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Local Turkeys: Witches Brew Coffee House says, "Come in we'll give you shelter from the storm..."

We Can Work It Out

Try to see it my way

Do I have to keep on clucking till I can't go on?

While you see it your way

Run the risk of knowing that my life may soon be gone

We can work it out

We can work it out

Try to see it my way

Only my timer will tell if I am right or I am wrong

While you see it your way,

There's a chance that I might fall apart before too long

We can work it out

 We can work it out

Thanksgiving turkeys granted asylum at Witches Brew

Meanwhile...among the carnivores...

Birds of a feather...are supposed to stick together...

Turnabout is FOWL play...

Too Much Wild Turkey? Wasted...Can't find your way home?

Walking around my West Hempstead neighborhood, I spotted this guy trying to escape from his fears about what happened to his friends and family in the past...and what's gonna happen to him in the future...

Get OUT of the oven...and ONTO the wagon...

Witches Brew has AA meetings every Thursday 11am -12 pm. They open an hour before the restaurant opens to provide a sober shelter from the storms of life...

Come join us...

Sadly, some haven't yet found the refuge...

"There's a Grateful Dead song for EVERY occasion..." says fellow Deadhead Steve B - the same guy that surfed with me and taught me, as he calls it - "to play with cars"...which became my CAReer path..."Thanks, Buddy!"

Bottle of Ripple wine, sold in the 1960's-1970's.

"Ripple" wine

Ripple was a fortified wine produced by E & J Gallo Winery as a Low end fortified wine that was popular in the United States, particularly in the 1970s. Possessing a relatively low 11% ABV, it was originally marketed to "casual" drinkers.  Due to its low price, it had a reputation as a drink for alcoholics and the destitute. It was popular among young drinkers, both  underage and college age students. On Sanford and Son, Ripple was often referred to, as it was Fred Sanford's alcoholic beverage of choice, making Sanford an early spokesperson of the product.

Fred: "CRIPPLE" - what ya get by mixing Cream Soda with Ripple...

"Take my advice, you'd be better off SOBER..."

...and if you need help...reach out your hand...

"Sober Deadheads"??? No, it's not an oxymoron...It's a palindrome (A word, phrase, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward) "Aoxomoxoa"

OKAY, it's a holiday...2 Dead songs..."I'll get up and fly away..."

This "Grate" anthem tells the story of the down-and-outer's that live amidst us but in the unseen byways...the fringes of our collective society...

I have 2 main sources for "Dead" wisdom: AJ - a barista at Witches Brew and David Dodd - Research Associate, Music Dept., University of California Santa Cruz. Here's David's tale.

"But I'll get back on my feet someday

The good lord willing, if he says I may

I know that the life I'm living's no good

I'll get a new start, live the life I should

I'll get up and fly away

I'll get up and fly away"

First performance: February 18, 1971, at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. "Wharf Rat" appeared in the first set, sandiwched between two segments of "Dark Star."  Other firsts in the show included "Bertha,"  "Greatest Story Ever Told," "Johnny B. Goode," "Loser," and "Playing in the Band." It remained in the repertoire thereafter.

Additionally, the Wharf Rats are the name of a group of loosely-organized sober Deadheads, patterning themselves roughly on the Alcoholics Anonymous model of a twelve-step program to maintain sobriety in the often slippery atmosphere of a Grateful Dead concert. Their motto is "One show at a time."

Let's give THANKS...and stay GRATEFUL...

Paul is a favorite tunesmith. Here's a piece of his bio:

Birthing Yogarden 

Our trinity is yoga, gardening, and music. In 2010, we offered our first community gathering in Kailua, HI. Yogarden continues to grow like a tree, growing new limbs, new leaves, and new roots each year. SOURCE

It's 24 hours...We can make it if we try...with a little...LOT of help from our friends...and a LOT of music & laughter...

In the making of this post...


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