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JuicyLesson 253: Fear and Loathing in Seattle; Growing Pains … Legal Weed in Washington State …

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A note to begin this JL: I figure I have personally written more than 250,000 words for my JuicyLessons. By the end, on September 9th, 2014, (and yes Loren Lann it will end as a daily exercise after one year which is my stated goal in doing this), I shall have written, with the Lord’s help, well over 300,000 words.

Little did I know when I started my blog on September 9th of last year (2013) that it would be so much pressure. I have tried to produce, and feel that I have succeeded – in more cases than I would have thought, the quality of my JL’s has impressed me, with respect to both their content and their, for want of a better word – complexity (?). I have no desire to pat myself on the back or expound on how great i am, but to be honest … I have no desire but to be honest with you.

So I say this. I have learnt and continue to learn much from the experience of having produced a Juicy a day, 6 days a week, a total of 253 individual posts, averaging over a thousand words per (although sometimes the words are not mine and have been taken from a different source like the internet). I am a very conscientious man, I knew that when I started from my experiences in my professional life whether these be in teaching, union, and/or pedagogical responsibilities, but I did not know how conscientious I was. It’s a question of degree and sometimes I question the mental health of a person who lets himself take something like this – a voluntary project that is – on so seriously. Tabernacle.

How seriously? Well, at times, I couldn’t sleep later than 5:30 or 6:00 AM if I had not produced my JL for that day yet. The pressure lying in bed becomes even greater when I wake up with no idea of what I will write about. Most times I refuse to take the easy way out and always get the job done. One way. Or another. By the way, ideas for posts come pretty easily – from mind or media, and thus I get them quickly, relieving some of the self-imposed tension.

It remains to be seen as I continue to produce our Juicies how my learning experience will turn out. So far, as I have said, I have learned that I am very conscientious, more so than I thought. In addition, I have learned that I enjoy writing, that it makes me feel good. More on this at another time.

I would like to start off with a shout-out to Kathleen Cawthorn, her kids and her husband, Michael, on this very special day. For the family including the three kids – Eddy, Olivia and William – are presently in Israel, having celebrated Eddy’s Bar Mitzvah this morning. I hope all went well.

It’s been some time now since the use of weed has been legalized in Colorado and Washington State. Whereas the deadline for the opening of the first weed “stores” in Washington was April, 2014, and has already passed, potential pot producers have had a mighty struggle in front and behind them, at least somewhat, as government keeps changing the rules.

Today’s video is in two parts, each less than three minutes in length. These clips detail some of the challenges confronted by people in Washington State who are attempting to make their way into what will most likely turn out to be a highly lucrative market.

Part I

Part II

Below: Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard celebrates winning her women’s singles third round match against Germany’s Andrea Petkovic on day six of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 28, 2014.
Photograph by: AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE , Postmedia News

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By the way, Milos Ronic advanced as well in the gentlemen’s singles at Wimbledon. It’s the first time in Canadian tennis history, that one man and one woman has advanced so far at the Wimbledon championships.

De World Coupe
Fans/Action: Group of 16, Holland vs. Mexico, Sunday (06/29)
For some reason I like pics showing goals in hockey or futbol but there is a lot to be said about action shots excluding goals being scored, especially on the soccer pitch, as some the following photos aptly and amply demonstrate.

A Mexican Fan and one, not to be outdone, from Holland.
Fans/Action: Group of 16, Holland vs. Mexico, Sunday (06/29)
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Above: Netherlands’ goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen misses in his attempt to stop a shot as Mexico scores the 0-1 during a Round of 16 football match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYERDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images

At half-time in Sunday’s second game pitting the Greeks against Costa Rica (wealthy coast), Costa Rica has yet to have a shot-on-goal. However, by game’s end, the Costa Ricans had sent the Greeks packing by virtue of their win in a penalty shoot-out. Greece had managed to even the score late in the second half, forcing the teams to play an additional thirty minutes of what turned out to be scoreless ball at which point the penalty kicks began, with Costa Rica, as I have already said, coming out on the winning end.

Two games today. At noon (EST), France takes on Nigeria and at 4:00 PM, upstart Algeria will have its work cut out for it when this team from North Africa takes on Germany. I pick Nigeria and Germany. So far, my record is 2-2.

Peace. Far. Out.

4 Comments

  • Joan Hoyte says:

    Not into marijuana. May even be spelling it wrong. Who gives a s…t

    I just don’t want anyone taking care of my health, business, transportation, any of my needs at all etc. high on drugs when they’re supposed to be there for me.

    I think that to take a perfectly good brain (maybe exclusive of someone in great pain), and to mess with it. Well you just don’t deserve the brain God gave you.

    If you drink don’t drive, if you drive don’t drink. If you do drugs awe…forget it. you will.

    • Jerry Cohen says:

      Thanks for expressing your opinion, Joan. You are a straight shooter. Aim with your heart; Shoot with your mind. I do weed to deal with pain but had been smoking for 40 years before contracting Scleroderma in 2008. Did you even watch the video.

      However, you are wrong when you think that doing drugs on the one hand and doing one’s job being there for people who need you on the other … for you to think that these two are mutually exclusive is wrong because they are not. For example, I was always there for my students – stoned or not – and nobody knew if I was stoned except me. Looks like neither of us will convince the other … Our pasts are way way way too too too different, dear Joan. Regards to that husband of yours and a thought and a prayer for your brother and my good friend, Hilton, may he rest in peace.

      I think driving drunk is much more dangerous than driving stoned.

      Also, a stoner could very well take care of your health, your business matters, etc., but maybe you shouldn’t rely on someone who is stoned for transportation. There is no need to group transportation which requires certain motor skills, irrelevant to handling business and health issues, with these issues in the first place, is there, unless of course it suits your argument. Right? Right.

      Get with the times which are a changing.

  • Matthew Friedman says:

    Been smoking weed on and off for 40 years. I always enjoy it and find it magically enhances the senses, boosts creativity is the only aphrodisiac I have ever encountered, relieves pain, keeps you up and let’s you sleep,takes away aggression,is a relaxer,takes away tension and anger promotes inner and external peacefulness, removes a grudge and appears to heal many ailments and wounds and is possibly affective against cancer. That’s quite a bit! Am I lying. ? What do you think? Check out Rick Simpson Oil. It’s all over the internet. Some amazing claims being made. Thanks Jerry for your efforts and a cool blog!

    • Jerry Cohen says:

      You are most welcome. Man. I have decided to copy your excellent synopsis of dope’s effects and paste it into Friday’s Juice [257]. I have also included a couple of your photos. Thanks.

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