My walks today were long, 12 miles altogether, and every day, the air gets cleaner, my vistas today stretched across the bay, the clarity of the air is quite changed. The hills are so green this time of year, so I took ridge roads today so I could really appreciate one of the unexpected and positive changes, improved air quality as we stay home and out of our cars. The reality of the lost wages, jobs that are part of this pandemic are devastating, my wildly optimistic hope is that some profound changes can come about that will create clean jobs, new opportunities as we move forward.
So, back to the Dead, my Neal started listening to them when he was in college, and he became a lifelong fan. I bought the cool t-shirt at the Willowbrook Mall with a "steal your face" logo when I was in 8th grade, and knew I liked the picture, wore this shirt proudly, not actually knowing what or who were The Grateful Dead .
When we started dating, Neal would take me to shows in LA, we would often go with Neal's nephews and their girlfriends. In time, Marty would marry Debbie, Neal and I got married, and Gary and Stacy's wedding happened 6 weeks after we had Dylan, so he attended, too. In SF, we were far from our usual triple date gang, but attended shows, and for Neal's 50th birthday, had a GD cover band play for hours at our local rodeo grounds! Our kids became fans, and this made Neal so very happy. We still go to Dead and Company shows, with our LA family flying up, and keep this family tradition alive, and I am looking forward to an outdoor show with the Deadheads, at a date TBD.