The Resident Visitor Comes To Town
And now he doesn't have to drive his van around every time he wants to get a message out.
This is The Resident Visitor, a blog about politics, religion, culture, cities, etc.
If you’re from Southern California, you might know me as the dude who drives a white 2009 Dodge minivan with provocative political, religious, and cultural messages all across the Southland and beyond.
I’ve been doing this since I returned to California in March 2021 after my first cross-country road trip (following an apocalyptic 2020, but that’s another story). At first, my plan was to wrap up my affairs in failing CA and move to Florida, but the Newsom recall effort had successfully forced an election and I decided I’d do what I could to help beat Gavin.
While in Florida, I’d started writing political messages on my van to express my disappointment following the second impeachment of President Trump over the January 6 protest in Washington, D.C., which I attended. These messages got considerable attention from other road users, so I decided to employ the technique against our very own American Psycho, Gruesome Gavin Newsom.
I spent most of my time around the Westside (especially Santa Monica) and the West Valley. My messages were often quite provocative, and I caused a bit of a stir.
Some were aimed squarely at Gavin:
Some were aimed at the Fake News Media:
Some were more in the realm of conspiracy theory, or aimed at masks and vax mandates:
And a few were decidedly shots fired in the Culture Wars:
I also carried Larry Elder’s name and messages of support on my car, but I’m not going to include photos of those because I’m upset with Larry for not fighting what was an obviously rigged election. As a fellow Californian I follow on Twitter put it:
In any case, after a few months of doing this (during which a number of other significant and public events occurred—more stories for another time), I started to realize that people were recognizing me all over the place, and many people were hearing the things I was saying when I would speak loudly in traffic or on the sidewalks. At first the reception was mixed but it steadily became more favorable, much to my appreciation.
I’m extremely encouraged by what I’ve seen in the months I’ve been driving this van around (I’m convinced a fair vote count would have ejected Newsom), but I’m getting tired of having to get my chalk marker out and get in my car every time I have a message to get out.
I also have plans for seeking elected office—I’m thinking big. But I’ll elaborate on that soon.
Other things you’ll likely read on here:
General political, social, religious, and cultural commentary. I have a lot of thoughts on traffic, etiquette, and relationships in particular.
Updates on my own activities: political, economic, and otherwise
Personal history and stories
Travel updates and commentary
Independent research and reporting
Maybe: fitness, nutrition, technology, software development, …?
Whatever it is, I’ll try to keep it interesting and well-sourced on matters of fact. On matters of opinion, expect anything from mild to extreme spice. In my personal stories, some uncomfortable sharing is guaranteed.
Don’t miss a dispatch!
P.S.: Consider these verses from the gospel of Matthew, spoken by Jesus Christ, as both inspiration, and as a promise from me about my values and approach to life:
24 “You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
25 “This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't the body worth more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth much more than birds? 27 Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?
28 “And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. 30 It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won't he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!
31 “So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ 32 (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.