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74th Birthday Letter to Mom

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.

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Portrait: Robe, PJs, and Pig Cake (+ glasses and middle part hair)

Smoking Jacket: daveo disguised
Smoking Jacket
Robe and pyjamas and a perfect middle part in the hair – all on point – not to mention and yet another pair of glasses… Yes I bought boats for optometrists many times over.
 
10th birthday places this snap in 1980, dawning of a new era. 
 
Note: remixed this on 46th birthday. 
 
 
 

Pirate Looks at 45 – Birthday Musings 2015

DaveO looks at 45

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

‪#‎lovewins‬ ‪#‎empathyplaces‬ ‪#‎affectionshows‬

Smoking jackets, pajamas and vinyl also accepted.

DaveStock #UW42 + #Danimal39, 2012 / Invitation

UW42 Invitation DaveStock
UW42 / Davestock invitation

Noteworthy:

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

Provisions, etc:

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

Danimal 39 invitation

Happy birthday Dave O (@uncleweed) via Hummingbird604.com

Happy birthday Dave O (@uncleweed) | Hummingbird604.comAugust 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,
Raul

Source: Happy birthday Dave O (@uncleweed) | Hummingbird604.com

#UW40 – Dave ‘s 40th Birthday Party Invite

Dave Olson's 40th Birthday Party Invite
#UW40 – Dave ‘s 40th Birthday Party Invite

Happy 38th Birthday Tribute from Miss604

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.

DrupalCamp Vancouver Day Two

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.

The Crazy Canucks on CKNW talkin' bout Podcasting


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Photo credit: Raul on Flickr

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.