I'm also reading Maureen Dowd's new column, which begins, "So you want to get high in a high-end way in the Mile High City." (I can't believe we're not past "Mile High City" jokes, but I guess putting in another "high" — "high-end" — gives you a time extension on "mile high.")
There are some dismaying resort operations exploiting the aging Baby Boomers' urge to spend money getting some legal(ish) marijuana at long last, e.g., "Dale Dyke and his wife, Chastity Osborn, a massage therapist" who are turning their house into a bed-and-breakfast, replete with "a tether ball, a camera in the living room to Skype your friends stoned, an outdoor swing 'where you can have a good time and catch a buzz,' and 'maybe a nerf horseshoe court.'" Picture it. Did you picture it nude? Well, it's clothing-optional. The business plan is to charge guests for the room, then give the homegrown pot to them.
“We want the higher-end clientele,” the 38-year-old Chastity says. “Comedians. Adult film entertainers. Musicians.”It's $199 a night, in case you're fine-tuning your hearing of implied messages of high-endedness. Adult film folk? Nude! Tether ball!
“People are learning not to be ashamed,” the 45-year-old Dyke said. “No more talking in whispers. We’re moving away from the image of dumb stoner teenagers to older successful businesspeople who can admit they’re stoners.”Which would make them... dumb! You can be dumb at any age. You can be dumb and
Older successful businesspeople... I love the use of "businesspeople," as if they're picturing luring females. Have you ever seen a successful old businesswoman naked, out in the full daylight, smacking a tether ball around and laughing herself silly because of all the pot and comedians?
Dowd quotes some pseudonymous lady who runs something called Edible Events:
"I don’t want to use the word ‘pot’ or ‘weed’ or ‘smoke’ or ‘joint... If we redefine it as consuming cannabis, then maybe people will be more open to that."Remember that every time you hear or read "cannibis." It's a branding thing. Framing.
"There are only so many hoodie-wearing stoners in town. This needs to be opened up to other demographics." West is especially interested in wooing women, getting them to equate cannabis with a glass of wine.It does make you dumb! Many women — including me — think it because it's true. You may think you're so smart that you can shave off IQ points. And if the people around you are those tether ballers paying $199 a night on the theory that there might be naked porn stars and naked comedians chowing down on free pot brownies then you'd probably want to knock off about a quarter of your intelligence just to protect yourself from entirely losing your mind. And you are getting old anyway. Maybe not as old as Willie yet. He's 80. But as you decline toward the end, maybe you choose to finish your ramble through this vale of tears dwindling into giggles.
"Many women think it’s something that makes you dumb," she says....