The “Happy places” Edition :: Issue #274, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.”

– Alexandra Stoddard

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Issue #274 :: The “Happy places” Edition :: 07:01:2020

Happy places…

Last Friday I took SJ for a quick trip up to Gold Country (Auburn/Grass Valley) and within two hours we were swimming in a crystal clear river. It was downright magical and reminds me that *someday* I need to live closer to a decent swimming hole! It was hot up there… three digits hot. But I didn’t even notice once I was in that water. Truly one of my happy places. 

On the way home, we stopped to photograph the field of sunflowers we spotted in the Central Valley… along with every other Instagrammer on the 80 west that afternoon.

It was flipping great to get out of the house for a bit but it was worrisome that almost no one in Auburn had on a mask. Two hours away but many worlds apart from our little Bay Area bubble. Why is it so damn hard to wear a mask?

I digress…

So, we’ve planned another nearcation for the end of July, to another one of my happy places: Guerneville/Russian River. More swimming, more nature, more “pretending everything is normal” for a few hours. One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that it’s super easy to get reservations of all kinds right now. Get this, I was also able to secure camping reservations in frickin’ Yosemite over LABOR DAY WEEKEND. I may not end up going, but getting last-minute-ish Yosemite summer reservations is unheard of. (Though, I did hear that they stopped taking reservations a day or so after I made mine, so YMMV.) 

Anyway. Nearcations are where it’s at this summer. Wear a damn mask, pack lots of disinfecting products and go soak up some nature. 

Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. I need a new mask. Any recs for a spectacular one (elastic over-the-ear type)? HMU. (Um, but definitely NOT the one my brother found on Twitter.)

As seen on the Internets

Clever social distancing!: An art gallery mowed their lawn into a checkerboard pattern.
:: Meanwhile in Barcelona

:: “Jugaad

:: NASA’s 10-year timelapse of the sun

:: The crazy story of why green onion-flavored Chex cereal (yuk!) now exists

:: I’m sad as hell but my love affair with TikTok is over.  Thanks, V!

:: Sacha Baron Cohen trolls conservative rally with racist sing-along (maybe filming new “Who is America?” segment?)

:: Amazing gigapixel details of “The Last Supper” (zoom in here)

:: You may remember the story of the dead whale that officials exploded on a beach in 1970. Well, now there’s Exploding Whale Memorial Park. Thanks, Juke!

:: I’ve played it. I’ve written about it. Then I grew up and begin feeling disgusted with its mean-spiritedness and stopped playing it and writing about it. Now I’m learning that Cards Against Humanity’s office culture is racist and sexist. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, given the nature of the game, but damn…
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The Beatelles

Real skirt you can actually make: Layer!

Geoscience earth layers skirt

Hard-core: Curtin University (Perth, AU) Scientist Irene Suarez-Martinez sewed herself a skirt that shows the layers of Earth. She writes, “I embroidered the names and depths of the layers because you never know when you will need that data…” So, it’s like a wearable cheat sheet?

Featured Events

[Summertime] Pop-up drive-in theaters are definitely a thing this summer. I’ve been hearing about them being started in other cities but now we’ve got one happening right here in Alameda. I’m not excited for their first film offering, Jurassic Park, but I’m into going when they have a better movie. Tickets are $30/vehicle.

[7/3] My friend Jared is the bar manager at Sidebar, a swanky bar in Oakland. Well, they’ve started hosting “picnics.” You first order your food and cocktails online. Then you pick your order up and bring it across the street to the lawn next to Lake Merritt for a six-foot-apart picnic. It doesn’t end there though. Jared will be mixing cocktails the entire time and you can watch him in a Zoom call! The next one is Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Life cycle of a blackberry

Life cycles… Shown: Blackberry. Not shown: Strawberry, blueberry, and coffee bean.

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