Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Half-Decades

5 years ago today, on July 15, 2015, I was living the bachelor life while Rebecca hiked through the Alps. This required me to squeeze in all of the movies we probably wouldn't watch together, like Surrogates, Interstellar, and Prisoners while eating Domino's pizza (in the brief phase when it was good again).

10 years ago today, on July 15, 2010, Rebecca and I were in Santa Cruz visiting her aunt. We went to the beach, where the water was too cold to go in, and a Monarch Butterfly Rest Stop.

15 years ago today, on July 15, 2005, I framed the three jazz posters that are still in my basement.

20 years ago today, on July 15, 2000, I finished writing high school marching band drill to the song, "Reflections of Earth", from the Disney Millenium Celebration (a song that now plays prominently in the Customs line at Dulles Airport). The band director that I worked for had just gotten a second gig teaching at Langley High School so he bought the drill from me twice!

25 years ago today, on July 15, 1995, I was in the middle of Governor's School at the University of Richmond. I spent the morning in a "Humanities Share" session which was as painful as it sounds. In the afternoon class, "Coffee Shop", a guy named Ezra Ford alleviated the boredom of peoples' high school poems by reciting "Repression of the Tibetan Chicken" and "Monologue on the European Gerbil". There was a mandatory dance (Beach-themed) that night, and I spent the dance playing foosball and chess instead of talking to girls.

30 years ago today, on July 15, 1990, I had just arrived home from my first trip to Camp Sinoquipe, where I'd earned the First Aid, Mammal Study, and Rifle Shooting merit badge. I did not get the Swimming merit badge as planned because I suddenly realized that I didn't like swimming in a cold lake with no bottom in sight. (I would go on to earn the Swimming merit badge in the warm Chinquapin indoor pool the following December).

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