Wednesday, August 20 was an amazing night in the Roosevelt Center parking lot, where the gang from the New Deal Cafe awaited the arrival of Ken Kesey’s Magic Bus. It was made famous by Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and then chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. We all read or at least watched the movie of Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” right?
Well, the bus came out of storage in 2005 when Kesey’s son Zane started restoring it and now it’s back on the road touring again. It made a stop in Greenbelt on a night when Grateful Dead songs were wafting out of the the New Deal.
Thanks to Jeff and Katy for their terrific photos, which I wasn’t there to take myself because I had to leave, missing the arrival of the bus by five fricking minutes! But at least I was there long enough to see and capture the amazing sky over the Center that night.
Fortunately, among the local Merry Pranksters were a few scientists, like Goddard’s Dave Short and Raven Eyes Cagle, who identified the clouds for us. (Not sure Raven Eyes is a meteorologist like Dave but she sure knows her clouds.) They’re called Mammatus clouds, from the root word mammary.
Awesome night, huh?