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Grapevine : May 2011
EAST TO JOSHUA TREE F or the past twenty years (fif- teen drunk, five sober), my workplace has been the Mo- jave Desert. Unbelievably, I used to walk around under a blazing, 115-degree sun, enduring killer hangovers. I spent many a night in bars, motels, and campsites, always working toward tomorrow’s hangover. I’ve frequented bars in every town from Lancaster to Landers, Barstow to Banning, Palm- dale to Palm Springs and from Needles to Neenach. I usually didn’t drink in the morning or during the day, but “o - beer-thirty” came every afternoon and I typically didn’t taper off until the wee-wee-hours of the morning. While camping, of course, I drank liquor all afternoon, took sink baths in rest stops, dismissing anxious looks from suspicious rest stop patrons. Dinner often included a six-pack (or two), a bag of corn chips, and a candy bar (or two) for dessert. I stayed in roach mo- Criss-crossing the 150-degree Mojave can be hellish if you’re hungover RecoveRy at woRk 18 May 2011 GRAPE_18-21.indd 18 4/4/11 1:08 PM