how the hell did you get kidnapped?I was kidnapped when I was 7 years old & it was a wonderful experience.
And also how I discovered the Grateful Dead.
I wont bore you with too many details but I was kidnapped when I was seven & spent 4 days traveling in a van with my captors who happened to be dead heads.
This was 1986 & I will always remember that because it was the year the Challenger exploded. We never made it further than Georgia before they let me go. I still don't know how they were convinced to let me go by the authorities, but I was sad to leave.
They drove around TN, AL & GA while they tried to collect ransom from my middle class parents. The two men who captured me were constantly popping tapes in the van's tape deck, playing this spacey, melodic rock n roll & the songs went on forever. I still remember falling asleep missing my parents listening to what had to have been Dark Star if I had to guess.
I was never mistreated & got to eat McDonalds for all 3 meals almost everyday. They would tell me stories of traveling on their motorcycles to music festivals & the fights they would get in, and all the crazy stuff they had seen.
Years later, I recognized a sticker on a car. It was a stealie & the first place I had seen one was on the dash board of the van I spent 4 days in. Seeing a stealie to this day takes me straight back to that van. I can still smell the inside of that vehicle every time I see one.
I don't know if those two guys ever got caught, but if you are still out there, thanks. That music & those 4 days changed my life.