hey kids, my monthly type of post here. i think that keeping in touch really helps me keep my new life rolling. well, my 79 yo father passed away this week last. he just got sick and sicker. being sober for this helped me realize again that it is not about me. i am not the center of the universe in how leon's death reflects upon our baby blue earth. i have obligations as a deadhead to extend my hand to his wife, my drunken and distraut sister and who else may be somewhat shattered. i recently sent him a copy of acoustic reckoning live 1980, whew. i recall calling him on father's day 1988 before i headed up to alpine valley that sunday. perhaps that knockin' encore can shatter my frickin' bones inna commemorative way that the gd do do so well. i am so lucky to be sober to assess things in a tight arrangement (the good old grateful dead). thanks for any meditations and prayers, but i do not type this in order to create any excuse to use - it ain't about me! have a grateful day! peace, shack
I went to the Phil show in Penns Peak (excellent show! killer 3rd set!!) and the Wharf Rat table sure was there! When I first went to shows in my early sobriety, it was tougher. The more time I have the easier it gets. Finding the table with the yellow balloons helps becasue it reminds me I'm not the only one out there. And this forum does too.
Nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile!
are there any wharf rats in northern VA? do they meet at shows around this area? i know phil is coming to richmond on tuesday i will be going. hopefully i will find wharf rats there. is anyone going to floyd fest grisman is playing and i was hoping other wharf rats are going. i am a 22 year old male hoping to have an enjoyable sober summer, after i was strung out on heroin last summer.
I was wondering if the Bobby show in Seattle will have the Wharf Rats there. I know to look for the yellow baloons, but last time I looked I didn't see any.
Hey man - thatz awesome and congratulations. 30 days is long time.
I have been a wharf rat for over 11 years.
after years of struglin on junk n countless attempts of getting clean somthin finally clicked in my head like i want to stay alive to go to the next show but that does not mean this is goin to b easy (though im not sick(physicaly) still cant sleep right at night) i know this will pass with time but ineed more thn that i need t talk to some family that under stands what its about im in north jersey(sommerset county) so if any ne on wants to chat pm me please i also would like to hit some phil n friends or some bobby this summer but i know i need to b around clean fam for this to work
brothers and sisters, i haven't checked the page for a couple of weeks and wow! positive vibrations, rastaman vibration! mike, what you said was well put and to the point. dude, you are welcome to write me 24/7. if i take my eye away from reading wrats page and i could be next to slip. things are way cool and much mo bettah without booze for me. and then my brethern in the post before me reaches his hand out; killer! and "z" before that kicks around some more positive "+" signs. in monty python dialect; "very nice!" ahhhh, it's everywhere: + + + +, it? them! + + + + +'s . hey my dear friends, keep connected because that is helping me at this very moment. anybody email me, anytime. in closing: this art student dude at iupui gave me this beat up cd with garcia/ grisman scratched on it in sharpie. i was checking this little fragile morsel out and knew those selections at first; then zap-ola! some solo robt. hunter with an acoustic terrapin, get this, really; 15 minutes and 51 seconds! love! blah blah more songs, then this jgb tune with jer bear doing "when smoke gets in your eyes!" i am honestly not certain i have heard it ever. in the back of my mind, i knew it was in the jumble of jgb repertoire. i had to tell ya all this. have a grateful day! peace, shack
Hi Mike. Nice to meet you. My name is Robert, I live in Sedalia MO. There are no wharf rat meetings here, just NA. Its good to see some new people checking out this forum. Send me an email if you ever need to talk.
had been very involved with the rats in the late 80`s early 90`s,way before tables were admitted to shows.. i then met a woman,who was/is a pothead,stopped working my program,and ended up going back out to insanity for about 13 years..fortunately enough i didnt kill myself,and was able to crawl back, beaten broken and bankcrupt.. now i am back 100+ days or so,looking to pick up (sobriety) where i let off.. would appreciate any/all contact from clean/sober individuals, especially with info reguarding gatherings at summer festivals.. live in nyc area,if anyone wants to hook up for travel,please let me know.. ive used up all of my 9 lives,and cant possibly afford another slipup...
"nothing left to do but---> smile...." mike (nj)
at the Phil show at the Greek last year, and a table as well. But I can't speak to the current reality.