“Like, wow. Like, bow wow.”

It could’ve been an acid flashback, or maybe a contact high.

But after getting pretty deeply into “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan, I started to have some truly bizarre dreams, especially in the morning, just before officially waking up.

My favorite so far: I was the new guy at some newspaper and an artsy bunch was trying to arrange coverage for some event. I was asking who, what, when, where, and why, and also whether the artsy bunch might be able to provide, like, y’know, some art, an’ shit, when an old hand snickered and nodded toward the photo department.

“I beg your pardon,” I told the artsy bunch. “I’m new here, and I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes until I find out how big their feet are.”

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32 Responses to “Microdozing”

  1. SAO’ Says:

    Santa Anas? Chinooks? Siroccos? El Niña? I dunnoh but I’ve been having similar early morning, not quite awake, not quite asleep reality-based dreams. Typically there’s some admin/log problem that no one else notices and which I am incapable of explaining to the folks who can fix it. Last one, everyone had a “check engine” light blinking on their shirt pocket.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Full moon tomorrow, yeah? And a supermoon to boot. But I was having the weirdo dreams long before. I think Mikey may have slipped me a mickey.

      I like that “check engine” light scenario. Be all like Philip K. Dick an’ shit.

  2. Pat O’Brien Says:

    I watched the entire January 6th committee hearing. Nothing but bad dreams for me tonight.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      For real. Dude with the tats brought the heat, and even I felt for the Trumper who lost his job, his house, and his faith in the Orange Führer. I don’t think he’ll go all Biden 2024, but baby steps, amirite?

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        Yep, a step forward. I really like it when he said he dumped the social media and took the larger view. And, his conclusion about how such large scale election fraud could be done without leaving behind evidence was good.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        It’s always astounded me how some folks believe Democrats are too weak and stupid to ramrod a tank-town school board, but also evil geniuses who can MacGyver elections from coast to coast.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I felt for both those guys. To be so hoodwinked as to lose your job, home, face potential jail time, and be saying “yes, I was duped” on national TV in front of da wife. I suspect a lot of folks are in that situation and don’t want to admit it. Maybe some of us would be, too, if we were young, graduating high school functionally illiterate, and listening to the mind-rotting drivel on social media. I don’t know. A lot of what is going on in this country these days astounds me, and not in a good way.

        Astounds me too, as a longtime registered Dem, that anyone would confuse my party with an organization capable of masterminding the stealing of an election from coast to coast. Dems more often than not have a hard time keeping a two car funeral procession in control.

        Dreams. Weird. Maybe its just getting old. Had one last night that I was trying to set up a mass spec lab on an iced over creek behind my parent’s old house. Kept stomping on the ice to see if it would break.

        • B Lester Says:

          Khal, my little brother and I are of the same ilk on most stuff. The difference is that he’s a kinder, gentler soul than I. He blew off some steam a few days ago by sending me this message:

          “Though I’d share this with u. Just heard a 70 old man from out of town talking politics at my local tavern. Said everything from inflation to high gas prices is Biden’s fault. Putin is just an excuse and everything was better when Trump was in office. Soon the shooting will start and he hopes to have his entire family gathered up in Idaho when it starts. I didn’t say anything because you can’t debate people like that. Before I left I asked him who is going to start the shooting and he didn’t have a good answer. Then I asked him about global warming and he said it DOES NOT EXIST it’s a myth. I shook his hand and said it was nice meeting you, and I totally disagree with your views but I respect your right to express them. Pretty fuckin scary stuff!!!”

          I slept on this message and sent him a reply about how much his attitude/reaction impressed me. I asked if I could post this or send it to the local newspaper. Here is his reply:

          “Go for it! We need people to understand that civil interaction to solve this issue is the only way to do it. Us verses them gets us further into where we already are. We all live in the same country and we all want to take care ourselves and our families. We don’t have to kill each other to do it. Who would of thought Martin Luther King JR’S philosophy is exactly what we need again. Yes history repeats itself.”

          Neither of us are highly accomplished, but we are both just comfortable. As I sit in my wonderful warm summer backyard having officially retired thirteen days ago, I wonder how I can adopt his attitude and go out in these United States and make a small difference with my remaining years. I need to do something.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Good on your brother, and on you, too. I agree, meeting rage with rage is not helpful. I am not anybody’s idea of a Christian, but I find a lot to like in Matthew 7, especially: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. …”

        • B Lester Says:

          M Lester is a blue collar guy of modest means. I am college educated and was a white collar middle manager. It wouldn’t be a stretch to see a guy like him swimming in the cesspool of the entitled white suburbanite. He not, but our middle sib is, and it’s nauseating. That one is the only person I know who will get round to the subject of race if you engage in conversation long enough.

  3. carl duellman Says:

    I saw Netflix has made a show about the book.

  4. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Keep changing that picture and one of us might think we’re tripping!

  5. khal spencer Says:


  6. carl duellman Says:

    I’m ready for some mind altering substances. Too much rain and not enough riding.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It was high 80s here when I got off the bike after a 42-miler. But we got a short rain just now, and it was most welcome.

      • JD Says:

        i trust there’s some healthy Southwest/New Mexico cuisine coming this evening to restore your nutrients, spirit, and readiness to go again tomorrow. 🙂

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Funny you should mention it … there is a pot of posole simmering on the stove as we “speak.”


        • Click here to embiggen.

        • Shawn Says:

          I’m not too late for dinner am I? I can pick up some fresh tortillas from Mama Ritas and be over in just a few minutes. I think I still have my wormhole warmed up.

          Speaking of beer. I was in my one of my local markets yesterday reviewing my malt and hops beverage options and notice a few micro-breweries offering NA versions. Deschutes brewing out of Bend has an NA version of their Black Butte Porter. They were out of it at the time but I’ll be back to pick some up. They were also offering an IPA version.

          Bon Posole !

        • SAO’ Says:

          Never too hot or too cold for a bowl of posole, maybe add a bit of cabbage and radishes in the summer to add some crunch when you dunk that warmed tortilla in there.

          • Patrick O'Grady Says:

            I usually chop up some radishes and jalapeños to add to the posole, but I skipped the peppers this time, as the dish turned out a little hotter than usual. Sliced green onions are nice, too, but Herself is not an onion fancier.

            Also, I like to add some crushed blue corn chips and a squeeze of lime.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          I was wondering if the Deschutes boyos would ever get around to an NA beer. When I was still a drinkin’ man I favored their products.

          The Athletic Brewing Co. dudes are doing good work too. I didn’t care for their Upside Dawn, but the Run Wild and Free Wave are both very drinkable.

          And surprisingly the Guinness 0.0 is not half bad. I picked up a four-pack on a whim while the monsoons were raging and the 0.0 went down pretty smoothly in that cooler weather.

          • JD Says:

            Try the Heineken Zero. My tagline: “Time for a sip of a Heineken Zip.” Thank you …… thank you very much! 🙂

    • carl duellman Says:

      No lie, we’ve had about 15″ of rain this month. It’s rained every day seriously cutting in to my riding.

  7. SAO' Says:

    Hey, changing gears … Was thinking if Hal was tired of racing with burros, here’s a career change idea:

    Check out this article from Coloradoan:

    Wedding guests for hire: ‘Beverage burro’ trend reaches Fort Collins


    • Shawn Says:

      Funny. I was thinking of trying that was Komodo dragons (you know, because of the Game of Thrones legacy). But a little market research led me to conclude that the wedding guests probably wouldn’t appreciate the ice breaking task of attempting to “capture the beer” from the back of a lumbering lizard.

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