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48. Kinda crept up on me like the way water gets cold during a shower. 50, you bastard, I'm coming to get you.
  1. The name of my neuro-surgeon rolls off my tongue and out of my mouth any time somebody talks about back, leg, neck or brain pain.
  2. A stopwatch measures today's dog walk against yesterday's to see "how we're doing." Who's lollygagging? Me or the dog?
  3. Then there's the daily pill box. That is religiously filled and refilled Sunday morning. Followed my an Amazon order for more calcium pill and horse tranquilizers.
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Music heard and felt live breathes life into me like nothing else. Plentiful opportunities to see and hear the world's greatest artists come fast, like a punk rock count in, so if you're lucky, getting a place in history exists. Here lives my top 5 live shows on a thankfully very long list.
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    The Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels Tour – Los Angeles Coliseum - October 22, 1989 GNR opened (missed them dammit). Spent my last $10 on a $25 ticket a mile from the stage and would do it again. Nick Anderson spotted me $15 to make this show and I'm sure glad he did. Mick and Keith and Bill and Ron and Charlie.
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    Grateful Dead - LA Sports Arena - December 18, 1994 Touch of Grey opened the night, which also included Attics of My Life. Jerry died months later so I luckily saw him live once. 21 years later at the final Fare Thee Well show, July 5, 2015, both Touch of Grey and Attics of My Life were on the set list - making for great bookends.
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    Ray Charles - Caesar’s Palace Vegas - April 2, 1994 Thirty years after The Ray Charles Orchestra, the Raylettes, & my uncle, guitarist Don Peake, backed the legend, all reunited in Sin City performing at Caesar’s. At pre show dinner my sister and I sat inches from our uncle only to see him the same distance from Ray an hour later.
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