The “Weird flex, but okay” Edition :: Issue #197, Rusty’s Electric Dreams



“I spit tighter, I’m not like all the rest, I’m not a playa but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express”

KRS-One – “You Don’t Really Want It”

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #197 :: The “Weird flex, but okay” Edition :: 11:21:2018

Weird flex, but okay…

Hey y’all, my name is Doc and I’m taking control of Rusty’s inbox zine for the week. Let’s talk about exercise.

I’m not a fan.

At least I wasn’t until recently. The folks who worked out in high school also seemed to be the ones who beat me up. I’m sure you know the rest of this story. Fast forward 20 years later and some friends drag me to the climbing gym. I got hooked instantly, mostly because bouldering problems reminded me of playing Super Meat Boy. With all of the smoke in the Bay Area recently, many of us are feeling pretty cooped up. I made the mistake of going to the gym last week and then spent the rest of the evening coughing, throwing up, and passing out on the bathroom floor. I did manage to finish my first 12B climb though.

Speaking of weird brags, this week’s inbox zine is all about flexing. I was thinking it would be a good topic since many of us will be eating extra large meals this week and might have exercise on our minds the next day. That segue might be a bit of a stretch though.

Doc Pop
P.S. I felt contractually obligated to include at least one Thanksgiving thing in here, so I tucked a toon of mine at the bottom of this issue.

As seen on the Internets


No no no no no no!
:: Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises. Every night he’d squish his toes 100 times to stimulate his brain cells.

:: Jyoti Raju learned his unusual style of free-solo climbing by watching monkeys. Now the “Monkey King” entertains tourists and locals by performing his stunts on high walls and ruins in India. (Worth watching for that flip at 0:42)

:: For my fellow olds: PJ and Alex discuss the meaning of “Weird Flex, But Okay” on this episode of Reply All.

:: The mystery of the AB-Hancer, a corset-shaped frame with holes to give you the appearance of a six pack.

:: The Shake Weight’s creator says the exercise tool’s unusual ads were never meant to be sexually suggestive. “If you do it based on the three exercises that we have laid out, it’s not that suggestive.”

:: Despite the lack of evidence, you can still find colorful kinesiology tape stretched across the sore muscles of many of today’s top athletes. Placebo is a hell of a drug. (note: I’m an neither a doctor nor popular)

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!


Flex Tape: This ultrastrong rubberized tape claims it can be applied to any surface, even underwater. The brand’s wild infomercial has made a strong impression on some people.

Real things you can actually buy: no way!


This might be a stretch: Looking for a way to exercise your face? No? Well, if you change your mind, the Facial Flex is waiting.

Featured Events


Alameda, CA [12/8] Go to JoAnne Yada’s Mid-Century Craft Night at the Sewing Room to make Winter Putz Houses, 6 PM to 9 PM, Bring a glue gun and $20

[Thanksgiving Day] Watch every single episode — including the best Christmas special in the entire Universe — of Pee-wee’s Playhouse for 24 hours straight on IFC

ATTENTION: Starting at 3:12 PM PST, Pee-wee will take over the @IFC Twitter account to LIVE-TWEET during Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special! –Rusty.

USA and Canada
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Strings Attached tour (full symphony orchestra at each venue) tickets are now on sale

[various dates] Immersive listings

Alameda, CA
[Dates until 12/14] Mini Masterpieces art show at Rhythmix

Austin, TX
[Until12/24] Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Berkeley, CA [8 nights starting Nov. 29] Lisa Rothman’s Dragon in the Drop-off Lane (I’ll be at the December 13th show)

Los Angeles, CA
[12/8] Los Angeles Santacon (this is the one that hasn’t been taken over by jerks), 11 AM to 10 PM

[12/13] Los Angeles Krampuslauf (Krampus Run), 8 PM to 9 PM

[12/15] Cinespia is hosting a holiday party featuring Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Palace Theatre, Tickets

New York City
Oriana Leckert always knows what’s going on in the Big Apple

Oakland, CA
[Open until 12/9] Hi-Fructose presents: The Art of the Mushroom at the Compound Gallery

[11/23] Manarchy, a male revue where “talented men giving a middle finger to toxic masculinity,” 9:30 PM to 11 PM at Oakland Metro Operahouse

San Francisco, CA
[11/26 through 12/2] The Recombinant Festival is an experiential art show that mixes sound and visuals in truly amazing ways.

[12/1] Krampus Krawl #5: “Better not cry” (“More wandering guerilla theater than pub crawl”) begins at Union Square bar High Tide at 600 Geary, 5:30 PM to 9 PM

[12/1] Due to popular demand… Puppet Death Match returns! 8 PM to 12 AM, FREE

[12/4 and 12/5] Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes 13 at the Castro Theatre, Tickets

[12/19] El Vez, the Mexican Elvis (a national treasure, imo!) performs his Merry Mex-mas show (always fun!) at Elbo Room, 7:30 PM, Tickets

Scottsdale, AZ
[4/12-14] Arizona Tiki Oasis, a cool new weekender by Baby Doe and Otto, at the Valley Ho

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


Obligatory Thanksgiving thing I made for work.

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