28 Apr 2009

Ian Talty & marijuana synchronicities

Posted by Teapots Happen

Yesterday I mentioned how just as I was writing about a swine flu coincidence, Becky called me and brought it up – two similar coincidences happened today:


When I got home from work today, I was on the phone with my friend Jeremy, talking about the explorer & kindred spirit who died Sunday morning (while exploring this tunnel, as featured on my Action Squad website). I didn’t know Ian in life, but feel like I’ve come to know him through his writings and photos, and have been surprisingly moved by his untimely death.

Ian Talty memorial graffiti

Ian Talty memorial graffiti

While Jeremy and I talked about Ian, I received and opened a new email, from Rob MacGregor (one of the authors of the ‘Of Scarabs’ blog, and of a book in progress about synchronicity):

On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 4:35 PM, MacGregor wrote:

This message arrived today from a friend in St. Paul. He’s not one to go into details. But I thought you might know what he’s talking about. – Rob

>>This Urban Explorer/Photographer was in a drainage tunnel on East River Rd just south of the Marshall Av Bridge when a sudden downpour swept them out of the tunnel into the river. Friend survived, he did not. His main interest was photographing graffiti. He was assembling his photos for his first gallery showing. Bad luck.


About an hour later, I was composing a facebook message to the author of the ‘Science & Synchronicity‘ article I linked to from here earlier today, who it seems is a kindred spirit as well.

I was writing about the role of entheogens in mystical experiences, how synchronicities often seemed to happen in co-incidence with marijuana, and how it is difficult to be open about these things and be taken seriously, when my phone rang.

I’d just written:

Psychedelics may be what really launched me off with full-blown mystical experiences, but marijuana has really helped me experience some semblance of a blended way of being – between a mystical state of consciousness and a more ordinary and utilitarian (to living as I know it) way of being. I am trying to pull myself into a more mystical awareness, I think – without going clear off the edge into the abyss.

Like you, I hesitate to publicly discuss the “drug” angle much.

(interesting that our cultural memetic environment is one that has developed such pressures – seems that the connotations of drugs prevent this kind of thing from being openly discussed, and prevent it from being taken seriously even when it is.)


It was Mark, calling from his car to tell me about an experience he’d just had, and was compelled to share with me:

He’d pulled over in a rest stop in Iowa and was trying to smoke some pot in his car when a car pulled up next to him, driven by a white-haired old man looking very religious and conservative and Iowan – making Mark paranoid.

But then after using the bathroom, the old guy gets back in his car, looks around furtively – and starts puffing on a pot pipe.


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  1. when it rains no drains 🙁



  2. I immediately thought of you when I learned about Ian’s death. I was very glad to hear you were still ok!