Uncle G’s FUN 420 Reviews – Uncle G’s Corner (#14) Topic: Regret

WARNING! WARNING! (age 21+ Cannabis)

27 April 2021

Seeing how this is an archival website, I’d like to introduce to my newer 420 readers, a series of essays I did for a non-profit pro-cannabis website out of New York City, some years ago. One that I’ve gotten involved with, back in the year, 2011. The webmistress was the wonderful Arlene Williams aka Ganja Granny. I love her to death! The website, Green Ribbon World, sadly disappeared here recently. I was happy and grateful to be a part.

Please note … regarding this republishing. We’re going back in time. Things were different. I was married for the second time. That union was dissolved one day shy of us being a couple of 22 years. Add the time we dated, and now it’s closer to 25 years. No resentment or hard feelings. I’d rather look forward more than backward.


Versions 2.0 of Uncle G’s Corner… I aim to clean up any remaining typos and grammar errors. Content remains the same as it first appeared. When I’m finally done (this could take some time) archiving all the past essays published, I’ll start writing new ones. In a way, I already have done so: Uncle G’s FUN 420 Reviews.

Gary “Uncle G” Brown (GaryBrown@garyunclegbrownarchives.com)

Uncle G’s Corner#14 (January 2012)

Words and Photography by Gary Brown

Topic: Regret

Have you ever heard that nagging voice in the back of your head saying something like, ” I should have done that instead?” Or have you ever heard yourself say aloud, “Hindsight being 20/20 I would have done things differently?” If so, and I believe going into this that’s it pretty common for folks to say yes to these questions, then you know this one word — regret. A couple examples:

01.) I seriously regret ever buying my weed from (insert name).

02.) Bummer…I regret investing 90 minutes in that horrible movie I just watched; (insert title)

Some regrets are bigger than others. Some we can shrug off and within seconds forget. I should have dated (insert preferred partner name here). Other regrets can last a lifetime. Those who ever went through a magical thing called ‘divorce’ will recognize this.

I just found out a half-brother (used only for correct description — in my heart of hearts my ‘brother’ was just that– no half stuff) passed away. Last time I saw him was back in the early 1980s. His name was, Jack. We just lost touch. I moved across the country to work on getting my life out of the toilet. Decades went by. It was that simple.

Another Bro’ who calls himself Jazz contacts me. It’s an Internet family reunion. He found me on ‘Classmates dot com’. I was never hiding. It takes a lot of work and time to pull one’s head from one’s ass. I’ve been very busy over the past few decades. Like the brother who I just found out passed away, Jazz and I went the same amount of time without contact. Frankly, I’ve done well for a long time now. A crisis for me nowadays would be the crapper overflowing. I’ve mellowed considerably.

Note: Two mentions of human waste disposals so far. A lot of shit to openly type about.

Obviously, my regret would be based on what I’ve written so far, losing contact with said family members. The plot thickens. My last contact with a nephew didn’t go that well. Have you ever told someone: F U – Stay out of my life? If you have then you know based on experience that something like this happening isn’t good. This happened around the same time period as when I last spoke or saw my brothers that I previously mentioned. I was busy back then.

Smoking cannabis is one thing, but drinking uncontrollably and doing drugs while doing weed can be fatal to one’s life. Going in the wrong direction can turn a small number of regrets into a huge crop. At times it seems like it never stops spinning. One gets used to the turmoil. I regret I didn’t come to peace with myself sooner. You know…being comfortable in one’s own skin. It did take a lot of work, but the results were worth it.

Can regrets lead to winning? One can lead to the other but only when we take action to do something about it.

In 2013, will we look back and regret not working harder trying to make cannabis legal the previous year? I plan on doing my part…a new Uncle G’s Corner every month. It will entertain if not anything else. I’d like to help Ganja Granny in person with a project this year. Do what I can for a few days anyway. Get our photo taken together. That will be cool for sure.

We all have talents. Things we are good at. Why not use them in an organized attempt to legalize cannabis instead of regretting not doing anything once the year has passed? Get a tad more involved. Speak a little bit louder. It’s going to be a very political year. Why not take advantage and make some points? I hope the day never comes when I say to myself that I regret giving up. For sure I’ll regret the day when I stopped trying to make a difference.

Just something to think about while hanging out on Uncle G’s Corner. Try to keep it clean here. If it applies, please pick up the cigarette butts. All others butts, leave to me.

In solidarity…onward through the fog,

“Uncle G”

End of Story

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