Yep, back in my Junior Year of High School, I was “the guy with the bong”.
My girlfriend Harmony and I were seemingly doing getting along as winter crept into the year of 1997. She had a greater moral conscience than I, and refused to give in to sex and rampant drug abuse. We fooled around on the edge of these things, but she always kept her standards higher than mine. At the time, I was somewhat frustrated, but held her in such high esteem that I chose to respect her wishes. Looking back now, I realize that she was doing the honorable thing. Yet in a culture that appeared then as it is now; driven by sexual tension and immediate gratification, it was more than difficult to maintain such a level of perspective without some sacrosanct sentient being empowering us. I was driven by mere carnal knowledge and the hunger of now… the present need… genitive satisfaction. Therefore, God gave me up in the lust of my heart to impurity, to the dishonoring of my body among anyone who would join with me. (Rom. 1:24)
After all, my views about God were varied. In my mind, “He” could have been an “It” or “She” or even an alien or unseen cosmic force. I wasn’t sure that God existed. In some of my more paranoid moments I may have questioned whether God was there or not. Mostly, I felt that God was some impersonal type of force that got kicks out of watching people on the earth make a mess of themselves. I may have pulled this idea from Greek myth, because the Greeks believed that their gods were truly making a mockery of them and out to play tricks on and destroy the people they had authority of. Mostly God to me at this time was a figment of my imagination.
I could have written the lyrics myself to “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground. (Go ahead and play the video, you know you’ve got to hear it again fellow 90’s junkies!) www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KT-r2vHeMM
I smell sex and candy here
Who’s that lounging in my chair
Who’s that casting devious stares
In my direction
Mama this surely is a dream
I was living in a pseudo-dream world. THC from constant marijuana smoke was consistently floating around in my brain, causing wild philosophical madness, strange dark creativity and depression, as well as apathy, sloth, lapsed superego reactionary prowess, and a deep narcissism and hedonism that stole my entire being and spread around my soul like red food dye in a glass of ice water.
Along came New Year’s Eve, 1997 to 1998. I worked carry-out with all my friends who were employed at Tai-Wah Chinese Restaurant. It was the busiest night of Chinese carry-out all year. We were slinging Sweet & Sour Chicken, Beef & Broccoli, Egg Foo Young, and Fried Rice like wild ping-pong players on speed. We knew the reward would come, a New Year’s Eve Party at Cynthia Plum’s house complete with endless alcohol and reckless abandonment.
We got out of work after a busy night. I was such a bum in these days that I didn’t bother to change out of my work clothes. After all, I was the guy with the bong. Mitchell, Harmony, Doug Rankin, Chris Plummer, Dinah Sortec, and others all piled into cars and we headed over to Cynthia Plum’s house, ready for wildness.
I was the guy with the purple bong. I had a quarter ounce of strong weed all saved up and ready to diminish throughout the evening and share with whoever was ready and willing. I packed up a bong and filled it with cran-grape juice on the car ride over. A couple of friends took a hit or two, and then began to quit on me. “C’mon man!” I yelled in my stoner accent, “It’s New Year’s guys, don’t quit on me!”
Misery loves company folks. I was so constantly high, that I couldn’t take it when people didn’t want to party themselves sick and crazy just like me. I finished the bong by myself nonetheless, and the party had begun.
The night was filled with a haze of nicotine and THC smoke, beers being “bonged” down my throat, or in other words swallowed in one gulp, with the help of poking a hole in the bottom, and cracking open the can at the top, while sucking down the cheap barley and hops through the hole. We only drank Natural Ice or Milwaukee’s Best beer, the cheapest and most similar to urine-flavored beer on the market. We just wanted to get a buzz and lose our inhibitions.
At one point in the during the night I went out in the snow covered Northeast Ohio night to take a leak in the woods. I don’t know why I didn’t choose Cynthia Plum’s restroom to do so. I think I just wanted to go outside and look at the stars. I did gaze at the stars when I had found a pine tree to take a whiz on. I gazed up, thinking, “man I am SOOOO wasted!” I was lost in the universe and eternal supernova sky above.
I walked in and exclaimed, “Hey guys! Ready for some more weed? Hahahahahaha!>(**#&$”
I had my bong raised in the air.
Everyone pointed down toward my pelvic area and began to laugh hysterically. I looked down and realized that I had tinkled all over my pants. I suppose I hadn’t aimed very well and hit a pine branch that had sent it down my pant-leg. “Oh man guys, I didn’t pee myself man! I totally just missed when I wizzed outside!” There were no explanations that could save me at this point. My friends just continued to point and laugh. Luckily Harmony had gone home by this point so she wouldn’t have to witness my humiliation.
I begged Cynthia Plum for a pair of her father’s pants. She only said, “Sorry Ben, you’re on your own! …” She looked down at my pants again and exclaimed, “So gross!” I spent the rest of the night in a basement room, by myself, smoking Camel cigarettes… the lyrics of “Sex and Candy” ringing in my head.
Mama this surely is a dream, yeah
Mama this surely is a dream, dig it
Midnight came and went without me. Eventually I got a ride home. I don’t really remember. I only know that the pee had dried and I passed out in someone’s backseat like a crazy vagrant.