Summer Of Aya: Donkey In The Haight


Charles Manson created The Family, his tribe, during the actual summer of love in San Francisco.

God only knows what they created at Camp Septic in 2019.


  1. Unicorn Studded Rainbow Named Shirley (NOT "Julia Allison")- 1st Ever Commenter on the New Site! 🎉🎊🍾 (NOT Ali Shanti/Alexis Neely/Alexis Katz)

    Likely some new, antibiotic-resistant strains of STDs

  2. Such a fucking tourist. She only went there for a background picture.

      • I was listening to a podcast about toxicology and they were interviewing a doc who had worked at the Haight-Ashbury Clinic in the early 1970s, as well as on the medic crew for Grateful Dead concerts and the like. It was fascinating!

        • The HAFMC plays a big role in the new Manson book, Chaos, and what was uncovered there is very disturbing. No spoilers!

          • The Dantastic Mr. Tox and Howard. It’s the most recent episode, called “Labs Before Lectures.” The guest is Howard McKinney.

    • Gilly, Thank you 1 million times over for recommending the Chaos book!!! I have read every single book and seen every movie relating to the Manson family. At the time of the killings, I was living within miles of the Tate crime scene and in the city where Manson and his flock roamed. I have since been quite fascinated by the event, and in recent years, studied everything I can to come to my own conclusions about the family. More specifically, I have wanted to come to my own conclusions as to whether or not the remaining incarcerated family members should be paroled. (Not that I have anything to do with any of it, I just like investigating these things.) This Chaos book is blowing my mind and making my head spin, not just about the Manson family and the motive, but also about our gov’t and how little we really know about what’s going on.

      By the way, some of the best books and podcasts and movies I’ve read and heard and seen have been from recommendations I’ve found on this site! Thank you, all!

      Oh, one more thing. I hated the new Tarantino film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”

        • Near the end of the Los Angeles sections, I found it hard to keep the players straight, as well as differentiate between LAPD and LASO. Except for these pages, editor Dan Piepenbring does a fairly good job reining in journalist O’Neill’s excesses and condensing his massive research into something readable. Once we got to SF in the summer of love, I couldn’t put the damn thing down and understood why Amazon had snapped up the movie rights.

      • Rhinestone, I actually liked the Tarantino film and have friends who’ve seen the ‘69 fantasia two or three times, though I could easily see how someone might hate it.

        Have you seen Charlie Says? I admire Mary Harron a great deal – she turned the unfilmable American Psycho into a good movie – and read a positive review in the NYTimes, but critical response has been divided.

        Chaos blew my mind, too. Especially the questions it raises that can never be answered!

      • Curious, Rhinestone, why did you hate the movie? As I said here the other day, I liked it, partly because it restored my faith in Tarantino that I practically lost after “Death Proof,” but I’ll be the first to admit that I know very little about the events or Hollywood or America in the 1960s in general (“very little” not compared to my average fellow citizens many of whom, as I said, never heard of Manson or Sharon Tate, but certainly compared to you.)

        • Neither Django Unchained nor Inglourious Basterds did anything to restore your faith? They have much in common with Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.

          • I never saw them. I hated Death Proof so much I pretty much gave up on him afterwards (which not only broke his heart, I’m sure, but also broke mine a little, because I love Jackie Brown so so much). I remember some of my friends and my (little) brother loved Django, though. I’m inclined to give these movies a chance now. What you said about The Hateful Eight sounded interesting to me too.

      • Rhinestone, interested in hearing your conclusions about the Manson family. I’m fascinated by the psychology of it all.

    • You know that episode when Homer invented the makeup gun and Marge complained that he set it on whore?

      Donkey set the Instagram filters on whore.

      • Un/related: There’s at least one Animaniacs episode where every time someone shouts, “Makeup!,” a character gets hit in the face with a giant powderpuff. My brother and I are almost middle-aged and we still shout makeup and hit one another in the face with a pillow from time to time.

        Tl;dr: Sometimes Donkey’s assholery brings up happy memories.

        • My dad used to do this when I was little. I think there was some earlier comedy skit or something that this was originally from.

        • There’s an HR Pufnstuf ep where Witchiepoo (Sacha Nielsen) keeps getting hit in the face with a giant powderpuff, too!

  3. Lovin these more reveals of The Joker trailer.

  4. If she’d bothered to do her homework, she’d have found out that 1969 was the year it all fell apart. So sorry, Donkey! Do your fucking homework.

    • Yep, 1969 was Altamont. 1967 was the year of the Love-In and my mom has the pictures to prove it. Also, I lived on the same block as the Manson apartment for years. With softness.

    • They did a Summer of Love Experience at the deYoung 2 years ago (appropriately), so maybe this is a different tourist thing… who knows with Donk and her crazy timelines.

      Imagine trying to play the part of a hippie in SF and not knowing or caring about any of the people or music involved.

      • This. For years her favorite TV show was Sex and the City and her favorite movie was Legally Blonde. No wonder the original REDACTED complained about her pedestrian tastes and cultural illiteracy over and over and over again.

        • Now she is columbusing Haight-Ashbury, after its character has been gentrified into oblivion, and she shows her true intellectual acumen by absorbing wisdom from fake rainbow-colored graffiti in outdated fonts.

          • And yet she really does think of herself as a bohemian, simply because she’s unemployed and likes plastic rainbow crap from Target.

        • Hmm, this makes me think: Has she ever actually seen any movie that wasn’t a dumb romcom? We all know she only “reads” (underlines) self-help slop and her musical taste is defined by Taylor “Philosopher” Swift, and let’s not even get started on architecture and maps, but has Judy ever commented on anything from the world of cinema? I can’t recall.

          • I doubt she’s ever seen a film with subtitles. Years ago she pulled some NonSociety stunt where she went to see the five films nominated for Best Picture and she got in trouble for talking during the films. She was also ridiculed in the old RBNS for loving the lousy rom-com He’s Just Not That Into You.

            The only other time I remember her mentioning a film it was … My Dinner With Andre! But it appeared that she was just quoting a line of dialogue and had never actually seen the Louis Malle film.


          • Ha, ha, brilliant. Now I vaguely remember this. But, yeah. I don’t necessarily mean the dreaded “movie with subtitles” phenomena that I know many people fear, I mean even something pretty mainstream that boring normals go see in theaters or watch on their magical portable devices. Black Swan (she’s a ballerina, right?). Gone Girl (she’s a curious girl in a curious girl, and her name is Rainbow). A Star is Born (need I saw more?). Three Identical Strangers (there’s an identity / lack of identity joke in there, you get my drift). Or, I don’t know, any of the Avengers or Planet of the Apes or X-Men or John Wick movies. Anything?

          • Dear greg, was that the time she wore a foul velour sweatsuit and sat her stank raft ass directly on the snack bar? Or climbed onto the snack bar, braying, “I’m Julia Allison, the famous blogger?? or whatever gross thing she does in public to get attention?

          • Helena, she’s intimidated by anything that refuses to give her a happy ending and/or requires that she think. So big no to something like Black Swan. Re: John Wick, Donk would lump that under “boy movies” and refuse to go along should Dodi ask. He’s only supposed to take her to culthural events that she doesn’t understand, e.g., opera.

            Tingo, she indeed posted a few snaps of her raft ass hoisted upon a snack bar stool. I’m guessing she saw more of the theater lobby than she did the actual films.

  5. She’s gotten 19 likes re: this heavily colorized fauxtoshoot. Other than Jack McCain’s LOLyer and the Russian aerialist, most of the likes are from fans in the ‘stans.

  6. “I’m broke and got evicted from my place. How can I live the good life in San Francisco?”

    Love is the answer! (When you’re a professional girlfriend.)

  7. One more (unrelated) thing: I found the most revealing comment on one of Jena’s posts about the ending of her “marriage.” I wanted to post a photo of it here but I can’t figure out how to share a photo…

  8. Unicorn Studded Rainbow Named Shirley (NOT "Julia Allison")- 1st Ever Commenter on the New Site! 🎉🎊🍾 (NOT Ali Shanti/Alexis Neely/Alexis Katz)

    58 arrests – mostly drugs, with a little sexual assault thrown in for good measure

    “Thirty-two people from California were arrested, including nine from San Francisco, according to the official 2019 arrest report from the Sheriff’s office.
    All of the charges against S.F. residents were drug-related, except one person was charged for the failure to appear for a traffic citation. One San Francisco man arrested for possession of marijuana and trafficking more than 28 grams of a controlled substance was booked on a felony charge with $500,740 bail.”

    No reports of bestiality — of a doctor fornicating with/trying to marry a donkey!

  9. extremely ot, but i’m in the middle of an extremely large project at the moment and have been enjoying the commentary from you cool and groovy catpeeps. tks for brightening the drudge.


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