On New Year’s Eve we chogied on down to Hermosa Beach to be wowed by Santana, who was playing at the Lighthouse. I’d recently interviewed Carlos Santana for my newspaper’s entertainment section and he was so happy with the piece that his publicist sent me a handful of tickets for the midnight show.
Soon as one member of a commune started snurfing meth, the others followed, transforming into Mr. and Ms. Hydes, lurking on one another, stealing hockable possessions and then hitting the streets to rob and even rape. Meth can give you a big fat hard-on and no compunctions about using it.
But a chill wind soon followed, blowing in the very same crooks and creeps who had bedeviled the Haight. Down at the Venice Boardwalk all was hippie joy and blissful smoke during the day. But when the sun started to go down you’d best be on your way, because the slime balls would come creeping out of the alleys, looking for opportunity – and even murder.
When Ginny – Carol’s college student sister – threw a party at our place a couple of her friends turned out to be smack freaks. In 1970 heroin was a nasty college fad that thankfully died out when students saw their previously much-admired rebel friends drooling in the gutter. Anyway, they shot up in our bathroom and Tasha freaked, practically ripping the door down when she smelled the shit. We had to lock her in a bedroom before we could safely throw the little bastards out.
Bring a policeman to the door with a hat on his head and a truncheon in his belt and she’d go nuts, lunging and frothing at the mouth until I dragged her away and locked in her in the other room.
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|Venice Boardwalk Circa 1969|