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Books: Otherwise / chapbooks, magazines, oddities, ephemera

Ending “book round-up” week (just came up with that) comes “stuff that didn’t fit anywhere else” – chapbooks, odds and ends, ephemera, a bit of therapy and grieving, extended brochures, slices of history and a few guides to new life.

Topics include: VWs in Japan, Rescued Buildings anywhere, not working, Titanic sinking in Nova, folktales of Newfoundland, Motoring in Utah, grieving and picking up the pieces, and a special journal by a young girl in Quebec. No further annotations provided. 

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Grateful Dead rambles / “family photos” (with renegade pals & VWs)

Eugene, Oregon, 1990 – the first “gathering of my tribes” meaning Utah pals and BC crew meeting for first time and forging lifelong relationship, in front of my beloved 1974 VW “turtletop” the Earthship (now a sauna)

Back in the days of rambling around to Grateful Dead shows with pals in various (usually Volkswagen) vehicles, cameras weren’t really part of the kit. Usually, ticket(s) if possible, contraband if practical, maybe extra clothes to accommodate climates, hopefully a few bucks.

However, as part of my documentary instincts, i hauled along a tripod and a 35mm Alpa camera for taking “family photos” in which i would cajole (with much whingeing usually) the assembled renegades to pose, i’d hit the timer and run back (as such usually right in front) and take 1 and only 1 shot. Years later these would usually get developed.

Many are lost to the fog, however, some are gathered here for posterity and memorial. 

near St George, Utah on way away form Las Vegas shows, 1992 i think? again the Utah and BC clans combining for some wild times in front of Willis’ VW Thing, Chris’ green VW bus. Great folks here (and at least one who is passed on, rip JJ)

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All of the words at once…

No need to fit in a word

Said all of them, all at once

One stream or ocean

Of (un)consciousness

Neal Cassady is dead –

So who will spiel all of the words instead?

Artifacts: 2 Cameras, 4 Phones, 2 VWs, 2 Maneki Neko (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)

Wandering into a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano to find all sorts of treasures. 

Artifacts: Phone, black, no dial (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)
Artifacts: Phone, black, no dial (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)
Artifacts: Phone, brown, no dial (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)
Artifacts: Phone, brown, no dial (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)
Artifacts: Phone, pink, rotary dial, 10 yen slot (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)
Artifacts: Phone, pink, rotary dial, 10 yen slot (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)
Artifacts: Phone, black, rotary dial (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)
Artifacts: Phone, black, rotary dial (in a coffee shop in Nozawa Onsen)

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VW Earthship, from Salt Lake City to Okayama Japan

My senpei & pal (and Japan’s biggest deadhead) Mac Kobayashi came to Salt Lake City on his honeymoon in 1991 and visited me and the noble old earth ship in The Avenues on a blustery day.

Note; Soon after, i bailed on Univ of Utah and headed out on Grateful Dead tour fulltime… including the “hostage incident” with Sooby Ahmed… then everywhere/thing else.

He shared these snaps (obviously snapped from a photo album) in 2019 as a pleasant flashback. 

As it goes, in April 2019, he’ll be hosting a wedding party for Ryoko Fujita and I at his goat farm. 

 

 

 

Earthship VW bus/sauna, Big Cottonwood canyon, Utah (2016) – Lomo photos, colour

Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus
Earthship VW bus/sauna: dave and bus front

As documented here and there, i once owned a 1974 VW bus and travelled all over the place and enjoyed many adventures and undertook extensive repairs and renovations. as it goes, it sat in my Granny’s backyard as my travels took me further afield to foreign lands, as such, i passed it along to cousins who sold it to a fella called Zac, who also let it sit for sometime in garage before some adventurous and creative folks called Honi and (Dayglo) Dave bought it for a daughter and quickly realized that it would be an unfit vehicle due to reliability concerns.

You see, Honi and Dave have some great rental lodges and extensive compound in Big Cottonwood canyon (outside of SLC Utah) which they rent primarily to skiiers/boarders and other recreate-ers. They already have a hottub, tipis and so on and converted the noble “Earthship” into a sauna. We connected over some serendipitous internet-happpenstance and  i rallied up a gang of pals to go visit. H&D were wonderful hosts and the visit soon turned into an all-night party including hot boxing the sauna (in a couple different ways, soaking in hot tub, and firing up the jukebox in the Mangy Moose cabin. Incidentally, a momma moose and her kids paid a visit.

The bus has been privy to weddings, parties and all sorts of merriment. As is obviously, its extensively painted and decorated, the insides gutted (who knows what lost items were found) its parked in a flower bed of sorts. They presented me a key which travels with me all ’round the globe.

Here are a few pieces of documentary evidence snapped wth Lomo La Sardina (sardine can) camera. Also made a series of friendly postal pictograms with these images. Many of these snaps were captured by Jamielee Eldridge.

Earthship VW bus/sauna: inside the bus sauna (enter via passenger door)
Earthship VW bus/sauna: inside the bus sauna (enter via passenger door)

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Post’d: get on the postcard bus

“Get on the Postcard Bus” – another handcrafted batch of greeting cards, this cohort featuring snapshots of my former beloved VW bus dubbed “the earth ship”.
 
Photos were snapped with a Lomo Sardine Can camera (cork covered) with expired 35mm film during a “reunion” with the bus after over a decade during which old pals and I reacquainted ourselves with the noble beast thru stories and inebriants.
 
The steed is now retired, painted majestically in a complete mural featuring various Grateful Dead-inspired motifs – including Jerry Garcia and a dancing bear at the “wheel”, dancing skeletons, curious creatures and psychedelic meanderings throughout – as lives as a sauna(!) & wedding altar at the Mangy Moose Lodge up Big Cottonwood Canyon outside Salt Lake City, run by the funnest couple Honi and Day-Glo Dave. They even presented me with one of the old keys of this beloved vehicle which I keep with me in my travel wallet.
 
The batch of cards were water-coloured, inked with fountain pen, photos glued, tender sentiments written inside, and mailed to dear folks worldwide with affection.
 
Oh and some of these photos were taken by @twillomusic – thanks!

Roll your own adventure…

#bus #rollyourown #vw #getonthebus #roadtrip #sandwich #volkswagen #camper

Pictograms: Earthship (Lomo photo + watercolour)

Pictogram: EarthShip VW bus (with annotations)
Pictogram: EarthShip VW bus (1, with annotations)

Snapped with Lomo La Sardina (sardine can) camera – some pics by Jamielee Eldridge – of my old VW bus (dubbed “The Earthship”) which is now a bus sauna at Mangy Moose Lodge in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. Pics stuck to watercoloured paper, annotated or otherwise embellished and mailed to folks.

Pictogram: EarthShip VW bus (2)
Pictogram: EarthShip VW bus (2)

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The Earthship Lives!… In Utah, as a Sauna – Catching up with my Beloved VW Bus

Hey Dave!
So we acquired the earth ship from Zac Down scrawny lil dude who is like a second son to us I believe he bought it from you? I don’t even remember exactly what I wrote to you but ALOT has happened! Check it out she’s the “Earth Ship Volkswagen Sauna Bus” I will send a few more!
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Check out pictures of our cabins here in Utah! Both can sleep a couple comfy or several people & both have Hot tub’s! The Scraggly Squirrel & Angry Beaver’s Den also has Tipi’s, Volkswagen Sauna Bus, End of Trail Saloon gameroom & more!
 
Mangy Moose Retreat
 
 
Scraggly Squirrel
 
 
Angry Beaver’s Den
 
 
Tipi’s
 
 
Hottub, Volkswagen Sauna Bus, End of Trail Saloon
 

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David Olson!   I am the newest owner of The Earthship.
This thing is the coolest thing i have ever laid my eyes on
and i promise to take great care of it, and i will post
photos of it when i am done shaping her back to working
order

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DAVE!
Im so stoked my lil bro trev got a hold of you,
Ok my name is zac i am 19 in draper utah there is a pretty
long story behing the recent purchase of your bus, about 4
months ago me and a few buddies  were just hangin out, now
this is the uncut family unkown story but its how it
happend, so in my friends house we were browsing the net
and came across your  classified add i read it all through
and the end caught my attention, how it had bean everywhere
even held gunpoint, so i told my buddies around me they read
said ya cool whatever, so later on in the night we eat some
fun guy,   so we laugh we giggle we find out the meaning of
life  but the whole night i had the story in my head, so
after that night i knew i had to buy a bus  and travel this
world, so after a few weeks of  seaching  classifieds every
night after work i see on craigs list the same impossible
to find FULL dome  dream machine for sale in logan!  so i
dream that night about it wake up and knew i had to get it
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So i talk to my parents they unexpectedly  lent me the 450
till my tax return  came,so after i knew i was gonna  go
look at it i tell  trevor about it and he caught the vision
as well so we take the drive  check it out already know ing
some background encouraged the buy, so we paid  for it  and
the next day drive up again with a few buddies, pushed it on
the trailer and took her home, so after about a week of
sitting around in it getting some of the bees out  pictured
in my head what the classic made modern earthship will look
like, after 2 short months the inside has a fold down bed a
sink a dvd player with 2  screens and soon a sun roof, now
all this is just sitting in there loosly  until everything
is ready to  be perm placed,
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