Where where you? January 6, 2021

On the morning of January 6th, 2021, I was dealing with anxiety. Picture me sweating and wringing my hands at the doctor’s office. My knee bouncing like an electric carving knife, I saw the insurrection in DC live, a mob on a rampage. I seem to remember hearing something on NPR. I thought it was another Stop the Steal Sadpalooza.

I had drunk 25 cups of green tea that morning. Nothing normal there. I needed some relief, very normal.

I thought I was getting there before I had some sort of toxic reaction. The morning is difficult to recall. Sometimes during the morning I drank 25 cups of tea. I might have been up since 3 or 4 AM. I think I drank that much tea to get relief, but it made me feel awfully anxious.

Drinking 25 cups of green tea for breakfast

Absent-mindlessly drinking tea while I was working on something in the kitchen. I remembered feeling extremely jumpy. I kept thinking if I could just have a relaxing cup of tea…

I would watch the mob force its way into the Capitol later at the doc’s office, but for the time being, I was aware of Trump ranting to a crowd, a mix of lies and threats, slurping tea, camped by the kettle, pacing on grimy bare feet. I kept downing cup after cup of tea, and all of a sudden I started feeling ill. I was getting news on social media of rising disorder, Trump stirring the pot.

I saw them breach the Capitol on a TV in the doctor’s waiting room, on my way out. It took me a couple of days to sweat that tea out. Everything had a hallucinatory quality. I was so horrifyingly alert and crackling with energy. I kept thinking how unsurprised everyone would be at the Capitol getting smashed. By the next day, things appeared much heavier, sure.

On January 6, I was experiencing green tea poisoning in my kitchen.

I decided to switch to coffee.

One Reply to “Where where you? January 6, 2021”

  1. I was sitting at home watching it. Took the kooks at their word, so I was really wondering if they would do it. Was still a little shocked to see that they actually did, but honestly, like all the Trump crimes this one was carried out in the open. They freaking told us they were going to do it.


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