ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by Lemming » Wed 24th Oct 2018 04:24 pm

Day 4 - Wednesday 18th April 2018 - Chilling in the Garden

I wake up to find another stunning day going on. It seems even warmer and sunnier than yesterday!

Our first scheduled meet of the day is at Mr K & Co but I'm up fairly early so I decide to stop in on Utopia along the way to see Ingi. She's on the 9 to 5 shift from Monday to Thursday this week. It'll be good to catch up with her because the T&Ts we've got lined up there over the next couple of days are outside of those times.

Sitting outside Utopia in the sunshine I find The Copenhagen Couple and Drugsbunny. Excellent! I chat to Ingi for a while and then the CCs, Db and me move to Mr K.

In Mr K we occupy the top floor smoking room. This makes us a bit hard to spot so I persuade someone to post our precise location. I also post myself at the top of the stairs watching the door and the street outside.

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Trotting up and down the stairs every few minutes, I drag in a few stray cats until there's a nice little gathering of us. Around the table, the sunshine is prompting thoughts of Sound Garden, just round the corner.

The Mackys are in the house but they have their own agenda for the rest of the day, building up to the Birthday Bash this evening. The CCs are also planning their own mission out east but intending to catch up with us in Sound Garden later. The rest of us decide that a stop at Funky Munkey is in order on the way to Sound Garden.

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Back of Funky Munkey from outside and in

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Funky Chess

Big chess with missing pieces at Funky Munkey

This chess set reminds me of an experience many years ago. Soon after I launched the ACD (long before the forum) an Amsterdam resident called Wybrand (sp?) emailed me an invitation to meet up in Grey Area. I was travelling with my then regular chess opponent and we found a set while waiting in GA. Some of the pieces were missing so we balanced up the sides and attempted to play whilst getting very stoned. This soon descended into hysterics and by the time Wybrand arrived I could barely see, let alone talk!

Meanwhile, back in the present, Smirks has a bong going ...

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Funky Bong

After another good session, we move across the road to Sound Garden.

The cat emerges from its basket, yawns and strolls back in again. I admire the cool pictures on the walls.

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It's lovely in the sunshine outside Sound Garden. This seems to be becoming a tradition, spending an afternoon chilling here in the April sun. The weather gods are smiling on us again.

In time we're joined by much of the crew. I note the CCs, Smirks, Bunny, Nugs, Kushola, JB, 2stick, OHMF, maybe others. The best glassware is out.

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There's a constant stream of boats passing. Even the mayor cruises past!

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A chilled Lemming

Eventually we all go our separate ways for a while in search of fodder.

In the evening we re-unite in Batavia for Macky's Birthday Bash.

I've got no photos of this session and I don't remember a thing about it. From this I conclude that I must've been there and it must've been amazing!

And so another wonderful day ends in a stony haze.

Haarlem and boat tomorrow.



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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by Smirks » Wed 24th Oct 2018 07:41 pm

Love it Lem, keep it coming!

In other news, I’m on a situationally enforced period of no cannabis consumption...long story and I’m not gonna go into specific details now, but it’s not to do with lack of supply or interference by officers of the law, it’s to support a family member in their efforts to kick addiction to far worse substances. Probably means there will be no partaking by me for several months, but I hope to still make it to the next 420 gathering and sneak in a Barca trip sometime early next year.

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by MinnBobber » Thu 25th Oct 2018 02:03 am

Lemming posted: "Haarlem and boat tomorrow."

Can't wait!!! I love Haarlem. Was the boat the small 10/12 passenger guy?
We stayed in Haarlem in May and that canal tour was awesome.
Awaiting your report and pics....

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by courtjester » Sat 10th Nov 2018 10:51 pm

Bravo, bravo.

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by RoMoney » Sun 11th Nov 2018 10:08 am

Love it Lemming, and you take such beautiful pictures.

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by Lemming » Thu 22nd Nov 2018 04:39 pm

I've got a nice pic of Macky on the Smoke Boat and he's just given consent for it to appear on here, so there's something to look forward to :D

Next episode soon ...

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by Lemming » Sun 25th Nov 2018 09:46 pm

Day 5 - Thursday 19th April 2018 - Cruising

I wake up to find yet another gorgeous day. Only trouble is, I'm late! Macky's party last night has rendered me unconscious until lunch time!

We're supposed to be meeting up in Voyagers before catching a train to Haarlem but it's already too late for that so I'm going to have to hope I can catch up with everyone in Haarlem. It's only a short walk from my apartment to Amsterdam Centraal and a train gets me into Haarlem in no time.

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Haarlem railway station

The gang should be in Willie Wortel's Indica. I don't have a map with me so I just turn left out of the station and head towards the river. I know that, if I can find the river, I can just follow that to Indica.

There's also a big landmark along the way.

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Molen De Adriaan

Indica is on the right of this pic, just past the bright orange sign.

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Inside Indica looking back at the Adriaan windmill

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Indica

There's lots of Forum members camped up in Amsterdam today and most of us are now gathered over here in Haarlem. I think I spot Colina, CopenhagenCouple, DeLekkersteNUGS16, Drugsbunny, JayBee420, Kermit, Kushola, Madmaxxx, OneHighMofo, Pierre von Mondragon and Smirks.

Maxxx is our Master of Ceremonies for this session and Willie Wortel owner Nol is in the Indica with us. Now we're cooking!

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Willie Wortel's Indica is well equipped :D

It's even got a model railway set up above our heads.

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Nol says he'll get the train running later.

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Nol, king of Hemp City Haarlem, demonstrates one of his rosin presses for us

Once Nol has done a pressing, Maxx takes over and soon has mass production going like clockwork.

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Press leak

In time OHMF gets the bigger press, with the red lever, operating too. Meanwhile we've also found a Volcano and a bong. We're settling in for another serious session.

Somehow we never do get around to playing with the trainset. We must be distracted somehow. Can't imagine how that happened :D

Eventually a suggestion of Sinsemilla's roof garden begins to circulate. It is a lovely day after all.

We all march happily across town. I'm not sure who's navigating but they seem to be doing a good job. I'm quite happy to be one of the herded cats as I float along.

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Willie Wortel's Sinsemilla menu

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Willie Wortel's Sinsemilla roof terrace

Another session in the sunshine and then it's all back to the station to catch a train to Amsterdam. It's been an amazing day already and we haven't finished yet!

The party splits up between Utopia and Batavia for a while but soon reunites by the boat parked up beside Feels Good coffeeshop.

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The guy eating on the back of the boat is crew but you might also notice a few other punters inside. Apparently they're unaware that this is a private cruise for ACD Forum members only. Macky is about to evict them!

Also note the sign mounted in a beer crate on the roof of the boat. More on that later.

Once the randoms have been chucked overboard, the ACD gang occupy the boat and begin spreading all of the kit over the tables.

I think I see 2stick, Choppermike, Colina, Kermit, the CopenhagenCouple, DeLekkersteNUGS16, Drugsbunny, Ed the Head, Gapie, Ingi Blingi, Kushola, the Mackys, Madmaxxx, OneHighMofo, Pierre von Mondragon and Smirks, but there are more.

Captain Macky confirms that everyone is aboard and we set off. We don't get far before the first drama, though.

As we pass under the first bridge there's an almighty crash. That sign is no longer on the roof. Maxx is nearly decapitated before it lands on his foot. Fortunately he's feeling no pain :D

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Captain Macky

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The original plan was to head for Utopia after the boat trip but Ingi is with us and leads us to her 'local', Susies Saloon. We have a great party at Susies before ending the evening at Batavia as usual.

4/20 Day tomorrow!

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by ed the head » Wed 28th Nov 2018 01:18 pm

Great memories of that boat trip and the evening after

Well, a BIT patchy!

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by Kermit » Wed 28th Nov 2018 11:42 pm

Great trip report, pics are outstanding, still pissing myself laughing at the Macky boat eviction, brutal and to the point. 😂

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by HashMan » Fri 30th Nov 2018 01:01 am

Awesome report lemming love the pictures to sounds like a brilliant time was had.

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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by ed the head » Fri 30th Nov 2018 01:40 am

We had miraculous weather :D Praise Jah :mrgreen: :D
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Re: ACD Forum's 4/20 Gathering 2018

Post by Lemming » Wed 5th Dec 2018 05:54 pm

A bit of catching up ...
Smokeybee21 wrote:
Mon 14th May 2018 12:57 pm
Excited for the rest of this one, big up Lemming and all he does for us Mokum-heads. :twisted: Thanks mate.
Thank you
Junglist Movement wrote:
Mon 14th May 2018 01:02 pm
Jesus that apartment looks the nuts!! Great fooking start!!
It was nice and convenient
RoMoney wrote:
Tue 22nd May 2018 01:36 pm
Beautiful pictures, I really like the Artists At Work one in particular.
Yep, worth a trip on that free ferry
talkrum wrote:
Thu 24th May 2018 11:58 am
Great reporting and pictures. Thanks Lem.
Glad you like it
LLMReb wrote:
Thu 24th May 2018 11:19 pm
Excellent reporting and well written, as usual, Lemming! Thanks!
Thanks
OneHighMofo wrote:
Wed 30th May 2018 02:26 pm
Love seeing the different perspectives it makes for great reading.
That pic of Ganesh growing out of your head while the Verdampers light up your eyes is awesome 8)
Yeah, if you read all of the accounts you might get some idea of what happened. Then again ... :D
courtjester wrote:
Sat 22nd Sep 2018 07:33 pm
I've been watching for quite some time so I don't miss the rest of this. ...
Sorry it's taking so long!
Jaochoo wrote:
Mon 24th Sep 2018 09:13 pm
The pic with Ganesh was blessed!
Ganesh is cool
woodz60 wrote:
Sat 29th Sep 2018 06:55 pm
Your trip reports always have my (short-spanned) attention, Lemming. I love the photos, especially of the apartment with the luxurious, non-ladderish stairs. The shot of you with Ganesh behind your head is really cool. More trip details soon, okay?
Soon!
Smokeybee21 wrote:
Mon 8th Oct 2018 01:46 pm
Thanks Lemming!

Was interested to read about your jaunt out to the Baarsjes, the mrs wants to go to the cat café when we're out in a fortnight, so I'm using this as an excuse to get to some of the coffeeshops in this area.
Yeah, Baarsjes was interesting
Ghost wrote:
Tue 9th Oct 2018 05:26 pm
Sounds like a really cool 420 trip with good people and good vibes all around. Your travel reports and pics on the 420 trips over the years are always a excellent read, that I really enjoy.

Hoping to make the 2019 420 so would be cool to meet up with you and everyone else for a epic smoke out. :D
See you next year then
courtjester wrote:
Wed 17th Oct 2018 05:21 pm
Another fine report with great ideas for future coffeeshops I've never managed to visit. Excellent use of internal links too. It leaves me baited for 4/18 and beyond.
Good
Smirks wrote:
Wed 24th Oct 2018 07:41 pm
Love it Lem, keep it coming!
Thanks for the encouragement
MinnBobber wrote:
Thu 25th Oct 2018 02:03 am
Lemming posted: "Haarlem and boat tomorrow." Can't wait!
Hope it didn't disappoint
courtjester wrote:
Sat 10th Nov 2018 10:51 pm
Bravo, bravo.
Thanks
RoMoney wrote:
Sun 11th Nov 2018 10:08 am
Love it Lemming, and you take such beautiful pictures.
Thanks
ed the head wrote:
Wed 28th Nov 2018 01:18 pm
Great memories of that boat trip and the evening after
'twas good
Kermit wrote:
Wed 28th Nov 2018 11:42 pm
Great trip report, pics are outstanding, still pissing myself laughing at the Macky boat eviction, brutal and to the point.
:D
HashMan wrote:
Fri 30th Nov 2018 01:01 am
Awesome report lemming love the pictures to sounds like a brilliant time was had.
Thanks, it was indeed brilliant
ed the head wrote:
Fri 30th Nov 2018 01:40 am
We had miraculous weather :D Praise Jah :mrgreen: :D
We did. Amazing how we've managed to do that most years

@Macky - thanks for permission to post your pic


4/20 Day soon ...

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