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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Big Inca

To: The Boss

From: Bill

Date: August 13 

I’m watching a lot of building materials arrive and disappear in the process.

I’m minding the store.

I’m buying up old houses and apartments and arranging for repairs.

I’m spending a lot of nights at the Opera House.

I’m studying your maps.

I answer the phones and I smile.

I’m reading the newspaper daily and clipping the local stories, which I file.

I order photos and archive.

I’m sinking some roots in this community. Attend meetings. Donate to children’s causes.

I run errands for Manny, as needed.

I’m in good physical shape, thanks to all the swimming.

No wonder I’m feeling exhausted.

These days I’m doing far more for the Present Company than I am for myself.

Last night, the faces of Lizard Lady and Wendy merged into a pink and green schizoid-art cat. I got the shivers. Let it explode. I want to cry, am unable, and become whiny instead. Mona is mentally faraway. Hilda’s on her own bad trip. I seldom see my roommate. Lizard Lady is trying to fuck with my head. Nvr is never there. As the beard and hair grow, I appear stranger and stranger, like a Near Eastern mystic.

I’m homesick for someplace I’ve never been. Somebody, hang on, please?

~*~

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Big Inca

To: Bill

From: The Boss

Date: August 12

That should tell you something.

I hope you’re taking precautions.

She doesn’t seem to know which side she stands on. On sleeps on.

And she’s not giving you any insights into the yrUBbury conflict. That can be good, if it’s giving you a respite from what’s happening – or bad, if she’s purely a diversion.

If you need to get away, just wait till you see New Orleans. Or taste it. Or hear it.

I think you have your hands full for now.

So what are you doing for the Present Company?

~*~

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