July 25, 1999
Cool, I worked concession again today. It
is quite fun working, and I'm working for free! Ali and Rosy were
working again today too. They are fun to work with and Lou is a riot!
She is very animated and always laughing. When I first met Lou, I
immediately felt comfortable around her and she is very funny. But
all good things must come to an end and my shift ended at the concession
stand. I'm sure I could've stuck around longer but I decided to try
to get into the performers lounge. Kevin was working on that side
and he helped me sneak in so I could hang out with some of the bands.
Way cool dude! I walked from the inside lounge area to the deck outside
and recognized some of the performers I saw playing yesterday. One
of them, Dave from "The Mike Plume Band", really stands
out. On stage he is very dynamic playing lead guitar. He jumps and
makes gestures to the audience. Walking up to a table where Dave was
seated with 2 other performers, I could barely get out "hello"
when Dave said to me "check this dude out" while pointing
to a picture on the front page of a newspaper. I sat down in the empty
chair beside Dave and studied the photo for a second. The photo looked
like a guy with short blonde hair, crazy eyes and an insane grin,
being led up a flight of stairs by police. "Who is he?"
I asked. "It's a girl, man. Can you believe it?" Dave replied.
Dave was freaked by the story and told me about how this chick murdered
a 44 year old female physiotherapist, chopped up her body, put the
pieces in boxes and stored the boxes in someone else's garage. The
body parts were discovered after they started smelling. Man that is
SICK!! The photo that was taken of me sitting with the performers
shows Dave holding up the newspaper and pointing to the picture of
the girl. Seated at the table with me were: Dave and Derek from "The
Mike Plume Band", and Gord from "The Falcons".
There was sincere interest in Gord's manner. It was quite refreshing to talk to someone pretty settled in his own skin. I only wish I knew how to play an instrument so I could have a "jam session". There are many people I've met, some curious with a superfical interest, others have been unkind, some sincere and concerned about my welfare. A large mix of people overall, but the ones that have a true sincere interest in exchanging thoughts and just spending time as "friends" are rare. Gord was one of those rare folks I've encountered on this trip, a friend that I did not know existed when I awoke this morning. Such things keep life exciting, not knowing what might happen each day makes it worth getting up every morning.
After leaving the park, I ran into Corey, Karee-Ann, Gypsi, Jade, and Kelly. Luckily, I was able to get a hold of two additional wristbands to allow access into the tent area(shhhh don't tell anyone :) and gave them to Corey and Karee-Ann. Many people couldn't get in since tickets had been sold out for a couple of months in advance at $65.00 each. Next thing I know we are all hanging out in the grass drinking a little tequila. Now, I never drink enough to get drunk. Just a few shots and I'm done. I always make sure that alcohol never takes control of me, I always like to be in control. So after just a few drinks, I had just a little buzz like drinking a couple glasses of wine or a couple of beers. We sat around and talked for awhile and just enjoyed this moment while Corey talked in his Italian Mafia voice. It was 11pm by the time I made it back to the tent and unfortunately, I missed "The Falcons" play.
Karee-Ann and I walked back into the tent and watched
some of the Planet Smashers, a ska band, and then back to the corner
where Jared and Jeremy set up their grilled cheese cafe'. At
the end of the evening Corey, Karee-Ann, and I went into the tent
for the finale'. All the performers got onstage and sang Bob
Dylan's "Rolling Stone". It was a great time, the
tent was packed with people and their was a lot of energy in the air.
Wow this was GREAT! I took many really good photos, but unfortunately
too many to post on here.
Update 03/15/2008 : I have recently been intouch with Gord Kearney. He is still playing and has some cool tunes that can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/gordkearney