2006

Vince Welnick Died Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Vince Welnick- for the Grateful Web

Vince died Friday, June 2nd.  He played keyboards with the Grateful Dead from September 1990 - August 1995.  Though he received a lot of criticism during his tenure, Vince was a loving, happy guy who played his heart out with the band.  Grateful Web sends our thoughts to his family and friends.  Thanks for your loving nature, Vince. We'll miss you...

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"No fear, no hate, could be greater then the size of;
The love that I am seeing deep in the eyes of;
All of my friends, True Blue"
Vince Welnick "Missing Man Formation"
 
 
This song by Vince Welnick was a key inspiration for Quixote's True Blue and the guiding spirit of each of the places that we created successively.  Vince Welnick, the last keyboardist for the Grateful Dead, passed away today, June 2nd.  This bright and charming keyboardist eagerly took the place of Brent Mydland in the Grateful Dead hotseat creating some very memorable moments in the golden days of the Grateful Dead.  He led me to a greater understanding of Jerry Garcia when he said that "he could be ornery at times, but I have never met a kinder gentler man in  my life.  When I first saw Jerry Garcia I believed in Santa Claus.  Everybody is asking the big question and love is the answer.  And I'll always believe in Santa Claus."  Shortly after Jerry Garcia died, Vince Welnick, created a band called Missing Man Formation which was probably the strongest post-Dead band that I ever saw.  In fact when I first saw this band in 1996 and they did the long forgotten song, Saint Stephen,I thought I was going to explode.  Yes, spontaneously combustion was on my mind and I was giddy like a child.  Vince also played at my wedding August 9th at Red Rocks with Gregg's Eggs.   He was all about love and his presence on that day made it all the more special.  His heart was full of compassion in a seemingly heartless world.  He left his mark on my family and will always be considered a member of it.  In short, he will be missed as a friend and a brother.
 
February 21st, 1951 - June 2nd 2006
 
Stay True Blue,

Rockin' The Rivers 2006

Three Forks, MT Music Fest.- for the Grateful Web

Rockin' the Rivers will be held at "The Bridge", an outdoor concert arena that has hosted the finest music in Montana for the past two years. We have been working to improve the site, and this year's show should be better than the previous ones, although they were fantastic. The bands that have played here have all wanted to return, and in the next year or so we will ask a few of them back. Now we are just trying to bring new music to all of our loyal fans. Every band that has played "The Bridge" has raved about the sound and the beauty of the site. We are lucky to have an almost flawless natural arena for our shows. The gradual slope of the land and the rolling hills make for acoustics that are as close to perfect as any outdoor venue in the country. When the view of the surrounding mountains and the big sky of Montana are added, the experience of our show is phenomenal. Great music, wonderful scenery and the spectacular night stars are a treat for all the senses. Come out this year and experience the beauty and sound for yourself.

NFL Draft 2006: Post Free Agency Mock Draft

- for the Grateful Web

Here we go...Free Agency has changed the draft dramatically since the beginning of the year.  We have a much clearer picture of who wants whom.  Here are the first two rounds complete with a couple trades.  Hope you all feel this is fair to your team.  This won't necessarily be a popular mock, and many of you will think some of these picks are ridiculous, so take it with a grain of salt.  Please comment if you think I am an idiot or a genius...Thanks.

 

Round One

 

01.  Houston—Reggie Bush, RB USC - What can you say? Reggie will add a dimension to this team that every team in the league wants. Houston can pick up OL help in FA and the draft is deep in OL talent that is their biggest need IMO.  They could be best served by trading down, but no one will trade that much to move up to #1...though they are playing up the Vince Young is God thing in hopes that they can convince some team that they will take Young and force a trade...but in the end they take Bush

02.  New Orleans—Mario Williams, DE UNC - They could still take a QB, but I doubt it till the 3rd or 4th round...they are the team most likely to trade down, I think...they most likely will take Mario Williams or Ferguson...Controversey alert**

03.  Tennessee—Jay Cutler, QB Vanderbilt - They are a wild card to me...I can see them taking any of the QB's...They have the Chow/Leinart connection, but I think they are not sold on him...they have worked out Cutler and see him regularly because Vandy is so close...I think they like him a lot and say so...of course we never know what is smoke screen...but from the beginning we had the McNair as tutor to Young connection that seemed very likely when everyone was convinced that the Saints would take Leinart...they could also take Ferguson...or Hawk...or Huff...I think they take Cutler.  Controversy Alert number two** 

04.  NY Jets—AJ Hawk, LB Ohio State - If it goes this way through the first 3, then it is very likely that Mangini and Tannenbaum take Leinart, but if they are really smart, they take AJ Hawk!  He goes so far to establishing the Defense Mangini wants...plus, I think he is the best player in the draft, apologies to Reggie...Controversy Alert number three**

05.  Green Bay—D'Bricksahw Ferguson, OT Virginia - I think they want Hawk or Williams or Ferguson pretty equally...but they will get tremendous help for their Oline if they get Ferguson...they still need to replace their interior line, but whoever is their QB, he will be psyched...they probably would love to get Huff as well...

06.  San Francisco-Michael Huff, CB Texas - They would take Huff here in a second I think...they could take Davis, too...

07.  Oakland—Vince Young, QB Texas - They take Vince Young despite having Brooks and Walter...there is so much upside here that Davis will be drooling, and Moss and company will too... 

08.  Buffalo—Haloti Ngata, DT Oregon - Seems like a no-brainer...they could be tempted to trade down, take a QB, or corner, but Ngata just makes perfect sense.  If SF passes on Huff, he would be a Bill... 

09.  Minnesota-Matt Leinart, QB USC - trade #17 and 48 to Detroit - Speaking of no-brainers, Minnesota won't be the only team vying for this pick, Detroit might want it themselves, the Vikes might need to throw in their extra 3rd rounder to make this deal...I think Leinart is gonna be a bust, though...too bad for me, because I am a Vikings fan

10.  Arizona—Vernon Davis, TE Maryland - Denny will have a formidable offense as Davis is a one of a kind...he can do it all...he will help the running game as much as the passing game...

11.  St. Louis—Jimmy Williams, CB VA Tech - Perfect pick for St. Louis after picking up Witherspoon and Chavous and Glover, they will get arguably the best corner in the draft...

12.  Cleveland—Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa - I think Greenway is Urlacher II...he will be a difference maker...

13.  Baltimore—Winston Justice, OT, USC - This is a great pick for the  Ravens...Justice is a versatile and athletic tackle...they might like to pick up a more exciting skill guy, but this moves seems almost essential for them

14.  Philadelphia—LenDale White, RB USC - They might want an LB or WR, but LenDale is perfect...he came from a system that used two RB's...White as the Power guy and a Westbrook-like versatile receiver type in Bush...plus he is a great blocker...White will be a difference maker in Philly...

15.  Denver-Santonio Holmes, WR Ohio State - trade with Atlanta - they are smoke screening that they want a QB...they want Holmes!

16.  Miami—Tye Hill, CB Clemson - They picked up old man Allen, but they need their shut down corner, and Hill is showing that he has the speed and hips to be that guy...his "stock" has risen a lot since the Senior Bowl and the Combine

17.  Detroit—Ashton Youboty, CB Ohio State - Youboty is going to be a stud...big for a CB, he could have benefitted from his senior year (and so could OSU)...Detroit scores here, plus the extra 2nd rounder (and possibly more?)

18.  Dallas—Ko Simpson, FS South Carolina - Dallas gets their Free Safety to balance their defensive backfield...Simpon is another guy who could have used another year of school, but I'd come out too if I were projected to go in the mid first round!

19.  San Diego—Chad Jackson, WR Florida - San Diego certainly will pick a WR in the draft, and if Jackson is available, they will certainly take him (or Holmes) 

20.  Kansas City—Gabe Watson, DT Michigan - I think KC will solidify the Dline first and go for a big WR second...

21.  New England—Deangelo Williams, RB Memphis - NE could take an LB, but they also need an RB and Williams is easily the BPA here... 

22.  Denver-Broderick Bunkley, DT FSU - Steal! Bunkley is a perfect fit on the Denver D-line...it is a need and maybe BPA...

23.  Tampa Bay—Marcus McNeil, OT Auburn - maybe we're looking at another steal here...Dallas needs Oline help, so he could be gone...but he will be a major help for Simms and Cadilac if they get him...

24.  Cincinnati—Tamba Hali, DE Penn State - Hali is not their biggest need, but he may be BPA here and will be an excellent addition to their Dline...

25.  NY Giants—Ernie Sims, LB FSU - Sims is going to be a great LB...think Derrick Brooks II

26.  Chicago—Leonard Pope, TE Georgia - Seems like a no brainer...Pope will be better than adding another WR...he will be a huge addition to Da Bears Offense...

27.  Carolina—Lawrence Maroney, RB Minnesota - mild steal here...only question is this nagging Hamstring issue, but he has shown he can catch the ball in his workout, and we know about his ability to run and block...Carolina could be back in the Super Bowl...

28.  Jacksonville—DeMeco Ryans, LB Alabama - This could change if the Jags get Arrington...but Ryans is gonna be great...

29.  NY Jets-Antonio Cromartie, CB FSU - from Denver via Atlanta - If Cromartie played last year, he would be the top corner, IMO...he has checked out medically and will be a difference maker for the Jets D...they need to replace Law

30.  Indianapolis—Brian Calhoun, RB Wisconsin - Edgerin who?

31.  Seattle-Mathias Kiwanuka, DE BC - Abraham what?

32.  Pittsburgh—Sinorice Moss, WR Miami - Randle El which?

 

Round Two

 

  1. Houston Texans—Eric Winston, OT Miami
  2. New Orleans Saints—Nick Mangold, C Ohio State
  3. New York Jets—Joseph Addai, RB LSU
  4. Green Bay Packers—Bobby Carpenter, LB OSU
  5. San Francisco 49ers—Marcedes Lewis, TE UCLA
  6. Oakland Raiders—Thomas Howard, LB UTEP
  7. Tennessee Titans—D'Qwell Jackson, ILB Maryland
  8. Detroit Lions—Jon Scott, OT Texas
  9. Arizona Cardinals—Taitusi Latui, OG USC
  10. Buffalo Bills—Darnell Bing, SS USC
  11. Cleveland Browns—Jeremy Trueblood, OT BC 
  12. Baltimore Ravens—Rodrique Wright, DT Texas
  13. Philadelphia Eagles—Rocky McIntosh, LB Miami
  14. St. Louis Rams—Manny Lawson, DE NCST
  15. Atlanta Falcons—Max Jean-Giles, OG Georgia 
  16. Detroit Lions - Davin Joseph, OG Oklahoma
  17. Dallas Cowboys—Daryn Colledge, OT Boise State
  18. San Diego Chargers—Donte Whitner, S OSU
  19. Minnesota Vikings - Abdul Hodge, MLB Iowa 
  20. New England Patriots—Kamerion Wimbley, OLB FSU
  21. Washington Redskins—Charles Spencer, OG, Pitt
  22. Kansas City Chiefs—Daryl Tapp, DE VA Tech
  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Jonathan Lewis, DT VA Tech
  24. Cincinnati Bengals— Daniel Bullocks SS Nebraska
  25. New York Giants—Anwar Phillips, CB Penn State
  26. Chicago Bears—Ryan O'Callaghan, OT Cal
  27. Carolina Panthers—Joe Klopfenstein, TE Colorado
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars—Anthony Fasano, TE Notre Dame
  29. Denver Broncos—Greg Eslinger, C Minnesota
  30. Indianapolis Colts—Jon Alston, LB, Stanford
  31. Seattle Seahawks—Pat Watkins, S FSU
  32. Pittsburgh Steelers—Elvis Dumervil, DE Louisville

Machiavelli (January 2006)

The mild climate and the exposure to the sun make the Prosecco hills a real oasis of beauty. The brilliant colour, the softness and the fruity aroma make of it a great wine, reflection of the vitality, strength and merry character of its people- for the Grateful Web

Machiavelli is one of the leading italian distributors of a wide range of Italian products, which include fresh fruit and vegetables, a large variety of fresh-hand made pastas, fresh cheeses, olive oil, liqueurs, risotto, hand made salamis, prosciutto, cooked hams, biscutts, torrone and grissini.

Machiavelli carries a range of alcohol including a wonderful sparkling prosecco from northern Italy, fruity and aromatic, perfect for drinking neat as well as with pureed fruits of all kinds. we also stock a passito which is a golden coloured pudding wine with a hint of dried figs.