Halloween 1983

I just remembered where we were 30 years ago! We were watching the Grateful Dead at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, a small (2000 seat) hall. It was a “stealth” show. Tickets were only announced via word-of-mouth, and available only via mail order. We got our order in on time and there we were! Anticipation … Read more

Built to Last

In June of 1995 we took our first trip to Maui. Here's a pleasant reminder of those happy days.  Also, in keeping with the spirit of the day, recall that Jerry loved to go scuba diving in Hawaii.  Here's a link to a photo of Garcia up close and personal with an octopus: Jerry & … Read more

Such a Long Long Time to Be Gone

and a short time to be there.   It's hard to believe it's been 15 years already.  And with this anniversary coming so soon after dad's death the memories are especially heartfelt. God you played guitar so sweetly.  You could hold entire stadiums in the palm of your hand, lifting them up and propelling them … Read more

Happy Birthday Jerry!

Here's a photo of Jerry Garcia smiling at Bob Weir while playing in the Grateful Dead back in 1980.  I took the photo, developed and printed it, and then 30 years later scanned it in for Jerry's birthday today. Larger version available on Flickr. ::

It Was 30 Years Ago Today

On Monday, December 3rd 1979, I began working for Hewlett-Packard. I started at the Stanford Park Division in Palo Alto. This was before I turned my full attention to computers and software; I was hired as an Electronics Technician II, troubleshooting and repairing HP test equipment to the component level. I still remember Retha, my … Read more

Tiger Memories

For over 10 years Jerry Garcia coaxed some sweet sounds from this guitar, known as Tiger. This was his primary guitar from 1979 through 1990, both with the Jerry Garcia Band as well as with his day job band, the Grateful Dead. The hours of musical pleasure he provided for thousands of people with Tiger … Read more

Sleep in the Stars

“One day, the pain would be gone; but never the memory.” That was the last line of a book that I read years ago; unfortunately I’ve forgotten the name of the book but that in no way diminishes the sentiment embodied by the statement. UPDATE: As Ben correctly noted in the comments, the book is … Read more

If I Had the World to Give

If I Had the World to Give Words by Robert Hunter Music by Jerry Garcia If I had the world to give I’d give it to you – long as you live Would you let it fall or hold it all in your arms? If I had a song to sing I’d sing it to … Read more

RIP Ramrod

Ramrod was a familiar site to folks attending Grateful Dead concerts; he recently passed away following a bout with lung cancer.