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“Little Blue Truck” Halloween storytime with *uncle daveo*

For Halloween enthusiasts, especially with kids and especially living far away from usual trick-or-treat traditions, I offer you: “Little Blue Truck” Halloween storytime with Uncle Dave

With a special hello to the little human friends around the world and especially a little girl in Dubai comes a spontaneous conversation about Halloween memories in Canada, yesterday’s Halloween in Tsuchida, Okayama, Japan including our family’s costumes then reading Ichiro’s brand new book “little blue truck’s Halloween” with a bit of a beatbox :) finally a request for kids’ Halloween costume photos and flipping through a stack of books to solicit request for future storytimes.

Rock and the Beat Generation interview (+ usual poets & postal)

Quick hits (while pausing music by Neal Casal and next up Television –the band not the communication medium – to talk about Kerouac in Kobe interview in Simon Warner’s “Rock and the Beat Generation” newsletter and encouraging you to sign-up… plus:

* remarks about two inspiring poets: Ron Whitehead & Marc Zegans

* the conundrums/excitement of adding sparks to tinder to help a creative project gain kindling-like momentum

* review of upcoming storytime on “writers read the early sht” with Jason Emde

* a note about my occasional podcast “Postcards from Gravelly Beach” and the machinations of moving feeds from relatively ancient times

* a hint I’m working on a poetry book tentatively titled “a circumnavigation of sorts”

* something about my weird illness ME/CFS and recent articles in the Atlantic and San Francisco Chronicle

+ usual thing about “let me know you’re paying attention and I’ll send you a postcard” maybe

Interview #12: Dave Olson
A Canadian who long went East reveals the ins and outs of a magnificent Kerouac event in Japan forced to dodge the impact of the global pandemic yet which hauled triumph from the jaws of defeat

from Simon Warner “Interview #12: Dave Olson” Rock and Beat Generation
Television and the Beats and DOA and other items

PS I’ll add links to relevant things later / still in the barn listening to records and writing letters. In the meanwhile, you’re clever and I’m confident can figure it out on your own.

Yup, that is a signed *by councillor Joe Keithley and Randy Rampage (rip)* original pressing of DOA’s Hardcore 81 on the wall

Oh links!

Since we are here and archiving

Marc Zegans chimed in with:

Another charming, delightful, and thoroughly engaging video from Dave Olson. Really appreciated his warm shout out on behalf of Lyon Street and my work as a creative development advisor and friend to writers and artists of all stripes.

By the way, Dave was very recently interviewed in a fascinating piece by Simon Warner. You can check it out on Simon’s Rock and the Beat Generation series.

Ron Whitehead chimed in with:

Thank you Dave!! I included Richard Hell in the 48-hour non-stop music & poetry NEW ORLEANS INSOMNIACATHON which historian Douglas Brinkley and I produced in August 1996. I introduced Richard to a packed house. Doug and I got a historic marker put up in front of William S. Burroughs home there in Algiers, across the Mississippi River. Burroughs did a phone interview with us, as part of the INSOMNIACATHON. We included many of The Beats. Dave, you’re interview in Simon Warner’s important and fantastic fun Rock and The Beat Generation is excellent! I love your posts! Keep up the great work!!

One more note:

… float up all the poetic boats and gently encourage reader to dig into your works on their terms. I’ve found – in the journey of a creative artist – sometimes the rewards come unexpectedly and are different than originally thought, so whilst waiting, can feel a bit lonely so best make yourself comfortable to enjoy the experience.

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Might Get Lonely - Reap Rewards
Might Get Lonely – Reap Rewards

Charcoal, Poetry & Postal + topics of varied interest

it’s cardigan season so let’s discuss a bonanza of topics, shall we?

While the industrious senior ladies are cleaning the house, I fire up a machine to tell you about the following items:

several pleasing items
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Poetry & Design from Several Small-ish Books

let’s hang out and enjoy some poetry and whatnot

“In the studio barn, anxious on account of an impending medical and other “life admin” project, Dave reads from a variety of slim-sized (mostly) books of poetry, discusses book layout, design and publishing styles and pathways, relates some anecdotes about writers & how the books came to be here. Plus a few musings and projects of his own – while trying to calm a weary head and body.”

Maybe I’ll make you a mix tape

(I will add a proper list of books and writers, soonish, not right now, but of course if you just watch you know about the books cause you’ll hear all the poems)

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“Scrapbooks, Storyboards & Postal Goods” workshop and story

let’s enjoy Scrapbooks, Storyboards and Postal Goods in a sorta workshop / storytime

Blurb: An arts and crafts hang-out workshop riff in a not-so-secret barn studio in provincial Japan sharing favorite tools and supplies and techniques for making “static montage” collage, scrap-journals of ephemera and musings, and elevated postal projects including tactile postcards, panoramas and aerogrammes.

Plus – importantly – discussion about, “why bother?“ (Hint: meditation, inspiration, memories – dopamine for you and others).

There will be ephemera!

So happy to be getting studio barn set-up with all the wires, dongles, adapters, extenders, lights and mics. Catch all the topics in the riff below and come on along! Look forward to chatting with you about any creative projects you’re curious about or working on.

original premiere event announcement, no longer relevant but here anyhow

PS Round-up of UW’s scrapbooks and postal goodness:

Fondly from  Tsuchida Cottage, Japan

#AlwaysBeKind

Produced Nov. 2020 ©

“HempenRoad: Activism in OlyWa” Uncle Weed Storytime for Cannaverse Club

Blurb: In the historic kura barn studio in provincial Japan, digging into the archive from 1996/7 documentary film “HempenRoad”, Uncle Weed shares the backstories of the project with a binder full of artifacts, reviews, plans, scripts, etc

Then plays a “producer’s cut” of a segment from Olympia, Washington featured Dennis Peron on the road promoting ground-breaking California Prop 215 at the Capitol Dome – along with diligent activists out the rain and Lt Governor candidate Bob Owen of WHEN. 

Next a visit to a pioneering Internet Service Provider (OlyWa) for a peek at a (now vintage) data center with modems(!) and remarks about the importance of the (new) word wide web for disseminating information about cannabis.

Finally, riffs about how the film was produced with analog and digital tools, the importance of “showing up” and working with all parties to effectuate positive change and a personal manifesto of sorts about UW’s objectives and edicts when becoming a dedicated activist in 1990. 

Questions welcome about the film – segments from Vancouver, Victoria, Portland, Eugene and more to come – as well as logistical inquiries about making creative projects.

Gist: I’m collaborating with some pals on a new Cannabis Community project – its all metavers-y and NFTs and such as and while that’s not my forte, sharing stories from rambles, campaigns, and creative riffs is (fer sure) so here’s the firestarter video to spark the project series. Links below to get in on the hi-jinks. So happy to be getting studio barn set-up with all the wires, dongles, adapters, extenders, lights and mics. Catch all the topics in the riff below and come on along!

Join in the hijinks at the #uncle-weed-storytime on the Cannaverse Club discord server and/or https://Cannaverseclub.com & Cannaverse Club Youtube

#AlwaysBeKind

“Hit the Road” – Uncle Weed Storytime intro (for Cannavervse Community)

Time to “Hit the Road” with Uncle Weed! From my historic barn studio in Japan comes an intro video – crafted via telegraph, typewriter and mimeograph -riffing about cannabis-inspired travel from Palau to Jamaica, Nepal to Cascadia… + previews of the HempenRoad, amplification of activists, writers, artists and culture everywhere.

Overall, a preview of what’s to come to the Cannaverse from my archive including Campfire Conversations, Hero Dossiers and Open Studio. Settle in, hang out and importantly, participate by sharing where you wanna go, what’s inspiring you, how we can effectuate positive change in the world.

I’m collaborating with some pals on a new Cannabis Community project – its all metavers-y and NFTs and such as and while that’s not my forte, sharing stories from rambles, campaigns, and creative riffs is (fer sure) so here’s the firestarter video to spark the project series. Links below to get in on the hi-jinks. So happy to be getting studio barn set-up with all the wires, dongles, adapters, extenders, lights and mics. Catch all the topics in the riff below and come on along!

Blurb: From an eclectically-decorated historic barn studio in provincial Japan, Uncle Weed gives a rapid intro about schemes and plans for various Cannaverse Club series starting by checking down a list of travels from Palau to Jamaica, Nepal to Cascadia, plus annotations about Amsterdam – and previewing the HempenRoad doc film.

Further, shares an overview of credentials; ergo, publications in a batch of cannabis magazines, hemp books, and all sorts of ancillary media, events… Plus sneaks in a few hitchhiking signs, hot springs snapshots, and hints about pioneering biznesses.

Also riffs about what it means to be a “cannabis creative” and shares affection for making scrapbooks, postcards and storyboards, then onto “upgrading your hero file” by learning about artists, writers, musicians, and activists who sparked positive change in their communities and the world beyond.

Finally, an invitation to participate by suggesting ideas, sharing inspirations, pitching adventures, and charitable endeavors.

Join in the hijinks at the #uncle-weed-storytime on the Cannaverse Club discord server and/or https://Cannaverseclub.com

So I have several typewriters but the one I pulled down for the video has a bit of a problem where the carriage doesn’t go all the way right so, while I was typing in the video, it was only “sort of typing“.

Here’s the artifact and you can see there was some stuff typed the other day when I did a test shoot and then typing on top of the typing and then scribbling and then stamping.
And finally a snapshot :)

A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70

Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Return to Nippon, onsen

Returning to Japan for the first time since working as a mushroom farmer in the Tottori-ken mountains decades previous, Dave rambles on about the circumstance – then and now – while wandering near his pal’s goat farm. Riffs include: arriving in the snow and getting settled, bailing on job, hitch-hiking around islands, falling in love(ish), eating okonomiyaki, soaking in hot springs and living simultaneously in the future and past. Also persimmons and goats, pigs, cows et al.

Take a soak in: A Return to Nippon – Postcard #70
(44MB, 29:31, mp3, stereo)

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Quarry Sighted: Continued exploits and dispatches from one Thor Aronson

Thor Aronson, Istanbul
Thor Aronson, Istanbul

 ++ Continued Exploits and Dispatches from one Thor Aronson ++

Over a week now in Istanbul, just waiting for evidence his quarry was here, or had stopped through at least. But, not a lead until a well-bribed cleaner a 4th floor walk-up hotel sent word (through contacts at the port) of a passport matching his vague description.

“A Canadian?” thought Thor, “they’re not even their own damn country! Just another dominion of the damn British!”

A closer look revealed his Greek heritage which indicated he had at least two passports to travel under. The stamp s showed a circuratous route through various Mediterranean, Levant and Baltic enclaves.

Thor Aronson - "Gus Lester" passport
“Gus Lester” passport (Canadian)

Yet “Gus” is no TE Lawrence or even Wilfred Thesinger, no way he could be rambling through these remote places without assistance from a fluent Arabic speaker, various fixers and sea captains. But still, Thor was at least a step behind… if not more.
With myriad ships going in and out of the gateway to Europe and Asia, he could be just about anywhere, but most definitely he was at sea as the rail lines were still rebuilding from frequent bombings, likely effectuated by those nefarious Brits.
No matter, after contacting an inside source at the Canadian Consulate (of course sequestered down a hallway at the UK embassy) Thor knew the passport was a fake, and even the name might not be accurate, but… The face was definitely the mug he was after.
Thor sat down stone steps between the grand souk and the blue mosque, lit a cigar and waited for another smoke signal. If he was careless to leave the passport behind in the hotel safe, no doubt something else would emerge. The bribes were paid, the photo circulated and soon Gus would tip another card. Inhaling deeply, Thor mattered, “fucking Canadians, when will they get it together and become their own country?”