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Chuck
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Family, Grateful Dead, The Music, The Experience

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Back in college... At the Univeristy of Buffalo... Spring of 1975... Living in College B... The solution to the hazing problems from the fraternities... Residential colleges were created at UB... College B was the college of the creative arts... An interesting place for a pre-med with eclectic tastes in music and theater to live... Well, back in the dorm... In a drunken haze, two freshmen were talking during a sleepless night... The artist brags... He can paint anything, on anything... His room mate pulls out his favorite Dead album... Skull and Roses... Paint this... On that... He points to their circa 40's ridged refrigerator.... And the challenge was on... For three weeks... All this 18 year old did was work on making this amazing painting of a skeleton covered in roses on an old fridge... And when it was complete it was a masterpiece...

How do I fit in with all of this... Well... I lived a few doors down, and I had gotten a summer job at school... So I was staying in the dorms for the summer... I was asked to watch their prized possesion, the amazing fridge, till they returned in the fall... Only problem... They spent so much time working on the fridge, they would both end up flunking out... With noone to return the fridge too, it was mine... And... I would end up being a Deadhead... Traveling to shows all over the east coast... I met other Deadheads at school... One of them... Became a room mate, and eventually introduced me to his fiance's best friend... We would be married for 25 years and she would be the mother of my kids... That fridge changed my life... Funny thing... The day I graduated from college... The electric chord disintegrated... I took it as a message from the spirits that this fridge was meant to remain in Buffalo... And so, I left the thing there... Not sure what ever happened to it... But... I thank those two drunk freshmen from the Spring of '75 for forever changing my life. Their crazy dare led to me learning to love the music... And thankfully, The Music never stopped... I will be in Charlottesville, in a couple of weeks, with my son... To see the Spring '09 tour... 34 years later... Still twirling to the sound of the Dead, and living for the magic of that feeling of belonging!

Some times... we get shown the light... In the strangest of places.. If we look at it right...

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always looking for a friend... To remember the magical times... Say hi... Who knows.. Maybe that was me that shared that joint with you in Western NY in the 70's...

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