Nice new site, LOTS of members already, it's good to see so many friends here!
I came to San Francisco in 1968. I've been persuaded to move away several times but it seems like I always end up back in the Bay Area. The music has alot to do with that. I've been to many Grateful Dead shows in many places over the years. The first was at the Carousel Ballroom in 1968.
Today, I'm still dancing to the music. As my old friends continue to stretch out and grow musically I'm right here, loving every minute.
These days I work out of my house as a plant broker for landscapers and architects. That means very busy days, lots of talking on the phone, lots of co-ordinating, but it's nice to be able to work for myself, and with creative people. I've been in this business for 15 years. Before that, I spent 10 years in the photgraphy world, working at custom labs in the Bay Area. Before THAT, I was married to a blues musician I'd known when I was younger, and learned about the musician's life from the inside. And before that I led a gypsy life, searching for my place. I travelled the world and rarely stayed in one place for very long.
Mine has been an interesting and varied road, with lots of stories to tell, and I think there's probably a turn or two left in it before it's done.
I second that - The Chef's chocolates are orgasmic.
Nice to see you here, Olompali.
I just spent over an hour browsing through the list of members.
Nice to see so many familiar faces here - and meet some new ones, too.
Trust this cat.. Way cool, longtime Dead traveler with gourmet sweet treats.
i live in tx via pa. i own two companies that remanufacture and refill laser and ink cartridges. in my spare time i collect old vinyl records, watch turner classic movies and read the dead compendiums like they were bibles on how i should live my life. the grateful dead are a part of my life just as much as breathing in and out. i swear, the last blood test i had contained every note of 03-31-88 in the vial *L* ohhh, i love all kinds of music, but the dead are number one in my book. take care!
Hey Now! I am pleased to introduce myself. I'm Danny, 40 years old, and live in Oakland, California. I walk dogs for a living and love it. I've seen around 200 Grateful Dead concerts and even more live shows and music festivals for the last 24 years. Music is something so special, I can't imagine my life without it. As a kid taking piano lessons, certain songs would catch my attention, especially The Beatles. My older brother got into rock and roll leading me down that path. The 70's was a great time for music. High school was different. The 80's were too weird with punk, new wave, heavy metal big hair bands and break-dancing. I did embrace the heavy metal for a while because my friends were doing it. Halfway through high school, I started going back to the older stuff that was more heady like Pink Floyd. The Stones, Rush and other cool bands stayed on the playlist but it seemed I was always searching for that sound. I even had lifted a few Dead albums but they didn't quite grab me. One of my teachers noticed I was "special" and suggested I check out one of their concerts. Turns out, he's a big deadhead and saw the potential in me (good teacher, eh?) So I go with my friend (see my first show) and I get hooked. show by show, I travel a little further until I get to the east coast. I meet a girl at a show, elope, quit my job and set out touring. I made those little jingly anklets and sold them wherever I went. When Jerry died, my life seemed to turn upside-down. My relationship ended, returned to school, chilled out and got a regular job. I worked in the natural food industry for 13 years. I wasn't really digging the company any more so I joined my new love in a pet-service business. Now I get to spend way more time enjoying music since I'm in my truck all the time hauling dogs around.To make a short story long, I don't know that many deadheads anymore. There's lots of good stuff coming out these days along with Phil and Bob but I still get chills listening to the good old Grateful Dead.
we all shine on
nothing = everything
I'm glad the site is finally up and running and I see a bunch of familiar people made the jump from the old forums. I also see a bunch of new names. Cool all around.
I guess I should re-introduce myself. My name is Rick and I am from the Steel City. I got into the Dead in the mid 90's. I was moved by two things: Pigpen's singing and Ripple. I was instantly hooked at my first show which wasn't until 94. Unfortunately I only caught one more after that.
I am a self proclaimed "Star-Head" as some of you know. I am huge fan of the Original Star Wars Trilogy and one of my hobbies (besides getting Dead Shows) is collecting vintage Star Wars toys. Hence the screen name Gratefulhan (Grateful Dead + Han Solo).
I have worked with kids with disabilities for over 10 years now and I just got my Masters Degree in Special Ed. Right now I am working for company that provides services to kids with disabilities in the home, although I am looking for a teaching gig. Other than that I just like to keep hitting the gym and I try to get outdoors as much as possible.
I am looking forward to using the forums and I hope we can all stay connected through here.
Do or do not; there is no try.
I live in Shanghai China and have been here for about 4-5 years. I am American and grew up in New York State and lived in Colorado and Oregon before leaving the States. I will probably not return to the United Soviet States, but do have some great memories. Go figure, i feel free living in a Communist country and not so free when i return to the States. I can go on with this forever, but i will save this for another time. I have seen about a dozen or so GD shows, but spent many years on Phish prior to 2000. I have a wife (Chinese) and beautiful daughter and now work for myself and have offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong and basically working in the Generic Drug biz in Africa and South America. I spend a lot of time in Africa and Europe. I have not been back to the States in about 2 years and question my connection to the current America which i do not know very well. I spend most of my time with my family and working. I speak Chinese and English and hate to fly!!! (but always have to). If there are any Dead Heads in China please let me know as i am constantly looking for someone to relate to.
I'm GRTUD (Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion) but the new site won't send email instructions to certain email addresses (WTF?) so I'll just have to use this name instead.
Glad to see those that have made it here, CCJoe, gypsysoul, Oroboros, eyesof thewhirled, leadbelly27, tonyL, hackster, crazyfingers, just to name a few.
There seem to be some folks missing but hopefully time will bring us all back together because we had some great stuff going on the other board.
I'll also get around to filling out all the info on my profile at some point. My first show was The Capital Center (Landover, MD.) in Sept. of 1976.
"We must become ourselves, before someone else does....." Robert Hunter
Okay--saw the Dead in Chicago for the first time in about 1970. Last saw them in Indy in about 1974. Missed all the wild shit, but that's okay.
Been catching up. Or not, it's all good.
Watch out for MrnDw, he's one of the clever ones--