#ThrowbackThursday: Christmas in the City

Longtime blog readers (those of you who haven’t vanished due to nearly two years of extremely limited posting) may recall that, back in 2011/12 I tried to make “Wayback Wednesday” a thing — only to discover that the internet had instead decided “Throwback Thursday” was the way to go. So close, and yet, so far…

Anyway. I am now on board with the rest of the world, sharing old-timey photos on Thursdays, and thought I’d a) bring it back to the blog and b) make it Christmassy to fit with the overall theme of the month.

#ThrowbackThursday: Christmas in the City
Eileen (right) and I near the Rockefeller Center tree, probably in 1988.

I find it kind of funny that Rockefeller Center looks pretty much the same at the holidays now as it did 25-ish years ago. Other than upgrading the tree to LED lights, there don’t seem to be a whole lot of changes. Can’t say the same about Eileen and me, though. Which is a good thing. I didn’t really benefit from bangs, and… well, does she have a perm? Or just some serious curling iron action?

Worth noting about this photo — it’s been re-cropped into a square because I instagrammed it in order to put a filter on it and make it (slightly) less crummy-looking — but the size and overall quality of it suggest it was probably taken with my delightful Kodak disc camera… which was basically the film equivalent of early cell phone photos: grainy, dark, terrible. I’m as glad technology evolved as I am that I grew out my bangs.

Wayback Wednesday: Big Tree

The family and a very big tree, 1985.
The family and a very big tree, 1985.

As I get ready to head out to California in a couple of weeks for a family reunion, it seemed a good time to share some photos from earlier trips out there, like this one in 1985. We took this family photo in (I think) the Mariposa Grove near Yosemite, which got a post of its own a ways back. No time to get back there on this trip, alas, but both are places I’d like to see again as an adult.