So my Pulled Pork experiment was a success. Pulled Pork is just a name for very soft pork shoulder cooked slowly with onions and barbecue sauce in a crockpot for about ten hours. After that, you shred it to pieces and eat with bread and/or coleslaw. Used an About.com recipe and it worked well. Yummy.

This morning, while fetching Lokes to the office, I turned on to my favorite morning show, the BJ Shea Morning Experience on 99.9 KISW. This bunch of burly guys are a hoot, great to give you that morning boost with a belly of laughs. Today, they were talking about drugs (again!) and this time, it’s because BJ went to Peru and did some ‘shrooms called the Teacher Plant or Ayahuasca.

Now the closest I’ve come to a chemical high is when I had my two girls and was given Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas to cope with labor. As a child, watching a neighbor poison himself with heroin in a communal outhouse, plus those Filem Negara ads, was enough to convince me that drugs were the devil.

But what about a natural plant high? Now that’s interesting.

After hearing BJ’s experience with Ayahuasca, which is just you imbibing this hallucigenic drink or a plant I think, and then experiencing visions (with no bad come-down after) about issues in your life (may be good or bad, depending on what affects you most I think), I wondered if after all this time, I would be game to try. How BJ described his experience was just amazing because he’d gone with his wife.

“I felt what it was like to be a woman,” he’d said in his show, amid an awkward silence, followed by the expected masculine jabbing by his crew. What BJ meant was that he’d felt how it was to be in his wife shoes, somehow, the pain she felt about the issues they had, and came out a better man who was a little more compassionate about his partner’s perspective on things and so on.

And apparently, this sort of learning and healing happens on a regular basis with these plants.

So I’m going to add one more thing to my list of things to do before I die:

4. Go to Peru for the Ayahuasca experience.