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  1. Wednesday, November 08, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 34 years ago, in the summer of  1983  on the sky cars at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.     I always had an affinity for the sky cars, and not just because I was too short to ride any real rides until I was old enough to drink. Sky cars were like the real-world implementation of the secret passages from the game,  Clue , taking you from one corner of the park to the other effortlessly. This is especially useful when you have a four inch stride and would probably give a Fitbit an integer overflow error if you were to wear one at this age.   I was also fascinated by the machinery in the sky car stations that used gears and belts to slow the cars down just enoug...
  2. Wednesday, September 27, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 14 years ago, in  April 2003  and provides a nice time capsule into my life as a music grad student in Tallahassee.     On the top shelf is my Marching Virginians 4-Year Mug, that I kept loose change in (to feed meters around town). To the right are all of the Windows installation disks that still only existed in 3.5" format, and farther right are two giant spindles of blank CDs for burning music from the Florida State music library (in order to pass the really awful PhD listening exam where you had to correctly identify 24 songs out of a pool of several hundred hours of music).   The second shelf contains empty CD cases to hold burned CDs. In the middle is my newly-de...
  3. Monday, August 21, 2017:
    Booty Day  Booty the cat was born on October 25, 2002 and adopted by me at a Tallahassee adoption fair in March 2003. As a half-Siamese mutt, she had giant ears and a night-splitting wail, and loved to do tricks like climbing up window screens or playing fetch with a piece of string.     After I graduated from grad school and moved back to Virginia, she joined forces with  Kitty , who taught her important life lessons like how to be fat.     In 2004, she became the Master of the House at Hanford Court, tolerating her housemate, Amber, while hating an endless train of temporary cats, including Leia, Oliver, Kitty, Sydney, Lake, Titan, and Sydney again. She also  didn't much care for babies&...
  4. Wednesday, July 26, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken two years ago today, on  July 26, 2015 .     Following an 8-hour train ride out of Munich, we arrived in the tourist town of Grindelwald, where every sign had too many letters on it and every sidewalk had too many Asians on it. We were impressed by the vertical scale of the Alps just minutes away from the single main road in any direction, a far cry from the Blue Ridge mountains that grow imperceptibly steeper over several miles until you suddenly realize you're already at the top and driving down the other side.   We checked into the Hotel Tschuggen, which kept cute rabbits in the back yard, and ate dinner at the Di Salvi Ristorante, whose rotisserie chickens could be...
  5. Wednesday, June 28, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 37 years ago, in  1980 .     My dad and I are outside the childhood home on Pickett Street where they still live today. I seem to be inwardly disgusted by declining human morality, or alternately, I'm pooping. 
  6. Wednesday, May 17, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 24 years ago, in  May 1993 .     This is just after the Francis C. Hammond Junior High awards ceremony, at which I smugly earned 3 awards including the Director's Award for Band. To my right is my elementary school band director turned junior high band director, Barbara Moran.   I'm definitely wearing a clip-on tie. 
  7. Wednesday, May 03, 2017:
    Memory Day: The Past 10 Years  I think we've put our pre-baby years to pretty good use.       
  8. Wednesday, April 26, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 40 years ago in  1977 .     My dad and my sister are sitting on the front stoop of the childhood home on Pickett Street, back when it was still festooned in overgrown shrubbery helpful only for concealing burglars. I will have to recreate this picture in 2018 if I can find some identical pants. 
  9. Wednesday, April 05, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken in the Spring of 1992.     I had just received my first pair of glasses and realized that you were  supposed to  see the individual leaves in the trees outside without walking right up to one. These are probably the largest frames ever created -- in my poorly developed middle school engineer brain, I figured that if the lenses were bigger, I could see more without moving my head as much. While technically true, larger glasses had the unfortunate side effect of making me look like some sort of half-evolved salmon. 
  10. Wednesday, March 29, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 28 years ago, in the Fall of 1989.     As newly popular eighth graders, my sister and her friend, Laura, are showing off the finest in early 90s apparel from the Gap. I'm wearing my brand new Boy Scout shorts three sizes too large because no JC Penney's in the National Capitol area carried my size. 
  11. Wednesday, March 22, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 10 years ago, in June 2007.     I'm sitting in Anna's living room in Manassas with Ella, who had just turned 2 months old, and I'm surrounded by the resident cats, Kitty and Sydney (Kydney), long before there were ferrets. I wore that new sweater pretty heavily for about two months until it accidentally ended up in the dryer and came out 3 sizes too small.   I think Kitty swallowed some geometry. 
  12. Wednesday, March 15, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 27 years ago in September 1990.     One of our elder scout leaders owned land in Spotsylvania where we were allowed to camp once every month. Sometimes, these trips involved a side tour of nearby Fredericksburg where we learned boring facts about the Civil War.   I'm obviously ducking down so I don't block any of the short people in the back row. I'm also wearing my prized possession -- a laminated shark's tooth that eventually shattered after one too many uses as a hopskotch token. 
  13. Wednesday, March 08, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 27 years ago in  1990 . I'm wearing my President's Physical Fitness Challenge T-shirt from my brief encounter with Arnold.     As a Boy Scout, I really got into fishing during my first foray into summer camp at Camp Sinoquipe. As whim hobbies were wont to progress in the Uri household, I had a full tackle box filled with rubbery and shiny lures and my own titanium fishing rod before the summer was out. This is a stalker photo of me fishing on the Potomac River opposite the Washington Sailing Marina.   The problem with fishing is that interest does not directly equate to catching fish. I never caught a single thing in the one or two years I tried fishing, even with worms ...
  14. Wednesday, March 01, 2017:
    Memory Day: 1990    In 1990, I was 10 going on 11 and finishing off my final year at James K. Polk Elementary School. The curriculum this year was pretty nondescript, ranging from boring World History focused mostly on Mesopotamia, to science terrariums full of aphids that always died because there was too much mold on the basement level of the school. Besides playing cornet in the band, my claim to fame was being the special safety patrol in charge of the school entrance next to the kindergarten classes. I got to stay out for five extra minutes after the first bell and left class five minutes early to make sure that anxious parents could pick up their tots. This was before the days of total school lockdown, so honestly, I pretty much just let ...
  15. Friday, February 10, 2017:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day  This letter was written over twenty one years, in September 1995, by my former band director and sometime-trumpet teacher, George Randall.     I had just returned from Governor's School interested in music composition and had two whole songs to my name,  Scintillation  and  Glossalalia March . His thoughtful comments kept me enthused about writing more music and, unlike my undergraduate professor, he never asked me to "add some wrong notes to the score so it's more exciting".   We also used tape recorders back then, as those high-quality copper-based cassette tapes were the Minidisc of their era. 
  16. Wednesday, February 08, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 24 years ago, in February 1992.     As an eighth grader at Hammond Junior High, I was wearing the uniform of the Hammond Admirals concert band, ready to do our one performance per year on the football field for an awful JV football team. My sister was wearing the uniform of the high school flag corps, and my mom was wearing the pink uniform of moms of the 1990s. The main thing I recall about the uniform I was wearing was that I had the smallest size of each piece because I was tiny for an eighth grader. Thus, I had hat #1, jacket #1, and pants #1. The braids were one-size-fits-all. 
  17. Wednesday, February 01, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 27 years ago, in 1990. The guy with the 80s hair was Jon, the Senior Patrol leader, and the middle guy was Eric, my Patrol Leader (I believe we were the Panther patrol).     Though I had only been in the Boy Scouts for 15 months, I was well on my way to overachieving through merit badges. At the time of this picture, I was in 7th grade (and still wearing British Knights). As the troop librarian, I carried a giant metal box (as big as I was) full of merit badge books to each meeting so people could borrow them. This lasted about a week before I subverted the natural order by indexing the collection, giving everyone a copy off the dot matrix printer, and telling them to call me on the phone if...
  18. Wednesday, January 25, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 25 years ago, in December 1992.     I'm a freshman, posing with my classy lacquered Conn cornet with the Shepherd's Crook. Around my neck is an ankh, which came with the computer game,  Ultima 4  and replaced the 1" shark's tooth I found at Calvert Cliffs (which eventually wore away to nothing after being worn around my neck for years).   Though we look like a musical family, we rarely played anything together, other than endless Christmas carol sessions coordinated by my dad so he could improve on his tuba. 
  19. Wednesday, January 18, 2017:
    Memory Day: 1989    In 1989, I was 9 going on 10 and comfortable in my role as "the smart kid" younger than everyone else in the fifth grade. This was the year that the show,  Doogie Howser, M.D. , came out, so "Doogie" became one of the nicknames I got stuck with. Still, I had my close circle of friends including Aaron, Mike, Sharif, and Daniel.   I enjoyed playing the cornet, although there were no band concerts in this first year. Instead I spent most afternoons ignoring the Ed Sueta Book I practice book in favour of solo versions of the theme songs to various TV shows. I could dazzle with the theme song from the Garry Shandling show, but I hated to practice boring things.   After school, I was enrolled in...
  20. Wednesday, January 11, 2017:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken twenty eight years ago in April 1989.     I'm attending a camping trip with my Dad at Vint Hill Farms. He writes:    We spent two nights there and you seemed to have a good time interacting with the other scouts. You decided then that you would continue on with Boy Scouts. Because Vint Hill Farms is a military installation and I was taking pictures, some enlisted man wanted to take my camera and film. I appealed to a higher authority and the camera was returned. Hence you have the photo.    Since this was one of the few camping trips that parents attended as well, so I was living large with a pot of propane-heated baked beans and hotdogs rather than th...
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