Keeping with the spirit of the times (mid-60s-early 70s), I wanted my surroundings to be more colorful. I had an assortment of paints, acrylic and oils, and decided to just cover the walls with designs.
Unfortunately, I ran out of linseed oil, and so used salad oil, instead
(necessity being the Mother, and all that), to thin my oil paints.
Those parts of the walls that I used the salad-oiled paint on never did
dry, so when my friends visited and rested back on the walls, they always
came away with a design.
Being the cool hippies that we were,
my buds and I were always looking for tokes. But none of us had much
money, so there were times when we couldn't purchase the stuff.
During one of these times, my friend Chas and I wondered if catnip might
do the trick, so rolled some catnip joints, and puffed away. It
didn't taste too bad, but an hour later, we both got the runs (big time!),
so we decided that it wasn't worth it. My cat Clancy loved the
My friend Chas and I had some wild adventures back in the day. It was the mid-late 1960s. Even when we were in grade school, we'd cut out, and
hitch-hike to San Francisco. We often hung out at 710 Ashbury, a
couple of times we even sat with with Ron McKernan ("Pigpen" of the
Chas and I could also be seen panhandling on Haight
Street. Years later, I got a glimpse of us on a KPIX (local t.v.. news
special) about the 60s, me in my peacoat and navy pants, yakking away,
Chas's wild hair flying around in the breeze. We marched a few
marches against the war, one down Stanyan Street that I remember the most,
on account of its irony.
We carried the "Make Love Not War" signs, a
peaceful march up to the point when two guys in the front of the line had
an ideological difference of opinion. It grew ugly when they started
to violently swing at each other with their "Make Love Not War"
signs. One girl behind me cried out: "Oh, bad vibes, Melissa! Let's
split, this is too heavy a scene!", and I couldn't help
laughing. Political consciousness takes time to evolve.