Chapters of the Paradise Life Book
The hardest laugh I had in my life occurred around 1986 in Los Angeles, California. I had been attending the World Service Conference and I was with some friends on the top of Topanga Canyon.
I was with three other people: Marc, Joseph, and a guy who had just been released from prison three days prior. The guy who had been released from prison was driving us in his jalopy car, a real beater, as they say. He also had no driverÕs license, no headlights, and a dead battery that would need recharging. The only thing that saved us was that his brakes worked great, but from the screeching noise they made you wouldnÕt know this.
We were driving down Mulholland Drive without no headlights. Joseph had been lecturing us all day about how we were avoiding our true feelings but escaping through acting out on our addiction. He would say get honest. Get Honest.
Joseph had us all giving up cigarettes, sugar, cokes, and sodas with caffeine, aspirin with caffeine, chocolate, and chewing gum. Joseph would say we were escaping reality, avoiding our feelings through using sugar.
Now Joseph was a big coffee drinker and I am not sure if he was on the wagon with that vice at this time, but he was going on and on about honesty, substituting chemicals for coping with our emotions. However, if you had anything nice, like NA paraphernalia, or a cool button, or anything that struck JosephÕs fancy, he would convince you that you had to give it to him because he was entitled to it, and by your generosity you would gain some spiritual value and goodness. Joseph is miserable today and had to be evicted because he isolated himself and never opened his mail for over a year. They confiscated his condominium for not paying the condo fee.
So we are traveling at a high speed down Mulholland Drive in this jalopy, with a driver just out of jail, with no license and no headlights. Joseph is telling us we are breaking the law by not having the headlights on. The headlights didnÕt work and the battery was dead. Luckily at the bottom of the hill is a gas station. The gas station is closed. However, the convict driver is able to plug in his battery with an extension cord that is hanging out of the window of the garage to recharge the battery.
Joseph starts going off on how we are stealing electricity and that it doesnÕt belong to us. What are we going to do? The car is dead, we are at the bottom of the mountain from Mulholland Drive, and we have to start the car to get to our destination in Santa Monica. We should have left Joseph behind because he is going on and on about honesty, taking everyoneÕs inventory but his own.
Marc and I were laughing so hard that we had to hold our stomachs from pain. Nonstop uncontrollable laughter. The convict dude thought we were out of our minds, but we were having a good time with our adventure on the top of the mountain. We made it back to the hotel. I have to admit that JosephÕs observations about escaping our emotions through sugar, soda, chewing gum, shopping, and chocolate made sense, but Hey itÕs better than shooting speedballs non-stop and drinking gallons of Bacardi. The honesty part also takes a lifetime to change. Joseph had an incredible way of helping your awareness with complete manipulation, almost always convincing you to change and break your denial. Joseph showed up the following year with two girls attached to him with dog chains and handcuffs on a leash, in black leather outfits.
Dada to the Bone
Stomach Pain Basilica
Moment of Clarity
Roads Not Safe
All over the place
Harassed but not arrested
The Surgery Acute care Lumbar Hemi . Laminestomy
The Leica Mishap
The Wedding Present
The Rolls Royce of Awareness.
A Pickle can't go back to being a Cucumber.
Awake and Alive
Nine High Schools Without a Diploma.
Turquoise Sports Car Totaled by a Telephone Pole
Whitepipes, Weed and the Wild Coast.
Going Ninety on Georgia Avenue.
Woke up in Swaziland instead of Switzerland.
Three Nasty Letters.
Three early traumatic events.
Madness in Rio
The Victoria Falls Fiasco.
My poisonous spider bite.
First Date with Valerie
God is laughing at me.
David Lesh's death.
The Malawi Incident.
The Biggest Blow to my Ego.
The Day I quit smoking for real.
Thanksgiving weekend 1974, my first Acid Trip.
Instances of Trouble Two
Instances of Trouble One
Ride the White Pony
journal september 1995
Catskill Mountains Photographs - Trees - Spiritual gathering place cultivating a heightened awareness of the connectedness of, and spiritual essence in, all things. A Journey outside ordinary time and space into a parallel reality.
Social Documentary Digital Photographs Indigenous Encounter Divine Moment, Light and Sympony 2007
Social Documentary Digital Photographs Indigenous Encounter Divine Moment
Social Documentary Digital Photographs Indigenous Encounter Divine Light
Social Documentary Digital Photographs Indigenous Encounter Divine Symphony
Georgetown glimpses of memory January Photographs
March on the Capitol to demand that the United States end its war in Iraq Photographs 2007
March on the Capitol yesterday to demand that the United States end its war in Iraq Photographs 1
March on the Capitol yesterday to demand that the United States end its war in Iraq Photographs 2
March on the Capitol yesterday to demand that the United States end its war in Iraq Photographs 3
March on the Capitol yesterday to demand that the United States end its war in Iraq Photographs 4
March on the Capitol yesterday to demand that the United States end its war in Iraq Photographs 5
March on the Capitol yesterday to demand that the United States end its war in Iraq Photographs 6
Martin luther King Jr. Holiday Washington DC Photographs
Martin luther King Jr. Holiday Photographs Washington DC
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New York City Angelina + Brad
peace and love Edward
New York City
Chris at the Argo Bar drinking a Tuborg soda water wearing a WaxTrax t-shirt circa 1991
Looking in the mirror - Sara cannot see herself as beautiful
Antoinette lost her leg while intoxicated stumbling and tragically falling down into traffic
New York City
Three days after a Suicide attempt
New Years Day Washington DC Photographs
New Year Day Street Washington DC Photographs
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