Saturday, January 17, 2004


I got up early today as I had a long list of errands. I turned on the bathroom tap and nothing happened. Ditto for the kitchen sink. I had no water. I stood there for a long minute in my pre-coffee morning stupor trying to comprehend this development. I tried the tap again. Still nothing.

I made my way to basement, groggily surveying the pipes as if I would have been able to tell whether they had inconceivably frozen. Nothing looked broken so I figured it was time to call the landlord. Of course he had just changed his phone number, which I had scribbled on the back of an envelope and apparently tossed out.

This presented a problem. It was only 9:00 a.m. and this is not the kind of building where you call your neighbors before noon. I called Irma's nonetheless, and of course got the machine. By this time the coffee was finally kicking in and it occurred to me that George's number might be in the phone listings by now....

He answered the phone on the first ring. I love my landlord. He's so non-judgmental. He told me he had received the initial call at 6:00 a.m. but didn't want to call anyone before noon either. No one had water in this part of the city - a water main had broken overnight.

Thus it's 4:00 p.m. and I'm just out of the shower. I still have to run errands but having spent the day weeding through the inbox, we'll be doing some power posting later on. For now, as long as we're talking about water, I'll start with this piece I've had in storage for a little while about a man said to have walked on it.

In Jesus 'healed using cannabis' Duncan Campbell remarks that Bible scripture supports the theory that the second member of Christianity's holy trinity employed our plant in his spiritual work.

Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published this month. The study suggests that Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings.

The cannabis is said to have been delivered via the use of the oft-mentioned anointing oils.

"If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil _ and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ," Mr Bennett concludes.

I like that logic.


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