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The van seemed like it was starting to run out of gas and we noticed that it was overheating a little. Thankfully Matt's wasn't to far away. It was the closest location on the GPS that we could find. Matt was a very nice guy. He hooked us up with a little gas, gave us some good advice and pointed us in the direction of the nearest station. Here's a picture of Matt in front of one of his trucks.
There's a rather loud noise eminating from the hood of the van - Ting, ting, ting... Jack says what's that noise? In denial, I reply "noise, what noise"? And press forward hoping it will just go away, because I hate working on the van and goodness knowsi it's expensive having a shop repair it. Eventually the sound subsides and we are cruising along great when I notice we are running a little warm and not charging. Oh no that means we probably lost an alternatort belt. Sure enough what's left of it is wrapped around the motors cooling fan. It"s 8:30pm and I need an auto parts store now to make the Canandaigua, NY Phish concert. We locate a Pep Boys via our Garmin GPS we get there with just 10 minutes to spare. I ended up giving the Mechanic a $20 tip on top of the bill just to have him stay late and fix the van. Everything went good and we are back on the road to see Phish.
We had our first repair earlier this evening. We lost a belt on the way from New York City to Canandaigua, NY. We heard it making noise earlier while we were driving around the city. I tried to see where it was coming from but it decided to stop making noise when I went to look. So it was about 8:35 PM or so when Flowski noticed that we were overheating. We pulled into the gas station and tried to figure out what was wrong. He looked around and saw the broken belt hanging off the alternator an knew what to do. Luckily the local Pep boys were still open where we could get a new belt.
Somehow, Flowski convinced them to put the belt on for us. I don't know how he did it but he got them to put it in after they had already closed.
I made it into the 2nd night at The Furthur Brooklyn shows and it was awesome. Flowski went in the first night.
This is from Flowski the first night in the MCU Park in Brooklyn, NY.
The police in Brooklyn were very kind courteous and respectful. I was amazed at the great experience we had here in New York. We got a lot of locals that were just going to the beach that stopped and bought necklaces and bracelets. The Furthur fans have more rock hounds and people that appreciate good art.
Here is our booth setup seen from in the venue. We are to the right of the bus with the corner store. I was jamming out to Furthur watching Flowski make money for us.
Here is shakedown during the show. Most of the vendors made it in tonight. But we were right next to the venue so Blow in and Blowout were awesome!
Everything was going along wonderful, it was a sunny beautiful day at the Pre-Phish concert party Camden, NJ on shakedown street. Jack and I had a nice spot next to Kristen and Adam. Jack went to get something to drink, and I was watching our booth, when all of the sudden someone ran up and said "They are beating up your boy. The cops are beating up your boy." After a moment of shock and bewilderment, I ran down shake street to see what was going on and sure enough there's a Camden, NJ police officer brutally attacking Jack. The Camden police officer R. Thorton #1106 was laying on Jack and the officer had his elbow pressed into jacks neck and he was strangling Jack. I immediately pulled the camera out of my pocket and started recording video of the Camden City police brutality being used against Jack. It was horrifying to see Jack tossed around like a rag doll. It is obvious that Jack is fully co-operating with the officer, yet the cop was really rough and completely out of line.
Police Assault Video - A video of the Police officer R. Thorton #1106 Driving the Camden City police van too fast, without full regard for life or limb on Shakedown St at the Phish Concert in Camden NJ immediately prior to the incident.
Video of unnecessarily rough treatment by Camden police - After Jacks admittedly uncalled for, and smart comment to the officer about the loud siren, the officer got out of the police van, attacked and arrested Jack. Then note a big mean cop comes at me and tells me to turn off the camera, because I video taping the incident. I was scared for my life after seeing him beat up Jack, I thought he was going to attack me too. Is it wrong to video tape a police officer abusing an American Citizen? I hope not or we're all in trouble!
Video of police assault witness - These 2 local girls from Camden City, NJ witnessed the entire incident from Jacks comment to the brutal arrest that followed. I video taped their comments about the incident.
Unfortunately I was forced to sell our pavilion tickets for the Phish concert that evening due to the incident with the Camden, City police, but they let Jack go after the concert with no bail and a ticket for improper behavior which he eventually paid just to put the incident behind and move along, even though the improper behavior was really on the behalf of the officer that manhandled Jack.
We were reccomended Pat's by our friends Kristen and Adam. It's been around over 70 years and I can tell you why. They have a lot of different choices for toppings and cheeses. All ready to go, you order it and it's ready less than 30 seconds later.
I got American cheese and onions. Awesome steak sandwich.
This is where you order. It gets a little crowded with 2 seperate lines for side dishes and drink or Sandwiches.
There is a bunch of photos on the wall of famous people that have eaten at Pat's
Here's the menu and how to order. I would definitely reccomend this place to anyone passing through Philly.
We were allowed to park inside the shakedown lot in Camden, NJ Then.they decided that they couldn't just charge us the 20 and let us park they forced everyone back onto the street which is much more dangerous for everyone than having us sit in the EMPTY parking lot. The attendant forcing everyone out was very rude. Here's a clip.
This is pretty rediculous that at 9:58 we are standing waiting on them to let us in. There is a huge group of people here it seems pretty stupid that they would want to lose money by not letting their patrons shop any earlier than 10am on Sunday.
People have te frames and stuff to do. We at losing money because they can't just open.
Trip log 5075 mi. Here's Jack loading ice into the shaggin' wagon for tonights Phish show at Camden.
As you may know our main van threw a rod on the way across the country to Phish tour in Rawlings, WY. We just talked to the mechanic yesterday, he originally said about 2 weeks about a week ago. Well, yesterday he says it's gonna take another 2 weeks from this point and it may cost over $1000 more than originally quoted. They also want a $1500 deposit or something like that. We have over $8000 worth of tv, and audio video equipment right in the van. That should be more than enough of a deposit because they will steal all that if we don't pay for the van. You know how mechanics are.
We will keep you posted and see how this scenario pans out
We left Little Falls New York last night at midnight. We drove non-stop all last night trying to get to Camden NJ for the Phish shows tonight and tomorrow at the Susquehana banks. We sang classic rock tunes and ate Cheetos to stay awake. Flowski is a low range singer. His voice is very low when singing
This is a very cool location they had a nice little shakedown setup and were very kind. The owners of the camp got pissed when the cops tried to come into the camp last night. It's a beautiful park next to the lake with a bunch of boat docks.
This is the leftovers of shakedown the day after Phish played at Saratoga Springs.
The even had some semi-permanent setups with porches built onto the front of their mobile homes at the campground.
There is a lot of space at Lee's campground for a big after party for any Saratoga show. I know where we are going next time we come to SPAC