Happy Ending: Natural Resources

posted by / Happy Ending, Photos / February 28, 2014

Tyler Fox. Santa Cruz. Photo: Ryan CraigTyler Fox, gold rushing. Photo: Ryan Craig

Gold. It’s kind of important. Over a century and a half ago, when James K. Polk was absolutely ruling D.C., gold was discovered in California’s wild frontier. Lots of it. Mind you, at that point in time, this stuff was more than just a glowing compliment to your gorgeous wife’s finger. It was a way out of poverty. It was a dream. Thousands of red-blooded Americans abandoned everything they had to join the gold rush. Some got rich. Some got sick. Some got dead. All for gold.

Since then, generations of Americana have shifted the focus away from gold. Nobody’s dropping anything to search for gold anymore — not even a half-eaten B.L.T. These days, oil is the natural resource that fuels dreams. Fuels quite a few things actually. So why dig for gold when you could drill for oil? Jewelry ain’t flying nobody to the moon. Gold is over.

Here we see Tyler Fox in Santa Cruz, cloaked in the bygone American dream of gold. Our boy Polky has been dead since 1849 and his recent predecessors have been all about the crude stuff. But let’s face it — an oil-slicked sky wouldn’t look nearly as lovely.

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  • Matt k

    The guy who wrote this article is clueless. Gold has established itself over 6000 years. Look who is buying all the gold now????China hmmmmmmm… Keep your fiat currency kook

  • samuelito

    Cool pic. Terrible article.
    The author should take a look at gold prices over the past 10 years…
    I am sure he was just trying to be cute using California’s past as a reason to write an article about a nice picture of glassy water. With that said…CLUELESS.

  • Aloha Alex

    This was a piece for a surf mag, not The Economist. Photo better than the article though.

  • SurferLabor

    Lighten up…
    It’s a photo about the beauty of the world we live and surf in. I could care less about gold or oil, good waves are the real riches in life.
    Go back to work, you’ve got bills to pay!

  • Others

    At the risk of becoming a troll, writing complaints here mustn’t pheme about things such as nature and just reality, as a rental contract prohibits “immoral behavior” to be somewhat misconstrued.
    Since the gold rush, ex-post factor equates to modern times, the new war is one of civil liberation, a war for the rights of civil unions and homosexuals. Those of the pre-gold rush era, that were imprisoned because of lude behavior and exemplar, ie ghandi, makes fighting with that same sense of burden. Fight violent civil disobedience as a troll comment board – for this new war is of the gays.

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