Worth sharing, not only for its stop-motion animation, which I like a lot, but for the ideas considered.
Limitations of antidepressant drugs, and other medicines for mental distress, have been described to me many times by people who have taken them. If they save lives in a crisis, they are obviously useful, but there seem to be no magic bullets.
Another idea that resonated for me was recognition that medical metaphors for mental “illness” can slip into being taken literally.
Great title for a post, but Danica prepared me to be underwhelmed by Oomomo. It’s a dollar store, after all … and though “Japanese”, most of the labels I looked at said “Made in China”, “Made in Malaysia”, and so on.
Pretty much any dollar store has inexpensive Asian stuff for sale. Oomomo is not different, but it’s big and bright. We thought we might have found an alternative to goods manufactured in China, while China is being tough on Canada. Nope. We may as well do Dollarama. At least it’s a Canadian chain.
The Asian Legend served dinner to the Colombo family as JRC and Ruth celebrated their 60th anniversary there recently. Their reviews are good and pre-anniversary research had revealed that this place serves the best real Chinese food south of Markham.
For Canadian content, here is the front of the one and only Tilley retail outlet for that famous travel gear … hats, vests, pants and all. One pair of pants I looked at was tagged $180. Danica assumes that hemming is included, at that price.
I turned out to be 25% of the 506 streetcar sketching team, so I am especially glad I went along. Others wanted to join in, but could not get free for a Thursday morning run.
The four of us, Fred Franzen, his daughter Karen, Darcy and I sketched our way from the Flying Pony on the east side, to the Olga Korper Gallery on the west side.
Most of my sketches were done on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. It is VERY difficult to do! Almost as soon as you choose something to draw, someone blocks your view or the scene changes. Opportunities last for split seconds.
I was forced to try a variety of strategies and it was fun. Also, as Fred observed, “It makes you appreciate what you can accomplish if you get as much as 2 or 3 minutes”.
It was my first exposure to the Olga Korper space, which is huge and impressive. An exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photography is up at the moment.
A surprise bonus was a peek into the kitchen section of Olga Korper’s living space. A remarkable set of metal chairs flanked an island. They were the work of Fred Franzen’s son Marc, who died far too young in 2016. Another surprise: when I sat on the coiled rods of the metal seat, they felt like wicker … gently depressing under my weight. Amazing! Marc Franzen somehow contrived to coil the seat into a flat spring. Very comfortable!