I Want To Take You Higher aka Sensimilia Square

By Ray Brennan

Every Friday for the last five years, weather permitting, I have organized a pickup soccer game on Livingston Campus. It's a nice release after the pressures of a long week, so we usually get a decent crowd. One Friday, after only a handful of people had arrived, the fortunate ones in attendance became witness to a strange phenomenon.

As we walked across the field behind the Livingston Recreation Center and tennis courts, the force hit me first. It was an incredibly strong odor, the potent smell of marijuana, an intense scent that I easily identified from attending many a concert in my day. As each soccer participant passed through the "Wall of Weed", he or she had the same reaction, as the smell was strong enough to knock anyone on their keyster. We all wondered where it was coming from, searching in the direction from which the wind was blowing for a gang of punk teenagers or a band playing in the distance. No one saw anything out of the ordinary. You may be thinking that there must have been a good explanation, that this was not a Rutgers Rarity or Unexplained Phenomenon, getting a good whiff of ganja on a college campus. That's because you didn't let me finish.

The smell was only coming from a specific region, within four identifiable boundaries. If someone left the borders of this area, they could not even detect a hint of the odor. After walking around the field for a while, we were able to identify the state borders of what I refer to as "Sensimilia Square", reminiscent of the Bermuda Triangle. With such tight boundaries, it seemed as if the smell was not blowing in from anywhere, but was rising up from the ground. This mysterious cloud of weed remained for quite some time, as I was able to walk a few newly-arriving soccer players through the square before the smell dissipated.

Sometimes I go back to Sensimilia Square in search of a quick high before Friday soccer, but I haven't been able to rediscover it. With a good number of eyewitnesses, my alibi on this one definitely checks out. It is more likely than not that this phenomenon will remain unexplained.

©Rutgers Rarities and Unexplained Phenomena, 2005