I used to really enjoy getting annihilated on my days off. I was quite the sight to see some weekends. Being a tall, skinny guy and drunk was like watching a birch tree swaying in a wind storm.
In fact, one time I was given the nickname “He who dances with trees” by someone high on acid. This was all while I was acting like a drunk goofball.
A couple decades ago I went through a bottle of Bacardi 151 in one sitting. 75.5% alcohol. This was the same night that a couch got lit on fire in the middle of a four lane road and a buddy of mine ended up in the hospital from alcohol poisoning. Probably didn’t help that in our wisdom we decided to throw him in the bed of a truck to get him to the hospital and ditched him at the doors of the emergency room. He was banged around pretty good back there as we drove.
As amusing as it was, we were dumb. Very dumb. A level of stupid that in today’s society of video capable cellphones and instant social media access would probably have landed us in jail. Being young and dumb without consequences was a way of life.
Being pulled over by police on back country roads, only to have them find a bag of weed on a friend would not end the same today as it would have prior to cellphones. We had the occasional officer tell us, “consider it flushed” and give an “A” for pipe design. We may have been young, but we knew where it really went.
I’m not saying police are corrupt. I’m saying that we were given many chances to go on with our lives and right the path we were heading down. I’m glad that we were given the chances we were offered. My life has turned out pretty darn good. But pretty sure my life could have gone drastically wrong had a few intervening moments not occurred.
Maybe it’s because I was courteous and polite when questioned by police. Maybe it was my positive outlook on life. Maybe it was because the bottle ran dry. Whatever the case may be, I’m glad to still be 6’8″ and goofy.