In the late seventies to early '80's it was not unusual to have Martini lunches. We met a places like "Johnny's" or "The Office" or "The Lookout". Many a deal was scratched out on bar napkins. Settlements in court were reached and doctors who had been up since three headed home.
Perhaps by now the culture has adopted healthier ways to meet and make the smokey backroom deals.
In many cases I think not. You could make it a Hooka Lounge type atmosphere. And it appears you can actually do the same on a basketball, handball or tennis court -- obviously the Golf court but that often involves drinking. Remember smoking in the 70's was allowed anywhere,
Nowadays they have a cannabis concoction for just about any need or occasion.
Strange with all this openness about pot, I note that the real performers in just about any skill or profession don't get anything less than sober anywhere close to performance time.
There are formidable examples that would tilt the scales. You have Winston Churchill a clear drunk and Bob Marley a clear pothead, both imbibed much during extremely great performances.
I just wonder how many real untold heroes there were in Vietnam that were all jacked up on stuff. We even get to the timeless unique and not repeated mastery of T. Leary. Incredible works in a niche that he created. Hunter S. Thompson also comes to mind along with Janis Joplin and the magician of music Hendrix. Sure dead before their times -- or were they?
Do I want a surgeon with a slipped disk who is the best in town, hovering over my weakened body hopped up on hops, Vicodin or pot?
Do I want the best lawyer who suffers from Bi-polar like Abraham Lincoln hopped up on pot or more potent psyche meds -- I still want him as my lawyer.
What was Edgar Allen Poe on? I forget but I do not forget his works. Do we dare mention Hemingway? Weren't Jung and Freud on something like Sherlock Holmes. I believe our friends Plato and Socrates were imbibers.
So it has always been my belief that looking into a pro's eyes tells the story. Not a drug test. Caffeine and Nicotine? Sugar and Guevara?
How about the stupid professional whose body chemistry is whacked because of extreme love and joy? Dopamine, Serotonin and Melatonin? Sleep deprived like operating interns in teaching hospitals?
Give me a paying attention stoned dude behind the wheel anyday over a House mom leaving her son's school and texting to meet a friend.
What I mean is do not throw a person who gets stoned under the bus