September 26th, 2005


The Big Red incident

Location: Carlisle, PA

Now that tpbrcombo has received his package, I have some explaining to do.  A while back, he mentioned that he loves Big Red chewing gum, but was unable to get it imported into the land down under from a food company through which he was placing an order.  I thought it'd be nice to send him some, and had acquired a couple of Plen-T-Pak's for him.

Then, I went to welfy's that weekend.  I mentioned it to her and thought that it'd be a little easier if she took care of getting it to the post office than it would be for me to try and do it from the road.  A couple of weeks went by and I just assumed Welf had mailed the package.  She has a tendancy to procrastinate sometimes though, so when I visited her again a couple of weeks later, I thought I'd bring it up.

When I knocked on the door, Welf's mom greeted me and welcomed me inside.  She said that Welf was in her room so I headed down the hallway for it.  What I saw when I entered, was shocking.  I appreciate tpbrcombo's discretion; not mentioning in his entry today that one of those Plen-T-Pak's only had one stick of gum in it.  But I can't hold my tongue any longer!  Sometimes, the only solution is tough love.

See.  Welfy has a problem.

I found her like this when I walked into her room.  She had OD'ed on Big Red.  I didn't know she was afflicted, or I never would have entrusted her it.  Apparently, when she gets started she just can't stop.  I tried to revive her, to get her conscious but it was no use.  She just stared glassy-eyed at the ceiling unresponsive. 

Later, after the Big Red had run its course.  I made her include the pack with the single stick of gum left in it, to try and shame her out of her denial.  My apologies to you, Paul for your one-stick gum pack.  Obviously, you are a man who knows how to handle his Big Red responsibly, but a lesson had to be taught.  As for the rest of you, I'm sorry you had to be a witness to this tragedy, but I know it's for her own good.  Maybe with our understanding of the problem and our support, Welfy will be able to get the help she so obviously needs.