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  1. 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...
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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...
  7. Wednesday, February 03, 2021:
    Pool Table Day  This coming Thursday, the basement pool table will finally be sent away to "live on the farm". Though we rarely actually  played  pool, it was a faithful backdrop to Halloween parties and barbeques over the past 17 years.   The pool table was delivered and installed on June 9, 2004 by two guys that spent half the year driving around the country building pool tables. I ordered it over the Internet for $1700 after being snubbed in multiple local billiard stores by salesmen who didn't think a 24-year-old could afford a table and refused to go under $5000. (This is like the movie,  Pretty Woman , except that I never went back to rub it in and I'm more attractive than Julia Roberts).    &nbs...
  8. Wednesday, January 27, 2021:
    Time-lapsed Blogography Day: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today  Twenty five years ago today, on  January 27, 1996 , I was at Virginia Tech for my music major audition.   My parents and I arrived on campus around 11:30 and walked around for a little while. I then got a private tour of the Squires music building by a music volunteer, likely a Delta Omnicron member although I wouldn't have known what that was at the time.   For my trumpet audition, I performed Alexander Goedicke's  Concert Etude  and Carl Hohne's  Slavische Fantasie  for 9 music faculty that (at a minimum) included Drs. Bachelder, Easter, Widder, and Dave McKee. I played on my cornet and did pretty well without a pianist. Afterwards, the panel interviewed me about my entire comp...
  9. Wednesday, January 20, 2021:
    Stuff in My Drawers Day: Old Newspapers  One day in 7th grade, my dad gave me the front page of the Washington Post and told me to save it. His paraphrased explanation was, "We went to war today. You're going to want to remember this day sometime in the future."     He didn't give me another newspaper until 17 years later, the day that Barack Obama was elected the first time. By then, I already had my own subscription, but it was still a nice gesture at a historical moment.   The corollary to this story is that, apparently, nothing between 1991 and 2008 impressed my dad in the least bit. 
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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. 
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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. 
  19. 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. 
  20. 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! 
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