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YUL BRYNNER / A Cautionary Tale / Part 2

30 Jun


Love Song / Elton John / 1971

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1971

I smoked for 7 years.
Not moderately. 2 packs a day.
Combined with drinking, LSD, cocaine, hashish, ??? …
I did everything but heroin.
I was a well rounded abuser.
This was my lifestyle.
My drinking alone would have qualified me as a alcoholic.
I was drunk and stoned much of the time. 

Drugs and booze were readily available back then – and cheap.
Cigs cost about 60 cents a pack. 
A case of beer was $2.75.
In the tavern draft beer was 10 cents a glass. 

I could go to the bar with 5 bucks and drink all night. 
And have enough money left to take a cab.

Then I quit it all.
It didn’t mix with a stronger need that I had.
Spirituality.
I was starting a new chapter in my life.

I had run the gauntlet and made it.

Others … ?

It took 6 months to cough the tar out of my lungs.
I never smoked again and I had no inclination
to do any of that other stuff either.
I was done.

But why did I do it?
I don’t know? I just felt I needed to.
I don’t regret it. But I don’t encourage it.
It’s stupid and destructive.
Avoid it.

When I stopped everything I lost most of my friends.
Our relationship revolved around drugs and drinking.
They didn’t want me around if I wasn’t participating.
I felt the same way about them.

Did I dodge the bullet?
I hope so.

I walked away. 

And started a new life.

 

YUL BRYNNER / A Cautionary Tale / Part One

30 Jun

Yul Brynner

“Now that I’m gone, I tell you: Don’t smoke. Whatever you do, just don’t smoke.
If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn’t be talking about any cancer.
I’m convinced of that”

– Yul Brynner

Yul was from the era (not so long ago) when smoking was sophisticated.

 

So sophisticated.

So dead.

 

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