I spend a lot of time wondering where Huey Lewis lives. Not that I am specifically out to stalk Huey Lewis. If I was going to stalk someone, it wouldn't be a B-List 80's pop star. But Huey Lewis owns a mansion somewhere near my house, so every time I see a particularly big, fancy looking gate, I wonder if this is the secret abode of Huey Lewis. The News-Cave, if you will. Today, I saw a rather impressive looking gate to a very long road, which made me think that I had found his secret base. It turns out later that I had not, but please don't let that interfere with my fantasy conversation with Huey Lewis.

So imagine that I am sitting there, looking gawky, holding up my broken bike, when Huey Lewis drives down his driveway. He stops and pauses to look at me, after all, the eccentric locals are one of the reasons all these rich people come to Montana. If I didn't play my part, they would probably have to ship someone in.
"What are you looking for, young man?"
Mr. Lewis asks. "Is that...are you...who I think you are?" I answer, awed at his celebrity.
"Sure am!"
"Well, Mr. Lewis, I was just bicycling by...I am not some crazy stalker, but...since you are here..."
It is a very clear day out, and I can see those picture perfect snow capped peaks 50 miles away.
"On days like today, Mr. Lewis...I don't need a new drug. Everything seems so close to me, I feel like I could run run run and touch those mountains without even really trying. But everything seems so close, too, and so big: I feel like I could just sit here and stare at these leaves all day, and find an entire world in them."
"That's mighty nice, son", he says. He is avuncular, but also seems to be getting a little bored.
"Oh, Mr. Lewis, I wish you could see the town of Polaris. Its not too far from here, and they have a little tiny post office, that is just one room, and it has a little bowl of candy, and it just seems too perfect, its hard to believe something so small and so perfect could exist. And, if you were in there with someone you really liked...well, that little tiny perfect world would be even more perfect. I guess...that is The Power of Love, isn't it?" I sigh dreamily. This last speech I guess went too long, because Huey Lewis rolls up his power windows and drives away.

Back in the real world, I keep walking, down that little gravel road that runs through the uncanny valley. I get a call on my cell phone: I have no idea where the number is coming from, the area code isn't familiar. A few days ago, Qousqous called me at this exact same spot, a funny coincidence but I am not sure it means anything.

I come home, write about my nonsense fantasies, and look up the area code. Missouri, hmmm...

Notes from the Surf

Chess with Dad
"Every day at lunch, I'd meet my father for chess"

A good work ethic
"My parents made sure I had a good work ethic."

ENVIRONMENT: A Consumer Culture Revolution
"This consumerist culture is the elephant in the room... religion, government, the media, businesses and education all have key roles to play... Culture, after all, is for making it easy for people to unleash their potential, not for standing there as a wall to stop them from moving forward."

United Auto Workers at the Detroit Auto Show
"We can help the cause of global warming while putting people back to work"... At the onset of World War II, he said, it took the federal government less than a year to convert auto plants into military plants... "We need the same kind of deployment now, except this is a different kind of war"

What kind of Freedom are we fighting for anyway?
"Army Specialist and Iraq war veteran Marc Hall was incarcerated by the U.S. Army on December 11, 2009, in Liberty County Jail, Georgia, for recording a song that expresses his anger over the Army’s stop-loss policy."

Haiti: So far from God, so close to the United States
"From 1915 to 1934, the U.S. Marines imposed harsh military occupation, murdered Haitians patriots and diverted 40 percent of Haiti's gross domestic product to U.S. bankers... Despite having been bled dry by American bankers and generals, civil disorder prevailed until 1957, when the CIA installed President-for-Life François "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Duvalier's brutal Tonton Macoutes paramilitary goon squads murdered at least 30,000 Haitians"

Venezuela: Defying Comparative Advantage Theory
"It was like economic slavery... the exclusive dependence on hydrocarbons must be stopped by increasing production designed to diversify... I’m not saying that we are able to make everything here, but we can surely make most of the things"

Ecuador: `Citizens' Revolution', socialism for the 21st century
we don’t talk about competition, we speak of coordination... an unequal distribution of income, price represents anything, not the intensity of preference... "enough with this theology that tells us to endure exploitation in life because after death you are going to have the Kingdom of Heaven". No, the Kingdom of Heaven must be made here – it is the kingdom of justice. You have to struggle against injustice.

Billings Wobblies: "replace corporate interests with employee control in every single enterprise"
"In the first two hours of the day, workers produce enough goods and services to pay the company’s bills. The next six hours’ production goes to profits and taxes... There’s no time to nurture children or marriage... an unconscionable income for the few at the top while the majority is scrambling to pay the light bill and mortgage."

The Growth of Citizen Co-Ops
"In contrast to this country, where small rural communities face the loss of industrial jobs, they're seeing growth... It's night and day... when 50 people own their business in their own neighborhood where they live, they're not going to send those jobs somewhere else."

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