Sliding Away

I’m scanning some old slides which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and I’m up to 1978.  My 21st birthday in fact.  The photos were taken on a Pentax K1000 SLR which unfortunately was stolen in a burglary in around 2001 and was a present from Mum and Dad for my 21st.

What has struck me looking back is the number of people who have now died – family, friends – some way too young.  And it is also funny to look at these images from so long ago through eyes that are way different from what they were then.  Older and wiser – maybe.

Certainly I had no idea at that time how things were going to unfold and what direction life would lead me in.  Despite the porn star moustache, I did not become an actor.  I am glad that tight turtle neck sweaters are now way in the past because, whilst I’m not as bad as some, the roof over the tools shed has grown a little since those slim and taut days of the 70’s.

There were some things that occurred on that weekend that I had totally forgotten about until I looked again at the photos.   In this one, take not of the envelope on my mates lap.   It says “Ërection Instructions” and I was greatly amused by that at the time I got the slides back and realised what it said.    All of my mates had banded together and bought me a hiking tent and we had spent that afternoon erecting it.

I used that tent a fair bit over the years.  I never actually did a lot of hiking but we did camp every year and that was the thing we used until kids came along and we needed something bigger.

And in the next photo you will see a blanket hanging on the clothesline.  That was from my bed and it had been washed because a mate of my Dad’s got blind drunk, was put to sleep in my bed and he wet it.    I know why I hadn’t thought about that incident for years.   It was the middle of winter and pretty difficult to get the mattress dry.   That wasn’t the thing that turned me off drinking but it helped keep me from it.

Sliding Away

I’m scanning some old slides which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and I’m up to 1978.  My 21st birthday in fact.  The photos were taken on a Pentax K1000 SLR which unfortunately was stolen in a burglary in around 2001 and was a present from Mum and Dad for my 21st.

What has struck me looking back is the number of people who have now died – family, friends – some way too young.  And it is also funny to look at these images from so long ago through eyes that are way different from what they were then.  Older and wiser – maybe.

Certainly I had no idea at that time how things were going to unfold and what direction life would lead me in.  Despite the porn star moustache, I did not become an actor.  I am glad that tight turtle neck sweaters are now way in the past because, whilst I’m not as bad as some, the roof over the tools shed has grown a little since those slim and taut days of the 70’s.

There were some things that occurred on that weekend that I had totally forgotten about until I looked again at the photos.   In this one, take not of the envelope on my mates lap.   It says “Ërection Instructions” and I was greatly amused by that at the time I got the slides back and realised what it said.    All of my mates had banded together and bought me a hiking tent and we had spent that afternoon erecting it.

I used that tent a fair bit over the years.  I never actually did a lot of hiking but we did camp every year and that was the thing we used until kids came along and we needed something bigger.

And in the next photo you will see a blanket hanging on the clothesline.  That was from my bed and it had been washed because a mate of my Dad’s got blind drunk, was put to sleep in my bed and he wet it.    I know why I hadn’t thought about that incident for years.   It was the middle of winter and pretty difficult to get the mattress dry.   That wasn’t the thing that turned me off drinking but it helped keep me from it.

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3
I think I am way behind memes so if I you have tagged me and I haven’t answered please let me know in a comment. Steph from Remedial Rumination has tagged me with the birthday meme.

Instructions: Go type in your birthday in Wikipedia (month and day). Write down three events, 2 births, 1 holiday and tag 5 friends. My birthday is July 14:

Events

Births

Holiday
France’s National Day

Anyway, if you’re tagged by me, please slot yourself right on the last slot and bump everyone up. And the list:
Are We There Yet?,
Gran’s Memory Keeping Corner,
Teacher Julie,
Mommyness is Happiness,
This is a miracle,
Blur Ting,
Remedial Rumination

Sunrays and Saturdays

Part Deux originating with Janice:

“13 of 3s”

Three things that scare me:
1. Heights
2. Drowning
3. Criticism

Three people who make me laugh:
1. Billy Conolly
2. John Cleese
3. Jeremy Clarkson

Three things I love:
1. Petrichor – The smell of rain on a summers day
2. Wilderness
3. My kids

Three things I hate:
1. Petulance
2. Unsportsmanlike Behaviour
3. Racism

Three things I don’t understand:
1. Quantum Physics
2. Cellular Mechanics [just made that one up – don’t even know if there is such a thing but if there was I wouldn’t understand it
3. WOmen

Three things on my desk:
1. Photo of my daughters
2. Crystal Basketball bought by my son for me in the NBA store in New York
3. A Carlton wobble head figurine

Three things I am doing right now:
1. Watching City Homicide – New Australian TV Show
2. Drinking a cup of tea
3. Thinking about making up a meme on favourite books

Three things I want to do before I die:
1. Visit Machu Pichu
2. Walk the Cradle Mountain track in Tasmania
3. Be a great great great Grandfather

Three things I can do:
1. Write
2. Photograph
3. Cook

Three things I can’t do:
1. Ride a motorbike
2. Bungy Jump
3. Stop thinking

Three things I think you should listen to:
1. I Hope You Dance – Leeann Womack
2. The Dance – Garth Brooks
3. A childs laugh

Three things you should never listen to:
1. Gossip
2. Fingernails on a blackboard
3. Power saw

Three shows I watched as a kid:
1. Gilligan’s Island
2. Hogan’s Heroes
3. The Flintstones

And for the three who may choose to do this one or not –

Gypsy
Janice
Pen

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3
I think I am way behind memes so if I you have tagged me and I haven’t answered please let me know in a comment. Steph from Remedial Rumination has tagged me with the birthday meme.

Instructions: Go type in your birthday in Wikipedia (month and day). Write down three events, 2 births, 1 holiday and tag 5 friends. My birthday is July 14:

Events

Births

Holiday
France’s National Day

Anyway, if you’re tagged by me, please slot yourself right on the last slot and bump everyone up. And the list:
Are We There Yet?,
Gran’s Memory Keeping Corner,
Teacher Julie,
Mommyness is Happiness,
This is a miracle,
Blur Ting,
Remedial Rumination

Sunrays and Saturdays

Part Deux originating with Janice:

“13 of 3s”

Three things that scare me:
1. Heights
2. Drowning
3. Criticism

Three people who make me laugh:
1. Billy Conolly
2. John Cleese
3. Jeremy Clarkson

Three things I love:
1. Petrichor – The smell of rain on a summers day
2. Wilderness
3. My kids

Three things I hate:
1. Petulance
2. Unsportsmanlike Behaviour
3. Racism

Three things I don’t understand:
1. Quantum Physics
2. Cellular Mechanics [just made that one up – don’t even know if there is such a thing but if there was I wouldn’t understand it
3. WOmen

Three things on my desk:
1. Photo of my daughters
2. Crystal Basketball bought by my son for me in the NBA store in New York
3. A Carlton wobble head figurine

Three things I am doing right now:
1. Watching City Homicide – New Australian TV Show
2. Drinking a cup of tea
3. Thinking about making up a meme on favourite books

Three things I want to do before I die:
1. Visit Machu Pichu
2. Walk the Cradle Mountain track in Tasmania
3. Be a great great great Grandfather

Three things I can do:
1. Write
2. Photograph
3. Cook

Three things I can’t do:
1. Ride a motorbike
2. Bungy Jump
3. Stop thinking

Three things I think you should listen to:
1. I Hope You Dance – Leeann Womack
2. The Dance – Garth Brooks
3. A childs laugh

Three things you should never listen to:
1. Gossip
2. Fingernails on a blackboard
3. Power saw

Three shows I watched as a kid:
1. Gilligan’s Island
2. Hogan’s Heroes
3. The Flintstones

And for the three who may choose to do this one or not –

Gypsy
Janice
Pen

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3

Birthday Meme …and then there were 3
I think I am way behind memes so if I you have tagged me and I haven’t answered please let me know in a comment. Steph from Remedial Rumination has tagged me with the birthday meme.

Instructions: Go type in your birthday in Wikipedia (month and day). Write down three events, 2 births, 1 holiday and tag 5 friends. My birthday is July 14:

Events

Births

Holiday
France’s National Day

Anyway, if you’re tagged by me, please slot yourself right on the last slot and bump everyone up. And the list:
Are We There Yet?,
Gran’s Memory Keeping Corner,
Teacher Julie,
Mommyness is Happiness,
This is a miracle,
Blur Ting,
Remedial Rumination

Sunrays and Saturdays

Part Deux originating with Janice:

“13 of 3s”

Three things that scare me:
1. Heights
2. Drowning
3. Criticism

Three people who make me laugh:
1. Billy Conolly
2. John Cleese
3. Jeremy Clarkson

Three things I love:
1. Petrichor – The smell of rain on a summers day
2. Wilderness
3. My kids

Three things I hate:
1. Petulance
2. Unsportsmanlike Behaviour
3. Racism

Three things I don’t understand:
1. Quantum Physics
2. Cellular Mechanics [just made that one up – don’t even know if there is such a thing but if there was I wouldn’t understand it
3. WOmen

Three things on my desk:
1. Photo of my daughters
2. Crystal Basketball bought by my son for me in the NBA store in New York
3. A Carlton wobble head figurine

Three things I am doing right now:
1. Watching City Homicide – New Australian TV Show
2. Drinking a cup of tea
3. Thinking about making up a meme on favourite books

Three things I want to do before I die:
1. Visit Machu Pichu
2. Walk the Cradle Mountain track in Tasmania
3. Be a great great great Grandfather

Three things I can do:
1. Write
2. Photograph
3. Cook

Three things I can’t do:
1. Ride a motorbike
2. Bungy Jump
3. Stop thinking

Three things I think you should listen to:
1. I Hope You Dance – Leeann Womack
2. The Dance – Garth Brooks
3. A childs laugh

Three things you should never listen to:
1. Gossip
2. Fingernails on a blackboard
3. Power saw

Three shows I watched as a kid:
1. Gilligan’s Island
2. Hogan’s Heroes
3. The Flintstones

And for the three who may choose to do this one or not –

Gypsy
Janice
Pen

Of Birthday Parties

I remember when my sisters and I were young that we always had family birthday parties. There are photos of people playing drop the hanky in the backyard of the house and it was always filled with the laughter of cousins, aunties, uncles, and grandparents.

I don’t remember much about the presents I got for my birthday with a couple of exceptions. When I turned 10 I was given a brand new fujicycle three speed bike. It was bright orange and Dad took great delight in telling me how light it was. I was very proud of that bike although I was a bit concerned about the handlebars which were a little too girly for my liking. Nonetheless, I spent many hours riding it around the neighbourhood.

For my 13th Birthday I was given a train set which I actually thought I was a little bit old for. I think it was around that time that I was very conscious of not wanting a lot of friends around and although Mum and Dad said I could have a party I didn’t really want one. My mates were starting to become interested in girls and if I had one I would have had to invite some to mine and there was a threefold embarrassment involved in that. Firstly, I didn’t really want anyone to know I’d been given a train set. Secondly, I was worried Dad would be drunk and embarrass me, and finally, it seemed I only had to mention a girls name at home and I would be incessantly teased by Mum and my sister about having a girlfriend. Far better to shut up and not let anyone know I may have had a crush on someone.

Funny, in remembering all this stuff, I see many elements of the man reflected in the boy. The loner, the one who kept his feelings to himself, the one who failed to confront issues, instead turning inward.

Of Birthday Parties

I remember when my sisters and I were young that we always had family birthday parties. There are photos of people playing drop the hanky in the backyard of the house and it was always filled with the laughter of cousins, aunties, uncles, and grandparents.

I don’t remember much about the presents I got for my birthday with a couple of exceptions. When I turned 10 I was given a brand new fujicycle three speed bike. It was bright orange and Dad took great delight in telling me how light it was. I was very proud of that bike although I was a bit concerned about the handlebars which were a little too girly for my liking. Nonetheless, I spent many hours riding it around the neighbourhood.

For my 13th Birthday I was given a train set which I actually thought I was a little bit old for. I think it was around that time that I was very conscious of not wanting a lot of friends around and although Mum and Dad said I could have a party I didn’t really want one. My mates were starting to become interested in girls and if I had one I would have had to invite some to mine and there was a threefold embarrassment involved in that. Firstly, I didn’t really want anyone to know I’d been given a train set. Secondly, I was worried Dad would be drunk and embarrass me, and finally, it seemed I only had to mention a girls name at home and I would be incessantly teased by Mum and my sister about having a girlfriend. Far better to shut up and not let anyone know I may have had a crush on someone.

Funny, in remembering all this stuff, I see many elements of the man reflected in the boy. The loner, the one who kept his feelings to himself, the one who failed to confront issues, instead turning inward.

Of Birthday Parties

I remember when my sisters and I were young that we always had family birthday parties. There are photos of people playing drop the hanky in the backyard of the house and it was always filled with the laughter of cousins, aunties, uncles, and grandparents.

I don’t remember much about the presents I got for my birthday with a couple of exceptions. When I turned 10 I was given a brand new fujicycle three speed bike. It was bright orange and Dad took great delight in telling me how light it was. I was very proud of that bike although I was a bit concerned about the handlebars which were a little too girly for my liking. Nonetheless, I spent many hours riding it around the neighbourhood.

For my 13th Birthday I was given a train set which I actually thought I was a little bit old for. I think it was around that time that I was very conscious of not wanting a lot of friends around and although Mum and Dad said I could have a party I didn’t really want one. My mates were starting to become interested in girls and if I had one I would have had to invite some to mine and there was a threefold embarrassment involved in that. Firstly, I didn’t really want anyone to know I’d been given a train set. Secondly, I was worried Dad would be drunk and embarrass me, and finally, it seemed I only had to mention a girls name at home and I would be incessantly teased by Mum and my sister about having a girlfriend. Far better to shut up and not let anyone know I may have had a crush on someone.

Funny, in remembering all this stuff, I see many elements of the man reflected in the boy. The loner, the one who kept his feelings to himself, the one who failed to confront issues, instead turning inward.