May 6, 1967 - Saturday
Tomorrow, for the first
time I'll drive over to San Diego State College. This will be the first
time Iíve driven in the big city alone and Iím kind of nervous. After
almost a year of driving in Coronado, this will be a drastic change.
My excuse is that Iím
going to the open house at state. This is true but mainly I want to prepare
myself and my parents for the summer when I hope to do a bit of skin diving
at La Jolla
This trip will really
take away any restrictions. Living on an island is like living in another
country. If I can now drive in San Diego itís like being unchained. Iím
free to go almost anywhere.
This week Mr. Clark
spent an entire period talking about drugs. Everybodyís been getting
excited because they arrested some kids with LSD and the news is talking a
lot about a drug epidemic in America.
Mr. Clark is my
favorite teacher and heís really popular. From the way he was talking it
sounded like heís had first hand experience with the subject. He said that
in the course of a personís life they build up defenses to protect
themselves from the bad things in their personality. When they smoke pot or
take LSD, those defenses are stripped away and the person starts looking at
themselves without their previous rationalizations. He said that is a big
danger with LSD and why some kids canít handle it. I guess some kids have
ended up in mental hospitals.
May 7, 1967 - Sunday
Everything went fine. I
left at about 10:30 and went to Noels house which is pretty close to the
college. I found his house easily and I drove him to the campus.
He goes to school there with Barry. Noel spent some time showing me
around campus though mostly he was interested in checking out his final
grades which were posted outside his classes. School has already ended
I then went over to Barry's
and found his apartment easily. He talked a bit about all the parties they
have and showed me his collection of empty beer cans. I guess going to
parties is a big part of college.
The trip back was also
uneventful. The fun part is taking the Coronado ferry across the bay
from San Diego. It takes about 30 minutes. I'm glad I tried
driving because it gave me a chance to practice for the summer. I now
know I can drive in the big city and I won't be so hesitant after this.