The “Ca$h Money” Edition :: Issue #012


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #012 :: The “Ca$h Money” edition :: 12:10:2014

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty BlazenhoffIssue #012 :: The “Ca$h Money” Edition :: 12:17:2014

Little pig, little pig, let me in


For many years I lived across from Children’s Fairyland, yet I wasn’t allowed inside its gates. Why? Well, to enter this park you are required to be accompanied by a child (and vice versa).  And, I didn’t yet have one of those.

If you’re not familiar, Children’s Fairyland is a charming storybook theme park next to Oakland, California’s Lake Merritt. Built in 1950, the story goes that Walt Disney was inspired by a visit to the park to create Disneyland and even hired away their first executive director and puppeteer.

At the park, for a few bucks, you can buy a Magic Key which you can then plug into one of the many storybook boxes to “unlock” them and activate the audio stories inside. The design of this key, which I adore, hasn’t changed since the 1950s.

It was years before I had the real magic key to enter the mysterious fun-zone by the lake: a baby.  I no longer lived nearby but made a special trip to visit. I felt such victory pushing the stroller with my six-month-old-ish daughter through the “Old Woman in the Shoe” and straight into the park. That was 2005.

This is one of the photos I took of Scarlett that day. She wasn’t really that tall; her dad was propping her up from behind so I could get this shot.

So, remember that article about me in Oakland Magazine? Well, Children’s Fairyland’s current Executive Director, C.J. Hirschfield, read it and contacted me. She invited me over for a backstage tour as a “kindred spirit.”

I stopped by last week midday –when the park was closed to the public– and had an absolutely delightful time. (We are indeed cut from the same cloth.)

A highlight was being escorted through the door that reads, “Do Not Enter! Puppets at Work” (behind the Storybook Puppet Theater) into the neatly-organized and memorabilia-filled puppet crafting shop. It’s where I met Annie Wong, an animator and the park’s former art director, and master puppeteer Randal Metz (who trained under Bob Baker himself). If I had known when I was younger and childless that someday I would get to visit Fairyland and get a backstage tour, sans child, I would have flipped.

That was 15 to 20 years ago though. Nowadays, the park occasionally hosts cool “Fairyland for Grown-ups” type events. Keep an eye out for those, as they’re a lot of fun.

As Tom Robbins once wrote, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” So true, so true.

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s.  If you love those iconic Magic Keys as much as I do, be sure to get a fancy one as a keepsake (pewter or 23K gold plated) [order form].

by Mark Wagner
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As seen on the Internets

Monopoly Chain bowl
:: Remember the Million Dollar Homepage? Thx, Ben!


:: How to make money “grow” on trees


:: Future of Money podcast with Heathervescent


:: Bubble Soccer is a thing–wuu-uht.


:: How to make a pressed penny bracelet


:: “It’s a WHAT?!”


:: Behind the Marshmallow Curtain: A Look Inside Lynn’s Marshmallow Fluff Factory


:: What it looks like to cut into a rubber band ball


:: “Weird Band of the Week: Mac Sabbath” A McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath cover band


Real things you can actually buy: nay!

Tip Jar stillettos
Money eau de parfum cologne

“To be successful, one must surround themselves with success. One spray and you will be covered in money. Define your success, by smelling like it.” –Real ad copy for Money eau de parfum (which is packed in shredded bills)

Money House Blessing spray

Buy My Skin .com
“These vintage GE appliances are original to my house circa 1956. The house was never occupied and appliances were never used. The manuals were still taped to the appliances. I purchased the home in 2010…” — Nathan Chandler

See the POWDER PINK time-capsule kitchen in all its glory at his Flickr site.h/t Wimp

Celebrator of cheapskates and man-about-town travel writer, “Broke-Ass” Stuart Schuffman, now has a web show. It’s called The Kinda Late Show with Broke-Ass Stuart and it shoots live monthly at a San Francisco bar.

The next one happens December 17th at Doc’s Lab and it features Veronica Belmont, Gabi Moskowitz, Josh Constine, Double Duchess, MegaFlame Big Band and Cabaret. [Info] [Tickets]

Artist-in-residence: December 2014

Doctor Popular: 3D photographer 



“On October 29th, the night the Giants won the World Series, I took a couple cameras out and went out to document the riots a block from our apartment. I shared the digital shots the next morning, but just recently developed my film from that night and found this doozy.” — Doc Pop

GIF the Halls is a cool project that I’ve been working on for the past few months with WP Engine Labs and Gray Area. We asked 7 artists to create holiday GIFs, which you can choose and add your own text to, then we’ll project your “card” onto a wall in downtown San Francisco. We’ll then send you a GIF of your GIF on a wall. It’s all free, so you can go to to add your card to our queue.” — Doc Pop

:: Take a look at Doc Pop’s year-long 3D City project here. ::

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Amy Sedaris dish towel

Amy Sedaris Money Cooler

Crocheted Money Bag

Lucky Cat mighty wallet

Million Dollar Idea Napkin Sketchbook
Photoset: RIP SantaCon

Events of note

Alameda[1/18] Beatles Thingy with Joshua Raoul Brody at Fireside Lounge, 21+


[Until 12/24] Blue Genie Art Bazaar


[Until 1/4/15] David Bowie Is at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


[12/18] Borged for Holidays ~ An Evening of Storytelling with Gareth Branwyn


[Until 4/12/15] Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Landers, CA
[12/21] MOBY: Live at the Integratron

Los Angeles

[Nov/Dec dates] KrampusFest 2014

[Through the holidays] Nutcracker by Bob Baker’s Marionettes R.I.P. Bob Baker!

[12/18] An Evening with Judd Apatow & Friends: Zach Galifianakis

[12/21] Margaret –“an evening of music and story based on the life and writings of Margaret Rucker, a poet whose tragic yet serendipitous story was rescued twenty years ago from the bottom of a garbage bin.”

[1/8] Marc Maron


Help me fill this section out. Email me with a cool event you know about.

[12/18] LuckyLo Holiday Extravaganza, all ages

[12/19] Bawdy Storytelling: Happy Endings [Tickets]
[12/31] NYE Dinner with the Waitiki 7 at Longitude
[1/9] Hot Couture at The Crucible [Tickets]
[1/10] Hot Couture at The Crucible [Tickets]


[10/10/15] Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

San Francisco

[Until 12/28] Kinky Boots

[12/19] 14th Annual Holiday Whobilation Party [Tickets]

[12/20] Margaret –“an evening of music and story based on the life and writings of Margaret Rucker, a poet whose tragic yet serendipitous story was rescued twenty years ago from the bottom of a garbage bin.”

[12/31] Extra Action Marching Band plays New Years Eve at Brick & Mortar Music Hall with BluBall Revue [Info] [Tickets]

[1/3] Bawdy Storytelling:  7 PM Uncharted Territory [Tickets]

[1/3] Bawdy Storytelling:  10 PM Extra! Extra! [Tickets]

[1/3] Ask Dr. Hal at Viracocha

[1/3] Bunny Pistol’s Barbary Coast Burlesque

[1/30-2/1] Pancakes & Booze Art Show with an all-u-can-eat pancake bar

[1/31] Fallen Cosmos

~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015 ~~
~~ Tickets for both 2015 sessions of Camp Grounded are now on sale ~~

Hell bank note joss money

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