Fifty-year-old Phil had never tried mind-altering drugs before. Being on the anxious side, Phil preferred to choose moderation in all things. The idea of letting his mind go free scared Phil. His new girlfriend, Sunflower, was determined to pull Phil out of his shell, which he euphemistically called his comfort zone.
You might ask, how did a guy like Phil end up getting together with a free spirit like Sunflower. The cosmos has its ways of hurling elements together that don’t seem like they would mesh well, but then they do. Like cinnamon and squash.
Sunflower had been trying to convince Phil for awhile. One night, however, Sunflower, who worked in an alternative medicine office as a massage therapist, came over and was giddy with excitement. “Phil! Now is the time! I heard at the office that Weeds R Us has a 75% bargain sale going on this weekend. Weeds R Us has the best weed out there, and the smoking room they have set up is staffed with trained medical personnel for anyone who feels too out of control, paranoid, etc.”
“Sunflower, I’ve lived 50 years without drugs and have done just fine. Give me one GOOD reason I should try them now.”
Sunflower batted her eyelashes and started dancing to some music she turned on. She said one sentence, “Because I want you to, sweet stuff.”
Phil and Sunflower drove to Weeds R Us that Saturday morning at 9 a.m. For the big bargain sale going, they were surprised at how few customers were there. They went up to the counter and chose “Peaceful Paradise”, a non-paranoid kind and Lucy in the Sky, a mellow, but colorful kind. In the smoking room, they laid back on the couches. They decided to mix the two types and smoked it in the water pipes on the coffee table.
It didn’t take long for Phil to start feeling different. He didn’t feel anxious or paranoid at all – until he was surrounded by a marshmallow fish galaxy, where the pink fish floated by and squeaked, “Phony! Phony! Phony!”
Phil curled into a fetal position and Sunflower went to get the “trained medical personnel.” It was a Medical Assistant named Shirley. Shirley asked, “What kind did he smoke?”
Sunflower said, “We mixed Peaceful Paradise with Lucy in the Sky.”
Shirley asked Phil what was going on in his head and Phil told Shirley about the chiding pink marshmallow fish. Shirley said, “They explained to you that Lucy in the Sky is laced with L.S.D., a hallucinogen, didn’t they?”
Sunflower said, “They told me, but I figured it was such a small amount that we smoked that there would be no worries.”
Shirley called Phil’s doctor’s office and explained the situation. The doctor OK’d a strong sleeping pill for Phil. Soon he was sleeping, dreaming about the pink fish, but they were singing him a lullaby in his dreams.
When Phil woke up, he realized he’s been sleeping with his head in Sunflower’s lap. Sunflower said, “I’m ready for whatever you want to say to me. I deserve it.”
Phil rubbed his eyes, sat up, and said, “It could have been better. But it could have been much worse. Let’s find some other ways to get our thrills, ok?”
Next chapter, Phil and Sunflower Try Skydiving…