Happy Birthday Dorothy Stratten

Today is the 55th birthday of a girl that will always be only 20 years old:  Dorothy Stratten.

 

NAME: Dorothy Stratten
OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Model
BIRTH DATE: February 26, 1960
DEATH DATE: August 14, 1980
PLACE OF BIRTH: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
PLACE OF DEATH: West Los Angeles, California
ORIGINALLY: Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten
AKA: Dorothy Hoogstraten

BEST KNOWN FOR: Dorothy Stratten was a Playboy model and actress before she was murdered at the age of 20.

Dorothy Stratten was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 26, 1960, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After high school, Stratten began dating Paul Snider, a small-time promoter who encouraged her to take a few nude photos to enter Playboy’s 25th Anniversary Playmate search in 1978. Though she lost the Anniversary contest, Stratten did become a playmate for the magazine’s August 1979 issue. Stratten and Snider were soon married, and her career grew to include film offers and the coveted title of Playmate of the Year in 1980.

After being cast in Peter Bogdanovich’s They All Laughed, Stratten and the director began having an affair. As her fame grew, Snider became increasingly jealous and resentful. Shortly after Stratten and Snider separated, on August 14, 1980, she visited Snider at his home in West Los Angeles, California. There, Snider shot her to death before turning the gun on himself.

Stratten’s story was told in 1983’s Star 80, director Bob Fosse‘s last film. She was also the subject of Bogdanovich’s 1984 book The Killing of the Unicorn.

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Roller Boogie – Not So Secret Obsession

I recently tried to find Roller Boogie to watch again.  I remember the first time I watched it, I pangs of nostalgia for 1980’s California.  I couldn’t find it anywhere and have had to settle for reruns of C.H.i. P.s on one of those retro television channels.    The film is a cross between West Side Story and any Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movie, but on roller skates.  It is absurdly captivating at times and jarringly surreal at others.  I kept wondering if people were actually as cool as this or was all the coolness revved to the red for the movie?  I really didn’t care, I was ready to boogie.

Every once in a while, I do see someone roller skating down the bike path on LWB and from now on, I am inserting my own disco soundtrack for them.  I have included a link to a long clip below, it sets the tone and let’s you know what you are signing up for:  Far Out Awesomeness!

I searched Amazon Instant, NetFlix, and Hulu for available viewing options, looks like it will require a trip to your local art house video rental place.  Or, you can type “Watch Roller Boogie Online” into a search engine window and see what sort of semi-reputable streaming options there are.

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The Wiki:

Roller Boogie is a 1979 musical film starring Linda Blair (the former child actress from The Exorcist) and introducing Jim Bray (a former competitive artistic skater from California). The film also stars Beverly Garland, Mark Goddard, and Kimberly Beck, and is directed by Mark L. Lester.

The film is set in the Venice, Los Angeles, California area at the height of the quad roller skating fad. Two characters, Bobby James (Bray) and Terry Barkley (Blair), fall in love while boogie skating to disco music. Along the way they must thwart a powerful mobster who wants the land their favorite roller rink sits on and compete in the Boogie Contest.

You Say You Want A Resolution

Change

I have mixed feelings about making New Year’s Resolutions.  Mostly because I think that if you want to change something, don’t wait until a specific date, just start changing it.  That being said, I have created a list of things I plan on doing differently or  more of or less of in 2015.  Some seem like traditional resolutions, some seem like just like the right things to do.  I look at the Holstee Manifesto every morning and read a different line from it.  I will add in and expound on a few of my favorites here also.  Here they are in no particular order:

holstee manifesto share1.  Visit the doctor and dentist more.  I get free checkups, I need to be using them.  I only get one body, I need to keep it in good shape.  I can’t take better care of my car than I do my body, they both need tune ups and check ups.

2.  Less internet and social media.  I am going to delete Facebook from my phone (Finland is the only reason I am not deleting my Facebook in total) and will delete old Facebook posts manually.  I will probably delete my Twitter (I feel like it is opting in to all sorts of marketing and I can’t think of anything that I have really gained from it).  I will definitely delete my ello (it never happened).   I will probably only use my Tumblr for promoting Rick’s art and art blogs that I also will keep.  In 2015, I want my social media to be social, interactive, inspiring, supportive, and two-way.  If certain platforms aren’t, then they aren’t and they have to go.

3.  More tattoos.  Call it a mid-life crisis, call it what you want. I want more tattoos.  I am ready to chronicle, commemorate, and personalize my body with tattoos that mean something to me.  The next ones I am going to get are five little birds on the left side of my neck and maybe to lines of numbers that represent the map coordinates of the places that are important to me on my right.  I figure that I will be wearing suits for the rest of my professional life, so the tattoos will be hidden under the shirt collars.

4.  Run.  If it means that I have to get up at 5:50am to get in a run, then so be it.  I need to commit to going to the gym five (at least four) times a week.  I want to do yoga once a week.  I want to try running a couple 5k/10k runs in 2015.  I have a FitBit Flex tracking my activity.  I should commit to hitting at least  10,000 steps a day.  I only have one body and it needs to last and be in good shape for as much as my life as possible.

5.  Work.  I want to find a place that I can dig in and work for the long haul.  I spent most of my 20s trying to get my head in the right spot, to be where I liked myself and found worth in who I was.  Doing so pushed my developing my career off to the side.  I have had a life full of career false-starts and will keep trying and searching until I find a place where I am excited to come to every day.

6.  I am going to simplify my belongings.  I am not going to hold on to things for nostalgia.  If I no longer fit in those suits, they should be donated to a place that can benefit from them.

7.  Stop worrying and caring.  I think that I have stopped worrying and caring what people thought about me a long time ago, but it is always a good refresher to visit.  I am gong to a lot less bars lately, bars seem to be where a lot of the judging happens.  Do those people pay your bills?  No?  Haters ‘Cause They Ain’t Us.  #NoFucksGiven

2014: Rear View Mirror. Year In Review.

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2014 was another great year.  I broke it down by social media entity below and would like to thank everyone that helped along the way.  I hope you enjoyed the content.  I do it for myself, for me to remember and find inspiration in the lives of those that have lived brave, powerful, artistic, unapologetic, creative, big lives.  If along the way, one of them inspires you too, then all the better.  We owe it to all of them to not be small, to be big and go out there and drain every last ounce of life out of it.  We are the stars in our lives, not the supporting actors.  Go out there and be a star.
catch 22

The Waldina Annual Report has been released.  You can view the fancy version at HERE  (there are fireworks).  This year, on Waldina, I focused mostly on celebrating the birthdays of the people that inspire me.  I really tried to focus on the positive life lessons that can be learned from them and chronicling their life stories.  I am sure that it is no surprise that from time to time, I am crippled with nostalgia and fear that we will forget who people were and what their contributions to the world have done for us.  When I think about people not knowing who Edith Head, Paul Klee, Francis Farmer, and the countless others I keep close in my mind, it freaks me out.  That is why I keep remembering for myself.  I can only control if I remember, but maybe by making a blog about it, others can remember and learn from them too.

Total visits in 2014: 50,103
Total All time visits: 149,766
Total Comments: 2,936
Most Popular Post of 2014 with 1,139 views: Banned Books That Shaped America: Catch-22
Total Posts: 1,390
Most Popular All Time Post: Irving Paul “Swifty” Lazar – Style Icon
Total Subscribers: 375

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The RicardoDuque.com stats are also in. I started the blog in August of this year and it has been growing and growing. The key is to streamline a lot of the cross-promotion from the blog to his Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/Instagram.  Go to the homepage and click on the plus symbol to be added to the mailing list.  Every time I post a new painting by Rick, you will be the first to see it.  You will automatically know of the dates and locations of all the latest gallery shows.  What’s not to like?

Total Visits: 1,517
Total Posts: 48
Total Subscribers: 24

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On Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I post and repost anything and everything that I find interesting. I have no format as to what I can post and what I can’t like I do on Waldina. I post a lot of art that inspires me, I post photographs that I like, I post videos that I find interesting.

Total Subscribers: 272
Total Posts: 3,538

tweet

I have mixed feelings about Twitter. I feel like it is nothing more than an opt-in agreement for a lot of marketing that I do not want. I am not selling anything, so why bother? But at the same time, it is really not doing any harm and it is still better than Facebook. Here are the stats for @TheRealSPA on Twitter:

Total Followers: 357
Total Following: 364
Total Tweets (I still have them automatically deleted when they reach 31 days old, to protect freshness and I fear a huge archive of bullshit tweets): 170

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On @TheRealSPA on Instagram, I have figured out a way to post photos of the people whose birthdays I am celebrating on Waldina and include a short bio about them. I am really liking it more and more because of that. Prior to this addition, it was getting a bit heavy of photos of my dog Scraps. While he is totally adorable and worthy of his very own Instagram (if I had that sort of free time), I like more of a freshness and variety.

Total Posts: 290
Total Followers: 159
Total Following: 188

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Happy Birthday Patrick Nagel

Today is the 69th birthday of the artist Patrick Nagel.  If you grew up in the 80’s or have ever been to a nail salon in a strip mall, you know his work.  You probably didn’t know his story, which is where I come in.  I love the stylized era of his work, it takes me right back to watching music videos on MTV.  I think of Remington Steele, huge brick cell phones, and Duran Duran.  I hope this helps you appreciate his work and gives you a fuller understanding of the man behind the woman in sunglasses.  The world is a better place because Nagel was in it and still feels the loss that Nagel has left.

Name:  Patrick Nagel
Born: 25-Nov-1945
Birthplace: Dayton, OH
Died: 4-Feb-1984
Location of death: Santa Monica, CA

BEST KNOWN FOR:  Illustrator whose work consists of minimal paintings of women with white skin, black hair, and the barest hint of a nose. Recognisable work includes the cover of Duran Duran’s Rio (1984).

Patrick Nagel (November 25, 1945 – February 4, 1984) was an American artist. He created popular illustrations on board, paper, and canvas, most of which emphasize the simple grace of and beauty of the female form, in a distinctive style descended from Art Deco. He is best known for his illustrations for Playboy magazine, and the pop group Duran Duran, for whom he designed the cover of the best selling album Rio.

Nagel was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1945, but was raised and spent most of his life in the Los Angeles area. After serving in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam, Nagel attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1969, and in that same year he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton.

In 1971, Nagel worked as a graphic designer for ABC Television, producing graphics for promotions and news broadcasts. The following year, he began work as a freelance artist for major corporations and magazines, including Architectural Digest, Harper’s Magazine, IBM, ITT Corporation, MGM, Oui, Rolling Stone, United Artists, and Universal Studios.
In 1976, Nagel began to regularly contribute images to Playboy magazine, which improved his exposure and the popularity of “the Nagel Woman” image to a huge audience. In 1978, he made his first poster image for Mirage Editions, with whom he would print many Nagel women images.

Nagel’s 1982 painting for the album cover of rock group Duran Duran’s hit album Rio would become one of his best known images.

He also worked for many commercial clients, including Intel, Lucky Strike cigarettes, Ballentine Whiskey, and Budweiser. As his popularity grew he began offering limited edition prints of his work.

Nagel would start with a photograph and work down, always simplifying and removing elements which he felt were unnecessary. The resulting image would look flat, but emphasized those elements which he felt were most important.

According to Elena G. Millie, curator of the poster collection at the Library of Congress:

Like some of the old print masters (Toulouse-Lautrec and Bonnard, for example), Nagel was influenced by the Japanese woodblock print, with figures silhouetted against a neutral background, with strong areas of black and white, and with bold line and unusual angles of view. He handled colors with rare originality and freedom; he forced perspective from flat, two-dimensional images; and he kept simplifying, working to get more across with fewer elements. His simple and precise imagery is also reminiscent of the art-deco style of the 1920s and 1930s- its sharp linear treatment, geometric simplicity, and stylization of form yield images that are formal yet decorative.

Nagel’s figures generally have black hair, bright white skin, full-lipped mouths, and the distinctive Nagel eyes, which are often squared off in the later works. Because of the intense stylization and reduction of facial features into clean lines, generally the figures resemble each other, though Nagel worked with many models, including Playboy Playmates Cathy St. George, Tracy Vaccaro and Shannon Tweed. Nagel also painted several celebrity portraits including those of Joan Collins (whose portrait was subsequently released as a limited edition print) and Joanna Cassidy.

In 1984, at the age of 38, the artist participated in a 15-minute celebrity “Aerobathon” to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Afterwards, he was found dead in his car, and doctors determined by autopsy that he had suffered a heart attack.

The Story of Scraps

 

Scraps came to us with the name of Skyler, but I had already changed his name to Scraps before I had even met him.  I found him on the a local rescue website portion of petfinder.com.

From the paperwork I was provided, here is The Story of Scraps. (I have decided that before he got into ‘the system’, he lived under a bush and ate garbage.  I obviously have no way of knowing, but it makes for a great back story)

A471308 2 yrs old Female gray and black Terrier mix was adopted out of the San Bernadino, California Animal Control on August 23rd, 2014.  (I am sure they do great work down there and records get mixed up, but Scraps is a boy).  He was microchipped and given a few vaccines.  I have the name and address of the woman that rescued him from there, she will be getting a photo holiday card thank you note from Scraps.

On the 25th of August, Scraps (still named A471308) was neutered.  Luckily, in those two days, they figured out he was a boy dog and did not attempt to spay him.  On that same day, his rabies tag was issued, they listed him weighing 7.4 lbs and his birthday being exactly 2 years prior.  There is another woman’s name and address as the registered owner.  She will be getting a photo holiday card thank you note from Scraps.

Rounding out Scraps’ holiday card thank you list is the Collar of Hope business address.  I wish I knew more of his story and I will decide on his birthday when the his vet estimates his age.  I will count back from November 1st, the day he arrived at our house.

I posted a photo every day of the first week Scraps was with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to chronicle the progression of his acclimation to his new life, to document Scraps becoming Scraps.  (He has gotten more ‘likes’ than any post I have every written or even any painting Rick has painted.)  It happened a lot quicker and was a lot smoother than I had anticipated.  He was shy and skittish about everything, but now runs around the house and plays with toys, sleeps soundly and even spends time entertaining himself chewing on bones or just staring out the window.  He must know he can relax.

If you are thinking about getting a dog, seriously consider rescuing one from a foster home or shelter.  The people involved are not in it for the money, the sincerely believe that every dog deserves a wagging tail.  The dogs are very grateful, gentle animals that will enrich your lives far more than you can imagine.  If you are still not sure, you can meet Scraps.

Here is a photo of his car ride home one week ago:

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facebook unfriend

 

Let’s face it, Facebook has gone stupid. They are requiring artists and performers to use their legal names on their profiles. For what purpose? Money, I would guess. But I actually don’t care why. The results are all the interesting and creative people are leaving Facebook. If you leave, come find me at these places (subscribe, follow, join, etc):

I ello over at ello.co/spa
I chronicle what inspires me at Waldina.com
I store my selfies at instagram.com/therealspa#
I tumblr at waspandpear.tumblr.com/
I tweet at twitter.com/TheRealSPA
I ADN over at app.net/spa
I fitbit at fitbit.com/user/2W4RHZ
I google+ at plus.google.com/u/0/+SPAghettiBatman/about

A community can be built practically anywhere.  It doesn’t have to be facebook.