Symptoms include: Smoking and drinking heavily, jam sessions, awesome parties, pathological badassery, crazy stories that actually happened, wacked-out dreams, convincing people you were in 'Nam, rediculous theories, acid ...flashbacks, deep conversations, deepening of consiousness, machavellian intelligence, and possibly other as-of-yet unnoted (or unexperienced) incidents of madness.
If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, find your nearest ripe-keeper and, well, Keep it fuckin' Ripe
"How ya been? Keeping it ripe?"
"Damn, dude, that's keeping it ripe at its best!"