In such movie classics as Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man all that is good, pure and true in life is saved from despoliation at the hands of a semi-human monster by an angry lynch mob. Well the newest version is called Frankenstein’s Motorcycle Club and the role of the monster is now being played by the Mongols Motorcycle Club.
The Mongols had planned their national run for this weekend in the Los Angeles adjacent, high desert community of Lancaster. Lancaster is famous for wind, scorpions and the world famous Lancaster Musical Road. The musical road is left over from a Honda commercial. Or rather, it is an amazing reconstruction of something left over from a Honda commercial. When you ride over them a series of grooves cut in the road make a terrible noise that is supposed to resemble the William Tell Overture.
In years past the Mongols have retired to places like Palm Springs for their national run but the club is a little down on its luck this year so they rented out all 144 rooms of a fifth rate motel called the Desert Inn in Lancaster. Reviews of the Desert inn are generally very, very bad.
“I have stayed in some bad motels over the years but I have to say this one is at the top of the list. Of course I stayed at the Desert Inn to try to save some money but honestly I was better of sleeping in my car,” one reviewer begins on TripAdvisor.com. Others call the motel “The Desert Dump.”
The Mongols Are Coming!
Then Lancaster’s flamboyant mayor, R. Rex Parris – he who dreamed the magnificent dream of the musical road – found out the Mongols were coming. Parris convened a secret meeting with the Lancaster City Council Tuesday night. When he came out he warned the waiting reporters, who had been excluded from the “public meeting,” that the Mongols were coming and explained who the Mongols are.
“The Mongols are the ones that had the gang fight with the Hells Angels in Laughlin, and there were murders there,” he explained to a reporter for the Lancaster Valley Press. “They are a bad gang, and we are not going to become a recreational area for outlaw motorcycle gangs ever.”
No Mongols or Chinamen Allowed
Yesterday Parris made good on his threat. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies, playing the role of the lynch mob, officially closed the Desert Inn and erected a chain link fence around the place.
“We received word that the Mongols outlaw motorcycle club was going to have a convention here at the Desert Inn,” a Sheriff named Axel Anderson explained. “They probably, right now, are the most powerful outlaw motorcycle group in Southern California.”
City Manager Mark Bozigian explained that the motel was past due on hotel bed tax payments. Then he said that “the prospect of the Mongols motorcycle gang coming up here and renting the whole hotel…hastened the prosecution of this case.”
Mayor Parris explained that Lancaster had been trying to help the financially troubled motel stay in business for several months. When the Desert Inn refused to cancel the Mongols reservations, the city decided to shut the place down. The Mongols, “are engaged in domestic terrorism,” Parris explained, “and they kill our children.”
Albert Perez, Jr., an attorney who was authorized to speak on behalf of the Mongols, said the club would sue if the Desert Inn reopened next week.