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It was nine on Sunday morning as I crossed through the slots in the Monte Carlo, on my way to the food court Starbucks. Las Vegas had taken its toll, and I needed provisions: coffee, water, juice, pastries. I needed mental and physical health, but also, on the way there, I needed one last indoor cigarette.

So I’m standing there by the ash tray when I look up and see a guy I went to college with. I think to myself that I knew this would happen, and the guy I see is Davyd Field, known around Claremont as “David with a y.” I say, “It’s Tom Dibblee,” in case he’s forgotten me, we shake hands, and dialogue ensues.

“Yeah, I’m just here for a bachelor party,” he says, adding, “It’s, uh, my own.”

“Congratulations,” I say.

“Yeah just here from South Carolina. You’re in LA?”

“Yeah,” I say.

“I was there for six years, but then I moved. I’ve got a five bedroom house,” he says. “And a boat.”

“Congratulations,” I say.

“I invented a bong,” he says.

“Fuck me,” I say.

“Got the third largest paraphernalia company in the States,” he says. “So I come here a lot for conventions.”

I mumble a few things.

“You married?” he asks, and he looks down at my hand, adding, “Ah, no. No ring.”

He says a few Claremont guys are around the corner. I say I’m hustling to get back up to the room. We shake hands, I get in line at Starbucks, and I make a note to google Davyd when I get home.

Originally Posted by SKUNK Magazine: 

The Gravity Vortex

Often referred to as simply the Vortex, the Gravity Vortex is about the best thing to happen to the frat party since the invention of the hairy buffalo. What it lacks in refinement, because it’s not made of glass, it makes up for in spades in durability and portability. Made of super-strong poly carbonate (no mere plastic – this is the stuff from which Nalgene water bottle are made), the Vortex can withstand tremendous pressure without breaking. Although not recommended, you could throw it across a concrete parking lot or drop it from a window without doing much damage.

Like the Gravitron, the Vortex is available in two different sizes and a variety of colors. The large unit is available in blue and green, the small in pink. At about $90, the California-made Vortex is a value based on simply its durability and longevity.

One of the most common questions asked of Davyd Field, inventor of Gravity Vortex and owner of the company is, ‘Can you make these out of glass?’

“Of course I could. But if I made it out of glass, it would sell for $500,” said Field. “I view this as the ultimate dorm room piece,” he said.

Tom Dibblee is Trop’s editor. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and his nonfiction has appeared in Pacific Standard, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Point. He lives in Los Angeles.