[Exene Says]: Thank You, OC

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

When I first started writing my Ask Exene advice column for the OC Weekly, I felt like Nathaniel West's Miss Lonelyhearts. Or, sometimes, Lois Lane. I took every letter very seriously, contemplating my response for days. After all, if people were asking me for advice, I owed it to them to do some soul-searching. I thought also of the people who might relate to the letters, even if the original questioner would hate my advice! Hey, maybe I helped somebody who wasn't even looking for help!

Then I got to write whatever I wanted with Exene Says. I could stir up the truth, then put it on a paper plate, and let's have a picnic. Not everybody wants to eat what I serve. And that's okay with me. If I made you think slightly differently, or if you vehemently disagreed, I feel pretty good about the whole experience.

All I really want to achieve on this planet is to know I served a meaningful purpose, that I was honest with myself, that I slayed all my dragons and gave you a few tips on how to slay yours.

This is my last column. I am striking out to that horizon I haven't met yet. Please visit my Youtube channel, Christine Cervenka, if you want to continue on with me as your guide, pal, helper, friend, joker.


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[Exene Says]: California, RIP

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

I'm still on the road. I recently had a day and night off, and let's just say I made the ultimate best of it. Austin has a magical, weird, energy-vortex thing. You really gotta experience it to know what I mean, but it's never gonna change, even if it sprawls more and gets gentrified even more. The energy is very dark and scary, yet loving and all-encompassing.

We were to play the next night at Stubb's, a famous, delicious barbecue place with a big outside room. I wrote a poem, which I rarely do anymore, about sound check, the most unglamorous part of being in a band.

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[Exene says...] Still On the Road With Blondie

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

We're still on the road with Blondie. It's starting to be a bit of a blur at this point. I did get my laundry done, though it was a bit of a fiasco--my clothes got washed in Detroit and dried in Cincinnati. It was a (bad) timing issue.

See also: [Exene Says...] On the Road With Blondie

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[Exene says...] On the Road, Part 2

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

People have this idea that touring is all fun and no work, that bands just drink a lot and party every night! People think we musicians are out here, watching great bands play with us, night after night. That we have no responsibilities, such as doing dishes, laundry, weed whacking, etc. That it's just a whirlwind adventure of meeting beautiful, creative, crazy people! That you end up in the coolest bars with total strangers, swapping punk-rock stories, and then you become friends for life.

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[Exene Says...] On the Road With Blondie

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

On Sept. 4, my band X flew to Boston. My broom is so tired. Why? Because I had to get to New England for the first night of the Blondie/X tour in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

The first show was at Hampton Beach Casino, which--just like the casino on Catalina Island--is a ballroom, not a gambling hall! There was, however, this strange mini-gambling casino down the beach. I lost $60 there, but the fact that it was small and local made it worth losing every cent, just to be playing cards with people with identities and histories and personalities; it was so old-fashioned, American and familiar.

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[Exene Says] Yes, We Can! (Our Own Food!)

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

You should always store enough food and water for an emergency. You may not grow enough food to can, but you can preserve produce from friends' gardens or the farmers' markets.

If you don't know someone who knows how to can, you can easily find info online or at the library. Canning is very serious business. The rules and recipes have to be followed exactly. Jars, utensils, lids, rings--everything has to be sterilized.
There is hot-water-bath canning, which works for jams, jellies, pickling and tomatoes, anything with a high acid content.


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[Exene Says...] Water is Life

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

Humans are 55 percent to 65 percent water. And our marvelous brains are 75 percent water.

Fluoride is in approximately 70 percent of tap water in the U.S. Even China considers it rat poison. Think about that for a minute.

There is a barrier between our brain and our blood, which is great because, otherwise, every dangerous element could flow right in. However, the brain's pineal gland needs more blood, so it's open to more toxins. Fluoride likes to go there--and stay there. The possibility that it calcifies the pineal gland, causing disease and low IQ, etc. is pretty probable. But much of science, medicine and government agencies are paid well to deny that.

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[Exene Says...] Send in the Clowns!

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

It's been quite a month for clowns! First, the exciting news that a snippet of behind-the-scenes footage from the unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried has surfaced on YouTube. Made in 1972, the film has been locked in a safe by its director and star, Jerry Lewis, since completion.

Lewis plays the role of Helmut Doork, a clown in World War II-era Germany, who publicly criticizes Hitler and the country's economy.

Overheard by SS officers, he is sent to a concentration camp. With a red nose, hobo-style stubble, a white mouth and a little hat, Mr. Doork soon begins entertaining the children in the camp. I'm going to spoil the ending: Mr. Doork is forced to lead a group of children into the gas chamber and decides to stay with them to die as well.


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Society Is Full Of New-Fangled Idiots

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

On the Huffington Post site recently, there was a story about an "Internet craze!" that takes the art of twerking (whorish butt gyrations) to a whole new low.

Now, there's "Twogging"--twerking with the added excitement and participation of a dog. In the video/article (found in Huff's Comedy Section, as if it's cute and funny), girl after girl does their sex butt thing in front of or up against what appears to be the family dog.

Then there's Big Brother, a reality-TV show that has been a plague on Earth for 15 years, with strangers being thrown together and hedonism and hilarity supposedly ensuing. One of the alleged strangers states ("jokingly," of course) on the live feed that he "beats off" to porn involving children--kids 3 or 4 years old. Local police hear about his statement but don't find any criminal activity. Now, what porn-addicted guy doesn't know that watching, downloading and/or bragging about kiddie porn is illegal or, at least, not cool to talk about?

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Bradley Manning: The Ballad of a Whistleblower

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

To me, privacy means self-respect; respect for others; the opportunity to live in a safety zone of free thought, behavior and expression. Intruding on others' privacy is justified to prevent or stop abuse, criminality and/or danger. But in a healthy, balanced social order, privacy is what every person has a reasonable right to expect from family, friends, strangers, the press, the workplace, the public and the government. Privacy is addressed in the Fourth Amendment.

To me, secrecy implies subterfuge, shame, criminality, amoral or unethical behavior, corruption, etc. Secrecy is often invoked "for the common good" or "security." The corporate/government elites expect and demand that all of their activities, public and private, be protected by multilayered, total secrecy. What are the secrets they don't want us to know?


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