This is the story of how I almost got kicked out of high school for supposedly possessing drugs.
It is also a cautionary tale of:
- Me, being a dumbass.
- Why you should always research your drug choices.
- My extremely good luck in times of crises.
In high school, I was the drummer in a band called Argyle (yes, retrospect has shown me that there are better names that could have been chosen). When junior year rolled around, we (the band & I) were having some communication problems with one of our guitar players. This guitar player also went to the same school as I did (a Catholic, all boys school). This guitar player was also a firm believer in Christianity, so much so, that he would go on the “religious retreats” that the school would offer from time to time.
So, we were having problems with this said religious guitar player and it so happens that one of these retreats was coming up and he was going to be a leader of said retreat. Naturally, I get the bright idea that I should go on this retreat in an effort to find out what’s been bugging this guitar player.
My other band mates supported this marvelous idea of mine.
Any normal person would have went up to Guitar Player and said “What the fuck is your problem?”
The first two days were not that bad.
The only thing I truly disliked was that they confiscated all of our time pieces. The exact reason why is completely out of my head. But I was definitely struck by how maddening it was not to know what time it was. The effect was almost suffocating.
After that, we were bombarded with the usual retreat-y type God stuff that you’d expect. Our group leaders (of which Guitar Player was a part of) all had to get up in front of us and talk about what God meant to them and possibly relate it to a tough time in their life that they were able to work through because of his “love”.
This always resulted in, being on the verge of, or drowning in their own tears.
The skeptic in me then (as well as now) has always been of the opinion that the only one who can get you through those tough times is you. No one else, just you.
Just when we were getting ready to turn in towards the end of the second night, I was bouncing-off-the-walls bored. It didn’t look like my original goal (of having a “sit-down” with the guitar player) was going to happen any time soon. Then I remembered something that someone had told me during the 7th grade:
I had heard somewhere that smoking tea could get you high.
As in the stuff that the British have coursing through their veins.
I told this to my roommate. He looked at me like How I’m sure you’re looking at this now, like I’m a moron.
It’s ok. I know I am a moron.
I sneak off to the kitchen area and procure a coffee filter and some Earl Grey. If there was one thing I remember from this whole fiasco it was the look on my roommate’s face while I was “working”. It was a good blend of “God you’re stupid” and “Man, I hope this works because I would like to get high, too.”
The next day, it was more of the same God Shenanigans.
Right before dinner time, my roommate, his brother and myself all duck out for a quick smoke. Stupidly, we all lit up on the main path that connected the chapel to where we were all “living”. Of course I thought that this would have been as good a time as any to see if my little experiment held water. When I lit up, it smelled exactly like weed. It was uncanny. While this may be exciting for a junior in high school who was testing an urban myth to sate his boredom, you can obviously see what kind of goober I really was.
After about five minutes, one of the teachers came trudging down the path.
We were fucked.
They pulled us out of the evening happenings and said they found what “appeared to be” a joint.
I told them that it was all my idea and that the two brothers had nothing to do with it. I went out to tell them that I ran out of cigarettes and I made the “joint” as a substitute (which wasn’t completely bullshit, by the way) and I completely reassured them that it wasn’t drugs.
They told me that was all well and good but what they found still needed to be “analyzed”.
I asked them what was going to happen to us. Without missing a beat, they said that they spoke to the dean and he said that they were to send us home and we were to be suspended.
I was completely fucked. My life, as I knew it, was over. My parents were on their way to get me.
I had never seen my father so angry at me. No band, no nothing. That’s what my parents told me.
Normally I would have taken that without saying a word. However, we had a major show coming up it didn’t make sense to punish people who didn’t have anything to do with me fucking up. I managed to convince my parents to let me play the show and then suspend my band privileges.
Here’s where the story gets better.
The day before I had to go back to school, we had band practice.
Bass Player and his girlfriend at the time were the first to show up.
I explained everything to them, the stupidity of my actions, the fallout from the school and my parents and what was going to happen after our big show.
The girlfriend said something to the effect of:
“I know what would make you feel better”.
“Smoking a big bag of weed.”
From her purse she whips out a bowl and a big bag of weed.
Band practice was at the very least, fun. I went to bed that night without a care in the world.
The next day was my first day back since getting suspended. During one of my morning classes, I was pulled out of class to speak with the Dean.
Basically, he wanted to give me a pep talk and to hear what happened from my own mouth. He concluded the whole conversation by telling me that the results of the testing on the “evidence” were inconclusive and that I needed to submit to psychological analysis and drug testing.
I was doomed! I was sure of it! I had smoked up just the other day.
I was freaking out! I couldn’t go back to the Dean and ask him what kind of test it would be. That would be way too suspicious.
After school, I immediately started to drink water. I figured that if I drank enough of it, I could even the chances of flushing out my system. I then called Bass Player and explained to him the escalation of the situation. He was remarkably helpful. I learned that it was either going to be a blood test or a urine test.
Regardless of the type of test, I could go to any “head” shop and select from a wide array of products that would mask the presence of cannabis in my system. Thankfully, this all pre-dated hair sampling.
Bass Player also suggested that I drink Pectin, a preservative commonly used in canning foods.
At this point I had all ready been drinking enough water to hydrate a third world country so the pectin wouldn’t hurt. It wasn’t that bad. Had a bit of a sweet taste to it.
As an added measure I called the local NORML office to find out how long pot had stayed in your body. He told me that the length of time varies depending on your level of usage. Thankfully, I wasn’t a habitual smoker so I had about three days to clear out my system.
Relief very adequately describes how I felt after that conversation. I still drank water like a motherfucker, though.
So the day finally came for me to face the music.
I was so nervous you couldn’t get a needle up my ass with a jack hammer. I was a relatively “good” kid. Getting in this kind of trouble was a new experience for me.
The psychoanalysis was completely unremarkable. No new emotional ground had been broken. No revelations were had. It was just an old, white man asking me questions that people have been asking me since I got suspended.
Peeing in a cup was fun. I really had to pee.
7 days later.
The dean of my school comes up to me wanting to know what was going on. Of course, I had no fucking idea what he was talking about. Apparently the clinic that I had gone to, did not inform the people of the school about my pee pee results.
The Dean told me that I needed to call them to find out what the story was.
So I call the clinic and I was informed that its standard operating procedure to not inform the drug testee if there is an absence of drugs in their urine.
My pee was clean.
In a matter of three days I had managed to ingest enough water piss out all of the THC that was in my system.
- If you have a problem with someone, quit fucking around and address the situation.
- Smoking Tea will never, ever get you high.
- If you’re going to do drugs, make sure that there isn’t a possible drug test looming.
- As smart as you think you are, old age will always show you how stupid you really were.