If you're a visitor to my home base, you know that I like to throw out a topic and see where it lands. I really dig audience participation versus preaching to the choir, so when I heard a new term last week - "Stiletto Stoners" (major kudos to the Marie Claire copy editor who came up with that catchy title) - I was intrigued, and curious if other moms would be as well.
It seems that there is a "new" (more likely "newly publicized") movement within the young up-and-comers to find relaxation via herbal means instead of the once popular Cosmo. Turns out, those nasty little Carrie Bradshaw-endorsed cocktails are expensive and loaded with empty calories. Two things that the uber successful single women of today abhor.
Can't blame them really. According to the article, just $50/month can support their nightly habit of unwinding with a bong hit or three, with the added benefit of getting all deep and stuff. That same $50 would barely cover one night of bar hopping, and with that you might only get stale conversation with the old guy in the club.
All, OK most, judgment aside for the women who agreed to be interviewed (does the term "Yuppie" need a reboot?), it got me thinking about my usual two-three glasses of wine per week to "unwind." We all joke about it (bloggers in general) - some of my favorite sites have their drink of choice right in their address, not to mention an alcohol shout out in my very own profile, but are there readers who judge our mothering skills based upon our blowing-off-some-steam vice of choice?
Do they have a point? Do I really care?
Is there a Mary Jane mommy blogger circle out there with names like "tokesandtoddlers" or "mamaneedssomepotandimnottalkingpans?" There are places in the world, some right here in the States (shout out to Alaska), where limited recreational marijuana use is legal - but is it something most moms would admit to doing?
If you get a chance, check the comments section of the article - some moms did just that. Interesting. And for me, somewhat convincing of the benefits.
I've only had one experience, and it wasn't pleasant - unintentional consumption via second-hand smoke at the tender age of 15 during a Genesis Invisible Touch concert. I couldn't taste or smell a damn thing for three days. That lesson was burned onto my senses, and I doubt I could partake of the wacky tobaccy by choice today. But if I knew a mom who responsibly lit up, would I have an issue?
The fact is, I probably already do, and no, I don't have a problem with it.
I hear there's a little bill in Washington that needs some serious funding. Hmmm? Maybe it's time to discuss legalizing for some tax benefits. Then again, you take away a massive amount of money from a couple of rather powerful cartels (and no I'm not talking about Big Pharm or the insurance companies), what new contraband will fill the void? Not like those guys will just give up and get a desk job.
So how 'bout it, anyone in your circle partake? Any "friends?" Do you find the whole discussion ridiculous? Tasteless? Baseless?
Since we're dealing with a rather touchy, oh and illegal subject, Anonymous comments are welcomed.
Just keep it nice.
(Extra credit: There's a current Texas Monthly article, "Texas High Ways," that does a pretty good job championing the legal consumption of marijuana. Fascinating historical information as well. Give it a read if you have the chance - I'm thinking this topic will surface a lot during the upcoming 2010 Texas gubernatorial election. Our border violence is a major concern that needs to be addressed. We shall see.)