Project: Upon turning 50 years old on August 16, 2020, Dave Olson (me, hello) is posting a photo (or maybe photos) a day / per year – starting with 1970 with intent of chronicling existence through various primary evidence sourced from studio portraits, class photos, ID / passport photos, or occasionally other “casual/group/random” shots when the above don’t exist in my archive (note: not “artificial intelligence,” really me, pulled from shoeboxes, journals, wallets and whatnot – diligently scanned and dated via glasses and haircuts, lightly annotated).
Musician and pal Dan Mangan shares a birthday (april 28) with my sweet wife Ryoko (he’s a year older) and while we were in birthday mode for wife, and in the the kura (barn) studio, whipped him up a friendly video with various records and posters of his and other amusements for his, and possibly your, amusement.
Bonus: here’s me and Dan and (at the time) Mayor Gregor Robertson at a charity street hockey game in Vancouver (Five Hole for Food) in 2011(?)
Happy Birthday to my ray of sunshine Ryoko!
Every day is the most wonderful fun with you.
Let’s enjoy tea, cake and picnic today (& kiss :)).
Ryoko’s birthday came, of course, in the midst of the pandemic and all that, but, we did some great activities starting with lunch at Mac’s goat farm the day before then we drove to Setouchi to (socially safely) pick up a custom made cake by the same baker who made our wedding cake which we really didn’t get to eat. Then enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch with the parents (who live “inside the wall” with us).
That night, sparked the candles in the cake and I sand (what I am sure is a magnificent version of) happy birthday etc. etc.
Evidence of this treasure follows:
Ryoko’s birthday on April 28 was of course in the midst of all of the *global meltdown pandemic* whatever but, we managed a few fun activities, rather safely and all that… Including (on April 27) going to our pal Mac’s goat farm for a special lunch and visit. Evidence follows: Mac makes this sort of hybrid “Italian/Tuscan style with Japanese ingredients style” food and well, we let them serve us what he wants and it’s always fantastic and comes out in various courses at a leisurely pace, finishing with goat milk cheese cake! Of course his farm is where we met so it’s a very special place for us and we feel very much at home, plus I can check in on my artwork which hangs in his market which, by the way, had gone through a little bit of a rearrangement making it a bit more spacious and organized. We look forward in years to come to put on some music and arts festivals and welcome our friends from around the world and around Japan back for more fun. In the meantime though, had a lovely lunch and memories including some choice selections from Buddy Mac’s epic record collection.
See also: New Year’s bar-b-q
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,