THEY WANT TO GO OUT IN PUBLIC.
EVERYONE. And Rapid Testing for EVERYONE EVERY WEEK until it is eradicated.
ARREST AND PROSECUTE ANYONE SPREADING MISINFORMATION AND LIES!

The Delta Variant is VERY CONTAGIOUS and it might kill you.
4,304,980 Reported Deaths from COVID-19 Worldwide!
(the actual number is much higher)
COVID-19 is currently affecting 220 countries and territories.

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If it was just the “vaccine-deniers” that were dying, that would be okay.
THEY ARE THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE AND THE STATE NOW!
Hospitals should refuse to accept patients who have not been fully vaccinated.
The unvaccinated should be restricted from ALL PUBLIC SPACES.
Masks that cover the nose and mouth should be required EVERYWHERE.

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
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WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK! WEARAFUCKING(DOUBLE)MASK!
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One More Saturday Night!
JER
 

Sunday, August 8, 2021 – the 220th day of the year!

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“Dear Jerry” Envelope Art (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

2:30am: We finally made some dinner at 1:00am.

On The Menu: 2 beef soft tacos with avocado and salsa verde
And an iced espresso to drink.
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Thought I heard a jug band playin’
If you don’t who else will?
From over on the far side of the hill
All I know the sun don’t shine
And the rain refused to fall
And you don’t seem to hear me when I call

7:15am: SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Sunday morning. And we’re awake early.
We drank a cup of espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.

8:05am: We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.

9:10am: We made an iced espresso and played with the dog.
Now he’s napping under the desk.
The other dogs are sleeping in the bedroom.

11:45am: We just made and ate Sunday Brunch.
On The Menu: Toasted bagel with lox and cream cheese; dill pickle,
pita chips, and cherries
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JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

9:10pm: We fell asleep and really slept.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed.
We woke up and thought it was morning, but it was actually sunset.
Wait, it’s Sunday night. We took a shower. We made an iced coffee.

10:15pm: We drank our iced coffee. We played with and groomed the dog.
We haven’t eaten since Brunch, so we’re thinking about food again now.

BOB and JER

Wind inside and the wind outside
Tangled in the window blind
Tell me why you treat me so unkind
Down where the sun don’t shine
Lonely and I call your name
No place left to go, ain’t that a shame?

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We miss Jerry! We think about the music he could have made. RIP

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Monday, August 9, 2021
Remembering Jerry Garcia today (and everyday).
May his memory be blessed!

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Jerry Garcia

So many roads, I tell you
New York to San Francisco
So many roads I know
All I want is one to take me home
From the high road to the low
So many roads I know
So many roads, so many roads

1:20am: And we still haven’t eaten yet. 
Time to watch “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on HBO.
FUCK TUCKER CARLSON! FUCK FOXNEWS! 
The Olympics are over? Yeah, we gave up on NBC last week.
FUCK RUSSIA! Fuck Vladimir Putin! FUCK MOSCOWMITCH!
FUCK THE RUSSIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE!
AND FUCK THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE TOO!
LOVE John Oliver! Brilliant! Mindblowing! The Voice of TRUTH!

3:00am: The dogs went outside.
Still no food. But we made and drank a mocha milkshake.
Drink Coffee. Drink Water. Eat Chocolate. Eat Ice Cream.

POP Funko Jerry Garcia:
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“Don’t cry now, don’t you cry, don’t you cry anymore.
Sleep in the stars, don’t you cry, dry your eyes on the wind.”

9:15am: We woke up very early, but didn’t really sleep at all.
We took the dog outside. The dogs went outside.
The dogs got fed. We made and drank an iced espresso.
We ate a piece of leftover lasagna for breakfast.
We watched “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” on Amazon Prime.

And it’s Monday morning. 
The roofers are working across the street again today.
They arrived at 6:45am and started at 7:00am….

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Mondays only happen once a week!

10:45am: We made another iced espresso.
The housekeeper is here today to clean.
We took the dogs outside. It’s a beautiful day in the SFV.
Now we are all chillin’ in the Home Office. It’s going to be HOT.
Watching “VAL”, the Val Kilmer documentary on Amazon Prime.

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZ

We took a nap.

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The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

JoshWillTravel: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

9:21pm: Recapping Monday.
The gardener came and worked in the backyard all afternoon.
Making a change to the landscaping and the “rock garden”.
So we had the dogs in the Home Office all afternoon too.
The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed.
And we fell asleep again. 

Recapping Monday night on Tuesday morning again.
We woke up and made dinner. NO SALAD TONIGHT.
On The Menu: Toasted bagel with lox and cream cheese, dill pickle,
potato chips and cherries with an iced espresso to drink.
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John Belushi and Jerry Garcia
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From the land of the midnight sun
Where the ice blue roses grow
Along those roads of gold and silver snow
Howlin’ wide or moaning low
So many roads I know
So many roads to [unverified] my soul

Get your Jerry Merch!
Get your Garcia Hand Picked Brand Cannabis!
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Aloha Jerry!
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DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS REMAIN
A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WORLD in Summer of 2021!

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THE GOP TRAITORS ARE LYING TO YOU!
DON’T BELIEVE THEIR LIES!
YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED!
YOU SAW IT WITH YOUR OWN EYES!

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SEVEN MONTHS AGO, TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS
TRIED TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES! 

Breaking News from the State Department: (Why isn’t Mike Pompeo in prison?)
A $5,800 bottle of Japanese whiskey gifted to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the government of Japan in 2019 is missing. Pompeo said he never received the bottle of whiskey and had no idea it was missing, or what happened to the gift. Pompeo’s lawyer, William Burck, told the Wall Street Journal that the former secretary of state had “no recollection of receiving the bottle of whiskey and does not have any knowledge of what happened to it.”
Earlier this year, the State Department’s independent watchdog group, Project on Government Oversight, found that GOP Traitor and Trump stooge Pompeo and his wife Susan “violated federal ethics rules by making over 100 personal, non-work related requests to department employees” (including ordering gifts, booking salon appointments, and taking care of their family dog).

FIRE AND ARREST TRUMP STOOGE
AND GOP TRAITOR LOUIS DEJOY NOW!

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and she’ll xxxx xxxx xxxx for a thousand dollars.

Masks are required indoors again in the County of Los Angeles!
WARNING! COVID-19 (the Delta Variant) is spreading 
and case numbers are rising in all 50 states.

MONDAY’S NUMBERS:
COVID-19 is still the leading cause of death in the United States.
617000+ Reported Deaths in the United States from COVID-19
as of today.
64780+ Reported Deaths in California from COVID-19 as of today
53350+ Reported Deaths in New York from COVID-19 as of today
(these are the reported numbers, the true numbers are much higher)

NOTE: THERE IS ANOTHER REPORT THAT COVID-19 NUMBERS
IN THE US MAY HAVE BEEN UNDER-REPORTED BY AS MUCH AS 60%!
The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
reports the number of COVID-19 DEATHS in the US at more than 900000
(that’s 57% higher than the official data according to their analysis)

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**GIVE BLOOD!***
THE RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD AND PLASMA DONORS!

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“This is The End , my only friend The End”
And so we now end “The Days Between” 2021

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Be Grateful. Be Kind.
“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”
~Japanese Proverb



King Cotton Blues

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King Cotton Blues
Lyrics by Robert Hunter
Music by Malcolm Welbourne (Papa Mali), Bill Kreutzmann, Matt Hubbard
as performed by 7 Walkers

Got the king cotton blues, that I can’t deny
I’ve always been in trouble, but, I never did know why
Some say it’s my attitude, others said my luck
Those that said my just deserts can take a flying fuck

Got the king cotton blues, right down to my core
I can take the licking, boys, stand up and ask for more
It ain’t because of courage, on account of being brave
I never saw much reason to avoid an early grave

[Chorus:]
King cotton blues boys, be it understood
Shotgun is too merciful, hanging is too good
Drowning’s too uncertain, poison is too slow
To snuff a worthless widow’s son whose time has come to go

Got the king cotton blues, reason to complain
All the local prostitutes, spit upon my name
I take out my handkerchief, and dust that shit away
Revenge don’t bring relief, boys, no matter what they say

Got the king cotton blues, price upon my head
A thousand bucks alive, and double if I’m dead
They don’t want to have to feed me, they know my appetite
Let’s head down to the bar afar, and pick another fight

[Chorus]

Got the king cotton blues when shit hits the fan
No shame to duck, boys, any chance you can
Take your absolution, at the whorehouse down the block
For those who disavow you, can wind the devil’s clock

Got the king cotton blues, every dog knows the tune
Every cat has a version, beneath the brightful moon
Take your revolution, and stick it upper class
Be kind to one another, and dip your lights when you pass

[Chorus]

Got the king cotton blues, that’s all I got to say
They done locked up the keys, and threw the house away
I’m just buying my time ’til they pop my red balloon
Feed me to the tigers, throw my leg across the moon

[Chorus]

King Cotton Blues by 7 Walkers with Willie Nelson:

7 Walkers (2009-2012) featured former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann,
guitarist and singer Malcolm Welbourne aka Papa Mali,
multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard, and bassist George Porter Jr.
NOTE: Reed Mathis was an original member of 7 Walkers,
He played on the self-titled debut album (released on November 2, 2010)
He left the band due to touring commitments and was replaced by George Porter Jr..


And now a little King Cotton history:

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“‘King Cotton’ is a slogan that summarized the strategy used before the American Civil War (of 1861–1865) by pro-secessionists in the southern states (the future Confederate States of America) to claim the feasibility of secession and to prove there was no need to fear a war with the northern states.” – wikipedia

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Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll,
or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants.

Genus: Gossyplum – family: malvaceae

India is the world’s largest producer of cotton.
The five leading exporters of cotton in 2019:
(1) India, (2) the United States, (3) China, (4) Brazil, and (5) Pakistan.

The invention of the cotton gin lowered the cost of production,
leading to greater profits, and the expansion of cotton farming and slavery.

SLAVERY AND SLAVE LABOR – The real hands that built America!
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Monroe,
John Hancock, and many other “Founding Fathers” owned slaves.

August, 1619 –  First Slaves arrive in Jamestown, Virginia
20-30 enslaved Africans landed at Point Comfort
(now Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia)
Captain Jope and Mr. Marmaduke from the English warship ‘White Lion’
traded captives removed from the Portuguese slave ship, San Juan Bautista
to the Governor and Cape Merchant of Jamestown for food and supplies.

1662 – Slavery officially recognized as the statutory law of the colony.
Legislation passed to define the status of mixed-race (mulatto) children.
Children were considered the same status as their mother.
If the child was born to a slave, the child would be born a slave.

BLACKLIVESMATTER!
Acknowledge the history and legacy of slavery, the slave trade,
the failed reconstruction and post Civil War retaliation, sharecropping,
“The Great Migration”, the Klu Klux Klan, segregation, Jim Crow, and racism!

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“Oh! Isn’t that a Dainty Dish to set before the King!”
by artist John McLenan (1827-1865)

This cartoon depicts General George B. McClellan delivering a live bombshell to the table of the British monarchy. The table top says “Virginia” while the body of it is made of cotton and the supports are “whiskey.” Standing nearby is Lord Palmerston pictured as a whiskey bottle (“Old Rye Prime Minister”). In the background is a slave atop a stack of cotton and a black servant commenting on the instabilty of the cotton stack. This is referencing Great Britiain’s policy of neutrality towards the American Civil War and the belief by many Northerners that it was merely a strategic position taken by the British to maximize their economic benefits. In reality, Palmerston viewed neutrality and the possible success of the Confederacy as lucrative economic possibilites for Great Britiain. This depiction is infering that McClellan and the Union Army will destroy the foundation of this economic plan (portrayed here as cotton) through their military successes.

The Triangular Trade in the 18th and 19th centuries:
Great Britain shipped goods to West Africa.
These goods were used to buy captured Africans.
The African slaves were shipped to the West Indies and the Americas
and exchanged for sugar, rum, and other goods.
And then these goods were shipped back to Great Britain.

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The “King Cotton” March was composed in 1895 by John Philip Sousa
for the Cotton States and International Exposition (1895).

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Lloyd Lambert
(June 4, 1928 – October 31, 1995) from Thibodaux, Louisiana
He pioneered the use of the electric bass in blues, jazz, and R&B.
He was a regular at the famous New Orleans’ Dew Drop Inn.
Bandleader for Guitar Slim, and he had his own orchestra.
He also played with big names like Nappy Brown and Little Richard.

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Lloyd Lambert (and his band) – “King Cotton” instrumental


King Cotton is also the stage name of Dicky Sony,
an American Texas blues singer born in 1945 in Navasota, Texas.
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King Cotton as Roscoe from the film “Tape Heads”


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CV! Part 109 – Today is Inauguration Day! (Wednesday)

CV! Part 109- Today is Inauguration Day! (Wednesday)


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – TODAY IS INAUGURATION DAY!
JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS WON THE 2020 ELECTION!

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#BeGone #GoodRiddance #GOPTraitors #GOP #Treason #Sedition
#MAGATerrorists #Traitors #TrumpCrimeFamily #TrumpTreason
#GENOCIDE #CrimesAgainstHumanity #CrimesAgainstChildren

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HAHA! Ripped this one from Twitter! Someone’s not happy today:
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TICK TOCK MOTHERF*CKER! YOUR TIME IS UP!
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WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! 
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! 
DO NOT PARTY WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE!
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!
WE ARE ALL “SAFER-AT-HOME” – DO NOT TRAVEL!
STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!

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JOE BIDEN WON. KAMALA HARRIS WON.
TRUMP IS A LOSER. TRUMP IS A TRAITOR. TRUMP IS A CRIMINAL.
BIDEN WON

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN!

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3:15AM: Of course we are awake! We’ve been waiting FOUR YEARS for this to be over.
BYE BYE TRUMP! – And we aren’t going to talk about the pardons from last night yet.

How it started, how it’s going:
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“IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICA!”
Today will be a celebration of the new administration. A NEW DAY IN AMERICA!
The Trump legacy will be DEATH. 400000+ Reported US DEAD!
THE ACTUAL NUMBER MAY HAVE ALREADY PASSED 500000!
Thousands more will die before this disease is contained. 
The long-term effects will be severe. “the genie is out of the bottle”
Failure to contain the virus in February and March, now makes it impossible to contain.
Trump FAILED. Pence FAILED. Everyone in the Trump Administration FAILED.
THEY CAUSED THIS. POLITICS OF WEARING A MASK CAUSED THIS.
HYDROXYCLORAQUINE CAUSED THIS! (Trump’s “PUMP AND DUMP” Con)
HERD IMMUNITY CAUSED THIS! FAILURE TO TEST AND TRACK CAUSED THIS!
THERE NEVER WAS A FEDERAL PLAN!
THEY FAILED AT EVERY STAGE WITH PPE AND SUPPLIES!
THEY HELD “SUPER-SPREADER” RALLIES AND WHITE HOUSE PARTIES!
They killed Herman Cain. They tried to expose Joe Biden at the Presidential Debate.
They infected The White House and the Secret Service, the Military and the Congress.
And then they held an Insurrection with a Rally, a Parade, and an Attack on the US Capitol.
TRUMP TRIED TO MURDER THE VICE-PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS!
He wanted the mob to kill his political enemies, and any one else who was there.
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He wanted to declare Martial Law
and make himself King Trump.
TRUMP FAILED.
HE MUST BE PUNISHED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!
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Arrest Trump. Investigate Trump. Prosecute Trump.
CARRY OUT THE SENTENCE WITHOUT MERCY! NO PARDON!
Seize All of Trump’s Assets. Freeze All of Trump’s Bank Accounts Worldwide!
Arrest and Prosecute Trump’s Family! Arrest and Prosecute Trump’s Stooges!
LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!

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USA! USA! USA!

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN!
10:00am: “HAIL TO THE CHIEF!”
Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States.

Kamala Harris is Vice-President of the United States.
Trump is now a private citizen again and can now be arrested for GENOCIDE,
Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes Against Children, Felony Murder,
Treason, Sedition, Rape, Fraud, Wire Fraud, Tax Evasion, Conspiracy
and many other crimes. ARREST! PROSECUTE! AND EXECUTE!
400000+ DEAD AMERICANS DEMAND JUSTICE! TRUMP KILLED THEM!

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We just put the American Flag out in front of the house!
It really is a new day in America. WE ARE FREE! FREE AT LAST! FREE FROM TRUMP!
Four years of crime. Four years of treason. Four years of racism, anti-semitism and hate.
Four years of violence against US Citizens by law enforcement and the government.
WE CAN CELEBRATE THE INAUGURATION OF JOE BIDEN TODAY!
TOMORROW WE MUST BEGIN THE PURGE OF EVERY TRUMP APPOINTEE!
Every Trump hire, every Trump stooge, every Trump staffer, every Trump supporter!
THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED! EVERYTHING TRUMP TOUCHED IS CORRUPTED! 

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11:15am: Well it’s been a busy morning in Washington DC!
Biden&Co went to church, then went to The US Capitol, and they got inaugurated,
They did a “drive-by” review of the National Guard troops on the way to Arlington Cemetery.
The Inauguration Ceremony was beautiful and a “take back” of the United States!
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office.
(Joe Biden used his family bible again)
Garth Brooks sang “Amazing Grace”, and there was an opening prayer,
Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem (and Mike Pence had to watch)
Joe Biden made a well crafted speech.
And J-Lo (Jennifer Lopez) sang.
Inaugural Poet (22 year old) Amanda Gorman stole the show
with her poem, “The Hill We Climb”.

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They moved inside.
The passing of the Nuclear “Football” was immediate and done behind closed doors.
Gifts were given, and speeches were made inside the US Capitol.
Beautiful etched vases from Lennox Crystal (made in USA) were gifted
to the new President and Vice-President. Joe Biden signed an Executive Order. 

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Then there was a motorcade through Washington, past National Guardsmen lining the streets and saluting, all the way to Arlington, Virginia. Now Presidents Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama, Biden  and their wives and Vice-President Harris and her husband (“the Second Gentleman”) are all together laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.
Hearing the National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, 
and watching them be real leaders for the Nation is bringing tears to our eyes.
And now they’re playing “Taps” for all the fallen and there are flags flying on every grave.
A Moment of Silence and Silent Prayer, and a Presidential Photo Op.
And the Presidential Couples are going up the steps and inside General Robert E. Lee’s old house to pay respects, and say goodbye to each other. (pause in the ceremony)
Biden and Harris will motorcade in a “virtual parade to The White House. Biden will sign many Executive Orders, and start the business of repairing the damage that Trump, the GOP Traitors, and Trump’s criminal associates have caused to our great country.

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Vice-President Kamala Harris is the first African-American, first Asian-American and first Woman to hold this Federal Office! And Joe Biden is the oldest President to hold office. 

12:15pm: Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We made some food and another cup of espresso. 
The Presidential motorcade is “parading” to The White House now.
Trump wanted a “military sendoff”, does this count?
Just think of how much it is costing for all this SECURITY.
25000 National Guardsmen from across the country.
Gas, food, lodging, and other services for the military and support personnel.
Law Enforcement and Investigation. They vetted the National Guardsmen.
Maximum protection. Don’t forget the air cover provided by the Air Force.
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK (or is it just being wasted?)

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12:40pm: The motorcade is holding in front of the Treasury Building….
Looks like they are doing a Security Assessment before Joe Biden gets out of the limo.
The University of Delaware Drumline is keeping time.
And the Biden family is out of the limousine and walking to The White House now.
MAXIMUM SECURITY! The streets are empty except for military and law enforcement.
They’re parading past the media, and Joe went and fist-bumped someone.
And he said hello DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. Hello to some other people.
Joe Biden has entered The White House grounds and is walking up the driveway.
Presidential Marching Band and many flags – each state and territory.
Lots of media of course. Standing at the West Wing steps and waving.
Band playing “Hail to the Chief” and “G-d Bless America” (now we’re really crying)
And Joe hugs his wife and the First Family enters The White House.
(yes, there has been a “deep-cleaning” done after the last occupant was removed)

THE INAUGURAL PARADE on CNN:
“Parade Across America” with John Stewart, the dancing TikTok Doc,
High Country Cloggers, Chinese American Community Center in Delaware, 
What’s your vision for America? Heroes Next Door, Mariachi Joya from Las Vegas High School perform together virtually, “Felicidades!”  Kamala Harris and her husband enter The White House (and we’re crying again), Wheelchair bound athletes from the Ryan Martin Foundation passing the ball, Hawaiian Oil Chant from Hawaii, TAPS – Military Loss Survivors, USMC Silent Drill Platoon – “Semper Fi!”, the Puerto Rico Royalty Winterguard perform, the TikTok Doc, and many more Americans of all races and religions celebrating into the afternoon.

The Howard University Marching Band parades in Washington DC for the Vice-President.
VP Kamala Harris and the Second Gentleman are getting ready to walk down the street.
Pausing for the Security Assessment, and they are out if the limo, greeting the family on the street, and now walking to The White House and her new office in the Old Executive Building. 

EVERYONE, all day long, at every event, is wearing a mask.

Remember Trump said the stock market would crash if Biden was elected?
Stocks just hit a historic all-time high today as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are inaugurated.

1:30pm: FOXNEWS CRAWL: “President Biden & The Progressive Agenda”
MSNBC covering the swearing in of the three New Democratic Senators:
Jon Ossoff, the first Jewish Senator from Georgia
Rev Raphael Warnock, the first African-American Senator from Georgia
and Alex Padilla replacing Kamala Harris as the Senator from California
Democrats now control the Senate, The House of Representatives, and The White House.

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VP Kamala Harris is in the Senate: She administers the Oath of Office.
The new Senators sign in. Oh look it’s Diane Feinstein.
Senator Chuck Schumer opens business for the Senate.
Pat Leahy (D-VT) will become President Pro-Tem
“Mitch is officially a minority!” – Wanda Sykes on Twitter

2:00pm: President Joe Biden is in the Oval Office.
Biden’s first proclamation: “NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2021, a National Day of Unity…”

We made some lunch.
On The Menu: Toasted pepperjack cheese sandwich on whole wheat sourdough bread
and another espresso to drink. 
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BIDEN to his staff:
“If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treating another colleague with disrespect, talking down to someone, I will fire you on the spot. On the spot. No ifs ands or buts.”

3:45pm: We took a little nap while they took care of some business,
We woke up and drank an espresso and ate a couple cookies.

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President Joe Biden on DAY ONE:
rescinded Trump’s “Muslim Ban” that targeted Africans.
rejoined the Paris Climate Accord Agreement (climate change & science are back)
revoked the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline – it is dead.
halted all oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
paused student loan payments until September 30 
extended the eviction moratorium
stopped construction at the southern border wall
removed the racist Trump “1776 Commission Report” from the Whitehouse website
mandated masks and social distancing on federal property
“Mask Up America” is President Biden’s “100 Day Masking Challenge”

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New Executive Order seeks “a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”

President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 stimulus plan includes $40 billion for child care:

President Joe Biden notified the United Nations that the United States is rejoining the World Health Organization reversing Trump’s order to quit the International Alliance that “plays a crucial role in the world’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.”

Executive Order:
ORGANIZING AND MOBILIZING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE A UNIFIED AND EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO COMBAT COVID‑19 AND TO PROVIDE UNITED STATES LEADERSHIP ON GLOBAL HEALTH AND SECURITY

Executive Order:
REVISION OF CIVIL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT POLICIES AND PRIORITIES
“My Administration will reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws.”

MEMO FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
SUBJECT: Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

AND THERE WAS EVEN MORE STUFF!
WE HAVE A FUNCTIONING GOVERNMENT AGAIN! 

4:15pm: We have a White House Press Briefing! (a return to normal)
President Joe Biden’s new Press Secretary Jen Psaki addresses the TRUTH.
Ten minutes in, and she hasn’t attacked a reporter, told one lie, or said “fake news”.

Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s White House Chief-of-Staff issued a memo freezing all new or pending Trump regulations subject to review. All Trump CDC COVID19 regulations are now under review by Biden’s new CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

The Senate confirmed Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence.
(the 10 “NO” votes were cast by the Ted Cruz and the GOP Traitors)

YOU’RE FIRED! White House chief usher Timothy Harleth has been dismissed.
He was hired by Melania Trump in 2017 and was once a manager at the Trump Hotel DC.
UPDATE: President Joe Biden did not fire the Chief Usher. Timothy Harleth was fired by Trump and Melania, and “The Trumps sent the butlers home when they left so there would be no one to help the Bidens when they arrived,….So petty.”

President Joe Biden fired attorney Peter Robb, a Trump appointee and stooge,
after he refused to resign as National Labor Relations Board general counsel. 

NSA General Counsel Michael Ellis, installed by Trump last week, was put on administrative leave today. He is now under investigation by the Department of Defense Inspector General.

Stephen Miller no longer works at The White House.
Jared Kushner no longer works at The White House.
Mark Meadows no longer works at The White House.
Peter Navarro no longer works at The White House.
Kayleigh McEnany no longer works at The White House.
Hope Hicks no longer works at The White House.
Ivanka Trump no longer works at The White House.

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ART AND MUSIC AND POETRY AND CULTURE ARE BACK!

CELEBRATING AMERICA!
5:30pm: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN! (on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial)
TOM HANKS! Lincoln’s statue is framed to show only the fist, not the open hand.
KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR! Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address
FDR;s 1st Inaugural Address “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”
JFK’s Inaugural Address
“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.” – John F. Kennedy, 60 years ago today.
Reagan’s 1st Inaugural Address
Local spot: Eva Longoria on KTLA Channel 5
JOHN BON JOVI! “Here Comes The Sun” on the Santa Monica Pier (crying again)
Heroes of the Pandemic montage
YOYO MA! – the Star Trek theme opening chords, then Amazing Grace on cello>
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN 
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE!
THE BLACK PUMAS!
“Welcome Back America…. to your celebration.” – Tom Hanks
Salute to Teachers! Mackenzie Adams (viral online teacher) from Seattle, Washington
FOO FIGHTERS! Dave Grohl 
KERRY WASHINGTON!
Broadway Performers sing – YEAR from “Rent” “Let The Sunshine In!” from “Hair”
Tom Hanks – Hunger and food insecurity “Americans who feed us” JOSE ANDRES!
LIN MANUEL MIRANDA!
NASA ASTRONAUTS on the ISS in orbit!
Joe Biden
Hallelujah acapella from last night
SARAH FULLER football player
VICE-PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS
JOHN LEGEND sings “It’s a New Day”
DJ CASSIDY – “Pass The Mic!” Latin Rappers and DJs 
Nurses
TIM MCGRAW from Nashville
“Let’s Unite America” montage
Barack Obama, George Bush Jr., and Bill Clinton just talking….“a new beginning” 
Is Tom Hanks crying?
DEMI LOVATO “A Lovely Day” with healthcare workers and POC singing along
The Biden and Harris families watching and dancing along is the icing on the cake!
KATY PERRY sings at the Reflecting Pool
AND THEN AMAZING FIREWORKS IN WASHINGTON DC
AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT AND ON THE NATIONAL MALL!

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BRAVO GLENN WEISS AND CREW! BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! 
(gonna get you another Emmy for tonight)

Seriously, crying again and again. Tears of happiness, joy, and relief.
TRUMP TRIED TO KILL US ALL! TRUMP KILLED 400000+ AMERICANS
AND WE NEED JUSTICE! WE NEED VENGEANCE FOR THE DEAD!
TRUMP TRIED TO KILL ART AND CULTURE AND MUSIC AND POETRY!
WE NEED A RECKONING! 

Watching journalists, democrats, artists, and especially LGBTQ and people of color,
taking a victory lap today and tonight is so uplifting and cathartic for this country. 
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” and the #GOPTraitors are the enemy.

8:45pm: We had Thai food delivered for dinner. And groceries too.
On The Menu: Thai BBQ chicken and fried rice with juice to drink.
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CNN CRAWL: “PRESIDENT BIDEN: ‘DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED'”

The Washington Post’s Trump fact-checkers say Trump made 30573 false or misleading claims in four years. That’s approximately twenty per day.

“Reluctantly I have concluded that President Trump is a serious threat to US national security. He is refusing to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks. It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr Putin”
– General Barry R. McCaffrey (ret.), March 16, 2018 on Twitter

MAR-A-LAGO: 561-832-2600 (ask for Trump, tell them you’re a friend of Jeffrey Epstein)

We must expel-arrest-prosecute-execute the GOPTraitors!

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Kevin McCarthy making a speech or even being in the Capitol building is a disgrace.
The GOP tried to overturn the election. They tried to disqualify the votes for Joe Biden!
Twelve years of croneyism, racism, anti-semitism, hate, obstruction, and malfeasance.
The GOPTraitors not only tolerated Trump’s perversion of our democracy, some Republicans in Congress actively joined in to interfere in the election and overthrow the US Government! 

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FoxNews is UnAmerican!
And FoxNews and Rupert Murdoch was complicit in the Trump Coup Attempt.
FOXNEWS IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO DEMOCRACY!
FOXNEWS IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE UNITED STATES.
FOXNEWS IS STILL PUSHING “THE BIG LIE” AND “ALTERNATIVE FACTS”
THIS IS FOXNEWS LAST NIGHT: FoxNews is UnAmerican!
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Heads are exploding at FoxNews today. Their ratings are tanking.
Their audience is changing the channel to OAN and other Trump aligned media.
FUCK YOU KARL ROVE! FoxNews is UnAmerican!
Five Assholes on “The FIVE” laughing at President Joe Biden’s call for unity.
Traitor Hannity interviewing Peter Schweitzer about Hunter Biden’s laptop. REALLY!

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FOXNEWS CRAWL: “Biden’s ‘Unity’ Speech Sends Ominous Message” 
FOXNEWS CRAWL: “The Left Demonizes Trump Supporters”
FOXNEWS CRAWL: “BIDEN POLICIES PUT AMERICA ON DANGEROUS PATH”
FOXNEWS CRAWL: “BIDEN INAUGURATION SPEECH FULL OF EMTY RHETORIC”
“White guilt” “racist” – Shelby Steele Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
AND EVEN MORE RACIST BULLSHIT! (from an African-American man)

While you were watching the beautiful fireworks in Washington DC, 
FoxNews was running a Nutrisystem for Men ad.

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HISTORY!
Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States
Kamala Harris it the Vice-President of the United States.
Trump and his family are Shit Stain on this country and the stink will never come off.

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Bernie Memes! So many memes…. and they are hilarious!

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HAHAHAHAHA!
THE BERNIE MEMES ARE THE PERFECT FINISH
FOR A FABULOUS DAY ON THE INTERWEB!

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UPDATE Thursday, January 21, 2021:
“CBS This Morning” just had a segment on Bernie’s Mittens and the memes! 
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WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! 
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! 
DO NOT PARTY WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE!
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!

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NO PARDONS FOR OLD MEN! – we posted this before the 2020 election.
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TRUMP IS A LOSER! EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!
AND WE ALL KNOW TRUMP CHEATS AT GOLF TOO!

THANK YOU SETH ROGEN! FUCK YOU TED CRUZ!
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GOP TRAITORS WHO VOTED “NO” TODAY: Blackburn (R-TN) Braun (R-IN) Cruz (R-TX) Ernst (R-IA) Hagerty (R-TN) Hawley (R-MO) Lee (R-UT) Marshall (R-KS) Paul (R-KY) Risch (R-ID)

At 12:04pm EST, The Chinese Government sanctioned Mike Pompeo, Robert O’Brien,
Peter Navarro, John Bolton, Stephen Bannon, and other Trump stooges.
They can no longer do business or set foot in China.

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THERE ARE ONLY THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK THE GOP TRAITORS!
ASK THESE QUESTIONS UNTIL THERE IS A DEFINITE YES OR NO ANSWER!
Q1: DID JOE BIDEN WIN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
(A: YES) The election was not stolen – five simple words
Q2: DO YOU THINK THERE WAS TAMPERING OR FRAUD IN 2020 ELECTION?
(A: NO) The election was not stolen – five simple words
Q3: DID TRUMP COMMIT TREASON/SEDITION ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 6th?
(A: YES) IMPEACHED FOR INCITEMENT OF INSURRECTION!

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!
EVERYTHING FOXNEWS SAYS IS A LIE!


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“Today was a good day. And it was only possible because of you. Because you made calls. Because you marched. Because you wore your masks and voted like never before. For four years, you defended our democracy with everything you had. ….and now, our country can enter a new day.” – President Barack Hussein Obama

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THE WHOLE WORLD WAS WATCHING.

Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone*.
Peace and Love! ❤️

 



OCTOBER 2019 Taimane in Malibu, Rocktoberfest, and Halloween!

OCTOBER 2019 – Taimane in Malibu, Rocktoberfest, and Halloween!

And so it is ROCK-TOBER again, and Halloween is on the doorstep.
Thanksgiving and “the Winter Holidays” (Christmas) are waiting in the wings.
Where does the time go? What happened to this year? Tempus Fugit! Time flies.

A Blog Post in three parts: first, some LIVE MUSIC Taimane in Malibu, second, a review of the month of October, and third, a little fun with “The Big Lebowski” and “Office Space”.

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US 101 North – Ventura Highway

Thursday’s sunset on the 101 freeway on the way to Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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Taimane LIVE at Pepperdine University 10-17-19

NOTE: Taimane is pronounced Tie-mane-ee

Taimane and her Quartet – Elemental Tour
with special guest Polynesian Dancers
in the Smothers Theatre at 8pm
2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year!
A wonderful showcase and celebration of Polynesian culture.

with added bonus “It’s All Black & White” Contemporary Art exhibit
in the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art next door – FREE Admission!
(see our previous Blog Post for pictures of the art)

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“It’s All Black & White” Art at Pepperdine University

One Ticket to the show: $20+$2 service charge = $22 Total!
and FREE PARKING if you park in the shuttle lot and ride.
(and $7 to park nearby if you don’t want to shuttle)

“She shreds on ukulele and rocks everything from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin. Somehow she manages to not only rock out but connect the audience with meaningful Hawaiian traditions and dances.” – Austin American-Statesman

It was an easy drive from the San Fernando Valley to Malibu. There was only a little stopped traffic caused by the stoplight and left-turning cars at the intersection of Las Virgenes and Mulholland going through the Santa Monica Mountains to the beach. Our destination: Pepperdine University on the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) above the Pacific Ocean.

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US 101 Freeway (north/west)- Ventura Highway at Sunset

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View of Malibu and the Pacific Ocean from Pepperdine at night

We parked for FREE in the shuttle lot and after a short ride we were at the Smothers Theatre picking up our ticket at WillCall. It was a beautiful evening at the beach! We arrived early, walked around a little, took some pictures of the campus, and then visited the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art next door and experienced the “It’s All Black & White” contemporary art exhibit for FREE! (pictures of the art in our previous Blog Post)

Lovely fountains, the Palm Court next to the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, steps that lead down to the lower campus and a Starbuck’s, the parking lot and the Smothers Theatre at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts – Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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And when they opened the house doors, we went to find our seat. Orchestra Row B, on the side aisle. The show started about 15 minutes late, and then it was magic time! Taimane has a beautiful voice  and she jams on the ukulele (and guitar)! She talked directly to the audience, introduced each section/song during the performance and created a intimate relationship with the audience. Her quartet were also amazing! She was accompanied by a guitar, violin and percussion (actually a trio) and two wonderful dancers who performed hula and haka dances during a few of her pieces. We enjoyed the show very much! We love LIVE MUSIC! And the performance was really fun.

One of the reasons we chose a seat on the side was in case video recording was allowed…. and it was! The lighting and our cheap cel phone camera made it difficult to get good pictures (as you can see, we had the same problem at Lebowskifest), but the videos we shot came out pretty good and did a good job of capturing the musical performance.

A couple interesting points: 1. The theatre space makes the performance different from a club venue or music stage, and the audience response was great, but somewhat subdued.
2. The actual show length was kind of short. They started late and played a short first set, then there was an intermission, and a longer second set.  And done before 10:30. There was time for more music (at least another song), and there could and should have been a little or a lot more music, and maybe less introduction. But for only $22 for the ticket we should just shut up, because it was a fabulous performance that we really enjoyed.

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NOTE: Why does this always happen? The nice (old) couple behind me sat down and started talking…. season ticket holders? They knew nothing about the artist or the music.
And they had a wonderful experience! We know because they talked….

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During Intermission and after the show, Taimane worked the “Merch” table, signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone! The other musicians and the dancers also came and mingled with the crowd and everyone was very friendly.

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Spotted this car in the shuttle parking lot after the show! Lots of vintage stickers too.

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We rode the shuttle back to the parking lot and walked to our car enjoying the view of Malibu and the Pacific Ocean at night from the university heights. We once lived in the Pacific Palisades on the Pacific Coast Highway just south of Malibu with a panoramic view of the ocean and we really miss enjoying it 24/7.  We drove south on PCH and then back to the San Fernando Valley through Topanga Canyon. There was construction and we had to stop twice for traffic when it was just a single lane. There were too many slow drivers and one crazy tailgater, but we got home eventually without incident.

Ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner performs
at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
(Right Click and “Open in New Window”)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ-_ZO9AlMo
and her page on fb> www.facebook.com/taimanegardner

NOTE: The three Taimane live performance videos we shot have been uploaded to our personal fb page and may soon be available on our YouTube channel, if we can figure out how to upload them from our cheapo camera. Her videos on YouTube rock!

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“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working,
every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it.
So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”
– Peter Gibbons, Office Space

Here is our old 2010 commercial real estate office space in West Los Angeles:

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Our CUBICLE in the West Los Angeles Office

As a Hollywood Talent Manager we worked from the Home Office for over 10 years. It was a big change having to wake up, get ready and then drive to work to get to the office and our work desk in our cubicle space. Try doing the 405 Freeway Crawl for a year! It was only 12 miles, but it could take well over an hour to get from the Valley to West L.A. And the drive “over the hill” isn’t much better using the canyon roads, as we found out working at the Century City adjacent Talent Agency. It sucks to arrive at work already stressed out from the drive, and then to still have to be present and accounted for all day. And then stress out on the drive home in horrible traffic again after work…….

Agent, Agent, Agent! Three jobs in a row:
Commercial Real Estate (sales & leasing) Agent – nice cubicle in nice office as seen above.
Hollywood Talent Agent – had our own office, but it really was just a “private” cubicle.
Luxury Travel Advisor/Travel Agent – didn’t even get walls, just got an open desk space.

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Milton: “I believe you have my stapler.”

And at present we are back in the Home Office, Right now, we are finishing this Blog Post in our bathrobe at 4:30am while drinking coffee and watching reruns (that we’ve already seen too many times) of “Two And A Half Men”.
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So OCTOBERFEST!
Rock Out it’s ROCKTOBERFEST!
And INKTOBER too!

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Happy Halloween 2019!

September 29: Happy Rosh Hashanah! Happy Jewish New Year!
(we celebrate for 2 days, and observe the holiday for 10 days)

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Happy Jewish New Year!

October 8 was Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement
(lots of prayers and fasting on the holiest day of the year)
A personal message from JoshWillTravel:
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Remember The Las Vegas Massacre on the Las Vegas Strip?
October 1st was the 2 year anniversary of the Route91 Harvest Music Festival:
58 people killed and 422 wounded.
October 27th is the 1 year anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life (L’Simcha congregation) Synagogue Shooting: 11 people killed and 7 others injured.

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“Enjoy Every Sandwich”

October is the tenth month of the year
Autumn in the Northern hemisphere
October’s birthstones are tourmaline and opal
Zodiac signs for October are Libra and Scorpio
And it’s National Pizza, Popcorn Poppin’, Pork, and Seafood Month!

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“Callin’ Oates” Your EMERGENCY Hall & Oates Hotline!

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We called it. It is real. “Whoaaaaa, here she comes…..”

October 20 – Remembering Tom Petty on his birthday.
Gone too soon. May his memory and music be a blessing!

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Happy BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY 2019!

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Oct 25 is St Crispin’s Day!
“This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd” – Henry V
The Battle of Agincourt was fought on this day in 1415.

He stomped on the Terra.
Remembering Wolodia Grajonca (aka Bill Graham) today.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019!
Still on OCTOBER 31st for now…
Watch for a new Halloween Blog Post coming soon!

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Happy Halloween 2019!

“They did the Mash, They did the Monster Mash!”

The Dude Abides. And where did the year go?
How is it the end of October already?
TIME. TIME. TIME.
“It’s astoundingTime is fleeting. Madness takes it’s toll” – Riff Raff

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“Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism.
An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started. Right after a little nap.”

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“And even if he’s a lazy man, and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest worldwide.”

“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

“Shomer Shabbos!” Friday at dusk until Saturday at sunset!

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“SHOMER F*CKIN’ SHABBOS!”

The Sheriff of Malibu: (a F*ckin’ Fascist!)
“I don’t like your jerk-off name, I don’t like your jerk-off face,

I don’t like your jerk-off behavior, and I don’t like you, jerk-off.”

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“Stay out of Malibu, Lebowski! Stay out of Malibu, Deadbeat! Keep your ugly fuckin’ goldbrickin’ ass out of my beach community.”

“I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

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The Dude Abides.

“Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools:
they have need of ’em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation,
and let father Time shake his glass.”
~William Congreve

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.         …I’m dreaming of a White Russian.

“Uh, I am not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude.
So that’s what you call me. You know uh, that or uh, his Dudeness,
or uh Duder or uh, El Duderino, if you know you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

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“Truckin’, got my chips cashed in.
Keep truckin’, like the doo-dah man
Together more or less in line, just keep truckin’ on.”
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“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.” – Psalms 103:16

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“Fare Thee Well” = Go to Hell! If Bill Graham were alive he would kick the sh*t out of Peter Shapiro.

“Fare Thee Well” = Go to Hell!

In December 1983, I sat on the sidewalk before one of the New Year’s shows and watched Bill Graham yell at a scalper (and threaten him with violence) on the street corner in front of the San Francisco Civic Auditorium for selling tickets above face value (which was $15 for each of the 3 shows and $20 on New Year’s Eve plus service charges).

2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead! Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Band from Palo Alto became The Warlocks and they became The Grateful Dead in 1965.

The Grateful Dead early 70s

The Grateful Dead early 70s

So to CASH IN on the anniversary, the “Core Four” (Bobby, Phil, Bill and Mickey) and promoter Peter Shapiro, have resurrected the band name, retired after Jerry’s death in 1995, and announced three “final” shows at Soldier Field in Chicago 4th of July weekend.*

Here are the TOP TEN REASONS WHY “FARE THEE WELL” CAN GO TO HELL:

1. There is no Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia.

2. Chicago in July on 4th of July weekend? WRONG.

3. Only 3 shows in Chicago… (rumors of additional shows in Santa Clara and New York at the end of June without Phil and Trey are currently circulating)

4. Trey from Phish. WRONG.

5. No Camping in Chicago on 4th of July weekend? Where are 200,000 people going to sleep?

6. Ticket availability and pricing. Mail Order. Ticket Master. VIP packages. CASH GRAB.

7. Ticket scalping. Chicago Bears ticket holders. StubHub. CASH GRAB.

(see the article at the bottom of the Blog for all the GREEDY DETAILS)

8. Phish heads = “In-the-Dark heads”. WRONG. JUST WRONG.

9. All the ingredients for a “Bad Trip”. It’s not about the music or the fans, it’s a CASH GRAB and all about MONEY. How much will you “pay-per-view”?

10. Complete SELL OUT and CASH GRAB! What Would Jerry Do?

“Come hear Uncle John’s Band by the riverside…”

There is no Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia. PERIOD. END OF STORY.

NOTE: Historically, the Chicago Police and the Illinois State Police have a bad record with “hippies” and Grateful Dead fans. Why wasn’t a state where marijuana is legal chosen?

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

NOTE: I saw The Dead in May, 2009 at the Forum in Los Angeles with Warren Haynes and it was cool, but it was not the Grateful Dead.

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It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Good Ol’ Grateful Dead!

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I got on the bus in the late 70s. Dad was in the music business. I discovered American Beauty and Skull & Roses among the Warner Brothers promotional albums that were delivered to the house. I was a rebellious young teenager, and it was just after the Grateful Dead’s historic trip to Egypt, the Closing of Winterland and “The Grateful Dead Movie” and before the 15th Anniversary shows at the Warfield and Radio City Music Hall, that I became a fan.

Before the internet, it was a simple message inside the Skull & Roses album liner notes:

“DEAD FREAKS UNITE: Who are you? Where are you? How are you?
Send us your name and address and we’ll keep you informed.
Dead Heads, P.O. Box 1065, San Rafael, California 94901.”

The first live show I saw was December 13, 1980** at the Long Beach Arena. I remember the Grateful Dead played a full acoustic set before playing two electric sets, but I don’t find any mention of the acoustic set in the historical record.

Feel Like a Stranger, Sugaree, C.C. Rider, To Lay Me Down, New Minglewood Blues, Ramble on Rose, Lost Sailor, Saint of Circumstance, Deal

Scarlet Begonias, Fire on the Mountain, Playin’ in the Band, Drums, Not Fade Away, Black Peter, Sugar Magnolia

Encore: One More Saturday Night

I saw some amazing shows! New Year’s Eve 83-84 with The Band and 84-85 with the Neville Brothers at the San Francisco Civic (now Bill Graham Memorial) Auditorium, New Year’s Eve 85-86 at Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium, the Marin Benefit shows, Chinese New Year 85 & 86, Anaheim 87 with Dylan, Santa Cruz/Watsonville 84, Ventura 82-83-84-85, UCLA 82, Laguna Seca 87, the Greek Theater 84 “Darkstar” and many more. I also saw the Jerry Garcia Band at The Stone in San Francisco a few times back in the 80s.

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Some of my Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

I went to college at UC Santa Cruz and connected with fellow Deadheads there. We had a connection to first generation soundboard tapes 83-85. I became friends with Bob Thomas through friends at the Renaissance Faire and developed a list of one-named deadhead friends: Leo from Berkeley, Shorty from UMass, Jim from Santa Cruz, Dave from Humboldt, Robert & Frannie from Willets, and many others. I never met any of the band members in person, but I would see Phil’s red BMW and Bobby’s Corvette when I lived in Marin. And I did meet Grace Slick once at the movies at Larkspur Landing.

Remember cassette tapes?

Remember cassette tapes? This was how you heard live shows before the internet.

I lost it a little when Jerry got busted in Golden Gate Park for heroin. I pretty much stopped going to shows after 1988, when the crowd was overrun by ignorant “In-the-Darkheads”, and everyone was selling something instead of sharing the experience. I was saddened and disappointed by Brent’s overdose in 1990, such a waste….

The last Grateful Dead show I saw was December 18, 1994 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. We sat behind the stage and watched Jerry “recharge” backstage during the breaks in the show.

Touch of Grey, Greatest Story Ever Told, Althea, Walkin’ Blues, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, El Paso, Loose Lucy, Let It Grow

Victim or the Crime, Crazy Fingers, Playing in the Band, Terrapin Station, Drums, Space (aborted Spanish Jam), This Might Be The Last Time, Attics of My Life, Johnny B. Goode

Encore: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

Jerry died in 1995 and the Grateful Dead as a performing band died with him.

p.s.  If Bill Graham were alive he would kick the sh*t out of Peter Shapiro.

In December 1983, I sat on the sidewalk before one of the New Year’s shows and watched Bill Graham yell at a scalper on the street corner in front of the San Francisco Civic Auditorium for selling tickets above face value (which was $15 for each of the 3 shows and $20 on New Year’s Eve).

**I actually first saw the Grateful Dead live around 1970 when I was taken to an outdoor festival by my parents, but it’s just a hazy memory of childhood now.

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*HERE IS A LINK TO AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE FROM THE BOULDER WEEKLY:

Ladies and gentlemen, not the Grateful Dead by Stuart Sallo

“that’s the Grateful Dead I want to remember, not a cover band that happens to have some of the original members, and certainly not a musical spectacle that serves big-moneyed interests, such as Ticketmaster, StubHub, eBay, the City of Chicago and whatever other corporate entities are in on this colossal rip off.”

RIGHT CLICK TO OPEN A NEW WINDOW!

http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-14082-ladies-and-gentlemen-not-the-grateful-dead.html

Jerry RIP

Jerry RIP

UPDATED 6 April 2015: This was posted on ebay!

DO NOT PAY SCALPER PRICES! BUY IN JUNE  Keep these auctions at 0 bids!! Scalpers are holding on to their better seats to sell later after they liquidate the crappy ones. Dead Heads stick together and wait until June, there will be lots of tickets available. Many Heads will receive their tickets and realize they can’t go and sell for a fair price. Scalper Scum will also have a ton left to sell. All these scalpers are scattered throughout the country, they will not be coming to Soldier Field to peddle them outside the stadium, they will need them sold before show dates. Most Dead Heads are NOT buying at these inflated and outrageous prices. Only a handful of people with what seems to be more money than brains are buying. Almost all auctions are ending unsold and have to be re-posted. Stub Hub have 851 more tickets to sell today than they did on March 7!! 254 more tickets on StubHub in just 3 days!!! Even with some sold, more are now for sale, does that tell you something, inventory is growing!!

More tickets, better seats, and lower prices will be what follows over the course of time. We just need to remain calm and good things will follow. Dead Heads did NOT pay over face value for 30 years when Jerry was alive, let’s not start now. Maybe a small premium but that is it. Honor Jerry and the band, we WILL get tickets. Teach the Scalper Scum that you don’t mess with Dead Heads!!


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UPDATE 12-2-2016: editing old drafts that never got published I found this:

Fare Thee Well – Not the Grateful Dead, but an incredible simulation!

“What a long strange trip it’s been!”

The farewell concerts! Two shows in Santa Clara at Levi’s Stadium (San Jose) in the San Francisco Bay Area and three shows in Chicago at Soldier Field.

I had the urge to jump in the car and drive to San Jose, but “real life” obligations prevented it from happening. My friends live 15 minutes from the stadium and by most reports, I could have scored tickets for both shows cheap. No regrets? Hmmmmm…..

Funny thing about Chicago: My father’s family has a reunion and picnic every 5 years in Lincoln Park in Chicago on the 4th of July weekend. It’s been family tradition since the 1920’s, and it was scheduled for this year. So when the concerts were announced in February, we already had an invitation and a group rate at a hotel close to Soldier Field. But after much consideration, we decided not to make the trip and/or pay the high ticket prices. No regrets? Hmmmmm…..

I also decided not to spend $100 on the five show internet stream broadcast or $30 on the “pay-per-view” 4th of July broadcast. Instead I listened to a FREE live audio stream on UStream and another on Mixlr (and on SiriusXM Grateful Dead channel which I have in the car). I also saw some of the Santa Clara video broadcast on a “bootleg” stream and then watched the post-show videos on Youtube.

I miss Jerry and Brent! Bobby was alway a great #2 guy, but he can’t lead the band. Phil Lesh is one of the greatest bass guitar players in rock and roll history, but he can’t sing!

Bruce Hornsby played with the Grateful Dead for a couple years in the 90s and he can sing. Jeff Chimenti is a great keyboard player, but neither can play or sing like Brent.

Now I’m going to talk about Trey Anastasio from Phish and the choice to have him play with the band, so Phish-heads and Trey fans get ready….

Trey did a good job playing in the band for these shows, but he’s no Jerry Garcia. I’ve never really been a big Phish or Trey fan. I always thought it was a place where “In-The-Dark-heads” went after Jerry died and the Grateful Dead decided to quit without him. There are other guitar players who know the music better and play more of a “Jerry style” than Trey. I saw The Dead in 2009 with Warren Haynes and it was cool but it wasn’t the Grateful Dead, just like this time around. Trey doesn’t have the experience of jamming with the “core four” for years and has a different musical style.

Some Music Videos I Worked On:

FLASHBACK FRIDAY!

Let’s tale a little trip down memory lane…if I can remember.

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Music! Video! Combine the two and you have MTV when it was Music Television.

I used to work Freelance Production for film, television, video, commercials, theater and live events. Here are some of the Music Videos I worked on in the early 90s:

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Why Do I Keep F*ckin’ Up?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Mansion On The Hill”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1WpgTzf8nk

Oil Factory Inc. Directed by Billy Poveda and Bernard Shakey Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department Shot both videos in a week at the Troubadour, a house on West Adams and in, around and under Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles.

Day 1: We set up at the Troubadour for the live performance shots. We had a small hiccup in production when Neil showed up. Billy the director thought that Neil would just lip-sync to audio playback but Neil wanted to perform it live, so we had to get a big P.A. system ASAP because Neil also wanted it LOUD. Once the speakers arrived, they played both songs live a bunch of times and shot a ton of film. It was pretty cool because Neil wanted to play to an audience, so I got to be as close as the cameraman is in the video to the live performance. And you have to hand to Crazy Horse (Ralphie, Poncho and Billy) because they rock hard and they were great guys to hang with! I also got to meet Larry, Neil’s Guitar Tech (who plays banjo in the “Heart of Gold” concert video directed by Jonathan Demme).

Days 2, 3 and 4: We shot in, around and under Queen of Angel’s Hospital. The hospital and chapel scenes were shot there. The gas station scenes (and a funeral procession that was cut) were shot around the neighborhood. Neil’s wife Pegi is the beautiful woman sitting with him in the limosine. And the steam tunnel shots were shot under the hospital and we had to get some serious air conditioning units because the lights and crew added to the already high temperature underground.

On Day 4 we went to prep the house for the next day. Day 5: We shot at a rundown house on West Adams hill. We had to clean it before we could dress it for shooting. I had to clean 10 years of dirt and grime off every windowpane in the house and the glass doors that Neil enters through. I couldn’t say, “I don’t do windows”. And then they wanted us to cover them with gauze! The shoot went late and the strike went into early morning before we wrapped. One of the most surreal moments of my life was sitting with Neil Young in his dressing room as his trainer worked him out and listening to him curse MTV for censoring his work. Later he would win an MTV Award for best video for his anti-sponsorship song “This Note’s For You!” Bernard Shakey is Neil Young, and he had a big hand in directing and editing the project. I think the video came out pretty good. But you decide for yourself.

Alice Cooper – ABC’s “In Concert ’91” (magic screen and title animation): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyh82mIwT6U 

Television series Directed by Marty Callner Stargate Films Inc. visual and optical Effects, main title graphics and promos Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant

Alice Cooper – “Hey Stoopid!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcAl93uEYUA

Alice Cooper – “Hey Stoopid!” Tour (stage production & L.A. rehearsals) “Feed My Frankenstein” from “Wayne’s World”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO2cHJmDkBg

“Hey Stoopid!” music video and Magic Screen effect at Stargate Films Inc. and L.A. Tour Production and Rehearsals for Nightmare Inc. (as seen on ABC’s “In Concert ’91”, music videos, and “Wayne’s World”)

Alice Cooper “Hey Stoopid!” scene with Pauly Shore from MTV’s “Totally Pauly”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjCybElolYk (a funny interstitial skit from MTV that they shot with Alice torturing Pauly Shore on stage)

Poison – “So Tell Me Why” (cool pyrotechnics by Academy Award winner Joe Viskocil): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1NkhR5hFZE  

Stargate Films Inc. visual, practical, pyrotechnic and optical effects Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant (worked with pyrotechnican Joe Viskocil – Oscar winner for “Independence Day” on this, “Highlander II”, and HBO’s “Afterburn”) Oh yeah, it blew up real good!

NOTE: Leon, the gray haired gentleman was an award winning cinematographer and Jerry, the African-american gentleman was a production coordinator at Stargate Films.

Ozzy Osbourne – “Mama I’m Coming Home”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRCSxArdOtw

Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears” (there was a PCB fire emergency on set!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykA0dAr6ASQ

Stargate Films Inc. visual and optical effects Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant

Cameo – “Emotional Violence” (had to listen to this playback all night long!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzjAvNjbJXw

The End Productions Set PA Shot at Lacy Street Studios in downtown Los Angeles

Alice in Chains – “Sea of Sorrow” (original video in color): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxZv3LDNFrw

The Oil Factory, Inc. directed by Billy Poveda Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department Shot at the Chaplin Stage at A&M Records (now the Jim Henson Studios) RIP Layne Staley and Mike Starr (I met them both, and they were cool guys.)

Lavar – “Vanilla Melt” (with a FUCKIN’ TIGER on set!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgufrn8FXmQ

Oil Factory Inc. Directed by Billy Poveda PLEASE NOTE: I don’t work with F*CKING TIGERS!!!!! (or any other large animals that might kill me and eat me, thank you very much) They had the tiger doped up and overfed, but at one point it decided it wanted to go “over there” and so the 800 pound tiger pulled it’s handler across the stage. Beautiful animal and the footage was cool, but I’ve always been against the exploitation of wild animals. Today they’d probably just CGI it in. “Never get out of the boat….a f*ckin’ tiger man!”

Animal Logic – “Rose Coloured Glasses”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXKpxEDVzJY

Oil Factory Inc. directed by Billy Poveda and Dave Stewart Deborah Holland, Stewart Copeland, Stanley Jordan Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department

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UPDATE: Here’s the “Rock the Vote” PSA‘s from 1991 we worked on>

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Iggy Pop reads the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. He is gradually having tape wrapped around his body. At the end, the tape covers his mouth. “Express yourself. Vote.” (I was the guy wrapping him in cellophane tape!)

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I finally found the Iggy Pop PSA! The page has links to all the spots I worked on!
WATCH THE CLIP!> http://mediaburn.org/video/rock-the-vote-33-spots/?t=3:49

1990 ROCK THE VOTE ANTHONY KIEDIS RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS PSA!
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUu-lzVWuhE

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UPDATE! 11-28-16 I just discovered that they shot this too while I was off set on runs! After almost 30 years… Neil Young “Farmer John” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOeNLs0EBY

HAPPY JERRY DAY!

HAPPY JERRY DAY 2014!

Happy Jerry Day!

Happy Jerry Day!

Today, August 1st is Jerry Garcia’s Birthday!

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia aka Captain Trips – Late 60’s

Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia  August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995

Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead as lead guitarist, principal vocalist and one of the songwriter for their entire career (1965–1995). Garcia also played with the Saunders-Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, with David Grisman as the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, the Legion of Mary, the New Riders of the Purple Sage (Garcia co-founded NRPS with John Dawson and David Nelson) and sat in on sessions with other artists (most notably Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’ “Deja Vu” album, he plays the pedal steel guitar on “Teach Your Children”).

Dancing in the Streets - Haight Ashbury 1967

Dancing in the Streets! – Free Concert Haight Ashbury 1967

Jerry was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and ranked the Grateful Dead No. 57 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Garcia is “the most recorded guitarist in history. With more than 2,200 Grateful Dead concerts, and 1,000 Jerry Garcia Band concerts captured on tape – as well as numerous studio sessions – there are about 15,000 hours of his guitar work preserved for the ages.”

photo by Baron Wolman 1969

Jerry Garcia – photo by Baron Wolman 1969

The Grateful Dead played at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in 1969 but their set was cut short because of weather, intoxication, and electrical problems. The band cut the set short after the stage amps overloaded during a 38 minute “Turn On Your Love Light”

The Grateful Dead at Woodstock August 16, 1969 from the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/gd69-08-16.sbd.cotsman.15205.sbeok.shnf )

While The Grateful Dead did perform and were filmed for the “Woodstock” movie (Jerry can be seen in brief interviews), at the band’s insistence, the footage was never used. The 40thAnniversary version of the film includes a reasonably edited “Turn on Your Lovelight” and “Mama Tried” in bonus material.

The Grateful Dead were also on the bill for the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont on December 6, 1969. the band was there and was scheduled to play between Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Stones but cancelled and didn’t play. They left the speedway after Jefferson Airplane’s guitarist Marty Balin was beaten unconcious by the Hell’s Angels.

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York  July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen, New York 1973

The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen once held the Guinness World Record for “Largest audience at a pop festival”  when approximately 600,000 rock fans gathered at Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway in New York on July 28, 1973. The Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and The Band performed. In 2013, the grounds crew stumbled across a group of abandoned cars from the 1973 Summer Jam concert that had been hiding in the woods for 40 years.

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie from 1977 was directed by Jerry Garcia. The film captures live performances from the band’s October 1974 five-night stand at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and features the massive “Wall of Sound” audio system used in 1974.

Jerry Garcia - Egypt 1978

Jerry Garcia – Egypt 1978

In September 1978, the Grateful Dead performed three shows at the Sound and Light Theater in the shadow of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The band donated all the proceeds to the country’s Department of Antiquities, which preserves Egypt’s ancient wonders. Fans from all over the world traveled to Egypt and for the last show on Sept. 16, they witnessed a total lunar eclipse during the concert.

The Dead recorded all three nights with the intention of putting out a live album, but technical problems ruined the tapes from the first date and much of the second. In 2008, they released “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978” a two-CD/DVD box set of the best performances from the last two nights.

From "High Times" 1980

From “High Times” 1980

In September-October 1980, the Grateful Dead played three sets during their concert performances, one acoustic followed by two electric sets. The acoustic sets were the first the band had performed since the early ’70s. The tour played 15 shows at The Warfield in San Francisco, 2 shows at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, and 8 shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The following year, songs from the tour were released as two live albums, the all-acoustic Reckoning and the all-electric Dead Set.

Dead Ahead is a concert video by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 30 and October 31, 1980, and released in 1981. An expanded version was released in 2005.

Here’s the full Halloween concert from Radio City 10-31-80 on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTYEE5mgEOY

Jerry Garcia in concert - 1985

Jerry Garcia in concert – 1985 by an unknown photographer

Jerry battled heroin addiction in the 80s and again in the 90s, getting busted in Golden Gate park in 1985 and then slipping into a diabetic coma and almost dying in 1986. The coma forced him to relearn how to play the guitar, as well as other, more basic skills.

The song “Touch of Grey” is from the album In the Dark and is known for its refrain “I will get by / I will survive”. The music was composed by Jerry Garcia, the lyrics written by Robert Hunter. It was also released as a music video, the first one by the Grateful Dead. First performed as an encore on September 15, 1982 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, it was finally released on In the Dark in 1987. The song got into the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 9, and reached number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, the only song by the band ever to do so on both charts.

The music video for “Touch of Grey” gained major airplay on MTV and featured a live performance by the band, first as life-size skeleton marionettes, then as themselves live on stage. The video was directed by Gary Gutierrez, who had previously created the animation sequences for The Grateful Dead Movie. The popularity of the single and the music video helped introduce the band to a new group of fans (known as the “in-the-darkheads”), resulting in the band gaining mainstream attention for better and worse.

Also in 1987, the live album Dylan & the Dead was recorded during a successful stadium tour with Bob Dylan. It was released in 1989 with seven songs written and sung by Dylan, accompanied by the Grateful Dead and produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler.

Jerry Garcia - early 90's

Jerry Garcia – early 90’s

Spring 1990:

During the summer of 1990, keyboardist Brent Mydland died of a drug overdose. Mydland’s death greatly affected Garcia. Before beginning the fall tour, Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby joined he band and drove Garcia to new heights on stage in 1991.

Jerry Garcia 1991

Jerry Garcia in concert 1991

Jerry died of a heart attack in August 1995. Garcia had long struggled with drug addiction, weight problems, sleep apnea, a cigarette habit, and diabetes all of which contributed to his physical decline and death. Half of Garcia’s cremated ashes were scattered in the Ganges River at the holy city of Rishikesh, India, a site sacred to Hindus. And according to Garcia’s last wishes, the other half of his ashes were poured into the San Francisco Bay. Following his death, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead formally decided to disband.

The Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. On February 10, 2007, the band received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. And in 2011, the Dead’s Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University on May 8, 1977 was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

On July 21, 2005, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission renamed the amphitheater in McLaren Park “The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater.” The amphitheater is located in the Excelsior District, where Garcia grew up. The first show at the newly renamed amphitheater was Jerry Day August 7, 2005. The dedication ceremony on October 29, 2005 was officiated by mayor Gavin Newsom.

Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream introduced in 1987

Some of Jerry’s best moments outside the Grateful Dead, a tribute from the Ben & Jerry’s website: http://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/jerry-garcia-tribute

Jerry Garcia Ties

J. Garcia Line of Ties by Jerry

“Jerry Garcia ties are certainly head-turners. These flamboyant and colorful men’s accessories are guaranteed to stand out from even the most mundane business suit, so punch up your business wardrobe with several of these fun silk ties.”

Stay the Course (close up)

Stay the Course (close up) B. Peter

Grateful Dead official website: http://www.dead.net

JerryGarcia.com: http://jerrygarcia.com

Jerry Garcia’s Middle Finger Blog: http://jgmf.blogspot.com

Jerry RIP

Jerry RIP

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