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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Bo Bice and His Big Bag of Cocaine

Bo Bice, my favorite in the current American Idol series, has a history with drugs. Which is probably about as surprising to some people as was the fact that Syria might not have been entirely forthcoming about their withdrawal from Lebanon. Anyway, Drudge, the Great Gossip, is linking to a Smoking Gun story about Bo’s felony arrest for cocaine possession and subsequent trip through a drug diversion program.

What can I say but good for him?

Let’s get this straight:

  1. Almost all of my favorite albums were fueled by either drugs or a recent trip through rehab.
  2. Real rockers have a druggy phase. He was just proving his devotion to the genre.
  3. I’ve used coke. And you know what, I liked it. A lot. I mean, if it were made legal, I would buy the occasional 8 ball to share with friends.
  4. What, you could look at this guy and think he wasn’t knee-deep in coke or meth? Please…

To tell the truth, I haven’t touched coke or meth since 1993 or 1994. I haven’t touched any illegal drug since 1997 or 1998. I’ve had a few opportunities, but I’ve turned them down because I don’t like the drugs that make you feel more screwed up than a good beer buzz, I worry about the health effects, and I don’t like the idea of going to jail. So, if I’m ever on the verge of becoming a household name, let it be known that I’ve always been fully forthcoming with my drug history.

To paraphrase the great (deceased) Bill Hicks: never murdered anyone, never raped anyone, never beat anyone, never lost a job, laughed my ass off and went about my day. That isn’t a blanket approval of drug use: some people shouldn’t use drugs the way some people shouldn’t drink and Michael Jackson shouldn’t be left alone with young children.

But for a few of my bartending years--the years immediately Pre-Marriage--I was a regular user of coke and meth. I stopped using by choice one day and never looked back. There was no dramatic withdrawals or trips to a clinic; there were no tearful confessions to a therapist and no regrets.

No regrets about either using or stopping.

So, here’s to Bo and his former drug habit. I hope he’s one of the majority of people who have used drugs: he’s had his fun and he realizes when it no longer fits the life he’s trying to live.

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