Thursday, March 31, 2016

bye bye cupid

cupid expelled from balcony paradise
cupid was originally strung up on the back balcony

cupid ended up on the curb

fortunately someone rescued cupid

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

lohba vlog 16

Lohbado contemplates grumbling while a cat keeps an eye on things.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jan, Randy and Tom performing at Hootenany March 20, 2016

A song of surreal humour... one of the many enjoyable moments at Hootenany 2016, Brasserie Beaubien, Montreal. Jan Desrosiers and Randy Peters first performed this song years ago on the Harvey Christ Radio hour at Ckut radio Mcgill, plus during performances of their band Dantes Flaming Uterus.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Monday

Dr. Jane Wormsly

The calendar indicates Easter Monday. Lohbado got up early before the rain started and went for a walk then did some ink drawings in a notebook. He drew a few pictures of Dr. Jane Wormsly who worked in Helminthology (study of worms) at Lumpkins University. Lohbado first met her after crossing the Plains of Radiation and settling in Yamaville.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday Ishtar

The above three images are Moronovian Easter Eggs, four visual experiences. Lohbado woke at 5 AM in his Cote des Neiges apartment and went for a walk. The beautiful morning twilight made him think of brightly colored easter eggs. Easter, as many have pointed out, is related to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, a celebration of sexuality and procreation. As a boy, Lohbado, then known as Peter Stumps, went to church every Sunday at The Church of the Living Monument, where his father the Reverend Stonehenge Stumps presided. Easter Sunday was a big deal, the resurrection. After Jesus was crucified and put in a tomb, he rose from the dead.

Friday, March 25, 2016

bright red model Cadillac Eldorado 1959

The largest fins ever put on a Cadillac are on this model. The 1960 model toned them down because people's tastes were starting to change. General Motors were the styling leader of the day. Fins were started in the late 1940s, very tiny fins. Each years they grew slightly larger. They reached their largest size in 1959. Each fin looked like it was housing a rocket. The tail lights look like the exhaust of a rocket. It was part of the rocket age, race to the moon. Maybe this car will be there first. This Eldorado was also the ultimate in chrome ornamentation. In 1960 chrome began to be more subdued. In 1961 the same model Cadillac has much smaller fins and way less chrome ornamentation. That trend continued through the decade, getting rid of fins and cutting down on chrome. This has nothing to do with function. It's about fashion. Chrome and fins will come back if it becomes fashionable.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

red brick prayer

Years ago, while crossing the Plains of Radiation, Lohbado paused to watch a lost wanderer place an eroded brick on a flat stone then pray to Oogah Oorsis and Osiris. Lohbado moved out of hearing distance, as the moment seemed too personal or intimate. The wanderer, a small thin man with a worn at the elbows sheep skin coat poured wine on the brick then leaned back against a huge boulder, which provided shelterer from the gale and contemplated the scene. Lohbado didn't stand too long in the wind. He headed for a ravine.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

ball on stump

Ball on stump, ball without chain, broken wall washed up and left to dry on stump, This is the resting place for this rolling ball. It's waiting for the next gust of wind or human interaction to set it in motion. We would strongly recommend it be anchored to this piece of wood so that it doesn't move.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sing Along with Joellen Hootenany portraits

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lohbado dialectic

Lohbado from one instant to the next gradually aged and slowed down. He nearly ran out of steam. Lohbado is one of the slowest bicyclists on the road. Keep to the right. Let people pass. At this time of year, there aren't too many bikes out and about. Lohbado rode along Lachine Canal which had more water than in the fall, maybe from snow melt. The ice was mostly melted. It was the warmest February ever and March is also turning out to be quite warm.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

a pretty pickle

 Lohbado was in a pretty pickle, very tired, the day nearly over, he left undone things he should have done and and and and and so it's ok. No problem. The pickles went a little sour... too long on the shelf.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Errol Morris: Thin Blue Line

diagram of the path of bullets

a prime witness 

an interrogator apparently pointed a gun at the interrogee
Last night Lohbado watched Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line about how an innocent man narrowly escaped the death penalty, but who served 13 years to atone for the murder of a policeman. The movie takes one into a world in which people believe what they want to believe, even if what they say is invented for personal gain and even though innocent people suffer.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Leo Comet's Clean Compositions

still life
still life with rice

snapshot on the wall
Leo Comet's clean compositions... crisp recordings, strong signal were in marked contrast to Edmund La Bray's muddy mumbling reverberation, a kind of singing in the shower or sleeping in an unfinished basement music. On the other hand, just so one doesn't get the idea that La Bray was a total wash up, excerpts from Edmund's Lumpkins Oratorio were once performed after midnight on public radio, whereas when Lohbado put on an electronic composition of Leo Comet, Dr. Jane Wormsly asked him to turn it off. Lohbado woke up with a headache, downed a couple painkillers, drank a coffee and went out to enjoy the sights and sounds of Montreal.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Gesualdo: oldest story in the book

from Lohbado's sketchbook
Lohbado borrowed the dvd of Werner Herzog's movie Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices, a "documentary" about the madrigal composer Carlo Gesualdo (1560 - 1613). Interesting music, a beautiful setting in old estates in the beautiful Italian countryside near Naples, eccentric recreations of a strange story, picturesque characters plus themes of inner struggle and connection to quasi-mystical states or aesthetic exploration made this a fascinating movie.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

lohba vlog 14

Lohbado began the day with fried eggs toast and coffee, while reminiscing about the Hootenany the night before on March 13. Hootenany happens every other Sunday from about 4 to 8 PM at Brasserie Beaubien in Montreal.

Friday, March 11, 2016

total immersion in mess

from Lohbado's sketchbook
After a winter of drowsiness and nausea, Lohbado's place became quite messy. His apartment felt like a womb of chaos. He bathed in an amniotic fluid of junk. It's just about time to do some spring cleaning.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

impatient for spring

doorway of the seasons

dried apples

potato ready to grow
Various objects from the autumn were laid out in preparation for spring. The above freezing temperatures created a feeling of spring fever, even though from experience one knows the temperature could quickly drop and another snow storm burry the city.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

fetish objects

Lohbado made the above objects at the Moronovian Tabernacle as a focus for his mind when it became scattered and dull during the dark days of winter. The objects have no power, other than the ability to be picked up and observed. To stop and have a look is a powerful experience, given the amount of time one could be spaced out, in a hurry or distracted. The central feature is three red plastic canisters with brass caps Lohbado found on the ground one day while crossing the Plains of Radiation. He put the three empty casings in his pocket, then years later, used them in making the above objects.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

lohba vlog 13: a cause for rejoicing

Click picture to see video...One could enjoy unlimited friendliness. It's a question of being aware of the infinite nature of existence and not filling it with one's self-centred perspective. One is capable of being aware of a small amount of what is going on. Most of what one experiences will be forgotten. After one dies, it will be as though this moment never even happened. The moral of the story: don't make such a big deal out of yourself, your opinions and beliefs. They invariably lead to conflict. Treat thoughts and ideas for what they are, transparent, mirage-like mental events. One's life in the cosmos is possibly about as big as a grain of sand. However, one is part of the infinite.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

good time wasted

Instead of worrying about what is not there, or wishing for what lies so near and yet so far, why not enjoy the good time right now? Here's how it is worded in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake: "...had not wishing oftebeen but good time wasted..." (page 75). Lohbado read this practical maxim over breakfast, a reminder to enjoy the day, with all its challenges and delights.

Friday, March 4, 2016

the wolf of Wallah Lane

Years ago, while crossing the Plains of Radiation, Lohbado found lodging for one night at the house of a retired consultant who had just purchased the head of a wolf from a hunter. He showed Lohbado the wolf head simmering in a huge cauldron on the stove. Fortunately, he'd already and removed and eaten the wolf steak he cut from the back of the neck. The man was a specialist at scavenging whatever could be eaten. He had a collection of wolf, bear and caribou skulls in his living room.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

invisible mental world

An invisible mental world mirrors and acts as a means to organize one's life in the material world. Thoughts, decisions, any kind of reasoning or logic is invisible and yet has a huge impact on the visible. This is quite obvious. Sometimes one could be hypnotized by the world of the senses into thinking that's all there is. However, without the activity of intellect, humans would be more like animals, acting on instinct or very simple cause and effect reactions.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

one and two Lohbadohs

The game of one and many, whole and parts, universals and particulars or general ideas and specific situations goes back thousands of years. Lohbado went through the process of examining himself during long periods of solitude in winter. It's a luxury to have time to relax and contemplate the situation. While working as a PBE (Push Button Expert) for the DR (Department of Regulation) Lohbado was too busy to stop and have a look. After retiring, he realized he might never again have the opportunity to contemplate what may or may not be happening. One could die any time.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

the Roots of Lohbado

Lohbado's ancestry can be traced back to hominoid civilization, with a touch of neanderthal. Club Morono appears to be the oldest club in the world. The Moronovian religion predates mainstream religions. Cha construction emerged from OOO ooze or suggestive expansion.