So it turned out that the Wild Turkey we bought for the mint juleps was actually 101 proof, and that explains a few things. I could not find a decent derby hat anywhere, so I settled for the straw hat and looked vaguely Amish and drew sideways glances from people in the Coralville park.
At this point it seems safe to say that the Hells Angels and suchlike biker gangs are no longer riding Kesey's magic bus.
In 1996, two imaginative Bandidos attacked a Hells Angels clubhouse in Denmark with rocket-propelled grenades stolen from the Swedish Army. A Bandidos leader was injured when he received a grenade under his bed in return.
The Hells Angels have a special hatred for the Mongols, and relations have grown steadily worse over the past year. The Mongols were founded in the early 70's in East Los Angeles, a primarily Chicano gang known for its brashness and for recruiting men from street gangs and prisons.
From the beginning, the Mongols rubbed the Angels' noses in dirt. They drove around the streets of Los Angeles in the Hells Angels colors, red and white. Two men died in the fighting that resulted. In the late 80's there was open war in San Diego, said Mr. Mathews, the Mongols' lawyer, with shootings, stabbings and homicide.
And the awful thing is that amid the reports of death, what stays with me is that even the New York Times has forgotten where you put the apostrophes in the names of decades. I should just walk around in a T-shirt that says "pedant" in giant letters, except some people would probably think that meant "child molester."