Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dirty effin' hippies - back in the day....

By Libby

We didn't have conventions, we went to music festivals.



After Woodstock, we smoked pot and listened to long haired kids singing about low heeled boys. This felt profound after you dropped some LSD. So did this.

Now we blog. Probably more effective. Definitely not as much fun.

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OpenID expatbrian said...

...and after a hit of some good window pane we went and saw 2001 for the first time. After the show, we walked out of the theater in tearful awe of what we had just experienced while "the others" walked out scratching their heads in confused ignorance. Thanks for the memories.

3:35:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Ah, you youngsters. I already had children and an executive job when they put on Woodstock; was already disillusioned, burned out and ready to give up.

In a way that period represented the transition from a philosophically based movement to entertainment and fashion and conformity with a superficially non-conformist ethos. It was when we began to lose the movement to people who took it from us and sold it back to us like the cheap beads Manhattan was once traded for.

What did you expect from a grouch who hasn't had his coffee yet??

9:06:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Ah, 2001 on acid. Really the only way to watch it. I'd forgotten that.

And Fogg, you old curmudgeon. You're right of course. We were just spoiled middle class kids but it sure did feel like we could change the world with peace, love and flowers for a while there ... It was good to believe in hope. I wish I still could.

9:32:00 AM  
Blogger rockync said...

Blogging may be more efficient, but there was a deep sense of connectivity with the people you were sitting in the mud with or sharing a tent with that's missing today. And yeah, just a bunch of kids believing they could change the world; it was great to have something like that to believe in. But don't forget, out of those days came the FOI Act, search and seizure constraints, advancement of civil rights... it wasn't JUST a party ALL the time.

12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

No it wasn't all party, but it was more fun to connect in person. Of course on the other hand, I find my cyber-connections to be just as rewarding in many ways and they span the globe in a way that wasn't possible without the internets.

As far what we accomplished, it was good, but the Bush administration has almost completely destroyed everything we did. The most depressing part is to be having to fight the exact same battles today.

2:53:00 PM  
Blogger rockync said...

"The most depressing part is to be having to fight the exact same battles today."
How soon they forget what is was really like in the 60s and 70s, but I believe all is not lost. The numbers of those who can now see through the transparency of these so called patriot laws are growing. And more young people are being engaged. Another revolution? Hmmm, maybe, time will tell...

3:50:00 PM  
OpenID expatbrian said...

Dang Fogg, I knew you were old but not THAT old! But you're right. The really significant period of that "movement" was very brief and then it evolved into something dirty and commercial. I spent 68-71in the army but it even existed there. I still like to think that it was those same hippies who played a big part in getting us out of that war. And it is a shame that we weren't smart enough to insure that it didn't happen again.

9:43:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Yeah - it's like I said to George Washington back in the day - these youngsters walk around without wigs on and think they have it all figured out. . .

10:09:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Fogg. Is it true he really chopped down that cherry tree?

7:43:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

No, actually that Was a children's story by Parson Weems, but you know that. The Religious Right has been writing fiction since writing began.

11:17:00 AM  

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