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Posted on Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Dave!Today I was supposed to work, but couldn't make it because I awoke with a splitting headache which made me so ill that I was fighting the urge to vomit all morning. I'm not sure what the problem is, but I had to make severe changes in my diet at the request of my doctor, and it's been wrecking havoc with my system.

So, in-between dry-heaves, I set about sorting through twenty years of memories that have been stacked up in boxes. It mostly photos, post cards, travel souvenirs, and maps... but occasionally I run into other cool stuff. Like money. I found $46 in US bills scattered amongst the crap I've collected. Not to mention what probably amounts to hundreds of dollars in expired foreign currency.

My main goal is to track down any loose negatives that might be hiding so I can get them scanned. Otherwise, I'll miss the opportunity to see such gems as these (which were scanned in my last batch)...

Dave Traveler

Clockwise... That's me in a tux at my good friend's wedding. Me in Hawaii circa 1986. Me at the top of Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur) circa 2000. And me being all business-casual in Tokyo circa 1990.

Rummaging through crap for hours wasn't doing my headache any good, but it's all worth it because every once in a while, I run across something like this...

Alcoholics Not-Anonymous Here We Come!

That's me and my sister, circa 1987. If I remember correctly, we had finished off all the alcohol in the apartment except Yukon Jack Whiskey and some kind of Bailey's Irish Cream knock-off. Not knowing what else to do, we mixed them together and did shots.

Googling this horrific concoction, I now know this drink actually has a name... it's called a "Yukon Jackoff."

That sounds about right.

And so I made it half-way through my memories today and was very happy to learn that most of them are actually worth remembering.

That's kind of a nice thing to have happen on a Saturday, isn't it?

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  1. Crail00 says:

    You are to be envied for the opportunity and finding these photos.

    My second oldest sister threw out all the family pictures which went back as far as The Big War (WWI).

    Have not a clue what was on her mind. There was a photo of my dad in his Royal Horse Artillery uniform as well as one of my mum in her Women’s Royal Air Force uniform.

    Plus pictures of the family candy factory going back to late 1890’s and early 1910’s.

    Totally irreplaceable.

    Will have to use my imagination.

    I do have the receipt from when my grandfather bought the land in early 1890’s for the factory. It was passed on to me by my oldest brother.

    OK. Enough of my tale of woe. Hope you are feelig better

  2. Rachel says:

    I love your early emo hair in the pic w/ your sister. It’s fantastic

  3. love, love, LOVE old photos! these were awesome. so awesome in fact, that i am not even gonna give you shit about the tie you are wearing in the image taken top of the towers.

    although i did gag a little at the thought of yukon mixed a bailey’s type milky beverage. i will drink just about anything, but i doubt even i would have been so brave. i bow to your dedication to the drunk!

  4. Kim says:

    Yukon Jack. **shivers**

    I had the worst hangover of my life after attending a bar that had a YJ night, shots, drinks, and goodies….blech…

    Thanks for the dry heaves Dave. ; )

  5. Sybil Law says:

    Excellent thing for a Saturday!
    I love the pics!!!
    Also, I think the Yukon Jackoff might’ve made you dry heave, as it did me! YECH.

  6. Hilly says:

    My BFF is a cuuuuutie. And he is seexxxxxxy. You know you waaaaant him.

    That was me being Miss Congeniality for a moment. Anyway, I’m glad you found those pictures. Finding shots of GOOD memories always make a day much better.

  7. Fun! I keep meaning to scan in old photos myself. This might motivate me…

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. adena says:

    Oh, the TIE, Dave! 🙂

    Other than that, great pictures!

  9. You lucky bastard.

    Excuse me while I go simmer in my jealousy since I am fairly sure that, unlike you, *I* won’t improve with age. 😛 Don’t get me wrong, you were a cutie when you were younger, but damn…

    …maybe all that alcohol is acting as a preservative? Clearly that means I should drink more.

  10. Dave,

    Do you prefer scanning negatives over prints?

  11. Michelle M. says:

    The picture of you and your sister looks like something out of an eighties/John Hughes/Cameron Crowe movie : ).

  12. That is one bad tie!

    I need to call my mom and have her rescue all the family photos from my sister so I can scan them. I’ve lost a lot of my own photos in the 18 billion moves I’ve made across the country.

  13. Anthony McG says:

    You ever had a Baby Guinness? Baileys and Tia Maria. Probably my favourite shot.

  14. jenny says:

    ‘Lil Hawaii Dave needs to eat some more pudding paks! He’s so cute and teeny I could put him in my pocket!

    Love the one of you and your sis – has a distinct “Adventures in Babysitting” meets “Ferris Bueller” feel to it.

  15. yellojkt says:

    Worst mixed drink name ever.

  16. Faiqa says:

    OMG, I’m totally crushing on 1986 Dave. Cute, cute, cute.

  17. Mik says:

    I’ve been sorting through some of my negatives, I may have to post some old pics of me. I need access to a film negative scanner.

    I don’t think I want to try that Yukon Jackoff, makes me want to hurl just thinking about it.

  18. martymankins says:

    Nice retro photos.

    Yukon Jack? Almost as bad as Lord Calvert or Black Velvet.

  19. delmer says:

    You never seem to age. Which is sort of a rare occurrence outside of the X Files.

  20. Colin B. says:

    No, that is a great thing to have happen on a Saturday. These photos make me wish I had more photos of myself through the years.

    It’s weird how disconnected I feel from that person I used to be and all these memories I have.

  21. That last photo is priceless…and a bit moving.

  22. kilax says:

    What a fun way to spend a headache day! I love looking at old photos. I hope your head feels better and you get your diet worked out so that it works for you 🙂

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