Delenda Est Carthago

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Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States

I plan on being the supreme dictator of the country, if not the world. Therefore, you might want to stay on my good side. Just a hint: ABBA rules!


It Came From the Eighties!!!!! (With a Special Celebrity Cameo!)

I visited Pennsylvania this past weekend for our second annual high school reunion picnic, which this year was a bit more significant as I actually graduated 20 years ago. I went stag, as I needed some time away from the kids and it's far more expensive to buy four plane tickets than one (imagine that!). I flew out on Wednesday night and spent Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and most of Sunday in my old stomping grounds - namely, Bucks County, PA. This year I won't write about my experiences, as I did last year, mainly because the kids weren't around, so my visit mainly concerned sitting around with friends drinking (not too much, as I just can't deal with a lot of alcohol anymore, plus I was driving most places), which no one wants to hear about. At the actual picnic, I had a grand time catching up with people, some of whom I hadn't seen in 20 years and others who I see every time I go home, but they all make me feel inadequate (off the top of my head, we had a psychiatrist, at least one doctor, a woman who works for the Peace Corps in Niger, a lawyer, and a person who's working on a vaccine for staph infections at the picnic, and I'm sure I'm missing several other impressive occupations, making my day of watching television and blogging seem trivial by comparison - even if I LOVE IT!) so I'll just say to any of them who might be reading, It was great to see you, and I hope I can do it again next year.

However, while I was home, my mom told me that she had dug out some old photo albums, so of course I had to go through them. These are pictures from no later than May of 1993, when I graduated from college, and going back to probably 1986 (the only dated photograph is from July 1987, but a few look older than that). So sit back and return with me to a time when I was actually skinny. I know, it's hard to believe, but I have photographic proof! These photos star my sister, my parents, my bride-to-be, and perhaps the greatest celebrity cameo in history. I kid you not!

That's my sister, by the way.

Check out that skinny dude! That's my dad, back when he had (some) hair.

Man, I look like a total nerd. What's up with the hair and glasses? Dang. That's my aunt and uncle and my two young cousins.

This is my sister and I waiting at the airport in the summer of 1988 before our trip to Barbados. My parents took us cool places, because they're awesome.

This is when we arrived in Barbados. I have no idea where I'm going with such intensity, but I love that picture.

All right, ladies, avert your eyes before you're overcome with desire! Stud Alert!!!!

Look at those abs! Is it any wonder I was beating them off with a stick?

This is my senior prom in May 1989. That's my girlfriend, Holly. She was a pretty cool chick. We grew apart once we went off to school, but I had a nice little romance with her.

High school graduation. Look at how uncynical I am! So very, very foolish of me!

Check out those glasses! And yes, that is my Billy and the Boingers T-shirt. That's just how I rolled, man!

A dude should never match his mother. But check out those shorts! The '80s ruled.

My sister and I again.

This is July of 1987 at Ricketts Glen, Pennsylvania. The girl on the right was an exchange student who lived with us for a time. Check out my tan! And that's a Little Shop of Horrors T-shirt I'm wearing.

That's my dad in a rare moment of levity. Well, I guess it wasn't all that rare, but this is still not too common from him.

I don't know when this was taken, but it was in the Poconos, I know that much. Check out the shades!

This is kind of murky, but it still cracks me the fuck up. This is when I got all four of my wisdom teeth out and I had to have ice on both sides of my mouth for a few days. It was no fun.

This was probably junior year, but I'm not sure. This was my first girlfriend Krista. I wonder what happened to her.

I live to be goofy.

Look at that idiot. He thinks the world is his oyster. What a kook!

This would be my lovely future bride. We were in Nanticoke, PA, where my grandparents lived. This was my grandfather's funeral in the winter of 1993. It was the first time Krys met my parents. Fun!

Here I am sitting around at my grandfather's funeral. That's some stylin' hair on that dude!

This is my graduation from Penn State, meaning it's May of 1993.

That's my maternal grandmother. She was 82 at the time. She was pretty awesome.

My sister again. You might be wondering, does she ever smile?

Hell yeah she does! Barb and my mom were flying to New Orleans once and yes, Richard Simmons was on the flight with them. So they got their picture taken with him. Don't they all look happy? Richard Simmons is awesome, man.

So those are my mother's olde-tyme daguerreotypes. I hope you dug 'em!

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Blogger Kait W. said...

Oh man, so he really wears those short shorts all the time? Impressive!

1/7/09 12:01 AM  
Blogger Roger Owen Green said...

You DO look so...hopeful...

1/7/09 3:49 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Kait: Yeah, he lives the dream all the time!

Roger: "Hopeful" is a nice way of putting it, I guess!

1/7/09 7:19 AM  
Blogger Sebastian said...

You have the same pose in practically every picture. Great trademark.
Man, I love R. Simmons. So cheery.

Awesome post, thanks.

6/7/09 7:36 PM  
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