Happy Birthday Dad
Lorne Harold Olson AKA Dr. O
Dec. 1, 1941 (Winnipeg) ~ Feb. 11, 2014 (Surrey)
As seen at the (awkwardly inaccurately named) Old Indian Wishing Well of Capilano, circa 1976.
Well Mom, it’s your birthday.
Of course, you’re on my mind today, but also every other day. Of course I miss many things about you but mostly just the ability to call and catch you up on my life and have you cheer me along on my challenges and adventures. Your sing- songy voice going “oh son, that sounds fantastic, such fun!” So here’s your update…
Still, I’m trucking away at challenges and having adventures. I get Blue sometimes/often for sure… Missing the “old me” – even though I know its useless thinking and there’s many things about that part of my life that were not sustainable and decisions I could’ve made that would’ve been slightly more sensible – but I miss having energy to get up and face each day with optimism and enthusiasm. Instead I wake up confused, exhausted, anxious and in pain. However, whenever this happens, I remind myself that I’m off all medications, I’m still out here in the world, making friends and trying to make the lives of strangers a tiny bit better. Just like you taught me.
This pirate is 45. No big #UW45 shindig this year, but if you feel like giving me a present, I made a registry for your consideration:
1 visit someone having a tough time – mentally physically emotionally- give them no advice, just be with them. Calm
2 make me a wikipedia page with talks, publications & media – vain perhaps but also handy
3 buy megaphonemagazine.com from a street vendor. 2 bucks goes far – also quality read
3 give time music and/or tools to musicheals.ca
4 buy a soup and sandwich for ____
5 mail a postcard to a friend in a foreign land
6 share something you’ve made – paint, music, poetry — with me &/or everyone
7 go see a local band, pay the cover & buy a shirt
8 register to vote & help friends do likewise
9 call your nieces & nephews — tell them things their parents cant like “your parents are awesome”
10 climb a mountain, cross the sea with little or no money & tell me the story
Singalong with Dinosaur Jr., Freak Scene:
So fcked I can’t believe it
If there’s a way I wish we’d see it
Just dont let me fck up will you
Cause when i need a friend its still you
Smoking jackets, pajamas and vinyl also accepted.
Details: Dave O’s birthday is Aug. 16th and Dan O’s birthday is Aug 1st – celebration on Aug 18th
Entertainment = You. Musicians, Poets, and Chooglers! Bring your talents and tools. PA is provided
Bring a T-shirt to silkscreen + enjoy mural painting, green room activities, bocce tourney, hookah lounge, photo ops etc.
Transit: Seabus + 228 or 210/209 to end of the line
Pets with RSVP and youngsters with supervision
Hash: #UW42 and #Danimal39
Evidence: UW40 on Flickr
Festival food and libations provided
Bring blanket or chair + beer stein
Bring tent to camp over (no driving you drunkards!)
No whiners, slobs or weapons #peace
Happy birthday Dave O (@uncleweed) | Hummingbird604.com, August 16th, 2010
This past weekend, my good friend Dave Thorvald Olson celebrated the big 4-0 (aka, #UW40). He had (by the looks of the #UW40 Twitter stream that our common friends who attended his birthday party generated), an epic celebration, worthy of a human being of the quality of Dave. When I first entered the Vancouver tech community (in early 2008), I was warmly welcomed by Dave, and he immediately involved me in several projects of his, including my first-ever liveblogging of EPIC (the sustainable expo).
I was really disappointed that having to submit a grant proposal on deadline precluded me from attending his epic 40 year all party, but if what I saw on Twitter, Flickr and Facebook is any indication, DaveO’s #UW41 will be just as or even more epic. He was surrounded by many of his (and my) friends, and missed by many (including myself, but I did celebrate from afar!). Dearest Dave, you know how much I love you and appreciate your friendship. I look forward to sharing a cold beer with you sometime soon and give you a hug in celebration of your birthday.
Much love always,
Rebecca Bollwitt, my dear pal and social media co-conspirator wrote a lovely birthday post for my 38th birthday, Aug 16 2008. I am very fortunate for these lovely words.
Here are a few:
Hopping into the wayback machine let’s explore late 2005. John had just moved to Canada to be with me and decided to add me on his podcast, RadioZoom as co-host/local expert. At the time he was immersing himself in podcasts and connecting with interesting hosts all over the globe. One person that he had been corresponding with was Dave Olson, who did several podcasts and made appearances on Clubside Breakfast Time. I’d often hear stories from John about the ultimately cool Uncleweedand Cosmo G Spacely.
After meeting in 2006, we ventured out into the hockey podcasting realm in October of that year with the great Uncleweed. Since then it’s been a non-stop adventure withThe Crazy Canucks along with our co-hosts JJ and Alanah.
On top of being a mentor in podcasting, Dave is also an inspiration to bloggers having coined the now internet-famous “F*ck Stats Make Art” motto at this year’s Northern Voice conference.
Here is a small sample of Dave’s Podcast and Blog Portfolio (not including his Raincityand happyfrog works): Choogle on with Uncleweed Podcast hi-jinks / Blog, Canucks Outsider Hockey Podcast / Blog, Out n’ About with Uncle Weed Travelin’ man vidcast,Postcards from Gravelly Beach Literature Podcast / Blog, Olympic Outsider Winter Sports-Culture / Blog, Mountain Highway Writer’s Notebook / Blog, Ephemeral Feasthouse Miscellania & Notes
Personally, Dave has always been a great friend to both John and me. He gives straight up advice, helps us cross promote our projects like crazy, and is always there to offer an inspirational word when I feel like the blogging world has got me down. I think what makes Dave even more cool in my books is that he went to high school in Surrey, just like I did. Even though there are a few years between us (I won’t say how many since this is supposed to be a very sweet tribute) we can still reminisce about the old days, the old hood, the things Whalley has seen and where it’s going. We know this place; we’ve formed ourselves through our experiences in Metro Vancouver and I hold his opinion of my site, and its integrity as a local blog, in the highest regard.
Even though we couldn’t get away to camp with Dave this weekend we’ve enjoyed many good times like watching the Canucks, talking Whalley Little League, promoting green living, playing golf, and most recently hiking in Lynn Valley.
It’s today that I raise a pint of tasty fermented beverage in honor of my bro Dave’s birthday. Here’s to many more years of grassroots media making and good times on and off the grid.