Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Old adventures relived in a different way

Well yesterday marked the point in my journey in recovery from addiction that I faced one of my biggest fears. If you read yesterday's post you know that last night I went to a concert in Boca Raton. The band I got to enjoy was Furthur which is a reincarnation of my all time favorite band the Grateful Dead. I have been looking forward to this show for months, but deep down inside I was afraid to go. Why you ask, well the people who follow this band....

Yeah, enough said. I got to the show early and rode down there with my roommate, but he unfortunately didn't have a ticket... Lucky for him

The show was outside and the sound traveled to the end of the street you see. So I am inside the show by myself with

And as soon as I got inside I had a rush of feelings that I needed help to get through this concert sober, so I worked! There were people getting high on everything from pot to magic mushrooms to LSD (a mixture that I used to call the hippy triple play). Not only did I get through the show clean and sober, but I was repulsed by the smell of pot in the air. I saw people getting high the way I used to, and I actually had pity for them. Instead of being able to enjoy the music and dance all the way through a song, they had to stop and go through the process to use. That used to be me, but screw that!

The show itself, top five of my all time concerts.....and I have been to a lot of concerts in my life. The band was just on fire from the first note until the last.

They played two sets that lasted three hours in total, and you'll see on the above photo the last two songs of the first set had two other musicians joining them, one a guitarist I didn't know.... But that cc.......that was a legend

Saxophone player Clarence Clemons who gained fame as the heart and soul of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Clarence needed to be helped onto the stage as well as back off, but gosh can he still blow that horn! All in all it was a great night, I danced so hard that every muscle in my body hurts but it hurts in a good way. I am still clean and sober, and

Well he's not!

Heres hoping all your faces have smiles, cause I have one plastered to this face!

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  1. well honestly i was a tiny bit worried myself but then i thought, self, he's fine today and i just smiled that you could go!

    smiles, mom

  2. See how strong you are now...and had a lot more fun last night AND this morning that dope head had!

    Big hugs, honey...

  3. one foot in front of the other, chuckie duck. good for you! you are finally on the path to happiness and success. good for you honey.

    big hugs :]

  4. Lauren in OregonApril 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Prayer WORKS!

  5. Can you post of video of you dancing?

    THAT . . . I'd like to see.

  6. Your post today put a huge smile on my face. Way to go Chuck

  7. Yay you! You should be proud of that step. Pat yourself on the back for that.

  8. Congratulations Chuck. You've conquered your demons. I bet your parents are very proud of you today and I bet you are also. Keep up the good work.


  9. As the saying goes, one day at a time - and you got through the one day that worried you most.

    I am proud of you Chuck - you have grown tremendously as a person the last few years and are a credit to society.

    BTW - I loved the repetitive picture of the blown away guy. I think I used to see him in California when I lived there.