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This action was once so easy for me…

I am headed on a tiny trip to see Duane Storey in Chilliwack. I am rolling on the West Coast Express, I like this ride. I brought my official work computer which i had not turned on since i became ill on May 27th.

The tabs remained, the clock had reset to 2001 and many passwords changed. I am slowly returning to the world with computers rather than the one occupied with anxiety and medical appointments.

I am listening to my dear friend Adaline Sings and she thrills me each time. I am proud of myself for putting on my “bog boy pants” and going “somewhere” by myself. This action was once so easy for me. Now takes maximum courage and fortitude.

This hibernated computer holds many flashbacks and projects underway which i was obliged to abandon when on May 27th, i collapsed. Every cell stopped working it seemed.

Of the open documents, there was a bio written for some long forgotten speech pitch, prezo application or something. Here it is for posterity to describe i am only “sort of” now.

“The core of personal expression is the the stories we make and participate in. Indeed, we humans are defined by the stories we tell and the people we tell them to. No matter what form your stories take, they come alive when given interestingness and an audience. Start finding your interestingness and inspiration then in your own neighbourhoods.

Exploring an eclectic variety of Vancouver stories, mixed media story maker, Dave Olson @uncleweed send you on personal quests to discover new heroes, sort out conundrums, collaborate and remix artifacts from our local life.

Dave grew up in Guildford, Whalley, Newton and now lives in Lynn Valley – while he’s spent time in 29 other countries – takes distinct interest in exploring Vancouver for craft ales, chill gardens and curious tales.

You may have caught him sharing at Pecha Kucha, SXSW, TedX or local community club.”

Guess that’s who i was, now to figure out who i am next.


Healing Journey 4: Feeling a Wee Bit Blue in Little Bay

While in Little Bay Jamaica, I (daveo) deal with the blues despite being in an beautiful location, drinking fresh coconuts, merenge tea, and trying to heal and stay positive in light of this illness while sitting in front of a splendid backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and encouraging myself to stay positive despite the challenges.

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I nary posted a word…

For several months after becoming ill, I nary posted a word,… but I’m a natural sharer and storyteller and now feel more inclined to publish my “notes to self” videos and other ephemeral objects which document my internal struggle, growth, healing, etc.

My question to you is: How much is too much documentation?

I don’t seek sympathy, miracle cures, get-togethers etc., just sharing for my own benefit & posterity. Maybe you’ll send me a postcard.

Thoughts about me & my artifact publishing? Too much sickDave? Or are you on the Davetrain?

Healing Journey 3: Annotations from a Jamaican Hammock

From a hammock steps from the Caribbean Sea, fresh water spring and the Legend Villa, I (daveo) discuss: observing construction of a traditional style cabin called Nesta while recovering from a Vespa accident which occurred just before the trip.
Plus: exploring Jamaican roots and bush culture and healing teas (including strongback, nuni, merenge and others); going to soccer/football matches to see friend O’Shane play and observing Jamaican supporter culture (they are consistently critical and all think they could do better); and, previewing a staff appreciation party to give thanks to the Little Bay crew.

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Healing Journey 2: Has Anyone Seen Dave?

After being ill with a variety of syndromes for about 5 months, I (Dave) finally check in with my pals to explain whats going on with me. In the heartfelt dispatch — shot at my West End Vancouver healing pod in front of my beloved bookcase — I express gratitude for all the cards and letters plus show the gratitude scrapbook journal which holds the treasures.

Then i a show an infographic illustration of my various ailments (Central Sensitivity Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome etc.), and send out a request for postcards and vinyl albums.

Finally, I share my feelings about missing “the revolution” and activities with my pals and explain that, rather than a Bus Driver, i’ll be a passenger for a while. Continue reading Healing Journey 2: Has Anyone Seen Dave?

In case I forget to say it,…

In case I forget to say it, I’m grateful for friendships during this healing process.

My pardons if I don’t acknowledge you individually or reply with my usual expediency or find a way to schedule you for a visit.

With daily medical sessions, I simply don’t know how I’ll feel each day so it’s hard to book a sesh.

Plus, I’ll admit I’m a little shy about not being “awesome Dave,” I’m kind of “Dave Lite” right now. I know you love me for who I am but ’tis a little odd for me.

Know your thoughts are taken deep into my wee heart but, at this time, I haven’t much to give back. IOU hugs.

yard sale zen sign

photo by KK (Kris Krug) on a point and shoot

if you are going to make a yard sale sign then… you might as well go a little zen  

Healing Journey 1: Message to Friends & Owls from Backyard

Soon after a sudden onset of illness leading to a hospital stay and a mortality shock, I (daveo) send a message of hope, affection and greetings to my co-workers and colleagues. I try to explain what happened to me (gastro enteritis problems and shock).

I express gratitude for the treats, care packages, videos and other kindnesses and support sent my way and express my desire to be back soon inventing the future. And how i’m struggling with the blues and going through various treatments and emotional drained from the whole struggling experience.

Sent with deep affection.

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Healing Journey #0: Pals, I don’t know what to tell ya but…

Upon falling ill and not knowing what the fck was going on, i sent this confused message from bed to my team of renegades at the office. Hard to watch, so much happened following. Posted for posterity. Continue reading Healing Journey #0: Pals, I don’t know what to tell ya but…

gonna rally for DOA 30th anniversary… but an appendectomy occurs

via Twitter:

“feeling sick but … gonna rally for DOA 30th anniversary show friday at the commodore”

note: didn’t make it to the show due to emergency appendectomy that night – good thing i didn’t go!