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Chicago Meetings

Looking forward to Chicago Fare Thee Well! When are the meetings?

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Table locations have been posted on Dead50.net

Santa Clara:
Where can I find the Wharf Rats at the show?

The Wharf Rats will have a table near the Participation Row area, on the main concourse close to the Intel Gate A.
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Chicago..

Where can I find the Wharf Rats at the show?

The Wharf Rats will have a table near the Participation Row area, in the South Courtyard inside the South Gates, near Gate 0.

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Going to SC 6/27, and a bit nervous that I will be the only one around me not using. I'm younger than most of you folks from what I have gathered, as I only got into the Dead as a high schooler in the early 90's, and have followed mostly by trading music and watching as a bit of an "outsider". Saw Phil a few times. Loved the music and people were kind. But I always felt out of place since it seemed like I was the only one not smoking, dosing or drinking that wine. (Never used. Seen too much life wasted to be attracted to any of it. That, and my relationship with God, the real influence, would be so scrambled up if I was under the other influence.) Would like to find the yellow balloons during set break and say how do you do. Plus, I'll need the reassurance that there are more like me out there. Real name's Eric. I'll see you there!

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Will be tables

At both both Chicago and Santa Clara. Look for the yellow ballons or bring one and you will be found. Maybe a meeting on Friday afternoon or night at a Park near the Stadium SC.

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Helping Hand

I am a lone drunk. I agree with you though.

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Thanks. Much appreciated.

Thanks. Much appreciated.

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Wharf Rats Description:

The Wharf Rats are a group of concert-goers who have chosen to live drug and alcohol free.

Our primary purpose at the shows is to make ourselves available to anyone who feels we
may have something they want. We offer support, strength, fellowship and hope. Look for
the yellow balloons, signs and the Wharf Rats information table.

We are not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous nor any other
twelve-step group. We are a group of friends sharing a common bond, providing support,
information and some traction in an otherwise slippery environment.

The Wharf Rats began during the 1980s as a group of Deadheads under the name "The Wharf Rat Group of Alcoholics Anonymous". The Wharf Rats originally came from a small group of Narcotics Anonymous members who went to a Grateful Dead concert in Philadelphia and located each other by their Yellow balloons with the NA symbol drawn on in Magic Marker. However due to operational differences they soon split off from Alcoholics Anonymous, and are not affiliated with them, NA, or any other twelve-step program, though many of members of the Wharf Rats are members of AA, NA or other 12 step programs. The Wharf Rats see themselves as "a group of friends sharing a common bond, providing support, information and some traction in an otherwise slippery environment."

The unusual name of this group comes from the Grateful Dead song "Wharf Rat", which contains the self-told story of August West, a down-and-out dockside wino.

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cwlane of corse you can still love the GD! Why there is wharfrat

"a group of friends sharing a common bond, providing support, information and some traction in an otherwise slippery environment." Look for the yellow ballons and meetings are at set break. You don't have to be perfect. Just take it one show at a time (~);-)

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Helping Hand

Hey CW....First thing I noticed that you joined the site in 2010...whatta ya been doing for the past 4 and a half years if your trying to get sober now?? The first thing I did to get sober: Change People, Places and Things!! You gotta lose all your "using friends" start hanging out with positive, healthy, sober people. Try that for starters and get to a meeting!!

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Help Me!

I'm trying to get sober, but I'm sacred. Can I still love the GD? Please help.

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WharfRats Meet Here.