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The La Kiva Time Capsule

This has been a busy two weeks for La Kiva.  The roof has gone from the area that we are going to re-roof but I am shocked, I tell you, shocked, that so many of you thought I meant “that” kind of topless.    😉  I meant without a roof kind of topless.

Gil's Krugerrand?
Gil’s Krugerrand?
Gils Kruger 2
Gil’s Krugerrand?

Last time I posted I mentioned the possibility of finding the sack of Krugerrands alleged to have been buried by Gil.  Imagine my joy when I discovered this, hiding under the bar.  A numismatist was immediately consulted and he assured me that this was actually genuine, but because of the unique nature of the piece and the dubious provenance, he would be unable to put a firm price on it.  You saw it here first folks.  A genuine gold tone artefact of dubious provenance.  WOW.  That’s way better than I could have hoped for.  I am putting it up for sale to the highest bidder.  All monies raised by the sale of this piece will go the the reconstruction of the bar.  By the way, what does dubious mean?

Check out the Terlingua Moon.  A proposal was made to place a time capsule beneath the new La Kiva concrete floor.   I think that it is a great idea and items such as Laphroaig single malt whiskey would be very appropriate (http://www.laphroaig.com/) and will receive my personal attention.  Other items such as mementos, written histories, favorite memories of La Kiva, humorous stories, a photograph of you and a short biography (anything beyond 300 pages will be severely edited), items of artwork, artefacts, C.D’s or messages to the people of the future.   Be creative and put a little bit of you into the capsule, (PLEASE NO BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES) so that the people of the future will get a glimpse of who you are, what you did and why La Kiva is important to the community.  Any photos or memorabilia  of Gil and Glen would be ideal and please write your stories out. The capsule will be clearly marked that it is not to be opened before the year 2114.  I am going to try to get something fabricated in stainless steel to ensure that it does not rot away and ruin the contents.  Get your contributions to me ASAP for inclusion in the time capsule.  I will have an engraved plaque embedded in the floor so that it won’t be lost.  Mail your items for inclusion to La Kiva, PO Box 146, 23220 FM 170, Terlingua, TX 79852.  Laphroaig single malt whiskey should be sent next day air and marked for the attention of John Holroyd, 23220 FM 170, Terlingua, TX 79852.  Personal:— to be opened by recipient only.

On the subject of the Moon.  I am told it is a reliable publication and that if anything appears in it you can take it to the bank.  It now being past the 16th, I can look back on the opening ceremonies with a certain satisfaction.  By some miracle I was apparently open for business on the 16th despite the fact that I had no license, no roof, no floor, no water, no propane, no electricity, no cook, no kitchen, no food and no stock.  I can say with some satisfaction that I served  everyone that turned up.  Clearly the attractions at Gareth Park were simply too great to ignore so the total customer count for the night was zero.  This weeks photo documentation consists of two panoramas of what is happening.  They may not be the greatest but this is the first time I have tried to embed them in a web page so be kind.  I will try and get better ones as the building progresses.

La Kiva panorama
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La Kiva Patio Panorama
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The destruction of La Kiva has slowed in the way that a supertanker slows and today it ground to a final halt.  Apart from a few holes in the ground there was no demolition going on.  In fact, there were signs that rebuilding was beginning.  There were people doing clever things with lasers and colored string and things that beeped.  Pegs were driven into the ground and there were many serious discussions going on.  Industrious looking people were moving sand from one place to another and smoothing and levelling.  It got quite exciting.

A very good night to you one and all and thank you for your patience.

6 thoughts on “The La Kiva Time Capsule”

  1. John, there was a spiral bound notebook behind the wait station and one night while “working” I wrote down my observations of the patrons while they spent their time inside. Also, we kept a lot of the show posters and old moons. You should have this somewhere and it would certainly be proper for the time capsule.

    1. Hi Jenny, I have looked for the spiral bound notebook to no avail. We saved all the stuff we found so if you get a chance, then drop bye and see if you can see it in our collection. The show posters and old moons have all been collected and you are right, they would be perfect to put in the time capsule. Thanks for the great idea.


  2. We have saved all the ballots from last years 1st Annual Terlingua Drinking Team Elections….. There are about 250 ballots.
    We are willing to donate these to the time capsule if your interested.
    Anita and George

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