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`Willingness To Be Lucky

HI. I’m back at Owl Farm.  I’ve been trying to catch up on emails and file papers and send out bills, and invoices and forms and well, there’s a word for it… but I forgot. Oh yes, administrative stuff. I don’t really know anything about it, except to move piles of paper around to other piles.  If anybody has any SIMPLE and serious advice about filing papers, or administrative skills, PLEASE email me.

Anyway, here is the link to the lecture I gave last Thursday (i moved the link to the bottom) at the Lab at Belmar.   I am so lucky to have the best brother & sister in law in the world who took my word document with all the points I wanted to make, and he put them into a Powerpoint slideshow with graphics and everything! (Peter is a graphic artist).  I was also lucky to lecture with the wonderful Professor Art Jones and be in a room with people who love Hunter.  Huge crowd: 280 laughed at my jokes (very sweet) but also took the future of journalism, and gonzo very seriously too. Successful night..

More good news! Ralph sent the cover of the the Convention Issue of the Woody Creeker! It’s fantastic. He is also writing for it… will knock you politically correct socks off! Lucky again! This issue, along with Interview with George McGovern, Gary Hart, etc will be in the hands of thousands of protesters, delegates, bartenders et al.  Should be interesting. Much of this will be made possible by Hunter’s long time friend Tim Mooney (an my dear friend too!) who has decided to print the few thousand extra copies with me, and get them to THE PEOPLE.

It’s late, and I’m sleepy. It was fun to be in Denver, where singles are as common as cars. And being single in Woody Creek is nice too, especially when I can sit around and look at what some people call my "baggage"… my two siamese cats, Peacocks, German Shepherd, and a spirit that travels with me everyhwere on the most beautiful and spacious land in the world: Owl Farm.  I am indeed lucky. Lucky to be single again? Sure, why not. (I did have a wounderful brief romance this spring!) But we agreed it’s better to be single when ya need the space. And to have space, or romance for that matter, you must be willing to be lucky.

Here is what Hunter had to say, however, one night writing here w all this space at Owl Farm, about Luck, re his letters:

These letters are not the work of a wise man, but only a player and a scribe with a dangerous gambling habbit….That is a risky mix that will sooner or later lead you to cross the wrong wries and get shocked, or even burned to a cinder.  On some days you will be lucky and only break your fingers and make a fool of yourself. But luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their ballance on it.

I have never believed much in luck, and my sense of humor has tended to walk on the dark side. Muhammad Ali, one of my very few heroes, once took the time to explain to me that "there are no jokes, The truth is the funniest joke of all."

Hunter S. Thompson, August 20, 2000 (intro to Letters II)

 I’m sleepy and it’s time to go to bed. I’ve got a lot of work to do tomorrow – busy busy (Arianna, I promise to have my post up by afternoon!) Another lucky person to have in my life… So anyway, let’s all sleep like babies and have cheeky dreams,

Until next time, Your lucky friend,

Anita Thompson

p.s. I was also lucky to get a really sweet set of wheels this week. A great deal with great gpms. I first met with my mom’s favorite dealer. If you’re in the area, and want a great deal on a Volvo, go to Zach


Also was waiting for me was the intro for the Ancient Gonzo Wisdom book of Interviews that I have edited from Christopher Hitchens. He is indeed a brilliant writer. I’l be adding several more unpublihsed interviews this week from the early 6os and from me and Hutner talking here in the kitchen. It’s looking good! I think we’re releasing an affordable paperback here, and hard cover in the UK and Australia. More details TK.

update: sorry I put the wrong uplink on. THe video of my lecture is coming I guess, but this is from last year at an interview… to the lecture I gave last Thursday 

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