September 8, 2010

the wayback machine

kudos to anyone that knows where the title of this entry originated....alternate title:  my dad was a dude.

this is my dad and his youngest brother, circa late 1960's to early 1970's.  if anyone remembers me telling about his skiing up the slope of the slew, this is the swimsuit he was wearing that day.  he's holding scott (a cousin) who apparently was unhappy about the tightness of the trunks.  please note my dad is wearing shoes - now i know where my baby brother's always wearing shoes thing comes from.  the yellow lifevest is being rocked by bruce (another cousin) and i'm not sure who is standing beside bruce - it's not me...but there is not enough face to tell who it is.

yesterday was my dad's birthday - it's hard to realize how very young he is in this photograph.  isn't that weird to realize about our parents when we see them frozen in time?  look how much fashion has changed - short trunks/tight trunks, his hair, the lifevests...even his loafers.

so many good times on the shores of this lake - so many good times.

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today on my ipod (daddy special) - the house of the rising sun (the animals), we will rock you (queen), walk, don't run (the ventures), jambalaya (hank williams sr.), delta dawn (tanya tucker), 

24 comments:

  1. all i can do is laugh....
    since i have so many photos just like this.

    mom gave me an old photo album years ago and now is always asking, "hey, where did you get that photo" when i pull one out for something. i remind her she gave "the album" to me and just recently she told me she wants the photos back....ummm, seriously mom, are you kidding me. i don't think so. i'm having way too much fun with them :)

    and yes....i think all of our dads were total studs back then !!!

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  2. happy birthday to your dad! i just love all those old photos. everyone in my husband's family fights over who will get the photos when their parents pass... how morbid is that?!

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  3. scan them - then everyone can have them!

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  4. I have some very similar photos in my collection. Ah the memories, ah the tight shorts and crazy colors! Oh, and my dad held a pipe in one hand throughout the entire seventies. Fun times.

    Delta Dawn--yes! I had this on 45. Man, I'm old. :)

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  5. OMGosh! So funny! Man those are some REALLY tight shorts! LOL! My mom has a picture of my dad that's very similar but I'm not sure what he's wearing for shorts. Now I can't help but wonder.

    Happy Birthday to your Dad! I hope he had a great day!

    My girls are freaked out by my husband and I, especially if we hug or kiss. All I can do is laugh : )

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  6. My eyes went straight to those loafers even before I read your post. What a great pic and how wonderful that you had so many good times there--nothing better!

    xo Mary Jo

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  7. ...and these were the days before spandex! Too cool is all I can say:) Wish you were in that photo...

    My dad's birthday would have been soon...he totally missed the tight bathing suit era but I think he would have embraced it...

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  8. Oh my gosh...such a great photo! You need to submit this to my parents were awesome. I love that site.

    http://myparentswereawesome.tumblr.com/

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  9. What a nice post. I love the photo. It's weird to see our parents as young people, I agree.

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  10. omg, i think my dad had the same hairstyle, trunks and shoes! too funny!
    nice to have the good memories...

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  11. This brings back so many memories of my childhood...we spent a LOT of time on the lake waterskiing, swimming, camping...and I think I have a few pictures like this with my dad wearing those oh so trendy tight swimming trunks too! And the hippy hair...oh the long hippie hair. lol!

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  12. Mr. Peabody & Sherman used the WABAC to alter famous historical events! I cheated and looked on wikipedia. I do remember the Rocky and Bullwinkle show though. All those thin dad's sportin' the tightest trunks. Classic.

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  13. ok was he a hottie or what oops sorry that's your dad i'm talking about. ha ha those trunks are fabulous. My dad is in a picture skiing and he looks the same, his hair is immaculate and his bathers sooooo cool. I love these old pictures. I am watching the series Mad Men at the moment and it just brings back all these memories of my home and my parents back in the day. Love this

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  14. I love these old pictures - and absolutely you are welcome for including you. Yours is a blog I try never to miss. It really is wonderful.

    BTW - Listened to Richie Havens "Just Like a Woman", Dido - "Here with Me", Simply Red = "sunrise", and Sixpence none the Richer - "Don't Dream It's Over" - it's a Great remake.

    xo Erin

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  15. oh gosh...i love this. so much. hee hee!

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  16. We can all relate to the oldies!! So cute with so many good memories to cherish! Thanking God for my camera! ;)

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  17. what a wonderful memory. happy b-day to your dad!
    xo

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  18. I guess memories sustain us.
    Brenda

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  19. what a super photo! and the shorts with shoes is cracking me up! my dad wears church shoes with 501 jeans, and it cracks me up!

    have a fab weekend!

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  20. Those shorts! Time does fly, our moments here so sacred and precious. I hope you shared a special day with your dad...

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  21. I absolutely adore old photos of family members. All the hints of who they used to be. Snapshots are the best at that of course. Sometimes I wonder... as we all get better at taking pictures and as cameras get better and better - will our children and theirs get the same kind of pleasure?

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  22. we just came across some very old family photos, previously undeveloped...LOVE old family photos. it really awakens the imagination about those you "thought" you knew the best.

    {p.s. thanks for the shout out about the liberation list! isn't it, well, liberating?!}

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  23. Old photos are so much fun to see. This is a great one!

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  24. That's a great picture...I wonder if your dad were still with you would he laugh at his clothing and hairstyle choices the way we do at our old pics. Happy birthday, Char's dad!

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