"We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." ~ Charles Bukowski
me: it’s just east of Pico and Stewart in Santa Monica, north Venice Beach.
her: I didn’t realize you’re in LA these days. Does the vibe match the hype in this place?
me: L.A. in general is not what it was 15 years ago. With the record industry failing, musicians have no reason to be here, and even the porn industry has left town due to tighter regulations and market factors. Now the “housing shortage” has more than tripled rents while average wages have barely budged. So acting hopefuls can’t afford to live here, not that they think have any chance of getting good work in Hollywood unless they screw some Harvey Weinstein type dude. No, Los Angeles isn’t the dream factory it once was.
her: I appreciate every ounce of effort, truth, and perspective you put into that explanation. I got an answer I wasn’t even searching for, but am glad to have. I meant… what’s your thoughts on barkowski? I feel odd even asking after that dazzling, brutal review of the city. Sounds like a cyst pool of the elite.
me: lol thanks. It looks like a cool neighborhood boutique dive bar. A faux dive bar, haha. Bukowski woulda hated it, probably.
“FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR PEOPLE NEW TO CANNABIS”
What’s the difference between cannabis, marijuana, flower and weed?
Nothing! These words are interchangeable, but cannabis is the scientific term. Marijuana, flower, and weed are all used in a variety of conversational situations to refer to cannabis.
Where can I smoke?
Marijuana must be consumed in a private place. Smoking, eating or otherwise using marijuana in public is still illegal.
Is marijuana lab tested?
Testing will be required starting Jan 1, 2018 for any cannabis harvested on/after Jan. 1 or any cannabis product manufactured on/after Jan 1.
I don’t want to get high, but want to use cannabis medicinally, what should I look for?
CBD is a popular option for those looking to get the medical benefits of cannabis without the high. CBD products are available in most cannabis product types, from vape cartridges to topicals.
I don’t want to inhale smoke, but want to enjoy a cannabis high, what should I try?
Vape pens, edibles, drinks and tinctures are a great way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without smoking.
Can I walk into a dispensary on Jan. 1, 2018 and buy marijuana?
Yes, if you’re 21 or 18 you can access cannabis recreationally or medically, respectively. Keep in mind, however, that while marijuana is legal for adults in the state of California, local counties and municipalities also have their own set of rules that regulate how retail businesses operate.
Can I still get Medical Cannabis?
Yes, if you’re over the age of 18 physicians may still recommend medical cannabis. Depending upon the condition, people under 18 can obtain a recommendation with their parent or guardian’s permission. California medical patients will need to obtain an ID card issued by the Department of Health.
4sale: $195. Dancing Naked In The Mind Field, 1998. This is a signed and dated first edition with mylar wrap on fine dust-cover and is to be sold bundled with copy of Celebrity Magazine containing an interview with the author that preceded the issue of the book by several years. Other ephemera includes the book’s press release from Pantheon. This is a review copy that was annotated and highlighted in various places throughout by the reviewer.
by Reviewer Rob
I should say this is a review copy that was used for a book review in Reviewer Magazine, first of all, and that I was the reviewer who received this book by Random House/Pantheon in 1998. The interview and article in Celebrity Magazine which preceded the book’s release from 1994 were also written and photographed by me. So all the notes and highlights in the book are mine, full disclosure. It’s not an “immaculate” copy, but other than the annotations it’s in very good if not “fine” condition. I enjoyed reading it only once and then shelved it for almost twenty years until now when I brought it out for sale. I think I covered Dancing Naked In The Mind Field in either issue 9 or 10 of Reviewer, I’m not sure, I’ll have to go back and look.
This bundle includes the signed first edition with the dustcover wrapped in clear plastic, the copy of Celebrity Magazine, and the original press release from Pantheon who released the book.
Scene: Pool, balding man, maybe 65 or 70 years old, with blue, bloodshot eyes, drinking from a bottle of Ensure, wearing designer swim trunks, which are half hidden under a huge, extremely brown, beer belly.
Him: What’s that you’re reading, young lady?
Me: It’s a book.
H: What’s it called?
M: ‘Men Explain things to Me’, by Rebecca Solnit.
H: What’s it about?
M: It’s a book about how men explain things to women and…
H: Oh, so it’s a book about men mentoring women!
M: No, not exactly. Not at all, actually… It’s actually about how men…
H: What do you do, young lady? Do you work, or do you have kids?
M: Umm, I write.
H: Oh, you’re a writer?
M: Well, I write…
H: Who do you write for, young lady? Women’s magazines?
M: Umm, no. I write for Myself. And, I’m 47.
H: You’re freelance?
H: What genre, young lady?
M: Memoir, mostly.
H: You write about yourself? I guess most women do! What’s your book called, young lady?
M: I’m 47. What’s my book called? It’s called… umm… Facebook. I mean, I really just write on…
H: Are you looking for a man to mentor you?
H: I can really help grow your book. I can help you. As your mentor!
M: You can help me grow my… book? As my… man mentor? This book isn’t about that. It’s a book about…
H: Absolutely! I’d be happy to mentor you! I’m retired. I’ve got plenty of time to mentor a young lady.
M: Oh, right… Retired? What are you retired from? Publishing?
H: Publishing? No, heavens no. I owned a chain of corner stores.
M: Corner stores, huh? Fascinating. So, how is that… I mean… OK, so… But, publishing is… I mean… Soooo… Did you, like… sell magazines, in your corner store?
H: No, no magazines. We sold cigarettes, potato chips, cola, lotto cards, candy bars… milk… dog food… toilet paper… It was a family business. My dad started it before I was born.
M: Right… Cool… Cola… So… Is that the only career you had? You went directly into the family business?
H: Yeah, started working in there when I was a kid, took over the stores, sold them, and retired. Did pretty well for myself, young lady!
M: I’m 47 years old. So, OK… Because I’m a writer, I’m just gonna take a few notes on my phone, while we talk… I don’t want to forget anything important that you might say… Because you’re my male publishing mentor… So, you spent your life in the family business, owning corner stores, and you didn’t even sell magazines, but you can mentor me in the Publishing industry?
H: Well, young lady, selling magazines in a corner store has nothing to do with the Publishing industry. Consider that your first lesson!
M: You’re absolutely right. (Holds up ‘Men Explain things to Me’) And, this is extremely relevant to you. You should read it. Mansplaining is…
H: Oh, no… Thanks, young lady, you can keep your book. I’ve never been much of a reader…
M: OK, right, not a reader… well, I’m going do some writing now. Because you’ve mentored me, and it has really inspired me.
H: Fantastic! What are you going to write about?
M: I’m going to write out this entire conversation, from my notes, and to the best of my recollection. I do that a lot. Then, I’m going to put it in my… Facebook… Book.
H: OK, great! Let me know if you need any more of my help!
M: You’ve already been really helpful. Thanks for mentoring me!
H: You write really fast.
M: Yeah, I use both thumbs!
H: Did you go to typing school?
M: Yeah, I went to a special thumb typing School. Because I’m a writer.
H: Yeah, I can see that you’re a very good writer. You’re also a very attractive, very sweet young lady.
M: Do you really think so?
H: Call me. I’ll take you to dinner. I’ll get your writing career on track!
M: Yeah, maybe you can get my Facebook in all the local corner stores… Next to the cola.
H: Sure! I can do that! I’ve got a lot of connections. I can do anything! Call me! You should put a photo of yourself in that bikini on the cover of the book! I bet you didn’t even think of that! OK, don’t work to hard, young lady. That’s your first mentoring lesson from me, young lady! Don’t work to hard! And, don’t think too hard!
M: Don’t worry. I won’t. I won’t work hard or think hard, at all. I never do… Thankfully, I don’t really have too…
H: Call me! Number is in the card… Don’t forget! Put that in your notes, young lady!
M: It’s already in there. Believe me, I’m not going to forget anything from this conversation. I’ve written it all down! Thanks again, for mentoring me.
H: You’re a good girl! You know, this pool is usually just full of nothing but old ladies. Not young girls, like you.
M: I’m 47 years old.
H: OK, I’ve got to go… Call me! Oh, what’s your name, darling?
M: Gloria Steinem.
H: OK, Gloria, call me, I’ll take you to dinner! I’m going to think of a new last name for you. Something less Jewish sounding. It’ll be better for your career! We can talk about at dinner! Be a good girl, Gloria!
M: How about Betty Friedan?
H: No… I’ll come up with something better than that… You look like a Chrystal or a Lacey to me… A good name is very important… Did you just write that down?
M: Yes, I’ve just written that down.
H: Good girl! Call me! For dinner! I’m your mentor, so you have to do what I say. Haha! Don’t worry, I’ll come up with your name. And, don’t worry about the photo, because I have a good camera. Have a nice afternoon!
M: Oh, yeah, the bikini photo! OK. You betcha! Umm… John Williams. Great name! I’ve got your card… Wait, no email?
H: Nope, no email! First rule of business… Never put anything in writing! I do everything by phone. Write it down, young lady! Never put anything in writing! Call me!
M: But, I’m a writer.
H: Yeah, so write it down! We gotta get that photo done right away! Call me!
M: Yeah, the bikini photo… Well, I’m sure you know all about photography… Buh bye, John… Thanks again, for all of this great material. I’ve written it all down!
H: Good girl… Call me! Don’t worry, Gloria, OK?! I know how to take care of everything, young lady!
M: Yeah, I understand… You can explain everything to me… About, everything! I got it… And, I’m totally going to be a good girl… Bye… !!!
(Writes out the entire conversation from the iPhone Notes app, onto her Facebook page, using Both Thumbs. Orders herself some absolutely HUGE ‘noise resistant’ headphones, from Amazon. Throws herself, head first, into the deep end of the pool.)
One night a month The Office on 30th Street in San Diego (the classic old completely remodeled Scolari’s Office space, remember?) turns into a country-western honky tonk now and it’s a free for all on stage as local talent does their best Americana version of classic like Merle, Hank, Johnny, and others, as well as some originals. Bring a cowboy hat and drink Jack straight.