Friendship with the Judge came at a pivotal time in Doc's life; he quickly became the closest, truest, most generous brother Doc ever knew. They were a chemical reaction when they came together with a thought, an idea or a plan to pull off another coup. As the saying goes, "There's synergy creating energy that's stronger than the sum of its parts." That was Doc and the Judge, the Judge was fire, Doc was water. The Judge was all reaction and Doc was all control. Doc and the Judge redefined "business as usual." They didn't just "break on through to the other side" as Jim Morrison urged in his hypnotic sixties reverie they crashed and crashed on through! They made tons of money for the grey suits that supported and funded them, and a tidy pile of cash for themselves along the way. Though it was truly not about the money for them, it was about being "dudes." They defined themselves, daring the world to defy their ability to turn cultural trends into big money returns for the true believers who backed them. They never compromised, never shrank from a battle and never feared losing it all. Their business acumen and inherent credibility was inextricably linked to their integrity and musical and business authenticity. Doc watched over the Judge for his own good and the Judge knew and respected his faith. The Judge was a searing, shooting star flashing blindingly across the night sky and defiantly demanding acceptance on his own terms. The Doc executed the business and kept it real. They took on the world, bought and sold it many times over laughing ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK. They were inseparable during the decade of the 70's, Butch and the Kid many called them. The Judge always swore he ruled his court. Doc smiles at these memories suspecting that even now he's hanging out with God and is slipping a wickedly powerful toke or perhaps a St. Pauli's girl to the Apostles when the big "G" isn't looking.
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