Haha, the briefcase!!!
Was gonna try and keep quiet on this thread as Ive met Jerry, Bobby, and Brent (who spent the whole night of my 18th Birthday in my hotel room partying after the 3/31/85 - Portland Maine show with me and my friends) and I didn't want to sound like one of those guys who lives to tell these stories, because almost all these meeting were chance and very lucky, as I was (and still am), a nobody. However the Briefcase brings out a specific funny story!!
Jerry carried that sawed off briefcase everywhere!
Show in hartford in 88, we left during the US Blues encore and went back to the hotel. We were there not but a minute when the Band vans pulled up at the lobby door. Those guys were in the vans while the amps were still ringing the last note! Jerry and some security guy got out of the first van and did this walk/sprint through the lobby (for a big guy Jer was FAST-haha). They were waiting at the elevator with us, and Jer had the sawed off guitar case and I said something stupid like "how do you fit a guitar in that thing, is it heavy? " and Jer said "Why? You want to carry it upstairs for me"? And before I could answer my friend (who was always fearless and obnoxious, a dangerous mix ) said, "Fuck you, carry that thing yourself, what are you, Lazy!" Jerry actually got a big chuckle out of that and then the elevator doors opened and the security guy got in with Jerry and we went to get in too, but the security said "sorry guys, catch the next one" and they rode up alone.
About 5 minutes later we were still waiting on an eleavtor when one opens and it is the same security guard who said, jerry thinks you guys are funny and you are invited to his suite!
Wish the rest of the story was as cool. We went up to his suite sat there for almost an hour, he was locked in his bedroom portion, and after an hour of waiting for him, security guy says "jerry's sorry, but he is real tired and would like to do this another time. We were then shown the door.
.......................................................have you heard the one about the yellow dog?