I was lucky. One of my old Deadhead touring buddies forcefully dragged me to see Phish back in 1991...4 times before I finally caught on. I was lucky enough to have a really cool job that let me take time off as long as I worked until I bled when I got back. Between The Grateful Dead and Phish, I saw a TON of shows between 1991-1994. All the Phish shows I have ever seen were in Northern California, and it was a weird coincidence that stopped coming around to NorCal so much around the time that Jerry died, so I haven't seen Phish very much since, although I listen to them all the time still. I love both bands. Grateful Dead will always be #1, but Phish really is a very close second!!
Thank God for Furthur. Now I can get back to the Dead side of things again!