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Letter to Friends / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Letter by Dave Olson, enclosed with (some) announcement invitation packet – featuring guest letterhead from Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dave + Ryoko at KIX (Kansai Airport) photo booth, Aug. 2018

Dave + Ryoko at KIX (Kansai Airport) photo booth, Aug. 2018
Dave + Ryoko at KIX (Kansai Airport) photo booth, Aug. 2018

Transport card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

transportation info card by Ryoko Fujita (Olson)

Photo inspiration / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Just a variety of classic Japanese wedding photos i captured for inspiration and creative ideas. This is all.

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Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki / poster by JoRobot + Gamomo

Dave + Ryoko Kekkon-shiki / poster by JoRobot

Poster design by Joanna “JoBot” Ambrosio of Gamomo Creative Labs (from concept input and inspiration by daveo)

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Clearing out the Archive of A/V Artifacts

You’ve likely noticed I’m clearing out the archives of partially finished & fermenting audio and video projects from over the years/decades.

Just a few more left, including:

* Crowdsourcing Community Projects like Tom Sawyer preso at SXSW (crowd-sourced – natch – slideshow video atop edited audio)

* Social Marketing Kung fu workshop (four or five part lightly-edited audio with freeform tactical riffs on all my erstwhile start-up sparking wisdom)

* Healing Journal (as I’ve reached a certain level of acceptance with this debilitating consortium of syndromes, putting a few more video and audio journal pieces, as well as some written narrative, in hopes of educating and inspiring other people, and just for the “permanent record)

* Lost Choogle On episodes (still deciding whether not to release these, as one is maybe a bit too personal and a bit intense, and the other is a super weird montage of all the leftover bits of audio smashed up with songs, snippets and spiels)

I’ll keep cutting and stitching them together, if you keep on watching/listening. Are you on the bus?

Postcards and letters are enhanced when…

Postcards and letters are enhanced when made in the right environment (not pictured, tasty beverage)

Oh! here’s a tasty beverage #whew

Collection: Payphones (vol. 5) – assorted / Japan

Hello to the people in the future,

What follows are public telephones created in a time when phones did not roam freely and in pockets.

To make a call, one would either enter a specially-created booth (or box), or simply stand close by as the receivers were tethered to the phone unit by a short cord, then insert a variety of coins depending on the location called (local, domestic or international) or in some cases, use a purpose-made phone card, or even a credit card (though doing so often exposed one to fraudulent actors).

Perhaps you have already imagined the unsanitary nature of sharing a phone handset (placed next/close to ear and mouth of course) with strangers – though perhaps this increased “herd immunity” despite being rather unpleasant. Note that oftentimes the coin return slots were checked for forgotten change but the miner was surprised to find discarded chewing gum, or even-less-savoury items, instead.

This gallery is simply random examples, captured “in the wild” in various locations globally. Additional volumes of similar collections provide additional examples – both international and domestic (to Canada / USA), as well as hotel house phones.

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Mom’s Foreign Travel Treasures (Happy 75th Birthday)

Oh Mom, there are so many thing to tell you about this last year… the short is: for the first time in a loooong time, i have hope, optimism and a bit of peace.

Last year included a trip to Logan to deal with the rest of your items including the missing Agatha Christie books (still missing), green glass (duly distributed) and various bins of letters, treasures and papers. Long weeks at Anders’ place sorting it all as best as possible. Had hoped to scan, inventory etc everything but gave, as you’d say, “a lick and a promise”.

Assembled boxes for sons, brothers, and Lonnie Gee, Doug and Dan et al to spread memories around the world. Learned so many things about you! Flight attendant job applications, letters from Grandpa and Lorayne, records from your college days (so many colleges), oh made office supply kits for the Grandkids, and loaded up all your stationery/letterhead/letraset/postcards stash for me. And using it all too.

Also (almooooosssstttt) finished dealing with the conundrums with Service Canada (a true bureaucratic nightmare of nonsense) and your headstone should be arriving anyday from India (thans Uncle Bob) – i designed it and am so proud to do so. Also your ashes are well on their way around the world with stops in Pacifica, Logan, North Van, Pe ELL, Olympia, Nusa Ceningan, Sarpsborg and so on. Anders did a great job getting little vials filled up.

Big news: your wedding dress is getting altered and put into service for dear Ryoko (you’d love her) and, i ordered (finally!) my own kilt. Royal Stewart with Cape, formal sporran, Prince Charlie jacket and socks etc. April 20-21 will keep your ashes with me to feel your energy in some weird (totally not macabre way).

No doubt this week is tough every year as the anniversary of Dad’s death/funeral and your birthday all at once. So i write and make documentary art. So much more to tell you but must be careful of my energy and screen time.

So, in doing this all, i did photo-inventory many of your travel treasures. Sharing here to keep your story alive.

Speaking of “your story”, got your blog and Flickr and Ancestry all backed up. Learned a lot about impermanence of the internet. Frustrating as i want to be meticulous but also realize perfection is entirely overrated.

On to the treasures.

Fondly, davey

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Batch of friendship cards, with postal life and typewriters

New batch of friendship cards made / sorta meta as the snaps are (mostly) all of making cards &/or tools used to do so (+ inky stamps to taste).