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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Joined: Sep 5 2011

i'm a 52 year old, fairly new convert to The Grateful Dead. Spent most of my life listening to jazz and punk and old C & W.
Saw them a couple of times in the 70's (went with a girlfriend) saw them a couple of times in the 90's.
Never had a real connection with the music until last year.

i've seen Further twice now (with my 12 year old daughter), the most recent time was last night at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas.

i play ukulele, ride bicycles and take pictures with pinhole cameras.

Joined: Sep 9 2011
How are ya?

I am 27 and live in Southern California, over the last couple years i have been getting more and more into classic rock and blues and i started listening to the Dead and now i can't stop. I already have some songs that i love and i have heard they have never played the same song the same way twice, i bet that is true, and that just makes it that more magical. There are very few bands that can make me feel as good as the Dead so i am so glad i have found some more awesome music to listen to and enjoy and it really does ease your soul.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

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Joined: May 26 2007
welcome fleetwing!

and feel free to post in Deadhead of the Middle East!

jonapi (not verified)

that's a wonderful story fleetwing! very interesting. glad to see you followed your heart and mind.
welcome to!

(try "Ollin Arageed" on the people too, especially when the Dead segued from the local musicians into their own electrical transcendence!).

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Joined: Oct 11 2008
Kuwait deadhead

sorry so long, in not getting into the group and discussion,
I am a universality deadhead, became a Muslim in the states about 1996, after Jerry death, when in 96 i had an accident and was at Brown university hospital and was told by the Doc. if i did not quit drinking, i would be "locked up or covered up" this is what i did in my search for Serenity exploring many of man kinds sciences and paths i choose Islam as the religion that appealed to my intellect, (in a philosophical tree climbing way) to channel the good freethinking vibes, to constructive use after years of tour and travel of the globe I took bible study coursed from various sources , went to the oldest synagogue in america, studied, and studied more , on tour I have been to Naroopa, boulder, an ashram out side goose creek Colorado, Lindisfarne, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, in Marin, lived in Italy considered a heretic,(Masonic) i was not catholic but i took advantage of being near RoME, and studied art history, while there also, reading on the real history of the church, as depicted in paintings.

I was raised an American in Naples Italy, (origin of the Funiculì, Funiculà) lived there three different times, total of 13 years, between our trips around the globe, (father was Navy) we lived in mare island Vallejo, California, my great great grandfather is buried in Mount Tamalpais cemetery. so i was more local to the area I was about 1982. then stopped a few other places in the USA, between 1980 to 1984, my family did many road trips across the Usa, what i always could remembering all the cool folks on the roadways of America.
various tours;
been to the 25 reunion of woodstock in Bethel, New York 94, stayed two weeks and got in on the clean up of that site , the freedom fest and camp arrow head. 94 world unity fest in south rim of grand canyon, black mountain in Arizona, subsequent rainbow gatherings, from 92-96.
I was in palm springs, California area may to July 95 I greyhounded to Rhode island from California, stopped in Oklahoma city, two weeks before Jerry un timely death, I was in Newport, Rhode island, and was considering a road trip to NY for the annual gathering at woodstock, then catching the Newport folk fest, that years folk fest was; whew...

I married a wonder full Kuwaiti Woman MD, married on 03/03/03 whom, i met when she was visiting for seminars at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, in 2001, we met through one of her Kuwaiti relatives I knew from the local mosque in fairfax, Virginia. We now have 4 little boys and they demand Jerry in the morning, while driving I have raised them on the dead and may of the few "streams" to get them to listen with me. i wear tie dyes on a regular basis, (you cannot show up at a mosque in a tie-dye) I been to the hajj in mecca in 2002. I have taken my other wise conservative Muslim wife to the haight ashbury street fair in 2007, every place between Vallejo and Monterrey, i let my children see as much as they can since I did not have the benefit in the 70's in Italy all my parents had were LP and memories, of 72 Europe, dad took leave and i was about 1.5 years old. dont know if my folks want to give up the old photos..
On 9/11, of which I was TWO KM as the crow flies from the pentagon, after all the interrogations from the secret service, I had a yacht repair business on the Potomac river, servicing the marinas, people threw all the work contracts out the window , because i did not keep it a secret that i was a Muslim long before 9/11, at my core i am an american, well I moved to Kuwait, and started supporting the US Army as a mechanic, body shop, As well as working my own angles with the boating and yachting industry in Kuwait.

this is a very conservative society so the only way i introduce musicians here about the dead i let them listen to Garcia/Grisman "Arabia" for some reason the song stirs the Arabian soul ; i try to bring out some musical awareness, so most Arabs think we (deadheads) are christian a cult of the dead in america, this is from from a religious point of view, and first impressions, then if you know names of popular Arabian musician, then they get the idea, the deal is to learn the language, and the society in which you live, they are all different in the gulf region, what goes for one does not for the other.
thanks for letting me introduce my self

jonapi (not verified)
hugs and canapés and bubbly glasses

hey Blew J, hey purple hippie, KaylieCottrell, hey mallah, hey marc.mixon!

thought i'd say a hello to everyone and spread a couple welcomes; hope you all are mighty fine. i've only been here a short while and people sure are friendly. i tend to post regularly in the "What Are You Listening To..", "Trouble Ahead...", Positive Vibes...", Blair's Blog's topics; always up for debate and to pass on inspirations and such like.
I'm a gonna send you some links and free stuff through your Private Messages so check if you so wish.

as for you marc, i'm not really that up to date with other Dead related sites and what not; there are topics like "What Else Should We Be talking About" and other such posts. best to check through the All Recent Posts link on the left hand side and see what looks appropriate. It'll give you all the topic headers that are here. I'd recommend posting the same thing in a variety of them as there are regulars that only seem to use certain subjects; that way you'll reach more people. Apart from that, i'd also post comments on sites like Relix magazine, and Jambase. If they have a story, article or news item about the Dead, then mention what you're doing. The more people who know the better.
If you're lighting artist, then see if you can email people like Candace Brightman or Chris Kuroda or check for other bands in the "scene" who they use and pass it on, ya know? Betty Cantor is on Facebook; maybe message her too. Just spread the word!!!

well, take it easy fellow travelers. look out for the messages!

Joined: Sep 1 2011
Hello Everyone

Hey - My name is Marc and I have been a Deadhead for about 20 years. Been coming to for a long time now, but new to the forums.

I am a lighting and experiential artist, and have been working on a performance art/sculptural installation based on Robert Hunter's poem, and the Dead's famous unreleased recording of The Barbed Wire Whipping Party. This project is being done with Hunter's permission, and with the support of Ice Nine Publishing and Rhino Records.

I am trying to think of ways to get the word out about this project to the larger Grateful Dead community - anybody have any ideas?

Thanks for your thoughts,


Joined: Sep 5 2011

So Glad i made it. I'm new on here, but not new to the Dead; I've been into them since '80, and saw them a buncha times.

I'm a pro musician. I play an instrument called "Prizim", which has 37 strings. It's basically a glorified autoharp, but i play all kinds of dead tunes, including terrapin, eyes, birdsong, etc.

I also have played Native American Flute for my whole life. I'm currently building new websites for these instruments.

My other "trade" is reading cards...that's right....past, present, future. It's all in there!

You can check out my youtube channel, where all the music is, including a buncha dead:

There'll be websites for the Tarot and Music coming soon.

I'm just so glad to be back among 'family". I kinda got blown off path for about 10 years (relationships...ugh) and am now rebuilding just 'zackly who I wanna be. This (and you) are part of that. (If I told you all that went down, It'd burn off both your ears!)

See ya round the boards!

Mallah (hal)
Looking forward to getting to know you.

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Joined: Aug 8 2011

Hi! My name is Kaylie Cottrell. I've been a grateful dead fan since college. In high school I was into rap and hip-hop, but when I reached college I started to broaden my horizons. I'm glad that I did! Anyways, I'm new here. If you have any questions about myself let me know : )

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Joined: Jul 28 2011
hi there!!

hey gang!!
my name is melissa and i toured as a child with my mom and continued to do so on summers...amazing times and amazing memories...
anyhow, i live in LA now, and i am throwing a one day late birthday party for jerry at the restaurant i run.
if anyone is interested in coming i put the link to the restaurant facebook page - all the info is on there.!/pages/Grub-Restaurant/51568751258

i love cook, act, sing, dance, and make patchwork clothes for myself and friends.


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Introducing Ourselves - Part 2