A Day at the Beach

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8 months ago

It was late September 1987 and and I had passed my driving test about 6 months before.I had bought a mk3 escort 1300 after passing,upgrading from the mk2 escort I had learnt to drive in.
Back in the day those who had passed their driving test and had a car would meet up down the local car park,hang around,chat and a few of us would have a cheeky joint,occasionally we would have to drive out of town to score usually red seal,leb occasionally gold seal but I digress.
This one particular evening my friends and I got chatting and the conversation went from Ganga to magic mushrooms and how they were ready now and if we could get over to the CAT and CUSTARD pub between Dover and Folkestone on M.O.D land,close by there were fields of them ready for us to harvest but we had to get there before the frosts kick in.
Right then, settled,we meet tomorrow morning here in the car park 6.30 am,leave your cars and I’ll take mine and we will hunt!.Myself and 4 other heads were on a mission.
It took about 30 minutes to get there and as I remember we were all very excited about the prospect of picking and consuming our own shrooms for the first time.
We parked up at the Cat and Custard public house jumped out of the car eagerly,climbed the fence and started looking for our prize.It took 10 minutes to find the first cluster and then we were away.The main question to start with was ‘is this one,what about this’ and answer was the Same,yes but make sure there aren’t anymore around it as you can get mushroom blindness!WTF.As we giggled and shouted out to each other on how many we had (hundreds each was the answer to that one)one friend said ‘what is that there on top of the hill,it looks like someone is about to shoot us haha.’We all looked up at the same time and at the top of the hill there were soldiers with rifles aiming at us(we later learned they line up the sights on unsuspecting trippers)After all it was Ministry of Defence land.
Go,Go,Go,leg it we are going to get nicked.Clutching our bags of goodness and adrenaline pumping we got back to the car all jumped in and we were away driving back to our home town to brew up and enjoy what was to come but not before having the paranoid discussion of what if we get pulled by the old bill,’don’t worry’one friend said ‘they have to be dried out not fresh to be arrested.It put our minds at rest a little until we got back.
We went into my friends house pooled 20 mushrooms each (100 in total)boiled the kettle and steeped the mushrooms for about 20 minutes and poured a cup each and with every mouthful one of us would say how gross it was but then we all had finished.
Is it working yet,
no but I feel sick,
let’s go for a drive down the beach I said but as I got out of the front door I threw up heavily but I wasn’t going to let that deter me.we all jumped in the car and l started to drive noticing my hand started to look blue and it was bending but I held it together for the 5 minute drive but as we got to the beach a friend said look ‘There’s someone walking on water as I looked and tried to make out what it was(turned out to be a windsurfer)I kept on driving and the front of my car went over the promenade wall and landed on the pebbles whilst the back was still on the prom.My first thought was fuck my car then as we all looked at each other shocked.We all burst into uncontrollable laughter in fact I became quite conscious of my laughter as I thought I sounded like a hyena and it went on forever.It was unstoppable now the shrooms had kicked and I had to work a way out how to get my car up from the beach but that would have to wait because there was someone walking on water.
After a few hours of being pretty messed up and a couple of dog walkers giving the car some strange looks as we tried to hide we noticed a pub opening up.Who is straight enough to call a recovery truck. I can’t remember what happened then but suddenly a recovery truck was there and driver saying what the fuck happened here.I made some ridiculous story up with my mates adding bits in to make it sound convincing but the driver new we were messed up.It was obvious by the amount of hyena laughing going on in between sentences.
Anyway to cut a long story slightly shorter he managed to pull the car out without to much visible damage and I must have paid him but I can’t remember that bit.I do remember us having a pint in the pub and then dropping my friends off at their cars,then going home trying to tense and strain my body to get it out of my system and then falling asleep.
I woke up what seemed like hours later but it was still only 4pm,brushed my teeth,picked my bag of mushies up and drove down to see my mates and the cycle starts over.
We would make the Cat and Custard excursion an annual event but every year one of the original 5 stopped going and someone new came until I was the only original one.
By the time 1991 arrived ecstasy was everywhere and I loved them and only occasionally dropped Acid tabs or a flint as we called them(looked like a small piece of lead from a pencil).
Look out I can feel another rush coming on!.
I am nearly 50 now and have a 10 year old son named......HERBIE.
You can probably guess what I do on daily basis.
Somebody once said to me that Cannabis was addictive.
I told them don’t be ridiculous,I should know I have been smoking it 30 odd years.

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Apologies,I didn’t know about 1 entry per person, if I would have known I would have entered a more profound experience rather than head based antics!.
I will post them randomly anyway.
I am having trouble or to be more precise still can’t work out how to download/upload pictures on the iPad yet,but give me time!.
Thanks for the advise.