By excellent suggestion, this topic is a place for the folks who are planting and cultivating the various vines to say hi and talk amongst themselves!
So I suggested to Mary that we start a topic so we could all introduce ourselves here.I feel like I've gotten to know quite a few here and we've developed a great little community but I still want to know a little more. Is Rick really a pilot? What's going on in Bartlett, NH? What does KJ7XJ mean? etc etc I guess since it was my suggestion, I'll kick it off. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my wife and little boy who turns 2 tomorrow. And we have a little girl on the way. So I guess with all the chaos in our little household, the music gives me a mini vacation. I work as a photographer and photo retoucher and I happen to work a lot from the home office which is very conducive to burning discs... Unfortunately, I got into the Dead way too late. I started listening to the Dead when I was a teenager in the early 90's (ouch). But being that I have a somewhat addictive personality, I haven't stopped listening in the last 18 years now. I only made it to 3 shows, one at MSG and two at Highgate, VT. I remember the VT shows as being fun, but utterly underwhelming, musically. To make up for the lack of live shows, I traded tapes actively in the 90's (anyone remember Terrapin Tapes?) and again haven't stopped since. It's an obsession but its pleasing! I hope to hear a little more from you all if you feel like sharing. Thanks to everyone here for the great music and great spirit. Reid
I'm rather new to the Vineyard. Thanks all for taking me under your wings and sharing excellent music as well as good times. operator ~ Congrats on your sweet family! Try to sleep while you can! I have questions about fellow viners as well. I'll start with you: When I see your name I think of Pig~ if you don't know, I really have a thing for him (musically speaking) So are you a big PigPen fan? My take on Rick~ he's a Ballooning pilot? Just a guess. What does 143 or 245 mean? Ha, this is fun! Thanks Marye & Operator
Yes, I'm a Pig fan, but truth be told, Brent is my man (on the keys anyway).I head a mental block when coming up with my profile, and that was the first thing I thought of...
Hi Everybody, New to the (new site). Long time head. First show 3/9/81 at good old MSG. I am real interested in joining in on a vine or two. I have no idea how to get started ...so any help is appreciated. I plan on keeping a look out for new vines as they are posted. Pete
I have been married for 27 years and we have 3 sons. We live in Lincoln Nebraska and my boys have now grown into young men and have been in and out of the house, but are all at home now due to college or car payments. The youngest went with my wife, best friend and I to the 10,000 Lakes Festival and caught a fantastic Phil and Friends show in 2005, and this summer my middle son caught Ratdog at Bonneroo. Haven't got my oldest son to a show. Got on the bus (see that thread for my full story) on 6-16-74 in Des Moines, Iowa and saw many shows in the 70"s (Winterland June '77 run and that Dec NYE '77 run come to mind). And then though the early 80's, mostly in the midwest, esp. once the boys were born, then less roadtripping and more home & work, catching fewer shows. Last shows I attended were the '95 Sam Boyd Silver Bowl run in Las Vegas. Have worked in the mental health field in a variety of capacities for the last 3 decades. As I have said before I am 'old school' and I'm working feverishly to keep up with the times. This is MUCH better than the old tapes and letters back and forth!! I have loved the vineyard and all the efforts by fellow viners to share the treasures that the Grateful Dead shared so freely with us. This sharing has been great and I have enjoyed connecting with all of you. It does remind me of those July Red Rocks '78 shows, where I met so many east and west coasters in the middle of the country (a little west of Nebraska, but...) and we immediately connected and 'had a real good time' courtesy of that wonderful venue, our rabid shared enthusiasum for this amazing band of musicians who regaled us all with their wild musical transportation devices, spinning their mystical tales, country, rock, americana, then taking us off into the stratosphere with massive jam/space and slowing down to softly caressing us goodbye with a ballad...until the next show. Take care, Tim
I think i am probably the old man of these realms. I was born in the City of Brighton in England way back in the 50's. I first saw the GOGD back in 1970 at the Hollywood festival. altogether i saw the Dead 15 times, mostly in 1990. I worked for the railway in England for more than 35 years and retired on my 50th birthday and moved to Spain coz the weather is better than England and the cost of lioving is cheaper. Bob - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
Hi folks - Great thread.... Hi this is Eric, Ive been on the bus since the early 80s. My first show being the US festival in Devore CA 9/5/82. Since Operator asked.... One of my other hobbies is HAM radio. My FCC issued license is KJ7XJ I have held 3 other class licenses but I will spare the techie stuff for only those who are curious... if your wondering what HAM radio is a good site that can help is ARRL.ORG and for you folks across the pond...RSGB.ORG Im married for almost 10 years and have 2 wonderful kids, a cat and live in a bedroom community SE of Portland OR in the Columbia River Gorge (on the WA state site for those who know the area) I saw my last show in AZ in 1994 and have caught a few other jam band type show since then but my main attraction was the 80s (as I was a teen/20 something with nothing to do but have them follow me around).... I have a huge tape collection which got flooded last summer from a mad water heater and so I got back onto the net and asked for help. I got shown the wonder world of FLAC,SHN trades and since comming back to cyberspace, found the new and improved DEAD.NET site. Right around this time is when the vince thread started. I got in as a "charter" member of sorts... Thanks to all of you who help out... VINE ON!! Eric
So yes I am a pilot and I fly in a bag of hot air. (About 77,000 cubic feet). It is a very unearthly feeling, to best describe it here is a quote."Suddenly the wind ceased. The air seemed motionless around us. We were off, going at the speed of the air-current in which we now lived and moved. Indeed, for us there was no more wind; and this is the first great fact of spherical ballooning. Infinitely gentle is this unfelt motion forward and upward. The illusion is complete: it seems not to be the balloon that moves, but the earth that sinks down and away... Villages and woods, meadows and chateaux, pass across the moving scene, out of which the whistling of locomotives throws sharp notes. These faint, piercing sounds, together with the yelping and barking of dogs, are the only noises that reach one through the depths of the upper air. The human voice cannot mount up into these boundless solitudes. Human beings look like ants along the white lines that are highways; and the rows of houses look like children's playthings." — Alberto Santos-Dumont, 'My Air-Ships,' New York, The Century Company, 1904." As in all of us,that is just one facet of this diamond in the rough. I was born in 1952 in Wyoming. In late 1967 my family moved to the San Francisco bay area. Guess I was about 15 then. My first Dead show in 1969. That summer we moved to Colorado and this has been home ever since. This is where I saw the remainder of my shows During high school here I was working part time and meet a girl from the neighboring high school. Well we became good friends and in 1975 she married me (and had put up with me ever since.) Sandy (that is her name) is the mother of our two daughters. Both of whom have flow from the nest. One lives in Santa Fe with her husband. The younger daughter lives 40 miles up the road and is pursuing her profession. We have lived in this town for 31 years now and have seen tremendous changes. The citizens even elected me as there Mayor for ten years. (Yes Dead heads can hold positions of public trust. But my being a Dead head never came up.) I have been working for a major Colorado brewer for the last 35 years. Various jobs from beer bottle washer to manager. Now they pay me to play, I get to work and trouble shoot problems that occur in the warehouse operations. We use a main frame computer and data radios to direct the loading operations. Old technology by todays standards but reliable. Guess I will keep plugging away there for a few more years. (Retiring to the south of Spain sounds like fun some days.) I never was a trader of tape and shows, So this vining thing is a new world for me. All of your contributions and insights have helped to make my life just that much richer. THANK-YOU so much. This s being to look a lot like one of those annual holiday letters my brother in law sends out. So thanks for listening. Peace Rick
Bob - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
Hey now My name is Kim. I first saw the dead in 1987 when I was 16. There are various other thread on this site when I describe that. I saw the dead over 100 times between 1987 and 1992. Probably saw the Jerry band at least that many times if not more. Still have every single ticket stub to every dead show i went to. It was an awesome ride. I used to collect tapes like mad. At the time, I didn't know many girls that did. The college I went to (ucsc) had a radio show specifically for taping dead shows. They would take a break and tell you when to flip the tape and everything. I broke my leg in many places when I was 20 and was bed ridden for 6 months. I made it through that with the help of deadheads/tape trading. Still have alot of my tapes, but sadly my tape players are all almost dead. Took a "break" from being a deadhead so to speak and concentrated on school for a while. Now found this site and have been having an AWESOME time with the vines. I have enjoyed getting to know people through this site, and my cd collection has blossumed. I am a small animal veterinarian. I am married to an equine (horse) surgeon and live in Florida. That takes up a large part of my time. I have alot of animals, and a family on the way hopefully soon. I dont have many deadhead friends where I live anymore, so I enjoy being able to share stuff with you all on this website. It has been great.
Thomas D I want to thank operator for starting this topic..first things first, I live in the Bronx, born and bred here...My first show was Englishtown 77( I was only 16),I saw about 60 shows on and off during the bands last 15 years. I was a photographer in the early eighties, but I ended up chasing the same powders that did Jerry in...lost everything (for the first time)...with nothing to lose I picked myself up and went back to school, this being the late eighties early nineties. This is also the period where I saw the most shows(10-9-89 Hampton, 9-10-91 MSG amongst others) Anyway I became a professor at CUNY(City University of NY),but my health and some more chasing of the same powders made me lose everything (again)I picked myself up(again) and while I am disabled I have been raising my niece, since my brothers death in 2003. Jamie is 10 now and has giving me new hope in my life. I have been powder free for seven years and frankly I don't believe I will ever get back to chasing them ever again( at least for today anyway) So today I listen and collect many shows( mostly from 68 to 77 ), buy GD CD's, and catch an occasional show, while trying to get Jamie on the bus, so far no luck. Taking care of her has been a blessing and and quite a challenge. While I can't imagine my life without the Grateful Dead Music, I certainly can't imagine it without her. I am still looking for a mate (female) to integrate into our lives...but what will be will be. Anyway I don't know if I said too much or not, but in about a hundred words or so I said what I am( and I am what I said???) Later...Tom
Thanks so much for sharing. You sure sound like a hardworker who doesn't let setbacks keep him down. Right On! I know how tough it is to raise kids & I can't imagine doing it on my own. Play some good toons and feel proud of yourself. PEACE Leanne
My name is Derek and I'm a viner. I enjoy collecting addresses of Deadheads so that I can burgle their homes while they are away on vacation. Hence, using the vine here as my cover. LOL. Just messing around of course, hope you thought that was as funny as I did.
Hey Derek,Just remember we all have your address too. If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. William Blake
Ok, I guess I’ll just jump right in on this boat too.My name is Andy (Brewster boy) and the Brewster is for Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH where I went to high school and discovered the Dead from one of my friends. That was in 1977 and I had the opportunity to see these talented people play many times at a great time on their musical journey. My last show was at Soldier Field in 1990 or ’91 on a really cold summer day. I’m in my 50th. year and living in the White Mountain National Forest. I am property manager of a fine Inn just below Crawford Notch near Bartlett, NH. My favorite show has to be 9/6/80 (check this one out in the show look-up) because it was just Sooo Right! Everything about being young, free, high, with friends and a sense of community while just being there was something that will never be forgotten. Anyway, back around ’92 I lost all my Dead material (bummer) and had fallen from the world of the Maxell UD-XL2. With the help of everyone on this forum I have managed to start rebuilding what I lost and have missed so dearly over the years. It sounds weird but I used to have those shows that everyone had and still would like to posses some of those wicked boards like 12/1/79, 8/28/82, ’78 capitol theater, those Portchester, NY shows and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head. Hopefully these will become offerings over time. I wish everyone Peace and music dancing through the air. Andy
brewsterboy - I thought you were a home brewer of beer and thus the title. By the way, I heard your little town mentioned on NPR the other day with the primaries and thought - I know someone there. How are the butterflies? Sunshine Daydream - Bob - I was born in 1956, I guess quite a few of us here are choice relics from the 50's. Oroboros - I work in the Mental Health field as well. If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. William Blake
Like Oroboros and Hal R, I also worked in the mental health field. I worked at a group home and an apartment program in Michigan (where I am from) while in college then for a couple years in Boston after college. Yeah, I moved to Boston AFTER college. Entire town is made up of college students! Live in NYC now, practicing law as a contract attorney. Married to a wonderful and understanding (re: the Dead) woman and the rest of my immediate family consists of a golden retriever and two cats. Got on the bus in the early 90's while in college, only saw 9 shows but loved it, only in retrospect did I realize I saw the band in their decline. Before I got into vining, Dick's Picks were my main source for Dead enjoyment, followed by a radio program here called Morning Dew. Have about 200 tapes that I made listening to the program. Most of my knowledge of the Dead come from those sources as well as the Taping Compendiums (must haves IMO). Don't listen to the radio program any longer, like to go out on Sat nights now. I absolutely love being part of the vining community, so glad I discovered it. I go in and out of heavy Dead listening. For the 6 mos before finding this board, I listened exclusively to jazz. I have an interest in classic rock (someone made fun of Boston on one of these boards recently, HISSS, GREAT debut album) and early 80's music (childhood, I guess). Mostly it is the Dead and jazz. I have a pretty good collection of Miles and Coltrane, but I go a little deeper with Art Pepper, Dave Brubeck, and Don Ellis. Back to the Dead, I think the peak periods were '69, spring and fall '72, fall '73, all of '77, and very early '78. Of course, I love Dark Star and Dew, but I'd list Help>Slip>Franklin's, China>Rider, Scarlet>Fire and St. Stephen as favorite tracks/combos. I also love Brent!
I come from England, but live in France right now. I got into the Dead in 73, missed their 74 tour of Europe and did not see them until they came again in ’81 (my first show was my birthday show). I lost touch in the 80’s as the releases and European tours dried up and I was not hooked into any trader networks. Just played and loved the old vinyls. My interest revived when Dicks Picks and Vault Series started appearing. I last saw the Dead in 1990 on their final trip to Europe, and I was able to take my 8 year old son to one of the shows! I have been working and living in many parts of the world the last 12 years as an environmental and wildlife conservation adviser and trainer in developing countries. I still travel a lot and never leave home without an iPod stuffed with GD goodies. I may not have seen that many shows, but I have grooved to the Dead in at least 50 countries!! This vining community is great, long may it last. I’ve worked out how to do torrents and such, but my connection is very slow here and there’s nothing quite like a package of discs in the post! SPECIAL OFFER. If anyone wants some help keeping track of their GD collection, I can send them a simple Excel spreadsheet listing the dates and venues of all GD shows and the dates of most official live releases. It has 4 columns: Date, Venue, City/State/Country, Official Release with Material from Show. You can add more columns to check your shows as you collect them. It is a 200kb file; PM me with an email address if you want it sent as a file attachment.
dammit I've been found out! ...no special reason in fact, just disorganised I suppose I do like orchids too..5 species grow in my garden and around 30 in my commune, first leaves pushing up now.
Born In Nevada City Ca.Grew Up Listening To The Dead,(actully I Think It Was A Unwritten Law that if Your born In NO,Cal You Must love The Dead Or Be Banished For life,)First saw The Dead In The 70's Venues And dates Escape Me Now,But Alot Of The 70's And 80's Do.Givin'The fact that I'm an Electrition,I Have Wired up A Lot Of Things In My life Including Myself.Married To A Beautiful Woman.And Have A Grateful life In North Louisiana.Love To Build and Ride Motorcycles.And now the moment you have All Been Waiting For..I built a Custom Chopper From scratch And Used A 1100cc Yamaha Motor.Givin The Fact That I Have Built and ridden Harleys all my Life,This Was Strange But i Did It on a Bet.Witch I Won.Had The Bike Out In Public And An Old Drunk Came Up And said Hey That's A yama...Doggg.Hence A Legend Was Born.Or At least a Nickname I Can't seem To shake. It Has Been A True Pleasure To Meet And Trade With You All. (Cause There's An Easy Wind.....Blowin Cross The Bayou Today)
Thomas D Dstache... I remember the Morning Dew radio show too...I got a lot of good quality tapes from that show...Amazing three hours of dead, no FM compression and whole sets or shows without interruption...Is it still on, what was it 99.5 or something like that? Anyway the vast majority of those tapes got lost to me...Oh well, The digital domain is where it's at now...These vines are a blessing to rebuild my collection.. Later Tom
Thomas and Dstache-I tried to tune in to Morning Dew last weekend for the first time in a long while and it was a show formatted for PrinceHeads. That's my choice of moniker, but it seemed to be a show for people who are obsessed with Prince as much as we are with the Dead! What a shame to lose our show to Prince! Yama, I love the nickname! What a great story!
I figured this would be the place to appeal to my vining buds.I recently dicovered that a 100 stack of sony CDR's were defective and of course had no idea unless I listened past 40 min. I try to listen to these shows at my lesiure and of course dicovered this nightmare while floating along in a show. Seeing that I never had a problem with disks before, I stacked it up to a show with static etc. To my dismay, this static gets progressively worse until it shuts down my player etc. Soooo- I went through every freakin' show and discovered 59 bad disks! Needles to say, I took all of those defective one's to staple's and got a different stack (brand) of CDR's). My early appeal on the Winterland '72-'73 vine brought me to Rick (Ltapilot) who out of the kindness of his heart has almost replaced all of the lost material. AWESOME! I can't thank him enough for his time, effort and material. If he ever needs anything, I'm there. I have signed up for the 1978 Eurovine #2 again. So, my miracle is, Instead of signing up for another 5 vines, I was wondering if anyone would have these listed shows already done and could find it in their hearts to send them along on CD, DVD shn,flac etc. Of course anyone's time and material etc. would be compensated if need be. Here is what is left: 8 /28 /68 avalon 11/14/73 sports arena, san diego 11/17/73 o. of c pauly pavillion 12/31/81 oakland 7 /31/ 82 manor downs Any help always appreciated thanks to everyone here at the VINE Peace and health. Andy Oh, and by the way, Another whopper of a snowstorm bears down on me as I write!
CB's Spreadsheet Is A Must Have.Looks Like Alot Of Time Was Spent on this.You can Really Get orginized With this. Thank's Cosmic Badger,My Cup Is Tipped Towards you. (Some got Six Months,Some Got A Year...But Me And My Buddies All Got life Down Here.)
I hadn't Had my coffee At the time I Wrote that.i Realized It Just as I Hit The Post Comment.Good looking Out Bob.
Hey guys,I have Andy covered on the following shows: 11/14/73 sports arena, san diego 11/17/73 o. of c pauly pavillion I would take care of the rest but I don't have them.
I know this isnt the thread, but on Brewster's comments, I had a batch of Maxell CDs that will play in every CD player in the house but one. Really wierd but if anyone has had this phenom happen to them I would be curious to know. Eric
A big thanks to Reid (operator) for the '73 replacements.only down to: 8/28/68 avalon 12/31/81 oakland 7/31/82 manor downs Kewl Peace, Andy
143or245? Haven't "seen" him around here in a while. He's the one who gave me the low down on this thing called vining. Peace
Looking Forward To The Multi Dvd Bob,As for Viola lee I Have What I Consider The Best Version 7-16-66.Phil Really Tears It Up. As Bill Grahm States So Proudly.."California's Oldest Juviniles..The Grateful Dead!" I Just bought a New House and Will Be moving soon.But Working On A Great Vine. 1965 and 1966.Got a Couple Of Recordings When They Played As The Emergancy Crew,And The Warlocks. (Some got six months..Some Got One Solid..Yeah Indeeday..But Me And My Buddies All Got Life Down Here)
Viola Lee Blues is one of my all time favorites. I'm really into that whole period. Looking forward to that Vine. Good Luck on your move PEACE
Joining in on deadnet a few days ago has been my first step to get in contact with Dead Heads. It took only a few hours, until I knew that I should have done so way earlier. Having read my "Personal" story, Leanne (iknowuruder) invited me to join the Acid Tests vine. Which I did. About the same time I started downloading like mad, wrestled with software and file lists in non chronological order, while trying to make it all as effective and as less time consuming as possible. Instead of introducing myself, I invite you to read my "Personal" story. And if you have any further questions, feel free to ask. This might be much better, simply because (among other things) I am a storyteller and sometimes just don't know when to stop. Additionally, being unemployed gives me more than enough time to write, even in your mother's tongue. andré - never got a nickname over the last 52 years -
Hi all, Like many of you I've been lostening to the Dead since I was a teenager. My first Dead show was in Philly in Jan 79, but I saw Kingfish in Asbury Park, NJ in July 1976. I live in PA with my girlfriend, who is trying but still doesn't get the Dead. I'm also into jazz and modern classical music too. Music can't get to weird, as far as I'm concerned. It's all language and if we allow it then it can say all sorts of things. Bruce
Thomas D I just seen that you already got the 72-73 Shows...but your next(and last) on the vine list...I have the discs and nowhere to send them...If anyone else out there doesn't have them they are kick ass shows...Just PM me and their on the way to you...While I'm at it no ones signed up for the New Orleans shows, I have been asking for 3 weeks to see if anyone signs up... so far nothing...These are also great shows(1-30 and 31-70, and 2-1-70). Just add your name to the list on these shows and PM your address and they will be on there way to you PRONTO. Later Tom
Special thanks to Reid (operator) for a couple of '73 shows that were corrupted.Special thanks to Richard for for fillingin 85% of the corrupted stuff. This is what it's all about, and it still happens, Peace, Andy DVD/CD people, Here is a how-to on the deflacinization and a kickin' of the shn-s Hope this helps and if the link I put here is taboo, I know you will remove it. This looks complicated but this is the way I do it and once you do it 2 or 3 times, It becomes second nature and fast. If anyone has an easier way to do it, please advise. Good luck and peace, Andy You need to download trader’s little helper. http://tlh.easytree.org/files/tralih221151.exe 1.34 MB You need a DVD drive. Open trader’s little helper Load DVD If any screen opens on top of trader’s, close it. 6th. tab to the right, click on decode audio file(s) directly below that tab, click on Add. A new window will appear (Add files to decode) Scroll to the drive that the DVD is loaded in and click on it. Folders with show dates will appear. Click on a particular folder and all song files for that show will appear. While holding the left button on your mouse down, move it from right to left To highlight the files, Click “open” and wait a few seconds. Files will now be in trader’s helper (files to decode box) In the output location field, click on the alternate directory. Click on my documents, open new folder, name folder i.e. 12 31 1977 etc. Click ok On trader’s, click decode and you’re off, you’ll see the progress. That's all you need to do. Your show has been decoded (takes a few minutes) and transferred to wherever you sent it. From there you can burn your CD’s. If you look at the files, they are usually numbered by disk, so each set of numbers goes on a CD. As far as hard drive space, once you have burned your CD, you can delete the show and you have the same space as before.
Hey now,I had it wrong, 85% of replacements were from Ltapilot and I am in debt. Thank you, thank you- Richard is sending me some other tasty tidbits. Peace everyone, Andy
You would have done the same thing. Just helping out where needed. Nice walk through of TLH. I did run across a more recent version that did not have the tabs across the top but had a standard windows looking menu bar. Just click on file, then decode (I think). The rest looked the same as Andy described. Peace Rick Reach out your hand if your cup be empty If your cup is full may it be again
Leanne Anderson 105 Keen Ave. New Ellenton, SC 29809 I forgot how tiresome moving can be.I am beat;I hope to never move again! Thanks everyone & PEACE
What was the first thing you listened to in your new abode? The acid tests? he, he. Congratulations! Enjoy your new digs. Deadicated "Where does the time go?"