The “Everything’s bigger” Edition :: Issue #327, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“There’s a vastness here and I believe that the people who are born here breathe that vastness into their soul. They dream big dreams and think big thoughts, because there is nothing to hem them in.” 

— Conrad Hilton (on Texas)

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Issue #327 :: The “Everything’s bigger” Edition :: 08:10:2022

Everything’s bigger…

Because I’m a professional blogger, I’m often the “catcher” of unsolicited email pitches. I usually ignore them or, at worse, mark them as spam. But this week my curiosity got the best of me and I responded to one.

“Hey Rusty,
Sending all the love from [redacted] at [redacted]. We hope your zones have been as lofty and as luxurious as possible and that everything is aligned properly. [Pitch continues from here]”

“Hi [redacted], 
I have to ask, what are ‘zones’?”

“Hey Rusty,
We tend to use ‘zones’ as a catch-all term for just, you know — your life, your daily actions, your physical surroundings, your general well-being, etc. More of a metaphysical state of being than anything.”

So, there you have it. Now YOU know what “zones” are too. Look at us learning something new!

— Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. Dear readers, how are your zones doing?

As seen on the Internets

Takahiro Iwasaki duct tape sculpture

Duct Tape Sculpture by Takahiro Iwasaki

:: Let’s solve a puzzle together!

:: Lea Redmond has a cool new project called “Wonder Hunt

:: Podcast on Chuck Pahlaniuk, culture jamming and “Drunk Santas” in Portland (yes, I was there too)
:: Thanks, John!

:: Remember “Found in a Library Book”? Well…
:: Now they’re on Insta:
:: And SFGate did a piece:

:: All of MTV’s 120 Minutes (minus the videos that are now marked “private”)

:: Chicken selfies

:: “finally found out what binch means”

:: Beavis and Butt-Head is back

:: Going to Burning Man? Let your friends know where you’re at
:: (requires Facebook)

:: but beware of monkeypox!

:: John Waters hosted a formal dinner in a dump…because, of course he did

:: Making the recipes found on tombstones

Real things you can actually buy: stray!

How they roll: Thrilled to learn there’s a field guide to the “stray shopping carts of Eastern North America.” 
Real publication you can actually buy: yay! 
There’s a new issue of Popular Pandemics

Real places you can actually visit: way!

Dam fine: I went to not one but two Buc-ee’s on a recent visit to see family in Texas. If you’re not familiar, Buc-ee’s is a legendary chain of 24/365 “travel centers” that boasts clean bathrooms (cue: potty humor), plenty of gas pumps and, well, so much more. Nearly everything sold in these massive stores are branded with a red-capped beaver. Snacks, souvenirs, you-name-it, there’s no escaping the little guy. But why would you want to? It’s like a pop-art project gone mad and I admit to feeling a bit envious that it wasn’t my own logo. (Side note: I also made the pilgrimage to my near-namesake “beach” at the Schiltterbahn water park—Blastenhoff!)

photos by Rusty Blazenhoff

Featured Events

[Oakland, CA :: until 8/27]  Rock Papers Scissors Collective is currently exhibiting something cool, a miniature art show called Tiny Time. (I’m particularly interested in the three pieces Chris Rummell is showing.)

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

[Oakland :: ongoing] I noticed that the good folx at NewNow are starting to fill their calendar with all kinds of fun shows (FB link). 

[SF and Oakland :: dates in August + September] Killing My Lobster’s new show: My Parents Came To America, And All They Got Was A Kid Who Does Comedy

[San Francisco, CA :: 8/13]  Fun Stuff: Lost and Found: Bring a small object to “ceremoniously lose” and head to Raining Chainsaws warehouse at 1789 Egbert Ave. 7:30 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show. RSVP online and bring $15 to $30 cash.

[San Francisco :: 9/30-10/2] Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

[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. 

[Point San Pablo, Richmond :: ongoing] Go get hot at good hot!


The Blazen-assimilation continues.

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