May 20th, 2005

krazy koati

They give us the greens of summers

Sorry to be late, but I'm visiting brother and sister-in-law, and just came off quite a few hours spent finding out everything that happened in the family the past year (nobody tells me anything), and digging through family photo albums. rcoony has asked why stranger stuff happens to me than to anyone else he knows, and I don't see what it is; my experiences seem no stranger than anyone else's in my family. Thus you can probably guess what our albums are like.

Also bear in mind they are not organized, not by theme, not by persons photographed, not by place, certainly not by year, nothing. So there's a bunch of first day of elementary school (I'm positively beaming), and then there's a Christmas 1989 picture. On to Times Square, then Baltimore, and picnic pictures including a future Vegan chomping down on hot dogs. A street shot of ``The House of Cheese,'' year and city utterly unknown. Wedding pictures! A cruise to Bermuda. On to first communion shots with my sister looking like a fairy princess, turn the page, and there's my mother's childhood home. Dad with -- we're not sure; sister-in-law thinks it's Tom Keane; I say it's Joe Isuzu. Grandparents, we think, took a great picture of a seagull in flight, and something so visually cluttered we can't even guess what it is (river? Dashboard? Bridge?), and -- oh, there's a Gemini-Titan rocket. This must be Cape Canaveral. I never knew they went to Cape Canaveral, but they also pictured the Saturn I-B rocket and got a few Saturn V pictures. Many of the pictures which seem to date from the 70s include somebody who looks remarkably like George Lucas, which would explain the picture of unknown people labelled as ``John Williams, 1976''.

So if I'm going to go to bed rather than answer comments, it's because I've been on a nostalgic trip through the visual equivalent of a Dr Bronner's soap label. It's disturbing how many of the shirts I wore in first grade look like the shirts I wear today.

Trivia: Thomas Jefferson's original plans for the Northwest Ordinance based land sections on a geographic mile of length 6,086 and four-tenths of a foot long. Source: Measuring America, Andro Linklater.

Currently Reading: Discoveries: The Voyages of Captain Cook, Nicholas Thomas.