TheNewSaint wrote: I suspect Menard talked his way into a meeting, they gave him a "we'll get back to you" brush-off, and he took it as an invitation.
Before Bobby went to see a credit union about the property stewards project he took a picture of himself in a suit, wearing his fez and a look-at-me grin. His subsequent story was that the first meeting went well and that he was asked back for a second meeting which, of course, Bobby said went well beyond expectations.
Then the property stewards project just went into the sunset, never to be mentioned again.
Bobby's MO is to set up the story and describe subsequent circumstances only he has access to and only he can confirm. The potential financiers for freeman valley were unknown. Who called the meeting at the credit union was unknown. The white knights backing the ninja goat didn't want anyone knowing who they were. Which restaurant chain is checking out the grow boxes is a secret.
All the secrets mean Menard controls the narrative, the story and the details. In particular he controls the story about how it is the project has never been brought to fruition.
Think of the kid in your garage band 20 years ago who said he was auditioning for U2 but wasn't allowed to tell you about the details since he was slated to replace a band member who'd raise a stink if he knew he was on the bubble. Later he said the audition went great but he was just too edgy for U2, so by mutual consent he and Bono parted ways. He said they would probably call him back in a few months when they realized their mistake.
Based on his new rep he said he wanted to write all the band's songs.
The next day you threw him out of the band.
Today he lives in a shack with no discernible income.