Gaseous Gods

Sometimes I look back on my past and wonder what happened to my audacity and lack of fear.

I seemed to then live in a world where all thought process were cerebral and creative, and mundane concepts like legalities and consequences had no place.

When I was seventeen I lived in a flat that had several drug trends; one being a love for San Pedro Cactus, the other for nitrous oxide.

The San Pedro cactus passion meant many a journey cruising around the drier parts of New Zealand, Style Council blaring on the car stereo, looking for the right sort of spiky protrusions projecting over fences.

The fridge was filled with milk bottles of cactus slime, and morning’s often began with the green projectile vomit which signalled the beginning of a cactus trip.

The nitrous oxide affection was not as easy to cater for, and desperation occasionally saw us skulking around supermarkets with inane grins on our faces and cans of dairy whip protruding from our nostrils.

On one occasion four of our number donned lab coats and went into Wellington Public Hospital where we purloined a large tank of nitrous oxide.

Two of us staggered its weight into the back of our tiny fiat Bambina. As we drove off we taped a black rubbish bag to the nozzle of the tank, filled it with the gas, and started inhaling.

I still marvel at the thought of a Fiat Bambina containing four orgy-eyed and giggling people, a large tank of nitrous oxide and an inflated rubbish bag, driving through the main streets of Wellington.


About charlottejane2002

Author of 'P is for Prostitution', 'The Bloody Sacrifice' and co-editor of 'A Contemporary Western Book of the Dead' which are all published by Mandrake of Oxford. Italian publisher Roberto Migliussi has recently released 'The Sky is a Gateway, Not a Ceiling', a book of Charlotte's collected essays printed alongside images of his own art work. Charlotte is also an artist who creates spiritually directed art works from road kill and found objects. She has had her written work printed in anthologies and various magazines and on line publications and has given presentations at many events and institutions including Edinburgh University and Brooklyn's 'Museum of Morbid Anatomy'. Her art work has been exhibited widely including at London's Chelsea Gallery and The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, and is soon to be shown in New York.
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2 Responses to Gaseous Gods

  1. have THAT! Hunter S Thompson,Thomas De Quincey, Irvine Welsh etc. Amateurs!

  2. Well said Mark! Women get trashed in just as lurid technicolour as the aforementioned luminaries, perhaps we usually prefer to keep dainty about the details.

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