Big Inca

To: Bill

From: The Boss

Date: August 22

You need to learn to appreciate times like this, when nothing big seems to be happening. It’s a good time to be charging up. As long as you keep plugging away, it’s good. Even your herbcrafting friends can tell you about that.

Hilda’s telling you you’ve made progress. Lizzy’s showing you that your fantasies aren’t what you really want.

You couldn’t do any of that in a vacuum.

Just wait till you see London.

~*~

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Big Inca

To: The Boss

From: Bill

Date: August 19 

Sometimes I wonder what I’ll be doing when the mills are up and running.

I mean, is this it? Have we fought our biggest battles and won?

We’ve got the buildings and grounds, and a list of tenants is forming.

Manufacturing and marketing are a whole other gig.

I can always fall back on the antiques dealing.

But my encounters with Lizzy remind me, loneliness is my greatest fear; also, I’m advised, my primary energy source.

~*~

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Big Inca

To: The Boss

From: Bill

Date: August 17 

I need a map just to keep track of all the properties we’re buying.

I need another to give me an idea where we stand in terms of readiness to rent. What’s totally ripped apart and what’s just about ready.

Thor called after work. “Whatcha doin’ tonight?”

“Shit, man, that’s the FUTURE!”

Lizzy’s so uptight. Asks too many questions. So what? What?

I asked Hilda if I used to be that crunched up. “Yup, I’m afraid so.”

When I got off, we all took a ride in the country and stopped at a roadside stand where the farmer’s wife has a voice as hollow as a windblown field.

Then we stopped beside a lake and had a picnic.

Everything is looking so lush these days. And hazy.

But all that hammering’s left a ringing in my ears.

~*~

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Big Inca

To: Bill

From: The Boss

Date: August 16  

Times like these can be turning points.

Just wait till you see Vancouver.

You’re going to have to have housing available for up to a hundred new workers and their families when the first part of the mill opens. Have a nice array of lease arrangements ready.

~*~

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Big Inca

To: Bill

From: The Boss

Date: August 14

So much for the proverbial dog days.

Looks to me like you have several options, Bub. One, you can drop Lizzy from the Opera roster.

Or you can open up an S-M parlor in one of the old factories and star her there.

Thanks for the latest stack of photos.

~*~

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