“And the United States has its style, United States-style democracy, and China has the Chinese-style democracy,” Yang said during his opening remarks. “It is important for the United States to change its own image and to stop advancing its own democracy in the rest of the world. Many people within the United States actually have little confidence in the democracy of the United States, and they have various views regarding the government of the United States.”
This is why I made my Bond characters liberals and Bohemians. When Davina Hurt banned and unfriended me, it was because of the nudity in my post on Jiryar Zorthian celebrating Primerva as he did for years. He was also the Grand Master of the Doo-Dah Parade – which flies in the face of Chinese and Russian Conservatives. Go after traditional families and value is what China and Russia are about. They hate non-conformists! I conclude Belmont is controlled by conservatives disguised as liberals, and they should move to China, or ask them for some kind of medal for stomping on The Last Bohemian.
I partied at the Zorthian Ranch, and lived in a SF commune with his two daughters and Nancy who formed a bond with the Kesey Family. Belmont needs to be PRANKED! Jessie Benton filed a lawsuit against a bank for losing 90 works of art rendered by her father who inspired Zorthian who survived the Armenian Massacre. I put Hurt’s pic next to Charlie Parker who was a good friend of Zorthian and partied nude, and rode horse – naked at the ranch. We need real Liberal Rebels to take on two powerful armies of Robot Soldiers. This is the real ‘Royal Janitor’.
Everyone thought I had gone totally mad putting Victoria Bond’s bodyguard up in a tree. The question is, why are not more Secret Agents living in trees.
On this day I found the American Swing Kids who will dance their ass off in the face of Tyranny. Time to root out the Faux Liberals. Time to found the Swing time Turnverein in Belmont – that is deadsville.
The Biden administration has vowed to push back on both China and Russia over the next four years, as the White House looks to refocus American foreign policy on the U.S.-led international system, traditional alliances, and democracy abroad.
Biden’s vow to protect liberal democratic values puts him at odds with the authoritarian systems in Russia and China, and conflict last week with President Vladimir Putin and Chinese officials at bilateral talks in Alaska gave a hint of the great power tensions that might yet characterize his term.
state media is pushing for closer Beijing-Moscow ties after last week’s war of words between President Joe Biden‘s administration and top officials in Russia and China.
There is a old photo of the Borox building that was in downtown Eugene. I believe it was part of the Buck Monopoly. My mind is still blown after discovering Henry Brevoort is in John Astor’s family tree – that meets in Oregon. Then, Sir Walter Scott employs my Lee kindred in his Woodstock. I feel like Rip Van Winkle. We could have seen a remake of West Side Story at the Super Bowl, that brings the Jets and the Sharks together – with love – to usher in the Peace and Love of the Woodstock Generation, but, we didn’t.
“The location was named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, vice-president and general manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the early 20th century. The company’s twenty-mule teams were used to transport borax from its mining operations in Death Valley.”
I have been preaching the Bohemian Philosophy in this blog – till I am blue in the face! Now we got Fremont wanting to go to war with Mexico. It’s the same ol merry-ground. We haven’t gotten anywhere. It’s back to Zabriskie Point, one of the worst hippie-radical-like flicks ever made.
I want to premiere my Bohemian Musical at the Buck Institute. I want Halprin to do the choreography. We got to stop dicking around and get back to the traditions that Henry and Washington Irving lay down for us – forever! When you are a Jet….you are a Jet all the way!
Has anyone compared Washington Irving to Bret Harte, who spent time with my Fremont kindred out at Black Point. Yes, some have. But don’t tell Meg Whitman and her staff writers for Quibi, this, because they have already run out of ideas – if they ever had one.
Fitser called me yesterday. They want to help me do a webpage for the California Barrel Company. I think I’m going to promote myself. I want to make money – now – because morons don’t want free ideas. They want to pay other morons millions for a good idea, and, they don’t have even one. The spectacle on the fifty yard line – was the last straw for me!
I had a wonderful conversation with my niece, Shannon Rosamond, yesterday. We are the only family members – speaking to one another! We had an Art Talk.
President: Royal Rosamond Press
By JOE PIASECKIAPRIL 20, 2013 12 AM PT
This story has been corrected. See below for details.
For an event that eschews tradition, the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade marches knee-deep in it — if only because of the loyalty Doo Dah has inspired among a lineage of artists, barflies, bohemians, exhibitionists and so-called normals craving a chance to let their freak flags fly.
Born Jan. 1, 1978 as a spoof on formalities of the Rose Parade, the countercultural creative happening turns 36 — times, not years, due to erratic scheduling — when it steps off Saturday at the corner of East Colorado Boulevard and Vinedo Avenue.
Doo Dah spectacles of the recent past have been populated by entries such as Dead Robert Palmer Girls, Benzedrine Monks, a fleet of motorized Kinetic Pastry Science Mobile Muffins, members of the UFO-based Raelian movement, a Flying Baby Street Racing and Stroller Cross competition, sword swallowers, kilted bagpipers, belly dancers, cross-dressers, steam punks, a bell-bottomed disco drill squad, hula hoopers, a completely hairless Uncle Fester, a massive robotic cat, a troupe of baguette-wielding French stereotypes, Hare Krishna, Hairy Krishna, a drawling Howdy Krishna, the L.A. Derby Dolls, a pedal-powered movable feast and costumed paparazzi pestering parade-goers.
Many faithfully return year after year to toss tortillas at spectators and be pelted in turn.
But perhaps no figure of parades past has left more of a mark on the Doo Dah milieu than the late artist Jiryar “Jerry” Zorthian, whose son, architect Alan Zorthian, reigns this year as parade grand marshal, a title bestowed on the elder Zorthian 16 years ago.
Jerry Zorthian’s sprawling 40-plus-acre ranch in the Altadena foothills — then home to a menagerie of creative types and farm animals and a property that became littered with art objects, assorted junk and domiciles constructed from found objects — for years hosted raucous Doo Dah Queen selection ceremonies to kick off parade season before Zorthian’s death in 2004 at 92.
A celebrated sculptor, muralist and prolific painter of female nudes, Zorthian also threw himself elaborate birthday parties during his octogenarian years. On such occasions the wizard-bearded, five-foot three-inch-tall native of Turkey and childhood survivor of the Armenian genocide would emerge before hundreds of guests as “Zor-Bacchus,” a dancing, toga-clad reveler devouring grapes from the fingers of youthful, naked “nymphs” who served as his art models.
“There’s nobody like him anymore — the charisma, flamboyance,” said Jennifer Fabos Patton, 43, who began modeling for Zorthian shortly after high school and lays claim to the title of “original nymph.”
Fabos Patton, who in 2006 was half of topless Doo Dah Queen duo Saffrona and Saphira, the Siamese Serpent Twins, will reprise a nymph-like role this year as one of several body-painted living Greek columns in Alan Zorthian’s grand marshal procession.
Other nymphs will be drafted from The Gallery Girls, the art model agency she now operates and an annual progenitor of queen hopefuls for theatrical tryouts now held at a local American Legion bar.
Alan Zorthian, 54, and his father rode horses in the first Doo Dah, which capitalized on crowds camping overnight for the Rose Parade, delayed that year to Jan. 2 due to the Tournament of Roses’ never-on-a-Sunday rule.
“A lot of people were offended by it, much to [founder] Peter Apanel’s delight,” recalled Alan Zorthian, now working to revive Zorthian Ranch as an artists’ colony.
Apanel initially conscripted a handful of Old Pasadena barflies but was later forced to run the expanding parade as a full-time enterprise until 1994, when he sold it for $2 to the Light Bringer Project, a local arts education nonprofit that also produces the Pasadena Chalk Festival.
Light Bringer moved the parade east from Old Pasadena in 2010 to eliminate increasing logistical headaches.
But along the way the parade lost many members of the Barbecue & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, perennial Doo Dah favorites since the mid-1980s, which is planning a triumphant return for Saturday’s parade.
Team members wheel a fully operational open-fire grill down the parade route, roasting hundreds of hot dogs that are loaded into “bratzooka” cannons and launched at spectators.
Assembled grillmen, some harnessed to hibachis, wear charcoal bags as hats and march to military calls. “Condiment girls” in red-and-white uniforms assist those who catch edible projectiles that don’t explode overhead.
“This is our first year back in full regalia,” said longtime organizer Jennifer Schiller, promising under orders of the Pasadena Health Department that hot dogs will be wrapped more tightly this year.
Though sustained by its pedigree, Doo Dah day continues to attract new blood.
Various Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists working with the Mars rover Curiosity plan to join Sandra Tsing Loh, a Caltech grad and host of the syndicated radio show “The Loh Down on Science,” in a vintage Cadillac convertible, said show production manager Frier McCollister.
Altadena artist and specialty foods entrepreneur Susann Edmonds — a longtime parade-watcher but first-time participant — will reign as a nautical-themed queen with a seaworthy blend of fermented pirate elixir.
Also new on the bill are a walking Jiffy Pop popcorn dispenser, pizza-cooking dragon, tiki ukulele club and numerous entries with titles like “Surfer Jet Set Planet” that parade organizers have yet to fully decipher.
“I often don’t really know what they are,” said Light Bringer’s Patricia Hurley. “The parade is always different. We try to set the stage for new things to occur.”
For condiment-girl-in-charge Schiller, the spontaneous fun of Doo Dah comes as reward for the elaborate behind-the-scenes work that goes into a successfully carefree march.
“It’s funny because every year I say I’m done, I can’t do all this again,” said Schiller, a Pasadena native. “But I end up having the greatest time in my life.”