Editor's Note: It might have started as a 20-seat Rustrow for a single-day Bridge School Benefit show back in the mid-nineties, but by the new millenium it has expanded into a marathon of four days of Neil-related nirvana -- both musically, and communally. Rusties gathering from all over the world to experience music by Neil and his friends and by other musically talented Rusties. And not only for the music, but for the joy of each other's company. In the flesh. To bring life to those email faces and handles.
This is the story of one Rustie's odyssey, as told "Jack Kerouac-style".
Top of this sunny day all! First off a really big THANKS! to Shelia for getting us the tickets for the RUST ROWS and a great Billy story! and ALL the rest of the folks that put together this year's Rust Fest, really guys and girls Thanks! Here's a bit of the Crazy Moon's RUST ODDESY to this year's IRF & BSB. I was packed and was ready to hit the road before 9.am on Thursday. The drive up from the desert was peacefull, just a real easy drive. Made it to the camp grounds about a little after 4 pm, and was greeted by the gang from SeaTac, cool to see these Rusties again!! and my real good friend Mike aka good 2 c u from Tacoma. After setting up my tent on what was called ON THE BEACH as this camp site was in the sand of the volley ball courts, the really cool Rusties camped up on the Skyline camp site, ha! quite a few Rusties ended up camping which was fun. I guess it was about 6 pm when the people from the camp grounds ended up going over to Alice's Restaurant which at first i wasn't going to go as i was a bit tired from the drive up but Mike and Paul T talked me into it, thanks guys! well the crazy moon's 2 brain cells went blank as i left my wallet in my other pants, god i felt like a dip shit on that one but Paul who was driving was cool and covered me a $20.00 spot till we got back to the camp grounds. Alice's was a neat place to hold the pre IRF dinner, they had pretty good food and for the bay area the prices were very fair. Other Rusties were all ready there and more were to come, great to see REACTOR and the Mrs again. I ended up sitting close to Cosmo and Harryo, two really neat guys! After everyone paid their dinner tab it was off to OPL! YEA!! cool place, after a bit of trouble finding the place as at this point it was getting real foggy out and was hard to see while driving. There was a few Rusties playing for the crowd of locals as well as Rusties, i thought the local half moon guys were cool but i sure won't want to get on the bad side of a few that were in there playing pool. OK i ended up sitting outside and yacking and didn't really hear the guys play but ended up meeting Randy G a super guy and Jilly i just luv Jilly! and was talking to them. While at the OPL i noticed the shop next to it was called Mavericks (Mavericks is a name of a big wave surfing spot up in Half Moon Bay) so i walked over to find out that it was a guy named Jeff Clarks dads restaurant and surf shop and i guess they were moving as the place was closed and alot of the inventory was gone but there was still about 8 big wave surfboards hanging from the walls, so i thought that was cool. I don't remember what time we left but right after we left but after leaving the parking lot we went back to see if Kurt & Lisa and the others had left yet as Lisa was the driver of the second car in our group, well they had left and as we pulled the first U turn there was a police officer watching us so when we did another U turn to get out of the OPL the officer was right behind us, i know Paul wasn't too pleased with this, ha! but the guy never pulled us over and we made the drive back to the camp grounds without any other problems. Part 2 will come in a bit as i still need to catch up on stuff around here, so stay tune for more on a RUST ODDESY as it gets really fun. Peace and IRF to all. Crazy Moon
Top of the evening all! Here's part 2 of my RUST ODDESY. After getting back from the OPL a lot of folks ended up back at the camp fire and i forget who was playing the guitar but everyone was singing or just having a groovin time, i'm guessing somewhere around 2 a.m. i couldn't keep awake so i was off to na na land , ah the thoughts of the night were spinning around in my head as slumber set in. My amigo's that were down "on the beach " camp site were More Barn Brad, good to see Brad again and next to him in the other tent was Ded r/r who by the way in such a sweet person and made my stay fun, you rock Deb! The next tent to the left of Deb was Jules, Jules you're a cool bloke! i think i even woke the poor guy up to meet him, ha! this guy is a class act! more on Jules later. had a good time talking with Arnold about surfing and such, he was camped just down from me as well as Scott who was riding with Arnold. i had a good time talking to Scott as the young lad is cool to talk to, and to the rest of the cast from "on the beach" it was fun! Somewhere around 12 pm the campers split to the Cat club in Santa Cruz for lunch but i ended up staying and getting in a few ZZZ 's before the IRF and i'm glad i did as i needed all my engery to get thought the night. It's now IRF time and to meet all my friends and on to making new ones. Tim who set up the stage area with the help of few others, Tim does this from what i have been told every year so far my hat is off to ya Tim! Third Bowl played with the help of special guests throughout the evening with my favorite being Keith Haman, this young lad just f*&k'in rocked! he was all over the place playing just like Neil, god Keith has the Neil moves down, just awesome Keith!! On some of this story the time that it happen the events are out of place time wise but in the haze they did happen. Dinner was pretty good, i have to say that wass some mighty fine corn on the cob they served, some time around or right after dinner the camping area right below where the IRF was there was a group from some college and it was a girl ask guy thing and and everyone was dressed up all western and they were dirty dancin' i have to admit i though i was going to a porno film as them cow girls were for a lack of better words they sure were riding the pony and they all were just really cute also, it was funny to see all the rusties men go over and watch, but they turned out to be right nice folks and i took a cotton to liking them, even had one of the guys from the other party come up to me and say howz it going bro, this guy was studying to be a lawyer but his day job was a police officer i'm guessing as he looked like a cop, i'm not saying the cops were spying on us he was just one of many of the guys down below who were studying to be lawyers and alot of cops study to become lawyers, he just came up when he heard the live band playing Neil tunes which was cool and everyone that came up from down below was made to feel welcome, WAY TO GO RUSTIES!! My friend the young lad Scott ended up going down to try and meet some of them cowgirls and was told how all them girls had dates, ha! too funny Scott. A bit later it was the raffle time and being the carpetbagger i am i did really good! here's a big thanks to all who sent in all this booty that i won, I ended up winning 2 scarfs thats More Barn Brad donated a cool More Barn one and a Piece of Crap one + i also won a poster flat for Silver & Gold plus i ended up winning one of the top goodies a very cool crazy horse night lite, that was real nice of ya who ever donated it, thanks! My good friend Mike aka good 2 c u won the top goodie, the More Barn mirror, to cool my friend, but i would watch out Brad as i know that Mike doesn't want to give it back for next year, ha! but what a great honnor for a Rustie to have for a year way to go Mike.So many people at the fest so much fun, some were around 2 a.m ??? i knew it was time to crawl off to bed before i ended up pass out from lack of sleep ; ) in the dirt, things that night ended up being a bit bleary but what a night! i guess alot of the others ended up staying awake till around 5 a.m. Thats it for now more on Saturdays adventures tomorrow. Peace & IRF Doug aka crazy moon
Top of this sunny day! here's part 3 on the IRF & BSB. To add a few things about the IRF on Friday night. I was hanging up at the camp site at skyline and i heard that Jules was going to do lead singing on Tonights the Night , so leaving the haze of skyline i'm watching Jules getting into singing TTN, Jules really is good, kinda has the moves of mick jagger, by then a few people joined in as back up singer's and with the haze in me i found myself at the mike with a few other souls doing back up for Jules. ah geez after a
bit i was thinking what the hell was i doing up there, ha! oh god at least it was in front of friends that i made a ass of myself, but it sure was fun doing it, ha! other cool happenings in away was that and i hope i remeber his name right, Pat, who had his dog with him, i have dogs and i aways carry dog cookies with me and i had some in my jacket that night, i ended up giving her a few of the cookies and petted her , well it seem everywhere i went Pats dog was following me and wanting more cookies, i think i ended up meeting Pat about 5 times that night, ha! people were teasing him that she wasn't his dog any more, ha!. Now on to Saturdays events, awoke a bit later than i like but ahead of most. i made some coffee and all who walked by was welcome to a cup, after a bit more and more Rusties started to crawl out their tents and most everyone ended up back at the fire pit up in skyline, it did feel good to get to sit next to a warm fire and drink a hot cup of coffee as it was friggin cold in the A.M. everyone was in good spirits as thoughts of this year BSB was being talked about. Somewhere around noon everyone headed out to the Shoreline, i rode with Paul T who again was more than cool to drive me and a few others to and from the Shoreline on both days. With Lisa in the lead car we made it to Shoreline with no problems, after parking in E 3 in the upper parking lot it was off to stand in line and be searched by security, i held out my bag that i had and showed them it was just food and some soda still sealed and muchies, they really never went though anything the guy said thanks for having everything ready and let me in no metal detectors but they did have a guy with one but the crowd kinda of overtook him and alot of people weren't searched, i didn't have anything to hide so i wasn't too worried. After getting in it was off to the totempole to meet up with the other rusties, it was really neat with Jim Kelly who has been a good email friend for a few years, Ivan cool to see ya! said hi to Reactor and the Mrs, Mrs Reactor is so sweet and it was nice to meet her, wow the totempole area is packed with Rusties, there had to be over 50 Rusties there, people were walking by and staring at us and i guess wondering what fan club we were in as everyone was in good spirits. The group photo was fun and can't wait to see it. Great seat for Saturdays show, Mike and me were seated in section 204 maybe 15 rows back , really good seats! thanks Shelia! I thought the show was great , where was a few acts that i didn't take a cotton to but that was fine , no matter what i thought of their act it was cool that they took the time & money to help Neil and the kids, and the show really is for the kids so hey why should i think bad vibes about a group, its just cool that they were there. Highlites were Billy Idol!! i never have seen Billy before and really enjoyed his set, god it felt good to rock! AWHOOOOOO!!!! i thought he had the crowd going the most that night, just imho a real crowd pleaser. Neils set was very moving to me and from everyone around me i think they would have agree with my statement, i didn't see anyone not like his set that was setting next to me, i like mideast vacation, always have since i heard it, OK Neils set was a bit short but thats a sign of a good host and thats to put the other acts in front of his and if someone was get more play time than Neil thats the way it would be and should be. The sing along would have worked a bit better if some one would have come out and said what was going to happen, at that time and point alot of folks were feeling good and had no idea what was happening, but the sing along idea was good, they just didn't know how to pull it off i was kinda of suprise at that point that the show was over, but what the hey Neils set was great. I thought it was a very moving set and it showed as Neil seem a bit more moved by the moment. Anywho love the show, best one? why rate them as there all for a good cause and to put rating or dissin any artist would be real petty on my part. Ah i leave and walk back and find the car and its just a few minutes and the rest of the gang shows up so after a little wait its off to the camp grounds. Back on skyline's camp fire someone had a tape of Neils set so i stayed awake for that and then it was off to the land of ZZZ's this was somewhere near 2.30 a.m. or so. oh a few other things i thought the deluxe crazy horse sound fitted in with the mood of the music and made the Neil & CH set that much better. More of the RUST ODDESY pt 4 later
Top of the evening all, Here's part 4 of my RUST ODDSEY... Sunday morning was COLD!!! so after making some coffee up at the skyline campsite area, someone already had the fire going i made a small pot of coffee then the big pot , Rusties drink alot of coffee in the morning, ha! If i'm not mistaken this was the morning that Cosmo made breakfast for anyone who wanted to eat, Cosmo has to have to have the neatest cooking stuff to go camping, shit the guy had what could be consisered a small kitchen to cook with, Cosmo i think ended up cooking close to a hour and a half to get everyones order done. rumour has it that we should open a restuarant called the COSMO's & CRAZY MOON'S HOUSE OF DELIGHT, FINE EATING, HA! Two thumbs up for Cosmo for all the work in feeding that bunch of hungry Rusties! Rusties sure do eat eh! Cosmo, ha! Made sure Deb r/r got her coffee, after she has her coffee she's the nicest person to know, luv ya deb! I'm guessing we left about 11.00 a.m to get to Shoreline, Lisa was in the lead and Paul was driving again, arriving at Shoreline back up in the upper parking lot somewhere??? after we all got down to the line to get in no one remembered were we parked, 10 Rusties and not a one knew were we parked, ha! again security was tight i guess? but i didn't really get check again, just presented them my food bag and jacket and they didn't check them, kinda of looked into them and said thanks and let me pass, cool. Back at the totempole again and again alot of Rusties , aright! say hi to Jarad and see Ivan a hey to Reactor, Mike C is there as well as Jim Kelly, i see and say hi to nobody, see Pauline again, shes another sweet lady, i ended up talking to Kathy dance dance dance, shes so cute as soon as the music starts she starts to dance, a Rustie who's handle fits, ha! Kathy i really had fun talking with ya! The group photo was fun, nothing like having over 50 Rusties sitting still for any amount of time, WHAT A GREAT GROUP!!!!. Sundays seat is real good and i end up sitting next to dangergirl and her husband, great folks! thanks for putting up with me. I forgot yesterday to say anything really on the Bridge School Kids so here's some things i really liked. Eddie V, loves them kids and he really shows it, he had that little girl really happy by saying how much he admired her and how she was goin to Berkeley (i hope i have that right) i really like Eddie, he's cool! It seemed like all the kids were having a blast and the parents seemed to be really enjoying themselves. All the reports are true as soon as Neil started to play with Dave M the totempole was like a goast town , all of a sudden no one there, ha! Wow loved Billy Idol again, and again the place ROCKED!!! Still thought Neils set was great! Imagine seem to work better this time? i still think it was a good try that needed a bit more help. The show was over and from what i over heard everyone thought it was great, heard more than a few folks say how moving it was. Left the Shoreline and headed off to the parking lot to try and find the cars, ahhh! shit i'm friggin going nuts can't find the cars i'm fringin lost, ha!, agggghhhhh!!!! but finnally i see them and i'm the first person there, whew! nothing like thinking you're not finding your ride home, LOL's Back at the camp ground everyone went up to the Skyline fire pit and was signing songs and just grovin , sure was a mellow place to be, Chuck the fireman was in charge of the fire and i ended up sitting next to my friend Deb and Jilly was next to her as we were sitting at that time on the rock wall and below us was me mate Jules. Jules was cool, at one point Jilly had this really sweet tasting drink so after passing it to me i took a hit and passed it down to Jules, Jules took a drink and passed it back up to me, so feeling a bit frisky i told Jules hey mate i'll go ya drink to drink with ya, he just looked up at me and shooked his head no, LOL's Jules you're too cool! it seemed liked everyone stayed awake longer this last night but the good times and vibes just seem to last, a real warm glow could be seen on all the Rusties that night. well i made it off to ZZZ land at what time i don't know. BTW on the sing alongs Laurie was really the only one who could remember all the words to most of the Neil songs. Part 5 and the last one! i can hear the clapping now, ha! peace & <3 crazy moon
Top of this bright and sunny day! Well here's the last part of my RUST ODDESY. Boy it was cold that monday morning so i'm off to the skyline camp site to sit and have a cup of coffee and get myself really for the trip back to the desert :( packing up was real easy, the tent went down pretty easy and after getting everything in the truck i went back up to the fire pit to say my goodbys. Talked to Peter aka hard to handle from Germany, super guy Peter is! he even gave me a CD he made called american rose, great pick of songs my friend! i love mein kleiner gruner kaktus, don't know what the words mean but it seems like a funny song. I say goodby to me mate Jules, hope to see ya at next years IRF & BSB, good to meet ya Jules! i see Deb r/r and give her a hung, luv ya Deb! hell there was hugging going on by everyone. A real big special thanks to Kurt & Lisa for all that they do for the campers, these two people are beyond words they ROCK!! to all my friends from the NW i say thanks for a blast! Mike you're the best my friend! Paul thanks for driving as i would have gotten myself lost if i was to do the driving, Cosmo we have to look into opening a restaurant, with your cooking and me getting the coffee we'll make a mint, ha! Harryo & Bill you guys were great! Arnold & Scott see ya in the future, Kathy kept on danc'in, John & Di good luck in Mex and to everyone else that was there, oh and a big special thanks to the pretty young lady from france that was singing next to me on TTN at the jam, you're sweet! Well i wanted to leave by 9 am but by the time i left it was more around 11 am. The trip home was easy but i did get one scare though, i stopped at a in-out burger about 2 pm and after eating i sat inside my truck to roll another 1 or 2 for the road, ha! after i'm done i look up and in the far outside of the parking lot there's a sheriff : 0 oh f*&k , ha! but all was cool as he didn't give me a second look when i left, YA!!!! Made it home about 6 pm and was stoked to find out that one of my inside cats Salem was home from the vet, before i left we had to take her in to the vet as she wasn't eating and just laying around and i think but don't know for sure but i think she ate a spider and that was the cause but it didn't look good for her, but what ever shes home and i was stoked!!! well thats it for my RUST ODDESY, see everyone next year or before! Doug aka crazy moon