Evidence I’m still alive… From Oct. 25-ish or so (lemme check that as though it matters :0)
Not gonna lie, been a real tough stretch. But I’m keeping my hands and brain active by doing simple tactile little tasks. In this case, putting some clearcoat on some more signs for yet another sign post and pouring an extra batch of soy wax on some fire starters just in time for the first woodstove of the year in honor of 4th (or 5th) visit from buddy Renegade Ted (who took most snaps included herein & i captured from his FB round-up post). But you should check his Notes from the Nog travel writer bloggity blog.
PS And dig that cassette player/radio hanging up. It doesn’t really work well but I still try to tune in like I’m gonna connect with some short wave radio + And that’s a trucker hat representing The Matinee & Tshirt is REM Chronic Town
Oh look, adventure Ted is having a beer, sashimi and plotting good times…
Adventure Tour Guide Ted Taylor and DaveO riff in a historic Kura barn in Tsuchida, Okayama, Japan talking about exploring… well off-the-beathen-ish-path Japan – specifically not Tokyo, Kyoto, & Osaka (sure those places are great or whatever but plenty of info) so let’s explore elsewhere with places, tactics, tips and musings. Alas, no “b-roll”, links, edits, but plenty of digressions and pretty great hats.
Despite what dashing Ted Taylor tells ya, you can/should hire him for adventure tours (seriously) plus dig his most excellent journals at: Notes from the Nog blog
My friend Ted came to visit – he lives in Kyoto but was doing some tour guide reconnaissance/spiels on Kyushu & our home with the waystation before heading Shikoku.
me at the giggling piglet studio and consulate, photo by Ted, minor crop and edit by me
Notably, he is my first multi-time visitor to the Giggling Piglet studio besides Mac Kobayashi. Also, we went to Mac’s Goat Farm for lunch, coffees etc.
Listening to Leonard Cohen in the thunderstorm, thankful for the relatives who built this mighty store house
Dude is keeping up an incredible pace in an exceptionally hot and humid summer.
I mean, it’s really perfect mixed media creation studio
Overall, we discussed many topics. Thanks to my sweet in-laws for setting up the comfy room for him complete with the family altar/shrine open for ￼o-bon. It’s a very special time of the year here when our passed away relatives can come back to visit for a while.
the hi-fi system is sounding great after a couple of tweaks by the piano tuner & this snap is a great angle cause you don’t see my balding spot :)
Thank you for visiting Ted, I really enjoy time with you.
photos by Ted with scenes and me and my art around the goat ￼
Memo: You might enjoy Ted’s snapshots of the experience in general (snaps are stashed on facespace but this is a note to add some more here down the line // Right now I’m at the doctors office, my battery – phone & human – is/are plummeting so, you know how it goes…)
[update: photos added, mostly unannotated]
These snapshots should have captions/annotations but at this point they don’t, but *they exist* thanks to Ted. At some point I’ll add a link to his “notes from the nog” blog.
I spent an afternoon with a remarkably interesting new friend who *lives* in Kyoto but rambles widely.
he’s a dapper gent so easy photo / looks like a tv newscaster gone rogue
Please meet Ted Taylor – raconteur, mountain guide, writer, renegade, global rambler etc. etc.￼
Topics included: * drive-away cars * Grateful Dead shows * Punk rock fanzines / Gilman st SF * Various locations in Tottori / Kyushu & ohenrosan dori in Shikoku * Lafcadio Hearn’s great great grandson playing piano * poets including: Gary Synder, Nanao Sakaki, Kenneth Rexroth * macro demographic changes in Japan * visa run options * shipping containers * south of France / German rheinphlatz * Smoke Blanchard / Uchida Bob * Singapore lady & drs * coffee in Japan (then & now), craft beers, wagyu beef burgers, tacos * riding the ‘Hound & ‘Trak * life in Kyoto / inland sea islands to explore / villages / not-Tokyo-Japan * others things to be recalled at some point… this was all in a short afternoon in which we rode streetcars
+ a fella named Bob said: Dave, actually my friend Ted went easy on you if these were the only topics you covered in an afternoon…
To which i replied: my brain needed an off switch afterwards but really i am wired the same way so was like a Mcenroe v Connors 1970s tennis match of topics back and forth
Ted grabbed a snap of me in my native habitat on a tram, “Kris Krüg’s scarf / The rest is Japanese second hand or uniqlo except for the Stetson brand hat… Because you know, I know everyone was wondering”
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