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Signs in the Wild, vol. 4: The World to See (and how to prepare for all eventualities)

all an time fave, The World to See (was on a sweet Land Rover)

Oftentimes, I come across signs which are interesting, amusing or occasionally useful, or maybe just aesthetically curious or intriguing. Not funny *per se* but mildly amusing, accidentally inspiring, or possibly crafty. 

Here are some, i have others, suppose this means *yet another series*. Here we go:

the world on fire with a shield (symbol for an evil enterprise?)

I don’t remember where any of were seen/photographed, well maybe I do for some… but then i’d face a problem of incompleteness and inconsistency, so… what follows is an un-annotated, non-geo-located, and un-credited assortment and purely for archival amusement purposes.

No Black Label, shorted via Management, concise

Your enjoyment is important to me. Remix as desired.

yup, an oldie and generic but hey, who’s to judge?
Meat Loaf! Always makes me think of John Prine (both Meat and Prine died during C19, weird connection)
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Signs in the Wild, vol. 3: Danger + other stringent rules, ardent warnings & unsolicited advice

this railway doesn’t *look very active* but hey, the sign says so

Oftentimes, I come across signs which are interesting, amusing or occasionally useful, or maybe just aesthetically curious or intriguing. Not funny *per se* but mildly amusing, accidentally inspiring, or possibly crafty. 

Here are some, i have others, suppose this means *yet another series*. Here we go:

out fall can be interperated various ways, none pleasing

I don’t remember where any of were seen/photographed, well maybe I do for some… but then i’d face a problem of incompleteness and inconsistency, so… what follows is an un-annotated, non-geo-located, and un-credited assortment and purely for archival amusement purposes.

seems simple enough, right?

Your enjoyment is important to me. Remix as desired.

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Artifacts: Nepal Relief Efforts round-up, Vancouver, 2015

In 2015, Nepal suffered a series of cataclysmic earthquakes, devastating villages… {I suppose it’s worth noting that this was also in the week of some other conundrums and tragedies involving the royal family and cataclysmic change in government and society in general}.

Anyhow, living in Vancouver at a time, and feeling lousy about my then-new-found health situation, I tried to participate in various relief efforts and *at least* document and amplify as best i could.

riffs and musings about Nepal

Since my childhood fascination with the Himalaya mountains and the thought of drinking yak milk tea high altitude, villages, Nepal held a place in my heart. {I also have a dear friend from the country who’s helped me out in multiple times of disarray}.

As it goes, a few years later, I finally made my first visit to the country for an extended Ayurveda treatment and was unbelievably charmed and fascinated by the intrepid and kind nature of the Nepali people.

As such, this post is simply to remind myself, others and history about the grassroots efforts that went on at the time to bring relief.

Postcards: Specifically, I did my own campaign of “Postcards for Nepal” in which anyone who demonstrated some activity to support Nepal relief efforts, would receive one of my handmade postcards. Not a big deal i realize but you do with what you have.

Postcards from Nepal relief

evidence of postcards for Nepal

Campaign posters: And, as is my habit, I documented handbills and flyers for other relief efforts and campaigns and did my best to donate and promote Nepal relief efforts and admired the grassroots and creativity of many of the initiatives. I see you.

another really interesting grassroots initiative to send medical equipment. As I recall, there was also some early instances of 3-D printing put to use during this time

Food: I also worked with then-nearby Gurkha Nepal restaurant who were hosting weekly lunches and dinners at which proceeds went to the relief efforts.

checking in from Gurkha restuarant

Some really nice guys working there (as I understand, they subsequently sold and moved on). Also noting that i chronically misspelled the name of the restaurant.

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Signs in the Wild, vol. 2: Missing! Royal Chihauha, Parrot called Ducky + Budgie & Robot

so fancy, this chihauha is “royal” – how does one tell?

Oftentimes, I come across signs which are interesting, amusing or occasionally useful, or maybe just aesthetically curious or intriguing. Not funny *per se* but mildly amusing, accidentally inspiring, or possibly crafty. 

Here are some, i have others, suppose this means *yet another series*. Here we go:

signs on top of signs / do you ask for Ducky when you call?

I don’t remember where any of were seen/photographed, well maybe I do for some… but then i’d face a problem of incompleteness and inconsistency, so… what follows is an un-annotated, non-geo-located, and un-credited assortment and purely for archival amusement purposes.

definitely not a joke, no matter how much you laugh

{Though in this case, some were seen/documented in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood in 2007, though other were not, carry on}

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Signs in the Wild, vol. 1: Actions, Beauty, Kindness, Love, Grace, Celebrate, Hugs

who needs action when you got paint

Oftentimes, I come across signs which are interesting, amusing or occasionally useful, or maybe just aesthetically curious or intriguing. Not funny *per se* but mildly amusing, accidentally inspiring, or possibly crafty. 

Here are some, i have others, suppose this means *yet another series*. Here we go:

you are beautiful

I don’t remember where any of were seen/photographed, well maybe I do for some… but then i’d face a problem of incompleteness and inconsistency, so… what follows is an un-annotated, non-geo-located, and un-credited assortment and purely for archival amusement purposes.

practice kindness, own you sht

Your enjoyment is important to me. Remix as desired.

may all that is unlived in you blossom into a future graced with love
free hugs free hugs free hugs free hugs
beat
i <3 you
celebrate

Signs in the Wild, vol. 0: Death Society Meeting, Dancing Unit, Calmly please

Death Society – no one seems to be showing up

Oftentimes, I come across signs which are interesting, amusing or occasionally useful, or maybe just aesthetically curious or intriguing. Not funny *per se* but mildly amusing, accidentally inspiring, or possibly crafty. 

Here are some, i have others, suppose this means *yet another series*. Here we go:

Dancing Unit

These are (as i recall) from Sri Lanka but otherwise un-annotated, non-geo-located, and un-credited assortment and purely for archival amusement purposes.

Please be calmly and quietly. Thank you.

Your enjoyment is important to me. Remix as desired.

This is a place of National Significance
Keep Discipline
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Signpost: each comes with a story / Noto + Providence & Pokhara

Each place on Tsuchida Station Sign Post has a story behind it for me or for my Ryoko, or for both of us.

Ergo: Noto in Ishikawa prefecture is home to great sensei Hongo Ichiro who taught my darling so many things at Nihon University as well as organized trips with her to Siberia and Indonesia to meet with other arborists and study trees.

We visited his home in a converted several hundred year old fish processing building (where we visited the early morning auction, purchased some fish and indeed processed there on site – as you might expect, there’s a diary post about it) right on the port on peninsula jutting out into the cold north Sea of Japan at what feels like the edge of the World.

You’ll also notice Pokhara, Nepal which was a whole other journey for me to Ayurveda Health home – truly a transformative experience as ann”in-patient” doing panchakarna, and later with brother Bob up to the Annapurna circuit Village of Ghandruk. (I have some extensive posts about this time in my “healing journey“ series which kind of stalled out, will get to it one of these days, in the meantime here’s a few random photos which made my heart leap)

Here’s Providence where I spent a very icy winter around some colleges/universities I could only dream about attending, doing a lot of writing and other dodgy activities, forays to the Berkshires and generally being an amusing but sorta ummm *unwelcome* “hippie on the couch“.

Learned so much about the difference between the west and the east of the USA. And yes, George Washington slept everywhere and Roger Williams really like statues.

Sign is pointing/measuring to the corner of Planet Street and Benefit Street – second choice was Skip & Willas soul food / Worth noting like pretty much everywhere in Providence, there’s an Edgar Allan Poe story here, whether it’s true or not… well who cares (Screen capture in Google Street view)

Several more in process… including Dubai, Olympia x2, Khabarovsk, Misasa onsen,…

Note the two directional sign pointing to Olympia, Greece and Olympia, Washington simultaneously. I felt very clever doing so 🙂 though my intended diligent accuracy in the compass azimuth will be thwarted.

Items: 3, unrelated (signs, robot, art)

hung some framed art, resurrected classic laptop, painted signs to places

Collection: Hitchhiking signs (variety, Japan)

Hitch-hiking signs from travels in Japan, 1993, created by copying street signs and maps, and drawn with crayon and marker in a school notebook or various papers (from 100 yen store).

Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kochi (ken/prefecture) with
Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kochi (ken/prefecture) with “O Kudsai” (humbly please)

Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kansai, Onegaishimasu (please-is)
Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kansai, with “Onegaishimasu” (humbly please)

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Collection: Hitch-hiking signs (variety, Europe)

Surviving artifacts from hitch-hiking around Germany and Netherlands, 1992, assembled and documented (there were many more). Annotations seem unnecessary but added nevertheless.

Hitch-hiking to Holland
Hitch-hiking to Holland (note: adding “bitte” German for please, adds a nice touch, as does the peace sign – obviously a school notebook with crayon

Heading to Landau, Germany
Heading to Landau, Germany (en route to Rhodt unter Reitburg) – again school notebook with crayon and peace sign

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