First, I guess, I'd like to say thanks to the people who sent me messages and also to those who spoke up on my behalf.
And next, I want to explain this: I have little patience and less tolerance for those who make disparaging remarks about Furthur, The Dead, their respective managements, and the various people behind the scenes who have helped keep this music out here for us.
Are all those people perfect? And beyond criticism? Well, of course not. No one is. But this music is so special to me -- it really turned my life around... saved it, really -- I genuinely have trouble processing things when others start carping about set lists, venues or ticket prices. And when they get called "greedy motherfuckers?" Well, so to speak, for me, "them's fightin' words."
I'm not crazy about it, either, when I get called a "bailer" because I don't go to shows anymore, and then have someone even question if I am who I say I am: i.e. a Deadhead of over four decades standing. Christ! Does someone really believe I made the shit up that I posted on here the past few days? If so... Wow! That's some serious distrust and/or paranoia.
As some of my contemporaries used to say some decades back, yesterday was a real downer. At least the Bill Graham thread was.
People got called motherfucker, punk wannabes, assholes and giant douches among other things.
Sorry, but I don't think individuals who are so quick to stoop to that sort of thing, are being... touched... by this music at all. Even if they "kiss and make up" afterwards. But that's just my lyin' phony ass opinion.
But back to Bill Graham. If he had any reaction to anything at all yesterday, it would likely have been "What the fuck's wrong with those people?"
Well, who the fuck knows? But it goes a long way towards explaining why this site quickly lost its charm for me, and also why I opt to live in the middle of nowhere.
Maybe I'm coming across now as overly sensitive and judgmental, but that's really not what's driving these words. Nor am I trying to play wise, old elder Deadhead. But it's screamingly obvious that at least some members of this community aren't really getting this music at all. Which is truly fucking sad... on more than one level.
In closing, although I posted this after saying yesterday I was giving up the site, I really am going to do that. Just wanted to say a few things before I did.
I'll still read it, and likely correspond with some members who seem not to be wound too tight, but that's it. As the old cliche goes, I'm too old for the shit that went down yesterday.
So, as they say in these parts, Happy Holidays, y'all. Be well! And never stop listenin' to the music play.