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Hi everyone! It is great to

Hi everyone! It is great to be here amongst the Dead heads. I'm a suburban housewife-mom in a conservative upstate New York town where The Dead exists only in graveyards. Ha! But not in my studio.... The Dead is alive and well... blasting on my iTunes with the visualizer on I can escape to a far away place while I draw my whimsical dogs and cats with our pug Betty Boop snoozing and snorting under my chair.
I can't knit though. Must be a wonderful form of expression for you. :)

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ROFLMAO!!! Only time I fell

ROFLMAO!!! Only time I fell asleep during a show was after I had driven a gadzillion hour to a party, which was LAME... Only good part was they were playing, very loud, a really good show, so I curled up on the sofa near a speaker & zonked!!! Why I have any hearing left is beyond me :)

Oh and btw, my comment "yeah me too" was in response to Drive saying she misses the Dead... guess the sequencing was a bit off-

Can't wait to see Drive's knitting! I will be in awe- I'm stuck on the baby blankets in k2/p2. (or the sweater where I read the needles backwards and end up with my 6 and 9 transposed, Oooops!)

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As for falling asleep, let

As for falling asleep, let me just admit up front that I became notorious among my friends for sleeping through second sets. But, as I explained at the time, it wasn't like I wasn't hearing it. Just soaking it in.

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Drive is a truly awesome

Drive is a truly awesome knitter. Last time I saw her, which was many years ago, she was doing one of those Kaffe Fassett patterns. Yow.

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Joined: Jun 2 2007
yeah.. me too... Hey Drive,

yeah.. me too...
Hey Drive, I tried to go to your website and it doesn't work- I'm a knitter too (albeit not a very good one) and was interested in what you do- I love the textile arts and do a few of them-
Thanks- Vivi

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Hi, I'm John, but most

Hi, I'm John, but most people on the Well just call me unk. I found the Well by accident in 1991 by reading about it on some flier. Got a 1200 baud modem and started calling long distance right away! My first show was at Duke 4/12/78, but I had been turned onto the band back in 1974 by a friend who turned me onto Mars Hotel. I started off slow and picked up speed in the 1980's. I can't believe I know a whole bunch of y'all. Drive!!!! So good to see from you! I am a newspaper photographer in Raleigh, NC and have been at the same paper for 27 years.

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Hi, all. I'm Barry, though

Hi, all. I'm Barry, though lots of folks call me Shmo. I don't really care what you call me (as long as it's not dickhead). My first show was 6/29/73 at the Universal Amphitheatre. I was 12 years old, dragged there by my uncle, and, as a kid who was into David Bowie, the New York Dolls, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop, I thought that Dead show was the most boring-ass bullshit I'd ever heard in my life. I fell asleep during the 2nd set.

The light switched on at the Shrine Auditorium 1/11/78, when I was lured back to a Dead show by the promise of psilocybin and the company of a girl I'd been crushing on for several years. As I was playing bass in a punk band at the time, I attended the show at great risk of losing my punk cred. I didn't fall in love with the girl, as it turned out, but I did fall in love with the GD, the lostness and abandon being just what my tortured punk soul needed at that crossroads in my musical journey. I DID remain a closeted Deadhead for another couple of years, though, as I continued to inhabit the anti-hippie punk-rock demi-monde. During my junior year in college I "came out" as a fullblown worshipper in the Church of Jerry.

In 1989, I read an article about Deadhead culture in the L.A. Weekly, and an online community called The Well was mentioned. I logged onto The Well on May 9, 1989, and that has been my happy cyber-home for the last 18 years.

I have been hosting the psychedelic radio show The Music Never Stops on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles since 1995, originally a Grateful Dead show, but following Jerry's death and the demise of the GD as a live outfit I stretched the purview of the program to include jambands and other music for freaked-out weirdos like me.

I will admit that my last encounters with the GD were similar to my first, sadly. I thought that much of the music they made in '93-'95, with a few (VERY few) exceptions, was some of the most boring-ass bullshit I've ever heard in my life. But I treasure and honor and and constantly pay homage to the great stuff in all its eternal glory.

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Jules Misses Drive!! Hi,

Jules Misses Drive!! Hi, I'm Julie, loved the Grateful Dead for a long time before I actually was able to get my butt to my first show. I can't blame gans, Steve Silberman was the one responsible for getting me to the Well and online!

I was born and raised in Chicago. I'm an Associate Product Manager at a food company and my favorite part of the job is trying out new products :-) I am a mother to Tyler who is 4 years old. I love music, I am a Bobby girl!

Waving to all!

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Joined: Jun 2 2007
LOL- fell asleep?! I'd be

LOL- fell asleep?! I'd be concerned too-

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yipes! I'm sorry to have

yipes! I'm sorry to have missed that he was the starter spouse! But no, I didn't know him.

Don't worry about your hubby not remembering his one show. Mine saw one JGB acoustic show in Charlotte, but feel asleep halfway through and remembers nothing. That was right after we were married, and I was a little concerned!

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