The “AWOL” Edition :: Issue #325, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“No one can have everything, so you have to try for what you want most.”

— Mae West

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Issue #325 :: The “AWOL” Edition :: 07:13:2022


Hey friends, It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I really didn’t mean for there to be such a gap between issues. But, there’s been a significant change in my life and I had to table the zine to make the transition. 

To start, at the beginning of June, I gave my notice at Fairyland. I then spent the entire month wrapping up my work there. 

But, it’s bigger than just leaving my “bread and butter” of the past three years. It’s my biggest leap yet. 

Speaking of leaps, SJ and I went camping recently near Nevada City and spent a couple of really hot afternoons cooling off in one of my favorite swimming holes ever, the S. Yuba River. We could have walked down an unshaded path, to distance ourselves from the crowds but, at least on that first day, we just needed to get in the water. We headed to the easy-to-get-to spot which is below two bridges, the new one and the old one. So there we were happily enjoying the cool crystal clear waters when we noticed a young man consider, and reconsider, jumping from the old one, which is now an impossibly high walking bridge (I tried to find out how tall it actually is but found no data). The area where someone would potentially land is small, not all that deep, and full of giant boulders. Needless to say, it gave both SJ and I some anxiety and we quietly hoped he would change his mind. 

I was reminded of the time my friends’ teens coaxed me into jumping from the “Jaws Bridge,” a popular rite-of-passage activity in Martha’s Vineyard. I had agreed to do it earlier in the day, thinking there was no chance we’d come across the bridge. I sure was surprised to learn the bus we were on from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown makes a special stop there for would-be jumpers. Not to renege a deal, I waffled for a good 10 minutes before taking the plunge. At that time, which was maybe 2015 or so, I was also at a turning point in my life and what got me to jump was the thought, “If I can do this, I can do anything.” I needed to do it.

Now, that bridge is significantly shorter compared to the Yuba River one. And this leap in my career is significantly larger than any before it. 

I’ve been considering, and reconsidering, making this jump for over three years now. This time the mantra that pushed me over the ledge was, “I didn’t come this far to only come this far.” 

Anyhoo, the hope is by freeing up my time, I’ll write some books, take on new clients, and make more art. More on all of that later. For now, sorry to drop off for so long. It really was for a good reason! 

— Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. No, I didn’t jump off the Yuba River bridge but that guy did! We heard him say the water landing hurt his feet. Eep.

As seen on the Internets

Rusty's Electric Dreams zine AI

:: Nothing says “North Carolina summer” like a tobacco bikini

:: Tip of My Tongue

:: Eat the Rich Popsicles

:: Amsterdam’s UGPs

::  Inspiration rabbit-hole:SPACES

:: Brilliant: Found in a Library Book

:: Little Free Library meets old DVDs

:: “Paulie Walnuts” (RIP Tony Sirico) as a real-life Bert on Sesame Street

:: Oldie but a goodie: The Littles‘ Dinky gets “A Little Drunk”

:: How passive-aggressive! Vintage Sunday School postcards
:: Thanks, David!

:: The hand-painted posters of the Cevallo Bros
:: Thanks, Lynn!

:: Cheese angel, and other ceramic art by monks via

:: Out: Tackle boxes, In: Snackle boxes via

:: In memoriam: RIP Moles

Real things you used to be able to buy: way!

Like “Kraft Singles” but nuttier: During a lengthy discussion about weird, obsolete foods, this circa 1990s invention was brought to my attention—individually wrapped peanut butter! P.B. Slices made it to the market thanks to two Oklahoma State University food researchers after three years of “intense” development.  Imagined it as a convenience for children, the product ended up failing for that market. Not sure where they are with it now but in 2019 there were efforts to revive it as a pre-measured snack for fitness-minded folx. In my perfect world, slices of Fluff would be developed as well. Hey, I can dream!
Thanks, Dan!

Real things you can actually buy: whey!

Velveeta nail polish

Speaking of cheese-like products: The two things I like best about this Velveeta nail polish is that 1) they market it as vegan and 2) it’s “cheese-scented.” 
Thanks, Brittany!

Featured Events

[Oakland, CA :: 7/13] Blood Tea and Red String is a handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults created by Christiane Cegavske with music by Bay Area musician Mark Growden. You can catch a screening of it at UMA Gallery, followed by a Director Q&A and an artist talk.

[Berkeley :: Full moons] Moonstruck: a wild concert series (get on their list)

[Guerneville (Russian River) :: Fridays 2 to 4 p.m.] Artist Spy Emerson (of Hook-Up Truck fame) is hosting Hugs Farm, a KGGV 95.1 FM radio show that promises music, meditation, and a therapy cow. 

[San Diego :: 8/3 to 8/7] Tiki Oasis

Frank Zappa knew

Frank Zappa knew.

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