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Housekeeping

October 30th, 2008 Posted in Family

Nooooo, wise guys, I didn’t decide to be some forlorn 70’s kid for Halloween.

That’s my actual life we’re looking at. Don’t I look thrilled? I lived with that lamp, that wallpaper, those wide lapels in Wantagh, Long Island. Analyzing the photo further, you get a hint of the black-and-white cushioned chair against the backdrop of that wallpaper. Just imagine living with that visual collision of patterns . . . all the time. Welcome to my world.

Actually, these photos are the result of more housekeeping. I finally fixed some broken links on my BIO page. Here’s my whole family, all seven of us, from a slightly earlier time: I’m the baby, up front and left-of-center. Which is still true today.

My oldest brother, Neal, went off to Princeton around that time, and came back a long-haired freak! My next oldest, Billy, dropped out of college and was soon drafted into Vietnam. He returned a short-haired freak — but the important thing was that he returned. Times changed pretty fast during The Nixon Era. I always wanted to set a book in that period, 1969-70, my year of small miracles. Not a memoir, but fiction grounded in that time period. When my mother woke me early one morning to watch a grainy television picture of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon; and even more amazing, when I saw the Mets take Game Five of the World Series. Cleon Jones caught that final out, dropped down to one knee, squeezed it tight. And somehow, through that wild season, we had survived.

By the way, this is my 100th post!

  1. 3 Responses to “Housekeeping”

  2. By ellen miles on Oct 30, 2008

    Happy 100th!
    Love the pix. The plaid jacket adds another dizzying pattern to the mix.

  3. By Nan Hoekstra on Oct 30, 2008

    JP, you are so funny. I think I’ll take a look at some of those old photos tonight. I was one of seven too. Five brothers and a big sister! Too wonderful…

  4. By Karen on Oct 31, 2008

    Congrats on 100! They’ve all been very enjoyable to read.

    Loved your Halloween post as well! Great scarecrow!

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