by Rick Thompson/April 5, 2020
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN: Tommy Chong said, “I just want to tell everybody not to worry. I’m okay.”
Chong participated in the Digital Hash Bash production on Saturday, April 4. The first Saturday in April is always Hash Bash day in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the event draws thousands to the Diag on the campus of the University of Michigan and to the nearby Monroe Street Fair.
Not so, in 2020 America. A corona virus-related ban on gatherings from campus and state authorities has forced the postponement of the event until a date in the future, but enterprising Hash Bash organizers created digital broadcast featuring some of the best Bashers from past years’ events.
“I got lots of weed,” Chong assured his followers, “so I’m good to go. I’m good for another year, anyway.”
Crisis time is not so bad, if you are Tommy Chong. He’s isolated with his wife. “Normally she cooks one meal a year,” he offered. “So far, I’ve had something like seven, eight meals in a row, and they’re all gourmet meals… I wake up in the middle of the night, counting my blessings.”
Chong also does a daily broadcast, Hey, Tommy Chong. “We record every day. My wife and I… It’s on my Instagram,” he noted.
“I’ve got a rooftop garden that I’ve been having fun with,” Chong explained. “It’s nice, creating. That’s what we are supposed to do. You’ve got to create.”
Staying active is not a problem for the cannabis industry icon. “I’m learning how to dance tango,” he gushed, “Argentine tango.” Chong referenced a tango dance master called Gabito, adding, “I’m a disciple of Gabito now.”
He’s continuing his business ventures despite the crisis. “I’ve got a new app coming out soon,” he revealed. “It’s called the ‘Cheech and Chong Bud Farm’ app.” The app will launch on April 20, which is 4/20/20.
The app is a game with predictable mechanics. “You grow buds and you get chased by Detective Sergeant Stedenko, from Up In Smoke.” Naturally.
There are some drawbacks to being isolated, Chong admitted, including not seeing or hugging his grandchildren and his son. Plus- dogs. “I’m really going through a dog withdrawal,” Chong admitted, referencing his son’s pets. “I haven’t had my dogs for almost two weeks.”
Chong’s advice for dealing with the corona virus crisis and isolation protocol is simple. “Smoke lots of weed, do lots of edibles, make sure you do your CBDs, get a lot of exercise, and try not to fight with your wife.”
The segment is on https://www.facebook.com/PlanetGreenTreesTV/videos/145450906903582/ and begins at approx. 2 hours and 34 minutes into the broadcast.