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Walk in the Sunshine
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#99226 2 years, 10 months ago
Apologies to all, I am nothing if not passionate. I have strong beliefs that sometimes doesn't translate well to the internet. We are all here because of our love of music..and it is the great healer. So I put this up.. I was 10th row right in front of Brent thanks to GDTS. Believe me back in "the day" it was the coolest, greatest ticketing system ever. Anyway put on your headphones and dancin shoes. I realize I'm an idiot.. the sooner you figure that out the better for all of "us". Now lets rock a lil

Last Edit: 2 years, 10 months ago by Walk in the Sunshine.
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gr8fuljen
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#99232 2 years, 10 months ago
I miss Ruby...she was the definition of great customer service. I always got great seats, was front row for birthday shows, and never a worry if my tickets didn't come in time, she would issue new ones waiting for me at will call. She was always such a pleasure to speak with on the phone. I hope she is doing well.
Dire Wolf
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when the police knocked y'all...

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#99233 2 years, 10 months ago
I remember growing up in the eighties not really knowing who the dead were yet except they were people my parents age who played music that they really liked...so needless to say i was intrigued!! But i distinctly remember the colorfully decorated envelopes with 'interesting' stuff all over them what better way to hook the youth than with GD imagery cartoons! The dead with Brent is what I grew up with recognizing as the Grateful Dead so still those years, the tones and music brings me to a special place when i listen even though i was a young'un! I distinctly remember the smell of burning dust on the old tv when it got too hot and santa claus being on tv ha! We need GD saturday morning cartoons...a la for adults! Wouldnt that be fun(ny)! anybody a talented animator or artist...dripping colors?
Dire Wolf
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when the police knocked y'all...

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#99234 2 years, 10 months ago
GDTSTOO] Ruby's retirement

Ruby here, I am very sorry and wish I wouldn't have to tell you this,
but it's time for me to retire. Nothing horrible, it's just time for me
to go after 26 years on the same seat.

I want to tell you all that I have enjoyed every single minute
of this job and you have been the best crew of patrons any
band could possibly have. Thank you so much.

I look forward to spending more time with my family and
my children who have often thought I worked way to much.

GDTSTOO will survive. I am passing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
on to my long time partner Frankie, so let me get her to tell you
what is next:

Greetings, this is a hard day for us here at GDTSTOO. The fun
scale went down a whole notch! We will miss Ruby with all
of our hearts. A few things around the office will change like
our customer service number but for the most part we
will still maintain the same pace and commitment as per
usual. Any changes will be posted to our website.
And now back to Ruby.......

I won't have an email for a while because I'm moving to the
boonies and it might be a minute before I figure that out. But I
won't totally disappear. I will drop by from time to time to check in.

The Crew of GDTSTOO
September 19, 2008

---time to check in!!
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Walk in the Sunshine
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#99236 2 years, 10 months ago
I have one of the most insane stories ever about GDTS and this Alpine 89 run. I mean beyond belief.. if I type it here I'm sure some will read it and say No fuckin way!!! ..truth is stranger than fiction. Written properly it would be a whole chapter in a normal book and will blow your fin mind. Damn if I get my steroids rockin I'll put it up.
nycdave
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#99247 2 years, 10 months ago
I was short $2.00 on a mailorder, once. I spoke to Ruby on the phone and promised to mail GDTS the missing funds. Got my tix! Sent Ruby the $2 & a thank you note. Better story: A friend wrote Ruby that a special friend was coming from a long ways away. He ordered for a few shows. He got back 2nd row for one night and a note from Ruby saying that the best she could do was 9th row an a middle section for one of the other shows. There are lots of other tales of grace and kindness. Speaking of which, it will be so nice to see shows in April!
Walk in the Sunshine
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#99256 2 years, 10 months ago
N YC dave here we go-- short story first.. the greatest ticket story LONg next.. here we go

1. I wanted to see ratdog at Asbury park in 02. The company I worked for scheduled our quarterly meeting the same day in Philly. The day before the company prez went in to have surgery and the meeting was CXLD. I emailed Ruby told her I could make it ..she responded no more than 15 minutes later that I was on "the list" just show up give em your name.. I was nervous but damn if I didn't get to the ticket booth say my name and the nice lady handed me a ticket... it was 10th row DEAD center.

2. Greatest ticket story ever told.... its 1989. The ex and I did nearly every show. We left Philly after work Friday to drive to Indy for the first ever Deer Creek show. We had will call tix for that show. We drive all night in a ahem snowstorm to get there. There was no gps, no cell phone.... Before we left I took a picture of all of our Alpine tcikets that varied from 5th to 15th row. As we went to pullout I said to my ex (yes there are 2 women alive insane enough to marry me) you have the tickets. She holds up an envelope yep right here. We drive all night to get to Indy..no sleep the party is on.. end up at the Indy greyhound station where we got directions to Deer Creek. We get there game on. About 4 hrs before showtime I say to the ex...let me see our Alpine tix... she pulls out the envelope and WTF its the wrong envelope with no tix. After about 5 minutes of panic (did we lose em at the rest stop?) we figure out they are probably still at our apt. OK here's where it gets interesting.. there were NO cell phones at the time. We are outside of the venue at Deer Creek. Ex wife like Superwoman springs into action. SHe went up to the gate... (they weren't open yet) and turned on the tears telling the guard she needed to call her Mom ASAP because of a family conflict. They let her in and she proceeds to go to the pay phone as they watch and puts on a great act.... as she asks her mother (who had keys to our apt... to go over to our apt and see if she can find tix. That was that.. after the gates open we made our way back to the pay phones and she called her Mom and she had found all of our sweet pavillion seats laying on the floor right where we left em. Long story short her mother ended up callin GDTS and explained the situation. Ruby then called Alpine and explained the situation. Alpine (Richard Kuckenbecker head of security at Alpine ) then called my ma in law and said just tell the kids to go to the gate and say their names and we'll let them in. ARGH!!! So we get to Alpine set up the tent and go in search of Mr Kuckenbecker. The inlaws were sending our tix fed ex.. to him. We get up to the venue in the early but afternoon and are directed to security inside the venue. Mr Kuckenbecker was not there (continued next post
Walk in the Sunshine
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#99260 2 years, 10 months ago
but some giant dudes said he had called in and made them aware of us. They told us just go to the gate say our names and they will let us in. You talk about nervous... we approach the gate night one flying as people are pouring in,,, and say HI I'm xxx they told us to tell you our names and you'd let us in. Security gets on the walkie talkies and are like allright your in..and proceed to escort us all the way down to our seats like royalty. (we knew our seat numbers) people were looking at us like who the fuck are they????? Anyway there we were 10th row and the boys break open the floodgates with We Bid You Goodnight. Whole crowd was GLOWING. Back to the tent ..next day same story. No Mr kuckenbecker to be found but they tell us my inlaws had sent them a cake and they were most appreciative. Instruct us to follow the same route. We get to the gate and get escorted down to the 15th row dead center. If you've been to Alpine the rows in the center section are like 50 seats across. We were DEAD center. Again people are looking at us like WTF as we made our way to the seats escorted. So on the bus hard their we were.... Jack straw was the second tune.. we were um up there.. and I spot this HUGE security guy pushin his way past people. Rut Roh.... he keep s coming.. and stops riight in front of us and asks me for our tickets. I start to explain to him ( as J straw is wailin away) the situation but he says no tickets come with me... so we follow him past like 25 folks in the row... and then as we got to the aisle.... there was a guy he says Hi I'm Rich Kuckenbecker... and he proceeds to hand us all of our tix for all 3 nights. People were freakin like that security dude just gave them Tickets!!!! Anyway he was super cool I gave him a big ole bear hug.. took the tix.. and headed back to our seats. I still have the full tickets from the first 2 nights. I don't know why..but I always seem to have the most insane shit happen to me at shows. This one took the proverbial cake. Gone are the Daze/
nycdave
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#99274 2 years, 10 months ago
Now that I think about it, Ruby sent the tix. She wrote that I had made a mistake, but was willin to take the loss. Or something like that. I called up, got her on the phone, thanked her. I offered to mail her the $2, she said sure, why not; so I did. Since we r tellin tales from days gone by, going into a Nassau Coliseum show in '82, I got out of the car, got to the enterence and noticed that I lost my tix. Not knowing what to do, I circled round the building. Nassau had glass panes that seperated in from out. While frantically circling the arena, I notice a beautiful woman knocking on the glass, from inside. She shows me a full ticket, then proceeds to pass it under the window pane. I missed the opening song. The switch of emotions, from panic to dread to joy serves as a life lesson. It was way cool to hook up with the people that I went to the show with. I also saw the woman who handed me the tix, and gave her just the biggest hug that I could get away with. We all have tons of road stories, each one stranger and more inptrepid then the next; it's bigger then a drive in movie o - wee!
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doin_that_rag
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#99288 2 years, 10 months ago
wish i could've had the chance to get the cool mail order tickets...my dad said he never got shut out with GDTS...i step away from the boards for a few days and all hell breaks loose i don't really wanna sift through what happened but i hope i can score some beacon tix tomorrow
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