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Last weeks trip to Phoenix started out normal enough. I went through my regular checklist when going on the road - but there are special requirements when the desert is involved. Water, blankets, rubbing alcohol and a pair of latex gloves were added to the mix.

I got off to a late start; try finding a gun on a thursday morning in Hollywood...(but that's another story). Once I hit the freeway and got out of the treacherous LA traffic, I set my cruise control to 100mph to make up for some lost time. But by the time I hit Palm Springs, strange things where starting to happen... Menacing clouds, rainbows and a foul odor were surrounding me. I realized what had happened right away and pulled over before things got ugly. I keep a bottle of ether in the car (just behind the drivers seat), to prime the carburettor of my vintage motorcycle. While packing the car, I managed to knock it over and it slowly started leaking into the carpet. Anyone who's been around ether can tell you that it will turn you into a complete lunatic in no time...

My memories of the next part of the trip are extremely hazy...Rotten stuff!


  1. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.

  2. woah, sounds crazy!
    good, you survived...