I can’t make this stuff up

Sometimes I tell folks around here stories about the time I spent in the Arizona “art community” of Bisbee.

While not all who live in the former copper mining town are counter-culturalist art

types I did encounter my share; like the hippie couple who lived in a school bus.

Grant McGee

Grant McGee

The Hippie Chick had come to Bisbee from the Pacific Northwest because she had a

dream that she’d find her “soulmate” skateboarding there. Once she arrived in the mile-high city she quickly married the town’s lone skateboarder.

After their baby was born I was part of a group that took them groceries.

We sat in the bus on a hot summer night, its itty-bitty air conditioner struggling to

keep the inside cool.

Hippie Chick was telling everyone about the amenities of her digs, including the self-composting toilet on board.

“It’s not working as well as we’d like but we’re going to use the compost from it in our garden next spring,” said Hippie Chick.

I made a mental note to myself: Accept no vegetables from the hippie couple next summer.

“Oh,” said a friend putting groceries in the fridge, “It looks like you have a nice hamburger package here.”

“Oh no,” said Hippie Chick, laughing, “That’s Namaste’s placenta.”

Namaste’ was the hippie couple’s newborn. The placenta is … well, you don’t need me to explain that.

“We’re going to cook it and have a family meal on her first birthday,” said Hippie Chick.

I made another mental note to myself: Accept no dinner invitations from the hippie couple next year.

“You’re kidding, right?” I asked. “Why not dig a hole, put that in it and plant a tree over it. I’ve heard people do that too.”

“Eating it creates a strong family bond,” said Hippie Chick.

I may yet write a book about my time in Bisbee.

Folks may call it a work of fiction.

Let me tell you something … I can’t make this stuff up.

Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the road of life. Contact him at:  bikedude@plateautel.net.

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