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So my sister and I found my brother Charlie's biological mom and I've been telling "Tales of Charlie" again. For those of you who don't know, I had a beloved brother named Charlie and he was quite a character. I wanted to share this tale with you. It is a true tale. I call this one


I was about 10 years old and Charlie was 12 or 13 when I came home from school on a day that a police officer had visited our class and burned a pellet to imbue us with the knowledge of the aroma of cannabis so that we could detect it and report it as was our flag-waving duty.I came in upstairs and the house seemed empty. As I'm walking down the basement steps in search of my brother, I suddenly smell something funny and familiar. I bolt through the basement and throw open the door to the garage and there sitting on the floor like a couple of  cross-legged deer in the headlights are my brother Charlie and his friend Jeff Johnson. They had my sisters nail polish remover and were soaking cotton balls with it trying to cover up the smell of the weed. At first I struggled and weighed my love and loyalty to my brother against my duty to country,.. and then I realized I had him dead to rights and I wondered at the interesting nature of the situation. I hated math. A lot. I was okay in science but I found the math part of it tedious. Charlie was brilliant in math and science as well as being a mechanical genius .

Charlie looked at me with the pleading eyes of the puppy that piddled on the carpet,  and before I got it out of my mouth he blurted,

 " PLEASE don't tell. I'll do your math and science homework for 2 months..."

 HA, I was gonna' ask for 2 weeks. I got As on all my math and science homework for 2 months then dropped back to B minuses.


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Comment by ThatGirl on November 4, 2014 at 11:56am

You had me at "so that we could detect it and report it"

The fact I loved 'Tales of Charlie' so much back at LV and I believe that's how I found your musings, makes it even better to see a new one..


Comment by Chig on November 4, 2014 at 7:00pm

Wow you could have gotten 2 years if only he had been setting up a meth lab. 

As an aside, can someone explain video haiku to me?

Comment by S.A. Murray on November 4, 2014 at 7:21pm

COPs, learnin' 'em young ;)

Comment by NatureJunkie on November 5, 2014 at 6:01pm

Wow, just like China's "Cultural" Revolution, with children becoming household spies and turning their family members in to the government. Don't the cops know that nothing bonds two people like a shared doobie? Two hearts, one roach clip. Charlie shoulda made you his accomplice instead of his blackmailer.

Comment by BlancheNoE on November 8, 2014 at 9:36am

@ TG-  Thanks. It's pretty special to have a bit of Charlie back. She looks like him without the facial hair. I bawled like a little girl when she sent me the first picture. She never had any more kids. Her and her husband have adopted 5 native Hawaiian children.

@ Chig- PMOTFWL !...and to answer you question, it's a bunch of  disconnected words treated like numbers.

@ S.A.- Yes. In my later teens It was very advantageous to be able to detect it and track it to it's source at concerts and parties. That was so nice of that cop to teach me how to find it.

@NJ- Yeah, that came much later after I was finally able to convince him that Nun School was not for me.

Comment by lima on November 12, 2014 at 12:49pm
Nice! My first experience was the woods on the side of the garage when I was 8 or 9. It seemed to be a favorite place of some of the adults in the neighborhood when my parents had parties. My mom told me it was rope I smelled. I guess it was her way of not lying to me.


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