I was listening to Bob Wills this morning on my way in to work. The first time I heard him was in 1989 and boy was that music fun. Wendy and I drove cross country that summer to move from Boston to San Francisco and we must have listened to the tape of his 24 greatest hits a hundred times. That was just about 23 years ago now. It seems much more recent than that. While I was thinking about that trip I thought of the friends who saw us off and the friends who welcomed us to California. That got me thinking about friends in general and made me wonder how many friends from 20 or more years ago I might have photographs of. The search led to this set. I’ve gone with people I’m not related to by blood or marriage. At some point I’ll do a family set. Not today though.
Sometimes I think it would be fun to try and find all the photos taken on a particular day over the years. Finding a simple way to do that was the challenge. But of course nothing is really a challenge now is it? It’s usually just a matter of finding the right tool, or even of fully exploring the tools you have. That’s what I tried this morning and found that Flickr has a nice archive view that allows one to see when they’ve taken or uploaded photographs. When I looked in May of 2011 I did have any from 5/30. I went back to and when I hit 2009 I hit pay dirt. It was a Saturday and it was my 25th high school reunion. It had started on the evening of the 29th and carried on until the morning of the 31st. The event was at my school (New Hampton) and the weekend’s weather was perfect. Even though it was the 25th, I think there were only six or seven people from my year there. (There were more people than that though – any class was welcome.) It was pretty fun.
In any case, looking back using the archive view I was able to find a batch of photos from today’s date in the past and here they are.
It really is starting to feel like summer. Over the past few days I’ve been out and about in some new (or at least not recently visited) places and have gotten some new pictures I like a lot. It started this past weekend at my 25th high school reunion. The turn out for my class wasn’t as well-represented as we’d hoped (there were only five . . .) but there were almost 200 people spread over graduating classes from 1938 to 2004. Here are a few of those faces:
Yesterday I went up to Inman Square in Cambridge. Sheila and I went up to tape the installation of an exhibit at the 1369 Cafe. We started with a beer at Bukowski, when and shot and then had another beer. There were some great faces:
I’m starting to work on some new videos based on the faces. One of men, one of women, young people, older people, etc. I’ll be posting them as they’re ready.