It means you better postpone any activity other than staying in bed. Jonas Garfield disregarded this fundamental rule and, next thing he knew, he was in the middle of the sea on a raft. “I don’t remember how I got there. I was just in the pub having a few drinks” he declared when he was removed from the belly of a whale. By “a few drinks” he meant that he was on the verge of an ethyl coma. In an altered state of consciousness it’s easy not only to forget your name and profession but your own human condition. Thus, after tasting a mushroom that an elf offered him, Martin Hertz believed himself to be a ham radio station, until the amateur radio operator was denounced for lacking a license to operate on radio frequencies and the fake was unmasked.
MAN IN ALTERED STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS: