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Monday, August 01, 2005

Picking Up Women Without A Baby Or A Puppy

The How To Get A Date books say the best conversation starters are to either a push a baby in a stroller or have a puppy on a leash. I found another one last week. Given the number of conversations started by women of all ages that it sparked, I had to share it with the unmarried and/or available men out there.

I took my young children to 6 Flags- Great Adventure last Friday. I picked out a tie-dyed Grateful Dead t-shirt to wear. This was the second time I wore it since I purchased it 5 years ago to wear to a 60's theme party. It is colorful with the skull, planets and stars surrounded by roses and the statement "Space Your Face?" on the bottom. From waiting in line for tickets, through eating and going on rides, females would look at the shirt and then tell me about when they last saw Jerry and the boys. Younger women and even teenagers loved the colors and the artwork.

The father from the other family that we went with was amazed.

As far as the older mothers were concerned, the shirt brought them back to the period before they were either married or had children. Additionally, the affinity of Deadheads for the band and each other is something unique in the rock world. Yes, I am sure there are Iron Maiden or Eagles fans who love the bands and each other. But the Deadheads know that we all travelled from concert to concert on a given tour. There are probably bootleg tapes available for every concert as these memories have been documented forever.

I took my wife to 2 Dead shows. The first was at MSG and she loved it. the final one was at Giants Stadium. It was horrible. The sound system was terrible and what could be heard found Jerry in very poor voice. That was in the 90's and close to his death.

The band and its music conjures up a time in our lives where friends and time freedom were bountiful. I know that whenever I play their music, rare at home or in the car what with the Sesame Street or Hillary Duff Cds I must play to placate the kids, I drift back to the irresponsible heydey of my college years.

I may not have that 4.0 GPA in economics from Harvard but I can sing most of the lyrics to about 200 songs written by Garcia, Lesh, Weir and Robert Hunter. The songs all spoke about individual freedom and liberty, caution about government intrusion in our lives and creativity. That is the essence of rock and roll and that is the essence of America.

My wife asked me to never wear the shirt again. It is now up on E-Bay. Any offers?

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