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  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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! 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.  ...
  6. 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...
  7. 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. 
  8. 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...
  9. 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! 
  10. 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. 
  11. 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! 
  12. 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...
  13. Wednesday, September 11, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 20 years ago today, on  September 11, 1999 .     The Marching Virginians had been relegated to the end zone to make more room for paid seats as Michael Vick performed various somersaults to get the Hokies to the National Championships. This particular game was on Band Parents' Day, where part of the halftime show involves spelling out "MOM" or (if we wanted to mix it up a little) "WOW" on the field. My parents attended annually, resulting in endless packets of real photographs with negatives developed at their local Costco.   The team beat University of Alabama at Birmingham 31 - 10 after which I returned to my room in East Ambler Johnston to eat a Hokie Express chicke...
  14. Wednesday, August 28, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 5 years ago, on  September 13, 2014 .     Life was very different for these young souls (I was just about to turn 35 even though I look like Marvin's Benjamin Button clone in this pic). No one had kids yet and the most difficult task faced each day was finding a space at the beach house's dining room table where everyone was playing  Hearthstone .   We have not yet returned to the Outer Banks since 2014 -- short weekend trips within a couple hours of driving have been more our speed with Maia -- but we'll definitely get back there in the future. I need to make sure that Maia is qualified to dig big holes before she starts first grade so she can cash in on gra...
  15. Wednesday, August 21, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 36 years ago, in  August 1983 .     I was one month shy of turning 4 years old, and playing in the sand at Calvert Cliffs State Park. The beach here is a 1.8-mile hike from the parking lot, a trek that usually started with the kids running all the way and ended with one of us on my dad's shoulders on the way back. The beach was unassuming, with a bit too much gravelly sand to dig any amazing holes, but this was balanced out by the unusually high number of shark's teeth that would surface on each visit. I wore one particularly large one on a necklace for many years! 
  16. Wednesday, August 14, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 24 years ago, in  August 1995 .     As drum major of the elite T.C. Williams Marching Titans, I was selflessly leading the band on a Chinquapin practice field that required a 20 minute round trip march to get to. We actually had lines on the field this particular day, a rarity.   I'm standing with Josh, alto sax, and Mike, trumpet. Though band members are not necessarily paragons of style, you can tell that primary colors and khakis were the word of the day in 1995. I also continued my streak of wearing clothes and glasses that were too big for me because finding the right size while straddling the line between Boys and Mens clothing took up time that could be better s...
  17. Wednesday, July 24, 2019:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day   BU at multiple data points      27 years ago today, on  July 24, 1992 , I was packing for a week-long trip to Hershey Park with my friend, James Houck. We stayed in a pop-up camper during the week, and the main thing I brought was my Super Nintendo so we could play  A Link to The Past  when not at the park.    25 years ago today, on  July 24, 1994 , I purchased the CD-ROM edition of  Betrayal at Krondor , a computer game based on Raymond Feist's  Magician  series.         24 years ago today, on  July 24, 1995 , I was at Governor's School. We had a master class with some notable but long forgotten jaz...
  18. Wednesday, July 17, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  These pictures were taken 7 years ago today, on  July 17, 2012 , in Montreal.     After a dinner of a burger (for me) and a salad (for Rebecca) at  J'm la frite  (which roughly translates as "I love fried stuff"), we walked into the downtown area to see what crazy festival was going on this night. The area reminded us greatly of Adams Morgan, and there was nothing excessively crazy happening, other than a giant labyrinth made out of fake hedges set up in the middle of the street. Inside, actors dressed like extras from  The Burbs  engaged in creepy performance art (speaking French) and got in our personal space as we navigated.   One older lady, dressed as either a hobo o...
  19. Wednesday, July 03, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 8 years ago today, on  July 3, 2011 .     We were at the wedding of Amanda and Frank in Charlotte, North Carolina and in awe of the rare combination of high 90 degree temperatures and coalescing humidity that has now become our daily reality in 2019.   I don't remember a lot about this wedding, other than I really liked the beef, there was sweat everywhere, and Rebecca was disappointed to find that Amanda had put  Macarena  on the Do Not Play list. 
  20. Wednesday, June 19, 2019:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 15 years ago today, on  June 19, 2004 .     Sporting my 2004 look-and-feel and a rented tux vest with some ridiculous European name, I'm at my sister's wedding at the Barboursville Winery, breaking hearts and draining eyes with a self-selected reading:   BRIDAL SONG by John Ford     Comforts lasting, loves increasing,  Like soft hours never ceasing:  Plenty's pleasure, peace complying,  Without jars, or tongues envying;  Hearts by holy union wedded,  More than theirs by custom bedded;  Fruitful issues; life so graced,  Not by age to be defaced,  Budding, as the year ensu'th,  Every spring another ...
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