By Mike Doughty
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Apologetically, he searched my trunk and guitar case, and went via my pills—finding out that I didn’t have the prescriptions on me, he needed to name in and describe every one of them to the station residence (“How many antidepressants have they got you on? have you ever considered simply altering your nutrition? ”). I waited at the back of the automobile, speaking to his associate, a man with a gray mustache. He acknowledged he was a nightclub bouncer, 20 years in the past, and doesn’t drink now. “I had libations the day sooner than I wear this badge,” he acknowledged. “When they legalize marijuana, I’ll begin smoking it,” he stated. whilst, no longer if? “They’ll legalize it once they determine the way to tax it. ” He acknowledged it’s no longer addictive. I acknowledged I agreed it's going to be felony, yet i do know a lot of people thoroughly crippled via it, they wake and bake, can’t get their lives jointly. artistic people who imagine their creativity is dependent upon weed, yet don’t appear to detect while their artwork dries up and dissipates. Haven’t you spotted that you should have a tumbler of wine for a delicate buzz, but when you get stoned, you’re going to get wasted? They don’t develop weed that provides you a glass-of-wine feeling anymore. It’s all turbo-charged Amsterdam shit. as a way to simply get a bit purr on, you want to, like, use tweezers to meticulously pluck a unmarried tiny leaf off a bud and placed that during the bowl. The gateway drug factor might or will not be real; a few humans get fucked up simply placing out in entrance of the gate for the remainder of their lives. “Marijuana isn't addictive,” he acknowledged, with a few hostility. He instructed me he had a ’68 Fender Stratocaster as soon as owned via Minnie Pearl. I submit a detect on my weblog that i used to be searching for a bass participant. This one man despatched an MP3 of an esoteric free-jazz jam from which i'll figure virtually not anything approximately his enjoying. His email learn: My identify is Andrew Livingston. i've got a Ph. D. from Brooklyn university in composition. I stay in Brooklyn with my spouse and baby and puppy. I’m diabetic. occasionally I cry at ads. There’s no means this is often the fellow, i assumed, hearing his MP3. yet guy, I want this man may be the man. I went to his position. He was once wiry, wore octagonal Ben Franklin spectacles, and was once dressed like a homeless golfing trainer. He used to be a deft and responsive participant. He used to be certainly the fellow. After our first practice session with the entire band, we have been taking the F educate downtown, and our drummer became to him and stated, “You don’t seem like an Andrew. you wish a nickname. ” Rubbed his chin. “Scrappy. ” extra chin rubbing. “No, Scrap. ” therefore used to be Andrew “Scrap” Livingston named. I’ve been traveling with him for years—sometimes he performs the upright bass, occasionally cello, occasionally electrical guitar (I lent him a solid-body Silvertone that was once lent, in flip, to me via Molly Escalator years in the past, after we have been going out). “Aw, be aware, B,” he’ll say, in his Mississippi drawl, to assent. “That’s how I’m residing at the present time. ” His self-description in an internet profile reads: “I like many stuff, and mini issues. i love to ascertain my blood sugar. i love to talk while it’s acceptable.