Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rescue Zorthian and let the boxing begin

Bet you didn't think I could tie Part Deux of Altadena's infamous Zorthian ranch








with a walk at boxer rescue today. Watch this.






Remember how Zorthian was known for his love of women partially or, better still LIVE, LIVE, TOTALLY NUDE? Today I had cocktails and nachos with some artistes infamous in their own right: Amber, Tangerine, Crystal, and Boom Boom.






Though liberal with the eyeliner (and who isn't?), most were on their best behavior. (Here are the first three. I have one of Boom Boom as well, but modesty forbids.)


Aside from the nude dancing girls, Zorthian was known for his reclaimed art. It might be good; it might be great. It might be a load of crap. To be honest, I have no idea. But here are a few shots of his art as I found it that day.














Many thanks to my friend Victoria, without whose help I would have been stopped half way up the trail. (She's one of those charming people.)

23 comments:

  1. What beautifies. I hope they find good homes. Oh, and the art too.

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  2. Dogs will love anyone who loves them. That can be a good thing, if you're a dog.

    As for the art, I find the most compelling of these photos to be the one of the dusty barn where paintings hang alongside stirrups and vintage power line insulators. I am mesmerized.

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  3. I love glam dogs best.

    Who is Dabney whom Zorthian loves?

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  4. We're adults; we'd like to see Boom Boom.

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  5. The doggies are adorable. The found art is fun. Eeek, don't point that camera at the sun. Is that a bunny rabbit on the railing?

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  6. Ha ha Vanda, I have no rules, I have no boundaries, I have no taste. Because I know nothing about photography, that photo was my favorite. As if sunlight fell like rain.

    Ignorance can't be overrated.

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  7. Load of crap is what the artwork brought to mind. THe dogs are cute as can be and I'd take one if I were there. What was Boom Boom doing??? Oh never mind. I can imagine.

    LIke the top photo. You're getting there girl.
    V

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  8. Walkies with a lot of lovely boxer ladies who do not seem bitchy at all - what a nice thing to do. I like the last hodge-podge of steel - looks artistic to me & the sign Z-squared = ART is cute. That can't be left over from the Zorthian day.

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  9. Yes it was Tash. Zorthian lived a long life -- born 1911 and died 2004. Hmmm, maybe he was on to something after all.

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  10. I looked up your bud, Zorthian. Somehow his name reminds me of the catchphrase in Galaxy Quest:
    "By Grabthar's hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be avenged."

    "By Zorthian's......"
    I haven't thought of anything, yet.

    It's so nice to see boxer dogs without their ears having been nipped into pie wedges. Also, I saw the earlier posting and I hope yours is okay. I have a very soft heart for ailing aminals.

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  11. Who's Dabney?

    When you enlarge the next to last* photo I see "Love Dabney."

    Micio!**
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    *
    To me, "penultimate" just does not sound like it means "next to last."

    **
    Guess what my Word Verification was...

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  12. I'll bet I would have gotten in, no problems.

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  13. yes indeedy...I can see how you might get visitors by the truck load on this post.

    I'm rather partial to Tangerine. My horse was white. In general, I like white animals.

    The photo with the David in it is my favorite. Reminds me of what the ranch looked like back when I visited. Tastefully arranged clutter. Back in his youth Zorthian's found object art was really very good. I saw a bit of it documented at his recent retrospective held at the Pasadena Armory. Dabny was a lovely woman.

    oclown

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  14. Dabney was Zorthian's second wife. Love is micio, for sure.

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  15. Puppy dogs AND Zorthian? Better than Reese's PB cups - you're spoiling us!

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  16. Anon, that picture is all things micio. I like you, even if you're not genuine. SDFG, that is my intention. (My crops are drowning, and the dogs won't leave the house.)

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  17. Zorthian may have enjoyed the Boom Booms of the world but he married the daughters of high society.

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  18. Plus the boxers themselves are nude. Jirayr would have loved that!

    Jerry's wife Dabney was a great friend who always had a complimentary word for me and my work. What a dear, dear woman she was.

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  19. Anyone who calls their dog 'face to its face is alright in my book-
    btw, accidently found your site
    when my cursor hovered over 'The Westerner' in my blog-and you remember Walter Brennan's caricature gait, first displayed in 'To Have And Have Not', I believe.

    Haiku Bandit Society

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  20. Regarding 'ku and difficulty;
    obviously, it's essential to have a stunted attention span.
    I wish I had pics of squishy,
    mouseface and ol' cha ki-
    I'll have to ask someone under 30
    for assistance; if they can be trusted...

    strange bedfellows
    long in the tooth
    and saddle

    thanks for making me grin.

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