The “I did it (and I’d do it again)” Edition :: Issue #294, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

— Happy (belated) birthday, Dolly Parton!

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

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #294 :: The “I did it” Edition :: 1:20:2021

And I’d do it again…

There’s some big thing happening today, or at least that’s what I heard. [heart party face heart] 

For me personally, there’s something else big happening.

This week six years ago, I stood in front of an Alameda County judge and legally changed my name. Yeah. It’s my other birthday. My nameiversary.

For over 20 years I went by an alternate name. A name I picked. A name that separated me from my past. A name that gave me permission to be my best self and to live my best life

It was a therapist I was seeing — while I was deep in the pits of PTSD —  who asked why I had never formally changed my name. The question actually shocked me. I didn’t have an answer. But it got me thinking, “Why haven’t I changed it?”  It occurred to me that I had nothing to lose and nearly everything to gain. I started the paperwork and not long after, on January 23, 2015, I became “Rusty Blazenhoff.” (Just typing this out gives me some real feelings.)

Did everything miraculously get better overnight? Of course not. But things are A LOT better than they were. I have to remind myself almost every day that the road from “survive” to “thrive” is a long one. In a lot of ways, I feel like I’m just a few steps into my journey. Glad you’re here to be part of it. Thank you.

[For you folks out there who can’t imagine why someone would change their identity, I envy you. I really, really do.]

I will be accepting “Happy Nameiversary” wishes all this week. 🙂

Rusty Blazenhoff

P.S. Back to today’s big thing, did you see the Field of Flags? Wowsers.

As seen on the Internets

Hire a Mardi Gras Artist to build a float house for you
NOLA residents: Hire a Mardi Gras Artist to decorate your house like a parade float! Or just check out their super-cool handiwork


:: Speaking of Mardi Gras: Look at these King of Bacchus‘ of yore — wow!

:: AI generated an album in the style of The Beatles, and it’s wild via

:: Holy macaroni, Ian Charnas has made an invisibility shield à la the Harry Potter cloak

:: Documentary must-see: Crip Camp
:: Thanks, C.J.!

:: California sea lions have ALL THE FUN!

:: In “Hoff” news: Here’s the Knight Rider intro in German and Japanese

:: This incredible house was created by Muppet set designer, John Kahn

:: Recent college grads, if you want to drive around an oversized hot dog (you do), apply within:
:: https://hotdogger.pdf

:: RFP accepted until 1/26: Shadow Traffic’s Anticipate-A-Day looks amazing!

:: Sea shanties are all over TikTok, here’s a fun one
::  via

:: Mortician on TikTok: “Covid has crematories running non-stop just to keep up with the need and demand. Stay Home. Wear Masks. Don’t die.

:: Lubalin has a new “random internet drama” song: “I’mout of butter”

:: This guy makes funny videos of himself mimicking cats

:: The movie-set town from Tim Burton’s Big Fish still exists, even the shoes hung up high on a rope

:: Check out this crazy fog-free face mask for people who wear glasses

Sur(real) estate you can actually buy: yay!

Cough up that extra $4.7M you’ve got lying around because Pea Soup Andersen’s is for sale. (The original Buellton location, not the Santa Nella one.)

Featured Event

[Cabazon, California] If I lived closer to the Cabazon Dinosaurs, I’d totally be going to their “Love One Another” celebration. They’ve decorated their dinos for Valentine’s Day and I’m into it. $13/adult, $11/kid.

Sculptor Claude K. Bell and his first steel-and-concrete dinosaur, Dinny the Brontosaurus (March 1970). He was inspired to create the Cabazon Dinosaurs by “Lucy,” an elephant-shaped building he saw in Atlantic City.
photo by John Malmin/Los Angeles Times 

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