one of the guys i did a lot of travelling with on the Dead tour was from Phoenix, if i remember rightly. His name was Hewitt Pratt and his sister was a school friend of Stevie Nicks who i believe comes from Phoenix
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Before i retired i used to work in a control room for British Transport Police, The railway police in England
A Police sergeant transferred in from the Met, it didn't take long for me to find out he liked the Dead. We had lots of chats on nights mostly about Dead Shows. He never saw them, only Ratdog in London
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Okay, Nothing too big here, This was in 1999-2000. I was still lost without the GRATEFUL DEAD being around, but I made up for it by a LOT of PHISH touring (Next best thing) and The whole "Further" Tour and then Phil & friends... Anyhow, Halfway through the summer of 2000 I am at a Phish show in my home state (CT - At the Meadows in Hartford) I am selling juice and beer with a bud of mine walkin around this HUGE crazy lot trippn my brains off running into all my old friends from back home.. The 5-0 started getting a bit too much for us (They where moving in the area because too many people where jumping the fence into the show.. LOL We moved away and found a nice grassy area to sit down and pack up a nice Smoke!!! (U know what I mean).. So I look next to me and lo and behold this dude I saw at like three other shows (Always at the wierdest TIMES!!) just happened to be sitting RIGHT NEXT TO ME.. So I passed him the pipe.. We caught up and laughed and smoked for about 30 mins or so then headed our own seperate ways to try and find tickets for that nights show....This ALONE BLEW MY MIND as everytime I ran into this dude, We BOTH where trippin out... HARD! Now I only dosed now and then so this is crazy I am thinking that we ALWAYS are both out of our minds and run into each other in the wierdest ways... Fast forward 2 months.. Phish tour is over, I just finished catching my breath at home for a few days to relax and decided to head up to upstate NY to catch a good weekend Festival (CAMP CREEK 2000).... I went up and ran into mad friends AS ALWAYS!) I ended up working half the festival vending for my good friends I ran into up there.. But of course on night one I dosed 3 UFO tabs.. (BEST I EVER HAD) MIND BLOWIN STUFF!!!! As i was PEAKN HARD I ran into one of my BEST friends in the world at the time from my home town, we both ended up hangn as we both where on UFOS! (This is the same bud I was at the PHISH SHOW with selling juice and beers) We walked all over the campgrounds again and again, listened to some great music and had one hell of a trip.... Just when we both thought it couldn't get ANY crazier, who comes walkn right up to me & my friend!? The SAME dude from Hartford I ALWAYS ran into on tour (At LEAST ten+ times the past two years) Dude walks up to us and is out of his mind too (AGAIN)and in a BURNT OUT VOICE says "hey, aren't you the dude from the Meadow lands?"," u mean the medows in hartford"i REPLIED AS.. We both looked at each other and just started laughing like crazy..(As I realized who it was... We sat down in the vending tent and had a Peace pipe as per normal LOL, and talked a bit.. That night we all ended up meeting some SWEET hot gals and spent the night with them (The whole weekend actually...) Anyhow, The whacked thing is, Still to this day neither of us asked what each others names where.. LOL I never knew his Nor vice versa.. Yet always (Kinda had to be there) we met up at the most CRAZY PLACES at the MOST CRAZY times and it happened NON STOP for two years.. I never saw the dude again, but i wish him well and I'm sure he remembers us!!- Gypsy And Joe.... What a LONG STRANGE TRIP!!!
Cosmic Travelers - Gypsy Blue
GLASS @ BEST PRICES!!!
JUST ASK!!!! -PEACE-
"If Your not A HEAD - You are BEHIND!"
within in a few weeks of creating my dead.net profile Hal R pops up in my email. Turns out Hal hails from my home state - IA. Smack dab in the middle of the US. But the best is he lives right in the great state of WA now. WOW! The Grateful Dead have never been out of my music rotation but Hal has redirected me into the cosmic flow - thousands of hours of musical joy. What a small world technology presents us.
After Jerry passed away, the only music that I could listen to for years was the GD. I felt like life was TOO short to waste time listening to other music. Nowadays I can and do listen to other bands, but by far the vast majority of my listening time is spent with the Dead. Jerry's music will live on longer than you or me, or anybody reading this post. Thank you very much for all you gave us Jerry, it was a wonderful ride...
"In the strangest places, if you look at it right!"
I took my son's camping and fishing at Apache lake, good 2.5hr drive from Phx.MIDDLE of the DESERT, this is probably about 2002,03 and I still have not listened to ANY Dead since 1995(self imposed xile). Spent the day Sat., fishing and riding around in rental boat, get back to campground just before sunset, do dinner and get boys setup in they're sleeping bags, hear noise coming from resort above us(we're on the shore), there is a wedding going on, I'm thinking "oh swell, gonna be up all night listening to this crap", then I hear the band start knockin on the mikes "test 1,2", then they're gone. Cracked open a beer and kicked back, ahh silence, dark starry nite solitude, then the band comes back to play, opening congrats to the new mrn'mrs then ripped right into "Scarlett Begonias", my son TJ says from his bag, dad aren't they playing a GD song, I said yeah , probably the only one they know! Well it wasn't, they played solid dead on into that dark starry nite, I snuck off, packed a bowln'cried. I was home again! ThankU wedding party, too Kind.
Nice props for Arlo "away from everything else"
A dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago...