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From the Archives - 10 Random Things About Jean Michel Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat 1982 © James Van Der Zee Initially Basquiat wanted to be a fireman.In third grade he sent a drawing of a gun to J. Edgar Hoover (no reply).Basquiat played the synthesizer with Vincent Gallo in a band called Gray (named after the 1918 classic of human anatomy Gray's Anatomy).He was the only kid in his grade nine academic life drawing class to fail.His mother encouraged his interest in art and stressed the importance of education.In 1981 he made his first trip to Europe to exhibit a one artist show under the name SAMO.Basquiat described his subject matter as, 'royalty, heroism, and the street'.His heroes included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Charlie Parker, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Billie Holiday.The sidewalks of Greenwich Village were his temporary store front as he sold painted t-shirts and postcards under the name SAMO.Helped Andy Warhol rediscover his relationship to painting after 20 years of not picking up a brush. Untitled (The Boxer), 1982 ~…

16 Best of Craigslist Vancouver May 27th

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Quote of the Week - Herman Hesse

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stacy reynaud There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.



12 Best of Craigslist Vancouver May 7th

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Percival Lafer leather sofa and arm chair
Glass and chrome table with chrome cantilever chairs - and sumptuous ruby velvet cushions Copper chandelier Mid-century red tweed teak love seat Folding Indian table aka nomadic furniture
one here too Kai Kristiansen rosewood chairs
Vintage wooden office chair Mid-century teak record stand book shelf

Bentwood antique theatre chairs An old door - throw some wheels on the bottom and voila - a table. Remember this one from back in 2009? Original 1980s black leather Fleuvogs! and a 1971 VW van-cum-juice bar

Before and After - West Vancouver Home Demolition

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1930s American Bungalow -interior images and the story here
I'd originally posted about this home on November 5th 2013


When I spoke with the contractor back in November he told me the home would be small as the woman and her two sons didn't want anything large. I'd hate to see their interpretation of large!



When She Came There The Cupboard Was Bare

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You remember that guy back in 2002 that survived a week trapped in his car living off fast food condiments found in his glove box right?

This is my go to recipe when I have no food in the house. It's similar to myLeningrad Stewthat I lived off when I was very, very short on money and unemployed. I remember having to stretch $10 in grocery money over a week (thankfully, it was just me). You can buy a lot of rice, beans and nearly rotten vegetables for $10.

What you need:
1 can mixed beansjuice of half a lemon3 tbsp olive oil3 tbsp balsamic vinegar1 tsp crushed garlic  salt and pepper to your likingplus any veg you may have around  - I use cucumber and celeryfor extra protein add one hard boiled egg and some crumbled fetaWhat you do:
rinse beans until all the bubbly foam stuff is offcombine oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowladd beanstoss until all the beans are well coveredadd optional veg and toss againlet marinate for a few hours if you …

From the Archives - The West Coast Vernacular Home

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Built on steep slopes in wild landscapes West Coast Vernacular - with its sloped roofs and natural wood siding - was a natural fit for our Pacific Northwest rainforest.
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Not to be left just for the privilege of the cliff dwellers, the 1970s saw toned down designs making their way into suburban neighbourhoods like West Vancouver, (not to mention an awful lot where I grew up - Langley or Brookswood more specifically).

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The ultimate West Coast Vernacular home - Merrick House. Built 1974.
Currently in the draft stages ofa conservation plan by the District of West Vancouver and Birmingham & Wood Architects.


The Granddaddy of West Coast Vernacular, Charles Moore's Sea Ranch - a movement referred to as Bay Area Modern.

Originally published October 19, 2012