What Got You on the Bus?
An excellent suggestion from Hal R., picking up on a thread in another topic: how did you get on the bus? What was that moment that left no room for doubt?
Probably no two stories are the same, but they're all probably pretty interesting, so tell all here!
I found the dead purely by accident, a punk with multi colored hair until i entered into the military. Came home got a job and boy was that security gaurd cute. took me to a hockey game and played scratchy dead tapes all the way there. I kept thinking what is this crap. By the second date I was hooked. In fact I was so hooked, that I listened to my first show on the radio, back when they used to play the new years shows on the radio. Had no idea what I was in for. I slept over night for the tickets and drove to the lot the night before my first show july 89 and never looked back, I don't know if it was the drum circles or the food or the people or that feeling of belonging or the strawberry pancakes in the morning before the show or just the kindness. I was soooooo into it I drove all the way to Giants stadium non stop just to experience one more time less than 24 hours after my first show. 20 years later I have the same butterflies as I pull out the old stuff that has been boxed up for the last few years and prep for tour. I have never gotten off the bus, time just marches on faster that I can and leaves none for slowing down to listen to the music play
I first heard Truckin when I was in high school and that was the only dead song I knew for a long time and I really liked it. I heard Touch of grey later when they did the (1987) video. I wasn't really hooked until I attended my first Dead show of 92 in Vegas. I knew from that point on I wanted to see them as many times as I could and get my hands on any bootlegs that I could.
Little did I know that I was going to be an adventure like Ive never been on before.
i met my college room mate at freshman orientation & he had a steal your face sewn on the back of his jean jacket.. & had a couple of friends who had just finished their freshman year of college & had started to turn me on, but once my first day of college arrived & i heard birdsong i was on board... 9 months later (june 26, 1988) i saw my first show...
it's here, I think. On the Bickershaw Festival show page.
(Geeky aside: I found it very quickly by searching for "Borstal," a word that just isn't commonly used here and that I remembered being in the post. Brought it up right away...)
the above post is the 2nd part of the tale, but can't find it now?? i got the bus 71/72 on EURO&" tour & it looks as if I still can't see/type/find stuff I post !!JIMI C....:)
anutha jail & he told me about the gig & that they (prisoners) were due to clean up after..i was to meet up & pass a "Parcel"..so I snuck into the festival & got m'self up a tree ,dropped a few tabs :) 7off I went really loved NRPS,& thought the guitarist looks like he's havin fun!!later on the band played on into the night . I came down both from tree/trip & promptly forgot!! till I went to jail m'self!! since then never looked back ,been all over travelling Spain/France?marrocco have been my home(S) for over 25yrs ,came back to uk (Sick0 & my ol lady got a laptop for her Univ; work & i googled theDEAD..hey presto!! here I am.... i was kinda "At the Bus- Stop y could say,it arrived, & I got on..no idea or direction, & what a long strange/wonderful trip it's been. So good to re-connect "electronically" after all this time,feel a fossil with my vinyl lps & record player!! Kindab old & in the way... but ramblin on still !!
Yeah - that immage helped me through some tough times. I would picture that majestic face serene and calm and my troubles would melt away and disintegrate into tie dye swirls.
I really think Jerry was trying to get folks to give stoners a break. Bridging the gap between Yuppies and Deadheads. Yuppies can be pretty trippy - and they love to drink wine!!
We all love to trip out on nature and be creative. It's just that some are more creative than most, that's all.
I miss those. I think I had 2 sheets of them once. I took 4 and got into lotus position at the beach and was peaking watching the waves roll over me as I sat on the wet sand just below the surf. I felt like that dude from, "Stranger in a Strange Land".
Pretty intense. I then played guitar with Liquid Lacy on the boardwalk and soon we had a wall of flesh around us. All the cops saw whenever they rolled up was people's backs.
I was working on my fameous rendition of, "Franklin's Tower" even back then. They rhythm sort of took over as the sky pulsed and the tide started going backwards. Lacy had glowing gold spheres circling around his head and our music made the ground vibrate.
It was the summer of 89 and I had just finished my sophmore year in high school. I was at home just getting ready to have some lunch when my dad's friend Greg came over and said "I got you guys some Grateful Dead tickets for deer creek" . I was like oh boy great can I get some acid there. Typical teenager I guess. Well the day of the show finally arrived and we get to Deer creek at about 1pm and the place was already gettin crazy. As we were walking around the lot we saw some guy puffin on a bong so we went over and sat down next to him. We fired up some of our Indiana stank bud and he was pleased. After a few minutes we asked him about some doses and he was like "oh ok" and pulled out some blue unicorns (Remember those?). I bought 5 of them for a buck a piece. I was so stoked and couldnt believe that I just paid a buck a hit. Shortly after that as we were just sitting next to the van a couple of cops and security guards tap my dad on the shoulder and say "Just put it out on the ground" . Well needless to say the hippie dude freaks out and starts dumping his nugs onto the ground. The cops says "na man you dont have to dump it out, just dont let us see ya smokin it" . The dude starts putting his buds back into the bag and the cops just stroll away. We were like did that just really happen?? I proceeded to take 3 doses and we all got up and started walking around. Not much more to say but I was so on the bus after the show.