The “Oh yeaahh!” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #137


::  An Art Deco stunner, Drinking the Kool-Aid, and more! ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #137 :: The “Oh yeaahh!” Edition :: 05:24:2017

Oh yeaahh!…

Twelve weeks ago I was freaking. the. fuck. out. After a few years floating around –mostly aimlessly– taking gigs here and there, I still didn’t know what I was doing with the rest of my already-declining life. Push had come to shove and I sent myself into a tailspin.

I started thinking about what kind of things I absolutely know how to do. Ok, I thought, I know how to bake. My mother baked professionally when I was a kid and, while I never really learned to cook well, I did learn how to bake like a total badass. So, I started testing out the best pie crust recipes the Internet could find. My kid, my pals, and my waistline reaped the fruit-filled rewards. I started telling friends I was going to open a hand pie business here in Alameda.

Now, at the same time, I joined a “share and support” circle for creative entrepreneurs run by my life coach friend Heidi.

When I started the group, I actually started believing I was going to sell little tiny pies at the local farmer’s market. On the first day I announced my plan to the four other Alameda-based creative biz owners. They didn’t question my decision.

But here’s the thing, I was still questioning myself. I didn’t want to MAKE the pies. I wanted to market them. I wanted to do everything but make the pies. I had a brilliant marketing plan and even more brilliant business name (one I won’t share because I may have another plan for it).

As the weeks passed, I began to really look forward to Heidi’s Monday morning meatspace. High above Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden on Park St., we drank tea, ate scones, and discussed Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work! 

Then, doors started opening for me. I traveled with friends to SoCal for a fancy Hollywood party at Allee Willis’ home, Willis Wonderland. Shortly thereafter, I became part of the amazing e.g. family. Then, I was asked if I wanted to write up a book proposal or two. I started getting clarity about the direction of my life, something I haven’t felt in a good long while.

In short, I got unstuck.

And, as of five weeks ago, I started a contracting gig at Burning Man. I knew when I left the playa last year that I absolutely had to work with them again. I started going to the event in 1995 and it just felt like it was time to come back to the “family business” again. It took months to break in, but I did it. The project I’m working on is super cool and I honestly could not be happier drinking their “Kool-Aid.” Most importantly, I stopped freaking out. I started living my life again.

If you want some accountability and honest feedback for your creative work, I highly recommend joining Heidi’s next group. It starts September and there’s only four spots available as of this writing. (I am not getting kickbacks or anything for this shout out. I genuinely got a lot out of it, made some new friends, and wanted to simply pay it forward.) 

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. There is NO zine next week. I’ll be completely off the grid at my annual camping trip with my chosen family. See you in June!

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As seen on the Internets


Art Deco home for sale in Baltimore

The wallpaper in the bedroom makes me weep with joy: This Art Deco stunner is for sale in the Baltimore area for just $250K

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Real book you can actually buy: yay!

Which Cult Should I Join?

She had me at “Kool-aid”: As someone who didn’t grow up with any religion, this new release by Melbourne-based writer Jo Stewart looks riveting. $8.90

“Do you prefer applesauce (Heaven’s Gate) to Kool-Aid (Peoples Temple)? Do you think carrots are “the food of the Masters” (Church Universal and Triumphant) or that swimming and joking should be forbidden (the Fellowship of Friends)? This is the book for you! We help sort your E.T.-loving Raelians from your Moonies, your snake-handling Church of God with Signs Following from your Branch Davidians.”

Which cult would I join?

Featured events

Operation Ivy

Berkeley, California
[10/7] Matt Groening and Lynda Barry: Love, Hate & Comics–”The Friendship That Would Not Die, Zellerbach Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus, 8 PM, Tickets


A big heads up for *this*:

“Matt Groening and Lynda Barry met at Evergreen College when he was editing the school paper and she was an aspiring comic artist. A lifetime later, the creator of The Simpsons, the animated sitcom that is now the longest-running scripted show in TV history, is still best buds with his “biggest inspiration,” the respected cartoonist and author of Ernie Pook’s Comeek fame. Groening and Barry reminisce about 40 years of friendship and creativity, aided by a homey and hilarious slideshow of photos and comics. An audience Q&A follows their talk.”


Psychedelic Conservatory of Flowers by Obscura Digital

Oakland, California
[8/3] 10,000 Maniacs will play Yoshi’s Oakland (!), 8 PM, Tickets start at $49

P.S. The band is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their most-popular album, In My Tribe, this year.

Palate Cleanser: Gro-Fast Grassy Knoll

Gro-Fast Grassy Knoll at Home Depot by Plastic Jesus

Reminds me of L.A. Cacophony’s Cement Cuddlers: “L.A.’s Banksy” artist Plastic Jesus created boxes of Gro-Fast Grassy Knoll and droplifted them at his local Home Depot, Lowes, and OSH. Why? Because, he writes, “you can never find a grassy knoll when you need one.”

Culture jam achievement unlocked.

Current mood

Oh yeeeah…
Thanks to Jenny for this gem!

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