Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What Wouldn't You do for 3 Million Dollars

What wouldn't you do for 3 million dollars? A friend of told me this story.

It was years ago and he was spending some time in a half way house. At that point in his life he wasn't exactly the ideal citizen. One of his house mates, we will call him Ed, came from a very wealthy family. Ed was 30 and was to receive a 3 million dollar inheritance. In fact, he had been old enough to receive it for over 10 years. But there was a catch. Ed had to be clean. You see Ed was a crackhead and his father knew that if he gave him 3 million dollars it would end in his son's death. So one of the stipulations on the money was that he had to be clean for 2 years. Ed was always just two years away from being rich beyond his wildest dreams but the crack pipe was always much closer. So, Ed robbed banks. He would take a taxi to the bank, rob it, and then take the taxi to the nearest crack house for a fix. A fix, what an ironic word. He was always just two years away.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sometimes I take Drugs

Last week, for the first time in my life, I took NyQuil. Well, it wasn't exactly NyQuil, it was actually the much cheaper store equivalent. I was coughing so much at night that I was waking up without a voice and cough medicine wasn't doing the trick. I took the NyQuil three nights in a row and I slept like a baby. I fell asleep quickly and didn't wake up until morning, 10 to 12 hours later. After three nights of taking the medicine I wasn't coughing much at night anymore and thus didn't need to take it anymore.

But, I thought about taking it. I thought about taking it every night for a week. I had slept so wonderfully that even though my cough wasn't a problem anymore I still wanted the NyQuil. I wanted a 2 ounce plastic shot glass of it's syrupy red goodness. I wanted to fall right asleep without thinking about the days events. I resisted though. I didn't take it. As silly as it may sound, I feel that taking NyQuil when I didn't need it would be a form of drug abuse. I don't want to depend on a drug, over the counter or not, to fall asleep quickly. I may be alone on this though. I don't really know.