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You know what, I've seen many anime and personally I've never really asked people to either rate my taste or give any recommendations to my list. If any of you lovelies want to recommend something on this list that I haven't seen. Have at it...or just rate my taste :)

2020.09.20 08:20 NSEagleEyes You know what, I've seen many anime and personally I've never really asked people to either rate my taste or give any recommendations to my list. If any of you lovelies want to recommend something on this list that I haven't seen. Have at it...or just rate my taste :)

Table of context
° - Is a sign that the anime has amazing art and animations (In my Opinion)
Anime you must watch list:
Best Animes of all time: (My Opinion Obviously)
-Laughing under the Clouds ***°
Long Action/Adventure anime:
Action/Adventure anime:
Action / Adventure (Gaming / Isekai anime):
Sad/Feels anime:
-Your Lie in April**
HorroAction/Gore Anime:
Ecchi anime ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° ):
-Highschool DxD* (this actually has a good plot BTW XD)
-KissXSis (incest BTW :/)
-To Love Ru Series
-Prison School (this is one is funny as well)
-Highschool of the dead
-The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST
There isn’t much anime that go as far as
Ecchi as these, have fun with these you horny bastard's 乁( ツ )ㄏ
Harem anime:
Time Travel/Action/Mystery anime:
-Steins:Gate***
-Steins:Gate 0***
-Erased**
-Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World**
-ReLIFE**
-Oda Nobuna no Yabou**
I’m a sucker for time Travel anime and plot XD, these are all highly recommend
Romance Anime:
They are all unique and have something different from all the other Romance Animes I’ve seen :)
Fantasy Anime:
Comedy Anime:
-Konosuba**
Sports Anime:
Mystery Anime:
Anime that keep you from ending it all:
Drama Anime:
Adult Anime:
Random stuff I found that’s underappreciated:
MUST WATCH MOVIES:
Animes I'm currently waiting to watch:
Sing “Yesterday” for me
Kakushigoto
Appare-Ranman!
Princess Connect! Re:Dive
Love to Lie Angle
Seiren
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
Heavy Object
Hitori no Shita: The Outcast
Tsugumomo
Wave, Listen to Me!
Seto no Hanayome
Bungaku Shoujo
Movies I’m currently waiting to watch:
Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners
Kiki's Delivery Service (Sub) Movie (HQ)
Redline
Weathering With You
When the Promised Flower Blooms
Ni no Kuni
Maquia
Children of the sea
When Marnie Was There
Hakubo
Towa no Quon
Tokyo Godfathers
Tibet Inu Monogatari
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Hello World
Black Fox
Sword of the Stranger
Steamboy
Tekkonkinkreet
Ghost in the Shell
I do have stuff for Manga but I left it out since I'm look for more things to watch then read :/
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2020.09.16 21:19 -C-7007 『Meliora Majesty 』, Patriarch of Infinity and De La Croix's Stand

Namesake-The song Majesty from Ghost's album Meliora.
Appearance: a roughly two meters, quite muscular humanoid Stand. Its skin is silver grey, its eyes have pitch black scleras with hot pink pupils. It constantly bears an enraged expression like King Crimson. Its face is covered by what seems to be a deep blue leather mask, with holes on the cheeks and for the mouth and eyes. Multiple studs and moon crescent decorations create a ring around its head, with the Pluto symbol in its center. That same symbol can be seen on the dark blue leather robe it wears, and on its golden collar piece. A large belt crosses the robe, covered by studs and crescents. A blue, transparent thin veil with similar glyphs is attached to the back of the belt. The Stand has perfectly circular holes in its hands and knees.
Stats- Power:A Speed:C Range:C Accuracy:B Durability:B Potential:A
Abilities: Space Expansion
Meliora Majesty can stretch space between two objects it selects, in all three dimensions and thus in a seamless manner. The limits of its extension powers are not clear. This can be used in various situations :for example, using this ability on someone falling from a small height can make the accident deadly, by increasing the space between the initial point and the ground.
Space Cloning
Meliora Majesty is able to select a 20m diameter area and copy-paste it around the original, thus creating new space. Nothing is overwritten by these copies, the surrounding world just adapts. Every item is copied too but the faithfulness of replication goes gradually down the more the item is copied or the further it is from the point of activation, resulting in fragile, failed clones.
Personnality: Meliora Majesty is a somewhat conscious Stand and is able to speak. Although it always obeys its master's order, it seems to be animated by a strong bloodlust and a desire to wreak havoc around itself. Its voice is pretty deep and doesn't seem to come from its mouth, but from everywhere around the Stand. It usually uses a very dated vocabulary and pronunciation of French, De La Croix's native language.
The user : De La Croix is a French priest. His Stand first manifested as a recurring nightmare of himself getting trapped in an infinite staircase. This and the discovery of its powers made him obsessed with the idea of Infinity, which is according to him the only way he and the rest of Humanity can come closer to the Almighty. He can be described as a fanatic, but always behave in a polite, calm and composed way despite its extreme ideas and its violent Stand.
Theme for next contest if I win, which I highly doubt:Eurovision Song Contest inspired Stands
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2020.09.14 18:35 CFB_Referee Hurricane Sally

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From the latest public advisory (as of 9/16 11:30 AM ET) Sally is likely to cause issues with rainfall, storm surge, surf, wind tornados, and flooding - including potential inland flooding.
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College students should check out their university's emergency alert system - if you're not signed up to get notices, you should!
Useful links on: hurricane preparedness, emergency kits, emergency supplies for your car.
 
Louisburg Other things worth thinking about or getting:
  • General: A cooler. Fun/mental health stuff - books, games, etc. Cash. Weather radio and batteries. Flashlights > candles. Backup cell phone, laptop, or other batteries. Extra water. Hand sanitizer. Comfort items (a toddler's blankie, the puppy's favorite toy, your grandpa's watch you can't imagine losing).
  • Specialized: Transportation and assistive devices (think especially about children, pets, the elderly, people with disabilities).
  • Cars: Gas. Window breakeseatbelt cutter.
 
Gattaca Florida Safety:
  • Check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries!
  • Watch out for downed power lines. Never assume it is dead. Avoid it.
  • Assume floodwaters are deeper than they look. Turn around, don't drown.
  • Learn your flood and evacuation zones!
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  • If your home floods and you need to go up, head for the roof. Keep an ax in your attic to get out that way if you need it.
  • Be aware of potential 911 delays.
  • Evacuate! If you can, check on people you know to see if they need help evacuating if you can offer it or put them in touch with someone who can.
 
Hertfordshire Documentation:
  • Bring it with you.
  • Store it in a plastic bag to they are together and stay dry.
  • House deed/rental agreement/lease.
  • Insurance information (home, car, renters, medical, flood).
  • Identification (ID card/driver's license, passport, Social Security card, marriage/birth certificates).
  • Take photographs of your home before you evacuate and when you return. Good documentation of the damage may help if you need to file an aid or insurance claim.
 
For long-term preparedness, check out CERT training information.
 
Holland Evacuation
College Information
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/CFB Ball Alabama
University Update Sources
Bishop State Community College All remote learning on Monday and Tuesday. All events cancelled Monday and Tuesday. 7
Coastal Alabama Community College Closses at 2 PM on Monday. In person classes closed through Wendesday. Online classes continue to meet. 5
Spring Hill College Classes cancelled after 1:30 PM on Monday. Classes online on Tuesday. 5
University of Mobile Move to all online instruction as of 1:30 PM Monday. Normal classes resume Wendesday. 5
South Alabama University of South Alabama Classes, events, and activities canceled Tuesday and Wednesday. 16
 
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Gulf Coast State College All campuses closed Tuesday. 11
Northwest Florida State College Closed through Tuesday. 13
Pensacola State College All campuses closed Monday and Tuesday. 7, 17
West Florida University of West Florida All classes - in person and online - cancelled through Thursday. 18
 
/CFB Ball Louisiana
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Delgado Community College Online classes only on Monday and Tuesday. 8, 19
Loyola Operating normally until 4 PM on Monday. Classes canceled Tuesday. Classes resume Wednesday. 2, 20
New Orleans Theological Seminary/Leavell College Closed Monday-Wednesday. 8
Nicholls Nicholls State All classes online Monday-Wednesday. 4
Northshore Technical Community College Online on Monday. Closed on Tuesday. Decision on Wednesday pending. 8, 21
Nunez College Online classes continue. In person classes cancelled Monday and Tuesday. 8
Southeastern Louisiana Southeastern University All classes online on Monday. All classes cancelled on Tuesday. 14
Southern Southern University Normal operations on Tuesday. 9, 22
Tulane Tulane In person and online classes canceled after noon on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday classes TBD. 1
Holy Cross University of Holy Cross Closed Monday and Tuesday. 8
University of New Orleans Classes all online on Monday. In person, online, and hybrid classes canceled on Tuesday. 3
Xavier University Classes online after 5 PM Monday. Classes cancelled Tuesday. 8
 
/CFB Ball Mississippi
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Jones County JC Jones College All classes online through Wednesday. 12
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College All classes online starting Monday at noon and Tuesday. 10
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Touchdown Game Information Penalty Flag
We'll be updating this list as we get information.
This list includes all games played with teams in affected states. Many may not be affected, but given the ripple effects of things like travel and the particular complications of scheduling this season, we've listed them all here for reference.
Date Time Home Team Away Team Game Location
9/18 7:30 PM ET Coastal Carolina Campbell Conway, SC
9/19 12:00 PM ET Georgia State Louisiana Atlanta, GA
9/19 12:00 PM ET Tulane Navy New Orleans, LA
9/19 12:00 PM ET Duke Boston College Durham, NC
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9/19 7:30 PM ET ULM Texas State Monroe, LA
9/19 7:30 PM ET Louisville Miami (FL) Louisville, KY
9/19 7:30 PM ET Southern Miss Louisiana Tech Hattiesburg, MS
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2020.09.07 16:29 jptasznik Deciding to Buy VertDesk V3 base

tl;dr; After looking all over the internet for standing desk bases for my DIY project I narrowed it to UpLift Desk V2 Commercial, iMovR Lander, and BTOD VertDesk V3. I ultimately decided to buy the VertDesk V3 and am waiting for it to be delivered.
I am creating this post to record my research and shopping experience and eventually a review of the BTOD.com VertDesk V3 base once it arrives. I will likely record a video of the assembly process and a review of the product itself.
First of all, I have been looking into standing desk bases on and off for months now.
I had access to standing desks at my office in Detroit Michigan where I worked until March 2020 when the pandemic hit and was moved to working remote 100% of the time.
Since early March I have been using a beautiful solid black walnut desk built by my dad over 20 years ago. It is 30” tall, 55” wide, and 30” deep. I have two 24” Dell monitors, Dell dock, Dell laptop, a keyboard, mouse and then a bunch of misc. stuff (Clutter). I also made the wise choice to buy a GTRacing Gaming chair in mid-March, which has made this setup totally usable for all this time.
I spent the majority of my 20+ year career working in an office, I didn’t realize how much time I spent not at my desk. There are so many breaks and times when I am not sitting at my desk. I walk over to colleagues’ desks for discussions, one on one mentoring, meeting rooms, just taking a break and walking around the office with go workers to move. I only had access to a standing desk for 6 months since moving to my current employer mid 2019. The standing desks at work are nice, but not great. Part of my problem was that I never had an assigned desk for more than a few weeks due to there not being enough desks for all the workers and I am in role where it was deemed less important for me to have a dedicated desk, I am a Software Architect. So, what that means is I am less likely than the Software engineers I work with to spend my time at a desk. Now that the pandemic hit, and I am working remote 100% of the time, I am at my desk all day. No travel time to meetings, no walking over and standing with engineers to discuss solutions to problems. No water cooler talk to walk to…we do have chat rooms where we have virtual water cooler talks, but no movement or standing.
My Requirements:
  1. Base only without a tabletop
  2. Be able to be incorporated into my existing desk (Fit inside the 50” x 25” apron) – This is totally non-negotiable at this point. I love the look of desk my dad built but want to be able to raise it up. This may look a bit strange having a 4-legged desk with an apron and then a lift desk underneath it. I am ok with that look as I do not have a place to put the desk otherwise and I love how rock solid it is as sitting position. I am very comfortable working at the 30” height with my gaming chairing and the keyboard at that height.
  3. Max desk height of at least 47” height - I am 6’ 1” tall and on paper it seems I should only need about 45”, but when I stand next to a wall and measure my arms at around 90 degree that is 47” - https://www.omnicalculator.com/everyday-life/standing-desk-height
  4. Strong enough to support the heavy 1” thick black Walnut 55” x 30” top, my two 24” monitors and all the rest of the gear, plus my occasional leaning
  5. Stable at high heights, minimal wobble (side to side) and rocking (front to back)
  6. Have overload protection to prevent damage to the equipment if too much weight is applied.
  7. Have collision detection so all my stuff is not thrown all over if it hits my chair, desk base, etc.
  8. Have at least 2 programmable heights for one touch movement to the standing or sitting position
  9. Under $1,000 without a top
  10. Solid long warranty (10 years ideally for everything)
  11. Ideally Made in America

I will have to say that this has been an absolute nightmare process. I love Amazon, but there are so many “budget” bases on the market. I quickly realized that there were not many that met my needs for under $300. What was more irritating is to find that over those that met my requirements had very few reviews and many had horrible experiences. OK. Time to turn to google. Well now we are into a whole world of hurt. Two sites kept coming up: www.workwhilewalking.com and www.btod.com.
Both of these sites are shady in my opinion.
  1. Both are highly biased, and the reviews reflect that. They favor the products they benefit from in terms of child companies getting sales or directly from the site themselves.
  2. In a lot of cases the reviews are not in line with other independent reviews.
  3. Excessive bashing of companies they do NOT sell or have a relationship with

After lots of hard searching I found:
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecuttereviews/best-standing-desk/
This site unlike the two above covered a lot more of the desks I was looking at, but not perfect by any means. I dug through all the products referenced in the above link, even all the products that didn’t “win”.

I narrowed my selection down to the following desks:
  1. Uplift Desk V2 Commercial (Top pick)
  2. iMovR Lander (No on Wire Cutter review)
  3. VertDesk V3 (Previously tested or dismissed)

I then started searching for any reviews of the above desks.
I found numerous YouTube reviews, Reddit Reviews, and other reviews.

UpLift Desk V2 Commercial
I was really leaning heavily toward the Uplift as the quantity of reviews, favorable opinion of stability, and lots of independent reviews. It now has a 10-year warranty on everything.
Size will work with my constraints, rated highly in stability. Lots of accessories and customization.
The Uplift has lots of recent problems in terms of delivery time. Since the product is a Jiecang OEM, which is based in China, the supply chain was really disrupted during this. I have seen comments of people having months of delays. Problems with the quality. Uplift was the only one of the three that was not made in the USA to some degree, NOTE important update below in terms how where the parts come from for BTOD VertDesk V3. This concerned me with having long delays on parts, but this may still be a concern with all of them as they all have parts from around the world.

iMovR Lander base
I really wanted to love the iMovR. I love that it ships out of Michigan. I love that it is manufactured in America (Frame made by Knoll in North Carolina), Bosch Motors, Linak electronics (Linak makes parts for hospital beds, so they know how to make durable stuff). Seems to have good support – always a human on the website to chat.
Has a 10-year warranty on motors and electronics and lifetime on frame.
Having said that I don’t like that I cannot find an independent review site that had reviewed them. Only the completely biased website above, YouTube, and Reddit. I have also read less than favorable views of their response time on issues. I also am concerned about the stability of the desk given the design and that the cross bar (well really a metal support attached to the top) was an extra. If this is a crucial part of the desk it should just be included. Also, the inclusion of this cross bar meant it would not fit inside my 50” apron. I also did not like that the support person was less than honest about reviews. I asked why there were so few reviews for the lander (3 on their site), which he said was release in early 2018. This was the response: “Fairly new John yes. You'll find independent reviews on YouTube, Reddit and Trust Pilot, we don't solicit for reviews (or pay for them like many folks these days)!”
  1. This may be a half-truth at best.
  2. workwhilewalking.com reviews them and is owned by the parent company – so technically iMovR does not directly pay for them. They don’t hide this on the site.
  3. Several of the YouTube video reviews have said that the iMovR provided the desk and in one case even provided a standing desk for a giveaway through the reviewer’s channel. Did they pay for the review? Maybe not technically if all they gave was the desk, but that is far from an independent review in my book. Consumer Reports is my standard for independent reviews because they do NOT accept products for review, they buy them like everyone else.
  4. If they are giving them to some people to review why didn’t they give them to Wire Cutter to be considered in the line up? This says to me that they are worried how they will fair when compared with others. Giving a popular YouTube star a desk who has either no comparison or has a really old model that could only be seen as an improvement is a safe bet.
Finally, the iMovR Lander base was $200 more and the accessories were really high priced.

BTOD VertDesk V3 - What I ordered
Finally, the reasons I ultimately ordered the VertDesk V3 from BTOD.com on 9/6/2020 and says that is will ship between 09/28/2020 to 10/05/2020, so probably delivered mid October.
UPDATE 2: On 9/14/2020 I received an email that my ship date is now 9/16/2020. Nice to see ship date come in and NOT out as apparently has been happening to people ordering from UpLift. Cross Fingers that it arrives before the weekend.
UPDATE 3: Well 9/16/2020 came and went without tracking information. I reached out and there was a delay. As of today Friday 9/18/2020 I received my tracking information and the desk base is on its way and is currently scheduled for delivery on Sunday 9/20/2020. It still shipped 10 days earlier than the earliest original estimate and only 12 days after my order. Now for eagerly awaiting the delivery.
I was really concerned about buying this product. But several things that helped me with the decision. It was reviewed on WireCutter. What is also interesting is that the WireCutter testers agreed with the stability claims of BTOD.com biased tester. The reason they did not consider it the best was it was loud and difficult to assemble. I have watched the videos on assembly of the desk and feel confident that I can do this. I am a woodworker and home improvement guy so this assembly looks reasonable and I already know it will take some time to modify the existing desk for this project to work. The other area of concern was the loud motor. In an office setting I think this will be a concern, but for me in my own home office I accept this. They have a solid 10-year warranty. I really like the design of desk. At first, I was skeptical of a single motor design, but then I read several review sites on poorly built or designed two motor systems where one leg gets stuck and one side jams up. With the single external motor design with the rod going between the two legs this seems like a near impossibility as the connection to the gear that raises the leg would to break for this to happen. While a two-motor system will have to use special logic to ensure that the two motors move at the same speed. Another thing that I really liked was that the VertDesk Legs are welded and NOT screwed. Welds are permanent and as such will lead to very stable legs. So, the 90 degree at the top of the leg where it connects to the tabletop is welded and the bottom of the leg is welded to the foot. This means that any rocking (front to back) will be the result of the glide having play or flex in the foot, and it appears from the video they do a very good job making this tight and smooth. Then the cross bar is a solid piece of metal connected to welded attachment points. This means that there should be little room for wobble as with an adjustable width crossbar that has screws that are pressuring the two pieces of the cross bar together could become loose over time. This has downsides too, that is that the product has very specific widths. With the Uplift V2 Commercial I would be able to set the width to exactly 50” that will fit in the apron of my desk, but I had to settle for a 46.375” wide option. Since I want a really stable desk this is a fair trade off in my mind. After watching both the Uplift desk assembly instructions and the iMovR assembly there are more screws that could come loose over time or compromise the stability as both desks have lots of screws that attach the feet and tabletop supports in place. As someone over 6-foot-tall I was concerned about the cross bar hitting my knees when seated, but with the Leg being pushed back (C Leg) versus centered (T Leg) that meant it was highly unlikely I would hit it on either the VertDesk V3 or the UpLift Desk V2 Commercial.
UPDATE 1: I also really like that this product is built in America and as such does not have supply chain issues like the Chinese OEM product from UpLift. Certainly, being geographically closer doesn’t mean they can’t have problems here as they do have many parts from other countries, but the frame itself is made here. I also feel better about supporting American workers who make the legs and assemble the products. Ryan from BTOD has corrected me on this point I was incorrect on this part of my write up: "The frames are made in Taiwan. The frames come into the factory at K&A. They put in the gears and glides, then make sure everything fits snuggly and smoothly. The gears, motor are from Europe and we use high end glides to ensure proper spacing and lubrication between the columns but the frames themselves are also coming from overseas." So there is still a good possibility of supply chain issues, which explains why the cost is $200 less than the iMovR Lander that has its frame made in the USA. In addition Ryan pointed out from this blog post https://www.btod.com/blog/2017/03/04/a-standing-desk-evolution-vertdesk-v1-and-v2-vs-vertdesk-v3/ “In order to cut down on our quality control issues, we have brought the assembly of the VertDesk v3 to the USA. We are now shipped pre-assembled columns, feet and work surface supports from our Taiwanese partners factory. The gears are shipped to us from Ketterer (Germany) and the electronics come from Laing Innotech (Hungary). The US factory produces the cross support, hex rod cover and work surface. All of the parts are then assembled and boxed for shipment from the Wisconsin warehouse.” This was my mistake in understanding the video and in NO place on their site do they claim to be more than built in the USA. I still like this added step as it still has US workers assembling and ensuring quality and while it is only a few parts actually being produced in the USA, it still matters to me.
UPDATE: Here is a photo of my current desk and setup. My plan is to keep the legs and add the standing desk base inside it to just raise the top when needed.
https://preview.redd.it/1289qb0q7rl51.jpg?width=3264&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=3d899eab4b267234345bd1548b11c312a5732f23
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2020.09.07 06:19 Warrior_of_the_flame Please critique my rewrote script for my fantasy tv show.

For reference, there are some scenes I think need work in this, and some of the dialogue is awkward and I might have revealed too much for the pilot, but I'll see what you think.
EPISODE ONE: THE BARS THAT HOLD US
Screen slowly fades in from black.
Narrator Voice: In the beginning, there were 12 cosmic gods, all serving the mysterious entity known as the ‘Great One’.
Scene shows a picture of an ancient tapestry, which looks as if it has been freshly sown. It depicts the 12 gods surrounding a silhouette with two glowing yellow eyes.
Narrator Voice: Together, these gods carried out the task assigned to them by the great one, to craft the universe.
Another tapestry appears, also looking freshly sown. It shows the 12 gods each making something different.
Narrator Voice: Together the gods worked, making everything from the smallest bug to the greatest planet.
Another tapestry, also looking new, shows the gods looking at their interacting creations with a look of satisfaction.
Narrator Voice: Then, one day, the gods crafted their greatest creation yet.
Another tapestry, which is the newest and shiniest of all the previous tapestries, shows the gods all huddled around a glowing picture of an undetailed human being.
Narrator Voice: Humanity.
Narrator Voice: The gods loved the human race, and gave the humans everything, while at the same time taking everything from their previous creations.
The next tapestry is slightly dirtied, showing the gods raising up a man with their hands, while in the corners silhouettes of the gods other creations lurk, looking angry and in despair.
Narrator Voice: Soon, the other creations became jealous of the humans, and this jealousy led them to war.
The next tapestry is ripped and dirty, showing the humans fighting with the other creations in an epic battle scene, with the gods off to the side.
Narrator Voice: The war raged on for thousands of years, nearly destroying the very universe itself. And so, the great one came down, trapping the humans on a lowly planet called Anillus.
The next tapestry, ripped and dirty, shows the great one throwing the humans down to Anillus with the gods watching in despair.
Narrator voice: Then, as punishment for starting the war, the great one punished the gods with the cruelest pain he could think of, stripping them of their divinity and forcing them into an endless cycle of death and rebirth for all time.
The final tapestry, the most dirty and torn of them all, shows the gods in a chinese style circle, reminiscent of the chinese new years circle with all the animals on it. The gods have a japanese symbol above them, each one saying the name of a cosmic element.
Narrator Voice: And so it shall be, from now, and to the end of time.
Screen fades to black.
15-30 second pause.
Random Voice: Up and at ‘em! You got rocks to break!
Screen quickly changes to two piercingly bright blue eyes opening.
The eyes blink a couple of times, and we hear a grown. Next we see a large, burly looking muscular man sit up, accidentally knocking his head on the bunk above him.
Annoying Criminal 1: Hey, watch it pal!
AC1 hops down from his bunk and walks off screen. MC (main character) sighs, his shoulders slumped. MC slowly gets up and hobbles out of bed. MC walks over to a group of about three or four guards in silver armour, each holding a metal stick that was buzzing with electricity. One guard notices MC.
Guard 1: Well, well, well. If it isn't old Cut Throat! Haven’t seen you in a while! Killed anyone else since I was gone?
The other guards start laughing, except for one, who simply glares at the other guards. Fort simply growls. Guard 2 notices, and his eyebrows furrowed.
Guard 2: Hey, you better watch it! Remember what happens to people who disrespect their authority!
Guard 2 clicks a button on his stick, and suddenly it explodes with electricity. Guard 2 cracks a wicked smile. Fort’s eyes widen.
Fort: S-sorry sir, I’ll be good.
Fort quickly bows and rushes out the door. The guard who didn’t laugh grabs Guard 2’s shoulder.
Guard: Hey, lighten up on the prisoners. We don’t want to hurt them, ok.
Guard 2: Oh lighten up Ace! I’m just having a little fun with ‘em! My Tout, your such stick in the mud!
Guard 2 shoves Ace (guard), and walks out the door with the other guards. Ace looks at the other guards in disgust. Scene change. We’re then treated to a long shot of the assembly line of prisoners, each one looking unique and funny looking. Finally, we focus on Fort, standing next to AC1 and Ace, who’s guarding Fort. Ace looks troubled, MC looks tired and zoned out, and AC1 looks nervous. The shout of indefinite criminal names can be heard. Meanwhile, MC looks out onto his surroundings. We see the stone walls and guard towers surrounding the rocky courtyard. The sky is grey and stormy, and as the names in the background get clearer, we see MC looks at a dark mountain in the distance, with swirling clouds above it. MC focuses on this mountain, looking at it in confusion, as if he’s never seen it before. Finally, the guard calls for AC1, the calls on MC.
Row Call Guard: Chagrin, Fort!
MC, name now being Fort, doesn’t respond, instead continuing to look at the mountain. RCG calls again. Still Fort ignores him. Ace nudges Fort.
Ace: (whispers) Hey, pal, say here.
RCG calls again. Fort doesn’t respond again. Finally, Guard 2 walks up to Fort and pushes him. Fort falls back.
Guard 2: Hey, he called your name! And you know what you're supposed to do when someone calls on you?
Fort: I-I’m s-sorry-
Ace: Hey, Mauvais, sto-
Before either one of them finishes, Guard 2, Mauvais (Moo-vi-as I think) hits a button on his electric stick thing, and as it explodes with lightning Mauvais jabs it into Fort’s leg, electrocuting him. Fort falls to the ground in pain as Ace forces Mauvais off. Fort falls forward in pain.
Ace: Hey, hey! Stop it! You’ll kill him!
Mauvais: So what? (looks at Fort in disgust) He has a life sentence anyway.
The two look down at Fort, who is forced up by two other guards. Fort coughs as the guards push him forward, forcing him to join the other prisoners in grabbing a pick-
axe off a wooden rack. Cut to Ace and Mauvais.
Ace: (angery) Hey, what was that!
Mauvais: Look, I’m just trying to keep these prisoners in line, something you could definitely work on!
Ace: You call torturing them keeping them in line!
Mauvais: I-you know what, I’m not going to have this argument again!
Mauvais storms off in anger as Ace growls at him. Scene change. Fort is hacking away at the rocks, wincing as if he’s in pain. AC1 and 2 walk up to him and hack away next to him.
AC1: Hey man, you gotta stop doing that! Who knows what will happen to you if the guards keep shocking you with their crazy death sticks!
AC2: Please, what will they do to him? Give him a life and death sentence? What, are they gonna lock his corpse up? Come on! None of us have anything to live for! We’re all here for life! Heck, we might as well be as useful as forks!
AC1: ...Don’t we use forks everyday though?
AC2: Ya, but for no reason! I mean, we have hands don’t we!?!
AC1: You mean the hands we use to touch dirty pick-axes?
AC1 and 2 continue arguing as Fort continues hacking at the rocks. Fort winces in pain as he continues hacking away. We zoom out to see that watching Fort was a Mysterious Stranger in a grey prison suit. The man was writing in a leather bound pocket notebook.
MS (mysterious stranger): Oh yes, he will do nicely.
We see inside the MS’s notebook, which is covered in strange, foreign symbols, and in the center of the right page is a drawing of the gods in the chinese style circle from earlier. Scene change.
Fort is huddled on his bed as his fellow prisoners chat and jock around. He is facing away from the others, as if hiding something. Turns out, he is hiding something. We see a large leather bound sketchbook in Fort’s lap. He’s drawing in it using a black pencil. His drawing is of a beautiful yet detailed woman, whose face is not yet finished. Fort looks at the face with a sad gaze. His eyes water as he taps his pencil, and it swaps color, turning green instead of black. Using his now green pencil, Fort sorrowfully colors in the woman’s eyes, making them a deep, emerald green. Fort takes a deep breath, closes his eyes, and stifiles his tears. As he draws on, AC1 and 2 walk up behind him.
AC2: (Whispering) Is that all he does? Draw in his stupid sketchbook? Spirits, he needs to get a life.
AC1: I thought you said we have nothing to live for? How would he even get a ‘life’?
AC2: I don’t know! I’m just saying, it looks pathetic, crying over his book. (Mocking) Oh look, I’m Fort, I’m crying over my sketchbook like the crybaby I am!
AC2 laughs AC1 stifles one.
AC1: (clears throat) Hey, quite, he might hear you!
AC2: Oh what will he do? Bash my head in? Kill me? Come on! He can barely crack a rock. I don’t even know why they keep in here! He’d probably start crying as soon as he stepped outside! (AC2 laughs again)
AC2 walks off, making fun of another prisoner as AC1 nervously looks at Fort before following his friend. We switch to see that it appears Fort did hear them. He clutches his pen in anger, growling as his face contorted in anger. Then, he looks at the picture of the woman he drew again, and takes a breath, calming down as he continues to draw. We zoom out, resting as we see the same mysterious stranger from before, writing in his notebook again. It shows four crudely drawn pictures, each with notes besides them. The man grins.
MS: I think it’s time to move forward. You’ve been in here long enough buddy.
MS scribbles a date next to a picture of a large, burly man, who looks similar to Fort, except badly drawn. Scene change.
It’s the next day. Fort is sitting alone at a small, round, gold bronze lunch table that is badly dented. Fort is picking at a disgusting pile of green goop on his wooden plate. Fort is looking off into the distance, clearly zoned out. Suddenly, AC1 and 2 plop on either side of him. A drop of green goop from AC2’s plate flies through the air and hits Fort on the face. Fort’s face drops as his shoulders droop as he realizes the two criminals are next to him.
Fort: *Sigh* What do you want (growls through gritted teeth)?
AC2: (Glances at him and rolls his eyes): Ah, geez, calm you butt, big guy. We’re just sitting!
AC2 glances at Fort’s food, and with a slight smile he grabs Fort’s plate.
AC2: Hey you gonna eat that?
Without receiving an answer, AC2 grabs Fort’s plate and dumps Fort’s food on top of his own, eating it almost immediately as he throws Fort’s plate to the side. Fort growls but does nothing. AC1 looks wide eyed at Fort, who glares at AC2. AC2 notices, and scoffs.
AC2: Geez, don’t get mad at me just because you're garbage at guarding your own food. That’s probably why I got caught and thrown in here anyway. You’re like a big clumsy Elephdog!
Fort growls as he clenches his fork, denting it slightly. AC2 notices and laughs.
AC2: Oh what are you going to do about it? Dent me to death like a fork. Or maybe you’ll cry until I feel bad (mocking). Oh, or maybe you’ll kill me like you did your-
Before AC2 can finish his taunts, Fort’s eyes widen in anger as he grabs AC2’s plate and slams it into his face. The room goes silent as AC2 screams out. The plate falls as AC2 makes a comedic face before yelling again and crying like well, a baby. Fort, releasing what he had done, quickly removes his hand and starts quietly apologizing before trying to help AC2 clean up. AC2 hops up when Fork touches him again.
AC2: Don’t you even dare! AC2 starts getting worked up, stomping his foot and throwing a tantrum. Then, as AC2 tries to stomp away, he slips on a piece of green goop and flies in the air, hitting the floor in a thud. Fort quickly gets up and tries to help AC2, but AC1 pushes him out of the way.
AC1: No, you’ll just screw up again!
As AC1 does this, AC2 starts screaming for the guards.
AC2: Help! Help! I’ve been attacked! (High Pitch) I’ve been attacked! (cries)
Several silver clad guards walk up after hearing AC2’s screams, led by none other than Ace and Mauvais, who is holding his electric stick. Mauvais sees Fort trying to get to AC2, and instantly pins the attack on him. Mauvias’s eyebrows furrow as he steps out towards Fort.
Mauvias: Prisoner! You're in strict violation of rule 113 section 5, saying that any prisoner who breaks the peace of the environment around them shall be dealt with by how the guard on duty sees fit. And since I’m on duty, you’ll get to know what happens to people who disrupt the peace. (Mauvais grins)
Mauvais balls up his fists, and thrusts them forward. Suddenly, Fort stands up straight as his pupils dilate. Fort makes choking noises as Mauvais starts moving his arms around slowly. Fort’s arms start following along with Mauvais. Fort tries to resist, but Mauvais fights back as Fort’s arms and legs begin moving in unnatural ways. Mauvais’s smile widens as Fort struggles to breaths, continuing to move his arms around, almost like using Fort as a puppet on strings. Ace, seeing this, growls in anger and quickly rushes towards Mauvais, pushing him to the side as his electric stick flies through the air.
Ace: Stop! You hurt him!
Mauvais falls back, hitting the ground as Fort falls forward, twitching in pain as two random silver clad guards roughly pick him up and throw him forward. Fort stumbles a bit, and takes a shaky step before the two guards, laughing at Fort’s weakness, carelessly grab him from behind and drag him off screen. As he passes by Mauvais, Mauvais tries to electrocute him with his electric stick, but finds it is missing, and starts looking around for it as Fort’s miserable form is dragged off. We switch to see that the stick landed at the tip of the MS’s foot. The MS looks around before quickly grabbing the stick and jamming it into his left pocket before anyone notices. Scene change.
We are shown the silver clad guards throwing Fort into the large bunk bed filled cell he’s held in. Fort falls forward and lands on his shoulder as the guards walk off, closing the door behind them. Fort, breathing heavily, forces himself up and stumbles towards his bed at the back of the room. Fort collapses on the bed, and meekly touches a stone on the wall behind him. Fort pulls the stone out, revealing that it is indeed hollow, and is holding a large leather bound sketchbook with a green pencil in it. Fort takes out the book, laying it next to him. Fort pushes the stone back into place as he sits, cross-legged, as he opens the sketchbook to a random page, showing the drawing he made in one of the previous scenes. Fort gives a strained smile, that looks almost forced as he flips through the other pages. It’s revealed that almost every page is a drawing of the same woman. Sometimes the woman is in front of an old barn house, happily smiling as she holds a small cat in her arms. Sometimes the woman is simply sitting, playing with the same cat from before. Other times it’s a shoulder up portrait, each picture in various degrees of being finished. Finally, Fort flips to a fully done, fully colored in picture. It showed not just the woman, but For too. The picture depicted Fort wrapping his arms around the woman, who looked up happily at him. The woman had both her hands on her round stomach, showing that she seemed to be pregnant. Seeing this picture, Fort’s eyes began to swell with tears. Suddenly, Fort heard a knock on the door.
Fort jumped and quickly hid his book, stuffing his pencil in his shirt pocket. He did this just in time as the door opened, revealing that the knocker was Ace. Fort glares at Ace, who slowly walks towards him.
Fort: What do you want? Here to try and kill me with your demon magic again?
Ace: No, no. Don’t worry, I’m not like the other guards. I actually have basic human decency. (Chuckles, then frowns when Fort continues to glare at him)
Ace: *Sigh* Look, I know the past few days haven’t been the best for you, but just know, you're not alone, and if you ever need a pal, I’m always here. (smiles)
Fort: Ha, ya right. No one ever was there for me. Even before I got in here! The only person who ever loved me died a long time ago.
Ace: Well, maybe it’s time you start making friends with people who aren’t dead!
Fort glares at Ace, then turns away. Ace sighs again.
Ace: Look, when I said that I’m not like the other guards, I meant it. I’m even a… ‘puppeteer’.
Fort glances at Ace, and smiles slightly.
Fort: I bet your partner doesn’t like that word much.
Ace: (smiles) No, not really. But that’s what they are. They can’t escape it as much as you can’t escape this prison (Ace has a sad look in his eyes).
Fort: Hmm. So if you're not a puppeteer, then what are you?
Ace: I’m a sniper.
Fort: A sniper huh? I thought those were lower class?
Ace: (nods) Most are, but I’m the exception.
Ace holds out his hand, and suddenly above his hand, a crystal clear shard of diamond appears. Fort’s eyes widen.
Fort: Wow. I’ve...only heard of diamond snipers. Those are…
Ace: Rare? Ya. The moment I found out I was pretty surprised, but it isn’t as glamorous as people think.
Fort: How so?
Ace: Well-
Ace is suddenly cut off as the door behind him opens. Three gold clad guards walk in. Two are younger looking guards, and the middle one is a short, fat, old man with a bushy mustache. The old man smiles at Fort.
Ace: General, what are you doing?
General (old man): Lutennet, I’m here for Prisoner 608-972.
Ace: (hesitant) ...Why?
General: (gives creepy smile) I think you know why.
The general snaps his fingers, and the two younger guards walk out and forcefully grab Fort and drag him forward.
Ace: Whoa, hey, what are you doing!
General: We were told that this prinsionor was causing too many problems to be contained. So the prison council decided that we were just gonna send him to the boiler. For all the trouble he’s caused, we figure his death would be as slow as possible.
Ace: Wait, hold on! He hasn't done anything wrong! You can’t do this! You-
The general cuts Face off by thrusting his hand out. Ace is suddenly lifted off the ground, wheezing in pain as the two younger guards drag Fort out of the room.
General: Yes, I can.
The general drops Ace as he walks out, shutting the door behind him. Ace looks helplessly forward. Scene change. Fort is being dragged through the hallway. The two gold guards have their electric sticks turned on to full blast. The General is leading them forward.
General: I must say, many of the guards thought you were nothing but trouble. I’m sure there will be a party tonight! (laughs)
Fort looks down in defeat, but doesn’t fight back. The guards bring him to a large metal door on the right hand end of the hallway. The General unlocks the door, and steam blows in his face, leaving it red. The General looks annoyed as the guards throw Fort inside the room, with metal walls inside. Fort his the floor, which hissed as he steps in. The room is large and dark, with a massive metal boiler in the middle, which is powered by burning coals. The machine shoots out massive clouds of burning steam. The General smiles.
General: Have fun.
The General slams the door shut, locking it.
General (muffled): Guard him, make sure he doesn’t escape. Check on him tomorrow morning, and if he’s not dead, shock ‘em ‘til he is.
Fort hears the general, and breathing a heavy sigh, falls on the ground in defeat as his eyes tear up. Fort slams his fist on the hot ground and screams in anger. Scene change.
Fort is sitting on the floor, half awake. You can tell that he’s struggling to breath, and that he’s too weak to even lift his arm. Suddenly, outside, one of the guards speaks up.
Gold Guard 1 (muffled): Hey! You can't be here! What are you doing out of your cell!?!
Mystery Voice (muffled): Oh, I’m just taking a nice stroll.
Gold Guard 1 (muffled): Don’t mess with me!
MV (muffled): Oh, I won’t!
Suddenly, a muffled scream is heard, followed by the sound of an electric shock. A thud is heard as Gold Guard 2 starts yelling, but is quickly silenced as another electric shock is heard, followed by a thud.
MV (muffled): Well, thank you very much!
A clunking sound is heard, soon followed by a metallic pop. Suddenly, the boiler room door pops open and smoke rushes out, making the opener cough. As the smoke clears out, it reveals the Mysterious Stranger!
MS: Whoa! Geez la weez! It’s hot in here! They weren’t kidding when they called it the boiler room! (MS swats at surrounding smoke)
MS sees Fort and smiles.
MS: Ah, just the guy I wanted to see. (Kneels down in front of the barely awake Fort) Hi, name’s Uragri! And you’re…
As MS, aka Uragri, holds out his hand, Fort doesn’t respond or do anything really, causing Uragri to frown.
Uragri: Well then, fine! Be rude! But, even if your manners need work, you're still useful! So I’m afraid I’ll have to take you from your lovely abode.
As Uragri says this, he starts waving his hands around and chanting. His eyes glow a light blue, and suddenly Fort begins to float.
Uragri: Right, now let’s be off!
Uragri slowly tips out the door as Fort’s lifeless body floats motionless behind him. Uragri looks at the two gold guards, one of which had several burn marks on his arm and the other only two, on his chest and on his head. Uragri smiles in satisfaction as he slowly walks forward. Then, he is suddenly stopped.
Random Guard 1 (far away): Hey! Where are you going!?!
Uragri quickly turns, with Fort’s body following. Fort’s body slams into the wall, and Uragri snaps several times to get him to float again. RG1 looks comically confused at the bizarre scene, but shakes it off.
Random Guard 1: You are in strict violation of rule 437, section-
Uragri (cutting him off): *Insert Magical Sounding Word Here*
As Uragri says this, he whips out his hand, and the guard goes flying back, hitting the wall and getting knocked out. Suddenly, another guard, random guard 2, appears to see where all the racket was coming from. RG2, seeing the two escaped prisoners, quickly races to a large pole at the far end of the wall, with several buttons attached to it. RG2 presses a large red button, and suddenly alarms start blaring. Uragri, eyes wide, chants a magic word, and thrusts out his hand, and suddenly RG2’s eyes go blank as he falls forward, hitting the ground as he’s knocked out cold.
Uragri: You’ll remember nothing!
Uragri hops to the side and starts running, with Fort floating along behind him. Suddenly, all the metal doors that lined the hallway burst open as iron and copper clad guards rush out.
Random Iron guard: Hey! Stop right there!
RIG thrusts out his hand, and a silver diamond shaped shard of metal flies out of his hand and narrowly misses Uragri’s head.
Uragri: Snipers!
Uragri quickly chants something, waving his hands around as a wall of blue light appears just in time, as the snipers begin shooting at Uragri and Fort. As shards of silver and copper fly through the air, Uragri kicks at the wall of light, and it begins to glow. All of the shards bounce off the shield and fly back at the snipers. The snipers quickly duck as the shards hit their armour. Uragri says yet another magic word, and the wall of light accelerates forward, knocking all the guards to their feet or sending them flying. The wall of the light disappears once it hits the physical stone wall at the end of the hall. Uragri pumps his fist in the air, then begins to run as he hears more footsteps. Uragri turns the corner, only to come face to face with an army of silver clad guards, led by Ace and Mauvais. Mauvias growls when he sees Fort behind Uragri, and thrusts out his hands. Suddenly, Uragri stands straight up. Uragri begins to struggle for breath as he starts moving in...unnatural ways. As Uragri’s arms and legs are forced to bend down in a kneel, Uragri’s eyes widen.
Uragri: ...Ow! Please...Stop...Doing...That!
Uragri’s eyes glow blue as he quickly chants a word. Suddenly, a blue blast of energy emits from his hand, hitting Mauvais square in the chest, sending him flying. As Mauvais hits the floor, his fellow guards eyes widen in shock.
Random Silver Guard: He’s using...spirit magic!
The other guards, hearing this, back away, looking fearfully at Uragri.
Uragri (Grinning): That’s right! And you’ve made me very angry!
Uragri kicks the air, and suddenly blue fire explodes from the bottom of his shoes. The fire moves around, almost as if it’s alive, and knocks out the guards. Several guards try to ‘puppeteer’ Uragri, but are simply hit by the fire. As Uragri and the guards fight, Ace expertly avoids the fire, and as he bends back to avoid the blue flame he shoots a small, crystal clear, diamond shaped shard at Uragri. The shard hits Uragri in the shoulder, making him scream in pain. The fire disappears as Fort drops to the ground. As the guards release the fire is gone, many of them run away in terror, but Ace stays. Fort, hitting the floor, wakes up, and we see the world in his vision, which is blurry and wonky looking. Uragri is shown narrowly avoiding Ace’s shards of crystal as he chants in an attempt to beat Ace. We cut back to normal vision as Uragri jumps up, narrowly missing three different crystal shards.
Uragri: Ok, you're really starting to annoy me!
Uragri chants something, and a large ball of blue flame flies from his hand and hits Ace in the shoulder, knocking him back as he screams in pain. As Ace is distracted, Uragri chants something, and suddenly Fort is lifted off the ground and thrown several feet forward, landing at the end of the hall. Uragri quickly jumps to the side, hitting the wall and running across it, running sideways towards Fort. Uragri passes by Ace, who now, even with his burnt shoulder tries to shoot Uragri, but misses once again as Urgri does a flip and lands next to Fort, who is now fully awake and struggling to get up.
Fort: Wha-Whe-Where am I?
Uragri: Tell you in a second! But for now, let’s go!
Uragri grabs Fort’s arm and races forward, pulling Fort along with surprising ease considering both of their sizes and physiques. Uragri races down the long stone hall and towards the wall at the end, which has a white marking on one of it’s stones.
Uragri: Spirits, I hope I marked the right door!
Fort: Wait, wha-
Before Fort can finish, Uragri chants something, and suddenly the marked wall explodes with a blue flash. Several guards, some in silver, some in copper, some in iron, and one even in gold, run up to see where the explosion came from, only to see Uragri hop from the newly made hole with Fort in hand. Uragri chants something, and as his eyes glow blue, a wooden cart filled with golden hay comes racing from the side of the building and stops right under Uragri and Fort. The two land in the cart with a thud. Uragri frantically chants something as the sun begins to rise. Suddenly, the cart glows a light blue as it speeds forward. Several guards attempt to shoot at the two, but Uragri chants some more and the cart accelerates, soon getting out of range of the snipers as they continue shooting. We cut to see Ace and Mauvais running up behind the guards who are trying to get the pair. Mauvais growls, and yells out.
Mauvais: You can’t run forever! (shakes fist in the air)
We cut to see Ace, who simply looks sad as we see Uragri and Fort race into the rising sun.
We cut to see Uragri, pushing the cart forward with magic as Fort looks around with fear.
Uragri: Whew, that was a close one! (laughs and shakes his head)
Fort, looking around, starts to yell at Uragri.
Fort: Are you kidding! Do you know how much trouble I’m in now. For the love of the spirits! If Mauvais ever finds me...I’m a goner! I’ll be dead for sure!
Uragri: Calm down! I’ve been running from the law for 25 years now! I was only in that prison because I wanted to be! Besides, I did you a favor! Another second there and you would have been dead!
Fort: It’s better than running from the law! Don’t you understand! I’ve been there for 15 years! They’ll have every guard from here to Beria after me!
Uragri: Phss. Come on! It’s not like your public enemy number one! You were bunking with serial killers! I doubt they’ll be to consider with you when they have much, much bigger problems.
Fort (growling): Yes, but I’m the only one who escaped! That hasn’t been done in 70 years!
Uragri: Really? Huh, you’d think with that long of a record the security would actually be good! Seriously! It was like walking past a bunch of slothoads! Geez! If that’s top of the line security, then I should just let the law capture me!
Fort: Will you shut up! I gotta get out of here! Maybe I can get a new face, a new name. Heck, maybe even a new life! Ya, that’s good.
Fort tries to jump off the cart, but Uragri quickly chants something, and Fort is thrown back as glowing blue chains wrap around him, then disappear. Fort tries to escape again, but finds he is unable to move.
Fort: Hey! What is this! (wiggles around and tries to escape again, but fails)
Uragri: Spirit magic of course!
Fort stops struggling and looks at Uragri with wide eyes.
Fort: Wait, you're a Yurei?
Uragri winces, and bites his lip.
Uragri: Oh, can not use that term. It’s sort of...offensive.
Fort: Oh...sorry. Wait, no, I’m not sorry! Get me out of here Yurei!
Uragri (slightly angry): No can do. I happen to have a job for you to do.
Fort: A job? What job!?! And why me? What about me makes me so special that you need to break me out of prison and doom me for the rest of my life!?!
Uragri: Well I picked you for your special abilities of course!
Fort: I have no special abilities! I’m completely useless!
Uragri: Oh don’t sell yourself short! Besides, you're not the only one on this mission. I have others I need if we even have a hope of success!
Fort: Others? What do you mean...others?
Uragri: Your partners of course. Well, partners to be. We have three pit stops to make. See, I wrote it all down.
Uragri shows Fort a page in his leather bound sketchbook, the one with the poorly drawn picture of Fort and three others on it. Fort squints, trying to read the writing next to each picture, which as said before is just a bunch of symbols. Fort growls.
Fort: Sorry to tell ya, but I don’t read nonsense.
Uragri: Nonscenese? No, no! That’s just spirit symbols. You don’t know how to read spirit symbols?
Fort: Do I look like the guy who would know about spirit symbols?
Uragri: Point taken.
Fort: Where are these other people anyway. If I’m working with these people, then I want a bit of a precursor of who they are.
Uragri: And ruin the surprise? No way! You’ll have to find out for yourself!
Uragri turns to face Fort as the cart continues to move on it’s own.
Uragri: Speaking of yourself, tell me about...yourself…
Fort (staring blankly): No.
Uragri: Oh come on! If we're gonna be working together we have to at least get to know each other a bit!
Fort: No.
Uragri’s face deadpans. Fort sighs.
Fort: Fine, if you want to talk so much, tell me about you.
Uragri’s face brightens.
Uragri: Me? Oh, why thank you. You have no idea how much it means that you want to know about little ol’-
Fort: Will you just get on with? For the love of the spirits it’s like talking to cadog.
Uragri: Fine. What do you want to know?
Fort (shrugs): I don’t know. Uh, what’s it like being a...um…Yur-
Uragri (cuts him off): A demi-spirit. Oh it’s great! I mean, people alway look at me weird everytime I use spirit magic. And I was almost burned at the stake when someone saw my spirit mark. And oh boy the stories they make up about my people! One man thought I would eat his toes! As if!
Fort (eyes wide): Ya, people...people like to make up stories about others don’t they.
Uragri: Yup! Anyone who doesn’t fit in is kicked out and abonned! (slightly sad)
Fort: ...So, um, where are we going again.
Uragri looks up and grins.
Uragri: Well, according to my map,
Uragri snaps his fingers, and a glowing blue map appears in front of him.
Uragri: Where here.
Uragri points to a blue dot that’s slowly moving across a large, remote island. The island has several spirit symbols written above it, and underneath those symbols are the words Translation: Krasitian Island. The map shows that the two are in a large forest and are heading to a mountain range.
Uragri: The place we need to go is here.
Uragri points to a beeping red dot that’s on a large mountain, titled Masked Death Mountain.
Fort: And how long will it take to get there? The sooner this stupid mission is done the sooner I can go into hiding.
Uragri: Well, if my calculations are correct, we should be reaching the city that this mountain is in about...three minutes.
Fort: Three minutes? But the prison was way off the coast. How did we reach the mainland so fast?
Uragri: Spirit Magic baby!
Fort: Hmm, of course (rolls eyes).
Suddenly, a heavy mist begins surrounding the two. Fort looks around.
Fort: What, hey what’s going on.
Uragri (grinning): Were here!
Uragri looks behind him with a wide grin.
Uragri: Fort my friend, welcome to Krasite, city of bridges.
We cut to see a large range of mountains, each mountain being connected by a long, rickety wooden bridge. The mountains rooted inside a large, black abyss, where heavy mist is spilling out.
Fort I’ve heard of this place. It’s where that King Salamon guy lives.
Uragri: Yup, and we’ve got a friend to break out. Fort my friend, are you ready...for another jailbreak?
We cut to Fort looking at the mountains with an anxious face. The music builds up as we cut to black, and the credits begin to roll.
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2020.09.07 05:28 Floodman11 Everything you need to know for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans - Ask your questions here!

With only days separating us from the 88th running of the 24 Heures du Mans, it's time again for the Le Mans Primer thread! This is the place if you’ve got any questions about the 2020 Le Mans event, no matter how small! There are no dumb questions about Le Mans!

CONTENTS

The Race

The 24 Heures du Mans brings up its 88th edition this year, and is the holy grail of endurance motor racing. After its first running in 1923, the course and cars have evolved to become the premier event in the World Endurance Championship, and the event is recognised as the most prestigious test for innovations in motorsport technology. Technologies such as disk and air brakes, streamlined bodywork, and a variety of engine configurations were trialled and tested at the 24 hours of Le Mans. The Mazda 787b (oh god listen to that sound!) was the first, and so far only car to win running a Wankel Rotary engine, winning in 1991. Audi brought diesel engines their first success in 2006 with the R10 TDI, and then brought Hybrid technology to victory for the first time in 2012 with the R18 e-tron Quattro.
For the first time in over 50 years, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held in September, instead of it's normal third-weekend-in-June date. This will mean more night time running, potentially more inclement weather, and a spectacle unlike any other Le Mans event!
This years edition also marks a significant first, and a significant farewell for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Event. Firstly, this year is the first year of the new Hyperpole qualifying format. In this format, all classes are permitted to use the track in the 45 minute qualifying session on Thursday evening. The top 6 cars from each of the 4 classes then progress to the Hyperpole session on Friday morning, which sets the top of the grid for each class. This means that each class will be segregated on the final grid.
Secondly, with the introduction of the LMH regulations starting next year, this is the last edition featuring LMP1 as the top class at Le Mans. The LMP moniker has been used at Le Mans since 1996, where it was used to describe purpose built race machines as opposed to the homologated LMGT1 class, which were based on road-going machinery.

Session Times

  • Road To Le Mans Practice 1 - Thursday September 17th, 08:30 Local, 06:30 UTC, 02:30 ET, 16:30 AEST - 1 Hour - Results
  • Free Practice 1 - Thursday September 17th, 10:00 Local, 08:00 UTC, 04:00 ET, 18:00 AEST - 3 Hours - RESULTS
  • Free Practice 2 - Thursday September 17th, 14:00 Local, 12:00 UTC, 08:00 ET, 22:00 AEST - 3 Hours - RESULTS
  • Qualifying Practice - Thursday September 15 Local, 15:15 UTC, 11:15 ET, Friday 01:15 AEST - 45 Minutes - RESULTS
  • Road To Le Mans Practice 2 - Thursday September 17th, 18:30 Local, 16:30 UTC, 12:30 ET, Friday 02:30 AEST - 1 Hour - Results
  • Free Practice 3 - Thursday September 17th, 20:00 Local, 18:00 UTC, 14:00 ET, Friday 04:00 AEST - 4 Hours RESULTS
  • Road To Le Mans Qualifying Practice - Friday September 18th, 08:30 Local, 06:30 UTC, 02:30 ET, 16:30 AEST - 20 Min x 2 classes
  • Free Practice 4 - Friday September 18th, 10:00 Local, 08:00 UTC, 04:00 ET, 18:00 AEST - 1 Hour
  • HYPERPOLE - Friday September 18th, 11:30 Local, 09:30 UTC, 05:30 ET, 19:30 AEST - 30 Minutes
  • Porsche Carrera Cup Practice 1 - Friday September 18th, 13:00 Local, 11:00 UTC, 07:00 ET, 21:00 AEST - 45 Minutes
  • Road To Le Mans Race 1 - Friday September 18th, 14:15 Local, 12:15 UTC, 08:15 ET, 22:15 AEST - 55 Minutes
  • Porsche Carrera Cup Practice 2 - Friday September 18th, 15:45 Local, 13:45 UTC, 09:45 ET, 23:45 AEST - 45 Minutes
  • Porsche Carrera Cup Qualifying Practice - Friday September 18th, 17:30 Local, 15:30 UTC, 11:30 ET, Saturday 01:30 AEST - 1 Hour
  • Porsche Carrera Cup Race - Saturday September 19th, 09:15 Local, 07:15 UTC, 03:15 ET, 17:15 AEST - 45 Minutes
  • Warm Up - Saturday September 19th, 10:30 Local, 08:30 UTC, 04:30 ET, 18:30 AEST - 15 Minutes
  • Road to Le Mans Race 2 - Saturday September 19th, 11:15 Local, 09:15 UTC, 05:15 ET, 19:15 AEST - 55 Minutes
  • RACE START - Saturday September 19th, 14:30 Local, 12:30 UTC, 08:30 ET, 22:30 AEST

The Track

The Circuit de la Sarthe covers 13.6 kilometres of the French country side. It combines the permanent race components of the Ford Chicanes, the pit straight, under the Dunlop Bridge and through to Tertre Rouge as well as the normal everyday roads of the Mulsanne straight through to Indianapolis and Arnage. The track has gone through many iterations over the years; originally, the cars raced into the heart of the city, turning just before the river Sarthe, before hurtling down the 8.6 kilometre straight. In 1932, the circuit removed the journey into the city, and more closely resembled the track we see today. Here’s a video of Mike Hawthorn touring the circuit with a camera and microphone attached in 1956, one year after his involvement in the Le Mans disaster. The addition of the Porsche Curves and the Ford Chicanes in 1972 added an extra dimension to the high speed, fast flowing track. In the late 80’s, the Group C prototype cars would reach over 400km/h, achieving average speeds of almost 250km/h in qualifying for the entire lap. This is an onboard of Derek Bell’s Porsche 956 in 1983, showing the ridiculous speeds on this configuration of the circuit. This configuration remained relatively unchanged right up to 1990, until FIA mandations required that for the circuit to be sanctioned, it must not have a straight longer than 2km. The 6km Mulsanne straight was cut down into three relatively equal length portions by two chicanes, giving the iteration of the circuit used today. Allan McNish takes you on an onboard lap of the current circuit in this video. McNish is one of the gods of the modern prototype era, winning Le Mans 3 times; once with Porsche and twice with Audi. For a more comprehensive focus on the track, John Hindhaugh’s track walk takes you on a 30 minute exploration of the track, with in depth focus on corners like the Dunlop Esses, Tertre Rouge, Mulsanne Corner, and the Ford Chicanes.
Finally, check out the fastest ever lap in the Circuit de la Sarthe: Kamui Kobayashi's 3:14.791 in 2017 Q2
The Dunlop Bridge
The iconic Dunlop Bridge has been a part of the Le Mans track since 1932, making it the oldest Dunlop Bridge at any track. This part of the track requires a good launch out of the first chicane before cresting the brow of the hill, and plunging through the esses out onto the Mulsanne straight. As the LMP cars are much more maneuverable, caution must be taken passing the slower GT traffic, as Allan McNish discovered in 2011.
Tertre Rouge
Tertre Rouge is the corner that launches the cars onto the long Mulsanne straight. Maintaining momentum through this corner as it opens on exit is imperative to ensure maximum straight line speed heading down the first part of the Mulsanne. The undulation in the road makes for fantastic viewing at night, with some magic images of the Porsches throwing up sparks on the exit in 2014. Finally, this was the location of Allan Simonsen’s fatal crash in mixed conditions in the 2013 Le Mans. The Danish flags will fly at the corner in his memory.
Mulsanne Corner
After the incredibly long Mulsanne straight, the Mulsanne corner nowadays features a subtle right hand kink before the tight 90 degree turn. Here, the cars decelerate from 340 km/h down to below 100 km/h, resulting in a brilliant opportunity to overtake. Again, care must be taken overtaking slower traffic; unaware drivers have caught out faster cars attempting to pass through the kink, such as Anthony Davidson’s spectacular crash in 2012 resulting in a broken vertebra for Davidson.
Indianapolis and Arnage
The Indanapolis and Arnage complex is one of the most committed areas of the track. Hurtling down the hill from the Mulsanne Corner, the road suddenly bends to the right, a corner which only the bravest prototype drivers take flat out, followed by a beautifully cambered open left hander taken in third gear. A short sprint leads the cars into Arnage, the slowest point on the track. The tight right hander was the scene of heartbreak for Toyota in 2014 when the leading #7 broke down and had to be retired after an FIA sensor melted and shut off the electronics. Kazuki Nakajiima was unable to make it to the pits, leaving him stranded on the circuit.
The Porsche Curves
High speed and with barely any run off, the Porsche Curves is the most committed part of the lap. Getting caught behind GT traffic in this section can mean losing phenomenal amounts of time. This was the site of Loic Duval’s horrific crash in practice for the 2014 event. Keeping momentum through the flowing right-left-right handers that lead into Maison Blanche requires 100% commitment and ultimate precision, with severe punishment for getting it wrong.
The Ford Chicanes
The final chapter in the 13.6km rollercoaster that is Le Mans is the Ford Chicanes. Two tight left-right handers with massive kerbs are all that separates the driver from the finish line. Watching the cars bounce over the kerbs in beautiful slow motion is certainly something to behold, but 24 hours of mistreatment can lead to suspension and steering issues. The drivers have to be attentive until the very end, lest they throw it all away in the last minutes of the race. This year, it’s expected that the LMP1 teams will have to flawlessly navigate the circuit almost 400 times during the 24 hours of racing.

The Classes

The WEC consists of four classes on track at once, resulting in four separate races on track each in their own battle for 24 Hours. The classes are split by car type into Prototype and GT, and then further into Pro and Amateur. Each class has it's own set of regulations, driver requirements, and relevance for the Le Mans event

LMP1 is the top class of Sportscars, and features the fastest prototype closed top race cars. The cars rival F1 cars in terms of performance and lap times, and are capable of lapping the Le Mans circuit in around 3:20. The cars in this class are built specifically for endurance racing, and are limited by both instantaneous and average fuel flow, to put the focus of the class onto development of efficiency. This year, Toyota is the only OEM manufacturer, with 3 privateer teams bringing along three different chassis to take a shot at the overall victory. As Toyota's car is a hybrid, and the privateer cars are not, the different types of car have to be balanced by a process called "Equivalence of Technology", or EoT. For more information on how EoT is calculated and applied, check out this article on the Le Mans website For those who have followed the WEC all season, it is important to note that the Success Handicap that has been applied throughout the season will not be applied at Le Mans. Thus, we will see the full unshackled ability of the cars in LMP1 for the 24 Hours!

The second prototype class is LMP2, and provides an excellent platform for endurance racing on a budget. The LMP2 class features a spec drivetrain and gearbox, using a Gibson V8 producing 600hp, and a selection of three chassis to choose from (well four really but we don't talk about Riley). This ensures that the competition in the class is very tight, and often comes down to the drivers and the teams performance instead of just having the best car. The LMP2 category is only just a step down from LMP1, with rivalling top speeds, and can lap in around 3:30.
LMP2 is the first class that must feature amateur rated drivers. The Amateurs must drive for a minimum of 6 hours in the car over the course of the race. This means that there's an element of strategy of when to use your amateur driver throughout the race, as the amateur driver is generally slower than the Pros. The pro drivers in this class range from up and coming talent, former F1 drivers, and some of the best sportscar pilots in the world, and with 24 cars in this class, LMP2 is sure to be a hotbed of action over the 24 hours.

GT class cars are cars that are derived from production models, and feature some of the most iconic cars and brands battling it out at the top of the field. The GTE cars are on the border of aero dependency, and can lap Le Mans in around 3:50
This year, the GTE-Pro entry has been hit significantly by the developments of the Covid-19 situation. Factory backed teams from America, including the Corvette C8.R and the Core-run Porsche GTLM program, have been unable to make the trip, resulting in a three-way tussle between Porsche, Ferrari, and Aston Martin for this year's event. The GTE-Pro class features all-pro line ups, resulting in some of the best drivers in the world racing in some of the most prestigious hardware that racing has to offer.
The GT classes feature a range of different cars and configurations, and to equalise each of these against each other, the class goes through a process called 'Balance of Performance' or BoP. The organisers can adjust each individual car's weight, fuel tank, air restrictor, turbo boost pressures, and aero performance to alter performance levels to enable the different cars to race competitively. This can sometimes be contentious as every team will feel hard done by, but it is a necessary evil to having the variety of cars on the grid.

Like GTE-Pro, GTE-Am features the same GT cars derived from production models. There are two major differences between GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. Firstly, as the name implies, GTE-Am must feature two amateur drivers per car; one rated Silver and the other rated Bronze. Additionally, the specifications of GTE-Am cars are a season behind the GTE-Pro category. While this had a major affect last year, this year all teams have been able to upgrade to the most recent spec machinery released by the manufacturer teams.
With two amateur drivers, all of a sudden the strategy considerations multiply. Additionally, the variety of Pro drivers in this class range from ex-F1 talent to brand new drivers to the Endurance Sportscar scene. While GTE-Am might be the class focussed on the least over the course of the race, the stories that come from this class are phenomenal, and it's well worth following.

Coming from /Formula1? The guys from F1-Editorial put together this info piece so you can see where drivers you might know stack up in this year's field!

The Legends

Part of the allure of the Le Mans 24 Hours is the history, and the legends steeped in history over the course of it's 85 previous editions. The race has had many headline battles in it's history - periods of time where two or three teams went toe to toe for years, with the drivers, cars, and brands embroiled in these battles given the chance to elevate themselves above the rest, and show their prowess.
Last year at /WEC, we’ve taken our normal Le Mans Legends celebrations to a new level; each week, members of the community have been writing reviews on some of the closest, most fascinating finishes in Le Mans history! You can check out these reports below!
Bonus CookieMonsterFL Write-Ups
This year, we've invited you to celebrate some of the Privateer teams that have made this event special. So far we've featured ByKolles, Pescarolo, and Joest, with another one still to come!
The early races were dominated by the Bentley company in their Speed 6, who won 5 of the first 7 races. Cars were separated into classes by their engine displacement, and the overall winner was based on distance covered. If two cars had finished with the same number of laps, the car with the smaller displacement was declared the winner. The race wasn't run during the second world war, and comparatively very little information is available on the stories of the early days of Le Mans.
After the second world war, teams such as Jaguar, Ferrari, Mercedes, and Aston Martin became the dominant teams. This era featured the legendary Jaguar D type, the Mercedes Benz 300 SLR, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, and the Aston Martin DBR1. Jaguar won 5 times between 1951 and 1957, followed by an era of Ferrari dominance. Drivers such as Mike Hawthorn, Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, and John Fitch became household names as Le Mans became a battle between German engineering and British "garagistas".
Ferrari and Ford was the story of the 60's, with Ferrari winning 6 times straight before Ford won four in a row with the GT40 Mk II, taking their first win in 1966. The story of their rivalry is legendary in it's own right - Henry Ford had almost successfully bought out the Ferrari motor company, only to be knocked back by Enzo himself at the 11th hour. In retaliation, Ford planned to hurt Ferrari where it mattered most; on the track. The Ford GT40 was so comprehensively dominant that it won the 1966 edition 21 laps ahead of the next car back - a Porsche 906/6. None of the Ferrari 330P3's finished the race. This battle gave drivers like Bruce Mclaren, Dan Gurney, and Jacky Ickx their first Le Mans victories, and propelled them to the forefront of motorsport stardom at the height of motorsport's popularity.
The 1970's saw the dawn of Porsche, with the 917k taking the brand's first win in 1970, with the same car winning the following year in the hands of Helmut Marko (yes, that Helmut Marko). It would be 5 years before Porsche would win again, with Maatra taking 3 victories in the interim, each at the hands of Henri Pescarolo. Porsche returned with the 936 and the 956/962c dominating the race for the next 20 years. In fact, from 1970, Porsche won 12 times in 18 events, including 7 in a row, and they miiight have been a bit cheeky about it. Amongst these 12 wins, there were 4 for both Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell, and two for IMSA legend Hurley Haywood, as well as the first win for the Joest team in 1984. This era coincided with the introduction, and subsequent destruction of the Group C sportscar formula, widely regarded as the best Sportscar championship regulations of all time. Porsche’s dominance was eventually ended by Jaguar in the XJR-9LM, at the height of Group C’s magic. Ickx's 6 wins at this stage had earned him the nickname 'Mister Le Mans', a fitting title for one of the best drivers in the world at the time.
GT cars became a force to be reckoned with at the end of the Group C era, with classes being split into LMGTP and LMP. McLaren and Porsche had wins in GTP cars, in the F1 GTR and the 911 GT1 respectively, while Porsche, BMW and Peugeot scored LMP wins. 1997 saw the first win for Tom Kristensen, while the following year Allan McNish took his first victory, starting their journeys into the legend books of Le Mans.
The 2000’s ushered in the era of Audi, with all 13 of their wins coming since the turn of the century. GTP was disbanded due to safety issues, being replaced by GT1 and GT2. Audi picked up wins in the R8, the R10, the R15, and the R18, often dominating the might of the Peugeot 908. Audi's dominance elevated not only their drivers to legend status, but also their team managers, car designers, and race engineers. People like Reinhold Joest (team manager), Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Audisport director), Ulrich Baretzky (engine designer), Leena Gade, Howden Haynes (race engineers) behind the wall and Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer have become household names in the sport not only for their wins, but their longevity and domination. Audi's dominance was only broken by a win for Bentley in 2003, running basically an Audi under a British racing green skin, and Peugeot in 2009, before being ended for good by Porsche in 2015.
Between 2015 and 2017, Porsche added to their victories, now holding a record 19 overall victories at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Audi trail with 13, with Ferrari, Jaguar and Bentley holding the next three positions. Toyota finally took their first overall victory in 2018, and backed it up with another last year. Tom Kristensen is has the most victories at Le Mans, with 9 overall victories over his career with Porsche, Audi and Bentley, inheriting the title of Mr Le Mans.

Videos and Documentaries

Entry List

The 2020 Andy Blackmore's Spotter Guide - Proudly supported by /WEC

This year, /WEC is again sponsoring Andy Blackmore's Le Mans spotters guide. Andy Blackmore has been a long time servant to Le Mans and his spotters guides are second to none in terms of information, presentation, and accuracy. We here at /WEC are proud to feature on the spotters guide, and implore you to show your support by following him @andyblackmore and supporting @AERO_Paint on Twitter!

Endurance Chat

/WEC's podcast, Endurance Chat, will have three episodes in the lead up to Le Mans, as well as a Pre-Pre-Race show in the hours before the event. Watch this space for updates!

Streaming and Television

Martin Haven confirmed that Trackside Broadcast will start 15 minutes before FP2 - No broadcast of FP1 at this stage

  • Official stream OUTSIDE US ONLY - The Le Mans package gives you access to all WEC sessions (Qualifying, Warm Up and the Race) with a choice of on boards, cross platform compatibility, and up to 5 devices connected at once. Additionally, replays of the event are free after the event. Official comms headed by Martin Haven, Allan McNish and Graham Goodwin, who in my personal opinion properly nail the tone of the event. Has been known to get overloaded and crash however
  • Eurosport will be broadcasting the full Le Mans event, including Practice, all Qualifying sessions, Warm Up, and the Race, in most markets with local commentary. Note - In the past, there have been complaints levelled at the tone of the English comms, and bias in commentary in various regions. Luckily, Eurosport does provide a commentary free feed too! Check your local broadcaster for times/streaming
  • Radio Le Mans will be streaming live radio for every session
For American audiences, unfortunately the Official stream is geoblocked for your area. You can catch the race on Motortrend and on the Discovery Velocity channel
Any further updates on TV or Streaming distribution will be added as they are released!

Social Media

If you're looking for more interaction, you can find most of the teams, drivers and commentators on Twitter, giving you instant interaction with those in the midst of the event. We have a twitter list for this year's event thanks to victorycb!

Live timing

Be sure to join the discord for alternate timing solutions!

Get Involved!

By far the most fun you can have watching an endurance race is watching it with the official /WEC Discord! It's a lot of fun and a really great atmosphere to watch the race in!
If you want to have a go at picking who you think will be winning in each class, jump into mwclarkson's Fantasy Endurance Contest! It's free to enter, and if you win, you'll get the satisfaction and achievement of being right!
If there's anything you'd like us to add, or need clarification on, please comment below and we'll add it in!`
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2020.08.31 23:14 Jrubas My Friend's Bed Was Haunted by Sexual Energy

I was signing autographs in a downtown Richmond book boutique when Henry came in. I had been there for over four hours, sitting at a folding table scribbling my name on the inside covers of endless copies of Night Terrors, and was exhausted. My arm ached and my head throbbed. Meeting a perpetual flow of fans, many of them gushing, is hell to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love them dearly, but social situations tend to repel me, and actually engaging people I don’t know is an awkward near impossibility.
It was nearing one, dark and nasty without, and I was longing for a nice long nap in my hotel room when Henry’s turn came. I thought that the woman before him, a middle-aged blond in a brown leather jacket, would never leave. But thankfully Mr. Preston, the owner of the shop, ushered her away in his prissy manner.
I smiled at the man whom I did not recognize as Henry. He was tall and pale, his wavy black hair limp and lusterless, the flesh of his face tight and his eyes an unhealthy pink which bespoke sleepless nights. He smiled wearily yet warmly.
Without a word he passed me his copy of Night Terrors. “And how are you today?” I asked as I sat the book down, my blue Sharpie pen, the second one of the day, poised.
“Just peachy,” he croaked, and I at once knew the voice. I looked up, and Henry was still grinning as if through pain.
“Henry!” I cried happily, and extended my hand. He took it, and it was like a block of ice.
I and Henry were like brothers since time out of mind; our parents were high school friends who lived next to each other in the Pickett subdivision on Thomas Street, and from diapers we were always together, on play dates, camping trips, and backyard pool parties. We were inseparable all through our school years, and only parted, tearfully and grudgingly, when I left Picketts Meade to study at UVA in 1997. Since then, we had seen very little of each other, as I lived mostly in New York City and he in the house willed to him by his childless aunt and uncle.
“Hey, man,” he said, “what’s goin on?”
“Not much,” I said, “same old stuff. Working and all that. What about you?”
He shrugged. “Same here, pretty much. Listen, are you free this afternoon?”
“Sure, what’s up?”
“I got a ghost,” he said, as though the words were kidney stones.
“Sure, I’d be happy to come by.”
Henry smiled again. “Thanks. You know where my aunt’s old place is, right?”
“Ahhh, no, I forgot.”
“Okay, here.” Henry pulled out his wallet and opened it. In the translucent slot where preening fathers proudly put pictures of their children, there was a faded Polaroid of two boys, one tall and skinny, the other short and fat, at a lake on a summer day in 1988, mugging it up with their arms thrown around the other’s shoulder. I had the same one in my wallet.
Henry produced a small piece of creased paper and, with my pen, jotted down the directions.
“I’ll be there at around four or so,” I said, sticking the paper into my blazer’s breast pocket.
“Thanks a million, man, I can’t tell you the kinda shit I been goin through.”
“I can imagine.”
“Good book; is it number one?”
I snickered. “Ahead of Glenn Beck? I wish.”
Henry shrugged. “Still a classic. I can’t believe some of the shit. All of it’s real?”
“As you and I,” I replied. I jotted down my name and a small, personal message onto the inside cover, and handed it back to Henry.
“I’ll see you,” he said. “I’ll be there,” I responded with a smile.
***
Almost two hours later I left the bookstore by the back door, emerged into a narrow ally of grimy brick walls, and carefully crept toward busy 5thstreet. Above, the sky was malevolently silent.
Before leaving the relative safety of the alley, I looked both ways along the sidewalk, and found it empty save for several rushing, bundled forms. For a moment I was reminded of those old shots of The Beatles running from mad throngs of screaming women through the streets of London, and smiled.
I stepped into a freezing gust and hurried up the sidewalk, passing drab storefronts darkened by the gloomy afternoon light. A Ford Focus passed by on the street in a splash of puddled rain, its red taillights glowing satanically in the mist.
Ahead, a brave hotdog vendor, possibly a transplanted New Yorker, stood tensely behind his cart, ready to feed the world. He offered me a taste of his wares, and the almost desperate imploring of his voice touched me. Imagining poverty and mounting bills, I bought a small fountain Coke even though I wasn’t thirsty, and almost as soon as I was out of sight I cast the cup into a metal trash bin, the clanking ice cubes within having sapped the heat from my hand.
Slowly the scenery bled into one of the residential. Dirty Brownstone tenements marched dismally into the ashen day, their crumbling stoops guarded by rusted metal sentries overflowing with rank refuse.
I finally came to the small lot where I had left my Jeep in-between a pick-up truck and a hatchback. The latter was gone, replaced by a small red Beetle. I fished the keys from my pocket and opened the driver side door.
Behind the wheel, I started the engine and the radio came to life with one bland Taylor Swift song or another. Before leaving I slipped Krokus’ Change of Address into the CD player, and slowly cruised back the way I had come.
Several minutes later I took a sloping onramp and met the babbling interstate; before I joined the flow I waited for several large Mac trucks to scream by in their shrouds of water mist. The meager Richmond skyline stretched away to the east, interrupted only by the wide river which bisects the city. Maybe it was the mood and light of the afternoon, but the city seemed a deserted necropolis, the buildings bizarre Druid ruins rising black against the sky.
Once on the interstate I noticed that several idiots cars next to mine were busy blabbering into their cell-phones or texting. I’m not the kind of guy who wants to ban this and that, or the kind of asshole who preaches his opinion to everybody, but I know what can happen on a freeway when someone wants to whip out the old Droid and chat.
One girl, with wet black hair and dressed in a loose white t-shirt, flipped me off when I motioned hang up and drive.
Women, I thought with a grin, they taste good…but the heartburn!
I soon took rural Exit 154 and coasted into the parking lot of a small roadside gas station fed by a narrow hillside lane. I pulled under the gas-pump shelter and killed Marc Storace in the middle of Burning up the Night. I searched my hip pocket and checked the directions again. The name of the town was Fairfield, not too far north of the city.
I got out into the damp and filled the jeep up with juice, wincing at the price. With that done, I crossed the open space between the pumps and the store, my hair dampening, and entered.
After waiting for a white man in a mossy oak camo cap to buy a six pack of Bud Ice and a black woman to purchase a pack of condoms and tampons (an ungodly mix, if you ask me), it came my turn. The wispy old man behind the counter, wearing country regulation suspenders over his button up work shirt, studied me for a long moment.
“Hey, you’re that writer fella, aintcha?” he asked with a rough smile, revealing that his teeth were mostly black or tarnished gold.
Despite a swelling of pride in my chest, I wanted desperately to avoid an embarrassing scene.
“No.”
“Hm. You look a lot like ‘im. She loves all that damn ghost huntin’ garbage.”
I paid for the gas, and the old man wished me a good afternoon with a crooked grin.
Once back in my car, I again studied the directions, trying to absorb them so that I wouldn’t have to constantly consult them in transit.
Feeling confident that I could make it on my own, I started up the engine and followed the ascending byway toward Fairfield.
I soon left behind all urban pretense and found myself speeding through low hills and tiny hamlets made up of slanted wood structures decades past their prime. It had begun to rain more steadily. Crossing the murky Roman River, I saw that it had overflowed its banks.
The winding lane took me past yet more hilly farmland enclosed by strands of barbed wire, putting me slightly in mind of northern England. When I came to the outer limits of Fairfield, which sat across another, smaller, swollen river, I was greeted by a white board sign proclaiming it as The Nicest Town in America.
Main Street, lined with gray brick shops dating from the 1920s, sank down into the rest of the town, from which a white church spire rose into the air, and a blue water tower next to a tall brick schoolhouse loomed supernaturally forth from the thick valley mist. The sidewalk boasted fiery trees, the embers of which carpeted the wet concrete.
At the four-way intersection, the only cars that I met were a station wagon going to the east part of town, a minivan heading back the way I had come, and an SUV going down into the heart of the town, which lied spread before the hill like a fog enshrouded dream.
I took the left and followed the street for a time, passing a small doctor’s office and the police station. The big roll-top doors of the local volunteer fire department were open, and I glimpsed several men in the gloom lazily wiping down the sleeping green dragon within. A group of children struggled down the sidewalk with crammed backpacks dragging along the wet pavement. A boy on a ten-speed bike shot past them and hung a sharp right, taking a small dead-end road ending at the foot of the hill. In the rear view mirror a large yellow school grinded to a halt, the red lights on its mounted stop sign blinking rhythmically. Teenagers tumbled out and hurried across.
Lee Street was an odd mix of ranch and Victorian houses, all beautiful and tastefully enclosed by hedges or withering gardens. A few of the larger homes were sectioned off with low stone walls waist high to a man.
The last house on the left was tall and narrow, dating back at least to the latter half of the 1890s. With spires and gingerbread trim it affected a stately air.
I parked along the street and sat for a moment, memories washing over me. I and Henry had come here several summers during our childhood. Being unable to have children, Jo and Oscar doted on us so much it was almost cloying. They were rabid antique collectors, and spent thirty happy years hoarding history together before Flight 93 went down over Pennsylvania on the eleventh of September, 2001.
I killed the engine and got out into a brisk slap of wind. After waiting for a minivan to swoosh past, I crossed the street. The grass along the flagstone walk was encroachingly tall, and I wondered if Henry’s ghost had hidden his lawnmower.
I bounded up the porch and knocked on the door. I waited in the cold for a moment, a wind from the west raking my flesh. Finally, as I cocked my fist to knock again, the door opened, and was filled with Henry, dressed as he had been at the bookstore.
“Hey, man” he greeted and moved aside.
“Long time no see,” I smiled. Stepping across the threshold, I was immediately struck by the heaviness of the atmosphere, crushing down on me like the world upon Atlas’s shoulders. I staggered, and Henry at one grabbed my arm and helped steady me.
“Uh-oh,” he said, “I don’t like that.”
“I’m fine,” I lied, looking suspiciously about myself, “just tired.” I didn’t at once remember what such a black heft meant, but I did know that it wasn’t good. At all.
“Well, if you wanna go back…”
“Nah,” I dismissed, “I’m alright.”
“Okay,” Henry said and led me from the shadowy foyer and into a wide parlor. A large bay window, an ugly modern addition, sat across the room, uncurtained. Save for tall, dusty bookshelves along either wall, the only other furnishings in the room were a couch piled with tangled blankets and a pillow, and two armchairs.
Henry showed me to one of the chairs and took the one across from me.
“So, what’s up? How’s life treating you?”
I sighed. “Alright. I hate the touring, though. I can’t stand being on the road.”
“Ah,” he dismissed me with a wave of the hand, “you always were a little homebody. I love the open road. Nothing like it. You want a drink?”
I nodded.
“Coke,” he warned me.
“Better be.”
He laughed and moved off to the kitchen, leaving me alone in the room. The dark feeling pressed down on me harder than it had been, compressing my chest. I tried to take a deep breath, but was unable. It was like standing on a high butte overlooking a strange plain in a dark world, the air thin and sour.
Henry returned with two Cokes. He handed me one and sat back down. “Sorry they’re not cold. I just bought ‘em on the way back.”
“That’s fine,” I said, opening mine and taking a long drink. Henry sat his between his legs.
“I saw you on Ghost Hunters last month,” he said with something like pride, “I was over at my old girlfriend’s house and when your mug popped out, I about went crazy. “Hey, I know that guy!””
My appearance on the popular SYFY Channel show had been little more than a publicity stunt engineered by my agent. I was against it from the first, but ending up going on anyway. The target was a 13th Century castle on an Irish bluff overlooking the crashing sea. Supposedly, a family of werewolves had lived there in the sixteen hundreds.
“They’re a sham,” I said, glancing around as if expecting a hostile apparition to materialize. Maybe I was.
“Who?”
“Those attention whores,” I said, referring to the ‘ghost hunters’. “There weren’t any ghosts. It was all faked. The noises. The mist. All of it.
“I figured,” Henry said, “they usually are.”
“I guess,” I looked around.
“Yeah.” Henry finished off his Coke and sat the empty can at his foot.
“So, what have you been doing?” I asked, “just hanging out?”
“Yeah,” he said, “aunt Jo and uncle Oscar weren’t rich. They had money, but not much. The way the recession’s going, I’m probably gonna have to go back to work soon.”
“Sometimes I wish I could just stop writing and investigating and all that and just live off my books’ proceeds,” I confided, “live the life without doing the work.”
Henry chuckled. “You’re lucky; you got a kick-ass job. I’m most likely gonna end up at Food-Lion or something.”
“Gotta start somewhere,” I said. “Maybe we can write a novel together.”
Both of us had tried as children to write our own horror stories. Henry’s were mostly better than mine.
“Maybe,” he seemed to taste the idea.
I opened my mouth to reply, but a stiff gust of wind slammed into the house, and I jolted.
Henry laughed. “Scared?”
I shook my head. “No, not really. I just…well, what exactly are we dealing with, here?”
Henry sobered, his face darkening. “I…I been thinking how to word this for a while now.” He paused. “You ever hear that phrase La petite mort?”
I missed a beat. “What?”
“You know, that French metaphor? It refers to a state of euphoria after you “finish.””
“Yeah, I know.”
Henry sat grasping for a moment. “People believe that some kind of spiritual lifeforce is…expelled when you cum. Somehow that’s like dying or something.”
“Uh-huh,” I nodded awkwardly.
“And in Ghosts and Ghouls, you said that some people think a ghost is just…leftover human energy. Right?”
“The atheists and agnostics in the field, yes.”
“Do you think it’s possible that…that release of energy can leave a…a ghostly residue?”
I laughed. “Henry, that’s just a metaphor; it doesn’t mean anything.”
“Are you sure?”
I opened my mouth, but closed it again. I couldn’t honestly say that I was.
“What…what makes you ask that?”
“It’s my bed,” he replied darkly.
“Your bed?”
He nodded. “Remember Sarah Kerns?”
For a moment I drew a blank, and then an angular face framed in raven hair materialized before my mind’s eye.
“Sure,” I said, “your girlfriend in eighth grade. What about her?”
“Remember how she moved over the summer, before we started high school?”
I nodded. Her father was in some kind of business that forced him to relocate often. I can’t remember what it was, though.
“The night before she left, she came over to my house and we did it...”
“Alright,” I urged, and then it dawned on me. “You still have the same bed, don’t you?”
He shrugged. “Never saw a good reason to get rid of it.”
“And you’ve…done a lot in it, huh?”
“A lot,” he admitted.
“And now you think…what, all that combined energy has created a sort of ghost?”
“Look, I know it’s crazy, but just hear me out, okay?”
“Okay.”
Henry took a deep breath and began.
Several weeks before crying out to me for help, he told me, he had been lying awake in bed. It was a windy night and he was as far from sleep as a man can get, so, as he watched the darkened ceiling, he let his mind drift unfettered. He had always had a fertile imagination, and was entertaining himself with undisclosed fantasies when, all of a sudden, the foot of the bed lurched to one side, as though booted by an angry WWE star after an in-ring betrayal.
“Man, that scared the shit outta me,” Henry said. “I froze up and just laid there for a minute. Then it happened again, and this time I got knocked off.”
Frightened, Henry jumped up, fell in the sheets tangled at his feet, and flew down the stairs.
“I sat here in the living room for a little while. After a half hour or so, I decided it was a nightmare and went back up. In the room, I flipped on the light switch and…”
He was quiet for a long moment, looking down at his ashen hands. “And there was a fuckin dead girl spread out on the bed, covered in blood and shit.”
I gasped softly at this, my heart freezing in mid beat.
“You’re sure?” I asked incredulously.
He nodded without looking up. “Yeah. And she looked like Hanna Giles…you remember her, right?”
I did. She was a cheerleader during school, a tall drink of blond perfection. She and Henry spent much of the 11th grade getting hot and heavy together before he grew bored and found another conquest.
“And…and she…sat up, her fuckin eyes were black and she had these long Dracula fangs. She opened up her legs and…fucking blood gushed out.”
He stopped at my hiss of horror. “It looked like…you know, in The Shinning, when that elevator opens up in the beginning?”
I nodded, my mouth slightly agape.
“I saw that shit and lost my mind. I ran out the front door and down the street. Spent the rest of the night in a booth at the diner, too afraid to come home.”
In the morning, Henry stretched out in the parlor.
“I was having dinner the next day. A buffalo chicken Hungry Man. So, I was sitting at the kitchen table eating, when something above my head, in the room, crashed against the floor. And right after, I heard this long, high pitched laugh.”
Stiff with terror, Henry remained unmoving at the table for nearly an hour before packing up and going to a motel for a few days.
“I was starting to think it was a nightmare, but when that shit happened…”
Henry eventually returned, convinced that the “ghosts”, while frightening, were harmless.
“So, one night, I got brave and went back upstairs to see what would happen.”
After several uneventful hours, Henry was on the border of sleep when something, something cold and dry, wrapped around his throat.
“It felt like hands, little…you know, a woman’s hands.”
The world grayed as Henry clawned at the phantom hands to no avail. He nearly collapsed into death before they suddenly and inexplicably spared him.
“That was the other night. I was about to leave, go get a motel or something, but I heard you were coming down, so I thought I’d see if you could help me.”
For a long moment I sat in brooding silence.
In 1999, I left school to work for a noted regional paranormal researcher named John Haggis. I accompanied him on many outings, most of them busts. Only three confirmed cases of the genuinely supernatural came across our desk in the three years I worked with him, one of them being the demonic haunting of a bar in Headwaters, a tiny hamlet nestled in the Shenandoah foothills southwest of Harrisonburg.
I learned several things from our experience there. One: Demons despise the presence of a professional. Two: While ghosts can, on extremely rare occasions, possess human beings, only demons can shapeshift and actually harm someone without the use of a human agent.
“Have…have you ever smelled sulfur here?” I asked, my voice natural, at least to my own ears.
“Rotten eggs? No, why?”
“You’ve been left alone outside the room, right?”
“Yeah. What about the sulfur?” he seemed impatient.
I ignored him and looked from one shadowy corner to another, the house bathed in a sour, uneasy silence. I was shocked to find myself wanting to get as away from the house as I could.
“Henry,” I drew, my eyes darting apprehensively, “there…”
I stopped. How would he take hearing that a demon was in his house? But was it really a demon we were dealing with? I couldn’t be sure; I’m not, after all, a demonologist.
“What?” he asked, his tone low and worried.
If it was, then it appeared to be attached to the bed somehow, like a ghost to a favorite rocking chair…
“…I doubt that your ghost is made of girl goo.” I at length flashed a smile, hoping that it didn’t look too fake. “I’ve heard of similar cases, and they are relatively easy to deal with.”
“Really?” Henry’s face brightened for the first time all day, and his tone was one of a child in the presence of a shyster birthday-party magician.
“Yeah,” I said, “no problem. Tomorrow I’ll call some people and they’ll conduct…sort of an exorcism. It’ll be a breeze.”
Henry sighed, relieved. “Okay.”
I looked again from corner to corner. “Hey, you want to go and get some dinner, my treat?”
Henry smiled again, his dark eyes alight. “Sure.”
We took my car, and drove off into the thickening gloom. Main Street was busier than it had been when I entered town; it was past six, and people were returning home from work in droves.
“Take a left up here,” Henry said as we approached the four-way, “and go for about…five miles. Place called Ryan’s.”
I nodded, lost in thought. I would have to call Tom Youngblood, the only demonologist in the Richmond area, in the morning. And maybe I would have to call the Catholic Church in town, too. Then again, the church has tried in recent years to distance itself from the supernatural.
I took the left, and descended down into the heart of Fairfield. Queerly, about a mile of hillside between the upper and lower sections had been left undeveloped, and was currently a hopeless tangle of dead grass.
“Man, I feel like a weight’s been lifted,” Henry said as we passed the dark shops and rain sluiced sidewalks, empty save for the phantom trees along the edge. “You can really do all of this tomorrow?”
“Yeah,” I said confidently. I took a deep breath, and seemed to blow away all of the mounting worry crushing my chest. I only had to call Tom and a priest, and they would take it from there. They were experts. It might not be an easy break, but it would get done. Demons were actually weak in the presence of religious men; which is why I abandoned my former atheism.
“Good. I can’t wait to get this shit behind me. It’s been a living hell, you know?”
I nodded, and then realized that it was probably too dark for Henry to see. “Yeah, I bet it’ll feel really good.”
“Like a million bucks,” Henry said.
“And…get rid of the damn bed. I don’t think that what we’re dealing with is…what you thought, but just burn it. It’s possible that the ghost is attached to it for some reason.”
“Way ahead of you, man,” Henry said. “I’m gonna go down to Mattress Warehouse and get me a new one tomorrow.”
At the end of town, just before the beginning of the dark, wet woods, I slowed at the traffic light, pulling to a stop alongside a school bus; the small lights affixed to the ceiling within were on against the dark. I saw a few dark silhouettes through the rectangular windows, and ascertained from their distorted shapes that they belonged to the high school’s football team.
“And…don’t have all your fun in one place, okay?” I said as we got back underway, the bus falling behind in the darkness.
“I ain’t gonna have that kinda fun for a long time.”
“Yeah, bullshit,” I jested in hopes of further lightening the mood, “you can’t go a week without having sex with someone…or something.”
Henry chuckled. “Yeah? I once went a month without doin your mom.”
“She needed that long to stop laughing at your…handicap.”
Henry laughed. “Okay. Just wait till we get there; take you in the bathroom and show you what’s up.”
I snorted. “What’s limp.”
“It won’t be limp when I shove it down…”
The restaurant, a sparkling oasis cloaked in primal black, loomed so quickly from the darkness that I nearly missed the turn.
“Alright,” Henry said after I had slid us into a slanted parking spot facing the empty road, his penis forgotten, “let’s get some grub.”
“You look like a German Jew,” I said as we got out of the car, “you need a good meal.”
“Yeah, thanks, mom,” Henry said as we crossed the parking lot. Through the big front windows, we could see happy families sharing joyful meals in the warm brightness.
We came to the double doors, and both held them open for the shuffling passage of an elderly couple. “Thank you,” the old man rasped and nodded as he helped his wife past us and toward a silver Cadillac parked in one of the closest handicap spots. They were immediately followed by two teenage girls in gym shorts and pink tops.
“What is it with kids dressing like that when it’s cold?” I whispered as we entered the restaurant, assaulted at once by the good odors of many steaming, mingling foods.
“If you got it flaunt it,” Henry reckoned.
We walked up to the long lunch counter and took cups, silverware and plastic trays from a hotplate guarded from inconsiderate sneezers by smudged plastic. We waited behind a party of rowdy college students to pay the casher.
We paid the chipper blond behind the register and were shown by a young sleepy eyed man in a red t-shirt and black slacks to a booth along the far wall of the room, mercifully away from the main population. Henry was immediately off to fix himself a plate at the buffet.
I sat at the booth for a moment, looking around the brightly lit room. It was crowded with families, mostly, passing food and laughing over their tables.
After another moment of inventorying how many people I would have to pass to get to the drink machine, I got up and moved to the Coke island. Apart from the dispenser there sat a plain metal canister marked with the picture of a tall, frosty glass of chocolate milk looming forward like a favorite uncle. I considered for a moment, and finally decided to get the milk, the likes of which I haven’t tasted since I was a child.
As I drew the dark liquid into my clear cup, a beefy older man in a brown leather jacket walked unthinkingly up to the machine and filled his cup with Sprite, all the while gasping softly to himself about someone named Mony-Mony.
Sidestepping a yellow WET FLOOR sign at the head of a nasty spill, I went back to the booth where Henry sat, bent protectively over a plate of fried chicken and breaded shrimp. I took my plate and quickly filled it up with French fries, several times nearly colliding with a young boy in small glasses examining each bright pile of food as if he would die if he did not detect the poison on his choices. At the booth I splattered a liberal amount of Tabasco sauce on the golden potatoes and dug in, my chocolate milk standing dutifully by should I need its aid.
“Remember Donny West?” Henry asked around a mouthful of food. I nodded. Donny had been one of our friends as kids before his mother moved the family to West Virginia. A beefy kid with red hair and deep freckles.
“Yeah. How can I forget?”
“He died.”
“What?” I asked, a bit of fry falling from my mouth and landing on the plate.
Henry nodded and swallowed. “I talked to his sister on Facebook, and she said he was drinking and wrecked his car into a tree a couple years ago. Took two of his friends with him.”
“That’s horrible,” I said numbly. Though I had not seen Donny in years, to hear that a once close friend was dead broke my heart.
“You remember what he did on April Fool’s Day that one time?” I asked Henry after a long, respectful moment of silence.
Henry nodded. “He had balls to do that.”
Donny, much more a practical joker than even Henry, had run the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy up the flag pole before school started that day. What made it even funnier were the facts that no one even noticed until lunch, and that the school sat right on the main highway in Picketts Meade.
“Yeah,” I sighed, black, cancerous nostalgia flooding me. “The good old days.”
We then lapsed into a comfortable silence. After savagely stripping the meat from a chicken bone, Henry wandered off to treat himself to a cold dessert. I finished the last of my fries and polished off the chocolate milk, my burning mouth greedily absorbing the cool liquid.
After a return trip to the machine, meeting once again the boy who had been diligently studying for his buffet safety PhD (he wasn’t quiet as conscientious when it came to Coca-Cola), I placed myself in my seat and awaited Henry. He soon returned empty-handed.
“They all sucked,” he declared.
I did not reply, but suddenly realized that the ice cream machine was next to the soda and chocolate milk fountains.
Suddenly, from across the room, there came a loud racket, drawling the puzzled stares of patrons in the gulf between walls. From a door came a line of people dressed in red shirts and black pants. The person at the head of the rank, a rather fetching teen goth with long midnight hair and a generous bosom, held something in her hands, something aflame, for her strong angler face was awash in orange. The Ryan’s troops behind her were clapping.
With mortification I saw them making a B-line toward our table like a personified children’s show choo-choo. Now all of the bemused eaters were looking toward me and Henry.
“You bastard,” I said, turning to Henry. He was smiling and clapping flourishingly. I broke out in my own grin, my cheeks afire. “Oh you son of a bitch; real funny.”
The Ryan’s Birthday Army now surrounded my half of the booth, leering over me like grinning psychos and clapping madly. I hung my head in embarrassment as they sat a flaming birthday cake on the table before me. “Bastard,” I muttered, lowering my head, realizing that now all of the other patrons too were looking at me and clapping.
Then the singing started.
I could just imagine Henry going up to our hostess and stage whispering across the counter, his hand shielding his mouth from prying lip readers, Pissst; it’s his birthday, pointing in my direction.
Bastard.
***
Coming out of the Ryan’s parking lot nearly half an hour later, I took a right on the rain swept street and followed it back to town past several large comfortable southern homes boasting screened in front porches and spotlighted flags. Most of these were protected from the street by rusted chin link fences.
We were silent and content, our stomachs full.
Finally desirous of breaking the silence, but too stuffed with food and lazy to speak, I switched on the radio, picking up a station from southern Maryland. After a “local” newscast about a New York mobster choking to death in a King George pizza joint and the discovery of a well-known radical poet shot dead in a D.C. parking garage, Cyndi Lauper came on with Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
“Your song,” Henry croaked from the passenger seat.
I changed the station. The Culture Club was singing about a Church of the Poisoned Mind.
“Damn, must be your night,” Henry snickered from the darkness.
“Shut up,” I replied, hitting the scan button; the radio settled for a station playing a Seether song.
Henry laughed. “I meant you like eighties music. I wasn’t trying to say you’re gay…not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
Pulling to the end of Henry’s street, I noticed that we had left none of the lights on when we departed; the thought of waltzing through the door into the pitch black slightly uneased me.
I thought of asking Henry to stay with me at the Marriot in Richmond rather than me staying with him, but quickly decided against it; we’d be safe in the parlor.
Putting down my own childish reluctance, I parked the car at the curb and killed the engine, shutting Kanye West off in mid-rant.
We entered the house and immediately repaired to the parlor, where Henry took care of stoking a warm fire into existence.
That done, he came back to his chair and sank with a pleasured sigh. “So, you gonna write about this?”
To be honest, the thought hadn’t crossed my mind. “Maybe,” I said. Of course I would. Would it make it into my next book? It had a better chance than some of the other cases I had. People love their supernatural when it’s really weird.
“Well…” Henry said, but was interrupted by a terrible crash from overhead, which shook the house and caused us to jerk in surprised fear.
“There it is,” he shivered.
Another long bang sounded upstairs, as if something had thumped to the floor.
I swallowed around a lump in my throat, and opened my mouth, but was forestalled by another loud crash, this one followed by a stomach-piercing moan.
“Maybe we should go,” I stammered, a sudden bubble of stark fear overwhelming my cool rationality.
Henry licked his lips and swallowed hard, his Adam’s apple bobbing.
I looked appraisingly up at the smooth ceiling above my head, partly hidden by the gloom. There was another thump that stopped my heart and froze my blood. A shower of fine plaster rained down upon me like hard snow, and I quickly averted my eyes to avoid it.
“Henry?” I panted breathlessly, wrestling with my own galloping fear.
“Fuck this,” Henry affirmed and moved to stand, “let’s…”
Henry had been whispering, as if worried about disturbing his inconsiderate guest, so I was able to hear the soft, terrible footfall. It was as if an electric shock ran through me, reducing my bones to jelly.
I heard it again, louder this time.
Henry’s eyes were wide. “Was that…?” he whispered superstitiously.
I gulped and nodded. “It sounded like it…
From the dark upstairs hall there came a soft, fugitive creak. Henry was now fully standing, his wiry body tense and rigid.
“Hennnryyyyyy!” drifted a thin and ghostly greeting.
“Jesus Christ!” I exclaimed, and bolted to my feet. I turned to the dark threshold into the rest of the hostile house, and saw nothing but playing shadows.
“Hennnryyyy, baaaabyyyyyyy!”
I spun on my heels. “We have to get the hell out of here!” I whispered incoherently, my mind reeling. There was no hope of using the front door. We would have to pass the stairs…
Henry stood slack in place, his eyes wide and seeming to vibrate with terror.
There was a more confident footfall from halfway down the staircase, and a definite swish like that of a passing priest’s cassock.
“Come on!” I screamed, my fear boiling over. I desperately regarded the window beyond Henry’s chair. It appeared wide enough for both of us to escape side-by-side.
I grabbed Henry’s wrist, but pulling him was like trying to move a wooden post set deeply in the ground.
“Come on, we gotta go, NOW!!” I screamed franticly, hearing the loud moan of the last step. Henry shook his head as if shaking away a dream and looked at me with frightened, pleading eyes. But before a word could pass between us he turned back to the threshold.
And screamed.
Hearing the horrible, damned-soul quality of his voice broke my resolve and nearly my mind. It was the high-pitched shriek of a child on finally seeing the thing under its bed and finding it far worse than imagined; it was the scream of a sinner being shown into his new abode in hell; it was the pitiful cry of a madman.
Fueled by mindless animal terror, I sprang for the window.
Forearms thrown protectively over my face, I crashed through with a cry, and sailed into the damp night in a shower of broken glass, my stomach throbbing in my throat. I hit the grassy ground with an umph and staggered to my feet, my knees watery and quivering.
Behind me, the laughter of madness turned into the orgasm of agony.
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2020.08.22 03:07 Trappezoidal I made an action-packed "bush" trip around Southern California and the Barrier Islands

Hi Everyone, I thought I'd create a short "bush" trip around part of southern California. I've specified the date, time, and weather patterns for each leg that should be used, but feel free to change it up.

I hope you like it,
- Trappezoidal
\ Warning: It looks like the formatting is messed up on mobile. Recommend browser for viewing. \ Latest Update: Sept 8, 2020 \ Edit: The barrier Islands are actually called the Channel Islands (of course there is a typo in the title...)

Introduction

You live in the beautiful State of Montana. However, it's December, and so you have decided to spend your winter vacation in sunny southern California. Specifically, you will be staying in a resort on Catalina Island, where the average December daytime high is a pleasant 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, you are absolutely loaded, so, you decide to take a flight tour of southern California that ends near your resort. You find yourself on the tarmac of Van Nuys ('van-eyes') Airport in "The Valley" in Los Angeles. A shiny, brand-spanking new Cessna 172 sits in front of you. Let's get started! Aircraft: Cessna 172 Skyhawk (G1000) ETE's estimated with cruise speed: 120 KTAS
Here is a map of the route: https://imgur.com/5lxG0Xa

Leg 1 - Roads and Landmarks

FROM: KVNY\ TO: KHHR\ Date: DEC 21, 2020\ Time: 4:10 PM\ Weather: Scattered Clouds\ Flight Time: 17'
For the first leg of your journey, you will be following some of LA's freeways, and passing some famous landmarks. You begin at Van Nuys Airport.
Scenery:\ The famous Hollywood Sign: https://imgur.com/kAfPabk \ Downtown Los Angeles: https://imgur.com/SzUPEMM
1) Heading 160, 5.21 NM, ETE 2'36''\ NAME: Top of the 405 Pass\ Take off from KVNY runway 16L. There is a large freeway (the 405) East of the airport; follow it south as it goes into the hills. Climb with the road to its highest point.
2) Heading 168, 2.4 NM, ETE 1'12''\ NAME: End of the 405 Canyon\ Continue following the 405 freeway down a canyon. Stay low for a challenge, but watch your speed!
3) Heading 058, 8.2 NM, ETE 4'6''\ NAME: Hollywood Sign\ As the 405 freeway exits the hills, make a sharp left and fly along the base of the hills (Beverly hills, to be exact), keeping the ridge-line on your left. Keep flying until you see another freeway crossing the hills (the 101). Just past this freeway is the Hollywood reservoir, and on the hill above that, the Hollywood sign.
4) Heading 131, 5.6 NM, ETE 2'48''\ NAME: Downtown LA\ At the Hollywood reservoisign, turn right to heading 131 and approach downtown Los Angeles (the large buildings in the distance).
5) Heading 178, 7.91 NM, ETE 4'0''\ NAME: Interchange\ As you arrive over downtown Los Angeles, you will see a large freeway (the 110) running in between the skyscrapers. Follow the freeway southwest. The fre1eway then turns southwards and crosses another freeway (the 10). Keep following the 110 (descending to ~1000 ft) until it intersects a second freeway (the 105).
6) Heading 252, 2.8 NM, ETE 1'23''\ NAME: Hawthorne Municipal Airport (KHHR)\ Turn right just after the 110 - 105 interchange and land at Hawthorne Municipal Airport (KHHR).

Leg 2 - Sunset over the PCH

FROM: KHHR\ TO: KCMA\ Date: DEC 21, 2020\ Time: 4:38 PM\ Weather: Scattered Clouds\ Flight Time: 16'
For this leg, you will fly into the sunset along one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the United States: the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
Scenery:\ The Santa Monica Pier: https://imgur.com/oPrs3F9 \ The Pacific Coast at Sunset: https://imgur.com/7hwfKpi
1) Heading 260, 4.5 NM, ETE 2'15''\ NAME: Pacific Coast\ Make sure to take off at 4:38 PM on DEC 21, 2020, with scattered clouds to make the most of the sunset! After takeoff, make heading 260 towards the beach.
2) Heading 316, 6 NM, ETE 3'0''\ NAME: Santa Monica Pier\ At the shore, turn right and head north along the coastline. You will first pass over Marina Del Rey, then a very thin pier, and finally a large pier: Santa Monica Pier.
3) Heading 267, 9.3 NM, ETE 4'39''\ NAME: Malibu Lagoon\ Santa Monica Pier is the official endpoint of Route 66, and it is right at the start of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). The PCH hugs the coast for miles. Continue along the coast Northwest and enjoy the sunset (play with the cloud layers if you'd like to get the best light show). You will come to a rounded point with a lagoon. This is Malibu Lagoon, at the base of the Malibu Creek.
4) Heading 241, 6.5 NM, ETE 3'15''\ NAME: Dume Point\ Continue past Malibu Lagoon, following the PCH to the larger point in the distance: Dume Point.
5) Heading 281, 7 NM, ETE 3'30''\ NAME: Canyon Entrance\ Turn right at Point Dume and continue along the coast for about 7 NM. Keep following the PCH until there are no more houses. You should then see a small parking lot, and just after it, a road branching off the PCH and up into a canyon. Hit the throttle; we are about to have a steep ascent.
6) Heading 359, 4.7 NM, ETE 2'50''\ NAME: Canyon Top\ Make a sharp right into the canyon, following the road that branches of the PCH. Try to gain as much altitude as you can. Keep following the road for about 3 NM until the canyon splits. The road goes right, you go left. Weave your way up, hugging the right side of the canyon. Eventually, you should come to the top of the mountain range. It's not important exactly which peak you get to.
7) Heading 344, 3.6 NM, ETE 1'48''\ NAME: 101 FWY\ From the top of the range, head North until you see a large freeway (the 101, again) running East-West. Turn left and follow it westward.
8) Heading 272, 7.7 NM, ETE 5'8''\ NAME: Camarillo Airport (KCMA)\ The 101 freeway will lead you directly to your destination for this leg: Camarillo Airport (KCMA).

Leg 3 - Night Flight to Santa Barbara

FROM: KCMA\ TO: KSBA\ Date: DEC 21, 2020\ Time: 5:00 PM\ Weather: Scattered Clouds\ Flight Time: 19'
This leg of your journey is not the most difficult navigationally. Rather, it's a relaxing night flight that gives you an opportunity to enjoy the lights of the 101 freeway and the beautiful stars in the night sky (see if you can spot the Milky Way). Be warned, however, if you are too distracted, you might find yourself drifting to the East and into the dark mountains that loom along the coast.
Scenery:\ Stearns Wharf in Daytime: https://imgur.com/rx2rDXY
1) Heading 279, 10 NM, ETE 5'20''\ NAME: Pacific Coast\ Take off at 5:00 PM and make heading 279 towards the coast.
2) Heading 289, 8.8 NM, ETE 4'24''\ NAME: More Pacific Coast\ Once you reach the coast, follow it for a little over 4 minutes.
3) Heading 276, 12.5 NM, ETE 6'15''\ NAME: Stearns Warf\ Keep following the coast. After another 6 minutes or so, you will come across a pier (Stearns Warf) and a harbor (Santa Barbara Harbor).
4) Heading 277, 3.9 NM, ETE 2'0''\ NAME: More 101 FWY\ From Stearns Warf/Santa Barbara Harbor, make heading 276, still following the 101 freeway as it turns inland. Follow the road for another 2 minutes. At this point you should see Santa Barbara Airport (KSBA) 4 NM to the West.
5) Heading 256, 3.72 NM, ETE 2'28''\ NAME: Santa Barbara Airport (KSBA)\ Approach and land at Santa Barbara Airport (KSBA). Taxi to parking and shut down your aircraft. Its time to get some sleep; the second half of your journey starts in the early morning.

Leg 4 - To the Barrier Islands!

FROM: KSBA\ TO: KISS\ Date: DEC 22, 2020\ Time: 6:55 AM\ Weather: Scattered Clouds\ Flight Time: 21'
You are so excited for your vacation that you wake up before sunrise. You feel like changing things up a bit from yesterday, and again, you are absolutely loaded, so you buy a shiny new Beachcraft Bonanza G36 that happened to be for sale at the Santa Barbara Airport. You climb in just before the sun rises, and you get ready for your tour of the barrier islands on your way to Catalina Island.
Scenery: \ San Miguel Island: https://imgur.com/fvvlG9T \ Bechers bay Airfield: https://imgur.com/u9jYX6l
ETE's estimated with cruise speed: 160 KTAS
1) Heading 219, 34 NM, ETE 12'45''\ NAME: San Miguel Island\ Take off from KSBA at 6:55 AM on Dec 22, 2020, and set heading 219. You are heading across the water to San Miguel Island. Enjoy the sunrise to the East. Once the island comes into view, aim for the right side.
2) Heading 111, 7.5 NM, ETE 2'54''\ NAME: Santa Rosa Island\ When you arrive at the island, turn left and follow the northern coast to the East. Once you get to the end of the island, aim across to the next island: Santa Rosa Island.
3) Heading 67, 9.8 NM, ETE 3'36''\ NAME: Carrington Point\ Once at Santa Rosa island, follow the coastline Northeast until you reach the northernmost point on the island: Carrington Point.
4) Heading 168, 2.4 NM, ETE 1'0''\ NAME: Bechers Bay Airport (KISS)\ Carrington Point defines the Northwest end of Bechers Bay. South of Carrington Point is Bechers Bay Airport (KISS), and your destination for this leg. Make sure to re-fuel your aircraft here.

Leg 5 - Island Hopping

FROM: KISS\ TO: KNSI\ Date: DEC 22, 2020\ Time: ~7:40 AM\ Weather: Scattered Clouds\ Flight Time: 34'
For the fifth leg, we will explore Santa Cruz Island, the Anacapa Islands, and San Nicolas Island.
Scenery:\ Santa Cruise Island: https://imgur.com/FuPUk20 \ Anacapa Islands: https://imgur.com/1YtptUD
1) Heading 045, 7 NM, ETE 2'36''\ NAME: Santa Cruz Island\ Take off from Bechers Bay Airport and make heading 045 towards Santa Cruz Island, aiming for the left end of the island.
2) Heading 098, 11 NM, ETE 4'6''\ NAME: Canyon Branch\ When you get to the island, you'll notice a mountain range running to the east. Follow this range, keeping the ridge-line on your left. You will soon enter a valley that slopes upward (fly low for a challenge, but not too low!). Keep inside the valley as you crest a ridge and start heading downwards again. There is a dried-up river that runs down the valley; follow it until you reach some buildings. Here, look for a small canyon that branches off to the left.
3) Heading 45, 2.4 NM, ETE 1'0''\ NAME: Canyon End\ Turn sharp left and follow the branching canyon to the coastline.
4) Heading 71, 8 NM, ETE 3'0''\ NAME: East Edge of Santa Cruz Island\ Once out of the canyon, follow the northern coastline all the way to the Easternmost edge of the island.
5) Heading 87, 8.3 NM, ETE 3'6''\ NAME: Anacapa Islands\ From the eastern edge of Santa Cruz Island, you will see a line of much smaller islands to the East: the Anacapa Islands. Fly to the easternmost island.
6) Heading 181, 47 NM, ETE 17'36''\ NAME: San Nicolas Island\ After you have flown over the Anacapa Islands, turn right to heading 181 and the horizon. Trust your compass as you head towards San Nicolas Island. Once San Nicolas Island comes into view (after ~10 minutes), aim for the right side.
7) Heading 090, 6 NM, ETE 2'15''\ NAME: San Nicolas Island NOLF (KNSI)\ Once you arrive at the island, cross to the south end and follow the southern coastline to the east, gaining some altitude; your destination is on the plateau in the middle of the island: San Nicolas Island NOLF (KNSI). This airport is owned by the Navy, so make sure to do everything the tower says, and be thankful they allowed you to land in the first place (well, you paid someone off to fudge the paperwork to make it happen... so, I guess be thankfull that you are very rich).

Leg 6 - To Catalina and Vacation!

FROM: KNSI\ TO: KAVX\ Date: DEC 22, 2020\ Time: ~8:25 AM\ Weather: Scattered Clouds\ Flight Time: 28'
For the sixth and final leg of the journey, we will fly to Catalina Island and do a short tour before landing at the airport there.
Scenery:\ Catalina Island: https://imgur.com/9Prxusx \ Two Harbors: https://imgur.com/ZPIKylI \ Avalon Bay: https://imgur.com/eKpJjGI \ Catalina Airport: https://imgur.com/2ybCWrw
1) Heading 042, 25 NM, ETE 9'24''\ NAME: Santa Barbara Island\ Take off from KNSI and set heading 042 towards Santa Barbara Island. After a few minutes of flying, the island will become visible on the horizon.
2) Heading 077, 22 NM, ETE 8'15''\ NAME: Catalina Island\ Once over Santa Barbara Island, turn right to heading 077 towards Catalina Island. When Catalina Island comes into view, aim for the left side of the island.
3) Heading 095, 5.9 NM, ETE 2'12''\ NAME: Two Harbors\ When you arrive at Catalina Island, follow the northern coast for about 6 NM. You will come to a town on and isthmus between two coves: Two Harbors.
4) Heading 163, 4.8 NM, ETE 1'48''\ NAME: Double Cove\ Turn right and cross over Two Harbors to the south side of the island. Follow the coast southeast for about two miles until you come to a small cove that is split into two smaller coves.
5) Heading 122, 2.7 NM, ETE 1'0''\ NAME: McGee Lake\ At the small double cove, turn left to heading 122. After about a minute, you should pass over a small lake: McGee Lake.
6) Heading 101, 5 NM, ETE 1'54''\ NAME: Canyon Over Avalon\ At McGee Lake, make heading 101, following the mountain range eastward. Keep this heading across a large canyon. After another mile, look for a canyon that heads North towards the town of Avalon.
7) Heading 018, 2.2 NM, ETE 54''\ NAME: Avalon Bay\ Turn left down the canyon towards the town of Avalon, and the location of your resort! Unfortunately you cannot land here. We must head to the airport.
8) Heading 296, 5.5 NM, ETE 2'0''\ NAME: Catalina Airport (KAVX)\ Once you are over the Avalon Bay, turn left along the coastline and climb to ~2000 feet, looking for Catalina Airport (KAVX), your final landing site.

Welcome to Avalon, and enjoy your winter vacation!

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2020.08.15 23:00 Trofulds An unnecessarily long analysis as to why I think Ride or Die is the best written book in Pixelberry's library

Okay, I want to start this by saying that while Endless Summer is my favorite book due to emotional attachment, I still think that Ride or Die comfortably surpasses it and every other Choices story when it comes to writing quality. I've been consuming some truly kino media like Steins;Gate, The Last of Us Part II and Better Call Saul in the past few months but seeing that the tumblr side of the fandom was having a ROD Appreciation Week made me have the book constantly wrestling for time in my mind along all those other things that I greatly enjoyed (Obviously, I'm not trying to imply this is anywhere near the same level of quality as these other pieces, cause that'd just be stupid) but yeah, I've been wanting to talk in depth about why I hold Ride or Die in such high regard for a long time now, so this post is for me, for anyone else that might be big fans of the book or even for people that didn't like it and don't understand why it's a fan favorite. It's also my late, not proofread contribution to the appreciation week since I can't really draw for shit.
PREMISE AND THEMES
Quick summary, it’s a story about growing up and finding oneself that focuses on an 18 year old girl in her last weeks of high school that joins a criminal crew without even realizing it due to her sheltered life making her feel like she missed out on her teenage years for the past 5 years since, after her mother’s death, her dad became incredibly protective of her. As she grows attached to the crew she gets deeply immersed in their world until she realizes what the pursue of freedom, fast cars and bad boys/girls truly entails. Of course, you all know that.
So, themes. Most Choices stories don’t have any big, noticeable theme that encompasses the entire story they’re trying to tell, which is completely fine since you can still write a good, compelling story without it (Unless you’re David Benioff). Of course, while not necessary, overarching themes elevate a story a lot more in my eyes if executed properly and I feel like Ride or Die excels at it. And what are these themes? Well, obviously, it’s up to every individual’s interpretation but to me the three biggest stand outs are freedom, obviously; the choice between someone’s own past and future; and how the typical Bad Boy Romance is not always the cheesy, idealized life most of us are used to. I’ll explain how the story presents these themes in the following segments.
ELLIE WHEELER, aka THE MC
I’ve raved about her at almost every chance I get because I feel like I can make a pretty compelling argument as to why she’s the best MC and one of the best characters PB’s ever written, but it’s about time I finally sat down to properly explain this stance. I might refer to her as Ellie at times instead of MC since I just don’t like having an essay this big and introspective and just referring to her as MC, even if I didn’t actually keep her default name myself.
So, let’s start from what most of the ROD MC masterrace knows about, she’s different from 95% of the MCs. She has a clear goal, a clear personality and, one of the most rare traits in MCs, her dad’s an actual character and he has an actual relationship with her. She’s also far from perfect, she’s an incredibly smart young woman that lacks “street” knowledge and as she gets in deeper and deeper with the MPC, her previous and new relationships suffer because of it, because she doesn’t know how to juggle both sides of her life. The hardships Ellie has to face are both products of the environment she lives in and a product of her mistakes, which acts as a nice balance so that she doesn’t come of as a bumbling idiot that fucks up everything for everyone and an overly perfect protagonist who’s only flaw is that the world just plots against her so that there can be a story to tell.
Her goal is a pretty simple one, she wants to go to Langston university, her dream school. The thing that stands out to me is how she never betrays her dream and it’s always present in the back of her mind, well, technically you can choose to skip out on all of her classes but that always seemed really out of character to me, so I’m not really taking that into account, since she expresses that she loves to learn and she sees it as a challenge to be better than herself from yesterday. She manages to involve Logan into her school life so she isn’t fully distracted from her studies and even when she’s living on the Gramercy Garage, she still finds time to study for her finals. Even when everything goes to shit and she starts losing sight of who she is, Logan, Colt and Mona know that being a criminal is not the life she’s meant to live and it isn’t until after prom that she realizes who she really is. There’s so many choices throughout the story that, while ultimately not relevant to the outcome, I feel can add a lot of character to her if you’re willing to “headcanon” a bit, so minor things such as picking the color of her car due to it being the same as Logan’s or the one Colt or Mona suggested, choosing to listen to rap music as she’s driving the MPC around since it can be seen as a rebellious sort of music that her dad probably wouldn’t have approved of, treating Brent’s party invitation as something of no importance to her, getting a tattoo… wait this one’s supposed to be big, why does no one acknowledge it dammit? Then there’s also some bigger choices such as her being able to tell Riya that she’s most excited about being able to leave LA on the first chapter or being able to choose to stay with Logan and help him fight Salazar, choosing to focus on her studies even when living with the MPC, and so on.
Now, how is she tied to the themes I mentioned above? Well, it’s clear that her desire for freedom and independence is what initially leads her to want to be a part of the MPC’s life, when Kaneko brought her to the garage for the first time she didn’t quite see them as criminals, but as people that lived as they wanted and were still, well, humans. She’s constantly seeking her own freedom from her dad’s overbearing presence and from her own boring life and she achieves it twice, one is the fake freedom she got when she ran away after her dad found out about her involvement with the MPC and the second one is what I like to think of as her true freedom. The definition of true freedom is tied to the second theme I mentioned, the choice between past and future, after the Brotherhood attacks her and her LI after prom she realizes that she can no longer try to keep on living both lives, the nerdy valedictorian girl and the criminal that gets a thrill by being behind the wheel, the inability to choose between one and the other is what initially landed her into that mess and it’s only by finally choosing that she’s able to get herself and everyone else from the MPC out. It’s a very unique way of showing a character being strong, she got herself out of the mess she herself helped cause and she did it without the conventional strengths of MCs such as being a warrior queen, a part of an alien entity that transcends time or a literal vampire.
Ultimately, she chose to embrace her future (And her past, in a roundabout way), her long time dream, which meant letting go of the life and people that once made her feel so free and alive and by doing so, she got the freedom she desired so much while also finding who she truly was and what she valued in life. That’s also tied to the third main theme I mentioned, in the end she couldn’t keep on living an idealized version of the bad boy romance where you get to keep a good life out of living on the wrong side of the law and while I could definitely go more in depth about how she embodies this theme, I’ll do that when I talk about other characters, since I’ve already talked about about Ellie a lot.
LOGAN
The cover boy, the boy with the car, the “bad boy”, the mandatory “good boi” LI, the only Love Interest that has managed to rival Quinn Kelly in terms of how much I love them. I feel like the love for all 3 LIs is mostly evenly distributed on this sub but I’ve definitely seen some people say that Logan is kinda boring compared to Colt and Mona and honestly, that just couldn’t be further from the truth in my mind. Prepare for another long ass analysis.
Being a fan of the anime/manga series Attack on Titan has made me gain a great, great appreciation for story recontextualization and that narrative element is exactly what Logan brings to the story at the end of Chapter 10 and boy, did Luke and the team knock that shit out of the park. ROD Ch. 10 is notorious for being the chapter that officially turned the book from an initially hated book that people were slowly warming up to, to a current fan favorite as far as online communities are concerned, seriously, you can look up the discussion for that chapter in the search bar and the first comment you’ll see if someone taking back everything negative they said about the book and then it’s just constant praising for the next 6 weeks. Why did all of that happen? Because of how much starts making sense or becoming clearer because of the reveal that Logan initially started dating (?) MC because he was trying to get whatever intel her dad had on them from her, seriously, everything becomes so clear after the end of the chapter, everything starts falling into place like a carefully crafted Lego build, be it for the stories’ themes or for characterization of characters like Colt, Mona, Kaneko, Jason and Logan himself.
Let’s focus on Logan for now though. A couple of chapters in, as we start learning more about his life, we can see that Logan is someone that’s never truly had someone in his life that could show him true human love and bonds, the closest he has to that prior to Ellie is his “cousin” Vaughn. Initially, it seems like a weak attempt at making the titular bad boy seem like a layered character, specially since he seemingly just fell for a random girl that literally stumbled upon him on a high school parking lot, but in reality the reason his fake interest in Ellie started to become reality was exactly because of the lack of proper, meaningful connections, which we couldn’t have known until after Colt reveals the truth. As we know, Logan always had the mentality that, no matter how good a crew might be, he should always be ready to bail when the heat was too much, that’s a philosophy that he adopted and he knows that any criminal that’s as good as him will share the same sentiment, which we get to see as being the case when the MPC immediately disbands after Kaneko’s death but Ellie isn’t a hardened, professional criminal, she’s a girl that, while certainly enamored by the allure of their life, still sees them as people, not as mere means to an end that are just fun to hang out with, which is why she doesn’t run away after the escape from the mall or the encounter with Salazar’s crew at the drive-in cinema, that’s not something Logan thinks people are capable of, why would such a saint of a girl not get away from them after things like that?
That’s when Logan’s guilt enters the scene and he tries to undo what he now considers to have been a great mistake since he’s slowly catching real feelings for the girl that was just supposed to spill all of Detective Wheeler’s info and leave them as soon as she realized how dangerous their life was, but how is he supposed to do that when doing so would mean losing this person that’s so incredibly unique in his world? We see how his guilt starts weighing on him more and more as the story progresses, until he almost does something very stupid by almost revealing the truth right before the stadium job so he probably wouldn’t have lasted much after that but, for better or worse, Colt was the one that revealed everything and once again Logan turns Ellie’s world upside down. For the rest of the book, he does everything in his power to show her that, while he was lying in the beginning, he actually did come to care for her a lot, even if his actions might’ve pushed her into the arms of Colt or Mona, or at least acted as the final push. Regardless of that, after the MPC disbanded there was only one person I could see appearing on Riya’s doorstep when I played through ROD during release and that was Logan, because it just made all the sense in the world in my mind. Backtracking a bit, we know from his two diamond scenes on the early chapters that Logan dropped out of high school but he always liked to learn about random stuff, hence him reading while on the road, and that he always toyed with the idea of going back (He also says that he’d probably be graduating that year if he hadn’t dropped out, which tells us that he’s the youngest of the 3 LIs, which is a neat detail), so I always saw that as him showing up not just for Ellie’s sake but also for himself in a way, since it’d be a good way to live out the life he never had, even if just for a few hours. Speaking of prom night, I absolutely adore how when he tells Ellie he loves her, she can reply with “Logan… no you don’t.” since it’s only natural she wouldn’t believe him 100% since not only did they get together through a web of lies spun by him and Kaneko, but because as far as she knows, Logan can’t possibly know what real love feels like.
Fast forward to the final chapter and it’s time for the MPC to go their own ways, for real this time to avoid getting entangled with the FBI and, even if Logan wasn’t your actual LI he still gets to show not that he’s completely accepting of the fact that he isn’t the one Ellie loves, and on both cases he shows that he also grew to truly love her by deciding to not be a part of her life any more, because it just isn’t feasible for her to pursue her dreams while also being involved with potential suspects on the FBI watch list, so he chooses her future over his because he can’t and he won’t let her risk her future for something as small as a space rock lucky enough to burn up in her atmosphere for a moment and with that, a request for Troublemaker to give ‘em hell and a brief but tense showdown with Detective Wheeler, he speeds off into the night.
COLT KANEKO
The actual leather wearing bad boy of the story that sauntered his way into the hearts of many fans, both as a character and a love interest, he’s sarcastic, he’s funny, he’s soft only with the MC and he’s also a multilayered character, how could he not be liked? I want to preface this section by saying that, just like with really popular LIs such as Jake Mackenzie, Damien Nazario or Ethan Ramsey, I could never bring myself to like Colt in a romantic way, even though I can certainly see the appeal of their route but even then, just like the aforementioned gentlemen, he’s still one of my favorite characters of the series regardless of that, simply because of how much he brings to the table. So without further ado, let’s get started with Mr. “Christ, who caaares?” Kaneko’s unnecessarily long essay.
The thing I love about him the most is how the most important aspect of his character are his personal relationships. Right off the bat we can see that Colt has a bone to pick with Logan due to their relationship with Kaneko, he’s always butting heads with Logan and Kaneko at the beginning because he resents both, the latter for sending him away to college and not being willing to let him in on the family business and the former for, in his eyes, being the son Kaneko always wanted, not knowing that the only reason his dad kept him away from the business and seemingly replaced him with Logan was because if Jason actually harmed the MPC he could live with the loss of Logan on his conscience, but not Colt’s. As time goes on Colt finds himself slowly warming up to Ellie, even if he initially just thinks of her as one of his dad’s mistakes waiting to blow up in their faces, and even if he does relentlessly teases/annoys her it’s very obvious that he can connect with her because of her complicated relationship with her dad and she can understand him, they both love their dads immensely but they severely disagree on the view they have of their respective child. And against Colt’s predictions, Ellie proves herself as a valuable asset to the crew (Not knowing until later on just how deep that rang true) and he eventually starts falling for her as well, which is what sets the Chapter 10 plot twist in motion.
After the MPC manages to steal the super cars for the Brotherhood, Kaneko opens up to the idea of letting Colt into the business, since it’s clear he won’t just pack up and leave for college anymore, especially after Kaneko is shot and threatened by the Brotherhood and he has to rely on Colt’s plan of kidnapping one of their members and at some point he reveals the truth about their current situation to his son, where Colt finds out about the truth behind Logan and Ellie but it isn’t until after the stadium heist that he makes shit hit the fan by starting a fight with Logan and spilling his secret. That always seemed to me that it came from a place that’s equal parts being mad at Logan for using Ellie like that but also him seeing it as a petty opportunity to sow discord between them, which is why she later has the choice to unload on Colt for deliberately keeping the truth to himself until the right moment. This also marks the moment where the somewhat toxic, somewhat supportive, somewhat wholesome and entirely complicated romantic relationship between them can start to flourish, since Ellie obviously doesn’t see Logan in the exact same way she did 24 hours before and depending on the player, she could’ve actually started to develop her relationship with Colt (Or Mona) prior to the reveal.
Something I haven’t seen being mentioned about Colt’s arc is how him being misjudged by both Ellie and Kaneko plays a huge role in it. After Ellie leaves the MPC, he decides to put the rest of his plan in motion, luring The Brotherhood into a illegal casino’s vault using the member they kidnapped and kill them via toxic gas. Toby completely disagrees with their actions and decides to recruit Ellie to help him stop the crew from crossing a line that they seemingly haven’t crossed yet, yes they’re criminals but much like Ellie’s initial impression of them, they’re not psychos and much less murderers, they’re people; so she sets out to stop them with the help of Toby and a Logan that’s desperate for atonement but her biggest mistake was assuming that Colt isn’t the kind of person that can kill another person if it means protecting those he cares about. This is where it gets incredibly interesting and compelling, since not only does her misjudge of character ruin Colt’s entire plan but there’s also the possibility that she had been working for Jason and the Brotherhood the whole time, so in some cases they might’ve actually escaped the trap directly because of her and not indirectly and it doesn’t stop there, since as a result the MPC lose their entire advantage and are once again being targeted by The Brotherhood and that directly leads to not only another huge reveal from Kaneko’s part but also his death, him sacrificing himself so that the crew could escape as he let’s Colt know that he wishes for him to just let go of this life and do something better for himself. Before the rest of the MPC reunites at Gramercy Park, Colt tells Ellie about how he’ll kill them all, he’ll rebuild the garage and kill them all before finally breaking down on her arms as his loss catches up to him, right before the Mercy Park Crew splits up once again.
In the end, the two people Colt cared about the most failed at truly understanding him, his dad kept him at an arm’s length for a long time, missing out on time with his son because he never considered the fact that what he wanted for Colt was not what he wanted for himself, despite of all the risks it might entail, and Ellie played a part in Kaneko’s death by not realizing that Colt would be willing to cross such a fucked up line if it meant protecting the people and legacy he cared about so much. Those two factors play a huge role in the rest of the book since they’re the reasons why Colt is pushed dangerously close to a downward spiral that will most definitely only bring him more pain at the end of the book. After Jason is dealt with, he laments the fact that he and Ellie met under such circumstances and not in a classroom where they could annoy each other and become friends and/or significant others but he doesn’t lament his current situation, he’s dead set on becoming the king of LA, on carrying on his father’s legacy, now more than ever. I’d argue Colt Kaneko is the biggest cautionary tale in this book about the dangers of the often glorified life of the bad boys and fast cars and how it can consume you, he was very special to Ellie and Kaneko but they didn’t fully understand who he was, how he was shaped by his ideal future and they couldn’t see how the most important thing for him was his past, his legacy and as a result, he’s alone against a dangerous world, but that’s a danger that he very much welcomes.
If any of you have done Colt’s romance route and feel like I missed out on anything, do let me know in the comments, I feel like my appreciation for him only grew more as I wrote his section.
MONA
The bad girl, the loner, what even is her real name? I’m also going to dedicate an analysis to her but I also want to direct you to a post from a few months ago by user u/elbenji who has reviewed ROD from a WLW perspective that I think you should also check out if you’ve got the time. Anyway, Mona’s turn.
So, who’s Mona? Well, she’s kind of the Drake Walker of the book, which is a role that you don’t usually see being filled by a female LI. She doesn’t seem to like anyone, she’s pessimistic, she rarely misses the chance to mock people, she’s damn good at her job and she’s loyal to no one but herself, to some she might actually be the worse person of the 3 LIs during the early chapters but as everything else in this book, the layers to her start to show the more the story advances. She shares Logan’s worldview of everyone only being out for themselves but unlike Logan, she knows that not everyone is necessarily like that but in her eyes those people are in for a rude awakening from the world at some point for being dumb enough to think that they can count on someone else and that’s why she’s borderline condescending towards Ellie when the topic of interpersonal relationships comes up between them.
If Colt is shaped by his future, Mona is shaped by her past. Once upon a time she used to be little Miss Perfect like Ellie, honor roll, on the path to valedictorian, the whole thing, until she met a girl that she fell in love with, a criminal that made her enjoy life to its fullest and ended up becoming her whole world until one day they got caught and were taken to interrogation separately where Mona, fully trusting of her partner, lied about their involvement but was still arrested because her girlfriend ended up giving her up in exchange of freedom. That event shaped Mona’s entire philosophy, when it came down to it, people would always put themselves above everyone else and after Kaneko gave her back her freedom that’s the only code she stuck by, her own personal freedom and survival became the most important thing in Mona’s life, even when the man that saved her was in danger she considered multiple times to just leave the MPC to their luck. That is, until she met Ellie Wheeler.
Obviously, in typical Pixelberry fashion, Mona doesn’t have as much screen time as her male counterparts but what she lacks in screen time she more than makes up in both narrative and thematic relevancy. As mentioned previously, Mona’s always reminding Ellie how out of her depth she is and treating her like a dumb girl that doesn’t know what she’s doing (Which, to a certain extent, is true) but when shit goes south after the stadium heist it turns out that she’s the only LI that never actually played with Ellie’s feelings and was always straight (Heh) with her, it’s things like this that I love immensely about ROD, the 3 love interests have so many layers to them, they do good and bad things and they feel like actual people that exist in this fictional Los Angeles, their actions are a product of what’s established as their characters, not just as stuff that happens because the plot needs it to. Back on track, just like with Colt, this is the point where Ellie and Mona’s relationship really takes off if the player chooses to and unlike Colt, her going after Ellie feels like it comes off from a place of actual concern since she understands what she’s going through, regardless of whether their relationship is platonic or not at that point, she still sees a girl that feels like she’s got no one left that she can trust in, so she takes it upon herself to be there for her, slowly shedding her walls that she’s put up for so long, probably without even realizing it. After the failed job at the casino, Mona once again contemplates leaving the MPC in the middle of the shit storm but Ellie manages to get her to help since she owes Kaneko that much at the very least, only for her to find out a few minutes later that Kaneko knew The Brotherhood were corrupt cops from the beginning and never confided in them with that information and, in another cruel twist of fate, Kaneko ends up sacrificing himself so that Ellie, Logan, Colt and Mona could run away, once again, giving Mona her freedom. As the MPC discuss their course of action after that, she breaks and let’s out what’s probably my favorite quote in Choices: ”You wanted freedom? The fast cars, the bad boy, that whole life? This is it… and it’s not for you. Go home, for everyone’s sake.”, in that moment she let’s the entire pressure of the situation get to her and unleashes on Ellie, the main reason why they’re all in that whole mess. It’s an incredibly cathartic quote that perfectly encapsulates what ROD is all about, the criminal life is not something one can just juggle as if it were a part time job that’s there for the thrills, it can only lead to a life that most people, if presented with the choice, would never want for themselves. When I read that for the first time I completely forgot that I was just reading a story on a Visual Novel app where you’d never expect to find writing of such quality. I can perfectly feel Mona’s anguish and anger in that quote, the whole weight of the events of the book finally come crashing down on us after we read those words and it’s just such a great feeling that I’ll never stop praising.
Let’s get to prom night though, much like Mona going after Ellie on Chapter 11, I feel like her showing up for her prom is still really fitting and the diamond scene that follows after is arguably the best wlw dirty thirty in the app, the dialogue during it is just top tier to be honest. But even better than it to me is the scene after that, where she decides to join The Brotherhood if it means Ellie gets to run away from them since they’re obviously looking to tie up lose ends, it is especially hard hitting if she’s your LI but the version with Colt or Logan is still amazing and I especially love how she uses the hot wiring skills Mona taught her to run away. After the Mercy Park Crew’s last ride together, Mona ends up taking a bullet for the girl that reminded her so much of herself and as Ellie drives her to the hospital she talks about how hard she’s going to be to forget, before reaching the hospital and walking herself inside, knowing that she’d be imprisoned once again by the end of the day. I’ve seen a fair share of people that were unhappy with Mona having to deal with such harsh consequences but I personally love, lover the end of her route since Mona’s always been about self preservation and only being there for herself but meeting Ellie gets her to slip, she starts caring for her and in the end chooses to give up on her freedom if it means Ellie gets to walk away with hers, in a way being the complete opposite of what her ex-girlfriend was to her all those years ago (The dramatic irony can be turned to 11 if you choose the options that show her slowly adopting Mona’s philosophy during the final chapters, so she can slowly become more cynical as Mona slowly sheds hers). In the end, Mona might not be free but she’s still on her element, she’ll be on a place where she’d have to count only on herself and while she’ll definitely have to face some time for her crimes, I’m pretty sure she’d thrive in prison.
End of Part 1
Okay, I initially wanted to talk about the supporting characters as well but this shit is truly living up to its title at almost 5K words, that’s already a decently sized one shot, so I’ll stop here since I still want to post it close to the appreciation week, though I might make some edits here and there as I reread it later on but I'm too lazy to do that right now. If I see there’s a good reception for a stupidly long post like I’ll probably get to work on the second part where I talk about Kaneko, Jason, Detective Wheeler, Toby, Ximena and Riya and Darius, as well as maybe analysis for other books that I hold in really high regard such as the Endless Summer trilogy, Open Heart or It Lives Beneath. If you actually made it all the way here, I just want to thank you for taking the time of your day for reading my semi-coherent thoughts and definitely let me know what you think, if you agree, if you disagree, if you think I should go outside, etc. Thanks for your attention.
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2020.08.13 06:58 colorcodedcards "Someone help. I need help": Where is Monica Renee Bowie––a 34-year-old woman who was abducted in the parking lot of her upscale apartment complex in Atlanta, GA on the night of July 5, 2007?

Hi everyone! I'm back again with another lesser-known case––this time from Atlanta, GA. I want to give a quick s/o to u/Beardchester for the writeup they did on this case three years ago which gives a good initial outline of the case.
"A go-getter from the first day she learned to walk"
Monica Renee Bowie grew up in a middle-class neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side with her mother, brother, and two sisters. She was close with her family and strove to set a positive example for her siblings by excelling in school–– “if you sat with Monica, she would wow you,” recalled her cousin, Lateshya Ellis. After graduating from Perry Traditional Academy, she enrolled in the accounting program at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where she was chosen as the class valedictorian in 1996.
The ambitious Bowie was enchanted by the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and decided to relocate there in 2003. She got an apartment with her friend Danyell Sparks and the pair took full advantage of all the activities the city had to offer. Bowie first worked as a stripper for six weeks after her arrival in Atlanta but she had since redirected her attention to starting her own legitimate business.
Brenda Watkins, the manager of the Blue Flame, the club where Bowie worked, recalled her as a “nice girl, real nice.” She said that while Bowie primarily “kept to herself,” she was also “very ambitious”––Watkins was not sure if Bowie started stripping to invest in another business or not but she noted that she came in the club on occasion to “pass out new music from new artists.” Her first venture, Go2girls, was a hip-hop production company and she later opened LaCoca Wear Clothing, a boutique off Metropolitan Avenue.
Bowie had come a long way since her arrival in Atlanta––she successfully got two businesses off the ground and had found a good group of friends. “She didn’t allow negative things around her. That was her. She was a go-getter from the first day she learned to walk,” said Bowie’s mother Linda Howard. Sure enough, in 2006 Bowie moved out of the apartment she shared with Sparks and into her own place in the Berkshires at Lenox Place, an upscale building in an affluent area of Atlanta.
Her attorney described her as “a nice, happy, upstanding member of the Atlanta community” who had no issues aside from her “unfortunate brush with the law.”
This “unfortunate brush” was in fact Bowie’s first and only run-in with the law. On June 20, a police officer spotted her boyfriend Shernotta Walters standing in a Campbellton Road parking lot when he “smelled a strong odor of marijuana.” Walters was asked to identify his car in the parking lot which was subsequently searched by the officer who discovered marijuana, cash, and a firearm inside. Bowie had allowed her boyfriend to borrow her car and upon hearing that he would be arrested, she went to retrieve her vehicle. According to her attorney, she got to the scene and explained the situation to the officer who then arrested her alongside Walters. Bowie denied ownership of both the weapon and drugs found inside the car. Griggs said that the charges against his client were later dismissed in Fulton County Magistrate Court. Walters remained in the county jail, however, since possession of a gun was a violation of his parole.
Timeline
34-year-old Monica Bowie left her DeKalb apartment complex in the afternoon of July 5, 2007 to drive across town for an appointment with her attorney, Gerald Griggs. The two discussed her case and Bowie appeared to be in good spirits. Griggs said that “nothing was out of the ordinary”––Bowie was “smiling and laughing” and did not seem to have anything troubling her. She headed back home from his Decatur office around 4 p.m., ready to continue what seemed like just another day.
Later that evening, Bowie went out on the town and returned home later that night. A friend dropped her off in the parking lot at around 11pm. Around the same time, Brian Butler––a man who lived on the second floor of the complex––was working at his computer when his focus was interrupted by “loud shrills” which lasted about 30 seconds. “She was screaming ‘Someone help. I need help. Help me,” he told a reporter. Other witnesses told police that they saw a 2002 burgundy Mercury Sable speed away from the complex at about 11:10 p.m. but none reported seeing Bowie being put into the vehicle. The car had apparently been parked in the same spot earlier that day. Police were also given physical descriptions of two suspects by witnesses––a heavyset black male with a beard, possibly 20-30 years old and a small, dark-skinned black male in his late 20s-early 30s.
Multiple calls came in to 911 from the complex and police responded within minutes. Investigators quickly verified the witness reports and concluded an abduction had taken place––the parking lot showed clear evidence of a struggle. A woman’s green jacket, jewelry, a manila folder, a broken perfume bottle, a container of chicken wings, eyeglasses and two broken fingernails were found scattered in the parking lot. Papers found at the scene also bore Bowie’s name. The fingernails were sent to the crime lab for analysis but I could not find any information about the results of these tests if they were in fact conducted. The car was recovered in West Atlanta the day after the abduction and police noted that it was badly burned.
A bizarre twist in the case––one which I haven’t seen mentioned in other writeups––occurred nearly two weeks after Bowie disappeared. A spokeswoman for the Fulton County district attorney informed reporters that an investigating grand jury indicted both Bowie and Walters on July 10. She said that Bowie was indicted on one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one could of possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a license. When Bowie’s attorney was asked by a reporter if he wanted to respond to the charges against his absent client, Griggs was dumbfounded.
“That’s a surprise to me,” he said. “At this point our contention would be that the police have no evidence whatsoever linking my client to possession of any illegal substance. She was not the driver of that car, she was not in control of that car.”
Bowie’s mother Linda Howard then joined Griggs inside his Decatur office, staring down the small gaggle of reporters interested enough to show up. To Howard, the press conference was akin begging on her knees for media attention––the abduction of her daughter wrecked her emotionally and she couldn’t talk about Bowie without crying. Under normal circumstances she would have been able to talk about her daughter for hours but this time was different. This time Howard had to put her grief and trauma on public display––without it there was no hope of solving the case.
“Once the media stops, it’s hard to start it again,” Howard explained.
Bowie’s mother knew media exposure would be critical in solving her daughter’s case but she could not get anyone to cover it outside of Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Being the hometown of CNN headquarters, Howard assumed the broadcaster might be interested in the story only to be rebuffed. “I went to CNN personally and I couldn't get past the elevator,” Howard said. “I’ve been waiting for someone to call me back.” Without a way to secure a wider audience, the family focused on spreading awareness locally by holding prayer vigils and press conferences, posting fliers, and conducting door-to-door searches. Unfortunately, nothing came of their efforts––police largely remained at square one and had only concluded that Bowie probably knew her kidnappers and that her abduction was related to illegal drug activity.
Suspects
Shernotta 'Rico' Walters was ruled out as a suspect relatively quickly due to the fact that he was in jail at the time of Bowie’s disappearance. Law enforcement did consider him due to his prior criminal record and alleged involvement in drug dealing however no evidence was found that supported his involvement. From the beginning, Bowie’s family did not believe Walters was involved in her abduction but police understandably needed to investigate. Walters’ attorney, Dennis Scheib, told reporters that police questioned his client about the abduction. The pending charges against Walters was an obvious potential motive, but Scheib said that Bowie had “told [him] she would testify for him.” Police have named two suspects in connection with the murder.
27-year-old Lonnie Bennett was pulled over by police responding to the 911 calls while he was leaving the parking deck at the Lenox Apartments. The police incident report stated that Bennett was observed “coming out of or near” Bowie’s apartment after the alleged kidnapping, although it is unclear from news sources if the officer saw this and decided to pull him over or if that information was garnered from later witness interviews. In any case, the officer found a “large paper bag” in Bennett’s car which contained a “large amount” of cash, although police declined to specify exactly how much money there was. While Bowie’s attorney said that she did not know Bennett, he confirmed that he was “an acquaintance of Shernotta Walters.”
The second potential suspect identified by police was 24-year-old Jasper Devron Keels. Keels was arrested by DeKalb County police on Saturday and charged with theft for stealing the car used in the abduction as well as drug possession. Police said that Keels borrowed the car from an acquaintance on July 4 but instead of returning the vehicle to its owner, Keels abandoned it and set it on fire. The acquaintance, later identified as Tyrone Crawford, reported the vehicle as stolen the following day. Keels’ connection to the kidnapping was unclear from the beginning, as he was not thought to have known Bowie and police strongly suspected that Bowie knew her abductors.
“We are trying to see whether he has any connection to the kidnapping, but at this time we have not been able to make that link,” DeKalb County police spokeswoman Keisha Williams told reporters on July 17. “He’s not a suspect. Are we trying to connect him? Yes. But he’s not a suspect.”
In April 2018, Keels was arrested alongside another man following a traffic stop in Covington. A patrol officer spotted a gray Chrysler Pacifica travelling east U.S. Highway 278 and thought it looked similar to a BOLO (be on the lookout) put out by authorities in reference to multiple armed robberies and requested additional assistance. The two officers pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the driver and passenger who gave them fake names. The driver then abruptly hit the gas and floored it, prompting a high-speed chase. The occupants slowed down and then parked the car before both the driver and front seat passenger jumped out and ran across the median but the pair was quickly apprehended. Officers later identified the driver as Keels and charged him with giving a false name, felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, obstruction of officers, possession of cocaine, and driving with a suspended license.
As of 2020, no one has been charged with Monica Bowie's abduction and her family is still searching for answers in her case.
Questions:
  1. Who abducted Monica and why? If it was in relation to a drug dispute, how did she become involved? Was she collateral damage?
  2. To me, the fact that Monica’s own attorney wasn’t aware that a grand jury indicted his client on charges he thought were dismissed seems weird. I don’t necessarily know if it is related but how is it even possible for these proceedings to happen without the knowledge of the defendant’s attorney? Is it possible that the perpetrators knew of this indictment and silenced her for some reason?
  3. It has now been over seven years since Monica was abducted. Where is she? If she is dead, why hasn’t her body been found? I didn’t find any unidentified bodies matching her description in Atlanta, but there was one interesting potential match I found that I would love to get other people’s thoughts on––
The Elmore County Jane Doe (NamUs #UP5011) was found by a homeowner doing work on his property in Titus, AL on July 22, 2007. The man told police that he had rarely visited the property since 1991 and found the woman’s partial skeletonized remains while gardening. The body was wrapped in a green tarp tied with 72 feet of rope and buried in a shallow grave. Lime was also found at the scene which officers assumed was used to conceal the smell (it is a bit unclear if there was lime on the body as well).
[here is side-by-side comparison]
Due to the presence of the lime, authorities were unable to provide a specific estimated date of death but guessed that she died sometime between 1950 and 2007 (no postmortem interval could be established). Jane Doe’s ethnicity is listed as ‘uncertain’ on NamUS but the Doe Network also notes that she is probably black. Although the reconstruction shows her with short hair, the description notes that she actually had long, dark brown hair. Because only partial remains were discovered, the medical examiner was not able to provide an exact height but estimated she stood at around 5 feet tall.
There are a few striking similarities between Doe and Bowie, the close resemblance of Doe’s sketch to Bowie being the most notable one. The context in which Doe was found is also really interesting. If Bowie was killed by her abductors in Atlanta and then her body was transported to Titus in the car (perhaps in the trunk), it would make sense to wrap her in something to prevent her DNA from being found inside. Even if they planned on destroying the car from the beginning it would make sense to take extra precautions to prevent her DNA or hair from getting in the car in the first place. Additionally, the location Doe was found is only a 3-hour drive from Bowie’s apartment, meaning the person(s) transporting her body would have had plenty of time to drive there, dispose of her, drive back to Atlanta and burn the car (crossing state lines would also help throw off investigators further).
One thing that does not match up between Doe and Bowie is the height––Doe is estimated to be 5’0” while Bowie was 5’4”. I do know that the remains were incomplete which could throw off the height estimate but without knowing exactly which bones were recovered it is difficult to assess. The second point of contention is the stage of decomposition. Bowie was abducted on July 5 and the remains discovered on July 22 which seems like a pretty narrow window of time for a body to decompose so significantly. Finally, Bowie wore braces at the time of her abduction and it does not say anything about Doe wearing braces (it does say that dental records are available for comparison so perhaps there is additional information not listed in the profile).
Sources
Tiffany Cochran, “Friends Vow to Find Missing Woman,” 11 Alive News, July 20, 2007.
Juanita Cousins, “Abduction of woman suspected,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 9, 2007, pg. B5.
Man charged in July abduction of woman,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 14, 2007, pg. D5.
Jeff Mays, “Missing Atlanta Woman Monica Bowie Was Violently Kidnapped,” News One, November 7, 2013.
Andisheh Nouraee, “Monica Bowie kidnapping falls through cracks: Frustrations voiced for relative lack of media coverage,” Creative Loafing, July 25, 2007.
S. A. Reid, “Victim's lawyer shocked by abduction,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 11, 2007, pg. D7.
––– “Woman’s screams go unheeded in DeKalb abduction,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 10, 2007, pg. B3.
Marty Roney, “Body found in shallow grave,” Montgomery Advertiser, July 23, 2007, pg. 1A-4A. [part 1, part 2]
Jeffrey Scott, “Mom turns to media for help in case: Woman taken from DeKalb complex remains missing,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 14, 2007, pg. B3.
Jonathan Silver, “Vigil focuses on missing woman,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 17, 2007, pg. B1-B2. [part 1, part 2]
Larry Stanford, “Possible robbery suspects arrested after traffic stop,” Rockdale-Newton Citizen, April 2, 2018.
Deborah Todd, “Arrest made in Bowie kidnapping,” New Pittsburgh Courier, September 19, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
––– “Missing coverage for missing people,” New Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
––– “Pittsburgh native kidnapped in Atlanta,” New Pittsburgh Courier, July 18, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
Jodi Weigand, “Pittsburgh native who lives near Atlanta is missing,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 14, 2007.
Darryl Welch, “Robbery suspects arrested after high-speed chase on I-20,” Covington News, April 6, 2018.
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2020.08.08 10:37 GhostfacexProdigy Hennessy Rumored to Take Canoo Public - A Possible Leader in the EV Market

Hennessy Rumored to Take Canoo Public - A Possible Leader in the EV Market
EV Startup Canoo Is Said to Be In Talks for Hennessy SPAC Deal
"The special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, is in talks with investors to raise about $300 million in new equity for the deal, which would take Canoo public and value the combined entity at more than $2 billion, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. "
Who is Canoo:
“Canoo is a Los Angeles based company creating and offering unique electric vehicles (EV) for subscription only and is designed for a world in which transportation is becoming increasingly electric, shared and autonomous.
A new business model that focuses on reducing production and infrastructure costs to make EVs more affordable to customers. The model wil will likely include perks like automatic vehicle registration, maintenance, insurance management and charging through a single app on a customer’s phone.”

First Design Prototype

Sustainable Competitive Advantages:
  • Skateboard design allows them to develop near infinite products and tap markets
    • Delivery/transort market, taxi/uber, #vanlife, near infinite potentials
  • Membership only program which will lower user cost and improve the bottom line
  • Leadership has strong connections along the value chain
  • Partnerships that legitimize and grow the business

Other Highlights:
  • 2021 Launch
  • Targeting only key cities (throughout US/China) that represent a majority of the EV market
  • High-tech with level 2.5 Autonomy
  • Steer-by-wheel
  • 7 Seat interior, 250 Miles on full charge, 125 MPH top speed
  • Reached Beta testing phase within 19 months of inception
  • 300+ employees and hiring more

Subscription Model:
A membership model that puts an end to ownership, providing a hassle - and commitment-free EV subscription for one monthly, affordable price and with no set end date. The subscription may include services such as registration, maintenance, insurance management and charging—all from a single app … providing consumers with the convenience and value they deserve.
Canoo frees its members from the hassle and commitment of car ownership, saves them time and enables a more efficient way to use a car. By providing an attractive EV at an affordable price via its membership model, Canoo can reduce carbon emissions and increase the usage of cars.

Skateboard Platform:
Canoo is developing a “skateboard” architecture, which will house a battery and electric drivetrain that can achieve up to 300 miles of range. All of Canoo’s vehicles will share the same underpinning. Different cabins or “top hats” will be married on top to create the four unique vehicles. Leveraging the same fixed and flat skateboard allows for reduced R&D costs, efficient production and a better use of interior space. The skateboard houses the most expensive components of the vehicle and is designed in a way that most crash testing does not need to be repeated per vehicle, reducing the vehicle’s development cycle timeline and costs.
The propriety skateboard platform houses the battery and electrical management systems, HVAC systems, drive machines, crash support, and suspension components.

The Skateboard
Potential Skateboard Uses

Design :
An Urban Loft on Wheels” - Think VW 60's Bus on Acid
"We chose to completely rethink car design and focus on what future users will actually need … which is naturally personalized, intuitive and secure. Therefore, the non-driving features such as navigation, music or heating can be controlled via phone.
Canoo maximizes the unique benefits of EV technology by providing vehicles that have both a very large interior and very small overall footprint, perfect for city use. The minimalist design gives subscribers everything they need and nothing they don’t.
Canoo’s vehicles will move away from traditional three box car design, which have separate compartments for the engine, passengers and luggage. Instead, the Company is embracing a minimalist design that maximizes interior space

Minimalist Design
Would be a great Party Bus ;)
Steer-By-Wire:
The canoo will be the first true steer-by-wire vehicle on the market - without a hardware connection between the steering wheel and wheels. This means the canoo steers by electric signals only. Steer-by-wire offers weight savings and paves the way for autonomous driving. We have complete freedom to locate the steering wheel to suit any cabin design and driver position. It also leads to a more responsive and smoother driving experience.

Vehicle Specs:
DRIVE UNIT
  • • One permanent magnet synchronous electric motor
  • • Rear wheel drive
  • • Power of the electric motor: 300 hp
BATTERY PACK & CHARGING
  • • Battery pack size: 80kWh
  • • 250 miles range
  • • DC fast charging: 28 minute charging time to 80%
PERFORMANCE
  • • Top speed: 125 miles/ hour (electronically limited)
  • • 0-60: 6.3 seconds (single motor)
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
  • • Length: 4421mm
  • • Width: 1898mm (without mirrors)
  • • Height: 1846mm
  • • Wheelbase: 2850mm
  • • Interior volume: 188.1 cubic feet
  • • Gross vehicle weight: 2600Kg
BODY
  • • Steel body
  • • Cabin mounted on rolling chassis (skateboard architecture)
  • • Thermoplastic (thermoplastic polymer) outer skin is robust, lightweight, corrosion free and dent resistant
CHASSIS
  • • Transverse composite leaf spring suspension (front and rear) with stabilizer and twin tube damper
  • • 20” wheels
  • • Variable ratio, speed sensitive drive by wire electronic power steering
  • • Brake by wire with manual back up electromechanically boosted four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
OTHER FEATURES:
  • 7 Seater
  • Ability to use powertrain waste heat for cabin heating for greater efficiency
  • Over the air software updates
  • 5 star safety rating
  • Ability to be fully autonomous
  • The vehicle utilizes seven cameras, five radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors

MANAGEMENT TEAM
Canoo is headed by industry leaders. They boast deep connections throughout the automotive and EV world – furthered backed by Hennessy’s team/connections.
Ulrich Kranz — In Charge of Canoo; formerly head of BMW, Kranz is also on the board of Fisker
Richard Kim — In Charge of Design; formerly Exterior Designer of the BMW i3, i8 Concept Coupe & i8 Concept Spyder
Paul Balciunas — In Charge of Corporate Development & CFO; formerly Director, Corporate Finance & Business Development at Faraday Future VP, Global Automotive Investment Banking
Bill Strickland — In Charge of Vehicle Programs & Purchasing; formerly Chief Program Engineer at Ford*, Assistant Chief Engineer at Ford, Product Development Launch Manager at Ford*
Andrew Wolstan — In Charge of Legal; formerly Corporate Associate Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, M&A Associate Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Meera Pisharody — In Charge of HR; formerly Senior Director of HR at Minted, Director of Global People Operations at Mozilla
Clemens Schmitz-Justen – In Charge of Manufacturing*;* formerly President of BMW manufacturing USA
Phil Weicker – In Charge of Powertrain & Electronics*; formerly Senior Director of Battery at CODA*
Sohel Merchant – In Charge of Vehicle Architecture*; formerly* Tesla, Ford Motor Company
Alexi Charbonneau – In Charge of Skateboard & Cabin*; formerly* SpaceX, Tesla, Honda
Christoph Kuttner – In Charge of Interior & Exterior Systems***; formerly*** BMW, Tesla, Mahindra

Partnership with Hyundai/Kia:
Hyundai Motor Group recently said it plans to invest $87 billion in future growth over the next five years, including $52 billion in future technologies for the Hyundai brand**, $25 billion in electrification and future mobility for Kia,** $4 billion joint-venture with Aptiv to speed development of self-driving vehicle technology, a 100 million-euro investment in Arrival, an air-taxi tie-up with Uber and a $6.7 billion push to commercialize clean hydrogen technology to power trucks, cars and ships.
By 2025, Hyundai-Kia hopes eco-friendly vehicles, including EVs, will account for 25 percent of its total sales.
Hyundai says it’s got plans to create a variety of purpose-built vehicles that could come from Canoo’s skateboard.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2020/02/11/hyundai-adds-electric-vehicle-skateboard-project-with-la-startup-canoo-to-its-87-billion-mobility-push/#7e66aa201017
Partnership with Nvidia:
“The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platform provides high-performance, energy-efficient compute for object detection and sensor fusion. State-of-the-art algorithms will inform the driver on what’s around the vehicle, including cross-traffic alerts, blind spot detection and pedestrian detection, as well as convenience features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-centering control. The software-defined platform also allows for more advanced features, like auto lane change, traffic light recognition and evasive steering to be introduced when they become available.”
Partnership with Blackberry:
“BlackBerry and electric vehicle startup Canoo announced the ADAS systems for the company’s membership-based semi-autonomous EVs will be powered by the BlackBerry QNX operating system (OS), including radar sensors, parking sensors and cameras.
Canoo aims to bring its first production vehicles to market with advanced level 2 (or level 2.5) autonomous features as standard at the end of 2021. Level 2.5 features are consistent with partial autonomy, enabling the vehicle to manage acceleration and steering and monitor components of its environment in certain conditions.”
Partnership with ArcelorMittal:
“The high level of advanced steels in this vehicle demonstrates steel’s many advantages, which also relate to its versatility, recyclability and its contribution to global green-house gas reduction. In these areas, steel outperforms other materials used in the automotive marketplace. ArcelorMittal is the the world's leading steel and mining company with large market share the auto sector.”
China Connections:
“Canoo is backed by David Stern, a director at Prince Andrew’s startup incubator, and Pak Tam Li, the head of a massive investment firm in China and the son-in-law of a man who was once the fourth-most senior leader in China. Canoo has also received support from Taiwanese touchscreen supplier TPK, which is run by billionaire Michael Chiang, two people with knowledge of the company’s finances tell The Verge. In fact, Canoo’s headquarters in Torrance, California is owned by a shell company set up by Foster Chiang, TPK’s vice chairman, according to property records.”

Competition:
VW, Rivian, GM, Toyota, NIO, Xpeng, Weltmeister, BYTON, AIWAYS, Arrival and Lucid Motors among others. As you can see the market is being saturated with major and lesser players battling for position.

Product Roll Out:
- “We will roll out city-by-city,” he says. “Eight to 10 cities represent more than 70% of all the electric vehicle population [so] there is no need to provide our EV nationwide.”
- The plan for 2021 is to launch in Los Angeles and have another eight cities account for the company’s U.S. market. That means four on the West Coast and four on the East Coast, according to Kranz.
- “After the launch in the U.S. we are considering launching the vehicle in China… There are 18 cities that represent 75% of the EV population in China,” he said.

Market Data:

EU as an Example

Global EV Market

US Market
“The global autonomous vehicle market is expected to reach nearly $600 billion by 2026.

I could go deeper in market research but it's late and I have covered the market more lightly in previous write ups:https://www.reddit.com/SPACs/comments/i1f21b/cant_have_evs_without_the_ev_infrastructure/https://www.reddit.com/SPACfeed/comments/hw2439/soac_and_the_esg_spac_etf/
The EV market isn't going anywhere and its set for significant CARG over the next decade while key players battle for market position/share.
It will be supported through gov subsidies and major organizations transitioning to EV for example: Kyoto Protocol/The Moving Forward Act, USPS EV Contract, Amazon, Walmart Fedex etc going electric.

Helpful Links/More Info about Canoo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvWFpnUbRv8 – Canoo General Vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qaeq23sabCc – CEO Interview at Automobility LA
https://insideevs.com/reviews/432692/jay-leno-canoo-drive-review/ - Jay Leno’s Garage
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2019/09/24/introducing-canoo-no-paddles-required-for-this-electric-van/#465c6744641d – Forbes Article
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-25/california-startup-plans-to-sell-electric-vehicles-by-subscription - Bloomberg Article
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/24/cars/canoo-electric-car-subscription/index.html - CNN
https://www.press.canoo.com/ - Canoo Press
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp.

HCAC IV:
This Hennessy team is made of experienced veterans featuring connections to NASA, Haliburton, McKinsey & Company, Honeywell, and AT&T among others. - http://www.hennessycapllc.com/independent-directors/
Structure:
  • · 300m in trust
  • · August 27th Extension Vote
  • · 72% institution owned (JP Morgan, BMO, BOA, Deutsche Bank, Goldman, Morgan Stanley)
  • · Nomura, Stifel UW
  • · Warrants 1:1
Additional Terms:
  • Crescent Term: $9.20 threshold
  • Anchor Investor: BlackRock $32.5M
  • Forward Purchase: Nomura $125M
Hennessy’s Previous SPAC’s:
HCAC I - BLBC hit 25 – Bluebird Bus
https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ecol
HCAC II - DSKE hit 14 – Daseke Trucking
https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/dske
HCAC III - ECOL hit 28 before merging then 75 - Waste Management
https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ecol
DSKE is one the largest trucking/freight logistics companies in the US. They are restructuring and are getting rid of debt. They just beat earnings last week. Warrants are super cheap closing at 0.19c on Friday. Looks like a good buying opportunity IMO.
  • - Daseke Investor Pres - here
  • - Latest Earnings Call Transcript - here
More HCAC Info:
https://www.reddit.com/SPACfeed/comments/hw1xya/hcac_the_next_potential_meme_spac/

Risks:
  • Terms of a deal haven’t been finalized and the talks could still fall apart
  • Maybe the market responds negatively at "just another EV SPAC" announcement?
  • Sector tailwinds could cool off leaving Canoo/HCAC in the dust
  • Maybe the market was expecting Proterra and will react poorly? Unlikely

Final Thoughts:
  • A forward looking company with 10,000 pre orders, strong leadership looking and balance sheet synergies set for high growth in key EV markets of US and (hopefully) China.
  • Canoo is set to become a top contender in the EV market for years to come thanks to their membership program, key strategic partnerships, skateboard/IP and first to market advantage despite EV SPAC market saturation.
  • Sector tailwinds and ability to partner with (more) major players in the automotive, delivery/transport/taxi, software, battery and other technology sectors will further support and substantiate Canoo’s growth/market cap potential.
  • Company has/will have direct ties to Uber, Tesla, Fisker, China, BMW, NASA, Blackrock, Nomera, Faraday Future, Hyundai, Kia, Nvidia, Blackberry among others plus more TBA
  • Canoo > Proterra
  • 2b valuation likely puts this just out of reach without a TBA PIPE (maybe this is why HCAC LOI taking time to come to fruition).
Disclaimer: I am long HCAC
TLDR: HCAC is rumored to be merging with Canoo – a company with potential to become a market leader in the EV world
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2020.08.08 10:30 GhostfacexProdigy Hennessy Rumored to Take Canoo Public - A Possible Leader in the EV Market

Hennessy Rumored to Take Canoo Public - A Possible Leader in the EV Market
EV Startup Canoo Is Said to Be In Talks for Hennessy SPAC Deal
"The special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, is in talks with investors to raise about $300 million in new equity for the deal, which would take Canoo public and value the combined entity at more than $2 billion, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. "
Who is Canoo:
“Canoo is a Los Angeles based company creating and offering unique electric vehicles (EV) for subscription only and is designed for a world in which transportation is becoming increasingly electric, shared and autonomous.
A new business model that focuses on reducing production and infrastructure costs to make EVs more affordable to customers. The model wil will likely include perks like automatic vehicle registration, maintenance, insurance management and charging through a single app on a customer’s phone.”

https://preview.redd.it/k81inqmkoqf51.png?width=602&format=png&auto=webp&s=da65264b957600d2039e091f41729f7a8764cb91
Canoo's First Design Prototype
Sustainable Competitive Advantages:
  • Skateboard design allows them to develop near infinite products and tap markets
    • Delivery/transort market, taxi/uber, #vanlife, near infinite potentials
  • Membership only program which will lower user cost and improve the bottom line
  • Leadership has strong connections along the value chain
  • Partnerships that legitimize and grow the business
Other Highlights:
  • 2021 Launch
  • Targeting only key cities (throughout US/China) that represent a majority of the EV market
  • High-tech with level 2.5 Autonomy
  • Steer-by-wheel
  • 7 Seat interior, 250 Miles on full charge, 125 MPH top speed
  • Reached Beta testing phase within 19 months of inception
  • 300+ employees and hiring more
Subscription Model:
A membership model that puts an end to ownership, providing a hassle - and commitment-free EV subscription for one monthly, affordable price and with no set end date. The subscription may include services such as registration, maintenance, insurance management and charging—all from a single app … providing consumers with the convenience and value they deserve.
Canoo frees its members from the hassle and commitment of car ownership, saves them time and enables a more efficient way to use a car. By providing an attractive EV at an affordable price via its membership model, Canoo can reduce carbon emissions and increase the usage of cars.
Skateboard Platform:
Canoo is developing a “skateboard” architecture, which will house a battery and electric drivetrain that can achieve up to 300 miles of range. All of Canoo’s vehicles will share the same underpinning. Different cabins or “top hats” will be married on top to create the four unique vehicles. Leveraging the same fixed and flat skateboard allows for reduced R&D costs, efficient production and a better use of interior space. The skateboard houses the most expensive components of the vehicle and is designed in a way that most crash testing does not need to be repeated per vehicle, reducing the vehicle’s development cycle timeline and costs.
The propriety skateboard platform houses the battery and electrical management systems, HVAC systems, drive machines, crash support, and suspension components.

The Skateboard

Potential Skateboard Uses
Design :
An Urban Loft on Wheels” - Think VW 60's Bus on Acid
"We chose to completely rethink car design and focus on what future users will actually need … which is naturally personalized, intuitive and secure. Therefore, the non-driving features such as navigation, music or heating can be controlled via phone.
Canoo maximizes the unique benefits of EV technology by providing vehicles that have both a very large interior and very small overall footprint, perfect for city use. The minimalist design gives subscribers everything they need and nothing they don’t.
Canoo’s vehicles will move away from traditional three box car design, which have separate compartments for the engine, passengers and luggage. Instead, the Company is embracing a minimalist design that maximizes interior space

Minimalist

Party van anyone?
Steer-By-Wire:
The canoo will be the first true steer-by-wire vehicle on the market - without a hardware connection between the steering wheel and wheels. This means the canoo steers by electric signals only. Steer-by-wire offers weight savings and paves the way for autonomous driving. We have complete freedom to locate the steering wheel to suit any cabin design and driver position. It also leads to a more responsive and smoother driving experience.
Vehicle Specs:
DRIVE UNIT
  • • One permanent magnet synchronous electric motor
  • • Rear wheel drive
  • • Power of the electric motor: 300 hp
BATTERY PACK & CHARGING
  • • Battery pack size: 80kWh
  • • 250 miles range
  • • DC fast charging: 28 minute charging time to 80%
PERFORMANCE
  • • Top speed: 125 miles/ hour (electronically limited)
  • • 0-60: 6.3 seconds (single motor)
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
  • • Length: 4421mm
  • • Width: 1898mm (without mirrors)
  • • Height: 1846mm
  • • Wheelbase: 2850mm
  • • Interior volume: 188.1 cubic feet
  • • Gross vehicle weight: 2600Kg
BODY
  • • Steel body
  • • Cabin mounted on rolling chassis (skateboard architecture)
  • • Thermoplastic (thermoplastic polymer) outer skin is robust, lightweight, corrosion free and dent resistant
CHASSIS
  • • Transverse composite leaf spring suspension (front and rear) with stabilizer and twin tube damper
  • • 20” wheels
  • • Variable ratio, speed sensitive drive by wire electronic power steering
  • • Brake by wire with manual back up electromechanically boosted four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
OTHER FEATURES:
  • 7 Seater
  • Ability to use powertrain waste heat for cabin heating for greater efficiency
  • Over the air software updates
  • 5 star safety rating
  • Ability to be fully autonomous
  • The vehicle utilizes seven cameras, five radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors
MANAGEMENT TEAM
Canoo is headed by industry leaders. They boast deep connections throughout the automotive and EV world – furthered backed by Hennessy’s team/connections.
Ulrich Kranz — In Charge of Canoo; formerly head of BMW, Kranz is also on the board of Fisker
Richard Kim — In Charge of Design; formerly Exterior Designer of the BMW i3, i8 Concept Coupe & i8 Concept Spyder
Paul Balciunas — In Charge of Corporate Development & CFO; formerly Director, Corporate Finance & Business Development at Faraday Future VP, Global Automotive Investment Banking
Bill Strickland — In Charge of Vehicle Programs & Purchasing; formerly Chief Program Engineer at Ford*, Assistant Chief Engineer at Ford, Product Development Launch Manager at Ford*
Andrew Wolstan — In Charge of Legal; formerly Corporate Associate Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, M&A Associate Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Meera Pisharody — In Charge of HR; formerly Senior Director of HR at Minted, Director of Global People Operations at Mozilla
Clemens Schmitz-Justen – In Charge of Manufacturing*;* formerly President of BMW manufacturing USA
Phil Weicker – In Charge of Powertrain & Electronics*; formerly Senior Director of Battery at CODA*
Sohel Merchant – In Charge of Vehicle Architecture*; formerly* Tesla, Ford Motor Company
Alexi Charbonneau – In Charge of Skateboard & Cabin*; formerly* SpaceX, Tesla, Honda
Christoph Kuttner – In Charge of Interior & Exterior Systems***; formerly*** BMW, Tesla, Mahindra
Partnership with Hyundai/Kia:
Hyundai Motor Group recently said it plans to invest $87 billion in future growth over the next five years, including $52 billion in future technologies for the Hyundai brand**, $25 billion in electrification and future mobility for Kia,** $4 billion joint-venture with Aptiv to speed development of self-driving vehicle technology, a 100 million-euro investment in Arrival, an air-taxi tie-up with Uber and a $6.7 billion push to commercialize clean hydrogen technology to power trucks, cars and ships.
By 2025, Hyundai-Kia hopes eco-friendly vehicles, including EVs, will account for 25 percent of its total sales.
Hyundai says it’s got plans to create a variety of purpose-built vehicles that could come from Canoo’s skateboard.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2020/02/11/hyundai-adds-electric-vehicle-skateboard-project-with-la-startup-canoo-to-its-87-billion-mobility-push/#7e66aa201017
Partnership with Nvidia:
“The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platform provides high-performance, energy-efficient compute for object detection and sensor fusion. State-of-the-art algorithms will inform the driver on what’s around the vehicle, including cross-traffic alerts, blind spot detection and pedestrian detection, as well as convenience features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-centering control. The software-defined platform also allows for more advanced features, like auto lane change, traffic light recognition and evasive steering to be introduced when they become available.”
Partnership with Blackberry:
“BlackBerry and electric vehicle startup Canoo announced the ADAS systems for the company’s membership-based semi-autonomous EVs will be powered by the BlackBerry QNX operating system (OS), including radar sensors, parking sensors and cameras.
Canoo aims to bring its first production vehicles to market with advanced level 2 (or level 2.5) autonomous features as standard at the end of 2021. Level 2.5 features are consistent with partial autonomy, enabling the vehicle to manage acceleration and steering and monitor components of its environment in certain conditions.”
Partnership with ArcelorMittal:
“The high level of advanced steels in this vehicle demonstrates steel’s many advantages, which also relate to its versatility, recyclability and its contribution to global green-house gas reduction. In these areas, steel outperforms other materials used in the automotive marketplace. ArcelorMittal is the the world's leading steel and mining company with large market share the auto sector.”
China Connections:
“Canoo is backed by David Stern, a director at Prince Andrew’s startup incubator, and Pak Tam Li, the head of a massive investment firm in China and the son-in-law of a man who was once the fourth-most senior leader in China. Canoo has also received support from Taiwanese touchscreen supplier TPK, which is run by billionaire Michael Chiang, two people with knowledge of the company’s finances tell The Verge. In fact, Canoo’s headquarters in Torrance, California is owned by a shell company set up by Foster Chiang, TPK’s vice chairman, according to property records.”
Competition:
VW, Rivian, GM, Toyota, NIO, Xpeng, Weltmeister, BYTON, AIWAYS, Arrival and Lucid Motors among others. As you can see the market is being saturated with major and lesser players battling for position.
Product Roll Out:
- “We will roll out city-by-city,” he says. “Eight to 10 cities represent more than 70% of all the electric vehicle population [so] there is no need to provide our EV nationwide.”
- The plan for 2021 is to launch in Los Angeles and have another eight cities account for the company’s U.S. market. That means four on the West Coast and four on the East Coast, according to Kranz.
- “After the launch in the U.S. we are considering launching the vehicle in China… There are 18 cities that represent 75% of the EV population in China,” he said.
Market Data:

EU as an Example
Global

US
“The global autonomous vehicle market is expected to reach nearly $600 billion by 2026.
I could go deeper in market research but it's late and I have covered the market more lightly in previous write ups: https://www.reddit.com/SPACs/comments/i1f21b/cant_have_evs_without_the_ev_infrastructure/ https://www.reddit.com/SPACfeed/comments/hw2439/soac_and_the_esg_spac_etf/
The EV market isn't going anywhere and its set for significant CARG over the next decade while key players battle for market position/share.
It will be supported through gov subsidies and major organizations transitioning to EV for example: Kyoto Protocol/The Moving Forward Act, USPS EV Contract, Amazon, Walmart Fedex etc going electric.

Helpful Links/More Info about Canoo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvWFpnUbRv8 – Canoo General Vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qaeq23sabCc – CEO Interview at Automobility LA
https://insideevs.com/reviews/432692/jay-leno-canoo-drive-review/ - Jay Leno’s Garage
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2019/09/24/introducing-canoo-no-paddles-required-for-this-electric-van/#465c6744641d – Forbes Article
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-25/california-startup-plans-to-sell-electric-vehicles-by-subscription - Bloomberg Article
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/24/cars/canoo-electric-car-subscription/index.html - CNN
https://www.press.canoo.com/ - Canoo Press
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp.

HCAC IV:
This Hennessy team is made of experienced veterans featuring connections to NASA, Haliburton, McKinsey & Company, Honeywell, and AT&T among others.
http://www.hennessycapllc.com/independent-directors/
Structure:
  • · 300m in trust
  • · August 27th Extension Vote
  • · 72% institution owned (JP Morgan, BMO, BOA, Deutsche Bank, Goldman, Morgan Stanley)
  • · Nomura, Stifel UW
  • · Warrants 1:1 Additional Terms:
  • Crescent Term: $9.20 threshold
  • Anchor Investor: BlackRock $32.5M
  • Forward Purchase: Nomura $125M
Hennessy’s Previous SPAC’s
HCAC I - BLBC hit 25 – Bluebird Bus https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ecol
HCAC II - DSKE hit 14 – Daseke Trucking https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/dske
HCAC III - ECOL hit 28 before merging then 75 - Waste Management https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ecol
DSKE is one the largest trucking/freight logistics companies in the US. They are restructuring and are getting rid of debt. They just beat earnings last week. Warrants are super cheap closing at 0.19c on Friday. Looks like a good buying opportunity IMO.
- Daseke Investor Pres - here
- Earnings Call Transcript - here
More HCAC Info:
https://www.reddit.com/SPACfeed/comments/hw1xya/hcac_the_next_potential_meme_spac/


Risks:
  • Terms of a deal haven’t been finalized and the talks could still fall apart
  • Maybe the market responds negatively at "just another EV SPAC" announcement?
  • Sector tailwinds could cool off leaving Canoo/HCAC in the dust
  • Maybe the market was expecting Proterra and will react poorly? Unlikely

Final Thoughts:
  • A forward looking company with 10,000 pre orders, strong leadership looking and balance sheet synergies set for high growth in key EV markets of US and (hopefully) China.
  • Canoo is set to become a top contender in the EV market for years to come thanks to their membership program, key strategic partnerships, skateboard/IP and first to market advantage despite EV SPAC market saturation.
  • Sector tailwinds and ability to partner with (more) major players in the automotive, delivery/transport/taxi, software, battery and other technology sectors will further support and substantiate Canoo’s growth/market cap potential.
  • Company has/will have direct ties to Uber, Tesla, Fisker, China, BMW, NASA, Blackrock, Nomera, Faraday Future, Hyundai, Kia, Nvidia, Blackberry among others plus more TBA
  • Canoo > Proterra
  • 2b valuation likely puts this just out of reach without a TBA PIPE (maybe this is why HCAC LOI taking time to come to fruition).
Disclaimer: I am long HCAC
TLDR: HCAC is rumored to be merging with Canoo – a company with potential to become a market leader in the EV world
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2020.08.08 10:18 GhostfacexProdigy Hennessy Rumored to Take Canoo Public - A Possible Leader in the EV Market.

Hennessy Rumored to Take Canoo Public - A Possible Leader in the EV Market.
EV Startup Canoo Is Said to Be In Talks for Hennessy SPAC Deal
"The special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, is in talks with investors to raise about $300 million in new equity for the deal, which would take Canoo public and value the combined entity at more than $2 billion, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. "
Who is Canoo:
“Canoo is a Los Angeles based company creating and offering unique electric vehicles (EV) for subscription only and is designed for a world in which transportation is becoming increasingly electric, shared and autonomous.
A new business model that focuses on reducing production and infrastructure costs to make EVs more affordable to customers. The model wil will likely include perks like automatic vehicle registration, maintenance, insurance management and charging through a single app on a customer’s phone.”

Canoo's First Design Prototype

Sustainable Competitive Advantages:
  • Skateboard design allows them to develop near infinite products and tap markets
    • Delivery/transort market, taxi/uber, #vanlife, near infinite potentials
  • Membership only program which will lower user cost and improve the bottom line
  • Leadership has strong connections along the value chain
  • Partnerships that legitimize and grow the business

Other Highlights:
  • 2021 Launch
  • Targeting only key cities (throughout US/China) that represent a majority of the EV market
  • High-tech with level 2.5 Autonomy
  • Steer-by-wheel
  • 7 Seat interior, 250 Miles on full charge, 125 MPH top speed
  • Reached Beta testing phase within 19 months of inception
  • 300+ employees and hiring more

Subscription Model:
A membership model that puts an end to ownership, providing a hassle - and commitment-free EV subscription for one monthly, affordable price and with no set end date. The subscription may include services such as registration, maintenance, insurance management and charging—all from a single app … providing consumers with the convenience and value they deserve.
Canoo frees its members from the hassle and commitment of car ownership, saves them time and enables a more efficient way to use a car. By providing an attractive EV at an affordable price via its membership model, Canoo can reduce carbon emissions and increase the usage of cars.

Skateboard Platform:
Canoo is developing a “skateboard” architecture, which will house a battery and electric drivetrain that can achieve up to 300 miles of range. All of Canoo’s vehicles will share the same underpinning. Different cabins or “top hats” will be married on top to create the four unique vehicles. Leveraging the same fixed and flat skateboard allows for reduced R&D costs, efficient production and a better use of interior space. The skateboard houses the most expensive components of the vehicle and is designed in a way that most crash testing does not need to be repeated per vehicle, reducing the vehicle’s development cycle timeline and costs.
The propriety skateboard platform houses the battery and electrical management systems, HVAC systems, drive machines, crash support, and suspension components.

The Skateboard

Potential Skateboard Uses

Design :
An Urban Loft on Wheels” - Think VW 60's Bus on Acid
"We chose to completely rethink car design and focus on what future users will actually need … which is naturally personalized, intuitive and secure. Therefore, the non-driving features such as navigation, music or heating can be controlled via phone.
Canoo maximizes the unique benefits of EV technology by providing vehicles that have both a very large interior and very small overall footprint, perfect for city use. The minimalist design gives subscribers everything they need and nothing they don’t.
Canoo’s vehicles will move away from traditional three box car design, which have separate compartments for the engine, passengers and luggage. Instead, the Company is embracing a minimalist design that maximizes interior space

Minimalist
Party van anyone?
Steer-By-Wire:
The canoo will be the first true steer-by-wire vehicle on the market - without a hardware connection between the steering wheel and wheels. This means the canoo steers by electric signals only. Steer-by-wire offers weight savings and paves the way for autonomous driving. We have complete freedom to locate the steering wheel to suit any cabin design and driver position. It also leads to a more responsive and smoother driving experience.

Vehicle Specs:
DRIVE UNIT
  • • One permanent magnet synchronous electric motor
  • • Rear wheel drive
  • • Power of the electric motor: 300 hp
BATTERY PACK & CHARGING
  • • Battery pack size: 80kWh
  • • 250 miles range
  • • DC fast charging: 28 minute charging time to 80%
PERFORMANCE
  • • Top speed: 125 miles/ hour (electronically limited)
  • • 0-60: 6.3 seconds (single motor)
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
  • • Length: 4421mm
  • • Width: 1898mm (without mirrors)
  • • Height: 1846mm
  • • Wheelbase: 2850mm
  • • Interior volume: 188.1 cubic feet
  • • Gross vehicle weight: 2600Kg
BODY
  • • Steel body
  • • Cabin mounted on rolling chassis (skateboard architecture)
  • • Thermoplastic (thermoplastic polymer) outer skin is robust, lightweight, corrosion free and dent resistant
CHASSIS
  • • Transverse composite leaf spring suspension (front and rear) with stabilizer and twin tube damper
  • • 20” wheels
  • • Variable ratio, speed sensitive drive by wire electronic power steering
  • • Brake by wire with manual back up electromechanically boosted four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
OTHER FEATURES:
  • 7 Seater
  • Ability to use powertrain waste heat for cabin heating for greater efficiency
  • Over the air software updates
  • 5 star safety rating
  • Ability to be fully autonomous
  • The vehicle utilizes seven cameras, five radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors

MANAGEMENT TEAM
Canoo is headed by industry leaders. They boast deep connections throughout the automotive and EV world – furthered backed by Hennessy’s team/connections.
Ulrich Kranz — In Charge of Canoo; formerly head of BMW, Kranz is also on the board of Fisker
Richard Kim — In Charge of Design; formerly Exterior Designer of the BMW i3, i8 Concept Coupe & i8 Concept Spyder
Paul Balciunas — In Charge of Corporate Development & CFO; formerly Director, Corporate Finance & Business Development at Faraday Future VP, Global Automotive Investment Banking
Bill Strickland — In Charge of Vehicle Programs & Purchasing; formerly Chief Program Engineer at Ford, Assistant Chief Engineer at Ford, Product Development Launch Manager at Ford
Andrew Wolstan — In Charge of Legal; formerly Corporate Associate Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, M&A Associate Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Meera Pisharody — In Charge of HR; formerly Senior Director of HR at Minted, Director of Global People Operations at Mozilla
Clemens Schmitz-Justen – In Charge of Manufacturing; formerly President of BMW manufacturing USA
Phil Weicker – In Charge of Powertrain & Electronics; formerly Senior Director of Battery at CODA
Sohel Merchant – In Charge of Vehicle Architecture; formerly Tesla, Ford Motor Company
Alexi Charbonneau – In Charge of Skateboard & Cabin; formerly SpaceX, Tesla, Honda
Christoph Kuttner – In Charge of Interior & Exterior Systems; formerly BMW, Tesla, Mahindra

Partnership with Hyundai/Kia:
Hyundai Motor Group recently said it plans to invest $87 billion in future growth over the next five years, including $52 billion in future technologies for the Hyundai brand, $25 billion in electrification and future mobility for Kia, $4 billion joint-venture with Aptiv to speed development of self-driving vehicle technology, a 100 million-euro investment in Arrival, an air-taxi tie-up with Uber and a $6.7 billion push to commercialize clean hydrogen technology to power trucks, cars and ships.
By 2025, Hyundai-Kia hopes eco-friendly vehicles, including EVs, will account for 25 percent of its total sales.
Hyundai says it’s got plans to create a variety of purpose-built vehicles that could come from Canoo’s skateboard.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2020/02/11/hyundai-adds-electric-vehicle-skateboard-project-with-la-startup-canoo-to-its-87-billion-mobility-push/#7e66aa201017

Partnership with Nvidia:
“The NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platform provides high-performance, energy-efficient compute for object detection and sensor fusion. State-of-the-art algorithms will inform the driver on what’s around the vehicle, including cross-traffic alerts, blind spot detection and pedestrian detection, as well as convenience features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-centering control. The software-defined platform also allows for more advanced features, like auto lane change, traffic light recognition and evasive steering to be introduced when they become available.”
Partnership with Blackberry:
“BlackBerry and electric vehicle startup Canoo announced the ADAS systems for the company’s membership-based semi-autonomous EVs will be powered by the BlackBerry QNX operating system (OS), including radar sensors, parking sensors and cameras.
Canoo aims to bring its first production vehicles to market with advanced level 2 (or level 2.5) autonomous features as standard at the end of 2021. Level 2.5 features are consistent with partial autonomy, enabling the vehicle to manage acceleration and steering and monitor components of its environment in certain conditions.”
Partnership with ArcelorMittal:
“The high level of advanced steels in this vehicle demonstrates steel’s many advantages, which also relate to its versatility, recyclability and its contribution to global green-house gas reduction. In these areas, steel outperforms other materials used in the automotive marketplace. ArcelorMittal is the the world's leading steel and mining company with large market share the auto sector.”
China Connections:
“Canoo is backed by David Stern, a director at Prince Andrew’s startup incubator, and Pak Tam Li, the head of a massive investment firm in China and the son-in-law of a man who was once the fourth-most senior leader in China. Canoo has also received support from Taiwanese touchscreen supplier TPK, which is run by billionaire Michael Chiang, two people with knowledge of the company’s finances tell The Verge. In fact, Canoo’s headquarters in Torrance, California is owned by a shell company set up by Foster Chiang, TPK’s vice chairman, according to property records.”

Competition:
VW, Rivian, GM, Toyota, NIO, Xpeng, Weltmeister, BYTON, AIWAYS, Arrival and Lucid Motors among others. As you can see the market is being saturated with major and lesser players battling for position.

Product Roll Out:
- “We will roll out city-by-city,” he says. “Eight to 10 cities represent more than 70% of all the electric vehicle population [so] there is no need to provide our EV nationwide.”
- The plan for 2021 is to launch in Los Angeles and have another eight cities account for the company’s U.S. market. That means four on the West Coast and four on the East Coast, according to Kranz.
- “After the launch in the U.S. we are considering launching the vehicle in China… There are 18 cities that represent 75% of the EV population in China,” he said.

Market Data:

EU as an Example
Global
US
“The global autonomous vehicle market is expected to reach nearly $600 billion by 2026.
I could go deeper in market research but it's late and I have covered the market more lightly in previous write ups: https://www.reddit.com/SPACs/comments/i1f21b/cant_have_evs_without_the_ev_infrastructure/ https://www.reddit.com/SPACfeed/comments/hw2439/soac_and_the_esg_spac_etf/
The EV market isn't going anywhere and its set for significant CARG over the next decade while key players battle for market position/share.
It will be supported through gov subsidies and major organizations transitioning to EV for example: Kyoto Protocol/The Moving Forward Act, USPS EV Contract, Amazon, Walmart Fedex etc going electric.

Helpful Links/More Info about Canoo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvWFpnUbRv8 – Canoo General Vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qaeq23sabCc – CEO Interview at Automobility LA
https://insideevs.com/reviews/432692/jay-leno-canoo-drive-review/ - Jay Leno’s Garage
https://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2019/09/24/introducing-canoo-no-paddles-required-for-this-electric-van/#465c6744641d – Forbes Article
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-25/california-startup-plans-to-sell-electric-vehicles-by-subscription - Bloomberg Article
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/24/cars/canoo-electric-car-subscription/index.html - CNN
https://www.press.canoo.com/ - Canoo Press
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp.

HCAC IV:
This Hennessy team is made of experienced veterans featuring connections to NASA, Haliburton, McKinsey & Company, Honeywell, and AT&T among others.
http://www.hennessycapllc.com/independent-directors/
Structure:
  • · 300m in trust
  • · August 27th Extension Vote
  • · 72% institution owned (JP Morgan, BMO, BOA, Deutsche Bank, Goldman, Morgan Stanley)
  • · Nomura, Stifel UW
  • · Warrants 1:1
    Additional Terms:
  • Crescent Term: $9.20 threshold
  • Anchor Investor: BlackRock $32.5M
  • Forward Purchase: Nomura $125M
Hennessy’s Previous SPAC’s
HCAC I - BLBC hit 25 – Bluebird Bus https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ecol
HCAC II - DSKE hit 14 – Daseke Trucking https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/dske
HCAC III - ECOL hit 28 before merging then 75 - Waste Management https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ecol
DSKE is one the largest trucking/freight logistics companies in the US. They are restructuring and are getting rid of debt. They just beat earnings last week. Warrants are super cheap closing at 0.19c on Friday. Looks like a good buying opportunity IMO.
- Daseke Investor Pres - here
- Earnings Call Transcript - here

More HCAC Info:
https://www.reddit.com/SPACfeed/comments/hw1xya/hcac_the_next_potential_meme_spac/

Risks:
  • Terms of a deal haven’t been finalized and the talks could still fall apart
  • Maybe the market responds negatively at "just another EV SPAC" announcement?
  • Sector tailwinds could cool off leaving Canoo/HCAC in the dust
  • Maybe the market was expecting Proterra and will react poorly? Unlikely


Final Thoughts:
  • A forward looking company with 10,000 pre orders, strong leadership looking and balance sheet synergies set for high growth in key EV markets of US and (hopefully) China.
  • Canoo is set to become a top contender in the EV market for years to come thanks to their membership program, key strategic partnerships, skateboard/IP and first to market advantage despite EV SPAC market saturation.
  • Sector tailwinds and ability to partner with (more) major players in the automotive, delivery/transport/taxi, software, battery and other technology sectors will further support and substantiate Canoo’s growth/market cap potential.
  • Company has/will have direct ties to Uber, Tesla, Fisker, China, BMW, NASA, Blackrock, Nomera, Faraday Future, Hyundai, Kia, Nvidia, Blackberry among others plus more TBA
  • Canoo > Proterra
  • 2b valuation likely puts this just out of reach without a TBA PIPE (maybe this is why HCAC LOI taking time to come to fruition).

Disclaimer: I am long HCAC
TLDR: HCAC is rumored to be merging with Canoo – a company with potential to become a market leader in the EV world
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2020.08.07 13:00 JescoWhiteLightning XPWEW Friday Night PYRO (8-7-2020) results "The one where All Man sprays The Set with milk"

XPWEW Friday Night Pyro
Date: August 7th, 2020
Episode: 438
Channel: VICE TV @ 10PM EST
- XPWEW International Champion Jake Awesome enters the ring accompanied by Siaka Lexoni, Chrissy Rivera, XPWEW Tag Team Champs Myron Reed & Kotto Brazil & XPWEW Juniorweight Champion Jordan Oliver of The Set (GG is already in the ring. this show gets the match going right out the gate.)
1 on 1
M1: Jake Awesome (w/ Lexoni, Rivera, Myron Reed, Kotto Brazil & Jordan Oliver) def. GG
- After the match: Jake Awesome addresses "Ruckus is not here tonight because he's relocating a home for himself and his family after that breathing, walking, sweating securement bag of trash Leonard McGraw thought it right to burn his home down on national television. My goal has ALWAYS been to rid McGraw from XPWEW and now he's crossed the line with me! he's crossed the line with The Set and now we will eradicate Leonard McGraw from this mortal plane, I would take blissful pleasure in squeezing the life out of that...
*a red and white truck enters the stage-way and in the front seat is The All Woman: Tenille Dashwood who pulls up and even bumps the ring as she drives into it, The Set (except Ruckus who isn't here tonight) just stare blankly, Tenille honks the horn and then, All Man jumps out of the back of the truck with a water hose that is spritzing milk. YES! All Man is spraying The Set with a MILK TRUCK right now on Friday Night Pyro! WHAT A MOMENT!!! Jake is soaked, Chrissy Rivera behind him avoiding the milk splash, Kotto and Myron are using their tag team titles as shields from the milk and Jordan Oliver and Siaka are sliding and slipping around, All Woman starts to grab cartons of milk from the crate inside the truck and fling them with speed at Jake and Rivera. After a full minute of non stop spraying; All Man stops to point at the Heatwave logo on the screen to signal a match between him and Jake at the upcoming pay-per-view in just 9 days. Unbelievable! What a perfect segment that obviously took heavy inspiration from the Kurt Angle 2001 segment with The Alliance.

In ring segment: Mandy Leon along with her client Simon Gotch introduce their friend "The Maestro" Drama King (Formerly known as Aiden English in WWE)
Drama King enters and just like that they will be known as Drama King & Simon Gotch "The Maestro Marauders"
Tag Team Match
M2: Simon Gotch & Drama King (w/ Mandy Leon) def. 3M3 (3M Ultra & M3 Quintillo)
- Backstage segment: Ms. Case Your Luck Lotus is talking to herself looking into a mirror and in a glance she sees a vision of 'Rosemary' haunting her "The devil went down to Heatwave, and she was looking for a briefcase to steal ahahahahahahaha" (very eerie)

- Jake "The Man Scout" Manning enters - Champagne Clausen blindsides him during his entrance and bloodies his nose
1 on 1
M3: Champagne Clausen def. Jake "The Man Scout" Manning
After the match - Champagne presses the microphone up to Jake Manning's mouth "Say I'm the best" ...."your" 'SAY IT!" "you're the best"
Champagne: Exactly! I am a former world heavyweight champion. Now last week I was rudely interrupted by a promo of a ....
[El Demonio promo airs] *lights go black* *El Demonio appears in the ring and kicks the mic out of Champagne's hand*
*Champagne goes to clothesline Demonio and misses to which Demonio kicks him and then attempts to grab him but Champagne ducks out of the ring and mocks Demonio* and over commentary Kaitlyn Khaos says it is official these two will go 1 on 1 at Heatwave next Sunday!

Backstage Interview: James Westerbeck is with Garrett Thompson, GT: I know Leonard McGraw very very well, and tonight I'm going to permanently crease his face. Bedlam bucks up at James Westerbeck and laughs when he flinches.

Pre-recorded segment: Joe Gacy and Audrey Carbine of the death machines are told by the psychologist to say something nice about the other (Death machine)
Joe Gacy: Something nice? Audrey, you are an overbearing bitch...
Audrey: Hmm, Joe..your breath stinks and you're fat and you are the living breathing human incarnation of shit
Psychologist: Ok ok ok let's try a different exercise. Joe I would like you to gift Audrey and Audrey I would like you to return the favor? If you could present a gift, what would that be?...Audrey for example you could buy Joe a toothbrush and Joe you could give Audrey um a Snickers bar, perhaps
Audrey: I got a gift, how about in 9 days at XPWEW Heatwave. I gift you the ass-kicking that I've been holding back for the past few months...
Joe: How about I give you the idea..of making that match, A Ring of Fire match......(camera pans to a 3rd chair in the corner)
Troy Clausen: I'll allow it!

- XPWEW Women's Champion Priscilla Kelly joins commentary with Khaos & Nick Simmonds
Tag Team Match
M4: Doxy Deity & Thunder Rosa def. Kiera Hogan & Genevalisse
After the match, Doxy calls Priscilla a "lazy champion" so I'll make a challenge to any woman in the world to face me, because I'm the REAL measuring stick in women's professional wrestling today
- Tessa Blanchard enters
Tessa Blanchard: Doxy, I don't even know who you are and Priscilla you are nothing more than a woman who is overhype and overrated. I'm the best women's wrestler in the world and I'll show Thunder Rosa a thing or two next week when I make my debut. But news flash, ladies the women's division just got better. Because I am Tessa Blanchard and I am undeniable...FOREVER and at Heatwave. I'm the new XPWEW Women's Champion, so stand in my way. I dare you

1 on 1
M5: Myron Reed (w/ Kotto Brazil) def. Alveno La Flare (w/ Golden Bryce)

- Brian Lee enters
- Romeo Roselli enters
1 on 1
M6: Romeo Roselli (CYL) def. 911 Brian Lee

- Garrett Thompson enters
- Leonard McGraw enters
Main Event 1 on 1
M7: Leonard McGraw def. Garrett Thompson
After the match a man in a black hoodie that appears to be Ruckus comes out to blindside, McGraw but McGraw snatches him and un-hoods him to be some no-name guy who looks somewhat like Ruckus, but that distraction has McGraw looking at the screen to Ruckus who is in Texas outside McGraw's house with his fiance Ryu inside the home, Ruckus threatens to go inside but says I could be a coward like you a burn this mother****** down right now while you are miles away but I'm a man, I'm gonna wait until you come home. So next week, stay home. and don't call 911 like a coward. Because I'm gonna walk into your home next week on this show and MAKE IT MY HOME. See you next week pimpin...... Show ends with McGraw staring at the tron as Ruckus lurks around McGraw's home miles away in Texas with his fiance Ryu presumably inside
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2020.07.29 17:50 canadianD A House Divided: An overview of my headcanon's 1932 Election

Welcome back everyone! Here we have my overview for the 1932 Presidential Election. Be ready, this one's a doozy of a post. If this is your first time here, welcome, and if you've been following these for a while--welcome back.
Need a refresher before the 1932 overview? Catch up below:
Unstable Ground
Hoover had managed to make it through the 1930 Midterms with a comfortable majority in both houses of Congress. His agricultural protectionism appealed to many a conservative Republican and Democrat, while his dovish, isolationist foreign policy served to reassure a nation watching events across the Atlantic and Pacific fearfully. “The oceans are our walls and Hooverite protectionism will be our gates” wrote one pro-Hoover newspaper in the autumn of 1931.
Despite this, the optimism that Hoover had ridden into the White House in 1928 was quickly fading. Hoover staked his presidency and the revival of the flailing US economy on agrarianism, a series of droughts were beginning to appear out west. The devastation in Europe brought on by the Great War, Russian Civil War, and subsequent Syndicalist revolutions had driven agricultural prices up and encouraged more farmers to cultivate the land. Their drive to cultivate and increase production, as well as certain contemporary farming practices, harmed the topsoil depriving it of organic nutrients and surface vegetation. Strong winds out west were beginning to pick up the loose, dry topsoil left in the wake of farming. These winds turned into large dust storms that began to consume entire farms. Soon, they would begin to consume entire families and even reach the industrial cities of the east. Slowly, small family farms and farming cooperatives that had been the focus of Hoover’s hands-off agrarian policies were losing land and crops to poor topsoil--that same poor topsoil that was now being carried across the plains. Sprawling farms that had covered acres of plains were now reduced bit by bit or all at once, drastically decreasing production and driving up the prices of goods.
Much as he had hoped that business leaders would maintain wages to combat the crash of 25, President Hoover pleaded with farming boards, rural chamber of commerces, and representatives from farming organizations to maintain crop prices as they had been in 1929. But without relief, farmers faced no choice but to raise their prices. Most farmers could barely afford the clothes on their back with this setback, let alone pay off their now defaulted (and continually defaulting) loans for mechanized farm equipment that they couldn’t use. Those states that had established relief programs quickly exhausted their coffers and found little help from the federal government and a laissez-faire president who’d slashed any monetary relief and put policies in place to reduce the federal government’s intervention.
In response to this, farmers and workers all over the plains states were forced to leave their homes with their families in tow, heading for urban states. Factories were inundated with hungry farmers looking for any job on the line. They fared little better here as farmers competed with industrial workers who were desperate to maintain the jobs they’d kept since 1925. Hoover was paralyzed in office and many Republicans in Congress began to turn on him, begging for help for their beleaguered constituents. Even hard-money conservatives began to break from Hoover, though this was much slower. Hoover’s rivals in the Democratic Party, still licking their wounds from the catastrophic defeat in ‘28, saw this as their chance to return to power. Upstart parties like the Socialist Party and Progressives decried this as shameful. William Z. Foster called for the nationalizing of all farms and immediate relief to come from the nationalization of all companies. The Progressives, now little more than prairie populists, saw the devastation first hand and advocated for nationalizing agricultural infrastructure and for an expanded relief program paid for by protectionist tariffs and higher wealth taxes.
The Coming Dust Storm
As 1932 rolled around, most Republicans and President Hoover believed that much like the economic woes caused by the crash, this “Dust Storm” would pass. As the Republicans rallied around the “status quo”, the Democratic Party was preparing for war.
Al Smith, a leading opponent of William G. McAdoo and former Secr. of Commerce, set himself as the frontrunner and built a campaign that sought to “bury the hatchet between labor and commerce and help the American people out the best way we can”. His warm, magnanimous personality was a welcome change of pace from the cold and highbrow attitude of Herbert Hoover. As leader of the Northern Democratic faction, he was a liberal and modern candidate, opposing segregation (he had spearheaded anti-segregation efforts as Governor of New York) and supporting modernized utilities for people. With a foot in both the Wilsonian camp and the classical liberal camp of vaunted New York Democrat Grover Cleveland, many party bosses felt that Smith was the Democrats only real hope to beat Hoover and turn the nation around. The farming crisis and the continual failures of the Hoover Administration gave the campaign plenty of ammunition in the 1932 election. Despite this, a host of favorite son candidates emerged in the tradition of American elections. Most dropped out due to lack of funding or recognition, with only Cordell Hull remaining a token presence in the primary until the convention. All those that dropped out quickly endorsed Smith and began campaigning for him and down-ballot Democrats in key Republican districts. For a time, it looked like Representative Hull would be the only opposition to Smith and the only Southern Democrat in the race. Hull was a tepid oppositionist who never outwardly attacked Al Smith. Many party bosses felt Hull would be an effective VP candidate for Smith following the Democratic Convention. Soon enough, Al Smith’s campaign was emboldened by this early unity and at the prospect of running virtually unopposed for the nomination. Political leaders, pundits, and common folks alike all believed this would make Smith’s road to the White House. That was until a muggy July day in Louisiana...
The Kingfish
Late one July day, Governor Huey Long of Louisiana stood on the back of a truck and announced to a crowd gathered outside the Louisiana State House his campaign the Democratic Nomination. His speech was simultaneously broadcast over the radio, spreading his fiery speech to distant corners of Louisiana and even neighboring southern states thanks to his efforts as Governor to electrify and modernize the Louisiana countryside. On the surface he seemed like just another favorite son, trying to rise in state party politics with a national call, but Long very quickly set himself apart. He was a brash young politician with a penchant for playing friends and rivals alike, against each other. In Louisiana politics he’d been a fervent supporter of modernizing the South and electrifying poor neighborhoods--regardless of race. He’d been a thorn in the side of the KKK, breaking with Southern Democratic tradition, and had wielded the Louisiana State Police like a private army, breaking up KKK rallies, shuttering the clubs and meeting halls of the old Bourbon Democrats, and intimidating political opponents.
These efforts had brought him hundreds of supporters in Louisiana but his populism and overly vague policies turned off serious politicians from the north and south. Al Smith, a champion of “good relations” between workers and the wealthy, decried Long’s rabid anti-labor policies and his proposed “Wealth Tax” as Syndicalism, declaring that “Mr. Long of Louisiana isn’t fit for national office”. Long was merely the symptom of a new faction forming within the Democratic Party that was coming to a head in the 1932 election. Among Long’s populist policies was opposition to the struggling US remaining on the gold standard. Opposition to gold backed currency in the Democratic Party dates to the late 19th century and the legendary William J. Bryan, but it was the collapse of the economy in 1925 that brought renewed attention to the debate. Many countries, even neutral ones, had given up the gold standard following the Great War. France and Britain had been forced to due to losing a significant chunk of their gold reserve when both governments fled to their respective colonies. Despite the global turn away from gold-backed currencies, Hoover flatly refused to consider any anti-gold policies in 1928. Even Al Smith, who loathed Hoover, also refused to campaign against the gold standard in 1932. Long and his cadre of Southern populists held that the gold standard was a symbol of a bygone time and invoked shadowy cabals of businessmen who used their private gold reserves to control the US economy. Most serious politicians, north and south, scoffed at this idea but the crowds that lined Long’s primary campaign trail believed wholeheartedly in this conspiracy.
On the surface it seemed that the ghost of the 1896 Democratic primary had appeared--but this wasn’t a party division based solely on currency. It was north vs south, rural vs urban, main street vs Park Avenue. Long’s charismatic speeches and no-nonsense, populist appeal spread out from the Deep South states of Louisiana and captured ears across the suffering south, reaching as far as Texas, Missouri, and Virginia. He called for sweeping modernization, welfare programs to aid the out of work, the poor, and the old. Smith was at first amused with the young southern politician, for his antics at the podium. Long was known to almost sweat through his suits during his fiery speeches in the muggy southern heat. But his campaign picked up speed across the south, helped by Long’s supporters fighting against the traditional Bourbon Democratic machines that had kept poor whites politically equal to poor blacks. As reports of Long’s “militias” appearing to do battle with police spread, Smith painted Long as a dangerous radical and called him “anti-American” and “the most dangerous man in the country besides Jack Reed”. Reed on the other hand, who was campaigning for the newly re-energized and independent Socialist Party, called Long an authoritarian despot and privately said that “Governor Long is more suited to the presidency of a banana republic than a country such as ours”. It would be the one thing Smith and Reed would agree on.
Already the Democratic Primary was heating up as Smith and Long criss-crossed the country giving speeches and attracting supporters. Both men utilized radio to their advantage, relying on their respective distinct accents (Long with his southern drawl and Smith’s deep New York accent) and charisma to draw listeners. These two titanic leaders attracted so much attention that other favorite son challengers like Gilbert Hitchcock, Cordell Hull, Thomas Walsh, and Walter F. George were all forgotten. All four of them quickly threw their support behind Smith, angering Long and his supporters. Long accused Smith and fellow primary contenders of being part of a “secret pact” to force him from the race. The race began to narrow down to Smith and Long, the two dominant factions of the Democratic Party--Northern Democrats and Populist Democrats. The Northern Democrats considered themselves the heirs of Woodrow Wilson and Grover Cleveland (William McAdoo was conveniently ignored) and promised real, honest progressive politics from the Democratic Party (hoping to shed the connection to the Confederacy). They rallied around Al Smith’s platform of business-friendly relief, modernization of utilities, expanding work programs with contracts for water and power companies, and agricultural-business cooperation, whereby business and farmers could work together towards relief of agriculture.
The opposite of this was Huey Long’s faction of populists. Most of them were Long’s personal acolytes, failed populists, hucksters, local union leaders, and colorless southern politicians who’d championed the poor whites in an area dominated by the post-Civil War Bourbon Democrats. They rejected “Wall Street Money Men and Planter Aristocracy” that had divided the south for their own gain. Long and his supporters called for nationalizing phone lines, agricultural stores (stealing a page from the Progressive Party), and utilities as well as wide ranging taxes on wealth and inheritance (including annual incomes), government-mandated production balances, social insurance, and a wide ranging makework program that would help modernize the countryside. Smith decried this as socialism and once taunted Long to “go peddle your snake oil to Mr. Reed or Senator La Follette, the American voters aren’t buying”. Long meanwhile decried Smith as a tool for robber barons and said “Governor Smith wants to sell this country to Wall Street at the highest bidder--and the cost? The dignity of every man, woman, and child that’s starving”.
As the Democratic Primary continued, the war of words heated up. Eventually brawls between Long supporters and Smith’s turned violent. However, the Bourbon machines were not entirely powerless, and Long found that he had to contend with fellow Southern Democrats in addition to Smith’s aggressive campaigning. This did not signify some alliance between the southern and northern democrats, most Bourbon bosses were growing wary of the increasingly business-friendly focus that their party was taking. But they were turned off by Long’s radicalism as a threat to their power. Above all, most feared that a divided convention would harm their chances in the election. Smith handily won his primaries and entered the convention with enough good will and delegates to emerge as the candidate. This was after engaging with noted Bourbon Democrat and power broker, John Nance Garner. Garner was a voice of calm and reason in such a divided primary and in addition to his own nature, he commanded the delegates from Texas and California, both of which were needed for the convention and for the upcoming election. Garner personally despised Smith, regarding him as a “fast-talking carpetbagger”. He also knew that Smith’s reputation and, notably, his Catholicism would be an issue in the coming campaign. Still, Garner threw his support behind Smith in exchange for promises to be elected Speaker of the House and hoped that Smith would be able to “carry through on the promise his election has made”. Garner believed that a Smith victory in 1932, and perhaps in 1936, would help him be elected in 1940. Stunned and outraged, Long and hundreds of his supporters and delegates staged a march out to little effect. Senator James A. Reed from Missouri was chosen as Smith’s running mate to balance the Democratic ticket with an “upper South” man. On the outsides again, Long considered a third party run but refused and tabled any further decision till after the 1932 election. The hope for the Democratic Party in 1932 seemed shaky but possible and all of this left the Republicans to merely grit their teeth, overwhelmingly renominate Hoover, and hope things didn’t get worse.
As the moderate parties began to arm for a momentous election, the American left was scrambling. The Progressive Party was struggling to build an honest, distinct platform that both attracted voters and defined the party outside of senate party bosses like Burton K. Wheeler. To the left of them, the Socialist Party was still coalescing around Jack Reed and his brand of Marxist-Syndicalism inspired by the revolutions in Paris and London. Norman Thomas, a respected Christian speaker and believer in Democratic Socialism emerged as the natural leader of the moderate wing that had led the SPA out of its electoral alliance with the Progressives and back to independence. Thomas had worked diligently as an organizer for the SPA and Progressives during the 20s and helped to shape and define a more moderate, democratic-style of Marxism in America. Later, after the fall of the SPA and it’s rejoining with the Progressive Party, Norman Thomas’ writings would inspire a new generation of social democrats within the post-war Progressives and the goal of anti-militarism and a true “American Welfare State”. Opposite Thomas was the so-called “Radical Wing” of the SPA. These remained the outliers who hadn’t followed the rest of the SPA into alliance with the Progressives in 1924. Some were former SPA members who’d joined the rump Socialist Labor Party or other minor socialist parties after 1924. Foster advocated for direct action and an immediate revolution on par with the Union of Britain. He also called for wide sweeping nationalization, collectivization, and the immediate seizure of all wealth. The one man who could balance these two was Jack Reed. Reed’s tales of the European revolutions and his charisma endeared him to many within both wings. In addition to this, he’d emerged as an organizational genius in the early 30s thanks to the lessons he learned from a young British functionary named Oswald Mosley. Reed utilized his organizational skills and charisma to whip the still divided SPA into shape. William Foster had become a perennial candidate for the Socialist Labor Party (folded into the SPA following its independence from the Progressives) and encouraged Foster to run as Thomas’ VP. Both men separately, and reluctantly, agreed. Despite the “Socialisty unity ticket” that both men claimed to be running, the two were rarely seen together on the campaign trail.
It was this disparity that hampered the SPA’s efforts in the 1932 election as it soon became apparent that there were three SPA campaigns. The moderate Norman Thomas, who drew crowds of students, inquisitive middle class, and peace activists who advocated for leftist policies, but also feared foreign wars would entangle America and lead to a loss of American independence. Thomas argued that the SPA should become a force for real progressive action at home and stay above “European (read: German) messes” abroad. Thomas’ peaceful, almost reverent, campaign tour was the exact opposite of Foster’s bombastic rallies. These explosive speeches drew countless supporters and detractors, forcing Foster to travel with a band of bodyguards that were rumored to have fought on the frontlines of the Russian Civil War. These street fights led to Foster and his allies organizing unions and attendees into impromptu defense squads. The most popular of all was the one in the middle of these two. Jack Reed’s campaign was part politics, part book promotion, part speaking tour. His eloquent speeches and commanding presence on stage as well as his stories of the destruction of Windsor Castle or Piccadilly Circus covered in red flags drew countless in-person listeners and even more who followed him on the radio.
The 1932 SPA platform was, by November, all over the place. Thomas called for a series of Wealth Taxes, public ownership of power companies and rail lines, a wide ranging and interventionist government welfare system, and a federally controlled national farm board that could oversee the giving of credit, monetary relief, and planting procedures (though Foster routinely called for the collectivization of farm land), and greater representation of union and farm groups in the state and federal government. Foster echoed some of these but called for the immediate disarmament of the US military (going so far as to declare that he would have the US Navy melted down), the reorganization of Congress (dissolving the Senate and replacing it with a Chamber of Unions), recognizing the Union of Britain, Commune of France, and Socialist Republic of Italy, the nationalization of all water and power companies, roads, railways, and factories as well as seizing all wealth. Reed sought to fuse these two, calling for the nationalization of most industries including mines, certain factories, and all railroads, a national farm board (with more powers devoted to them), immediate disarmament and an international conference on disarmament whereby the Syndicalist powers would be invited.
As the Socialists drew thousands on their unique campaign stops, the Progressives emerged slowly. The self-styled chairman of the Progressive Party, Burton K. Wheeler refused to enter the race and declined any and all attempts by his few supporters to enter. Once again the Progressives feared that this was their last election. In the beginning of the summer, Senator Robert M. La Follette Jr from Wisconsin announced his candidacy for the Progressive Party presidential nominee. He faced no opposition in the primary and did not seek out any comment or endorsement from his fellow Progressive Senator Burton K. Wheeler. Son of Progressive Party founder Fighting Bob La Follette, Robert began a whirlwind tour of the plains states and the Upper West. He received a boost of attention in California and the West Coast where he picked up California State Senator Raymond Haight as his running mate. Robert seemed the total opposite of his father and Burton K. Wheeler. He was young, respected (if not well known) in state and federal politics, and idealistic. He carved a platform that sought to make the Progressive Party a fusion of old style progressivism and new style thoughts inspired by socialism. “It’s time to put our country first--not our parties, our bankers, or our rabble rousers”. The Progressive Party platform was a wide ranging and interesting platform. He called for higher taxes on the wealthy, the creation of a federal insurance program for the out of work and elderly, sponsoring state-owned (but not federally owned) power and water companies, and a massive bailout to relieve, reform, and revitalize American farmers. In addition, he advocated for a national work program designed to bring urban workers from around the country to farms and rural work programs that would employ and train these young workers. Another national program was the government purchase of large rail lines and then merging them into a federally owned “National Transportation Company” that would expand and also employ people to build new rail lines and bridges. Both of these attracted a lot of criticism and only mild support among the Progressives, with many calling it half-baked collectivization. The Progressives continued their long tradition of not running on any foreign policy save demilitarization and isolation. VP Candidate Haight and some within the Progressive Party tried to capture the American disinterest in foreign affairs with a proposed “Protective Immigration Act” that would slow immigration. But despite this, La Follette refused to endorse any nativist policies.
Election Nightmare
Following Long’s defeat at the Democratic National Convention, he retreated to Louisiana where his power base remained and refused to campaign for the Democratic ticket. Down-ballot Southern Democrats were safe and Long began laying the groundwork for “saving America”. Smith continued his whirlwind campaign, seeking the limelight and covering the airwaves with his iconic American voice. As Democratic candidate, he now faced a lot of serious criticism for his business-friendly policies (some people accused him of being little better than Hoover) and others were turned off by anti-Catholic feelings. Hoover remained in Washington, giving only a few radio speeches or penning letters, while relying on personal supporters and Republican party bosses for his campaign. Hoover notably claimed that his administration was looking to “preserve law and order amidst an increasingly radical world”. The Socialists and Progressive remained in their traditional power bases--the mid and upper west for the Progressives and the industrial heartlands of the Midwest. Future historians would say that everything changed that day when America cast their ballot. But anyone paying attention could see that the long and troublesome road to 1936 began further back than the 1932 Election.
After days of counting ballots, no clear winner was found. Despite his refusal to run a third party campaign, Long picked up almost 40 delegates among the south. Following the constitution, the 1932 election was sent to the House to be chosen there. The Democrats had won a majority in the House, though this new House had yet to be sworn in and so the selection still fell to the Republican-dominated House. There was widespread discontent with Herbert Hoover as the Depression showed little sign of weakening. Smith had been barred from coming to Washington by his own allies and was forced to rely on incoming-Speaker of the House John Nance Garner to lead the Democratic negotiations. While Garner hated Hoover and his handling of the crisis, Smith had proven himself a controversial choice. His Catholicism alienated many in an already xenophobic country and, Garner felt, that he’d failed to truly utilize the momentum that his primary had picked up in the national campaign. Vindicated for his own personal dislike of Smith, Garner feared that a reform-minded liberal Democrat would shatter any hope of getting work done before the 1936 election. The 1932 election hadn’t even been called and Garner as well as other party bosses like James Farley feared for the 1934 midterms. 1932 hadn’t been the Democratic wave that Smith’s primary had promised and Garner made the choice to throw his and most of the Democratic members of the House behind reelecting Herbert Hoover, in exchange for a “free hand” from Republican bosses. This secret remained with Garner (only coming to light upon the publication of his diary in 1998) and shattered Governor Al Smith. He publicly blamed the Republican Party and privately attributed blame to John Nance Garner who he believed “Stabbed me in the back”. The two would never speak from that day forward.
Herbert Hoover looked sickly and tired when he took the stage in early 1933 to take the oath of office. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes later remarked that the President looked “like a man on his way to the chair”. The First Lady refused to attend and remained behind in a hotel suite and only a hundred or so people gathered to watch the inauguration and speech. Hoover thanked the American people for trusting in his vision of the country and urged “faith in God and faith in ourselves until happier times are here again”. One of the few supporters in the stands, Quentin Roosevelt, would wire his wife that night and inform her that “after receiving lackluster applause from the crowd, Hoover turned and said something to [Vice President Charles Curtis] Curtis. I don’t know what the President said but his downcast eyes and frown said everything I didn’t hear.” There’s been much debate over “Hoover’s real words” since this came to light. Vice President Curtis passed away soon after leaving office and Hoover refused to answer questions about that until the day he died. One popular theory holds that Hoover offhandedly mentioned “and I owe all this to that bastard Jack Garner”, while another maintains that he said “we haven’t won an election, but a coffin”. Whatever the truth, protests and riots erupted across the nation.
William Z. Foster ranted to supporters in Cleveland that this was “irrefutable proof that democracy and the revolution were completely incompatible”. Long’s supporters also rioted in New Orleans, however this devolved into racial violence before Long appeared on the radio and urged his supporters to “return home and be with your family, there’ll be a time for anger soon enough”. Smith was shaken to his core, having lost the presidency and the governorship, he would retire for some time in Albany before he returned to the private sector. Surprisingly, Quentin Roosevelt, one time Republican foreign policy aide and New York State Representative won a special gubernatorial election following the end of Smith’s term. Roosevelt would thank Smith for his years of service to America and the state of New York and called on everyone to “work together, not as politicians or simply as Americans--as honest folk who love their neighbors and their country as they love their family and their God.”
Candidates:
  • Republican Party - Herbert HooveCharles Curtis
  • Democratic Party - Al Smith/James A. Reed
  • Socialist Party - Norman Thomas/William Z. Foster
  • Progressive Party - Robert M. La Follette Jr./Raymond Haight
Congressional Outcome:
Senate: 96 Seats in Total
  • Republican Party: 66 seats
  • Democratic Party: 25
  • Progressive Party: 3
  • Socialist Party: 2
House: 435 Seats in Total
  • Republican Party: 180 seats
  • Democratic Party: 210 seats
  • Progressive Party: 28
  • Socialist Party: 17
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2020.07.14 22:02 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, would appreciate feedback
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.07.14 22:00 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, would appreciate feedback
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.07.14 21:51 amgv4qualitypills The Aaron Roberts Story or How One Cop Terrorized Generations of a Single Black Family

Writing this for something else, wanted to get some thoughts from an open forum
To Whom It May Concern: I knew going into this incident that it was by all means a tragedy. This said, I thought at most I’d hit two pages; the shit simply did not stop. Nevertheless, I think the story is still incredibly worth hearing, so please do give it a chance. It might just give you a new perspective on Seattle.
On May 31st, 2001, at 11:13 PM, Aaron “Smokey” Roberts stepped away from Collins Gold Exchange, a smokeshop in the Central District. An autopsy would later find he had been high on cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. He had just won the lottery. (1)
After waiting for an opening, Roberts would go on to back the Cadillac he was driving, his mother’s, out of the smokeshop lot. He did so across two lanes; almost instantly a police cruiser driven by Officer Greg Neubert and his partner Craig Price flashed its lights. Neubert would later claim he had to brake for Roberts and figured that he might have had a drunk driver on his hands (2) -- race had nothing to do with it. (3) Roberts’ older brother would later disagree: “it was a Cadillac and there was a black man driving it”, he would contend as the reason. (4)
This was not the first time Roberts had encountered Officer Neubert. On January 8th, 2000, Neubert had in fact booked Roberts for robbery/assault that would ultimately result in unlawful gun possession charges. He would later claim he hadn’t recognized him. (5) Roberts’s family would later contest this claim. (6)
Regardless, Roberts pulled over quickly, apparently so much so that Neubert thought it out of the ordinary. (7) Nevertheless, Neubert and Price approach Robert’s car. “Driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance,” Neubert demanded. But Robert had nothing besides the car’s ownership record listed in his mother’s name, Deloris, stashed in the glove compartment. He told the officers the car was his girlfriend’s. Otherwise all he had to offer Neubert were various scraps, lottery tickets. Throughout the process, Neubert noticed the car was still running. He casually asked Roberts to turn off the car, to which Roberts shifted into park but left the motor running. The stop continued. At one point Roberts would address Neubert by name. Post-incident Neubert and Price would describe Roberts as having been pleasant, smiling, even, which is supposedly what made his subsequent actions so surprising to them. (8)
According to the officers, as Neubert was reviewing Roberts’ documents, Roberts suddenly grabbed Neubert’s wrist, pulled it towards him through his vehicle’s window, and then shifted into drive. The exact specifics are confused, but what we do know is this: Roberts vehicle would travel up and down the street with Officer Neubert in its driver-side window and Officer Price running alongside its passenger side. The scene was utter chaos, with the Cadillac moving, Aaron Roberts and Officer Neubert wrestling, and everyone screaming. By this time Office Price had drawn his firearm; Neubert, supposedly fearing for his life, would shout for him to fire multiple times before Price, jumping into the vehicle’s passenger seat, would finally do so, firing a single shot which fatally wounded Roberts. Shortly after, Neubert was thrown from the window as the Cadillac smashed into a planter on the side of the road. Supporting officers and medics would soon arrive, and Roberts would be transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he would die less than an hour later. Neubert received minor bruising and was released from Harborview the same night. (9)
At first, SPD would claim that the Roberts had sped his vehicle down the road at a rapid pace and, unable to keep up, had been dragged by it. This was later quietly dropped in favor of his being forced to run alongside the car. A witness, however, would state that even from a distance she could tell the car was rolling slowly, at walking speed. (10) Finally, in a statement several days after the incident, Neubert wrote that he had been pulled in halfway through the window by Roberts. (11)
Douglas Wilson, attorney for the Roberts family, would cast doubt on SPD’s first statements, cross-examining Neubert during the shooting’s inquest hearing.* Why was Neubert not seriously hurt, or even had his boots scuffed, if he had been dragged by Roberts’ car? “I guess what we’re kind of getting hung up on is the word ‘dragged’,” Neuber responded. “I’m in a stumbling motion, trying to keep up with the vehicle as I’m moving sideways.” (12) But this line of questioning would prove irrelevant as in the same inquiry, Neubert would go on to allege that all else aside, in reality he had been pulled in and then himself made the decision to jump in through the window under fear of losing his balance and falling under the car’s tires. (13)
Outside the inquest hearing, members of Roberts family would question the veracity of all of SPD’s various sequence of events, wondering whether Roberts would have even been able to grab and pull the about evenly weighted Officer Neubert alongside a moving vehicle. To clarify, Roberts was 210 pounds (14) to Neubert’s 215. (15)
Another allegation by Neubert was that Roberts, after he had pulled him in and set his vehicle down the road, had begun pummeling him, supposedly at this point now trying to knock him out of the vehicle with his elbow. By this point Roberts had apparently let go of Neubert’s wrist and Neubert was hanging on independently. Neubert, in the midst of all this was unable to reach his gun. (16)
Returning to the inquest hearing, Wilson would ask how Roberts could have possibly simultaneously steered, elbowed Neubert, and have shifted gears several times (as again, the car went up and down the street) all while Neubert had been halfway in through the car window obstructing him. (15) Furthermore he’d ask how Neubert could have possibly been unable to pull himself out of the Cadillac’s window if Price had been able to get in so easily. Wilson would argue that the police story was fabricated to present a telling favorable to the police and go on to suggest that first Neubert’s life was not in danger when Price had fired because the car was “not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time”, and that secondly Neubert had in all likelihood “initiated the confrontation by aggressively entering the vehicle”, implying that Roberts had only been responding to him. (17)
In this regard, Roberts’ family attempted to bring Officer Neubert’s controversial policing background before the jury. (18) The Stranger, for example, in the wake of the shooting, published a compilation of court documents arising from Neubert’s arrest cases as well as statements by residents of the Central District, Neubert’s beat, so to speak. While they noted that Neubert’s policing featured commendations from police supervisors and happy Central District business owners, their reporting overall found “an alarming picture of an officer who physically and verbally bullied civilians, gave faulty court testimony, and--similar to Neubert’s...account about being dragged by Aaron Roberts’ car--complained that civilians were attacking him.” Their report included, among many other accounts, Neubert threatening to let the Crips beat up and kill a youth he had arrested, forging a signature on a traffic citation, and alleging that a man had assaulted him with a pickup truck. The latter two incidents were decisively decided against Neubert; all were against black Seattle residents. Perhaps most controversial had been Neubert’s off-duty shooting and paralysis of a black drug dealer who had been carrying a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. (19) None of this came to light during the inquest hearing, however, as the judge at the pre-inquest hearing had ruled against it being presented. The only primary witnesses allowed were Officers Neubert and Price. (20) Roberts’ family is reported as having “scarcely concealed their disgust”, with his mother Deloris Roberts at one point walking out, stating “It’s hard to sit there and listen to it, I couldn’t take the lies.” (21) They saw the inquest process as a “system...set up to clear the officer and ignore their complaints.” (22)
In the end, the inquest hearing unanimously agreed that Officer Price had been in fear of great harm to himself or his partner when he shot and killed Aaron Roberts (the jury had not been asked whether or not the shooting was justified). (23) Moreover, both SPD’s internal police review and the King County Prosecutor determined that the shooting was justified and pursued no action. (24) Even the FBI, probing for civil rights violations in the shooting, found no foul play. (25) The inquest process had been paralleled by days of angry protests by Central District residents (26) which at its climax had seen the Mayor of Seattle at the time, Mayor Schell, get hit in the face with a bullhorn. But on the day of the inquest hearing’s final announcement, the streets were silent. On that day, in the black barbershop Earl’s Cut, KUOW spoke to black Central District residents under the condition of anonymity (at the fear of police harassment). What they found was a profound hopelessness: “No I’m not surprised, it’s kind of hit home. It’s like hey, whatever we do, it’s not going to do anything, the badge is always going to be the shield, that’s it.”, said one customer. “A rally isn’t going to do much to change that.” (27)
And you’d think this would end the entire bleak affair. Lisa Marchese, one of the lawyers for Neubert and Price, would state: “This kind of completes the circle of public inquiry...Now everyone can really heal from this and put it past them and move on.” (28)
Aaron was a former Garfield High student who had drifted in and out of trouble with the law since the mid ‘90s. By the time of his being killed, he had been released from his 43-month prison sentence that had been originally initiated by Officer Neubert as part of a work program, though he was no longer complying with it. He was beloved by his family. Above all, he was terrified of the police, keeping an armored vest stashed in his bedroom at the apparent possibility of their attempting to arrest him at his home. (29)
Neubert would go on to surface in local news again in 2007, coming under investigation alongside one other officer for their lying in statements and mishandling of evidence leading to the dismissal of a felony drug case. (29) He would be mentioned one final time in 2009 in a lawsuit by a German national against the city of Seattle, who alleged that Officer Neubert and another officer had exercised extreme negligence in firing upon a gunman in a crowded pedestrian area; she herself had been struck by a police bullet. Interestingly, one charge was that the city had been negligent for simply employing Neubert in the first place given the 2007 incident. The city would ultimately settle the lawsuit for $127,500. (30)
Around this period, Neuberg had been filing his own lawsuits. By 2007 he had unsuccessfully sued critics for defamation twice. (31) But more incredibly, Neubert, who had in his inquest hearing denied race’s place in the entire affair, would in fact reverse his stand only claiming that he was the one who had been the victim of a hate crime by Aaron Roberts. It started with his filing a city insurance accident report for injuries that he wrote had resulted from the “hate crime by Aaron Roberts against myself”, continuing with “He used his vehicle to assault me.” At the time, this measure succeeded, and he was paid $3,883. Neubert would then seek damages from Roberts’ mother’s car insurance company, though not yet alleging his belief of his being a victim of a hate crime. The claim was denied, and in 2003 Neubert subsequently filed a civil suit against both Washington State’s Department of Corrections and Deloris Roberts for negligence, the former for having allowed Roberts to escape from his legally binding work program and the latter for allowing Aaron Roberts to use her car on the night in question. In his suit’s deposition, Neubert wrote that his suit was based on the “actions [Aaron] took. The smiling at me while driving down the road, trying to physically harm me”, finishing with “It was almost sadistic to me.” (31) For Deloris, it was simply one of many blows Neubert had dealt her. “I think he’s a disgrace to the police. It’s like he wants to get a reward for muder,” she said to the Seattle Times. (32)
Returning once more to the murder, at the time of his father’s death, Aaron Roberts’ then 16-year-old son, Little Aaron, attempted to reach his father’s body as it lay in the street. He was taken into custody and released without charges.
Two years would pass and he would never speak about his father’s killing. Around that time, a SWAT team in Monroe would shoot a black man, Harold McCord Jr., seven times for having escaped from custody with a cardboard gun.
Several days later, Little Aaron walked to his great-grandparents house and shot himself in the head, dying instantly. When asked about her grandson’s suicide, Deloris Roberts said: “He was just my heart, and I blame it all on the police department, all of it.”
“Justice is just for them,” she said, referring to white people. (33)
\Neubert was able to become the subject of the inquest hearing, as opposed to Price the actual shooter, in a special pre-inquest hearing in which Judge Barbara Linde ruled in favor of the Roberts family that the inquest could have Neubert as its designated subject - see* Seattle Weekly: “Changing Story”
In-text citations
(1) (2) (5) (8) (9) (10) (14) (16) Seattle Weekly: "A shot in the dark"
(3) (4) (6) (7) (12) (15) (21) (26) (29) Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Police officer gives account of Roberts' death"
(8) (11) (13) (17) (18) (20) Seattle Weekly: "Changing Story"
(19) The Stranger: Dangerous Disconnect
(22) (24) (28) Seattle Times: "No charges in shooting of Roberts"
(23) (27) KUOW 94.9 FM: "Inquest Into Aaron Roberts' Death Comes to an End"
(25) (31) Seattle Weekly: "Hate-Crime Allegation"
(29) "Seattle Times": Cops' alleged lie leaves 17 cases in jeopardy"
(30) (31) The Daily News: "City settles lawsuit filed by woman struck by stray bullet"
(32) Officer sues mother of man killed by police
(33) Seattle Times: "The sad story of Aaron Roberts gets even sadder"
Other sources
https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20010726&slug=robertsattorney26m
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-jun-20-mn-12579-story.html
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2020.07.10 17:59 smokedoutofthehills Zero to Hero and back to Zero: A failed attempt at the JMT

Quick Summary

Route: John Muir Trail from Happy Isles to Duck Pass
Dates: 6/18/2020 to 6/21/2020
Mileage: 75 miles (15,300’ gain)
Map: https://caltopo.com/m/G2DF
Conditions: Highs in the 70s, lows around 30, some snow coverage above 10,500’, little cloud cover
Lighterpack: https://lighterpack.com/6f3bti
Photos: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4
TLDR: I planned a way too aggressive timeline for a trip after not hiking for 3 months, feet hurt, regretted my decisions and bailed tail between my legs but got some pretty pictures out of it and don’t regret anything too badly.

The Plan

Last year I had a great time hitting a 60 miles section of the JMT/PCT in early June, dealing with massive snowpack and testing my limits a little. I felt pretty solid doing 12-15 miles a day over snow last year right and figured this year I’d be in similar shape and the lack of snow would mean I could push up to 20-25 miles per day without issue. That was pre-COVID, getting at least a couple miles of moderately hilly walking to and from campus daily. I’d been playing around with the idea for most of the last year, figuring that this summer would be a great time to finally tick off the JMT before starting grad school in the fall.
Fast forward to this spring, everything shuts down, I stop walking regularly and generally fall into less than great shape. I also didn’t enter the permit lottery figuring that I could always snag a walkup or cancellation since I live close enough to shift plans around last minute without worrying about flights or time off work. I managed to snag a Happy Isles pass through cancellation for June 18th, and did a little planning, mostly focusing on a resupply out of Mammoth due to uncertainties with opening dates for Reds, VVR and MTR. I figured 10ish days would be enough to hammer out the trail and let me hit a nice alpine lake for camp most if not every night. This was mistake number one, underestimating the mileage I could handle coming pretty much straight off the couch.
Mistake number two was planning my 10 day itinerary around resupplying over Mammoth Pass. The road to the trailhead on the other side of the pass was still closed days before I left, meaning that I had to change plans and have my resupply dropped at VVEdison Lake instead. This change of plans, while keeping the resupply planned for day 4 meant changing from hitting VVR the morning of day 5 to the afternoon of day 4, requiring me to hit 75 miles or more in the first three days to be on track and shifting my overall timeline to 9 days start to finish. Whoops.

The Trip

Day 1 - Vert, vert and more vert

Route: Happy Isles to Upper Cathedral lake via the Mist Trail + JMT
Data: 16 miles, 6800’ gain, 1200’ loss, 10 hours
Photos: https://imgur.com/a/xQ5j1wh
Got an early start around 6am leaving the backpackers campground. Just a quick walk over to the HI trailhead and I was off. I decided to take the Mist Trail over the actual JMT since I figured it was a rare chance to see Vernal and Nevada without the crowds the Mist trail usually draws. It was well worth it, especially a quick snack and coffee break at the top of Vernal. After rejoining the JMT it turned into a pretty boring slog for the rest of the day. It was fairly surprising how overgrown the trail was in spots considering the superhighway that the JMT is most years, especially passing through the burn zone scar (see pictures).
The trail just kept climbing and climbing with not much in the way of views (IMO as a spoiled Californian). It was nice and quiet along the trail too after the Half Dome junction, so overall not terrible, just a little lackluster compared to the heavier hitting scenery the Sierra usually delivers. There were some nice, occasional views of the Clark and Cathedral Ranges closer to Sunrise Meadow, but lots of boring switchbacks and gradual climbs with not much to look at. Unfortunately once at Sunrise Meadow the bug pressure changed more or less instantly from very mild to virtually unbearable, prompting me to significantly speed up and stop paying much attention to the scenery until I got to Cathedral Pass where the pressure died down significantly. At that point it was getting later in the afternoon and I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it far enough past Tuolumne to find a legal campsite so I set up camp at Upper Cathedral Lake at 4pm. The bug pressure was moderate so I sat with my net draped over me for protection while doing some basic footcare and planning the next days mileage.
One other piece of excitement from the day was finding out that my filter was definitely a bit moldy, and in need of pretty significant flushing upon my first fill of the day. Luckily I managed to flush out the moldy taste without wasting too much time.
If I were to do it again I’d likely reroute to stay low in Little Yosemite Valley and rejoin the JMT at Sunrise Meadow via Echo Creek or cut some mileage off and connect over Tuolumne Pass to Lyell Canyon to cut out some of the more boring scenery and skip straight to the good stuff.

Day 2 - Dawn to Dusk

Route: Upper Cathedral to Thousand Island Lake via the JMT passing Tuolumne Meadows, Lyell Canyon and over Donohue Pass
Data: 25.5 miles, 3700’ gain, 3500’ loss, 13 hours
Photos: https://imgur.com/a/uc6q42f
I got an early start, hitting the trail around 6am and made good progress down to Tuolumne Meadows before stopping to make a cup of coffee and eat near Soda Springs. Then I powered on up Lyell canyon stopping once by a nice polished cascade to rest my feet before pushing on toward Donohue. Ran into a fair number of other hikers heading both directions but didn’t stop to chat for too long with anyone beyond getting beta on the conditions of the pass. The hike through Lyell Canyon was nicely graded, flat and easy to cruise making good time.
Once I the climb to Donohue kicked in at the head of the canyon my momentum dried up and my paced dropped down from 2+ mph to 1-1.5. A quick stop by the bridge across the Lyell fork to rest my feet put a little wind back in my sails and I managed to keep pushing up to the summit. The trail got wetter and a bit closer to the early season conditions I was expecting around 10,500’ with predominantly snow cover for the last quarter mile up to the pass. Coming down the south side was pretty straight forward although it did take a little more time than I’d have liked to pick my way over patch, rotten snow for the first half mile or so. Once down I kept pushing on knowing that I didn’t have a ton of the day left considering the mileage remaining. The mixed creek and meadow areas immediately below the pass were quite beautiful with the trail almost more water than not.
Below the meadows the trail lost some of its charm as I got into slogging mode to bust out the last 5 miles of the day to hit Thousand Island Lake in time to make camp. The drop down to the Rush creek crossing and corresponding climb back up Island pass were particularly demoralizing but I made it to the tarns at Island Pass with great light on Banner and Ritter which pretty much made up for it. Despite my temptations to call it a day at the tarns (around 6:00) I decided to keep pushing down to the main lake to cut a little more mileage off the next day. I waited a little too long into the descent to start looking for sites on the hillside and ended up having to schlep it in almost a half mile along the lake to find a decent unoccupied site around 6:45. I pitched the Cricket again to keep the wind at bay, made a quick dinner and hit the sack after a pretty brutally long day that left me hobbling around camp from the exhaustion.
Take aways from the day were that Lyell canyon is nice but also a little bland, Donohue is a pretty easy pass especially if I had been acclimated and in better shape. More importantly this seemed like a pretty solid section of the JMT well worth hiking (unlike LYV to Sunrise). Also the tarns at Island pass are incredible and probably a better spot to camp than Thousand Island itself due to more sites and no crowds, definitely worth the extra climb if I were doing an overnighter from Angew Meadow.

Day 3 - Hot and dry with a side of sun

Route: Thousand Island Lake to Agnew Meadow via the River Trail, then the PCT to Reds Meadow and JMT/PCT to the Duck Lake Outlet crossing
Data: 25.5 miles, 3700’ gain, 3600’ loss, 13 hours
Photos: https://imgur.com/a/P2Z6zQs
Having hiked the JMT between Thousand Island and Shadow Lakes last year I knew that the route was hilly and indirect at best compared to the River Trail, which drops more or less straight down to Devil’s Postpile NM. In fact the reroute saves around 4 miles and over 1000’ of elevation gain, which would be crucial since I needed to at minimum get to the Duck Lake outlet crossing to ensure I’d be at VVR at a reasonable time the following morning. Little did I know exactly how miserable the trail through the bottom of the valley would be.
While the initial descent via the River Trail is pretty scenic and generally pleasant, once it bottoms out near Agnew Meadow it turns hot, dry and dusty. Luckily for my feet it was at least a soft, relatively forgiving trail surface but the hiking conditions were less than wonderful. To make the hot dry conditions worse the available water sources were few and overwhelmingly mosquito infested, ruling out the possibility of a nice midmorning break to rest my feet and eat more than a quick snack. Luckily I heard that Reds had reopened just a few days earlier and powered through for the promise of a burger and cold beer when I arrived. Took around an hour to rest up, eat and dry out my groundsheet before getting back on the trail. In hindsight I should have taken some earlier breaks to keep from messing up my feet on the first half of the day but c’est la vie.
Back on trail marked the start of another unfortunately boring slog. The first mile or so was through a shadeless burn scar, followed by a slow climb up to Crater Meadows which left my legs pretty set to call it a day. Another quick rest and I pushed on, stopping occasionally to chat with NOBO PCTers who all seemed to have seen virtually no other hikers heading south, JMT or otherwise. Honestly I was rather surprised and a little disturbed at the number of PCTers who were out on the trail and seemed intent on pushing through to Canada. Once I got into the last 5 miles leading to the Duck lake outlet I realized that there was no way I’d be able to push to Purple lake let alone Virginia, leaving me to chose between bailing and attempting 30 miles the next day to reach a nice camp at Marie Lake. Considering how miserable the preceding miles had been and the prospect of ending the next day with the 2000’ climb up Bear Ridge I made the decision to bail out of Duck Pass. This was good since my feet had developed a few blisters and were generally in rough shape from the lack of breaks and coarse grit stuck in my shoes from the descent earlier and the fact that it took 10 minutes to warm up enough to walk normally after sitting down for more than 5 minutes. I hobbled up to a decent site just past the crossing around 7, made a quick dinner and decided to sleep out under the stars.
Takeaways from the day are that the section of trail I took (River Trail to PCT to PCT/JMT) sucks and it would be way better to avoid it by using the JMT the whole way. An even better idea would be to cut around the wooded lakes between Shadow Lake and the PCT/JMT junction and instead go up to Ediza Lake and take the short off trail route to Minaret lake, hitting more high country and skipping some forest slogging. The section from Reds to the Duck Lake outlet crossing is similarly unfortunate. The first few miles up to Upper Crater Meadow is more or less mandatory but from there it should be possible to cross country up Crater Creek to the Mammoth Crest Trail and hike to Deer Lakes, bypassing some of the forest slog for better views. If I attempt the JMT SOBO again I’ll likely take both of these alternates to avoid what’s probably some of my least favorite trail in the range.

Day 4 - The Art of the Bail

Route: Bail over Duck pass followed by a road walk down to Twin Lakes where the road reopened
Data: 9 miles, 1100’ gain, 2600’ loss, 4.5 hours
Photos: https://imgur.com/a/nnbkwXH
I took a little more leisurely start hitting the trail around 6:30am. While my legs felt better than they had the last two mornings my feet were definitely a lot worse for wear. The lack of breaks the previous day had given me a couple blisters but more importantly my feet were just plain tired and clearly needed some rest after doing what was likely more mileage in 3 days than I’d done in the preceding 3 months of quarantine. The climb up to Duck pass was slow but mellow going, Duck Lake had ridiculous bug pressure but nothing was biting, so presumably gnats of some sort rather than mosquitos.
The decent from Duck pass was pretty painless, I passed a fair number of families camped at the lakes below the pass, giving me false hope that the road to the trailhead had opened and my day would only be around 7 miles. Instead after an uneventful but fairly slow walk down to the trailhead I found the parking lot empty. This meant a roughly 2 mile road walk down to the road closure at Twin Lakes to meet my ride. The walk down was absolute chaos of people on bikes and walking, and got progressively worse as I approached the road closure. I finished at Twin Lakes around 11am before getting picked up not long after, followed by the obligatory burger, sweet potato fries and shake from the Burger Barn on the way home.

Gear Musings

Nunatak Arc UL 25: Custom length (75”) and width (57”) with ETC, I didn’t get a chance to really push the limits since it only got down to around 30o at night and I was plenty warm. It’s my first quilt so still getting used to it, but overall pretty satisfied. It was a little drafty the for cowboy camping with a breeze but I think that was mostly just technique error not an actual flaw with the quilt itself. Looking forward to pushing it lower and was happy to find I didn’t need a hat or anything at the temps I saw.
Small Pro-lite: Also quite happy, a big improvement in comfort over my x-lite at a minimal weight penalty (0.5oz). I did add an 1/8” pad under for this trip which helped keep my feet warm without my pack under them for an extra 3.3oz which was well worth it. Overall definitely a keeper, I only wish that there were more options on the market for light self inflating pads.
MLD Cricket: Not entirely sold to be honest, I was kind of hoping this would be my grail shelter but I just couldn’t get the pitch to work the way I wanted in the field, the beak was consistently too low and made getting in and out a pain. It’s also super tall and using a pole jack is a bit of a hassle. It is plenty spacious inside both sitting up or lying down (I’m 6’3”) so definitely a good option for taller hikers (assuming you get the largest, latest version). I’ll probably give it another trip or two and more futzing to see if I can solve the pitch issues but it was a disappointment compared to my Yama Swiftline despite the serious weight savings.
S2S Nano Net: Also not the greatest, honestly was more useful as a full body net to keep the bugs off in camp the first night than it was as a shelter addition. If I end up keeping the Cricket I’ll ditch this and replace it with a bug bivy instead.
La Sportiva Bushido II: I’ve been fairly outspoken about the havoc that the originals have wrought on my feet so I thought I’d eat some crow over these. They’re great, I just massively undersized my previous pair by over a size, moving up fixed the heel issues I’d had with the originals, so that was neat. Guess I should have tried more sizes the first time around.
Soto Windmaster: Works fine, having a piezo that works consistently at altitude is great compared to the awful ones that Jetboil uses. Honestly not my favorite though, works fine enough for the weight savings compared to my MSR Windburner, but kind of annoying how much more sensitive it is to a modest breeze (hardly a fair comparison though). Definitely convinced me never to try something like a BRS since I don’t think I could deal with even worse wind sensitivity.
REI Flash 55: This thing is getting to be a bit oversized for my gear and just didn’t quite ride right this trip even though it has been fine in the past. I’ll definitely keep it for more gear heavy trips but something around 5-10L smaller would have been ideal this time even with a BV500.
Larabars: Somehow I’ve always poo-pooed them and never tried. Turns out they’re delicious on the trail and will be my new goto trail bars moving forward.

Conclusions

I had some fun, some pain and a whole lot of learning on the trip. I was pretty disappointed to not be able to make it work out but in the end it was definitely a worthwhile experience and a good reminder to try to exercise at least a tiny bit during quarantine round two. In a lot of ways the conditions were a nice balance between late season dryness and early season navigational difficulties although I wouldn’t have minded going about a week later once the high meadows had a chance to green up a bit more. Plus I learned some valuable lessons for attempting again later to optimize the route to skip some of the more tedious sections.
Thanks for reading my ramblings, hope you all enjoyed and feel free to leave comments
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