Thursday, July 30, 2009

Catching up.

Whew, it's been a while. DH and I attended the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT over the weekend-what a great show! The venue was beautiful. The only downfalls were that there was a horrible thunderstorm on Thursday and Friday, so the concert field was a bog. The town of Bridgeport tried their best to suction up the water and lay down hay to make it better, but the ground remained muddy and the venue smelled like a barn. At least the music made up for it. On Sunday, Buddy Guy came out and introduced us to Quinn Sullivan, a 10 year old guitar prodigy. If you get a chance to look him up on Youtube, the first link that comes up is him at age 8 playing "The Trill is Gone". Keep your ears open, as long as this kid follows the right path he'll be playing until he's B.B. and Buddy's age. It was also my first time seeing George Clinton and P. Funk-what a stage show they put on!
I know some people will look down their noses and say "You must be a druggie", or "I can't believe you'd go to a dirty hippie event". Really, there were some of the nicest people there. There was a OD that occured Saturday/Sunday, but it was in the middle of the camping venue and all the drug action was in that area. We were on the very outside of the entire thing, and to be honest most of the kids offering us hard core drugs looked like they just walked out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad. I was astounded!
Another thing I learned is that when you are one of the very few that does not imbibe in alcohol or drugs, the people who are tripping along in outer space come to you for a safe zone. They know that you are grounded to reality and can be a lifeline to them. Actually, DH explained this to me after the same kid kept returning to us time and time again. At least I could offer him support in a way.
I love going to outdoor concerts, whether they are a folk festival, music festival, or an outdoor concert on the 4th. Being outside with nature and music lets your inner child out. I intend on going to this show again, and maybe in a couple of years exposing the kids to it-but we'll be in a hotel and not camping around all the drug drama.
Not too much knitting went on, still working on the same old stuff. The Lilac Aeolian is worked on very fine soysilk yarn with seed beads. Thanks to DS for getting me a 0.65mm (yes, that's right-a 0.65mm) crochet hook to help with this. I had bought a 0.75mm, but that was still too big for 90% of the beads. It did help it go quicker than using a piece of beading wire as a hook, and I'm hoping to have this done soon to show everyone.