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  1. 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 &...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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...
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 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. 
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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. 
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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. 
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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...
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