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  1. Wednesday, September 28, 2022:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This photo was taken 7 years ago today, on  September 28, 2015 .     This was the halcyon era, pre-kids, when the afternoon might take an unexpected turn towards the couch resulting in a two hour nap. We had three cats at the time, Booty (who weighed as much as two cats), Sydney (who stayed for a year while her owners moved all over), and Amber (unpictured, scared of the rest). Booty and Sydney hated each other but liked sleeping on people, and this was about as close to each other as they would ever get.   I'm reading  Shift , the 2nd book in the Silo trilogy by Hugh Howey. It was okay, but the whole of the trilogy was never quite as good as the first book,  Wool . Shown...
  2. Wednesday, August 17, 2022:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 6 years ago today, on  August 17, 1026 .     We were on our Colorado trip and thought nothing of waking up at 5 AM to hike high altitude trails throughout the mountains. The reason was twofold: parking lots filled up by 6 and staying too late into early afternoon usually meant getting caught in a thunderstorm.   This day, we went to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and hiked 10.5 miles to Black Lake. Rebecca looked stylish and wore all of her finest European hiking gear, while I rolled through in  this outfit  which, in 2022, has become my "lawncare around poison ivy" look.   In the afternoon, we went to Rock Cut Brewery where Rebecca bought an all-time...
  3. Wednesday, May 18, 2022:
    Memory Day: Landmark Mall  Last Thursday, the demolition of Landmark Mall in Alexandria finally began.     As the nearest mall to my childhood home (1.1 miles by car), I have many memories of what this mall was like, even if I didn't spend much time there. My earliest memories of the mall was in the 80s when it was an outdoor mall with long promenades. The benches down the middle of each path were bordered with pyramid-like slopes (very chic in concrete architecture) which my sister and I would run up and down the slopes as our parents roamed from department store to drug store.   When the mall became enclosed, visits became a triangle of stops: Kenny's shoes for discount footware, Sears for Boy Scout merit badge books, and the...
  4. Wednesday, May 04, 2022:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  These pictures are the only surviving pictures from our Quatro de Mayo barbeque nine years ago, on  May 4, 2013 .     My idea of a themed barbeque is to head to Costco the morning of and purchase anything related to that theme, which is why we ended up with a "Beers of Mexico" sampler pack and a pineapple (which we then had to learn how to cut up properly). We also bought a pack of flimsy flat-sided toothpicks that constantly broke off in foods. We eventually just threw them out in favor of upper-crust round toothpicks.   The teeny Smith kids attended and ate nothing but fruit. In the background, you can see the original shed which was finally replaced in June 2015. The fence is two separate...
  5. Wednesday, April 06, 2022:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken twenty years ago, on  April 7, 2002 .     For reasons still unknown to me, I would sometimes wake up before the sunrise on the weekend in grad school and take the 37 mile trip south out of Tallahassee to Mashes Sands Beach, a beach facing directly east across the Gulf. (I also remember this beach as Marshes Sands Beach, but Google Maps is trying to convince me that this has always been wrong).   I would take a picture with my 0-megapixel camera, stand around for a minute or two, then run out of things to do at this postage-stamp-sized beach and return home. I almost never saw anyone else out at this hour other than horseshoe crabs and seagulls. 
  6. Wednesday, March 09, 2022:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Thirty-Two Years Ago  Thirty-two years ago today, on  March 9, 1990 , I was a 10-year-old in the sixth grade at James K. Polk elementary school. I spent the night at the house of my friend, Mike Buns, who I lost track of somewhere around 9th grade when he transferred schools.      Sleepovers at Mike's house followed a standard pattern. My dad would drop me off in the evening and I would go out to Pizza Hut with his parents and younger sister. There were usually "Book It!" vouchers to redeem for a personal pan pizza and I would always get pepperoni and black olives. After Pizza Hut, we'd head over to Erol's for the night's movie. I don't recall what we watched this particular night, but I do recall seeing  Men at Work&nbs...
  7. Wednesday, February 09, 2022:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken almost exactly 10 years ago, on  February 11, 2012 .     Rebecca was in her 2nd semester of Physical Therapy school and studying almost constantly. In this picture, she's simultaneously studying on her ancient laptop which she held onto longer than necessary for nostalgia's sake while looking up recipes in her Betty Crocker cookbook. Also on the table is a first generation Kindle.   You can date this photo by the PT Cruiser parked across the street (which puts this at 2 neighbors ago) and Booty (who interrupts studying much more when alive). 
  8. Wednesday, February 02, 2022:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day   BU at multiple data points      28 years ago today, on  February 2, 1994 , I finished preliminary sketches on my Art class project, "Bear Drinking From Waterfall". (JJ Abrams would later steal this idea for his show, LOST). After school, I went to the Burke branch library to get sources for my English paper on Jack London, "London's House Is Falling Down". I was excited that I already had 13 sources to cite.         27 years ago today, on  February 2, 1995 , we had a half day at school and received our report cards for the 2nd quarter. I received all As and a B+ in physics ( "There is no A. You must all work harder!"  Dr. Patel  exclaimed wit...
  9. Wednesday, January 26, 2022:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken a decade ago, on  January 21, 2012 .     Two company names ago and long before the extravagant club and casino settings of the present, my company had their holiday party in a conference hall at the Dulles Hilton.   I actually brought the horse from home (though I didn't ride it to get there), since it was languishing in the basement as a prop from my 2010 Halloween costume, Old Spice Guy. The horse still lives with us (Maia calls it "Spotty") but has finally run out of neigh batteries. 
  10. Wednesday, December 22, 2021:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 21 years ago, on  December 25, 2000 .     I was home from my fifth year of undergrad and my sister was home from being a Charlottesville townie. We both arrived with cats (Kitty for me, Leia and Oliver for her) to stage a battle royale around my parents' house. You can tell that we had not lived in this house full-time for several years now, as the office in the background had mostly become my dad's tuba storage and practice room.   My freshman roommate's stepmom bought me that shirt for Christmas in 1996 and I wore it every Christmas until it disintegrated, somewhere in the early aughts. 
  11. Wednesday, August 18, 2021:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken five years ago today, on  August 18, 2016 .     It was a chilly, stormy day in Estes Park, Colorado. Exhausted from a high-altitude 10-mile hike to Glacier Gorge the day before, we were quite happy to loaf around town and sit in this coffee shop (Inkwell and Brew) drinking hot chocolate. The shop had the Colorado hippie vibe down pat, from the mismatched flea market furniture bordered by cluttered corners of ancient magazines to the inspirational messages written on the chalkboard ceiling.   In the afternoon, Rebecca spent an hour in a Dragon Tea Shoppe looking for exotic tea flavors. We then had dinner at Ed's Cantina where we were introduced to the musical genre of &...
  12. Wednesday, August 04, 2021:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken thirty years ago, in  July 1991 .     We're sitting on the Mall waiting for the Fourth of July fireworks, and we arrived hours early to stake out an uncrowded claim. (These skills would later come in handy at Wolf Trap). My friends, James and Ian, came along for the trip and we spent the afternoon alternating between card games and finding the nearest port-a-potty.   The picnic blanket we're sitting on was the defacto picnic blanket kept in the car trunk for all sorts of weekend trips up and down the Eastern seaboard. The back always had little bits of dried spackle from the blanket's previous life as a drop cloth.   I actually looked up Ian after pulling ...
  13. Wednesday, July 28, 2021:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 6 years ago today, on  July 28, 2015 .     Having just arrived in Grindelwald, Switzerland the night before, we took a cable car up into the mountains to First (elevation: 7,110 ft) and hiked deeper into the mountains to reach Faulhorn (elevation: 8,796 ft). Much of the hike took place in the clouds, with scenic views of the Alps popping out for a few seconds at a time. Near Faulhorn, we met these cows who seemed confused as to why so many humans were hiking around on the windy summit.   The little town of Faulhorn at the top was cute. We stopped into the single restaurant for the hottest, priciest mug of hot chocolate we'd ever had and then paid to use the toilet (sup...
  14. Wednesday, July 21, 2021:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty-Six Years Ago Today  Twenty-six years ago today, on  July 21, 1995 , I attended the  second worst  live musical performance of my life.   I was 3 weeks into my stint at the Governor's School for Visual and Performing Arts, and the curriculum regularly tried to take advantage of the Richmond setting by sending us off to live performances all around the city. On this evening, we were bussed to the Carpenter Center (now Richmond CenterStage) for a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's  Yeoman of the Guard .    It was a dark and stormy night. So dark and stormy that the actors' bus got stuck somewhere causing the show to start 45 minutes late. Of course, the audience was already captive in their seats ...
  15. Wednesday, May 26, 2021:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty Five Years Ago Today  Twenty-five years ago today, on  May 26, 1996 , my crew boat had its final boat party of the year.   The evening started with a barbeque including several parents and the coach. At around 8 PM, the rowers whose parents were there told them that we were all going to see "Primal Fear" at the Bailey's Crossroad movie theater, a movie that had just come out the month before. In reality, we all ended up at the house of another rower whose parents were out of town for the weekend. 7 of 9 boat members immediately started drinking, which was surprising to me as a sheltered 16-year-old whose parties regularly featured  trezur hunts , 2 liter Pepsis, and Pizza Hut. My role, as one of the 2 people not drinking th...
  16. Wednesday, April 21, 2021:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken on  June 12, 1993  in the cafeteria at Hammond Junior High School.     I was a 9th grader and my sister was an 11th grader. We were free labour for my dad, who had been hired to take formal pictures at the Hammond 8th Grade Dance. This was just before Alexandria Public Schools switched from a 7 - 9 / 10 - 12 grade separation to a 6 - 8 / 9 / 10 - 12 separation. The 8th Grade Dance was a stopgap remedy to placate kids who felt that they were going to miss out on "graduating from junior high" by being the first class in 9th grade limbo. 
  17. Wednesday, March 10, 2021:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken in the winter of either '85 or '86. My dad is going through his old negatives and digitizing things, so there may be a new supply of snapshots to post in future months.     The amount of snow we got in Alexandria in the 80s was abysmal, and creating a snowman usually meant leaving large swathes of ugly grass in its wake. This particular snowman seems to be missing a torso, but that's okay because he can clench his butt cheeks to grip a broom.   I'm also wearing my Transformer boots, but they did not enable me to turn into anything. 
  18. Wednesday, March 03, 2021:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  This picture was taken 3 years ago today, on  March, 3, 2018 .     Maia was about 8 months old and in the awkward phase where she wasn't quite crawling yet. While this was a good time for making sure she didn't get away, it required a lot more intervention to move and position her (or her toys) to reset her rapidly decreasing interest meter.   This particular use of a Walmart mirror of questionable construction integrity probably lasted for about 3 minutes before she needed a new experience. 
  19. Wednesday, February 17, 2021:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today  Twenty-five years ago today, on  February 17, 1996 , I went to James Madison University for my music audition.    I have my JMU audition and we leave at 5:30 am. I don't know why I'm doing this audition because I don't plan on going to JMU.    The trumpet half of the audition went fine although I don't even remember who the Music Composition professor was anymore. One interesting dynamic I do recall is that I would ask him questions about the program and he would mostly answer them to my parents instead of me. This also happened on my college tours at UVA and William & Mary, and was one of many reasons I finally ended up going to Tech -- the faculty at Tech consistently kept the dialogue between ...
  20. Wednesday, February 10, 2021:
    Memory Day: Snapshots  These pictures were taken thirty years ago, in  January 1991 .     To fulfill the requirements of the Photography merit badge (which I was working on in parallel with the Safety merit badge and the Coin Collecting merit badge), I had to take a variety of black and white pictures demonstrating different photographic techniques. These two, featuring my 9th grade sister who obviously did not want to be sitting here, demonstrated that it's better to have a light in front of your subject than behind them (this is hard-hitting stuff).   In the background, you can see our original Nintendo as well as the brown accordion folder containing all of the instruction manuals and Nintendo Power strategy gu...
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