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The Victoria falls fiasco

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All Photographs + Text Copyright 2005 Christopher Keeley


 

The Victoria Falls Fiasco.

Henry was my only friend to be able to visit me wherever I was and that included specifically Mauritius and Zimbabwe. Henry was afforded the luxury of inheriting many millions of dollars from his family. I crashed one of Henry's parties in 1976 or 1975. This is because of Henry's affiliation with the paparazzi crowd at the Govinda Gallery and they needed the coolest house to party at which was Henry's house. Henry wouldn't let me leave the party because I was too drunk. Henry's parties included Andy Warhol and had famous bands playing and the celebrity DJ from WHFS like Surf. He had tubs filled with Rolling Rock beers. Henry never lets me forget whenever I bring up my next-door Neighbors name, Steve T, the person that I crashed the party with, that Steve was the coolest person he ever saw puking. Steve had conveniently found the chips bowl next to him and casually began sophiticatingly using the chips bowl as the receptacle for his puke with ever such a hesiitation. All Photographs + Text Copyright 2005 Christopher Keeley






The Victoria Falls Fiasco.

Henry was my only friend to be able to visit me wherever I was and that included specifically Mauritius and Zimbabwe. Henry was afforded the luxury of inheriting many millions of dollars from his family. I crashed one of Henry's parties in 1976 or 1975. This is because of Henry's affiliation with the paparazzi crowd at the Govinda Gallery and they needed the coolest house to party at which was Henry's house. Henry wouldn't let me leave the party because I was too drunk. Henry's parties included Andy Warhol and had famous bands playing and the celebrity DJ from WHFS like Surf. He had tubs filled with Rolling Rock beers. Henry never lets me forget whenever I bring up my next-door Neighbors name, Steve T, the person that I crashed the party with, that Steve was the coolest person he ever saw puking. Steve had conveniently found the chips bowl next to him and casually began sophiticatingly using the chips bowl as the receptacle for his puke with ever such a hesiitation.

Steve and I arrived at the party with a whole entourage equipped with hashish and tequila. We also had the best hashish in town. Henry was famous for his parties and we became best friends. The next day or so my mother said this guy came by and delivered his calling card which was a wooden nickel listing his hard to spell name and his fancy address on Mass Ave,. Henry's parents house was at the corner of ... NW Washington DC. A triangle of grass separated his fancy house off of the exclusive Embassy Row of Massachusetts Avenue. A coincidence was that Henry's father knew my grandmother on my mother's side very well.



Henry has since become a Hare Krishna and painted his house a glorious salmon pink giving it an amazing spiritual look right off Massachusetts Avenue. Henry's house is now what he considers a temple. He drinks and smokes dope outside the house. When I pick him up to go out for lunch, he sneaks into the garage and smokes a joint. When I confront Henry on this hiprocracy, he says the house is still a temple. The garage doesn't count and he's not doing it in the house. The Marijuana and Opium are stashed in the freezer where he is also know to have kept some of his exotic pets after they have died like his Mata Mata turtle. And Piranha fish.

Henry had the privilege of visiting me three times while I was living in Zimbabwe and soon became great friends with my best friend there and today James Coburn. Jim talked Henry into renting a car so that the three of us could travel to Victoria Falls, one of the world's greatest wonders.

We called Echo car hire and asked them for the best car they had. The only one that caught Henry's fancy was this little Alfa Romero sports car. We rented the car and made plans to travel to Victoria Falls the next day, Jim Henry and I. James called the marijuana connection that promptly delivered some marijuana and we were ready for our trip. The cook packed uses a lunch for the eight or nine hour trip. I brought along a case of large beers. 18 beers to a case in those days. Surprisingly only I drank the beer, all 18 bottles. Henry and James smoked joints on the way up and I of course indulged in that too. I was shitfaced by the time we get to the world famous Victoria Falls Hotel. A fancy Victorian hotel. I was victorious in my accomplishment in finishing ever beer in the car.

We get to the hotel room that the three of us were staying in and order room service Henry then gives us cash to go gamble with in the casino. My memory is bad and I get into some kind of trouble in the casino and am banned from the casino. What did me in was that I brought a fifth of Vodka into the casino with me and may have fallen down knocking peoples bets off the roulette table. I am escorted to my room. In the meantime Henry and James are gambling the night away. Later on that night James is making a joint with hash oil and probably saying that I can't have any because I have caused a scene at the hotel putting a spotlight on James and Henry, which wasn't cool.

I make an attempt to jump over the two beds and land on Henry's suitcase breaking it and spraining my leg. The next morning Henry and Jim take me to the Victoria Falls doctor who wraps my leg and gives me some painkillers. Henry and James say that I am now banned from drinking for the rest of the trip or we are heading back home. I am not happy with this and have never gone a day without booze in many years other then when I was hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital. I have some pills given to me by the doctor for pain, anxiety and sleep. We also have enough weed to keep any group of hippies happy.

The first test is when we arrive at this hotel for lunch. We had done a bit of game viewing and we trying to live it up to the max on Henry's unlimited resources. We stopped by a bank that had never seen a credit card before. Henry must have written a check and the bank manager puts Henry's card in his desk drawer. On our return to the bank three days later, Henry was amazed to find that he lost his credit card and the bank manager opens his drawer and discovers Henry's card there. This blew Henry's mind, as he could not comprehend that for three days the bank manager hadn't opened his desk drawer. Only in Africa do things happen at such an amazingly slow and carefree pace.

I broke down and had to have a beer at lunch at the restaurant and Henry and James surrendered to the fact that it was virtually impossible for me to stop drinking; they let me have one or two beers at the restaurant. I was the one suffering with my sprained ankle limping from landing on Henry's suitcase.

That night we were camping in a tent in the middle of the park. We had filet mignon steaks and all kinds of great food to eat. We put the food outside the tent, which resulted in a pack of hyenas having a feast with our food. We were terrified because the hyenas were actually biting at the tent. Being stoned and paranoid didn't help James also put the frying pan out of the tent to specifically attract some animals so he could photograph them at night.

We made it back home with many stories to tell, laughing about the hyena's, my breaking Henry's suitcase, me being banned from the casino, the credit card being left in the bank manager's desk untouched and that we put so many miles on that brand new Alfa Romeo from Echo Car Hire.

James + Chris + Valerie on the way to the Inner Circle 1981.
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We made it back home with many stories to tell, laughing about the hyena's, my breaking Henry's suitcase, me being banned from the casino, the credit card being left in the bank manager's desk untouched and that we put so many miles on that brand new Alfa Romeo from Echo Car Hire.

James + Chris + Valerie on the way to the Inner Circle 1981.
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