I did a consulting gig for a few months in Malaysia at the end of 2014. One night, I hung out with some friends in Kuala Lumpur, and we watched the LEGO Movie.
You……..don’t have to be…….the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you, and you….still…..can change everything.
We ended up realizing that within the movie, our group of friends, The Awesomeness Crew, were all represented by characters in the movie. Naturally, as the older wise man, in the movie, I am Vitruvius.
At the time, the Octan Corporation had hired me as a consultant, and they had rented me a two bedroom apartment that I was sharing with President Business. President Business had gone out of town on a trip, so The Awesomeness Crew came over every night, and we would blaze, drink wine, and eat delicious Malaysian takeout.
The Special, Unikitty, and I decided to go on a road trip to Penang to meet up with Wildstyle, who was spending the weekend there at her mom’s place. We hotboxed the whole way there, and had a fun weekend, eating local food, having drinks at a hookah lounge, and relaxing in the oceanside villa we rented for the weekend. Unikitty and Wildstyle had grown up in Penang, so gave us an authentic tour. They were also awesome blazer girls, and rolled beautiful joints.
The Special and I talked about his friends Benny (Spaceman) and Metalbeard, and how hopefully, as in the movie, President Business would soften, and Bad Cop could also find his humanity. My daughter also visited during this period, and we explored Kuala Lumpur together, took a cooking class, and also had a great road trip to an elephant sanctuary.
During the consulting gig, Octan made me a full-time offer, however, it just didn’t feel right. I ended up turning it down and going from KL to Ko Samui on a solo journey to reflect and figure out my next step. After that trip, I arrived back in KL to tie up loose ends. Unikitty made pot brownies and gave me a dose before she and The Special dropped me off at the airport.
“Pot Brownie + Airplane = Religious Experience”
The edible weed kicked in hard at the airport. I enjoyed a last Malaysian meal, and got on the plane. I felt another narrative kick in, I was Spaceman Spliff, on a mission to explore psychedelics in space for the duration of that flight. It was a fitting end to my journey of Awesomeness in Malaysia.