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Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63

Remembrance Day with Vasco's Bones

From an olden church and (otherwise vacant) cenotaph at Fort Cochin, Kerala, India, Dave O – acknowledging an extended medical and death related hiatus – discusses the local history of colonization by Portuguese explorers, Dutch traders, then British Raj in the context of the colonization leading to exploitation, conscription and war with no meaning to local populace. Plus the meaning of reparations and the conflict of peaceful resistance – evidenced my Mahatma Gandhi beach a stone’s throw away – contrasted with continued wars throughout the world, shadowed by disposable tourism, economic and racial caste systems.

Recorded Nov. 11, 2016, Released 11:11 Nov. 11, 2017

Gather Round for Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63  (37:11, .mp3, 192k, 58MB, stereo)

Also of note: Vasco da Gama’s bones, black knee-high socks, French generational losses, siege of Leningrad, Churchill’s mishaps, lost human potential of engineers, poets and lovers, MacArthur’s folly, Australia’s vulnerability, the emergence of regions over nation-states, Brexit for British Columbia + Cascadia, Catalonia and Scottish successions, work of raising a child, trappings of hubris, death by disease and guns, aggressive use of intelligence, forethought and diplomacy, and unfiltered view of sacrifice and life.

Cover art photo: By Dave Olson at Fort Cochin, taken by Lomo Sardine can camera with expired B&W film.

Pacific Blue Parade in Bridgeview

pac blue parade

recently shot clips of 23 marching bands and was flashing back to hauling bass drum or marimba through Bridgeview for parades with no audience. they were marching bands and now drum bugle corps per se but made me think of the hijinks with all the Pacific Blue weirdos, circa 1983-4.

anyhow, curiously wondered how our drum line would stack up (better than all i am sure!) and enjoyed some flashbacks to the many parades (enjoyed memories more than hauling mallets or bass drum) and sure enough, found a photo… of the lamest parade ever… an early morning in Bridgeview with almost no one on the streets. We were yelled at by woken up residents, and joined in the parade mostly by kids with wagons and dogs.

Behold, evidence including rare snaps of legendary Rob Loewen and the witty Bill Odribege + more renegades.

Visual Art: Inventory

Annotated Inventory of paint/mixed-media art

GRAVELLY BEACH ~ Painted Winter/Spring 2005

  • #1 Snag on Beach 9×12 oil
  • #2 Madrona 9×12 oil
  • #3 Red Bark 9×12 oil & dirt
  • #4 Sakura 9×12 oil
  • #5 Iris 9×12 oil
  • #5a Bluff 9×12 pastel
  • #6 Bottles 9×12 water on canvas
  • #7 Spring Tree 9×12 oil
  • #8 Clam Dig 9×12 oil pastel on canvas
  • #9 Night Spar 9×12 oil
  • #10a&b Night Madrona 9×12 oil
  • #11 Stillwater 11.5×18 charcoal
  • #12 Pathway 16×20 acrylic
  • #13 Driftwood 16×20 oil
  • #14 Vase 16×20 oil
  • #15 Orion 9×9 oil
  • #16 Hannah’s Birthday oil
  • #17 Bluff (dan) pastel on paper

EUROPA (Entire Coast) ~ Spring/Summer 2005

  • Granada Teteria 12×8 watercolour
  • Barcelona Alley By Night 12×16 acrylic
  • The Other Direction 12×16 water/pastel
  • Cove Near Almeria 12×16 acrylic
  • Power Plant Past Cliffs 12×16 acrylic
  • Fig de Fox Garden 12×16 acrylic
  • Art Park Guell 12×16 acrylic
  • House Pat ac Guell 12×16 acrylic  on paper
  • Picnic w/ Columba 12×16 acrylic on paper
  • Santiago Beer 12×16 water on paper
  • Galacian Cafe 12×16 pastel on paper
  • French Farm by Train 12×16 water on paper
  • Renegade Cyclist (A.dam) 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Cheese, Bridges, Bikes (A.dam) 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Tour Eiffel Picnic 12×16 charcoal on canvas
  • From Arch de Triumph 12×16 charcoal on canvas
  • Sleeping on Train 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Salema Fishing Boats 12×16 pencil on canvas
  • Brussels Bar 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Amsterdam Front Door 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Bells for el Papi 12×16 pencil on canvas
  • Telescoping to the Tower 12×16 pencil on canvas
  • Amsterdam Tangles 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Beers in Grandness 12×16 pencil on paper
  • Window, Beer, Spice (?) 12×16 pencil on paper

EUROPE (STUMBLE) ~ Summer/Fall 1993

  • Rhodt Tent to Church 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Weingut 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Church Field 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Ludwig’s 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Kastanien 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Dave Face 8×10 mixed media

LOST JAPAN ~ Fall/Winter 1994

  • Gonda Village Farm 8×10 watercolour pencil
  • Graves Near Gonda 8×10 watercolour pencil

STATIC MONTAGE ~ Mixed Media Collages

  • Belize ~ 2001
  • Palau ~  Storyboard 1995
  • Vancouver ~ 2013
  • Amsterdam ~ 2002
  • VW Bus ~ 2003
  • Europa for Trev
  • Europe from Trev
  • Tracks on Tracks ~ 2012
  • * Grateful Dead for Dan

CLAYOQUOT Dispatch ~ Oil/Acrylic from 2007 w/ Work in 2013

  • Half Moon Bay, oil
  • Sunset on Long Beach, acrylic
  • Lighthouse & Islands, oil

Letters from Russia – 2004

  • Camp Cabins
  • Rowboat
  • Hot lunch en route
  • Cannon at bordino
  • Lake driftwood
  • Sunset of Dreams
  • Soot and despair
  • Lake (lucid blue)
  • Countryside


  • Evelyn Backyard 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Vancouver Postcard 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013


  • Little Bay Postcards 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Mr Chubby’s Irie Cove 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013
  • Little Bay Big 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Little Bay Little 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013

BACKDROPs ~ Logan Utah, circa 1990-1

  • Satan Lives in Moab
  • Flaming Pig
  • Backdrop
  • Trio

Dave Olson, Cub Scout – ID badge from 1975-76

Appropriate identification. Can i use this to purchase beer?  Note: Always Dave, rarely ever David.

#CubScout #Canada #Akela #Scouts


Get By with Help from my Pals

Shared with love, no further comment required. You are my jumper cables, yes you. #Hugs #FreeHugs #EndlessHugs #BeardHugs #Kisses #Friends #Survival #I’mKindOfTearingUpRightNow

from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMOlU11BZWx/

#VirtualTrickOrTreat: Lomo Photog

Until we snap again… be sure to brush your teeth, turn in the money from your UNICEF boxes, and don’t believe the hype about needles and razors in handmade caramel apples – it’s urban folklore.

from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMOolH9hIwb/

#VirtualTrickOrTreat: Lonely Lieutenant

 A lonely lieutenant in World War I receives some bad news

from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMNx9wphTpo/

#VirtualTrickOrTreat: King Tut

 DNA studies and archeological research attempt to describe what the young – almost forgotten – Pharaoh of Egypt looks like. But here is standing before you as Noble and straight as possible. Along with a scale, illuminated model of what Howard Carter saw when he cracked the seal with Lord Carnarvon’s backing
from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMNyPfbB-_Z/

#VirtualTrickOrTreat: Resistance Fighters

Resistance fighters narrowly escape their own subterfuge (w/ Kris Krüg) somewhere near Flanders or Wallonia, circa 1942
from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMNyZbXhfqA/

#VirtualTrickOrTreat: Moab 5 and Dime

Sometimes, it is best not to overthink. In this case, convenience at five and dime for a party at Canyonlands legendary fat tire festival, circa 1989 #FakeID #Moab
from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMNykvlhYNL/