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I take pictures of things. Mostly with film. Mostly with cameras. I am an engineer by trade. What really makes me happy, though, is to find an old camera at a swap meet or antique store and bring it back into working order with a few hours at the workbench. I then like to take them out and shoot some film. This blog is in large part the result of that activity.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

where have the years gone?

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A few weeks ago I drove through my old neighborhood.  I took a few photos of places that were important to me one way or another.  Above, my old school, where I went to kindergarten, first, second and sixth grades.  My sixth grade class is just off to the right there, inside the gate.  It occured to me as I put this image here that I first attended that school 41 years ago.  Holy Cow.

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My childhood home.  It looks really different now.  That fence, all those trees, the carport, the stamped concrete driveway, these are all new.  Oh, yeah, the Prius, too.  We moved out of that house in 1978, so I suppose all things considered it isn't any more different than I am.

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The Wienerschnitzel.  On a good weekend my Dad and I would stop here and get a hot dog and a root beer before we went on our way to Van Nuys Airport or Whiteman Airpark .  We'd then spend a few hours looking at airplanes.  The roof is yellow now, not red, but the hot dogs taste the same.

These places are not mine, alone, but the memories of them are.  I feel very fortunate to have had a happy childhood and to be able to go back and re-visit these places as an adult and to feel a tiny bit of that happiness again by way of those memories.

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