Showing posts from October, 2011

Quote of the Week - Walt Whitman

Nothing endures but personal qualities.

What makes you feel uncomfortable?

Do certain human performances make you feel uncomfortable? Plays make me feel uncomfortable, 'singer songwriters' I hardly know playing guitar and singing in my living room make me feel very uncomfortable and this Twizzle dance makes me feel uncomfortable. Starts at 7:44.

My apologies, the user has deleted the videos from YouTube. However, I did find the whole episode on Hulu here.

I must admit however, that the dinner party and Laura's outfit at the beginning of Part 2 suit me just fine.

Last Weekend

Last Friday, as you remember from my Facebook page, I was craving a dimly lit, kilm and velvet pillow filled room where I could enjoy some vegetarian Middle Eastern or Indian food. You recommended I go to East is East - which I may add is fabulous - and thanks for the heads up that there is one now on Main St.

However, before I could read your comments I'd decided to play dress up and turn our place into a dimly lit kilm and velvet pillow filled room. There was no way I'd walk into East is East in this vintage velvet Indian dress thing-a-ma-jig, (although MK and I could def hang out. MK give me a call, I have one in deep blue as well, we could hang matching), so there was no time like the present!

and the pussy cats could join us at home.

Saturday we ventured to the Tomahawk - which you better get to because Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has already filmed there (apparently airing in February). Unfortunately, they stop serving breakfast at noon. I had a #pawpawty to attend and …

Some stuff I left behind

Vintage Huskies Jacket - Danish silkscreen
70s luggage - I used to sell that floral stuff for a pretty penny way back when
a pseudo Eames chair knockoff at our back dumpster
milk glass - I love this stuff displayed en masse
Dutch pewter coffee set - men's leather biker jacket (North Van SPCA thrift approx. size M go get it!)


'Even after the dust is frozen, about eight people are needed to monitor the arsenic and treat the water year-round, forever.'Adrian Paradis

I dropped out of Metaphysics as soon as the prof started talking about pink elephants. It was the only class I ever dropped in my long eight years of university. My buddy that I signed up with went on to earn a PhD in Philosophy (focus on Søren Kierkegaard) and the last anyone heard of him he was living in a monastery in Tibet. To think he was the one smashing ashtrays on his forehead before the Metallica gig... Excuse me, I digress.

I heard the opening quote above on CBC Radio One this past weekend. It was part of a story on a contaminated gold mine in the Yukon. To use forever in this context is careless. As a matter of fact, I think most of us use forever carelessly and in vain.

You said you would love them forever. Is it still forever, now? A great LP may I add.

Being the Metaphysics dropout that I am, can someone attempt to explain to me…

Style Inspiration - Britt Eklund Peter Sellers

circa 1964

Behind the Sofa

images Stacy Reynaud
We finally put some more of our art up - now we might be moving - same building, bigger apartment. This is exactly what happened to us before. We installed new lighting and hung all our art and then had to move. At least when you're renting you don't have to worry about waiting around to sell a house. Unfortunately, you do need to worry about the ugly carpeting and paint on the walls.

On the wall behind the sofa - The Clash London Calling I bought in 1982 off the wall of some record store in Hollywood - this is the first time it's been up, I knew I'd eventually get around to it. The next two are gelatin silver prints of WWII Cologne, Germany taken by an RAF pilot after the bombing - I won them at an Emily Carr grad auction. The last photo is Marilyn from the Milton H. Greene Photoportfolio, I think I've had that one since 1982 as well.

Tilley is sitting under a 1978 lithograph by David Lance Goines for the University of California School of Opto…

Quote of the Week - Buddha

One who, while himself seeks happiness oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.

Vintage Chloe


How to Make a Good First Impression

You have a very narrow window of opportunity to make a first impression. Make it count.

Good manners are an investment in yourself.When you meet someone, stand (if seated), make eye contact, shake his or her hand, smile and say hello. The hand shake should end after two or three pumps from the elbow but the smile and eye contact remain until the introduction is complete.At a function, wear your name tag on the right because the majority of people are right handed. When they reach to shake your hand their eyes will automatically glance at the name tag.Most communication is seen and not heard. Know your personal habits and nonverbal communication gestures and learn to control them.A formal event dictates that a dress jacket and tie are required.Standing when you meet someone is a way of communicating that you respect them, recognize their status and are interested in the introduction. If you are seated, rise and come out from behind to greet them.Look people in the eye when you speak to…

How to Make Spinach Gomae

I modified this recipe from an old cook book from the 70s, (The Book of Whole Meals: A Seasonal Guide to Assembling Balanced Vegetarian Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners). It's not a traditional Japanese Horenso Goma-ae recipe but it tastes pretty darn close to me.

2-3 bunches spinach
1 cup tahini
1 1/2 tbsps shoyu (natural soy sauce) or to taste
1 1/2 tbsps honey
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 1/2 tbsps sesame seeds or to taste

1. spinach
Wash the spinach thoroughly (trim about 1 1/2 inches off the bottom)
Chop into coarse pieces
Place the wet spinach in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat; cover and steam in its own moisture for 5 minutes or until the spinach shrinks and turns bright green
2. sesame paste
Combine the tahini, shoyu, honey, lemon and sesame seeds in a medium bowl
Place the spinach in individual serving bowls, top with a large spoonful of sesame paste and sprinkle with sesame seeds
Makes 2-4 servings

Style Inspiration - Paul Newman Clint Eastwood

Paul Newman & Clint Eastwood - 1971

Signs of Quality Tailoring - The Trench Coat


Vintage Albert Nipon

I think I could work with these outfits.

Hang Up

from bottom left: Flo, junk yard find steel photo, four found photos of vintage old growth logging, Italian glass vase, black soapstone owl and beaver, and a chunk of amethyst

top left: John & Salome - Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Gallery Warhol exhibit 1971, found poodle portrait, my pretending Riopelle, Paris in reverse 2000, self portrait 1998, Ural Owls - 1910,

Over the last two weekends we've finally got around to hanging up some of our art (two years after we moved in). Our plan is to fill most of the wall behind the table - stay tuned. We have a lot that still needs to get framed. Only five pieces were done this time around, none of which are in these photos. Those will be going behind the sofa.

Style Inspiration

Pete Townshend and Paul Weller - 1980
Paolo Hewitt joined in the shot with a snazzy outfit later
© Janette Beckman

Are you an Esquire Man?

BMW ad Architectural Digest 1979

Esquire page 45 September 2011

Esquire magazine used to somewhat appeal to me until I bought this September's issue. To be honest, I actually don't ever recall buying one before, the only reason I bought this one was because Ryan Gosling was on the cover. Once I got to page 45 I'd had enough. According to Esquire, if a woman wants to attract an 'Esquire man' she should drive the 21st Century rendition of the mini van. Who would find these cars sexy? Apparently, according to Esquire's Media Kit, a 43.9 year old male who is 'affluent, educated and successful' would find these cars sexy. Obviously, I'm out of touch with people of my own demographic! What I'm really getting at is these cars are ugly and they're not cool. I hope Ryan Gosling isn't an 'Esquire man'.

Vintage Angelo Tarlazzi

Tarlazzi was Creative Director for Guy Laroche from 1989-1993