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Hello there. Today I’m doing some housekeeping and I just want everyone on this list (the SFIOP announcement list) to know that I have another list. It’s just called Chicken’s list. It’s politics, religion and my archive. It’s opinions and perspectives. It’s me, writing to you. I rarely post more than once a week. I put out voter guides, commentary on current events and the occasional perspective piece.

But two months ago I committed to putting out one “spotlight” a week. They go out on Tuesdays. They also go on my website:, but it’s fun to get them in your inbox.

Why keep two lists? Well, the SFIOP is more than me. And that’s a good thing. So we separate the announcements list (with events and SFIOP business) from my bullshit (which is mostly bullshit).

You sign up here:   Chicken’s Personal Emails

Thank you for all you do, whatever it is…     chickenjohn

I’ll include a spotlight here, so you can see what I’m talking about.

Spotlight on Bawdy Storytelling

So… I used to walk on a guy for money. Prostitution? Maybe. 

Pedophilia? Nah. He had no clue I was only 16! 

It’s a New York Story, one of many… Enjoy!!!

That video was taken in 2011, at a thing called Bawdy Storytelling.

For 20 years, Dixie De La Tour, Sexual Folklorist, has been relentlessly doing this show. From the humblest of beginnings in the Cataclismic Meagasheer Ranch warehouse, to some of the best theaters in the country, to a popular podcast reaching the four corners of our cruel world<– Podcast Link.

Dixie has turned telling dirty stories into cultural category!
Find out more at her Bawdy Storytelling website. 


The evenings are usually organized and focused around a theme. And they can be very very funny. Especially so when told by people who aren’t show people. Somehow, it’s better. You can kinda tell when someone is a comic or whatever. The stories aren’t about breaking a bed in a hotel room or the time you met someone at a party and fucked them in the cab on the way home (everybody does that, right?). The stories are sublime. Hilarious. Risky. Unbelievable. And cute. It’s all surprisingly cute. 

There are teeth too, for sure. Normalizing fetish, liquifying stigmas, empowering people who may have been beaten down by trauma or abuse… this is good work the world needs to do. Fuck, it’s work I need to do… 

Who loves Dixie? Well I do. I’m in good company, Oprah does too.

I’ve done Bawdy twice. One is the video above. The other time I didn’t tell the story of that time I fucked Sandra Bernhardt. For money. 

So cheers to you, Dixie. And all the storytellers you facilitate.  Every show you do helps usher in a new renaissance of art and innovation! 

Throw her a bone, maybe… she’s on Patreon. I gotta admit, it’s the best Patreon page I’ve ever seen. Go read her page there. Bet ya can’t click away without giving her something…





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Upcoming SFIOP events

Here at the SFIOP, we want you to be up to date on the latest happenings. There are some great upcoming opportunities to hear some eclectic music and even mingle with Camp Tipsy folk if that’s your sort of thing.


November 14, 2018 – Supperclub goes Goth Night 

December 10, 2018 – Supperclub with Rachel Lark

February 7, 2019 – FLAMENCO!

March 13, 2019 – Camp Tipsy Knotluck

April 16, 2019 – Camp Tipsy Knotluck

May 13, 2019 – Camp Tipsy Knotluck

June 20-23, 2019 – Camp Tipsy 2019!!!!