The “Value” Edition :: Issue #191, Rusty’s Electric Dreams



“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

— Marcel Proust

Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #191 :: The “Value” Edition :: 10:03:2018


I’ve been feeling irresponsible for traveling so much lately.

I don’t need to be gallivanting around, I should be working. Actually, at this point, I should be working on getting more work. I should be deep in the hustle and, instead, I’m saying ‘yes’ to short trips with friends.

But, as I discovered on the long drive to a quick jaunt to Palm Springs, there is value in stepping away from your desk and getting out of your bubble.

There is value in listening to all those podcasts you never get around to on the ride down.

There is value in eating road Twizzlers for lunch. (Take me on. I’m willing to fight ya on this one.)

There is value in catching up with your friend from college over a late-night dinner.

There is value in using El Torito’s new on-table check device to split the check evenly.

There is value in driving by the dinosaurs in Cabazon.

There is value in getting the unedited, f2f updates of your friend’s lives.

There is value in eating Texas-style breakfast tacos in LA.

There is value in seeing the art of Lonesome Town IRL.

There is value in holding hands with the exalted ruler of the Palm Springs Elks Lodge and singing “God Bless America.”

There is value in seeing how other creative people decorate their homes (and what a deal Palm Springs still is).

There is value in finding the perfect future costume at a thrift store.

There is value in listening to how Howard Stern interviews people.

There is value in letting someone else drive home and allowing yourself to sleep in the back seat with your bag as a pillow.

There is value in not sitting in front of a screen for a few days and actually living life.

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I’m off again, this time I’m traveling by train! I’m traveling for the rest of this week, so no issue next week.

As seen on the Internets


:: Will Lake Merritt’s “Mid-century Monster” be saved?


:: The intentionally fake noises your vehicle probably makes

:: Tommy Honton (Stash House) is working on a new immersive project, in NYC, called “The Mortality Machine

:: Bob Baker’s is closing… but coming back somewhere else in 2019

:: “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out” –sang Willie Nelson at Beto rally

:: Tom Petty’s “Rosebud” was Maxwell House coffee

:: Seth Godin’s podcast Akimbo: I forget who told me about this but I love it! This is what I listened to on the way down to SoCal last week.

:: Archie McPhee’s Mac & Cheese candy canes are selling out fast

:: “…Kusama had to endure childhood trauma, and watch as her ideas were brazenly stolen by her male peers, events which led to mental illness and suicide attempts.”

:: These globe lights… wow!

:: “The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience'”

:: A great interview with Elvira (her story of hanging out with Elvis is one for the books)

:: This two-toddler Toy Story 2 costume is TOO CUTE

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Jan Brady and George Glass Funko Pop! two pack
“He’s one of the nicest boys at school and he thinks I’m super cool.”

Jan Brady about her fictional boyfriend, George Glass

Featured Events


[San Francisco 10/27] Puppet Death Match at Raining Chainsaws, 1789 Egbert Ave, Floor 2, 8 PM to 11:59 PM, RSVP

Alameda, CA
[OPENING 10/12] 100 Days of Art, the works of Stefanie Renee and Victoria Heifner, at Phoenix Alameda, 6 PM to 9 PM


Berkeley, CA
[TOMORROW NIGHT 10/4] That Really Happened? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

[10/8] Reader Joshua Marker has been working on a cool project for the past couple of years. He’s put together commemorative editions of Sasha and Ann Shulgin’s books, Phenethylamines I have Known And Loved (PIHKAL) and Tryptamines I have Known And Loved (TIHKAL). To celebrate, there’s going to be a release party on October 8th at Moe’s Books, 7 PM

Los Angeles, CA
[9/28-1/27] 21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story at downtown L.A.’s Central Library

[10/20-10/21] 49 Boxes at Two Bit Circus, 7 PM each night

[10/31] Cinespia is hosting a Willy Wonka costume ball, starts at 7 PM, Tickets

Nevada City, CA
[10/13-14] Haute Trash, 30 years of trash fashion

New York City
Yay: Oriana Leckert has picked out some events for you

Oakland, CA
[10/18-10/20] Autumn Lights Festival at the Gardens at Lake Merritt, three nights, 6 PM to 11 PM nightly, Tickets (this is one of my favorite events of the year!)

[10/20 opening reception] Hi-Fructose presents: The Art of the Mushroom at the Compound Gallery, 7 PM to 10 PM, show runs until 12/9

[10/21] East Bay Mini Maker Faire

[10/26] Extra Action 20th Anniversary Halloween Ball at The New Parish, 9 PM, Tickets

[10/28] See Disney’s 1940 Pinocchio at the Grand Lake Theater, a fundraiser for the “Mid-century Monster,” 10 AM

San Francisco, CA
[Now through Halloween] San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour: I went! It was cool!

[10/18] Monkee Memoir: Michael Nesmith with Beth Lisick at Cafe du Nord, 8 PM to 9:30 PM

[10/20] Burning Man SF Decompression 2018: Black Top City! at Potrero Power Station 420 23rd Street, 2 PM on, Tickets

[10/27] Puppet Death Match at Raining Chainsaws, 1789 Egbert Ave, Floor 2, at 8 PM to 11:59 PM, RSVP

[10/30] How Everything Started in San Francisco (While We All Thought We Were Just Fooling Around) by John Law at Congregation Sherith Israel, 7 PM to 9 PM, $10

[11/29] A John Waters Christmas at GAMH, 8 PM (other cities too!)

San Jose, CA
[16 dates between 10/5-10/31] Mr. Nobody’s Mystic Midway (this is Scott Levkoff’s production!) at Winchester Mystery House, candlelight tour tickets now available.

[10/18] OK: We’re taking a RED field trip to the Winchester Mystery House for a candlelight tour. Wanna go with us? Email me to get on the list. It’ll be $39/pp

[10/27-10/31] RED‘s co-editor Carolyn Anhalt recommends the Halloween events in Borgo a Mozzano (one of these years I’ll make it out there!)

[10/31-11/4] Carolyn also recommends Lucca Comics & Games — a comic con that has been around since 1966! It’s the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world.

[THIS SATURDAY 10/6] 24 Hour Comics Day

Know about a cool event? Send me the info and I’ll share it with the class!


by Frank Chimero

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a (mostly) weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff for positive deviants and the people who love them.

Described as, “One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.”

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