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December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year folks!

This is Peter B in the Owl Farm Kitchen, getting ready for New Years sipping on champagne with Anita and company.  Currently we’re watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin reporting from Times Square on CNN, pondering a) what the official term for this decade is (the UK calls it the "noughties", but I have not heard many Americans use that term) b) if we should hop on a quick flight to a certain town instead our planned festivities tonight and  c)since Hunter always said that the end of the American Century was December 1999, where are we now?

Ah, the deep quandaries that come up at Owl Farm!

 The Woody Creeker Online is up for launch soon (with me here, it will happen!), stay tuned!

 We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year, and look forward to 2010!

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December 29, 2009

Sinning In L.A. Inspired by Hunter

HI there. Just received a link from a jounalist I spoke to a few months ago about Ancient Gonzo Wisdom. After leaving a main-stream media outlet in L.A., Alex Storch and his partner launched an alternative razor edge magazine to report on events that would probably never get published by mig-media lawyer vetting publishers. I admire their courage and no doubt Hunter is pleased, wherever he is.  I really dig Alex Storch’s opening:

So what if the score is against me? I’ve been on the battlefield for a long time. I suppose I always will be–just my nature.”  — Hunter S. Thompson

These are the words of Hunter S. Thompson which close Ancient Gonzo Wisdom, and I’m reminded of them as I’m standing in the corner of an art gallery, fresh from an argument. There are places and times for things, and though I may not be particularly tactful at times, I don’t belabor points. I’ve never been able to shuffle things beneath the surface, and I’m terrible at cards. This fact has been repeated to me during the row, even though I’ve never played the person opposite at any game. Of anything.

This book of wisdom that I’ve spent this last few weeks of my life with is a collection of The Good Doctor’s interviews with various journalists, as well as groups of students, throughout his career. “He was the same on stage as he was in the kitchen, which was something I loved about him,” said Anita Thompson, who edited the book. “He was a teenage girl trapped in the body of an elderly dope fiend. whether he was by his typewriter or in front of 3,000 people.” With many turns as well as consistencies, the book provides a look at the man behind the typewriter.


The site is full of great stuff and I look forward to seeing more from Alex and his crew. all the best to you guys.


Anita Thompson


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December 27, 2009

Go Colts! Go Colts! and Thank You John Oates!

Hi there. Hope you enjoyed –or survived –the holiday. Me? I actually had a great holiday with my 11-year-old nephew, Zack, who snowboarded like a pro.

Anyway, before we settle down to watch our beloved Colts do their thing today, I wanted to thank John Oates for a fabulous Belly Up show last night Steve Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Gayle Golding, Jackie Friedman made a great holiday night.  And Aimee (Oates) where were you?  okay, Here’s a link to my write-up for Huffington Post.

Next, we’ll settle down with George STranahan’s journey to the heart of the human predicament, and also ponder why Bill Ritter is taking money away from children in K-12 schools. 


Cheerio! Anita Thompson

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December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Have a safe & Merry Christmas – from everyone at Owl Farm, the Woody Creeker and GonzoStore!

Merry Christmas!

Have a safe & Merry Christmas, from everyone at Owl Farm, the Woody Creeker and GonzoStore!

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December 08, 2009

Oh, Thank You!

It’s been  dumping snow here in the Rockies for the last 48 hours and the fireplace at Owl Farm has been raging all the while. Besides the festive look of the flakes falling by the foot outside the window, the beauty is in the silence. But it’s been a busy world inside Owl Farm and on my laptop.

Along with the much needed snow, came a link to a LA Times article from my darling neighbor Ann Owsley : Adam Tschorn wrote an elegant description of Hunter’s gonzo symbol worn by Johnny Depp. Adam, whoever you are, thank you. You’ll be getting a box from the Gonzo Santa!

To add to the Yuletide spirit, I received the most beautiful book by our beloved George Stranahan. I’ve been reading the gorgeous stories by the fire and will be posting a review on Huffpo along with Chip Comins Copenhagen updates. Forces are at work all over the world to make it a better place. Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you.

And more birthday news: along with Jackie Friedman, Hal Haddon last week, my mom’s birthday yesterday and Kevin McGreevy’s today. Now that’s a sparkling Sagittarius family.

Your friend, sitting by the fire,

Anita Thompson


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December 03, 2009

Ms Havisham and A Tribute to Hunter

But that, in shutting out the light of day, she had shut out infinitely more; that, in seclusion, she had secluded herself from a thousand natural healing influences; that, her mind, brooding solitary, had grown diseased, as all minds do and must and will that reverse the appointed order of their Maker

— chapter 49, Great Expectations

No, I’m hardly turning into Ms. Havisham. No no no! But I’m feeling feverish and achy and melancholic today, so I thought I’d  wallow a bit after a friend sent me a beautiful tribute (that I’ve seen several times) and share some of the love with you.

It was freezing last night at Owl Farm — actually it was about 12 degrees below freezing. I had to replace the attic insulation last month due to the fact that Owl Farm sits in a 150 million year-old mountain valley where wildlife is the norm. Usually a blessing, with Elk, deer, bald eagles, red tailed hawks and mountain lions. But with the wild, come the wild rodents — field mice. Their parties were getting so out of control at night that I finally had to declare war and remove all their nests and replace attic insulation and block all their little entrance holes… but the new stuff ain’t (sp?) the same as the old, rodent nest-clad insulation of 1975. ah well.  Owl Farm is now filled with plug-in heaters awaiting an eco-friendly foam, I’ve had the peacock’s heaters on round-the-clock and I wore Hunter’s sweater to bed last night with both cats and Athena sleeping in close by. 

It reminded me of one day that Hunter was on the set of "meet the Press" with Tim Russert. It was just about as cold in his studio. I guess it keeps guests and host, if not shivering, sharp and fresh.

So, here is one of the many beautiful video tributes that someone who goes by the name "lostcause845" did for Hunter a few years ago that has some footage of Hunter and the late Tim Russert. I’ve seen it several times and it’s always moved me.

He wrote, in the intro:

In Memory of the late Hunter S. Thompson. Who never backed down, and who could wrestle with the greatest of evils and prevail.




And also, a huge Happy Birthday to Jackie Friedman — a good friend to me and Hunter. A group of us will be celebrating her 29th birthday at the Belly Up in Aspen for a Movember tribute. I’ll be loading up on theraflu, and rhinestone hospital mask and neon colored hoop earrings to see Jackie win the eighties best 80s costume!

Your friend in Woody Creek,

Anita Thompson

p.s. The first frames are from a note that Hunter wrote to me in his notebook titled "football season is over." It was not his actual suicide note, but it was reported as such. This is a lovely tribute nonetheless. His genuine suicide note was beautiful and remains unpublished. But the football note is genuine, so please thank lostcause854 for posting his tribute.

There are several other beautiful tributes that have been posted on Youtube and elsewhere — most are lovely. if you have one that you’d like me to post, please email me (link on sidebar)

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