We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As a college student I remember being struck by how effective upcoming Dead concerts were at flushing old hippies from the hills around Ithaca. It was amazing to see how many fans the band had who seemingly spent the rest of the year in hibernation someplace, but came out of their caves ready to dance when the Dead arrived.
I'm a fairly recent fan of the Grateful Dead's music and I find it hard to believe that I "missed' them over the years. While my music is more acoustic based, I followed Little feats, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Janis and New Riders Of The Purple Sage. I never really got into knowing the band members (that 'splains how I missed the Gerry Garcia history with New Riders) I just loved the music.
I'm enjoying my current project to learn more about the dead's music and it's been fun. This is the first time I've heard "Ripples".
"There is a fountain that was made by the hands of men"...what a line!