So glad to hear that there's others out there in my situation. Reading the posts on this page, I get so jealous, because I see all these great shows going on in the US, and I'm just so far away from it all.
I'm stuck on the other side of the world, in Turkey, where they've never even heard of the Dead, Phil, Phish, etc. I can't even go buy any new CD's because they don't stock any of this music.
I was downloading shows for a while, but my company recently blocked all downloadable media, so now I'm completely cut off musically.
You should hear the local music. It's ear-piercing! Lots of moaning and sad sad songs that all seem to sound the same after a while. And you can forget about a jam session, or any musical solo for that matter. They just don't get it.
To top it off, my wife doesn't get it either. Wheneven I put the dead on in the car, she complains that it makes her dizzy... she's convinced that the music makes her blood pressure drop. Yes, I actually hear that everytime I put on a dead CD in the car - "this music makes my blood pressure drop."
I'm jonesin' for some new music. I've got a trip planned to the US for 2 weeks next month, and I've already got a list of CD's that I NEED to buy while I'm at home.