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  1.  (10709.1)
    I drink Beck's inna fuckin can

    Becks is pretty decent though, lately ive been making refreshing summer drinks mixing ice cold Becks and ginger ale.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2012
    Yeah, Becks is/was/will be a decent lager. The pub I worked in used to sell it - I changed (and probably drunk) many a keg of it. Like me, that brilliant bar is now gone; it's been replaced by some wine-thing that pumps-out bad dance music. Tragic. A cool, massive indy bar not far from a cool, massive indy club; gone!

    Newcastle, the docks, the late eighties, trench-coats, spiky blonde hair, self destruction - it's my own personal Hellblazer Xmas Special, yes indeed.

    I saw something bad today at the clinic: A woman, younger than me (probably early forties), who has been drinking heavily since she was a kid. Jesus! She looked like an old, red-faced man. Fucking sad, man. Fucking sad.

    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2012
    That Newcastle UK Flecky? Egypt Cottage, Barley Mow then the Riv?

    Yea I did some crazy stuff when I was a youngun, some of it was fun, some of it was frankly, terrifying looking back.

    An Ex girlfriend died of a heroin overdose. This was after we had split up, I went to another town for a few weeks, and came home to find out she had started going out with someone who got her into Herion and she died.

    I like beer and single malt, I look way too much like a cop to ever be able to buy anything else these days.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2012
    @Paprika: Yep, that's me. I worked at The Barley Mow and used to do the ticket-office in the Riverside. Is it still there? Hope yer canny, mate!
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2012
    Nope sadly it went a long time ago, there is a book about it > you might even be in. No doubt out paths crossed. I don't have a hair on (the top of) my head these days but I had big sweaty dreds back then. Barley mow is now derelict. Sad times mate.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2012 edited
    Cheers for the link. Reckon I'll have to get that book and give it a good going over - even though it will probably break me heart. Those years were probably the happiest times of my youth. I actually lived in that estate (Battlefield), next to Tyne Tees TV, so going to work wasn't far. Good times. Yeah, I knew everyone then, so maybe I even served you a pint! :)
  2.  (10709.7)
    Footnote: Do not make a habit of smoking this stuff, or you will kill yourself.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2012 edited

    I'm on my 3rd week of it, which is my 2nd week not smoking. It's been pretty interesting so far. I've tried the patch, gum, and vapor smokes, but I'd always end up ripping them off, spitting them out, or throwing them away for a new pack of smokes. But with Chantix...

    With Chantix I don't even think about it. It's like this crazy wonder drug! I haven't had any of the possible side effects (rage, suicidal thoughts, flatulence) other than vivid dreams, but I've had worse when I fell asleep with the patch on.

    I do worry about what's going to happen when I'm off it though. We'll find out in 6 weeks.

    I also had all my wisdom teeth removed a few weeks ago (which probably helped me quit smoking) and was given a week's worth of Vicodin. Man, that stuff is great. I could easily get addicted to it, I'm glad they wouldn't renew my Rx.

    Another drug I could easily get addicted to is Xanax. The wife has a Rx, 3mg a day, and I'll take one every once in a while (she hordes them). God, it's like time travel. They make the day go by soooo faaaaast. Which isn't always a good thing, but it makes work bearable some days.
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2012 edited
    Further footnote on synthetic weed.

    I wasn't kidding, this stuff will drive you into suicidal, psychotic paranoia if you make a habit of it. Because the active ingredient is a new compound which only mimics THC, the effects are markedly different from genuine cannabis. Each high gets worse than the one before, until it becomes unbearable. I'm a pretty stable guy, and I came within a whisker of killing myself a few hours ago after smoking a bowl. My wife came home from work to talk me down (I am married to the world's most brilliant, patient and beautiful woman), fortunately, and I'm sworn off synthetic weed for good.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2012 edited
    So you know how lots of medication have "Do not Exceed Recommended Dose" or something to that effect on the box?

    Stillnox should have "Do not exceed recommended dosage or you won't sleep for 48 hours straight, will experience intense depression and irrational terror and will spend several hours shitting and puking. Really. we mean it. Yes, taking two pills in one day is enough to cause this"
  3.  (10709.11)
    Does anyone even do LSD anymore? Back in the nineties you could buy blotter acid by the fucking sheet, but now there's bugger-all.
  4.  (10709.12)
    i used to get it all the time, now i wouldnt even know who sells it anymore? i dont really hear about it
  5.  (10709.13)
    Apparently there's heaps of it in Sydney and it's cheap, according to the news, so the right-wingers are in a flap over it. I haven't run into anyone who has any lately though.
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2012

    Anyone else ever use nerontin (gabapentin)? It's a lovely thing, very e-like in its effects, especially the enjoyment of music. No hangover to speak of save for being sharp and awake. I haven't found the downside yet, but maybe it's destroying my kidneys?

    Aside from that, I am really loving Buffalo Trace bourbon. And bourbon in general. Oh, bourbon. Why do you love me so much?
  6.  (10709.15)
    we actually prescribe gabapentin, it probably isnt destroying your kidneys BUT in everyday use patients, it does process through the kidneys and can accumulate over the long term, doing damage that way. if you arent taking it literally every day, and getting plenty of hydration otherwise you should be ok in the long run

    but if you DO use it a lot just keep in mind that even in people who use it correctly under a doctors supervision, kidney damage is possible and they have to take kidney function bloodwork about every 6 months to see if they need to temporarily suspend

    and you are very correct about Buffalo Trace. even the smell of the cork is just delicious to me
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2012
    @LokiZero: Chantix worked for me, getting me off the butts--well, getting me off the Commit lozenges to get me off the butts-- but it drove me insane in the process. As in shouting to a traffic cop that I hope he gets shot to death by a crackhead insane. I was always a hair's breadth from just screaming. It was an awful, awful experience.
  7.  (10709.17)
    Aren't those anti-smoking drugs mostly just a type of speed? I've had a few friends comment on the unpleasant mental side effects.
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2012
    I've tried both Chantix and Wellbutrin, and I can't say that either of them nudged my 'addict' needle one bit. I do really suspect that is just me, though. Nobody else should take that as an indication that they won't work for you.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2012
    Re : acid. I've heard anecdotally that the rise of ecstacy killed acid for a while. And, as things run in cycles, greater interdiction of ecstacy (and crystal meth) have helped revive it. And no, I don't know where to get any and you probably shouldn't want it in the first place.
  8.  (10709.20)
    Re : acid. A small batch came through last year, but it sold out before I could enquire about it.
    The only other place I've ever seen it available is Silk Road, but I still haven't got round to getting any bitcoins.