Around the time I was in 9th grade, a childhood friend named Matt - introduced me to moonshine(homemade alcohol). Lets just say, my first experience with the 'white lightning' wasn't a good one! Matt and I met in school, at an American camp in Saudi Arabia. Sadiki(meaning 'my friend' in arabic) was what Americans and Europeans would call the moonshine. Matt would steal the "Sadiki" from his parents' basement - where it was classified. Alcohol is prohibited in Saudi Arabia. Huge consequences would happen to us and our families if ever caught with the stuff. Luckily for us - we never did. A few others weren't so lucky. I would sometimes act as a watch dog for Matt, while he took the alcohol from his parents. Matt is an amazing sales person and I would be talked into many shenanigans with him.
Later in life, Dori introduced me to Patrón tequila. I'm not a hard drinker, but every now and then, I will try something strong - just to say, I tried it. My friends thought I was a lightweight for drinking wine. But now, they have turned into lightweights themselves...youth slips away and your body's reality and responsibilities kick in.
The sharded thing: Patrón which is a tequila(alcohol) made from the Blue Agave plant, has a sort of truth serum. I say this, because everytime Matt would go out with us in Phoenix(back in the day) - he would order Patrón shots and then he would start blabbing and crying. I noticed with any other alcohol - Matt would not do this. Then, I started putting theory to the test. I know alcohol will make people act screwy, but there is something to be said about the agave plant - it makes people want to tell you the truth! I also was divulging too much information on the stuff. Before I left France last - I exposed my mother to a Patrón shot (I wanted to know a few things) ...lets just say... she turned Mexican and acted like Frida(see below clip for reenactment).
I started growing one in the back patio. Above photo.
Agaves rooftop - Salvador Dali's house.
Beautiful agave in Cruzy, France.
Frida(Salmek Helmek)too much tequila?