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“Don’t Give Me the Babe in the Woods Routine, MoDo.”


Apparently, in addition to being silly, Maureen Dowd’s shock that pot brownies have a delayed reaction was also made up.

Who among us wouldn’t be surprised, unless they had any familiarity with Dowd’s extensive history of inventing things to fit whatever a priori narrative she had decided to advance?

Several commenters beat me to this point, but even had the facts in the column been factual, Dowd is supposed to be an adult. They don’t put warning labels on handles of vodka, but presumably Dowd figured out that you shouldn’t consume one in a single sitting. Or maybe not; that would explain a lot about her work.

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  • Theophylact

    Actually, they do put warning labels on bottles of vodka.

    • Denverite

      Not to not drink the whole thing.

  • Denverite

    I don’t know if you followed the exchange that we had yesterday, and I’m not going to rehash it (long story short: everyone in Colorado — up to and including an Amendment 64 sponsor — agrees that there are some problems with regulating edibles). But the vodka analogy was addressed. There’s an ingrained cultural knowledge that you don’t drink the whole bottle of vodka. There’s not that you don’t eat the whole candy bar or cookie — to the contrary, as a lot of people pointed out, the general default tendency is, in fact, to eat the whole candy bar.

    This, of course, is a purely theoretical point, because Dowd apparently was warned about eating the whole thing.

    • Malaclypse

      There’s an ingrained cultural knowledge that you don’t drink the whole bottle of vodka.

      Have you ever been a 14-year-old?

      • Denverite

        Dowd isn’t a 14-year-old. Well, biologically at least.

      • Rob in CT

        Seriously. The first few times I drank, I did ridiculously stupid things. I learned:

        DO NOT drink 1/2 a bottle of baileys. OMG.
        Vodka and ginger ale is not a good combination. Also, vodka is strong.
        If you have been drinking and are not a smoker, taking a drag off a cigarette might just kick your ass.

        Now it’s possible that I’m just a hopeless moron (yes, yes, I know), but seriously, this is the sort of thing that teenagers do when they first start experimenting with alcohol.

        Can we all agree on the following things?

        1) Better labelling is a good idea, both for pot edibles and alcohol.
        2) Trying out intoxicants is best done around experienced people you trust.
        3) Maureen Dowd is a waste of space.

        • Scott Lemieux

          Where was the warning label to tell me that SoCo and ginger is a horrible drink?

          • Autonomous Coward

            The part of the label that says “Southern Comfort”?

            Also, root beer + vodka = not-so-good.

            • Kurzleg


              I too wish I’d recognized the danger SoCo represented.

            • laura


            • DrS

              Root beer + spiced rum is what you want

            • Ahuitzotl

              I can recommend avoiding cheap whiskey & coke (also cheap whiskey and raspberry cordial is suboptimal).

          • Denverite

            I think I just got a cavity reading that.

          • Karen

            The night I met my now-husband, we were at a party where he and a friend were drinking gin mixed with grape soda. It took six months of begging before I agreed to go out with him after seeing that.

            • Linnaeus

              he and a friend were drinking gin mixed with grape soda

              With their minds on their money and their money on their minds..

              • Sagas

                Well played sir!

              • Karen

                I had to look that one up. I’m proud to have been the set up for such a comment of genius.

            • SV

              I would drink that. Or half a bottle+ of Baileys. Bet Baileys is really nasty coming up if you chunder though…

          • vicki

            Gin & Squirt taught this former 14 year old a lesson. Will not touch gin to this day. (Squirt, either, for that matter, if they still make it.)

            • Mitch

              They still make Squirt. I used to consume it occasionally until I found that brominated vegetable oil made the stuff even worse than most soda.

              They still make gin, too.

        • Denverite

          Better labelling is a good idea, both for pot edibles and alcohol.

          It’s not the labeling. In Colorado, edibles have to disclose the THC content. It’s that you can’t trust that (because until very recently it wasn’t tested, and even now, only a sample from each batch has to be), and even if you can in the aggregate, the THC often isn’t distributed equally throughout the cookie or brownie or whatnot, which makes dosing essentially impossible.

          • Rob in CT

            Ok, fair enough. Consider my comment appropriately edited.

            As I said in the other thread, I’ve had my “woah, those cookies were STRONG!” moments in the past. I get it, really I do. My tolerance for pot is hilariously low (you know that guy who is sloppy after 2 beers? Translate to pot and that’s me), so this is the sort of thing that I absolutely would have to watch out for, were I ever to indulge again.

            With booze, ABV pretty much takes care of things once the user has some idea what they’re doing.

            • Rob in CT

              By the way, with booze where it gets trickier is ordering mix drinks in a bar. Say, like ordering Hurricanes in New Orleans (or a LI Iced Tea… there it’s a double danger: 1) many have no idea how to make it properly and the result can be undrinkable; or 2) it’s made properly, it’s really tasty, and it’s got 5 fucking shots in it).

              • Karen

                #2 is by far the worst option. There used to be a bar here in Austin that had a signature drink called the Massacre. (Originally the Whitman Massacre because people are horrible). Anyway, the drink was bright turquoise blue and served in a pitcher. It had pineapple and orange juice in it, to mask the flavors of the seven or eight varieties of lethal alcohol. After dancing for several minutes it was very easy to knock back a lot of it and to regret doing that immediately.

        • ChrisTS

          Based on personal experience, I would add:

          For your first drinking experiment, stop when it occurs to you to keep the bottle on the table and not get up to get more mixers.

          • herr doktor bimler

            Leave the bottle on the table, sez I. Better than leaving it on the floor where I you can still reach it.

            • ChrisTS

              In all honesty, I think I ended up cradling it in my arms. Ugh.

        • Vodka and ginger ale is not a good combination.

          Is there no vodka cocktail that’s acceptable on this site?

          • Lee Rudolph

            The Cottonmouth: two parts vodka, one part gin, garnished with a long-staple cottonball en flambé.

          • ChrisTS

            Modified Cape Codder: Vodka, ginger ale (or soda), cranberry juice.

            I tell myself the cranberry juice is good for my urinary tract.

            • when i was drinking, i left out the soda/ginger ale, and that was my cocktail of choice (beer being my go-to intoxicant…until the two times i had to “go-to” jail for dui…)

          • DrS

            Moscow Mules are fantastic. Ginger beer, not ginger ale yields a proper drink.

            • When I have money I like to mix in some Benedictine and bitters, but truth be told, bourbon does taste a bit better .

            • Linnaeus

              I do like Moscow Mules a lot, although ginger ale and whiskey does make a fine drink. In particular, if you use Vernor’s ginger ale.

          • henry porter

            The Loius Wu:

            vodka, droobleberry juice and shaved ice

        • gg

          For teenagers, warning labels are useful only in that they provide something to try during the next drinking game.


      • Have you ever been a 14-year-old?

        Fourteen, hell. I’ve known plenty of twentysomethings for whom a whole bottle of vodka is just the best way to start the day.

        • ChrisTS

          This makes me think, sadly, of one of my daughter’s friends whose one effort to drink less involved buying a mini-fridge, so she could have orange juice next to her bed for her wake-up vodka.

      • CD

        I’m just massively grateful after reading this thread that my folks let me drink with them when I was growing up, so I didn’t first encounter alcohol in the company of other adolescents.

        Dope I had to find with peers, but the weed back then was terrible and you had to do a lot of hard smoking to get any kind of buzz.

    • Autonomous Coward

      I’m not going to rehash it

      I see what you did there.

      • Denverite

        I’ll pretend it was on purpose.

        • Autonomous Coward

          Hey, it worked for MoDo…

    • Uncle Ebeneezer

      There’s not that you don’t eat the whole candy bar or cookie

      But there is a pretty common cultural knowledge that marijuana (and every other drug) is something to be careful of over-doing. I was petrified of weed long before I ever tried it on account of: Reefer Madness type warnings both from the government and urban myths perpetuated by adults, first-hand accounts from older siblings/friends telling me how they smoked/ate too much and had horrible experiences, humorous depictions of freak-outs in countless movies etc.

      Maybe times have changed since I was a teen (late 80’s) but I have a tough time believing that any person about to smoke/eat their first doobie/edible hasn’t been subjected to warnings varying from the common sense proceed-with-caution-with-ANY-drug to the paranoid OMG-pot-will-ruin-your-life! at some point.

      • ChrisTS

        Yeah, this. It is a DRUG (flashing lights, sirens, etc.)

        Plus, according to the linked article, she was told about edibles and being careful.

      • JL

        Mot of those warnings, though, don’t tell how much of any given substance is overdoing it for a first-timer.

        Like I said yesterday, this is why the first time you try any recreational substance you should talk to a trusted experienced person and also have at least one trusted sober person nearby.

        • Uncle Ebeneezer

          Agreed, totally. I was not arguing against warning labels, in case it came across that way. I think they are a great idea (and I believe the edibles I get in CA do have some warning on them.) I was just pushing back against the idea that our culture warns us about excesses of alcohol but not pot.

          • lawguy

            I am not sure I have ever seen a sillier discussion of any topic in my life. People have been wondering off and using dope for a long time. This kind of hysterical concern about something that apparently never happened is just strange.

            Incidentally, I have never heard about an experience with marijuana being call a trip in my life.

            • henryporter

              THC is a potent psychedelic, so yeah, too much is very definitely a trip.

              There’s this stuff called ‘Budder’….

            • JL

              I have seen people trip on marijuana, as opposed to your normal getting stoned, twice. In one case the person was a relatively experienced user who ate a couple of brownies that turned out to have 3-4x more pot than had been claimed. In the other case, the person was an occasional user who was using for the first time since starting a new med and forgot that this was the first time since starting that particular med. In both cases, the people experienced visual and auditory hallucinations, and in one case, the person experienced paranoid delusions. These people were definitely having bad trips.

              Nobody is having hysterical concern, they are saying that it should be easy to tell what you are getting. Of course, in this case, MoDo screwed up, and also acted in bad faith, but that doesn’t mean the concern is an unreasonable one.

              • ChrisTS

                My daughter had a trippy episode with pot. She was on steroids for poison ivy and felt jittery. So .. yes, it was stupid and the ambulance guys were very nice. “Ok, Hon. You’re better now. Don’t do that again, ok?”

                • I had a similar experience. Strong pot cookies plus probably more Benadryl than was smart due to a serious allergic reaction equals me grinding my teeth during a cousin’s wedding where not only did the preacher get heavy into “protecting traditional Christian marriage from the evils of the secular world and homosexuals” and included three full, start-to-finish country songs during the ceremony. One was Garth Brooks “Unanswered Prayers”, which is about a guy being happy he didn’t marry his high school sweethearts. The couple getting married are high school sweethearts, and it was all I could do to keep from making a spectacle of myself.

                  It is, admittedly, not for everyone.

                • Lee Rudolph

                  Please, Matt, tell us that the preacher and the sound track were both just hallucinations.

                • Nope. I asked my brother. He confirmed it and the snickered at me because he’s a rat bastard.

                • ChrisTS

                  Holy, whatever, Did the couple actually pick the minister and the music?

              • henry porter

                The concern is absolutely valid. A psychedelic trip is probably not on the average first-time user’s mind. It sounds like you say, she messed up, after being warned, it seems. A sitter is (or should be) a requirement for beginners; good thing for her weed is so forgiving.

                Start with Budweiser before you jump into the arms of lady Everclear….

      • herr doktor bimler

        I once spent a day strolling around Amsterdam because I couldn’t find my way back to the hostel. With a great deal of concentration I could find my current location on the map, and I could find the location of the hostel, but until the brownie wore off, finding both at once was too much.

        • Derelict

          Had a similar experience in Nairobi. Fun and terrifying at the same time. Fun because wandering around lost and wacked in a foreign land lets you encounter all kinds of stuff you’d never get to as the average tourist. Terrifying because you have no idea whether the street you’re thinking about walking down is a “bad” neighborhood or not.

        • ChrisTS

          Ah, The Dam.

    • Linnaeus

      Did she eat the entire bar? I thought read something about a bite or two?

      • The Dark Avenger

        Nope, she scarfed it down like she needed the phenylethylamine fix.(a chemical found in chocolate, FWIW.)

  • Malaclypse

    I’d think collecting a paycheck in order to conspicuously lie in the paper of record, while most of the internet laughs at you, might have an actual consequence.

    Fuck, who am I kidding? Consequences are for the poors…

    • Nobdy

      Jason Blair was fired. Judith Miller was fired.

      I think Dowd is protected not just by her power but by her sheer irrelevance. Who cares if Dowd lies because nobody is paying attention to Dowd.

      If a newspaper columnist lies in her column and there’s nobody there to read it does it make a scandal?

      Dowd lied people yawned.

      • daveNYC

        She’s protected because as far as I can tell, the NY Times seems to think that Op-Ed writers just making shit up to tell a story is the way things should be.

        • Richard Hershberger

          Years ago I had a buddy who was a journalist. We once had a discussion about which parts of the newspaper were expected by the editors to be reasonably truthful, and in which parts a pack of blatant lies was considered acceptable. He didn’t put it quite that way, but that is what it amounted to. In any case, anything on the opinion page was absolutely fair game for lying, as was anything that constituted opinion (including “analysis”) in some other section, and which might or might not be labeled.

          Other liar sections were pretty much everything except “hard news,” with no clear line between hard and soft news.

          I have since concluded that he was wrong, in both directions. The numerical portions of the sports pages are as close to absolutely reliable as anything on God’s green earth. So too were stock reports, back when newspapers had pages of tiny print devoted to share prices. Really, anything both numerical and unambiguous. I expect reported voting returns to be as accurate as is possible within the given time frame. But once we get away from numbers, all bets are off. I certainly don’t assume a direct quotation labeled with quotation marks is necessarily accurate.

          • I forget who said it (may’ve been a famous journalist, may’ve been a professor at J-school), but it’s something along the lines of true objectivity in an American newspaper can only be found in the box scores of the Sports section.

      • g

        It’s pretty easy being an opinion columnist.

      • Downpuppy

        Yawned? No. Pointed & laughed.

      • Derelict

        Blair and Miller were both reporters. There is a very different standard for reporters (relayers of fact) versus opinion columnists (people who spout opinions).

        But there IS a standard. Bill “Always Wrong” Kristol managed to find the lower bound of that standard by submitting an initial series of columns so filled with easily debunked errors and outright falsehoods/misrepresentations that the NYT was forced to let him go.

        In MoDo’s case, her reign of error is shrouded by the number of columns she submits that are just completely devoid of meaning. (How many “X Democrat is a girly-girl man” columns has she written?)

      • Royko

        Yeah, exactly. I think her consistent awfulness insulates her, because even when she’s exceptionally bad, it’s so hard to gin up enough outrage to get her bounced. Everyone just says, “Well, yeah, she’s awful” and shrugs.

    • jim, some guy in iowa

      considering how well Dowd follows instructions from guides, possibly we should all chip in and buy her a climbing trip on Mt Everest

      • Stan Gable

        Or Rainier for that matter…

  • JL

    As vapid and terrible as her column was, I was willing to be a little sympathetic to her as a person, because while it’s true that adults know not to drink a whole bottle of vodka, they know that because of socialization, and the underground-ness of pot means that people who don’t hang out around pot users much aren’t necessarily socialized into knowing what to expect. Especially with edibles, which aren’t the stereotypical way of using pot.

    But this is just bad faith, and so disrespectful to the guide who put a lot of effort into trying to give her good guidance.

    • Tiny Tim

      That column could have easily been written. “I went to Colorado. I am a reporter with contacts. I made sure to get expert advice about how much I consume. I worry that other people might eat the whole pot brownie.”

      In other words, yes, there is a problem with edibles. Dowd got the advice to not eat the whole chocolate bar, and then ate the whole chocolate bar (Actually, she probably didn’t, who knows).

      • Denverite

        I’m just trying to figure out what hotel she stayed in that has an exposed brick wall. Maybe the Curtis? I don’t think the Brown Palace has any of those, and I’m sure the Hyatts don’t.

        • Malaclypse

          I’m assuming the only non-fictitious detail is the green corduroy pants.

          • Hogan

            Right, because who would make that up?

            • Derelict

              Geez, I was hoping she hallucinated those.

        • JustinV

          I also think it was the Curtis (or the Oxford).

          • Denverite

            Part of me likes to think she went for the authentic experience and stayed in one of those transient hotels on Colfax.

      • JL

        I thought she said she only ate a few squares of it. Which was still too much for a newbie. And yes, she could actually have written a reasonable column based in her experience. But of course she didn’t.

        • Col Bat Guano

          Is there any detail in that column that can be taken as true at this point? Was she really freaking out or did she just enhance that part as well? This is the problem with her writing. What could be an interesting starting point for discussing edibles labeling is now just a mockfest. Once again, thanks Maureen for trivializing a serious subject.

    • BoredJD

      There’s just a lot easier way to do that than to do what she says, which seems like a Reefer Madness type defense of the old system.

      OT but one of my favorite parts of that movie was a scene where they are sitting in a soda shop. Somebody offers the kid a soda and he says something to the effect of “I don’t do that kind of stuff.” Of course everyone, including the wide-eyed innocent who is seduced by the Reefer, has been chain-smoking Luckies throughout the entire film.

  • mcarson

    What is completely incomprehensible to me is how dumb our betters are at doing drugs. Dave Brooks smokes pot on the day he’s supposed to make an oral presentation in English, and then attend the class? Get stoned, cut class, stay straight, go to class is H.S. 101. Sure, lots of people develop the ability to go to class stoned, but it’s a riding your bike with no hands move, not for rookies.

    Dowd gets stoned all by herself? Nobody in Colorado willing to be in the same room with her? A key part of pot is the way it changes the way you relate to others, as in bar behavior. That would be useful information for those who are learning by reading. Again, stoned all alone in a motel room is for someone who knows what they are doing. At minimum, eating pot is initial dose followed by 30 minutes to judge effect, followed by 15 minute additions to get to desired level. And buy a real candy bar to snack on, just in case.

    The “I’m too stupid to be out alone” crowd seems to be incapable of being embarrased.

    • D.N. Nation

      Brooks sucks at smoking pot, therefore pot is bad. Douthat sucks at pleasing women, therefore women having sex is bad.

      I’m seeing a pattern.

    • daveNYC

      Dowd gets stoned all by herself? Nobody in Colorado willing to be in the same room with her?

      Totally believable.

  • Autonomous Coward

    Speaking of MoDo, was the dropping of her expy’s storyline in Studio 60 just because of the (unfortunate in my opinion) impending cancellation or was there an actual narrative reason?

    • ChrisTS

      I’m hoping someone will respond to you, because I don’t know anything about it.

      • Autonomous Coward

        I’m hoping someone will respond in the form of a long, hyperliterate monologue delivered while walking down a hallway at speed.

        • ChrisTS

          Heh. Well, so far, neither of our wishes has been fulfilled.

          • Autonomous Coward

            Well ChrisTS, the Pre-Socratic philosopher Protagoras had this to say about the fulfilment of wishes…

  • pete

    So she DID do some research, and then did not let that affect her effusions. I think there is a word for that, it’s on the tip of my … hey if I stick my tongue out maybe you can see it? No? … How about that gila monster over there?

  • The fact that the NYT is offering stand-alone subscriptions to its opinion section just gets funnier and funnier.

  • Maureen “Pinkman” Dowd

    This “Al Gore” weed is Phat, yo!

    • joe from Lowell


      A few months ago, someone was busted with packaged of heroin. They had two brand names on the bags: “Kurt Cobain,” and “Obamacare.”

  • FMguru

    I wonder if Dowd’s 16x overdosing was just hubris. The guide told her to take it easy, one or two bites for her first time, and she figured pfffft I’m a grown adult with a Pulitzer, I’ve dined with Presidents and Kings, I think I can skip all this “baby’s first time” training wheels BS. It’s the sort of thing you see on ski slopes and in exercise classes and motorcycle showrooms all the time – alpha dog figures they don’t need the hand-holding treatment starting out, hilarity ensues.

    • Nobdy

      More like:

      “If it takes 30 Quaaludes and 3 bottles of Zinfandel to get Mama right there’s no way this sliver of candy is going to do it. Bring on the kingsize.”

      • henryporter

        Ouch. That’s got to leave a mark.

    • TG Chicago

      I wonder if Dowd’s 16x overdosing was just hubris.

      I don’t think so. I think she knew that she needed something dramatic to justify the trip out to CO, so she purposefully played dumb. I imagine this was her plan from the moment she pitched the idea to her editors.

      And the editors knew it, too. They didn’t send Maureen Dowd, of all people, to do something even-handed. They sent her because they knew she would come back with something dramatic! that would get people talking — regardless of whether it was true, truthy, or downright false.

      If it wasn’t this, she would have come up with some story about kids hanging outside the dispensary or people leaving the place smoking up and driving or whatever she needed to say to justify herself.

      Everybody that was involved with this — Dowd and her editors — knew perfectly well that she wasn’t going to come back and write “I went there; the people were nice; I got high and had a good time.” That was never a possibility. She was going to find some alarm bell to ring. That’s why she’s on the payroll.

      • Linnaeus

        She was gonna write the column, but she got high…

        • She got stoned and she missed it.

    • Karen

      Ski slopes — My husband and I are good blue slope skiers and our older son skis pretty much anything on the mountain. This spring Son and I rode up on the lift to one of the harder blue slopes with a guy from Safety Patrol (Ski Patrol that takes care of terror and less serious injuries.). He was going to rescue a family of five who had decided after one lesson to try out Upper Twister, a mogul-filled black diamond slope. We saw him later and he had succeeded in getting everyone down safely but for Macho Dad, whose rented boots were destroyed. No actual harm, though.

      The thing is, you can bloody well DIE on a ski slope — see Bono, Sonny and Mrs. Liam Neeson. Those were publicized events, yet morons still think one lesson is quite enough to do the stuff on a 50 degree slope with rocks and trees.

      • Denverite

        I’m an OK skier and can at least get down pretty much anything accessible by lift (I suspect I’d have trouble handling some of the back country terrain that you have to hike to), but the harder blacks just aren’t that fun. I have to be so slow and cautious to not hurt myself. Why do that when I can fly down an easier blue-black or similar?

        • Karen

          My feeling exactly. I’m up there to have fun, not to exhaust myself proving I’m a beast.

      • FMguru

        I guess it’s one of the side effects of growing up in a warning label/padded playground equipment era – a willingness to blow off safety instructions, even though there are places in The Real World that aren’t that forgiving or threatproofed. White water rafting is another good one where some bros with a cooler of tallboys and rented gear figure they can shoot a Class V canyon because pffft how hard could it be?

        Around here, there are a lot of young men who decide to try motorcycles and figure their 2-hour mandatory state safety course (plus their inherent awesomeness) means they should buy the fastest, most powerful Japanese crotch-rocket for their first bike so they zoom around at a zillion mile per hour.

        It keeps the organ banks supplied, so who am I to quibble?

      • Linnaeus

        This is why cross-country is the only skiing I do.

  • TG Chicago

    If the NYT had wanted a reasoned, in-depth article on the possible dangers of edibles, they would have sent a real reporter.

    Obviously they wanted a hyperbolic scare piece, so they sent the person they knew could get the job done.

    • Denverite

      They did do a real article.


      The Denver Post has been much better on the subject, which makes sense, because they have a dedicated pot beat.

      • lawguy

        “Despite such anecdotes, there is scant hard data.” Directly from the article.

        How is it possible that we have decades of lots of people using lots of marijuana with no problems like this reported until legalization become a real possibility? It is the major push back from the drug warriors who see their gravy train being just slightly diverted.

      • Col Bat Guano.

        Yeah, that Times article didn’t exactly expose an explosion of problems. Some sheriffs in Kansas claiming a huge increase in marijuana busts isn’t exactly credible.

  • InnerPartisan

    Most people seem to focus on how difficult it is to regulate edibles, mostly because how difficult it is to reliably dose edibles. And yeah, that’s a problem – but let’s consider something else:
    According to her own account (which, of course, is highly unreliable to say the least, but nevertheless), Mo-Do ingested just about sixteen times the recommended “recreational dosage” of cannabis. All that got her were a few unpleasant hours spent outsider her own skull.
    But, and sorry to hark on that old comparission, do y’all know what ingesting sixteen times the recommended recreational dosage of alcohol would have gotten her? A prime spot in some Denver morgue, that’s what.

    • Hayden Arse

      This is a point that bears repeating: had she ingested 16 times the dose of just about any drug but cannabis, the consequences would have been far more severe than a couple of hours of paranoia.

      • Karen

        Including perfectly legal ones. Tylenol causes liver damage at even twice the correct dose. I know of tow people who ended up in the hospital from OD’ing on painkillers they were taking for broken bones.

  • so, our Miss Maureen had herself a little party, and didn’t realize she HAD A GOOD TIME??

    Coincidentally, Doonesbury is running a flashback strip of Duke waking up after a week-long Thanksgiving drug coma. Leave the drugs to the professionals, MoDo.

    However, I am a bit surprised no one has linked to or mentione Zevon’s song “Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead”

    • herr doktor bimler

      I am still struggling to see the logic behind her argument that marijuana is a horrible drug and a bad experience, therefore it should be illegal, because no-one would take it.

      • Ah. See, it’s Maureen Dowd. Logic doesn’t enter into it. In fact, Logic was hiding in the bathroom, eating the rest of the cookies while MoDo freaked out.

  • Lee Rudolph

    I never did read the original column, but catching up on the story just now I read this excerpt:

    As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.

    Ma’am, I hate to be the one to tell you, but that wasn’t paranoia.

    • The Dark Avenger

      That’s not an uncommon reaction with newbies who go swimming in the deep end of the cannabis swimming pool without leaning how to tread water in the shallow end. You can listen here to a cop took a plunge from the diving board with his wife, courtesy of the drug dealers he took the mj from.

      • Lee Rudolph

        Who put all those things in your head?

        • The Dark Avenger

          Yah gotta love the fact that the score for the Red Wings game convinced him that the mj was giving him hallucinations.

  • ChrisTS

    I’m beginning to think the whole thing was made up.

    1) The tour guide mentions that she was with a friend. I have been doubting that MoDo would try mj by herself. Not because she isn’t that stupid, but because she’s too much of a wimp.
    2) What ever happened to the room service order?
    3) Her description of the episode is so, so like any number of ‘bad trip’ stories one can find online. (Absent, of course, the bizarre pants.)

    I don’t think she tried it.

    • over at drftglass’ place, I figured it was even odds that she made the whole thing up.

      • ChrisTS

        The more one reflects on it, and on MoDo and her tremendous integrity, the more one suspects the whole thing.

    • This would not surprise me in the least. Maybe people should demand the NYT give her a pee test to prove she actually had the drug in her system.

  • Dr Ronnie James, DO

    There’s a much simpler chain of events that explains this:
    1) Dowd ate small piece of THC-infused candy bar
    2) Dowd got munchies
    3) Dowd noticed candybar on table & ate it.
    4) Dowd’s ego too large to admit truth.

    • Autonomous Coward

      I’ve had similar experiences with mushrooms and pot.

      And watching The Crow that night was *probably* a bad idea…

    • I’ve done that. I was at a wedding reception and there was some pot muffins that tasted awesome. Because they were made by a professional grower from Portland and not some dipstick in his kitchen, they were much stronger than I was used to, but tasty as hell so I ate three full ones and split one with my brother. About 45 minutes after that last one, a friend pulled me aside and told me that perhaps this wasn’t the best moment to explain in such great detail to the father of the groom my theories on the Illuminati’s influence on ’70s country radio, why sacred geometry should be taught in grade school, and why Kolchak: The Night Stalker was awesome and shouldn’t have been remade, and “Maybe you should head on home, Matt”. I agreed, and it was a fantastic walk through a lovely spring night where all was right in the world and all creatures were full of joy and love and light.

      MoDo just doesn’t know how to have a good time.

      • Tristan

        Kolchak: The Night Stalker was awesome and shouldn’t have been remade

        Fucking A

        • CD


    • henry porter

      This, right here.

      She got high and goofed. This is why you have a sitter, first-timers!!

  • tonycpsu
    • Lee Rudolph

      Apparently the cool kids are now saying “LOLIRL”. So, LOLIRL.

      • tonycpsu

        Dear stupid millennial punks,

        “LOL” stands for “Laughing Out Loud.” Appending “IRL” adds nothing that isn’t already captured by “out loud.” If you feel you need to append IRL for emphasis, then maybe you’re all using LOL when you actually mean “heh” or “that’s funny”, and if you keep this up, we’re all going to have to say LOLIRLWTFBBQ just to show appreciation for the routine witty outburst. Please stop this shit, and stay the hell off of my lawn.

        Angry Gen X-er

        • Your front stoop (or half-acre of land in the back of the lot, whatever’s applicable), get off it.

    • That’s brilliant. :)

    • ChrisTS


    • henry porter

      That’s brilliant.

    • herr doktor bimler
  • Denverite

    I suppose it could have been worse for MoDo. This could have happened while she was in town and high:


    There’s probably no coming back if you see that during a bad trip.

  • RogerAiles

    If only she had listened to Leon Wieseltier and Aaron Sorkin when they were doing blow together at Pinch’s weekend place.

  • MoDo told me not to come/That ain’t the way to have fun, son

  • W. Kiernan

    The last time I flew into Hong Kong, I was chit-chatting with the taxi driver about this “ethanol” that’s all the rage amongst today’s smartphone-connected youths. He winked at me and said, “Would you like to try some? Right over there… ” – pointing – “is a ‘liquor store’ where you can get a ‘bottle’ of ‘booze’ if you like.” At first I was a little nervous, but then I figured, if it didn’t hurt Lindsay Lohan it certainly couldn’t hurt me. So we stopped, I handed the driver a hundred dollar bill, and he went inside and came out with a “bottle” of something called “Scotch Whisky.” It was harsh and frankly it tasted dreadful, but I managed to drink down the entire contents of the “bottle” before we got back to my hotel. My memories after that are kind of hazy.

    Oh what an awful experience! I thought I was going to die, and you should see the dry cleaning bill for the suitcase full of clothes I vomited into.

    – T. Friedman, NYT columnist and pundit

  • herr doktor bimler

    If you were speculating what Ross Douthat would write while shrooming, you can stop now:

  • Of course, Dowd will be complimented at all the summer’s cocktail parties for being so brave to risk her mental health in such an experiment, and the lower classes and the youngs would do well to heed her advice. Would you like another pink martini, Maureen dear? No, Peggy Nooners is just fine; she’s only on her second handle of Grey Goose and the projectile vomiting hasn’t started yet. We are, after all, professionals.

    • herr doktor bimler

      We are, after all, professionals
      “Fear and Loathing in Elko”, nicht wahr?

  • Kaleberg

    Dowd’s problem is simple. She’s a chocoholic. If you served her a tray of chocolate covered car engine parts she’d be a V-8 by breakfast. I’ve met a lot of people with this problem, mostly women, but chocolate addiction is a serious problem.

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