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Wharf Rat 12-28-82's picture
Joined: Apr 28 2008
Howdy, all

I'm Brian, a Wharf Rat from Chicago (and elsewhere). Currently stuck in Lodi. Any of the folks from Indy's own "Rats NA Drain Ditch" around? Or anyone else who just wants to say hey?

Glad to have found the joint. Hope to keep coming back.


shack's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
riding again!

hey kids, we are creating a lapse in "wharf rat page" responses again. i am not too sure that the little practice of doing that is too too good. meanwhile, after a while i felt like a bicycle was not gonna be a trigger for me. therefore i gotta new mt. bike. deadly on the road to school etc. ahhhh!!! i used to get all alcoholically buzzed with a glazed window of marijuana smoke and try to ride. sure i got it done, but the clear visionary thru these new "eyes of the world" is just so different and mo' betta!!! whew!!! i don't plan on tryin' to be sneaky and carry a cocktail today; so i will just get out the good old grateful dead and check out how wonderful this ride to class is sober. 1991 "deal" MSG, NYC. have a grateful day! peace, shack

Joined: Jul 19 2007
Anyone got spring fever? I

Anyone got spring fever? I joined our local dead head meetup but no upcoming meetings as of now. I know Donna Jean is on tour, any other recommended road trip shows for this spring and summer?

evan's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Wharf Rat Meetings

Soooo I'm trying to find any real Wharf Rat presence on the net...and all the last mentions seem to be around 01 and 02. Any suggestions? I've been sober since october 17 2001 (and still go to meetings regularly) and SINCE then I've been to over 50 shows (RatDog/phil/TOO/Dead/DSO/Rhythm Devils/VW&F, etc.)...My family and I go to as many festivals each summer as possible, BUT I'd really like to get some kind of Wharf Rat community re-jumpstarted. Does anyone know how to access that AOL "rose garden" wharf-rat-meeting deal? I appreciate all responses. PS> Jerry was IT for me man...I even named my children after GD lyrics...there is nothing in the wolrd like those cascading arppegios....BUT not once in the 20+ shows I saw w/Jerry...did I have the kind of spiritual experience I've had at shows w/out him, SINCE I've been sober.-evan

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Joined: Oct 18 2007
Great Words jennyg219

welcome and keep up the hard work....

stay safe and feel good!
>><<<< :>

jennyg219's picture
Joined: Jul 22 2007
On The Bus

My first show was 4/6/85 in Philly, and I loved it, I was on the bus right away. Now I am happy to say, and be able to realize what I am saying it, (!!) that I'm still on the bus, but I also got on the wagon!, 3 years 3 months clean and sober.
The Grateful Dead is ALL about the music, the sound, the togetherness. It's not about what you can get in the lot that will totally annihilate you.
I want to read through all these posts, but I just trekked into the forum for the first time tonight and I'm a bit tired. Glad to know everyone is out there!!
Stay strong, stay sober and listen to the music play!!!

Nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile!

DaffyDuff's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007

Just wanted to say thanks for the feedback and support. For the first time I'm talking about it and picking up the phone. I'm 41 yrs old and about to start a new journey. It's about time. The month rehab really helped, something I was always against. I think it might have saved my lilfe. I just have to stay the course. What a feeling waking up with a clear head.


Joined: Jun 4 2007
I went to my first rehab

I went to my first rehab program in 1983, and was clean for about a year. But old habits kicked in again, and I was a bad boy until 1998, a few months here and there clean and sober, but nothing permanent. I was not happy where my life was at that point, and finally wanted to lift the fog and haze from my life, and now 9 years clean, and serene, something I am glad I did. I will never go back. I attend a meeting or two a week still, to keep my program working. But it took many a night talking to my sponser till dawn, and a dozen meetings or more a week, and this worked for me. Deadheads are rare in the UK, let alone one's that are Wharf Rats, but I sure wish that there was one at least that could understand seeing shows, loving the music and people/scene. I miss that part of my life. Keep your program working and go to lots of meetings.

Lopezz's picture
Joined: Feb 9 2008
Hi Daffy

I go to NA meetings in Missouri. Ive been clean 9 or 10 months now but still feel like a newcomer. I havent started working the steps yet but the meetings still help me stay on the right path. Drop me a line if you ever need to talk. Keep coming back!


shack's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
hey daffy!

i went to a lot of wonderful shows as a whole bunch of us have. you are experiencing a divine opportunity right now brother. you got a 28 day kickstart into looking at things differently. i am 2 yrs and the clouds have definately cleared. hell, now i hear all these little idiosyncracies that were not in my earbuds before. i suggest you surround yourself with real people that don't have to drink and use shit drugs to see what is so much there already in front of them. our little wharf rat page here had a too long of a gap recently as you may have noticed and i offer the chance as a whole slew of others involved within this thread do to: stay connected. there is a bunch of support here and other places in the real world: if you seek it. stay in "touch" and have a grateful day! peace, shack


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