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Medieval history & heraldry, military history--WWI, WW2, US Civil War, historic preservation, classical guitar, fender stratocaster guitars, music, weather, thunderstorms, storm-chasing, NOAA weather gadgets, some astronomy, genealogy, like some sports--college sports and Boston Red Socks, politics, the beach, guns & and the 2nd Amendment --the right to arm bears and other animals; living on the edge; jetskiing up and down the intracostal waterways; I am an advocate of "bastard feudalism."


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Proud Anglo-Saxon American, ultra right-wing social & fiscal foaming at the mouth conservative fanatic kook; Although an advocate of "bastard feudalism," I vote Republican most of the time, I have never seen Big Foot, afraid of giant squids & wicker furniture, Motto--For the Glory of Rome

I got on the bus around 1987 or 1988 when I was 16 or 17 in high school. I am NOT a "touch head." In fact, it went down sorta like this. Our school class went on a ski trip to Boone, which is a ski resort in the mountains of NC. The lodge had a large TV that played music videos, and I saw the video to "Touch of Grey" for the very first time. Now, at the age of 16/17, I was into Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Doors...etc. My first reaction to seeing the Touch of Grey video was that The Grateful Dead were a "bunch of old men." The guys looked "old" to a 16/17 year old. I often referred to them as a bunch of old men. Jerry had gray/white hair. The Touch of Grey video was a complete turn-off to me as a first impression. I think on that trip or another class trip, one of my buddies made me a cassette tape of various songs from various LP albums he had. One of those songs was "Mr. Charlie" from the Europe '72 album. I knew this was the Dead. But as I listened to "Mr. Charlie," I thought man this song has some balls. I was used to listening to Zeppelin or Queen with heavy distortion guitar, penatonic shredding licks, and high-pitched screaming wailing, ear-piercing vocals (think Immigrant Song). But "Mr. Charlie" has piano and an unidentifiable (at the time) solo guitar tone. The guitar solo was not heavily distorted but had a slightly distorted pingy tone--ping ping. And the lead singer, whoever he was, was kinda cool and bluesy. The chorus was cool too. And he was singing about shotguns and alligator wine. I thought man, these guys the Dead need to be re-evaluated. They got something going on here. Around that time, I saw the famous picture of them at the Ashbury Heights street corner - hanging around the street sign. I also remember reading and seeing a picture of Jerry in our local paper at this time ('87). The picture of Jerry was from '86 and showed an overweight Jerry, and the article talked about his bad health (probably his stroke). I don't remember what else the article said but I think it had something to do with In the Dark being released. Anyway, that's how it all got started back around '87. It was "Mr. Charlie" and NOT "Touch of Gray." I was an active deadhead from '88 to '93. Those were the good old days. When I graduated from high school in '89 and went to college in 1990, there were a lot of deadheads there. We all hung out in the halls between classes. We traded tapes. It was at this time that I was able to get a small collection of shows on cassette tapes, which I still have. I don't remember '94 & '95 too much. I know the Dead did not come around here in '94 and '95. I remember the day Jerry died and being glued to the TV and the radio that night. The radio played Dead songs all evening and night. After that, I have never been into the post-Jerry stuff like Phil & Friends, the Other One, Ratdog, The Dead...etc. I may have missed out but for some reason, I just don't dig it.

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