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My 20th Birthday

Before you do anything, make sure you see the greatest post ever ("SUMMER JAM!") on Andrew Swanson's website. He is my hero.


Now, onto my 20th birthday. It was pretty lousy. The weather in Bloomington was the worst it's been all year. It rained non-stop for nearly the whole day, but I had places to go and horrible, awful classes to attend. I also had to finish my nonsensical Spanish homework. After classes, I bought myself a birthday pizza and breadsticks and ate until I couldn't eat anymore. Then I took a nap. This is where it gets interesting...

Not interesting really; more like infuriating. Let me just say two things that will put the final sentence in perspective.

1) Things I wanted to have happen didn't happen.
2) I have a lot of problems that I just can't seem to correct.

Final sentence = I ended up drinking two bottles of Vick's 44 Multi-Symptom cough medicine alone.

Andrew Swanson is not only my hero for his posts, but also because he is much smarter than me. He would know that drinking 2 bottles of Vick's is a bad idea, but I'm the kind of person who has to figure out what constitutes a "bad idea." (i.e. - I'm a moron.) Since I had no booze and nowhere to go for my birthday, I decided that in order to alter my conscience, Vick's was the best way to go. I bought the bottles from the convenience store in my dorm and took them up to my room. The first bottle was somewhat difficult to get through and I ended up chasing the medicine like it was a shot. After I was used to its taste, the second bottle went down easier.

For those of you who think you can get drunk off of Vick's, you're wrong. It's only 10% alcohol. I was not drunk; I don't know what the hell I was and I don't know what the hell possessed me to do it. All I know is that my vision was blurred, my movements were very slow, and I didn't feel very good. I drank some water to settle my stomach then I tried to lay down. This didn't work and I felt like I was going to throw up. I decided to go smoke a birthday cigar and this was a brilliant decision. It was so relaxing sitting outside in the cool breeze as the cigar warmed my insides. When the cigar was out, I went back to my room and sat down at my computer. Then I started to trip balls.

I started talking online some more and then decided to create a post. This is not that post. I read the earlier post after I came back from a long walk which did wonders to clear my head. What I had previously written was a garbled mess of paranoia and panic. I would have posted it, but no one would have believed it. That and I wrote way too much personal information. In it, I talked about how my head was spinning and how it felt like I kept leaning and/or sliding out of my chair. I also wrote that it felt as if I was typing on my computer (which felt like a desktop computer instead of a laptop) from a ladder that was 8 feet away. I made numerous references to my own death in the earlier post and talked about facing mortality at the age of 20. I was positive that I was going to die and I attempted to write my legacy. I also wrote something about how I kept scanning the room expecting to see the Grim Reaper behind me. (As I started my walk, I remember frequently turning around to see if anyone was following me.) I was going to "fight off death" by not sleeping because I was convinced that if I fell asleep I would never wake up. (I probably got this from the IU student who passed away in her sleep Wednesday morning, may she rest in peace.)

Moral of the story: Hallucinogenic drugs are not for Alex.

This was an incredibly bad decision and I cannot envision myself ever doing this again. I think way too much as it is and I certainly don't need anything to help increase my paranoia. I was literally freaking out for at least an hour. I have not slept. Hopefully my weekend goes better than this.

At least you aren't dead...wait, I'm gonna go check.

hey so i have a similar experience. i took a bunch of random pills, probably 20 in all, and at least 8 of them were like drowsy-type pills and i totally can relate to the paranoia and slow-motion-ness you were talking about. it was super trippy. it sucked a lot and scared the crap out of me. I'm glad i have someone to share my experience with now. that is all.

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