Seven Decades

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“Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me,
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.”

Grateful Dead

It seems a bit self-centered to post photos for my own birthday, analogous to sending a birthday card to myself, but it is interesting to look back at those 70 years and reflect upon what has changed and what remains constant.

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

The Millennial Years

I’ll finish this posting with a tune for the day. Last year it was the Birthday Dirge but since this is a decade milestone I picked a cheerful song written by Charlie Poole.

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Old and In The Way – as performed by Loudon Wainwright III

When you walk along the street, how oftentimes you meet
Some poor old man who’s gotten old and gray.
With age his back is bent, in his pockets not a cent,
And for shelter he has no place to stay.

 

His relations by the score, they’ll turn him from the door –
They’ll see him on the street and pass him by.
If you ask them why they do, they’ll turn and say to you,
“He is old, he’s gray, he’s only in the way.”


Now let us cheer them on, for they won’t be with us long.
Don’t sneer at them because they’re old and gray.
Just remember while you’re young that for you the day may come,
When you’ll be old and gray, and only in the way.


Now my message, I am sure, is for rich as well as poor,
For take a rich man when he’s growing old –
His relations ’round him stand, and take him by the hand –
They all want him to die, they want his gold.

 

And what it’s truly worth to own the riches of this earth,
He’ll discover at the closing of the day.
After all he’s like the poor when his journey’s nearly o’er –
He finds he’s old and gray and only in the way.


Now let us cheer them on, for they won’t be with us long.
Don’t sneer at them because they’re old and gray.
Just remember while you’re young that for you the day may come,
When you’ll be old and gray, and only in the way.

 

Countdown to Thanksgiving

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This was a year that we had a full house for Thanksgiving. Mom and Dad, Chris and Lisa, Susan and Brad. Not sure exactly when this was, these are scanned film photos. This year we set up a table in the living room to accommodate everyone.

NOTE: I’ve been looking for a way to display larger images on this blog and discovered a WordPress feature that allows me to do that. These photos are linked to Google Photos where they are stored. Notice that your mouse pointer will change shape when you move it into the photo. If you click in the photo a new window will open displaying a much larger version.Pretty nice isn’t it?

I’ve only done this with these two photos but will eventually retrofit some of the other ones. I’ve added a white border around the enabled photos to indicated that they are linked.Try it and let me know what you think.

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Emily was the only one that looked at the camera!

ThanksMissing a few folks in this shot