Heading out somewhere today?
Do you plan to be out and about?
Share your smile with everyone you meet – you never know for whom you will make it a day worth living!
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Jeff S. says
It was called Shakedown Street, the name of a very popular Grateful Dead tune, also the title of the studio album it originally appeared on. Featured a bunch of bands, stands offering the work of various artists and artisans, all a benefit for the Seva Foundation, which does amongst other things cataract surgery in poor areas of the world. The setting is the Rev Martin Luther King Jr Park, right by the Berkeley Civic Center, a large lawn (hundreds of people) with a large circular concrete area towards one end, a fountain in its middle, a place to set up the stage. So there were people on picnic blankets as well as people standing. I’ll see if i can find photos. Stu Allen, the guitarist who puts together the shows i go to every week, played as a guest with several bands, and then had some 90 minutes for one of his improvised bands, as per the weekly shows. Nice, large audience, more of a multiracial aspect to it than usual, no surprise given the format and daylight timing (larger crowd usually means a more diverse one as well). Saw a very young looking black woman, all clad in tie dye, with a young longhaired white guy, they were with friends, totally enjoying themselves. I was smiling a lot.
Michelle Matthews-Calloway says
How COOL is that??? I know smiling works!
Who played at the show? Was it sit down, picnic blanket style or the stand up concert type??
Jeff S. says
Funny you should ask. I don’t know if it was the best reaction ever to a smile of mine, but twice yesterday, i smiled at attractive women walking on the sidewalk towards me in downtown Berkeley (yes, both black), and both times i got smiles back. Something just told me to smile instead of assuming my usual poker face. It was a nice reinforcement. Turned what was a pretty “blue” day into an enjoyable one. Going to an open air music show in downtown Berkeley today, in fact involves lots of the people i see at the weekly event i go to, will have a big smile on for sure.