I asked venue owner Noel Faulkner:
“Weren’t you one of the ten most wanted men in America at one point?”
“I,” said Noel, “was, I was… err… I was on the Te… Eh, yeah… yeah…”
“Why was that, Noel?” asked Copstick. “Tell us.”
“Erm…,” said Noel. “I was, eh… I was… I, err… I… well…”
“I think he’s floundering,” I said to Copstick.
“Right,” said Noel, “erm…”
“Spit it out,” said Copstick.
“I am a very good sailor,” said Noel.
“Right…,” said Copstick.
“And good sailors are hard to come by if you need people to smuggle. So I was approached to smuggle marijuana. They asked me to run coke from Colombia but I wouldn’t do it because, for every line of cocaine you snort, somebody’s been murdered and I didn’t fancy getting murdered off the coast of Colombia or coming into San Francisco just because somebody said: That boat’s got a load of coke in it...
“I had a mate who had a boat who never came back. We knew he was on his way up from the Coast and we never saw him again and he didn’t hit the storm; he was way behind the storm. It passed and he never came in. So we figured somebody met him on the way in and… him, the boat, everything went to the bottom.”
“I think,” said Copstick, “that there should be Fair Trade cocaine.”
“Actually,” said Noel, “cocaine is the shittiest drug going.”
“Really?” asked Copstick.
“You’re a babbling idiot at four o’clock in the morning, you need more coke and you phone up somebody you met in a public toilet about two years ago – who was your best friend because you were bored off your tits on coke and he’s going: Wah… Hello? Who? Who?
“The thing about other drugs is you get high, you go up and you come down and it’s nice. But coke – you get high and, at the beginning, it’s great but then it’s like there’s nowhere else to go. And, if you’re having sex with cocaine…”
“Oh,” lamented Copstick. “Coke dick – dreadful.”
Noel continued: “… it’s great at the beginning – and particularly for a man – but you can’t orgasm. And, if you’ve done a lot of coke, well, you’re just a spare prick in a whorehouse. But, having Tourette’s (Syndrome, as Noel does), I don’t need cocaine because it’s like being on coke all the time.”
“Really??” asked Copstick.
“Oh yeah,” said Noel.
“Why is that?” I asked.
“You’re permanently speedy and quick-thinking.”
“If you breathe heavily on me,” Copstick asked, “could I catch it?”
“You have to be lying down,” said Noel.
“OK,” said Copstick.
You can hear more about Noel and the 4 tons of marijuana he smuggled into the U.S. in the full 36-minute podcast HERE.