8–24-08 Com­mons Beach, Tahoe City, CA poster by Chuck Sperry

8/24/08 Moonalice poster by Chuck SperryAugust 24, 2008 Com­mons Beach, Tahoe City, Cal­i­for­nia
Moon­al­ice poster by Chuck Sperry

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Lake Tahoe is a study in con­trasts. Very dry land sur­rounds the lake. The moun­tains are tall and the lake is deep. On one side there is Nevada; on the other, Cal­i­for­nia. We didn’t under­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of this last one until a cou­ple of months ago when we played in Crys­tal Bay on the Nevada side. Every­where we looked in Crys­tal Bay, there were casi­nos. Enough to sup­port an entire econ­omy. But what sup­ports the Cal­i­for­nia side? They have boats, and golf courses, ski areas and fancy homes. Where does the money come from? We con­sulted the Leg­end. The answer was so obvi­ous we slapped our fore­heads. Gold. One hun­dred fifty years ago, the gold was min­eral. Now it’s veg­etable. We under­stand the local Moon­al­ice tribe grows enough “gold” to sup­port every Tahoe res­i­dent in high style!

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, August 24 is Mundus Patet, a har­vest feast involv­ing the dead. That sounded kind of creepy, until we dis­cov­ered that Mundus Patet was the first known Acid Test. The Testers were Romans about two thou­sand years ago. They smoked hemp prod­ucts and con­sumed unusual mush­rooms. For them, Mundus Patet was a very high holy day. No won­der the tribe liked it so much.

Accord­ing to Wikipedia, on this day in 1858, 90 blacks were arrested in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia for learn­ing. In 1967, Abbie Hoff­man and the Yip­pies brought the New York Stock Exchange to a halt when they dumped a bag of dol­lar bills from the vis­i­tors’ gallery to the Exchange floor. Traders who nor­mally worked in mil­lions scram­bled for singles.

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