Grateful Dead

Introducing Ourselves - Part 2

Since the original topic now has hundreds of introductions and is getting a bit hard to navigate, this seems as good a time as any to launch a new one.

The original is here, should you wish to catch up on the who's who since this opened up in May.

If you haven't introduced yourself yet, please do! And if you already have, but have something new to tell us about you and your life, speak up!

(A bit of housekeeping business so we don't have to repost everything we posted before--izzie and I are the moderators here, and for our more extensive intros see the original topic.)

Thanks and welcome!

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Thanks for the welcome!

PonchoBill
The jury is probably still out on whether I'm ok or not. It was certainly weird being that young, and having no guide for my first trip. I guess that's why I used to try to help first timers at some of the later shows I attended.

Anna
My ex-spouse was a non Head. It did not work because she aspires to have lots of possessions. I just want good music, and a space to get my head right. That's all I need.

And...
I am looking for a little community. Solitary Dead Head where I live.

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the mixed-marriage thread

They Love Each Other, But...

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Welcome Hockey John!

I have enjoyed your posts and wish you and your son the best. Was your spouse a deadhead? I'm betting not. My spouse and I aren't, and though we make it work, there is a substantial piece missing, fairly important. There is a whole thread devoted to that on this website (I forget the name at the moment).

We hope you stick around and find some community. We're all changing leaves on the tree...

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Holy smokes, Johnny

Dosed at 12 years old. I'm happy you're experience turned out o.k.

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hey, welcome

so glad you made it here.

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High Yall

Been here a few months, and thought I'd introduce myself. My given name is John, but because I'm a Junior, my parents nicknamed me Johnny at birth. I was born and raised in a small town in TN located exactly halfway between Nashville and Memphis. I discovered the Dead at the age of ten in 1976. Went to a friend's house, and his older brother was gone for the day. There was a stack of albums in his room, and Blues For Allah was on top. That was my introduction. On Saturday 12-16-78, I snuck to Nashville with a couple of high school guys I'd been buying joints from to see my first show. I accepted a Coke from a friendly stranger, and ended up getting dosed. Not only could I hear the music, but I could feel it, smell it, and taste it. That really changed everything in my life. Because of my location, I was only able to attend 5 more shows during my school years. 4 at the Kiel in St. Louis, and 1 at Boutwell in Birmingham. After graduating high school in 1984, I moved to Chicago to lay carpet with a friend who moved up there to start his own business. Attended a pair of shows in Alpine the next year. By the way, I thought Alpine was a great venue. Got tired of Chicago, and moved to Norfolk in January 1987. Got a job at Tracks Records, and attended every show at Hampton, Roanoke, Greensboro, and Charlotte from March 1987 until the last Charlotte show in 1995. If you bought tickets for any of these shows at the Tracks in Norfolk, it's possible that I sold them to you. Especially the 2 Warlocks shows in October 1989. I worked the ticket counter for the on sale date. Even took a trip to New Orleans in 1988 for a show, and drove up to Louisville for a show in 1990 when I was back home for a week vacation. Then Jerry passed on, and the trip was somewhat over. Did attend the Further Festival at Virginia Beach Amphitheater in 1997. In 1998 I decide to settle down at the age of 32. Met an upstate NY girl 11 years my junior{non Head}, and truly fell in love. Moved back to my hometown to raise our child in a more rural environment, and Malachi was born on St Patrick's Day 1999. I conformed, and got a good factory job with excellent benefits. Everything was good for 7 years. Bought a nice house, and she drove around in a new car while I drove back and forth to work in the 2nd paid off vehicle. 5 years of not so good marriage, which I stuck around for entirely because of my son. Come 2010, and my wife is working for a local attorney. She blindsides me with divorce papers, and because of her attorney connections, a restraining order having me removed the house. It was on the grounds that she was scared of me. I assure you that I am an extremely peaceful person, and never raised a hand to her. She was planning to move back to NY, and take my son with her. I hired an out of town attorney with an excellent reputation. I lost my house and everything I worked 12 years for, but I obtained full custody of my son. She moved back to NY, and pays not a penny of child support. So much for deadbeat dads, I have a deadbeat ex-wife. He flies to NY to see her 5 weeks every summer since the divorce. But other than that, we are still Truckin'. Thanks to all who take the time to read my bio, and my apologies for the length. I condensed it as much as I could. PEACE

Johnny

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hey, welcome!

make yourself at home!

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Peaceful Greetings

Hello,
My name is Hillary and I am a lone DH living now in a small southern town. I am a lone liberal in a small southern town. There is no one who shares my passion for the music here. My first show was actually in '98 at Alpine Valley, WI. They opened with Dark Star and played it again in the last set, and I have been hooked ever since. I knew I had found my home, the place I belonged in my heart. My greatest regret in life is not seeing Jerry! I had a chance to see their last show in Memphis, but I was sick. I still found my way here anyway. My little boy is starting to really like them now. :) I would love some messages.
Peace and Love to All

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New Here

After graduating from UNCW this past spring and writing my thesis on the Dead I am here to attempt to learn more about this fantastic community. The reputation of Dead fans proceeds itself through its fairly breif history. I am looking forward to sharing and learning from this active community of Heads. Cheers.

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welcome Jacob!

so glad you made it, make yourself at home!

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Introducing Ourselves - Part 2