"Susan- Message from Mom of Vance Deniston. Tell him to bring home a loaf of bread after school. T.B."The text surrounding the note reads:
“Later that day; we’ve compromised! We will ride the bus as far as ft. smith Arkansas and Thumb the rest of the way. egads!On the right page, we read of advances.
Earlier that day, vance gets this message that nearly calls off the trip due to resulting confusion”
“next day: Gary Gober is going to drive us to memphis. Yowie zowie. Also the previous plan will be our back up plan.”I'm memory serves (which it rarely does), Gober had his old man's car which was a Ford Galaxie 500 with a balanced and blueprinted Police Interceptor engine. Fuckin' A! I remember the trip to Gober's house to discuss the plan. Maybe it wasn't Gober, but I remember whoevers house it was whose old man had that car. That was where I left my tooled leather visor.
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Next up was a reference to our camping trip. This was the one where I shot Jim Jones in the back of the thigh COMPLETELY A FLUKE with a soft pine cone, using a wrist rocket. Jones went ballistic and through a fucking 300 pound boulder. He was sucha drama queen. I mean, the welt it raised couldn't have been more than three or four inches.
“May 30 & 31stIt's true, we did.
We went camping in the Sandias to prove our studliness and sheer ability to survive. We ate cactus and it tasted like snot.”
And then this next which... I can't begin to explain this next part and the course of events it set up. I will, just not yet. Anyway, I thought it would be a great idea for us to write more in the book, and what better thing to write about for posterity, but why we were doing this. So I make the statement:
“At this point I feel it is necesry (sic) for us t0 put in the reasons for us attempting this:I was just getting silly. It was a total goof. But then Vance answers. It starts out, kind of serious sounding:
Rick: I need to prove to myself that I can live by my own wits and cunning. Also before this trip idea I was super-hyper. But I got int it and it was my main reason for living in other words the only way to retain my sanity. However since the end of the pre-expidition I have Become uptite (sic) and hyper. You see I was Born to be wild. I like smoking lightinin every bit of thunder rollin’ (sic) with the wind and the feeling that Im (sic) under, fite (sic) all of the guns at once and explode into space and like a true natures child I was Born, Born to be wild… oh uh I’m sorry.”
“Vance: Im really not sure why I’m going. It could be because…”
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