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Post, pals and figuring *it* out (together, alone) – Japan Cottage Musings

Back from seitai with kindly sensei & feeling spun and bit blue / confused or some combo and wearing a dead man’s wonderful brown cotton jimbei, attempting a somewhat useful ramble while a bit scrambled up.

Namechecks and stories about/from:

* Casey Bean of The Beanpod with stickers & personal narrative 

* Diego the street sketcher with a Hermes Baby typer letter

* Pam from Pacific Blue days with BC pins (which Ichiro loved!)

* Emma Swift with LP of Bob Dylan songs & mental well-being challenges 

* Andrew McLuhan carrying on father Eric & grandfather Marshall’s media message literacy work + punk rock & poetry

* Passports from 1960s UK awaiting remixing like Jason Emde (poet of “little bit die” & Writers Read Their Early Sh*t  pod) and others filled with poetry, ephemera, maps & secret compartments 

* A side bar about Bob Dylan’s propensity for leaving the stage early (probably because he has some painting or welding to do but maybe he just has some things on his mind that he doesn’t have ability to share with someone who will just listen), then:

* Soviet-era documents sparking a conversation about what constitutes identity and why we carry a little bit of stationary to declare who we are… avoiding the rabbit hole of discussing sovereignty, residency, citizenry and other digressions.

And (another) foreshadowing about the simple task of putting postcards into an album because each is so precious i feel should talk about each one individually so maybe get around to it if you hang out with me.

A bit of the fantastic Newfoundland band “Hey Rosetta!” gently frames the conversation with “sorry this is it, cold and hard and badly lit, but there’s no backing out of it…”

And there’s a birthday greetz for John Biehler via Stanley Park and tea. 

And backdrop paintings by John Ferrie (he’s got a sale going on) providing a ‘Eye in the Sky’ panorama of our semi-recent BC invasion. 

Really I’m just grateful to have you to hang out with as it’s beneficial for my mental and emotional well-being somehow.

Post’d: variety of 13 queens, medium / messages, pins and 1 prince

It’s a dossier of secret documents from so many queens… About a dozen {oh I counted, 13 queens and one prince} And hey, that’s my address and phone number so you can get in on the fun (don’t drop by unexpected though, I won’t have had a chance to make tea) – guesses about the official – but not for me – documents inside this diplomatic pouch?

All these mediums and all these messages, who’s to say what’s what anymore? I’ll have to ask a Winnipigeon / then, and only then will the secrets be revealed – from a barn of annotated tomes

Update: package opened and contains my new uniform Haloha Dave

Yep, he’s definitely my boy :-) photo from his preschool when they sent letters to grandparents for “Elder appreciation day” / His was the only one with a special airmail stamp

Finally (for now) huge gratitude for the fantastic package from a dear kind friend since the mysterious Pacific Blue Drum Corps days (not ot be confused from the TV series or random company names) which will eventually have a proper dossier.

The three of us in bed last night tore through the layers of packing tape and into the treasure box of pins. Ya know i love treasures like these, each with a story, mostly from Vancouver/Victoria BC area in the 90s and 90s.

Ichiro was delighted and went through them one by one exclaiming to recognition of symbols he spotted in Canada and assigning us each ones to wear “no this one, no this one”.

For me, brought back so many memories of those 80s and 90s when I was back-and-forth (Utah to BC to Europe to Cali to Japan to …) here-and-there in what I realize now was my decades long quest for figuring out “what is Home”).

Ryoko especially enjoyed the repurposed soap box as it’s very Japanese style with the folding – an incredible act of sweetness.

I enjoy seeing your stories, vacation snapshots, childhood memories, last night dreams, creative projects, possible schemes – also: hats, trains, pipes, typewriters, zines, artifacts and what have you

Basically this info above will get your packet here (but if you need more info, DaveO Postal Address details and tips have ya covered).

#grateful

Item by Poste: photo zines from Art Island Naoshima

Photo book and photo zine by Andrew McCormick (@a.d.mccormick IG, @a_d_mccormick Tw) curator/wrangler of Art Island Center (@artislandcenter IG) on nearby Naoshima – one of the several art islands in the Seto inland sea.

you can order “perfect is unnerving

Both have lovely production value, engaging content, and so great to support a really important and interesting project (with which I would love to collaborate eventually.

Update, here are the actual field notes that came in the bundle

(hard for me to get out to the islands as much as I would like to due to the #MECFS but the fact that so much art goodness is available scattered around charming little islands, simply *exists* and that when friends come to visit, I know they can head out there easily / warms my wee heart)

i also ordered some Drapin Field Notes notebooks which arrived in the lovely packet.

not this one specifically, just one from the stash from years ago

PS i have a post waiting to share about this island but for now visit David Billa‘s Setouchi Explorer & you can order “perfect is unnerving” you get a free gift & free shipping (Japan/US).

Diary: sundry notes of ukulele, drums, stereo, handy items by post & slices of culture

Sundry tasks:

get in number

Tended to an “important call with an official agency” about a significant life decision… Don’t mean to be vague, just floating it out to the universe, next step is visiting a consulate in Osaka, September 8.

(I really don’t like dealing with things by telephone, much prefer a written record – whether analog or electronic – and feel express myself much better when I have the time to choose words.)

So, just gonna play some baritone ukulele for a while.

Working on:
Atlantic City
Illegal Smile
Questionally
Carey
Hallelujah

Pretty good at:
Depreston
Moonriver
Monkey and the Engineer

In other news:

a box of frozen meat was delivered yesterday

also several more Nick Bantock books and a replica of Indiana Jones’s Journal showed up

stack of mysterious dispatches

wife’s industrial grade water pump also arrived

Oh, and tomorrow is “go clean the graves of the ancestors day“ / We’ll bring incense and flowers. [update: done x2]

More Items, arrived by post: various seeds, porridge, legumes and nuts.

many seeds, nuts, legumes and so on (also box of meat, not pictured)

These simple tasks of convenience thrill me and are a huge help for those who are mostly house-hermits (#MECFS) this is all, carry on with the world melting down etc

After grave tidy (incense, water, candles, flowers, prayers) Tidied up carport then hung out with Ichiro, playing with inky stamps & stationery, listening to groovy records in the slowly improving (warm!) first floor of the kura barn studio.

Its all possible, Ichiro making stamp art in a “Norman Rockwell-esque” pose (as a kind correspondent observed)

Disco theme from “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”? Yes you have come to the right place. Evidence follows:

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Take a spin around the first floor studio space which is made for: listening to music; hanging out and making art; eventual more craft making (paper and kintsugi); plus emergency/camping supplies, tea ceremony supplies and impending musical jam space
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Post: arrivals from Gifu, Woodstock, Rancho Palmas + Galiano time travelers

Stopped by Mac’s goat farm yesterday and always happy to see my painting that somehow has “come true” with postcards and letters arriving regularly, with or without eating a peach

Memo: “Time Travel is everywhere”

Bending space and time from the Drawing Room in Kuala Lumpur – wonder where these ended up?

Time travel is everywhere ~ we pass the wormholes every day ~ devices disguised as common place but quite exceptional: phone booths, letter boxes, fax machines, CB/ham radios, telegrams etc all bend space and time – if used strategically. Closest points require folding.

dvo

Post: Jack Kerouac Bonanza from Lowell, Mass

Kerouac postal pack Lowell Massachusetts
Kerouac postal pack Lowell Massachusetts

Postal mail has been a little bit lean of late due to various restrictions and delays and whatnot but wow, the dam burst big-time with a remarkable packet from Lowell, Massachusetts containing a bonanza of Jack Kerouac ephemera and artifacts, along with a lovely handwritten letter compiled into a mini chap book.
There’s more to it than this humble snapshot can contain and taking my time to savour it all (and not shockingly, add stickers to suitcases and laptops).

Reciprocation underway but this is a hard one to match > Going to have to pull out all the skills.

Fantastically #grateful for all the mail and today, especially this one.