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Papa’s Day Sashimi (and socks)

grateful for Ichiro and Ryoko

Father’s Day sashimi, also received a three pack of socks. Thanks to all those have given me sweet and sincere advice to help me be a good papa (especially whilst dealing #mecfs).

Also grateful to my pals around the world who became fathers in the same “strange time of public health conundrum” including the dad’s of Theo, Oliver, Ivan, Ryker, Momo, Auggie, Murphy and so on.

Diary: March, a (slight) bounce

March /月3 re-cap, a (slight) bounce

improving the campsite and a small journey to the sea. Maybe starting a band – wrote a song “goat milk latte” in the bath last night – note to self: buy electric baritone ukulele

friday im in love (with an arborist and a kiddo named Stan)

flipping all the calendars in the house today – should be keep me busy for a while – we have a lot of calendars (get so many free in Japan) – later i use for scrapbook paper

wanna;

catchup documentation of recent postcards arrived from Gifu, Palm Springs and Woodstock

also meaning to share recent Beat videos with Beat Generation and JK, AG, GS groups (could some one do this for me so i don’t seem like im pimping my own dojo?)

wanna call my pal to chat about her daughter’s wedding

maybe a video/round-up from Shimane trip

usual dishes and laundry, compost

will wait of garden box and bird house projects til weekend

must organize supplements for next fortnight

picking Ichi up early, going to seitai w/ wife

dinner with parents at home (approx 2 m away)

oh gotta bring the freezer (delivered for $15-ish 5:30) inside {we’re putting electric in for that, plus adding dishwasher, more light in kura and starting research for solar panels}

i’ll do some subset of maybe 3 of the above, maybe

ps watch the video above by Jeff Nicholson, Canadian in Japan, less than 100K of us (+ read my diary leaving India}

pps just brought in the milk and eggs delivery so added that to the list as a finished item

A partial assortment of the calendars in our house. There are others. “Time and tide wait for no one after all.”
(Unless you just disregard all of it and realize time is just a construct and malleable, i.e. don’t mind which day it is and don’t go to sea, in which case you’re fine)

oh i didn’t even mention getting a soy milk making device, such days

Addendum

Supplements sorted

Unexpected lunch with wife

Posted some internets

Dishes washed, laundry started

Packages arrived (pretty much daily though)

Calendars turned (duly documented) 

Tried to call friend but missed her, exchange messages nevertheless

Took out compost

++ opened packages including: books, French press (glass lined, steel shell), gooseneck water kettle

+ Bob Mould’s five vinyl “distortion” box set – somehow on the $50 and I’m not sure why or how (maybe I should double check the receipt?)

the freezer is still outside

Seitai done >> Gonna lay down for a bit #MiscellaneousUpdate

Post’d: not *these* postcards right now, these are gone, but next are…

Aside: Paralympic stamps are already disappeared from the post office along with all other evidence of the recent Olympics around Japan. It’s not a happy feeling in general despite all the shiny shiny performances

Sharing this August batch so a recent new penpal in India can see some Paralympics stamps from Tokyo2020/1 > love the big stacks! sending vibes out to so many.

September series are thick textured tactile washi paper with ink drawings of tea ceremony items / you can get in on the goodtimes / priceless + putting “fun” into fungible.

Bits of inspiration for September’s postcard as a service assortment

Item: Boots (at Hospital) + safety ramen

Today’s boots and socks combo for hospital visit. #looksharp / easy on and off is key in Japan / gotta make a simple outing for enjoyable somehow

not only did I wear these sharp boots, I also purchased gum, three packs (1 for back, 1 for car, 1 by door) & a pocari sweat (electrolytes :)) at the embedded 7-11 in hospital

PS Safety ramen before as well #important

Post’d: Sometimes, 2nd Circumnavigations are needed

oh! comes back around so the envelope goes int an envelope and round again

Sometimes the letters come back – due to an errant digit or NATA or maybe just want another circumnavigation / so, off they go again! Get in on the rotations.

Thanks to R Scales for original snap – art’d up by dvo

[UPDATE]

The very special dispatch loaded with b&w lomography photos from Gandhi Beach & oil pastels of sherbet-colored houses in Kerala India, Jack Kerouac exhibit in Kobe items, collage of fake IDs (or are they?), & snaps from Suez Canal – which (somehow appropriately) required two circumnavigations to reach Montréal due to an errant “8” not “3”.

Question: Does the mail travel west or east from JPN to QC, Can?

Healing: Dr. Veena’s Ayurmantra, review

panorama of the neighbourhood from the rooftop of Dr. Veena’s Ayurmantra in Kerala, India

Continuing the story of my stay at Dr. Veena’s Ayurmantra iin Trippunithura, (near Kochi), Kerala, India. Part 1 is a personal diary of my stay seeking treatment for syndromes, there is also a collection of “Kerala Field Notes” with riffs and lousy snaps about a few other activities while there.

For background on the series, check the Healing Ramble introduction video and follow along for Auroville diary, a rapid exit and then onwards to Nepal and possibly Pacifica, maybe Adelaide. Maybe you already saw the dispatches from Phitsanulok, Thailand. 

Unsurprisingly, there are various photo essays (ephemera, Lomo “spy camera” from a cenotaph in b&w or colour for your amusement), a Remembrance Day podcast and video spiel from Gandhi beach.

Next, (for convenience and hopeful promotion of Dr. Veena’s Ayurveda Hospital – Gmap), sharing a publicly-posted review (under no-longer-secret-pseudonym), ergo:

Dr. Veena’s Ayurmantra Review

I recently stayed three weeks in-patient at Dr Veena’s Ayurmantra and found the experience was exceptional due to the kindness and skill of Dr. Veena and Dr. Hamesh. 

After years of shuffling between all manner of specialist doctors with divergent opinions but no solutions besides prescription medications and experiencing little to no improvement, I decided to try a non-traditional approach with Ayurvedic medicine and set out to find a clinic which suited my needs. I wanted a place that was small and attentive and not a “tourist spa”. Further, I sought a place with amenities and cleanliness which would make my stay pleasant.  Continue reading Healing: Dr. Veena’s Ayurmantra, review