Steve Sherry's The Vagabonds of '74

The Jersey Shore: May, 2011 Brielle....Sea Girt....Introspection On The Sand.....

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Early '74 Montclair, New Jersey, Alf a most unusual friend
Cedar Grove, New Jersey my little town....Miss Munches House, Newberry's, Cedar Grove Pool
Hitchhiking To Albuquerque 1972, The Commune and Krishnamurti, University of New Mexico
Seeing Badfinger At Carnegie Hall, The Dugout, McSorely's Ale House
Seeing Bob Dylan, "The Poet Lad" At Madison Square Garden
South End Pizzeria, Van Gogh and Plans for California
Jersey Shore Recollections, Summer of '71. St. Louis, The Gateway of the West, The Road to Colorado
Rocky Mountain Panorama, Problems with the Pinto, Ritchfield Utah???
California! Lennon's Lost Weekend, Venice Beach, Malibu
Pacific Coast Highway, Panoramic Visions and the Magic Carpet Ride To Santa Barbara
San Francisco, The Shelter, The Warf and the Hole in the Wall Hotel
Sacramento, Jumping A Train? Wierd But True, The Shock of My Life
Oblivion, Reno, Good Samaritans and The Ghosts of Woody Guthrie, James Dean and Tom Joad
A Night In The Can in Kansas
University of Kansas at Lawrence and The Doobie Brothers
True Meditation Foundation of Human Understanding, "How Your Mind Can Keep You Well"
Vagabonds of '74 Part 2: Old Friend Ollie, Meeting Veronica, The Suburban in Montclair
BOSTON, The Leap of Faith and A Night in a Shelter
Sleeping in a Newspaper Truck, Cambridge Hippies and No Turning Back
Squatter's Rights: 269 BROADWAY, Furnishing Our Hippie Pad
269 BROADWAY becomes Miss Dale's Farm
California Hippies Arrive. Free Food from The Docks, Strange Encounters
Kenmore Square Blood Bank
Leonard Cohen, Patron Saint, Ali Defeats Foreman and the Great Squash Fight of '74
Vivid Visitors from New Jersey,
The Invasion of Boston University, Taking Over The Dorm
Jonathan Swifts, Harvard Square and The Sugar Shortage
Beacon Hill Gulf Gas Station and Reflections Atop The Longfellow Bridge
Christmas 1974 in Montclair, Returning to Cambridge, "13th Floor Panarama"
Bandages, Canes, Barroom Brawls and Spontaneous Conversation
Meeting Leonard Cohen
The Beginning Of The End and Saying Goodbye
Vagabonds of 74 Epilogue
Essex Catholic Memories: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marty Liquori, Mark Murro, City Stadium, St. Benedicts, Dylan, Positively 4th St.
The Essex Catholic Wrestling Team 1971: 8 District Champs, Ting A Lings, Hitting the Town....
Essex Catholic Teachers and Students, Br. Harrington, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Taglieri, Mr. Zarro, Simon and Garfunkel
Random Events at Essex Catholic 1967-1971: Stuff Happens! Bomb Scare, JUG!, Abbey Road
Essex Catholic Senior Year 1971: World Trade Center Rising, The Staircase from "A Hard Days Night?" Meditation, MySpace: "Jersey Shore," Crosby, Stills and Nash Epilogue
The Jersey Shore: May, 2011 Brielle....Sea Girt....Introspection On The Sand.....
Essex Catholic Memories 2012

A Day of Quietude And Insight On A Visit To Brielle

 Had to give my brother a hand on Bulky Waste Day in Brielle, yesterday, May 19th 2011......
so I drove down early and helped him move a huge old T.V. from the basement and old Christmas Decorations.....etc.
 
 
.....he then took me on the Grand Tour of surrounding towns.... weaving in and out of old neighborhoods.... historic... wealthy... private....and shady.....
 
 
 
The Ocean has a presence all its own
 
and stirs up ancient memories like a bar tender shaking a drink.....only this drink was fond farewells to the past...
old friends.....good times.....
 
 
 
 
.....finding a piece of Sea Glass and holding it up to the Sun....
 
Horseshoe Crabs.....Vistas and Aromas......laughing and running.....
 
the entire Population of  Planet Earth......passing by........
 
along the Boardwalk........
 
and along that narrow stretch,
 
you might meet every significant character from your past life..... 
 


 
 
We drove through Manasquan......Sea Girt and Spring Lake....my brother pointing out Pertinent Landmarks....where old Estates were hidden behind Gates and tall trees.....
 
 
 
 I hung on for the ride as we crossed bridges.....drove side roads and watched Sea Birds circling in the sky overhead....
 
"Lets go down to the beach," I said, wanting to walk on the sand.....and arriving, made my way to the waves as he stood on the Boardwalk with his little dogs......
 
 
 
 
.....with one thought in mind: to put my hand into the water, touching the waves of the Jersey Shore once again.....
 
 
 
 
....Immediately Aromas and Awareness came flooding back
as the waves rolled in one after another..... never ending....like the Dreams of Adventurous Youth.....
 
 
.....like the summer of '71,  just out of High School...spent with good friends....
 
partying way too much.....but touching Transcendence..........
 
on a level I did not comprehend.....
 
 
  
 
Good Energy.....spiraling down as I scanned the sand for shells.....
 
then did what I knew I had to do.................
 
 
 
.....knelt down for a moment.....
 
to submerge my hand into a wave.....
 
 
 
.....then stood there, viewing the horizon with ........
 
.......Understanding and Introspection....... 
 
 
 
Staying in the Moment....running on an Energy that thankfully isn't mine.....
 
so much I can say about that......
 
 
 
I turned and made my way back to the stairs.....
and with my brother at the wheel, we drove back to Brielle.....
names of old friends being bandied about.....
 
 
 
 Nothing in particular impresses me anymore but the Big Picture.....
 
I don't feel strong but I'm stronger in a different way.....
 
and new insights are given to me when I least expect it.......
 
I have not led a conventional life....but I had no choice.....no say in the matter.....
 
 
 
 
We returned to Brielle and did some yard work before I drove the 65 miles back home..... 
 
 
 
 It was a good day.......
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     

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