Acid 101

If you stop by here regularly, it can’t escape your notice that I’m a frequent flyer on Wikipedia.  I’m also fond of their “disambiguation” lists.  Take, for instance, the word acid:  there’s a list with hyperlinks to articles on everything from Solvents, to LSD, to Acid Test, which has its very own disambiguation list.  I could spend all day clicking from one list to another!  ‘Wonder where I would end up?  …I do that with Bible cross-referencing (surely a much more profitable use of my time).

“But, why are we talking about acid?

‘Glad you asked.

I was thinking how ironic it is, that one person could start out dropping acid, then listening to acid, and end up cleaning with it—finally, at age 50 we take a pill to neutralize it.

Yeah:  these are the things you ponder when everyone—except you—is on vacation.  …But I’m not bitter.

Somebody gave me a blotter of acid once. I think it was a placebo.  As for music, I was a little too young for Jimi Hendrix, but I like Clapton.  And, since I always keep Diet Coke on hand, I’ve been known to clean up a car battery or two.  Lastly, yes, it’s true: I take a daily pill for acid reflux.  (I’ll bet reading that is more disturbing than the part about the drugs.)

Whether it’s chemicals, capsules, compositions, Coke, or Discomfort, what’s the common thread?  ACID: it eats the heck out of stuff.  Anybody in their right mind steers clear of it.

Finally, we can’t talk about acid without mentioning acid humor.  To illustrate this point, I will close with a few quotes from the inimitable (albeit often HORRID) Stephen Colbert:

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“If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn’t have declared their independence from it.”
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“Here’s an easy way to figure out if you’re in a cult: If you’re wondering whether you’re in a cult, the answer is yes.”
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“You said in your book that at the end of the day, every politician is human. What about during the day?”
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“My character is self-important, poorly informed, well-intentioned but an idiot, … So we said, `Let’s give him a promotion.” 

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