“Creative writing is like surgery. When you’re ON, you’re operating with a razor-sharp scalpel. When you’re OFF, you’re operating with a fork and butter knife. Any dick suck can use a fork and knife; it takes a surgeon to use a scalpel.”
- Lao Tzu, 4th Century BC
What becomes of a man such as Joe Youngblood? A man at war with the world? A revolutionary in a war for the West, a war he felt never ended properly? What becomes of an angry man?
According to Dad’s story, as the decade wore on, Joe Youngblood became a regular user of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). One night he murdered this little blond girlfriend he had. For the next two weeks, as a manhunt ensued, Joe survived in the woods surrounding Lake Lewisville. When he was finally captured, he beat the murder rap after passing a polygraph examination. Due to his extensive LSD use, Joe had zero recollection of the murder.
Eventually, due to his extensive LSD use, Joe was admitted to the mental institution up in Wichita Falls.
As for Dad, he got drunk and totaled his 1988 Ferrari Testarossa in 1999. Although there’s no connection between Joe Youngblood and that incident, I’ve always thought they were somehow aligned.
I stated in Part 1 that I believe this story plays a role in the history of this country. Indeed, I believe that’s true. It’s not as consequential as what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963, but nonetheless, history involves men such as Joe Youngblood. To ignore the Joe Youngbloods would be to misunderstand history entirely. To forget the Joe Youngbloods would be to burn history altogether.
Then again, it could all just be a yardstick for lunatics … history that is.