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"When you learn something, is just as important as what you learn." 

–Hunter S. Thompson, 3-10-02.

        Good Morning! I’m back at Owl Farm, and just finished an early morning hike with my German Shepherd, Athena.  Through the morning dew, we hiked up to the back hills under leafless trees and clear skies.  The air is cold and crisp and speaks of winter right around the corner.  I Love it.

            At the top, we sat on a soft pile of gold/brown leaves, overlooking the Rocky Mountains, who’s peaks are already dusted with snow that will remain there until spring. Sitting in the high silence of these mountains, I thought about Hunter, and the horrible time I had Thursday, traveling in from New York City under stress and pressure in the midst of a family squabble with stupid regurgitated feelings of abandonment and fear etc.  We all have bad days, right.

            But it only took a moment on the Owl Farm Vista  to come to my senses again to remember that A) We are not without those loved ones who have passed on, and B) We can’t be bitchy with those living friends who need to move on to the next chapter of life either.  Jesus. Friends are supposed to support the transcendence, not be a source of sticky attachment that refuses to let go.

            Yup. That’s what I thought about this morning staring at the Mountains that surround Owl Farm, Hunter’s fortified home where he lived a life of creativity, craziness, and passionate love for over 30 years.  One thing present inside those walls that enabled him to live that way was – his privacy.  Which brings me so conveniently to today’s amendment.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Some of you may know that Hunter did establish The Fourth Amendment Foundation with Hal Haddon, Gerry Goldstein, Abe Hutt and others which is, in what I’ll call the “infancy stage”.  One day, it will probably be a valuable and dynamic force that will be very much useful as these rights are chipped away. Or as things like the Patriot Act, don’t chip away, but take a systematic demolition approach.  Tues is indeed a very important day.

Until next time, your friend,
Anita Thompson



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