The “Lies and other truths” Edition :: Issue #013


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #013 :: The “LIes and other truths” edition :: 12:24:2014

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #013 :: The “Lies and other truths” Edition :: 12:24:2014

Lies and other truths


Young children will believe most anything you tell them. The line between lying to them and creating magic with them is a fine one.

I had thought, prior to giving birth to SJ, that I wouldn’t perpetuate the myth of Santa Claus when I got around to having a kid. My child, I determined, would appreciate being told the truth.

So, I told her the scoop about Santa early on. I didn’t make a big deal out of it. I asked her, “Do you think Santa is real?” Not missing a beat, she replied, “Of COURSE, Mommy!” I furthered, “What if I told you that Santa isn’t real and it’s all a big game that grownups play with their kids?”

She shot me that “uh, ok crazy lady” look. I can’t blame her, of course, the rest of the world is telling her a completely different story. There is an entire established system and industry to back the story up. She was already a believer.

This brings me to my dad. If you know me, it will not be shocking to hear that my father had a reputation of being a prankster. Right, I know, the apple didn’t fall far.

Now, my dad died when I was 10 and I stopped believing in Santa at 8. Still, well into my twenties, I thought that nearly all the children in America left beer and cookies for the large gift-giving guy in the red suit. I was only vaguely aware of the “milk and cookies” tradition. I can hear Chip, my dad, say, “We don’t normally give away Daddy’s beer, but it’s ok this time.

So, I did what all good children do and I carried on this tradition with my own girl. After all, it’s not all that absurd in the grand scheme of absurd things. And, if you’re wondering, our “Santa” didn’t imbibe, “he” simply dumped the beer down the drain year after year.

As for pushing the Santa agenda hard with her, I didn’t. Well, not really. We pretended together until she no longer wanted to and then we stopped. She wanted to believe and who am I to strip her childhood of that?


Merry “Thursday,” y’all,

Rusty Blazenhoff

Scarlett at 4 years old
This space
intentionally left truth-y

“Always be prepared if someone asks you what you want for Christmas. Give brand names, the store that sells the merchandise, and, if possible, exact model numbers so they can’t go wrong. Be the type who’s impossible to buy for, so they have to get what you want.” –John Waters

As seen on the Internets

Christmas Meat Boy, photo by Rusty Blazenhoff
:: “They call me Heat Miser, What ever I touch, Starts to melt in my clutch” (1974)
:: Thereminist Lydia Kavina kicks out the jams on the Moog Theremini

:: A Blazenhoff family favorite: “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC (1987)

:: “How Black Santa helped me believe again”

:: The Rules and Origins of 6 Gift Exchanges

:: Blow molds, Blow molds, BLOW MOLDS!

Real things you can actually buy: nay!

Talk about “lost in translation.” On my annual Thanksgiving morning pilgrimage to Oakland’s Chinatown with my daughter this year, I spotted this unintentionally funny sweatshirt in one of the shops. Important note: it is for a CHILD.

Black Santa

Twink n' Ho
You’re looking at the “Twink n Ho,” which is sort of a junk-food parfait.Its creator, the one and only Charles Phoenix, describes its contents:”Layered refrigerator minty dessert dish of … whole and torn Twinkies and HoHo’s … food colorized Vanilla and Pistachio Pudding … Cool Whip … and crushed candy canes inside and on top.”
Christmas Tree Lane, Island of the Misfit Toys, Alameda
Little known fact: there’s another “Christmas Tree Lane” in the East Bay besides Alameda’s 3200 block of Thompson Avenue. If you want to get another fix of over-the-top holiday lights, head on over to Picardy Drive in East Oakland. They’ve been putting on their festive display since 1939 (Alameda began theirs in 1938). A few years ago, a one-hour documentary film was made about it.Picardy Drive is also distinctive for its fabulous Storybook homes. They were designed by Walter W. Dixon, an architect who also left his whimsical mark in Alameda and other East Bay cities.While researching this, I came across some information I hadn’t known before. It had always been my understanding that the homeowners on Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane had to sign an agreement saying they would participate in stringing the yearly lights. Not true. It’s simply peer pressureC’mon, everybody’s doing it.

photo by Will Viharo
“Baby Jesus is going to have some wicked abs by the end of the season.” via


“I’m going to say bipolar. The elves sing him a very nice song and he’s a total jerk about it, leaving the desperately co-dependent Mrs. Claus to patch things up. He has some sort of eating disorder that causes his weight to fluctuate wildly…”

“Serious questions raised by the Rankin/Bass ‘Rudolph,'” The Villager

Artist-in-residence: December 2014

Doctor Popular: 3D Photographer

Doctor Popular: 3D photographer 


The view from Angel Island. Not many of our friends had been here before, but we really dug it. It’s probably one of the coolest camping/hiking spots in the Bay Area that you can get to via public transit. (We BARTed to the ferry service and camped there for 2 nights, super easy!)” — Doc Pop

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

Real things you can actually buy: yay!

Upside down Christmas tree

Rainbow Christmas tree

Events of note

Burning down the gingerbread house
[12/31] New Year’s Eve and 12th Anniversary at Pacific Pinball Museum[1/18] Beatles Thingy* with Joshua Raoul Brody at Fireside Lounge, 21+

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

[Until 1/5] Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night

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

Los Angeles
[1/8] Marc Maron

[1/11] The 7th Annual No Pants Metro Ride 2015

New York City
[1/9] Kiddie Flamingos: a 74-minute video of a “defanged and desexualized” script reading of John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. Happens in conjunction with Waters’ new exhibit, “Beverly Hills John,” at Marianne Boesky Gallery through February 14th.

[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]
[2/5-2/18] The 17th San Francisco Independent Film Festival takes place at the Brava and Roxie Theaters in SF and the Humanities Hall in Oakland.

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

San Francisco
[Until 12/28] Kinky Boots

[Until 1/4] A World of Characters: Advertising Icons from the Warren Dotz Collection at SFO Museum

[12/24-12/26] 22nd Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant

[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

[1/20] Mathieu Victor @ The Interval: Artists with Lasers

[1/22] City Of Women, Erik Blood, and Steely Nash work you at The Hemlock

[1/22-2/8] SF Sketchfest: The SF Comedy Festival. This year’s lineup is fantastic. [Tickets]

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

[1/31] Fallen Cosmos

[2/5-2/18] The 17th San Francisco Independent Film Festival takes place at the Brava and Roxie Theaters in SF and the Humanities Hall in Oakland.

~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015 ~~~~Help me fill this section out. Email me with a cool event you know about.~~

Truman Capote and Andy Warhol

What I need from YOU!

I don’t run ads but I will swap digital space. If you host an indie event, site, business, or project, we can help each other out. Strength in numbers, yada yada.
“All the things I could do…If I had a little money…”


If you are unable to offer financial support, would you consider asking your friends to subscribe to this zine? C’mon, let’s find the Others.

Know about something cool that would be a good fit for this zine? Lemme know about it.

Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff. These personally curated missives are beacons to signal and celebrate the global tribe of weird, wonderful, and “different” people (“the Others“).
:: Subscribe now ::
:: Read the Archives ::

My Blog

My Email




Copyright © , All rights reserved.
My mailing address is: