Two events this weekend made me realize that you can re-travel old roads, but as time marches forward, there are new routes to take. My Halloween weekend was spent at Madison Square Garden in New York City re-acclimating with the Grateful Dead experience. 13.0 without knowing it, headed down a road once traveled too – she too on a new route.
I’m pretty sure this is the first time since 1995 I saw more than one member of the original Grateful Dead at a show. Dead and Company did two shows at MSG and my Facebook timeline is filled with images of the night. Sunday night we went out for dinner before the show – back in the 80’s, even in NYC, that would mean some kind of hot dog or falafel.
In 2015 the new routes on the road once traveled to the Dead wound through a nice little tapas restaurant in Chelsea – where we encountered several other tables of folks dining before the show. Much different from the last time I saw a show.
Before the show Sunday night started, I checked in via text with the girls and 13.0 told me she started watching a new show on Netflix – Lost.
Maybe it was the nostalgia of the weekend, but I thought back to that show, and not because I every watched it. Instead, it’s the last show I can remember Risa watching regularly. When the show premiered in 2004 I was communitng five days a week to the city, and my schedule was all over the place – so I could not commit to watching a weekly serialized show. At the time, our DVR was filled with whatever shows the girls were watching then (Dora?), so I never picked up on the show.
Netflix though is the new route for the road once traveled for TV as well. All that is old, is available for streaming and binge watching – much like the Grateful Dead experience, very different from it was so many years ago.
I’ll call these new experiences, even though they are very familiar. Afterall, we’re on a new route too, one that started nearly five years ago – and sometimes the new routes are on the roads once traveled.