Saturday, January 19, 2008

Balance

Sorry for the late post, but phone service has been out for a while and just got restored.

Many, many years ago I worked as a bouncer in this bar. The bar was attached to a steak house called John Barleycorn’s which tried for that dark wooden look that was so popular in the 70s. This was a hangout for me since they had live music, and after a while they offered me a job. I would card people at the door and settle minor disputes when they arose. (How is that for lipstick on a pig?)

One of the things about this place was that there was a basket of peanuts on every table and you were expected to throw the shells on the floor. By the end of the night you could never find the floor.

I ate a lot of peanuts when I was there. After a couple months I noticed something strange was beginning to happen. When ever I got in the shower and tipped my head back to rinse my hair before and after shampooing I felt dizzy to the point I thought I was going to pass out. This went on for a month or so and then I read that the paper covering around the peanut can be toxic and cause hallucinations. I stopped eating the paper around the nut and the problem fixed itself in a couple days.

I’m not one to enjoy dizziness or any sort of vertigo. I like being in balance. It was good being a balanced bouncer.

7 Comments:

Anonymous columbiacontrolfreak said...

I haven't ever seen the entertainment factor in dizziness or other common drug reactions either. I've been around many, many people using recreational drugs and have always been totally turned off by what I saw happening with them. More than a few times, I as the sober person, prevented nasty things from happening to them.

Of coursse being COlumbiacontrolfreak tells you how willing I am to lose control of myself and my surroundings.

BTW after a month ORBLOG finally sent me an email and put me on.

10:28 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Great, now you'll get some traffic. Also I'm glad you didn't have to rename your dog, "Skippy."

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

A bouncer? Whouwodda tot?

Yeah...vertigo ain't no fun. Slacked off on the friendly herbs quite a bit. Now if I want to get the feeling of getting high...I just have to stand up really fast.

Like columbiacritter err ummm... columbiacontrolfreak, it is nice to have some control on what is going on around you. Wouldn't consider myself a control freak though...more like a control enthusiast.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

I refuse to willingly give up control, but a little Single Malt never hurts. Don't think eating peanut 'skins' will replace any popular 'highs' though:)

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No HUMAN could have stacked rocks like that.

Must be sasquatch.

Or a ghost

12:13 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Moosehead, just how are you getting through the winter without getting dizzy?

Mike, welcome back! Feeling better?

Anon, *blink*...*Blink*...

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, so I watched Ghostbusters with the kids last weekend.

The best scene in the whole move was when they were in the library and found the books.

Two of the guys marveled over the supernatural aspects of the stack of books.

Bill Murray simply drools "you're right, no HUMAN could have stacked books like this."

Obscure, I know, but every time I see something stacked (as was in your photo) I have to make that comment.

9:57 AM  

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