i have connected with very few true deadheads in my life, other than touring.....to everyone else it's "stoner music" or "boring" "too slow" "who are these freaks" "you're crazy" "it all sounds the same"
my family has never understood...but i will never forget when my parents finally accepted the fact i was going to continue traveling around the country digging it as much as i could...went from "jesus not again, what is wrong with you, you need to straighten out, get a job etc" to "where ya goin this time?" or "do you need any coolers or chairs or anything?"
most friends are either kinda into it or not at all...not enough to tour around outside 3 night northeast stands...eventually i found friends on the road touring around solo, doing the exact same thing i was doing
the grateful dead the other ones the dead phil lesh and friends ratdog furthur and any other incarnation you can think of will always be a large part of my life...their music and community have shaped me into the person that i am, and i am forever grateful for that and the experiences and friends it has provided me with, and many more to come! noise my ass.....