My pal Remy Scalza is a freelance writer specializing in travel and tech and published widely. He wrote a blurb about one of my favourite activities in Vancouver, or anywhere, eating tasty food with Hare Krishnas. I’ve feasted with these oft-bald devotees in Tokyo, London, Miami, Vancouver and Spanish Fork Utah among others.
Anyhow, he used a few of my photos (there’s also a video of various Hare Krishna bands playing) to invite folks out to their free feast. Hungry? Free Indian Feast (for 20,000 people) in Vancouver for Chariot Day | Inside Vancouver Blog
Respectfully shared below (in excerpt) for posterity.
by REMY SCALZA , August 6, 2014
Now in its 41st year, the Chariot Fest – also known as the Jagannath Rath Yatra – is a Hindu celebration that involves transporting massive deities on chariots. According to the authorities at Wikipedia: “The rath (chariot) is carrying Lord Jaggannath and due to its massive size and weight and sometimes seemingly unstoppable nature, has led to the English word juggernaut … ”
Similar festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world, often organized by the Hare Krishna movement. If past parades are any indication, this year’s will be attended by a mix of free spirits and free thinkers, as well as followers from India, who dance and clap in the streets as the chariots are towed to Stanley Park.
Dave checks in while preparing swag and other gear piled high on a lawn in Austin, Texas awaiting the HootBus while SXSW 2013 gets underway.
On a backporch in Austin Texas during SXSW 2013, I hear a story from my buddy Pat about interviewing Lemmy from Motorhead for SXSW when the Lemmy film premiered. Annotations include blanking out, Titanic, lined notebooks, cinema volume, horseback riding, and general bad-assery.
You’ll notice Lemmy has many hobbies.
Before heading out on holidays, Dave shares a jovial a festive greeting and the wish that folks will re-send email after Janurary 1st so he can start the year fresh.
Bad Wougar are a hard rocking outfit from Vancouver BC and I give you a wee peak into their rehearsal space to hear a little bit of their variety of distorted, loud rock.
A bit of dark and chaotic footage from a bar in Westside of Vancouver where a young piper works through a number while being attacked by a drunken cougar on Robbie Burns day.
On Dec. 25th aboard a lake ferry on Kootenay Lake, DaveO offers thanks and greetings to friends and co-conspirators while recounting the highs and lulls of year past plus offers non-dogmatic greetings to all festive people.