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  1. Wednesday, November 18, 2020:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today  Twenty-five years ago today, on  November 18, 1995 , I was a 16-year-old senior.   I spent the morning polishing up the score for   Sonorous Sonata  , a sonata form assignment in my Music Theory I class. I had written the entire thing in 3 hours on the previous Wednesday, and it shows in how banal the whole thing is. (This is the only movement ever written because we had not yet learned that sonatas had other movements yet).   I also watched  Outbreak  with my mom, a movie about a virus loose in the US and the near-decision to just nuke it all and start over. It was part of our weekly batch of Blockbuster VHS videos that we always picked up on Friday (we'd watch the bes...
  2. Wednesday, October 28, 2020:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today  Twenty-five years ago today, on  October 28, 1995 , I was a 16-year-old high school senior with a day full of musical events.   I woke up at 5:30 AM for breakfast and activated a classic landline telephone tree to marching band section leaders around 6:20. Once the whole band had been awakened (parents HATE morning telephone trees), everyone arrived at TC around 7 AM for an early morning practice. Unfortunately, it had recently stormed and the field was a muddy mess. From there, we boarded buses to North Stafford for a band competition.   Because of an accident on I-95, it took us quite a while to get there (I-95 has not improved in the intervening time). We passed time by holding up papers with mes...
  3. Wednesday, October 21, 2020:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken six years ago, on  October 21, 2014 .     We were vacationing in Seattle and briefly stopped by McChord Air Force Base to visit Anna's sister, Emily, on our way out of town. I still sport the mark from my pool accident a month earlier in the Outer Banks.   In the evening, we drove south in the rain to Lake Crescent Lodge, where we sat in the old lodge drinking wine, playing Scrabble, and listening to old jazz records. 
  4. Wednesday, September 23, 2020:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Fifteen Years Ago Today  Fifteen years ago today, on  September 23, 2005 , I took my first trip back to Tallahassee since my grad school career ended in 2003.   Following an extended delay in Atlanta due to a broken plane, I arrived in Tallahassee and had dinner at the classiest of restaurants, Applebee's, with Mike and Kathy. We then went to Mike's apartment at 222 Lake Ella Drive because Kathy wanted to teach us a new board game, Settlers of Catan. (Got any sheep?)     I only kept 2 pictures from my brief weekend trip -- one of Chompy (the dog), who was surprisingly fit, and one of Kathy's real-adult-looking apartment, where I spent the night to avoid getting diseases from Mike's futon.   The last ti...
  5. Wednesday, September 02, 2020:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty Six Years Ago Today  Twenty-six years ago today, on  September 2, 1994 , I had just finished writing my magnum opus,  Maverin: A Murder Mystery .     With minor assistance from my dad and the photocopiers at USDA, I had printed out multiple copies of the 120-page novel and distributed it to all of my friends, most of whom were featured characters in the story.     The story was supremely trite, equal parts inspired by Gordon Korman, John Grisham, and the computer game,  Colonel's Bequest . There were multiple people with limps, too many characters with a secret, and all sorts of other murder mystery tropes. The events took place on a manor near Hahns Peak, Colorado, simply because I o...
  6. Wednesday, August 26, 2020:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty-Four Years Ago Today  Twenty-four years ago today, on  August 26, 1996 , it was my first day of classes as an undergrad at Virginia Tech. I started with 9 AM Music Theory, taught by Dr. Bachelder, my trumpet professor, followed up immediately with sight-singing taught by Dave McKee. That was it for my entire day until "Introduction to Programming in C" at 2 PM, marching band at 5 PM, and a major-wide meeting of all Computer Science freshman at 7 PM that I wrote was "a huge waste of time".   Looking back at who I was at that time, an unassuming short person who didn't like making small talk, who walked emphatically from point A to point B with maximum efficiency and the typical CS major's hunch to my general posture, I probably would ...
  7. 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.    &nbs...
  8. Wednesday, July 08, 2020:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 3 years ago today, on  July 8, 2017 .     Maia was about a day and a half old and trying to get me to lose at the circle game while staying in the Inova baby zone.   I never mentioned much about the hospital stay because Rebecca had originally planned to do some blog posts about it. Maia arrived by C-section after trying so hard to pop out the normal way that her head looked like a garden gnome's hat for a few hours. On the first night, the staff had to address some fluid in Maia's lungs (common for C-sections apparently), so I sat with Maia in a room full of tiny baby ovens while Rebecca finally got to sleep.   On day 3, we ordered pictures from the hospi...
  9. Wednesday, June 17, 2020:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 15 years ago, on  June 17, 2005 .     We were at Ingleside Vineyards in King George, VA for Ben and Anna's wedding, and gathered here for this former college roommate picture (myself, Anna, and Rosie). I'm sporting the stylish "short sleeve formal shirt" look because I enjoy looking like a 12-year-old valet.   The five of us have not all been in a room together since February 15, 2014, when Anna had 50% few kids. 
  10. Wednesday, June 10, 2020:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 1 year ago today, on  June 10, 2019 .     We were at Cascades Overlook and Maia was getting her first introduction to Abbott's Frozen Custard, Rebecca's favourite frozen custard store. Since then, Maia has developed her own sweet tooth sensibilities. She enjoys the occasional Flav-or-ice, ice cream sandwich, or Famous Amos cookie, and (of course) loves chocolate milk any time.   We miss going to the Overlook with its uncrowded splash pads and live music. The last time we were there was a dad-daughter dinner at Marumen on March 4, followed by Free S'Mores Night where everyone freely shared wooden marshmallow sticks without the least worry of viral contamination. 
  11. Wednesday, May 27, 2020:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 13 years ago, on  May 26, 2007 .     I was hosting a Memorial Day barbeque with the usual folks that also enjoyed a good poker game: Chris, Kathy, her brother, Jeff, Ben, Anna, Rosie, Jason, James, and Jack. Not pictured is Diana, who is off-camera holding a 7-week old Ella while Anna plays.   This party evidently took place before craft beer was a thing, as all there was to drink was Yuengling and Corona. Also, I came in first place for the first time ever! 
  12. Wednesday, May 20, 2020:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken two years ago today, on  May 20, 2018 .     The AT from Route 7 to Bear's Den is normally an easy, no-drama affair. We made the mistake of trying it after a solid week's worth of rain which raised humidity levels up to 120% and converted most of the trail into interminable mudslides. Hiking in damp shoes is my least favourite activity.   Maia was 10 months old and enjoyed her first trip in the kid backpack, as well as the view (and milk break) at the top. 
  13. Wednesday, April 22, 2020:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Half-Decades  Fifteen years ago, in  April 2005 , I remodeled the basement guest room to its current scheme: Pebble Beige on the walls and a dark red carpet with kitschy decorations and bedsheets from Target. I was heavily invested in the forth season of  Alias  (featuring  Mia Maestro  as Sydney's sister) and helping Anna pick out her wedding music while avoiding the  "With Ocean Sounds" genre .     Ten years ago, in  April 2010 , I had just published my first open-source library,  DDMSence . Rebecca got her new red Honda Civic which she still drives today. We took regular 3 mile forest runs in Claude Moore Park at dusk and there were no mosquitoes to be found.  ...
  14. Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty Years Ago Today  Twenty years ago today, on  March 18, 2000 , I attended an underwhelming brass master class at George Mason University.   It was the final weekend of Tech's spring break and I was at home for an in-person intern interview at FGM (where I learned that they had already hired me and just wanted to chat) and a periodic "give up Ethernet for Lent" penance where I was forced to use my parents' 56KB dialup for a week.   On this Saturday, I drove to Mason for a master class put on by the two trumpeters from the Canadian Brass (Romm and Lindemann at the time, if my memory still serves). In my subsequent journal entry, I wrote that the class " was interesting, but not particularly helpful. More of a publ...
  15. Wednesday, February 05, 2020:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 10 years ago, on  February 6, 2010 .     We kicked off a month of snow with a blizzard on February 5. By the time I took this picture the next morning, I had already shoveled on 3 separate occasions. There was enough on the ground (and enough in the following week) that Rebecca got to stay home to sell her T-shirts from the comfort of our dual office.   The neighbours across the street in this picture are long gone. The ones on the left have been replaced with people that let their tiny, yappy dogs run freely in the street while the ones on the right have been replaced twice since then. I presume that the house on the right is haunted. 
  16. Wednesday, January 29, 2020:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty Years Ago Today  Twenty years ago today, on  January 29, 2000 , I was in my fourth year at Virginia Tech. It snowed off and on all day long so I spent most of the day in my room in East Ambler Johnston. I did step out for lunch with Shac, Liz, and Liz's best friend, Kathryn, who was visiting and deciding whether to transfer in as a music education major.   The 29th was also the day I finally finished writing the endgame of   Augmented Fourth  . I posted endless troubleshooting requests to the rec.arts.int-fiction newsgroup in the days before Stack Overflow trying to solve my final coding issues:    From: buri@SPAM.vt.edu (Brian Uri!)  Subject: [Inform] Object Replacement  Date: 27 Ja...
  17. Wednesday, January 15, 2020:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken ten years ago, on  January 9, 2010 .     We were dressed up for the CustomInk company party, held at the State Theater in Falls Church on the one night of the year when the Legwarmers  weren't  performing there. The party consisted of good food, free drinks, and a swirling maelstrom of 22-year-olds that were super-hyped to be selling T-shirts over the phone while being assessed on minute-to-minute productivity metrics.   Everyone was very friendly, and we left with many promises to keep hanging out with new friends, most of whom we never saw again. 8 months later, Rebecca left the T-shirt job to officially begin the transition towards Physical Therapy! 
  18. Wednesday, December 18, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken in  December 1981 .     My sister, who would have been 5 years old, is being held up by my 6'7" dad to put the topper on the Christmas tree. Given that there's an  identical picture  of me putting up the same topper on the same day, it's unclear how much of this was our useful contribution and how much was mimicked for the sake of history.   This was a real Christmas tree -- we always bought real trees with the roots in a burlap bag growing up and then planted them in the backyard. They would put in minimal attempts to life for about a year before dying. 
  19. Wednesday, October 02, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 10 years ago today, on  October 2, 2009 .     We were rehearsing our wedding ceremony at Sunset Hills Vineyard in Purcellville, under the direction of Reverend Leslie Chadwick. Not pictured is Vegas Mike, who was busy trying to hang tulle fabric on a flimsy metal archway while being thwarted by the uneven ground, tulle-catching wind, and afternoon heat.   Following Mike's battle with Earth, Wind, and Fire, we practiced walking down an invisible aisle for a few minutes and then traveled to a local restaurant in Leesburg for the traditional rehearsal dinner. The next day, we got married! 
  20. Wednesday, September 25, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  Continuing my  Band Parents' Day  theme, this picture was taken 21 years ago today, on  September 25, 1998 .     I was in Marcy's rank this year. To my right is my future roommate, Kelley "Casper" Corbett, who was assigned the nickname by section leaders who went a little overboard with the number of random nicknames sprinkled across the trumpet section that year. (Kelley's nickname was given because he was super-white like the eponymous ghost).   We're all in dance block formation in this picture although I can't remember if this was a dance to Crosstown Traffic or Zoot Suit Riot. (The latter dance was quickly rewritten in the last 24 hours before the halftime show -- no one could...
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