Sometimes the strangest of conversations come from the most unexpected of places…
Last Saturday or Sunday, I was home with The Katie and The Ava, at the computer and going through my RSS feeds for the Tumblr blogs that I follow.
The question was presented to one of the people that I follow
“would you smoke crack ONE time for $250,000”
The guy offered an answer that I imagined as I read it would have been spoken with a chorus of “uuhhhhh, ummm…” and so-forth, but was basically encapsulated in the very politically-correct “I seen what that shit does to people and families, so no I wouldn’t.”
Respectable enough answer, I will grant that, but I couldn’t say all the way that I trusted it. My curiosity, however, was ALL THE WAY piqued as it related to the subject.
So “up” were my ears on this one, that I waited 2-3 days and posted it on FaceBook, Twitter and on the forum to see what those who know me and know of me thought on the subject.
To say the least, I found the answers interesting, and at times totally full of shit. The “full of shit” ones were mostly from the forum, but a web forum by design creates those kinds of things at time. That in mind, an argument ensued there over morales and who was better than whom, but that was neither here nor there.
I will excerpt some of the responses I got, but I WILL NOT name these people unless they out themselves in the comments under this post. I am doing this because, frankly, people are admitting that they would do some narcotic in exchange for some fat cash.
· Wooooow, that's actually a tough question. Honestly, though, I wouldn't. I've never done drugs in my life and I would NEVER do something as hardcore as crack, haha.
· nope shits dirty would never touch it for any amount of money
· As much as money may be tight and a quarter of a million sounds good I could not get myself or convince myself to. I have never smoked or done drugs in any form or shape so I couldnt even just this once.
· I think it highly depends on ones situation.
Part of me thinks "well, it would pay for a house and then some", but the thought of having bought said house by smoking crack is...well, not good.
If you'd smoke crack for money, what else would one do? Give someone a blowjob? Take it in the ass? Where does it stop.
So, no. I wouldn't. Would much rather work hard and earn things the right way instead of taking the easy way out.
· I would not put my life on the line for it. Now that's for me, not someone else. I know the possible consequences of that action. Would just not want to go there.
· HELL NAW!!!! For me to do that would require the combined payment equivalent of the GDP for the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe!!
· I would never do that!
· FUCK NO!! where exactly do u think that 250k is gonna go after u have slobbed that glass knob???
· Hells yes! Even after taxes, that would get me a house and pay off all my debt!
· Dr. Phil....ummm...I have $40k in student loans, wanna new whip, need a new wardrobe, my remi sew-in Beyonce weaves are $400 a pop...I don't drink or smoke weed, never even had a cigarette but er um...run me that pipe son!! I will check into rehab tomorrow.
· Negative. My body is already being destroyed by process food, I don't need some synthetic brain killer as well. Now a pound of your Swedish Cheba on the other hand...
· I am adamantly opposed to uppers, esp such a ghetto chemical laden as crack...
I smoke alot of MJ (card carrying stoner here) and have never tried anything I wasn't willing to get addicted to..
HOWEVER...id smoke the shit out of a rock for 250K
· As far as drugs go, I've only smoked weed, not often....... maybe 10-15 times in my life, just at parties etc.
I would smoke crack for 250k though, without question. I would probably smoke it for anything over 20k if it's just for the one time. Crack is bad but lots of successful people have and do smoke crack.
It's not like one of those commercials on TV where you smoke it once then instantly turn into a prostitute living on the streets.
A lot of you guys are saying no, but I find it hard to believe that if someone handed you 250K in a briefcase and a pipe that you wouldn't go with it.
· If I knew it was clean, you can bet your ass I'd ride the rock for a quarter million. THat buys me a nice piece of property, and builds me a nice house and garage.
Working hard isn't the issue; I do everyday. But (as said above) I've done a ton of dumb shit in my time. Addiction is all in the mind; simple people often fall trap to things, those who know better do not - this doesn't just apply to drugs, but to all vices in life.
And to blow a guy for a million...lemme smoke the crack above for a 1/4 mil, and I'd probably go for it. I'd really need to be inebreated. Call me gay, whatever but a million bucks is a million bucks.
· I saw a crack head clean out his mom's house in 30 minutes stove frig , washer, dryer everything by his self me and the guys wacthing him doing it was thinking they were moving until 15 mintues later him mom rolled up from and was like well I guess the food going to go back and just broke down. I couldnt smoke nothing that could make me do that to my own family.... everyone always wonders why I just drink cause I seen to much but its your body I wouldnt for a $1,000,000 not in my body.
· I absolutely would
smoke crack for $250K. I would inject it directly into my chest for that much
· For $250,000, I'd do just about anything you wanted me to do with crack.
· My will says no, but my poverty says yes. With a bullhorn.
As one can see, the conversation was all over the place and largely split as to who would or would not smoke that rock in exchange for a quarter mil.
Outside of the conversations, one person copped to what crack specifically had done to his family and another cited his own addiction treatment – which required medical attention – as a reason to simply not trust himself.
Me? Yeah, I’ve seen first hand what it can do to a family, and to the weak-willed… Luckily, however, I know myself and trust myself.
Contrary to what was depicted on an episode of American Dad or that lying-ass Nancy Reagan and her deceased Husband would have had you believe, smoking crack one time will NOT leave you begging middle-schoolers to allow you to provide them a blowjay in order to cop a fix. What you do with the quarter mil after you’ve come down from that high is between you and your God, as you understand him.
With all that said, you damned right I would smoke crack ONE time for $250k…
I am further of the opinion that 95% of the people who found Jesus in the discussion of the topic when it was hypothetical would sing a totally different song if there was a pipe and a rock between them and a quarter mil cash on the table opposite them.