SUNSHINE DAYDREAMERS ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION: REPORT FROM THE SOUTHERN FRONT:
Drop of Dew Pam and I unflinchingly fought our way up to Taos late yesterday in a dramatic advancement of the south front line. We’ve been resting up for a final march up to Boulder tomorrow. Weather here in the mountains has been an awesome combination of shimmering sun and cool(ing), psychedelic summer cloudbursts. Best of luck to the rest of the RM Division as you mobilize for the final push (overland and airborne) to retake Folsom Field in memory of our beloved Grateful Dead and in salute to Dead and Company and Sunshine Daydreamers everywhere (for we are, indeed, everywhere)!! Onward!!! Oat Jeff
2015 sure has been an amazingly grate year! So glad we made it! Good luck and best wishes in all that we do in 2016!!!
In case anyone doesn’t have enough Grateful Dead to listen to and hasn’t already downloaded them, here are links to 30 DAYS OF DEAD and 31 DAYS OF DEAD. (30 Days of Dead has been a tradition on dead.net every November since 2010. The Unofficial 31 Days of Dead follows in December. Each day they each provide an unreleased, unpredictable pick from across the GD eras/years. I’m a full-show/set kind of guy, but you’ll find some really amazing nuggets here.)
(OFFICIAL) 30 DAYS OF DEAD: This year’s 30 Days (scroll down to download all 30 days at one time): http://www.dead.net/30daysofdead?intcmp=home/carousel2
For the 2012, 2013 & 2014 editions of 30 Days of Dead: http://www.endlessboundaries.com/free-download-30-days-of-dead-2014/
Not sure where I downloaded 2011 from, but you’ll find the 2010 30 Days on Lossless Legs: http://www.shnflac.net/details.php?id=1e0613884578efe212c8a484665ede09486e69ce
(UNOFFICIAL) 31 DAYS OF DEAD: This year’s 31 Days of Dead (just completed today). This link also includes grate commentary for each day plus additional links to downloads and setlists from previous editions of 31 Days: http://www.phantasytour.com/bands/phish/threads/4108337/31-days-of-dead-vol-6-2015-edition#page/1
[Couldn’t get my annotated version of Matt’s FTW panorama to upload on his post, so here’s a new one.]
I must have been off in search of a beer (or recycling previous ones). Not sure where Michael’s gone either. That’s Pam leaning on the yellow towel we used to help stake out territory at the rail. Geomeister* can be seen in his off-white, limited-edition, classic “Struttin’ Skeletons” Aloha Shirt (*aka: geooffwhitelimitededitionclassicstruttinskeletonsalohashirtmeister).
Wonderful view of tons of grate memories being made! Thanks Matt!
Have any Sunshine Daydreamers gotten tickets to any of the upcoming performances of Dead & Company, Phil & Friends, or other permutations of the remaining four? Hope so! And hope you’ll keep us posted. Onward everybody!
[Sorry I just now got around to this, but I figured it should be part of the record. Skip all my written drivel if you want to – the pictures tell the story!]
The tie-dye and smiles and nods had been growing ever since Pam and I arrived in Chicago that Monday (June 29th). On Thursday we set out once again from the trippy Intercontinental Hotel (an outtasight time machine à la The Shining). On the street we met a guy from Sarasota in a Dancing Skeletons Bathrobe (we saw that same robe wearing a different guy on Saturday).
We then strolled down Michigan, crossed the river and headed down to Millennium Park (confusingly within Grant Park) through the still-rising tide of tie-dye. We passed around and through the huge shimmering Bean for an appropriate tweaking of perspective.
By now it was difficult to miss hundreds of city workers setting up barricades, signs and tents for NEXT weekend’s A Taste of Chicago festival. WTF!? Fare Thee Well IS THIS WEEKEND! By the time we got to Buckingham Fountain, the City had totally Gulliver’ed it with barriers, chain-link and security folks (conspiracy buffs feel free to step in at this point). We called in a report to geofieldmarshallmeister down in Texas. We sent recon photos of alternate sites. Geo was on the horn with the Parks Department and watching our every move via Google Earth. Before you knew it, our trusty geomanbehindthecurtainmeister had saved the Pic-A-Nic. He deftly scootched it across LSD (Lake Shore Drive) to a nice shady location within eyeshot of the fountain plume at Buckingham-Now-In-Bondage.
Back to the Field Trip: After a Thai lunch, Sue the T-Rex beckoned from the Field Museum of Natural History. The Field Museum is next to Soldier Field, but Shakedown hadn’t started shaking yet. We were looking forward to fossils and gems and archeology and anthropology and exotic plant collections and . . . But, when we entered through the secondary North Entrance, nothing hinted at an unexpected added attraction within (unlike the Main Museum Entrance on the south side with all its banners and signs). Our City Passes zipped us to the head of the line. From there I immediately spotted three 8 foot by 8 foot tie-dyed banners floating overhead. What was tie dye doing here in a museum? They sure looked like Pollock Mandalas (While hitchhiking in the late 60’s, Courtney Pollock stopped at a ranch in Marin where Bob Weir happened to be, borrowed some pots and pans from Bob, and proceeded to set the bar for tie dye (and is still plying his trade today . . . click here for more about all that.))The Other One: Main Entrance (photo courtesy geomeister):
Anyway, turns out the Field’s Great Hall (where Sue and several Mastadons preside) had been transformed, appropriately, into Everything Is Dead. (Or, officially: ALL THE YEARS COMBINE: Deadhead Treasures From The Grateful Dead Archive & GDTS Too!) The show was curated by GDTSTOO and UC Santa Cruz Dead Archivist Nicholas Meriwether to celebrate the Fare Thee Well shows. Very cool and totally unexpected by these two touristas.A giant Jerry welcomed the masses from his prominently displayed banner. Jerry was flanked by banners of early Dead album covers and other Dead imagery. The Dead had landed! . . .
Interspersed throughout the Great Hall were very well-done museum displays describing every era of the band with annotated fan correspondence, drawings, newsletters, posters, backstage passes, tickets and audience tapes.
Wow! We ARE Everywhere!!! It may have only been Thursday, but we were ready for lift-off.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to register yourself as an organ donor: Not sure how? You can find details on this state by state interactive map.
And while we’re on the subject of giving, thanks to sales of Sunshine Daydreamer mugs , $20.00 in royalties has accrued to my Zazzle account. I have made a donation to the Rex Foundation for 25.00 in the the name of Sunshine Daydreamers.
Keep the grate stories and pics coming – fun seeing everyone online! I’ll add a few as soon as I have a chance. Pam says “Hi!”