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Wednesday, December 28, 2005
START THE DAY OFF RIGHT
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My father was a professional photographer long before I was ever a gleam in his eye. When I was born, he switched to tv repairs and then became an electrician. (Zappa is the spittin' image of his grandfather and is also an electrician. My father died long before Zappa was born.) I was sitting here this morning trying to find a picture to post, when I began to paw through a box of old photos. Some my father took and some were of him. I hadn't looked through this box in years and, consequently, had forgotten what a treasure trove I had.
I found pictures of my father in Europe during WWII, pictures of him playing trumpet in the military dance band, and numerous pictures he had taken after the war for advertising.
I think it's safe to surmise that the picture above was done for Meridale Dairy. Families used to sit down to breakfast. Notice the place settings and the table cloth, which had to be ironed because it was not made from a wrinkle-free cotton. They drank from cups on saucers, not mugs. They ate real butter on their toast and used heavy cream in their fully-caffeinated coffee. And, of course, what breakfast would be complete without a cigarette. They even displayed them in a special container. God, those were the days!
UPDATE: I've been looking at that picture wondering why it seems so familiar, and I just realized that it was taken in my grandparents' home! That was their breakfast nook and those were their dishes and silverware, and I'll bet that that's my mother pouring the milk. My brother and his family live there now, and they still use those same dishes and silverware today. The toaster was probably tossed years ago.
Cybersurfing tidbits ...
8 Following the nostalgia theme, Young Teacher Was Tested: During his first year as a teacher, he lived in a Nebraska home without running water or electricity. … Most school mornings we spent huddled around the wood-burning stove as I tried to teach the lessons for all six grades. The school had no insulation, and the space under the floor was open to the howling wind.
8 AggravatedDoc has written a great analogy of the DC pork machine in his Glass Half Full: Imagine you are a new father, with bills to pay, a baby to feed, and diapers to buy. Your wife sends you out to the grocery store to pick up those few items that you [a] need and [b] can afford. If you act like a US Senator …
8 Whose Economy Is It Anyway?: Not coincidentally, in my opinion, the term "Bush Economy," which had been fairly prevalent in 2002 and 2003, has gone AWOL, especially in the three weeks since the President's December 5 North Carolina speech praising the economy's performance.
8 THIRDWAVE Dave highlights a great cause: SHIELDING THE FAMILIES
8 In the y'gotta-be-kidding dept.
1) LIP implants?!?
2) Does Anyone Ever "Need" A Boobjob?
3) Sean Lennon’s pathetic request for a girlfriend