13 questions with jessica thompson


1. you live in one of the few places in the world where marijuana is legal. does this inspire you in any way to partake in its healing powers?

Yep. I’m more of a one or two hits kind of person and generally prefer sativa-heavy strains. I find it’s great at healing menstrual cramps and fibromyalgia symptoms as well as opening my mind when it gets stuck on one-track thinking, cheesy as that sounds.

I don’t smoke large quantities because it often gives me anxiety in social situations and interferes with my ability to write when I’m alone. You’ll probably laugh, but I haven’t bought weed here yet because I’m still smoking the stuff I brought with me from Illinois last summer–that’s how small of an amount I smoke.

2. what is the scene in colorado with this new found freedom: are there more weed stores than starbucks?

Yeah, I’m pretty sure there are. I know different counties have different rules, but here in Denver I see the green cross more than I see the green lady.

3. are little kids riding their big wheels with Blunts sticking out of the corner of their sweet little faces?

No, but I did recently see a teen or early 20-something smoking a joint while riding his skateboard. He yelled, “Do you want to hit this?” and I thought it was a catcall, but it turned out he was just offering me some weed.

I declined. I am terrified of smoking strangers’ weed here because some of it is way too strong for me or else mixed with one of these new, novelty things I like to call “the crack of weed”–shatter, crumble, wax, etc.–all things I can’t handle well.

unnamed-14. can you smell the aroma of mother nature everywhere you walk?

Yep, you can smell marijuana pretty much everywhere. Then again, I lived in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago before moving out here and I could smell marijuana everywhere I walked there, too.

5. compare the men of colorado with the men of elgin

There really, truly is a big difference between Colorado men and Chicago/Elgin men. That surprised me big time.

PHYSICAL FITNESS: Almost none of the Colorado men are overweight. Even the “healthy” men in Chicago look unhealthy compared to a lot of these guys–they’re puffier in the face and have less lustrous skin. I’ve tried to figure out why and I think it is because in Chicago even the healthy men eat more carbs, drink more beer, spend less time in the sun, and force exercise upon themselves as a chore rather than something to enjoy (vs. Colorado men who are into skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain climbing, etc.).

MOOD/ATTITUDE: I thought the Midwest was known for politeness, but Denver dudes are just generally nicer. More likely to smile to people on the street or make conversation with a stranger on the bus in a friendly, unassuming, non-creepy way. There seems to be less depression as well, probably because of the increased sunshine and exercise. They also seem way less self-conscious and more straight-forward. I’ve dealt with some weird people here, but on a whole I’d say Chicago dudes are more likely to require an exhausting effort to “figure them out” that Denver dudes do not.

LIFESTYLE: I’ve joked that all the dudes in Denver do yoga, own dogs, and drive trucks. It’s pretty much true. These dudes love their dogs and have no embarrassment over stretching on a yoga mat at home or going to a class. Most of them are widely travelled, too, or else have plans to move abroad or buy a truck or van and take an extended road trip.

SPORTS: Everyone in Denver loves the Broncos. In Chicago there are subsets of the population who are not into sports. I haven’t seen that here. Even the punk rockers and huge pot heads and nature-worshipping hippies are going to watch the Broncos game.

6. read any good books lately?

I recently read everything Jennifer Egan has ever written, in the order she wrote it, ending with A Visit from the Goon Squad. I relate to her and hope my career path takes a similar trajectory.

7. what are your regrets of abandoning the windy city?
No regrets yet. Maybe I could’ve eaten at Hot Doug’s a few more times, but I will next time I visit.

8. do coloradans consider themselves midwesterners?
No, not at all. There is sort of a western/frontier attitude.

large-msg-1133156509-2 9. how are you faring with the high altitude?
I’m doing well. The first week or so I had some headaches and difficulty breathing, but now I feel better than ever. As someone who deals with migraines, I believe this dry weather is much better for my headaches than the humidity of Chicagoland.

Two other altitude issues: 1) It’s true that it makes your alcohol tolerance way lower, 2) for the first couple of months I couldn’t run more than a block or two without becoming winded and needing to walk.

The only thing I don’t like about the altitude is something people rarely mention–boogers. Everyone here gets boogers all the time and blows their nose way more often and it’s sort of gross.

10. many moons ago you erin my friend bob and i went dancing. what jam
really makes you get down these days?

Drunk in Love and Bound 2. Hm. I hadn’t realized it, but apparently I’m into celebrity power couple songs at the moment.

11. hillary clinton will probably be our next president. explain why
this is probably a bad thing.

She will? Is that true? I’m pretty out of touch. I’m also pretty disillusioned with the federal government in general and would answer this question the same regardless of which name you put in that blank. Whoever is elected will be bad because they will continue to drone-bomb innocent people in other countries and erode our civil rights through the NSA.

12. if you had a tv, what would you probably watch the most on it?

Probably all the shows people tweet about so I could understand what’s going on–Girls, House of Cards, True Detective. I’m so out of touch I don’t know what any of those are about really, but people I admire seem to love them so I’d give them a chance.

13. when you look back at all of your years blogging, what is your favorite post

Is it a cop out to say that at this point in my life I’m not really looking back at things? I’m actually starting a new blog. It’s not up and running yet, but I bought jessicathompsonwrites.com and I have ~30 post ideas scratched into a notebook waiting to be typed and polished.

gwar isnt supposed to die

theyre from prehistoric times.

they live in antartica.

your singer isnt supposed to die at 50 years old.

one minute youre at the AV Club covering Kansas

next minute youre being talked about as if youre dead.

because youre dead.

one of the best rock memories i have is going to see gwar with several of my friends

including the fresh faced redhead isla vista sweetheart kelly green

she knew what was up, so she wore a plain white tshirt to the show

and afterwards we were all sitting around a big round table in

the dennys in sherman oaks and all american kelly had blood all in her hair

splattered on her shirt

and smeared across her freckled face.

i bet gwar is now in heaven, just so God can make people wonder if theyre really in heaven