keith-i was treated more like a deadhead on tour when i had the hair and beard
nowadays people think im a cop-- i find folks less friendly, less interested---they probably think im just some first timer hanging out
because of this i have distanced myself from the immediate tour scene for the most part, no longer hitching rides on the buses or vending anything...willl i still hang with my friends on the bus? yes....im more concerned now with getting to cities/venues on time, not worrying about whoever freaking out on whatever kind of drugs they're on, not trying to come up with cash on the road out of my ass
i learned i was not like most people on tour so i learned to adjust and make it work
'but me im still on the road headed for another joint'---still touring just in a different fashion...
I have had similar experiences here in L.A. at various Dead related events (a few DSO shows and one or two Cubensis) where I came to the show from work and got shit from some of the younger, grungier, set of fans. It was funny because they'd give me all of this attitude and I'd explain to them that the fact that I was a productive, working member of society didn't make me any less of a fan or any less kind-hearted and that, if they really believed and followed the philosophy of acceptance and love that they espoused as "hippies" and "deadheads" then they really shouldn't be judging me based on what I do or don't wear much like I wasn't judging them for being a stinky, scrounging, tour rat
. That usually quieted them down.