Off He Goes

I leave in the morning for The 18th Annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The forecast is for cold both days and rain tomorrow, the day we have lawn seats. It should be interesting. If the weather is bad, this will be Angie's first experience with it. It's usually cold for the late-October festival, but usually at least pleasant.

The one really bad year was 2000, when it rained basically the whole weekend. The entire lawn was quickly stripped of all grass and topsoil, and became a very steep mudslide. You wouldn't want to sit it the stuff, but standing wasn't exactly easy, either. Entire sections of people would fall in one big grasping, fumbling cascade of humanity. They handed out garbage bags at the door as makeshift ponchos, but the water seemed to get inside, somehow. It was steamy and miserable and cold and eight hours long, and yet I remember the bands vividly: CSNY, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Dave Mathews Band, Foo Fighters and Tegan & Sara. It's almost as though the physical memory is disconnected from the musical memory.

I'll be back Monday and let you know how it went. Just confirmed, Eddie Vedder has joined the lineup.

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