Although I’m really about two or so years too young to have been a fully accredited hippie, I did everything I could to embrace the culture.  This was not too difficult of a task considering the aura of the era.  That and the fact that I was the youngest of several siblings—all of whom I idolized as a child and adore to this day.  I consider myself quite fortunate to have grown up in the age of the flower child, magical brownies, and regular gas….back when it was still okay for kids to take off on their bikes after breakfast and be gone all day without throwing the community into a total state of panic, and back when sex was safe and drugs were recreational.  These facts plus the fact that I’m smiling as I type this should give you a pretty good idea of what my profile looks like.