Grateful Dead - Rainmakers - Santa Clara 6-27 and 6-28 2015 - Photos and MyStory

Music so good it changes the weather. On 6/27 there was a Rainbow over Levi Stadium and then it Rained. Just a very light sprinkle, but we all felt it. Most people around me felt that This Rainbow was Jerry Garcia visiting us from beyond the grave. I agree...

sunset at the same time...
Portrait taken by a helpful fan...
quite a good picture... Thanks!

Short Video: a tiny part of Dark Star 
and a Lady with a Pink Blinking Headdress dancing. 

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We should do a scientific study to see if loud music directed skyward can cause rain... It was a cloudy day in Santa Clara but when the music was playing... Magic Happened... California is experiencing a drought and maybe THIS is the answer... could be... AmerIndians do a Rain Dance... 

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The highlight of the concert was Mickey Hart playing The Beam... insane industrial noise... That's what I wanted... Too Much! I could feel the sound in my stomach... 

"On the Bus" Traveling South thru Humboldt County Redwoods

Laytonville, CA... The Kate Wolf Music Festival at Black Oak Ranch.

San Francisco Bay as viewed from the bus on the Richmond Bridge 6/26/2015

Amtrak train in Martinez, CA Station

Under the Bridge at the Carquinez Straits.
Where the Sacramento River enters the San Francisco Bay.

Sunset over the San Francisco Bay 

The train stops right next to the Stadium. As soon as I got off... I heard the band doing a soundcheck. They were practicing St Stephen. It has lyrics that state:

"Lady finger, dipped in moonlight....
Writing `what for?' across the morning sky.
Sunlight splatters dawn with answers... 
Darkness shrugs and bids the day goodbye."

I can easily visualize the picture of a lady's finger writing in the sky at dawn...
in a script typeface... 

swimming pool at night at the motel

the next day... 6/27/2015
Many Deadheads in the Pool
Pool at the motel... 
we smoked grass IN the hot tub while waiting to the concert to start...

and then the next night, I slept in a field behind a 7/11 store... no motel ticket for my unexpected second show... so, from the lifestyles of the rich and famous to hanging out with the "house-free campers"... good to see many sides to this experience... after the 2nd show there were helicopters telling everyone to go home and I took the free light rail train to Winchester Blvd in Campbell. A lady from Los Gatos said that we could find a 24 Hour Safeway there and we could buy food, cigarettes and booze... It's true! 
We had a group sing along on the train as someone had a phone that played music... We sang "Godzilla" by Blue Oyster Cult... 

Silicon Valley Transit: Light Rail and a Giant Fan's Bicycle

Short Video of the Beach Ball Bouncing.
Many people helped to blow up the beach ball.

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I spent all day 6/28 relaxing under the palm trees on the grassy knoll... Bought Chocolate bar from these people... for extra energy to dance...
Our Oasis... Palm Trees, Shade and free music... The guitar player shown had the courtesy to NOT play while the band was doing their soundcheck...

at the same spot... we overlooked a parking lot...
There were many group sing along songs played at the concerts... Everyone knows the words... for example: "Lately it occurs to me... What a Long Strange Trip It's Been!" and some songs have a Chorus that everyone can remember the lyrics too... "I Need a Miracle. Every Day!"

and so many of the songs moved me personally... "Cumberland Blues" makes sense to me as I am a Workingman...

and "Brown Eyed Woman" tells the story of a Moonshiner that lived on the Trinity River [Big Foot County]. Jerry Garcia's father drowned in the Trinity on a family camping trip... My Father, Grandma and Uncle lived on the Trinity during the Great Depression because it was a place to camp for free and good fishing. Dad said it was essential to survival to have good hunting and fishing... Grandpa was working as a Minister and during the Great Depression there was no money in the collection plate so he sent his wife and children to go be homeless people in Humboldt County.

"Well, it's T for Texas, and it's T for Timbuktu...
it's T for Texas, and it's T for Timbuktu...
and it's T for right here in California where the little girls know what to do!"

Bob has to remember what city he's in when they play the "New Minglewood Blues".

While we were relaxing on the grassy knoll waiting for the 6/27 show... A skywriter attempted to draw a peace sign... but failed to get the last line in the right spot... oops... the Deadheads around me had a good laugh about the error... and great cheering! because... we are a tolerant people...

inside... at last!

Mr Button Man

Phil Lesh Bows to the Audience before the concert...
and the Audience Bows Back!

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Bob Weir asks... WHAT'S NEXT?

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He was rather insistent at the concert... putting the responsibility for going Furthur on the shoulders of US... Take this energy and DO something!

before... while waiting for the Bus to come by... In Eureka.

Lyrics to "The Other One" and The Bus...

"Escapin' through the lily fields
I came across an empty space
It trembled and exploded
Left a bus stop in its place
The bus came by and I got on
That's when it all began
There was cowboy Neal
At the wheel
Of a bus to never-ever land...

Comin', comin', comin' around, comin' around, comin' around in a circle
Comin', comin', comin' around, comin' around, in a circle,
Comin', comin', comin' around, comin' around, in a circle.

Spanish lady come to me, she lays on me this rose.
It rainbow spirals round and round,
It trembles and explodes
It left a smoking crater of my mind,
I like to blow away.
But the heat came round and busted me
For smilin on a cloudy day... "

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and some of the songs had intense personal meaning to me...

I played "Black Peter" on my parent's piano when I was 20 years old and confused about where my life was going... It's an old sad blues song and It gave me strength to go on... Mom liked me playing it.

We played "Uncle John's Band" for [what seemed like] hours at the Idaho Rainbow Gathering at the Relaxation Station [take a break! you made it!]. It's the first place a person visited upon arriving at the Gathering.  I taught a kid how to play it using my hand written sheet music... After he learned the chords he said he didn't want to learn any more songs so we just played it again and again... and again... Perfectly valid show business concept as the audience was constantly changing... with new people arriving... they didn't know we were a band that only knew one song.

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and "Wharf Rat" looks deep into my soul... Some Fans formed an AA/NA type group for Deadheads in recovery... I'm Greg and I'm an Alcoholic... and it could have been ME that was the old wino... down by the docks of the city... but Patti Post took me to an AA meeting that allowed me to survive until this day... Thanks Patti... may you Rest in Peace.

Old man down...way down, down,
down by the docks of the city,
Blind and dirty
asked me for a dime--
dime for a cup of coffee
I got no dime but
I got time to hear his story:

My name is August West
and I love my Pearly Baker best
more than my wine
...more than My wine
more than my maker
though he's no friend of mine

Everyone said
I'd come to no good
I knew I would
Pearly believed them

Half of my life
I spent doin' time for
some other fucker's crime
Other half found me stumbling around
drunk on burgundy wine

But I'll get back
on my feet someday
The good Lord willing
if He says I may
'cause I know the life I'm
livin's no good
I'll get a new start
live the life I should

I'll get up and fly away
I'll get up and
fly away... away

Pearly's been true
true to me, true to my dying day he said
I said to him:
I'm sure she's been
I said to him:
I'm sure she's been true to you

I got up and wandered
Wandered downtown
nowhere to go
just to hang around
I got a girl
named Bonny Lee
I know that girl's been true to me
I know she's been
I'm sure she's been
true to me

Words by Robert Hunter; Music by Jerry Garcia
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing.

The stage Day and Night.
The Moon and Planet Mars were very close...
Sometimes the light's all shining on me... Other times I can barely see...
Lately it occurs to me... What a Long Strange Trip It's Been!

Grateful Dead Fans Admiring the Rainbow
(they are at the bottom of the picture)

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An unusual percussion instrument built for the sessions, variants of which have been built and later used in Grateful Dead concerts and Mickey Hart's solo touring bands, was "The Beam". This is a large (8 foot in length) aluminum I-beam (actually a "C" shaped beam facing down with the strings across the flat outside-top surface) strung with 13 bass piano strings all tuned to the note of D (a Pythagorean mono-chord at various octaves).

The Beam was designed by John Lazelle in the early 1970s, and was first widely used by Francisco Lupica who built several out of iron. American child actor turned musician, Craig Huxley, created his own refined version of the Beam out of aluminum which was brought to fame in the soundtrack for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) in which composer Jerry Goldsmith used the instrument to create the signature V'ger sound. The instrument was also used by composer James Horner for several of his early soundtracks, including Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Michael Stearns for his score to the IMAX film Chronos, and in David Shire's soundtrack to 2010 (1984), which was co-written by Huxley. Huxley also played the instrument on the Quincy Jones song, "Ai No Corrida." Huxley successfully patented his design of the Beam in 1984.

and we are very grateful to be able to hear the Chicago Shows on the internet at home...

More, More, More at link above!

James Webb for Commander in Chief 2016

While many were fooled, Millions of us protested against the Iraq war before it started. Senator James Webb USMC voted against funding the invasion because he understood that the war was a stupid idea.

RIP Shasta the Cat

He passed away 6/29/2015. We were very lucky to have been friends and roommates since 2000. He was a large disobedient male cat. Survived by Meadow, his sister... a tiny dainty lady. I was especially close to Shasta as I too am a large disobedient male cat.

I wanted to name these cats Panther Meadow in honor of the Win Tun sacred spring halfway up Mt Shasta but Victoria overruled me as it's just too goofy to name a cat Lion, Tiger, Leopard etc... Smart move...

I remember that every time we went to the vet, Shasta would fight me and it was a struggle to wrestle him into the bag... A peak experience in my life. Boys Will Be Boys...

Jim Webb 4 POTUS 2016

The best candidate for President of the USA is Senator James Webb USMC.

Awards & Recognitions


Superintendent’s Letter for Outstanding Leadership, US Naval Academy (1968)

Honor Graduate, Marine Corps Officers Basic School (1969)

Navy Cross, Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, plus various campaign awards and unit citations


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, jointly awarded by the University of Virginia as its highest recognition for public service

April 9, 2014

The American Legion Distinguished Public Service Award

February 26, 2013
The American Legion

Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) Award for Advancing U.S. Business Interests in East Asia


National Association of County Veterans Service Officers Legislator of the Year Award


Marine Corps Reserve Association Frank M. Tejeda Leadership Award for Commitment to National Defense and Strong Support of the Marine Corps

April 17, 2011
Alexandria News

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Outstanding Legislator Award

July 1, 2010
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

Andrew Jackson Presidential Award for Commitment to Economic Fairness, Sound Principles of Governance

April 21, 2010
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

Educational Policy Institute (EPI) Award for Strengthening U.S. Workforce through Education


Atlantic Magazine, One of the World’s Brave Thinkers

October 13, 2009
Atlantic Magazine

Military Order of the Purple Heart’s (MOPH) Special Leadership Award

February 11, 2009
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

Marine for Life Award

October 28, 2008
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

Esquire’s Magazine’s Most Influential People of the 21st Century

September 18, 2008
By K K Ottesen, Esquire

The Military Coalition Award of Merit for Contributions to Military Families

September 9, 2008
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Gold Medal & Citation of Merit for Exceptional Leadership on Post-9/11 GI Bill

August 15, 2008
Senator Jim Webb, Official Press Release

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Media Service Award


The US Naval Academy Class of 1968 Leadership Award


The Marine Corps Combat Correspondent Association’s Brigadier General Robert L. Denig Sr. Memorial Distinguished Service Award


The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patriot Award


Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award


The Marine Corps League’s Military Order of the Iron Mike Award


The Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service


Esquire Magazine, Men and Women Under 40 Who Are Changing America


The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award (1984, for reporting as a war correspondent from Beirut, Lebanon in 1983)


The American Legion National Commander Public Relations Award


The Vietnam Veterans Civic Council’s Bicentennial “Outstanding Veteran Award”


Award in Jim’s Name:

The James Webb Award

Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilian community members, recognizing their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history.

The James Webb Award is named for the senator, author, and Navy Cross recipient. It is given for distinguished fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life.

Historical Post - Rainbow Gathering 2015 July 1-7 driving directions - map
Where the Rainbow Gathering will be in 2015 July 1-7

It's Near the Mountain [Devil's Tower] used in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

From Rapid City, SD, take Hwy 16 south west to Hill City, SD (about 30 miles). In Hill City go to the intersection of Hwy 16 and Main St and head west on Main (shown as 308 on maps). Take this to Deerfield road and continue northwest (left) for about 17 miles to Deerfield Lake on your right. Just past the lake make a left on Ditch Creek Road. Then take the first right onto FR 294 and over a bridge. Drive about 5 miles on FR 294 to Welcome Home.

link to map...

parking/trailhead: N 44.00321 W 103.87768
dinner circle: N 43.97963 W 103.86213

Ignore all rumors of cancellation or organization! Live Lightly with the Land and People!

July 4th Main Circle California 2004 Modoc County

Health thru Music - Prayer

I sing the Prayer of Saint Francis... I changed the words... "Lord make me a Channel of thy Peace, where there is sickness may I bring Health..." It's entirely possible that a higher power is being channeled causing healing... and... IT"S FUN!

Click Here to see me singing a very long time ago... 



Benzocaine - tooth pain relief - non prescription anesthetics - oil of clove

An Anesthetic actually stops pain. Why Suffer while you wait to go to the Dentist?

Cepacol cough drops contain Benzocaine anesthetic. It's the same chemical as Orajel ... read the list of ingredients carefully... some cepacol is blended with dextromethorphan... the main ingredient in cold medicine... That gets a person High with "Medicine Head"...

Excedrin makes a product with aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine.  If you let it dissolve between cheek and gum it actually reduces swelling from infection. Take ONE! because the caffeine will cause anxiety if overdosed... each pill is about one cup of coffee... I've had swollen gums filled with pus and then after dissolving the pill, the infection went away...

Oil of Cloves is a natural pain killer... remember the movie Marathon Man?

Chloraseptic MAX lozenges have Benzocaine 15mg.


I just applied Orajel paste to my wife's hand... on the skin... because she had sprained it while wrestling with our cat... it relieved her hand pain... we had to squirt a quarter of a tube, but it works.

Eventually, you should GO to the dentist and FIX the problem...

Woodley Island Marina in Eureka - HSU - Journey to the Mad River Beach Arcata

 Pelican at the Woodley Island Marina in Eureka
Gather Rainbows Now
 Humboldt State University- CCAT Mayday Celebration.
Note the Maypole on the Left...

 Arcata 'Bottoms' Dairy - Between The City of Arcata and the Pacific Ocean.

 Sun Valley Floral Farms - Supplier of Pro Flowers Bouquets

 Mad River Railroad Bridge
The Hammond Trail is 5 Miles and goes along the
Coast of Northern California from Arcata to McKinleyville

 Humboldt Fire Boat at the Woodley Island Marina in Eureka.

 Graffiti says "Wish You Were Here" 
My Question is... Am I Not Already Here Now?

 The Mad River was Named because of an Argument that Occurred Here.
Pioneers had a Disagreement as to Travel North or South when they
got to The Mouth of the Mad...
So, they had a Fistfight and half walked North and Half walked South.

 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

'Ah! Well a-day! What evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the albatross
About my neck was hung.'

Bird is the Word. Woodley Island Marina in Eureka

'Selfie' of Me Wading in the Pacific Ocean.
Of the 7 Billion People on Earth. I Could Not Find
Anyone to Hold The Camera, so I took a 'Selfie'.
There was One Dreadlocked Man doing
Tai- Chi and There was another person Walking a dog.
I did not want to annoy them.
I Did Pet the Dog.

(Concept by B.D. of Merryland)

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

Pacific Ocean - Arcata, California - USA

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Greenwood Heights Drive in Freshwater, California
Site of a  MAXXAM clearcut, 12 years later
It has grown back. Pampas Grass 
and 20 Foot Tall Redwoods.

Axe Chopping Competition at Redwood Acres Fairground   Eureka CA

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Sculpture behind Doctors Office on Harris Near Redwood Acres in Eureka CA

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