Side 2 is on now, and there is a picture of Jerry on the label in the center of the record on this side. A nice touch, a nice surprise. The vinyl, by the way, is classic black, like Jerry’s T-shirt. At 8:30, I put my chair and backpack in my car, put another quarter in the meter (just to be safe), and went to stand with the others. It was a few minutes after 9 when the door opened. But I was stopped from going in. Only five at a time, I was told. She had miscounted, because six people were in there. The seven of us had planned on helping each other find what each wanted, and one of the women in the store held up the Grateful Dead boxed set for me to see. I thanked her, but said I couldn’t afford that (wish I could). Soon I was let in, and new friends handed me both Garcia albums. Now it was time to casually go through the stacks to see if I wanted to get anything else. Of course I wanted a lot of other records, but because of the Hollywood strike I haven’t worked in months and really shouldn’t be buying anything right now, and also I have no room in my apartment (as my girlfriend likes to remind me – where do I plan on putting more records? No idea). I did really want to get the new Aimee Mann seven-inch, but the store got only one copy, and the guy who was first in line grabbed it. I did get my hands on several things from my wish list, but one-by-one put them back, until I had just the Garcia records and The Monkees record in my hands. Oh man, the musicians are cooking on this song, “Milestones.” I am so glad I got this record. Anyway, The Monkees record for sale was the band’s first album, which I own on cassette, on CD, in a CD boxed set, and on vinyl. I certainly did not need another copy of it. But The Monkees were my first favorite band, from the time I was six years old, and my appreciation and love of their music has only grown in the years since then, so of course I bought it. I think this is my third vinyl copy of it, maybe fourth. Don’t judge me.