hey mike, first many thanks for the years of moving and enjoyable thundering. two questions for you... 1. at what point in your playing did you find yourself playing up front so much? (seems almost like you were always up there...) was it planned? is it hard to find that place where you're up front and helping to drive (not overwash) the vibe of the piece? any advice for those who are dealing with this issue? (THIS MAY BE OFF TOPIC) 2. many years i saw you at the vogue in indianapolis (or was it the patio... memory's shot to hell, it appears). before the show we strolled on over to an indian food joint and had some grub, sitting behind you the whole time. (your chucks, flannel and firefighter jacket gave you away even from the back... here' the question: my bro and i wanted to buy your sup for you, seeing as we figured we owed you a little something extra given all the inspiration you've given us through the years. (we were both 32 at the time... many hours spent listening to the spiel). would this have been appropriate? we decided not to intrude but let you dine in peace-- obviously or you'd have 12 extra bucks in your pocket. how do you deal with this kind of adoration?