Postcards sent Dec. 2017created by/purchased from Stick No Bills – creators of fine artisan postcards from Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) – Vol. 1 (of 6), feat. Air Ceylon commercial art, etc.
Whilst in Utah in autumn of 2016, I took a trip with my pals Marty the potter and Rod Ash (RIP), and his son and nephew, to beloved Diamond Fork hot springs (6th water, Spanish Fork canyon area). Indeed a special place to me. I hadn’t visited in many years and since then, the umm… cultural traditions had changed somewhat (nekkiedness not as prevalent or accepted, nevertheless…).
Anyhow, along the journey (beginning at Marty’s place in Provo) I snapped these pics with a Lomo La Sardina (Sardine can) camera loaded with expired film.
A few days later, I made my way to Las Vegas to visit brother Anders and stay at the classic El Cortez hotel in Fremont area of town (off-strip). A few snaps ensued as evidenced below (unedited):
Adam says: An offering of fine poetry and pleasing imagery, DaveO, for which our family is happy as punch to have received… (Further perused under yonder Utah Juniper avec frosty barley pop bevvey) Namaste, Uncle Weed!
Carol says: Fantastic meaningful interesting package arrived from afar! Big Thanks
Mark says, “I wish everyone knew the unique pleasure of receiving a letter from
@UncleWeed. Now the pressure is on to create something even half as cool to send halfway around the world!”
Colleen says, “my friends send the best mail. this needs a frame”
Cameron says, “When I came home the girls shared with me their theory that you are an international spy and there are hidden meanings in the poems and paintings. It’s a pretty solid theory.”
Cheryl says: A treasure-trove of visual and tactile delights and pure joy came through my door mail slot from far away today…inside the outer envelope more beautiful envelopes of hand-made treasures with varieties of paper and delicate folds with rubber stamps and personal art with writing goodness…all strewn out over my bed in pure visual delight. Big hugs, Dave! What a beautiful, rich package of sensory gems!!! Thank you ever SO much! I LOVE it! Grateful to be the lucky recipient of such precious, exquisite postal mail!
Received some photos as a complete surprise… The fella above in the middle J/C.T (who I’m not sure I’ve seen since this journey in 1988) tracked me down to send this delightful documentation from a walk across the Grand Canyon. The emotionless faces were intentional and we were having a much better time then we let on (probably) :-) That’s filmmaker BGK on the left.
Note: J/C and me each had loaded up 24 cans of warm beer (purchased with my fake ID) to keep the trip a bit weirder.
Day one, knee busting endless steps all the way down to South rim (including a tunnel which revealed the canyon bottom
Day two across the hot bottom, refreshed by a swim in a perfect pool and time for contemplation of the indigenous folks who’d roamed these canyons before we did so for “recreation”.
Day three, brings nothing but up up up the North rim which included pockets of snow and, upon getting closer to the top, piles of donkey/mule shit, while we avoided the (lazy!) tourists riding on their burdened backs.
We celebrated and gave thanks with a sacrifice on a stone altar.
Love tracking down analog gems like this!
Aside: Also, he reminded me of our 30th high school reunion is this summer. Technically, I dropped out and attended/graduated “adult high school” at the local community college which was one of my smartest ideas ever as i took photography, mountaineering, ceramics as well as creative writing, humanities and geology (just to get onboard with this field trip). Renaissance guy in training indeed.
Post offices are a happy places for me. I love to send cards and letters… If you want to get in on the fun, submit deets via the “postal club“ form (no guarantees + discretion assured).
More stamps in the passports
More poems to write
I know who my real friends are
Kobayashi Issa was the man who developed the 5-7-5 format but Japanese and English are very different languages – Japanese is syllabary and English uses diphthongs (great word) for starters. So i take the classic intent of haiku to heart in writing “not about the rainstorm, but about a single drop” — in other words, convey emotion briefly and succinctly, rather that dogmatically adhering to the 5-7-5 format which forces one to “shoehorn” in words or pries others out to fit.
Ink stamps in passport
Friends offer shelter from fear
Poems come after rest
And me in a Callahans general store trucker hat from Austin Texas.
PS I have more