2. COUNTRY ROADS

By J.J. Colagrande

All Good means all-good. No missions, no secrets, no worries–that’s Marvin’s Mountaintop–or at least allegedly. Hee-hee. This was the first show we’ve been to since Oracledang. In the last few weeks Geri and me moved into our new house in Asheville. We closed on it and everything. Then I flew down to Miami and packed a U-Haul with all of our stuff from storage and drove it back up. Geri stayed behind to start getting the house in order. Been busy. She wanted to make the house headie–you know–just that at home feeling–no grow room, unfortunately, hee-hee. Remember we have a little one coming in the not so distant future, so, according to Geri, our family nesting process was in full swing. Big on nesting that Geri. You could see it in her eyes. She started to get into this motherhood thing. She quit smoking, of course–although she didn’t care if I smoked. I felt the parenthood vibe, but not so much as to quit smoking green, hee-hee. All Good was definitely a last minute decision. Guess we wanted an escape. Been a bittersweet summer–ever since Thelonious–guess some country roads are better than others. We needed a show. And to hear Further, we’re both huge Deadheads. Whom do you think Geri’s named after? Hee-hee. We weren’t looking for anything hectic so we thought for sure we chose the right festie. All Good equals mellow. But you never know, like Geri says, and she was right. Wait to you hear this whole tale. Mellow? Ha. I thought it’d be like going for ice cream–just a little family affair–no missions, no secrets, no worries. At first, Geri thought Shore Morris and Princess might make the trip a mission–Princess looked like drama–at least Geri thought. She pleaded her case for peace and tranquility, a soft sojourn she wanted–being pregnant Geri did not want a rager. But I reminded her (hormonal butt) that after Oracledang Princess was family. I urged Geri that maybe it’d be prudent to even serve as a female mentor, and not to judge anyone, or turn her back on a friend, new or old–all stuff she knew. Of course she agreed. We’re private, but family is family. I really thought All Good would be the easiest four days of my life. We even arrived early to avoid traffic and get a sweet spot, hee hee.  And thanks to the ramblings of Shore Morris, we maneuvered our cars to the RV section and set up camp. We knew the Big Meadow on top of the hill–off of All Good Avenue–would have been way too crowded; and even further up the hill past the Ferris-wheel and Magnolia Circle with the awesome Overlook–that would have been too much walking in Geri’s condition, same thing with the East Meadow–so we found a great spot, near the Family Camping and also the Artist Camping, close to the entrance, yet super on the down low. Perfect. We definitely arrived early tho. We were one of the first people there. Like way early.

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