The weekend was an adventure. A super fun adventure. Which is always the case when going to a Dead show. For those of you that don't enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead, nor the current rejuvenation of the Grateful Dead (Dead and Company), I promise you, it's a wonderful thing.
It is not just the music, it's the family of fans. Sure, there's some annoying people here and there, but for the most part, the communal love of the timeless music of the band has brought a beautiful community of people together. It brings such joy to be there. In the moment. With thousands of like minded people.
The little gifts of love that are given and received during these events warm my heart. A personal love gift given to me in Detroit was some homemade non toxic chapstick. Since I am working on detoxing my products a little at a time, this was such a sweet gift! The person who sent it my way (through a mutual friend) had no clue how meaningful that little chapstick would be to me. I haven't learned how to make my own yet, and I'm so thankful a kind stranger gifted me some non toxics!!
I was also able to give a gift to a great couple I met in the hotel in Columbus. I had this jar of salsa I made this past summer that I had written a snippet of a song lyric on the lid. The lyric was, "This space is getting hot". I was apparently listening to some Dead music while making the hot salsa, and wrote that little line on the lid before storing it. I discovered the jar when getting some salsa out for Thanksgiving, and said,"This salsa must be given to some random Deadhead when I go to the shows this weekend!" I didn't give it away in Detroit.. Then in Columbus, I took the jar with me when I went to the hotel lounge before the show. I was looking around at all the people in there, and I couldn't make up my mind who to approach to tell my salsa story, and gift the jar. I finally decided that the next shirt I saw that made me go, "ooh I love that shirt!" would be the one. Just a couple of minutes later, a couple entered the lounge and I loved the dude's shirt. It was in the style of the "Oscar Meyer" logo, but said,"Oteil Mayer" (Google Dead and Company for band info if you need it...lol). I waited for them to get settled with their drinks, then asked,"Do you guys like salsa?" When I got the "yes!", I got to tell my story and gift the jar! They were so awesome. I do believe they are still on tour, which I wish I was. I so wish I could do a whole tour. Time is limited on this, folks.
An awesome karma type thing this same night was: the band played the song that contained the lyric that I had written on the jar of salsa. I was soooo excited about that!!!
I got home Sunday after 2 shows in 2 days in 2 cities. It was wonderful and fantastic and fun and I miss it. Those times are so short. Thus, the post show blahs. I feel better today as I am sitting here reminiscing on more beautiful people I met, some wonderful people I got to see again, and looking forward to the next time I get to go.
Peace and love to you all.