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August 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.