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Subject: Watkins Glen Summer Jam memories or hallucinations?

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Date Posted: 10:22:35 01/01/09 Thu

Great to see this subject. I was looking for info on a Woodstock 2009 and clicksurfed to this link.
It is great to see the pics!
4 of us drove a VW Bug from L.I. to the concert on Friday; I ended up hitching back alone 'cause I couldn't find the bug on Sunday morning.
Since it was supposed to be a one day concert, we didn't bring camp gear, just blankets to sit on and a cooler of peanut butter and jelly sandwich stuff.
I don't recall much of the drive, except that it was dark when we got there, music was playing and we decided to get our bearings to the stage by trucking through the woods and some little streams of mud. Before we got there, the sound checks/music ended.
Oh well, back to the bug.
In the morning, I decided to get back to the front early, before most of the crowd had awoken, so it was easy to step easily between the snoring and groggy bags on the ground.
I ended up slightly to the right of center, 3rd row and it was excellent.
I can not remember if Laura was with me in the beginning, but by the middle of the day I never saw my friends again until Tuesday back at home!
I remember someone on stage (Billy Graham I think) asked the crowd if anyone had a violin bow, and it didn't take very long before a guy came up with one! They offered him a backstage pass and he looked puzzled. I don't know how high that guy was to turn it down.
Oh, yeah. The wine was very good that was passed along the row, but it had a slight bitter "acidy" taste.
Made the announcement about the "a**holes to get off the a**hole poles" even more funny.
It probably accounts for the fact that I do not remember eating, bathroom breaks or other miscellaneous activities except listening to the music, dancing and laughing.
When it started raining, one guy asked if I wanted to hang in his van until it stopped. He seemed cool and said it wasn't far, that there was a group with him and it was not far. OK-let's go.
Well, it was about a 1/4 mile to the left and was a rental truck with a bunch of people in the back. We sat in the front and all of a sudden he was all hands and slobbery.
No thanks. Very aggressive, tried to make me stay, but he was pretty much my size and I got outta there intact.
I don't have a problem maintaining my head.
Back to the music stage!
The highlight for me was when they did the lights in the sky with the music. It was magical.
(Please DO NOT tell me that was a hallucination!!)
This has been long story, but the weirdest is yet to come.
I couldn't find my friend's bug. Turns out I went in the wrong direction, so I started asking people if they were going back to LI. There was a car with 4 people, two of whom were going to be dropped off North before the other two headed downstate.
I fell asleep and when I woke up, I was in the car, parked on a street about 20 miles from home. I found a train station a few blocks away and instead of heading out on the island was going towards NYC. DUH. Got off next station, only about a dollar left in my pocket, started hitching.
This is suicide today for a 17 year old female, but not back then. Got picked up by an off duty cop who gave me the lecture but ended up very near home and walked the rest of the way.

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Re: Watkins Glen Summer Jam memories or hallucinations?stephen (whoa)13:18:47 03/18/09 Wed
Re: Watkins Glen Summer Jam memories or hallucinations?bob (great)19:01:30 09/03/11 Sat

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