Category Archives: Flashbacks

Friday Flashback, Vol. V

It’s time to flash back again, this time to that most bountiful era of embarrassing photos…

College.

Tonight, my college roommate, bridesmaid, and all-around partner in crime, Anna, arrives for her first-ever visit to the Bay Area. Trent will be out of town for the weekend, helping out my other best girlfriend, Kim, at her nonprofit in Michigan. Anna and I will be on our own, on a girls-only cocktails-aplenty adventure.

Because, you know – who needs to do good things like present to high schoolers at an educational nonprofit when you could, um, be drinking cocktails aplenty with your girlfriends?

Anna’s super-sweet hubby and doting father of her children, Vince, bought her this plane ticket for her birthday. He used his hard-earned frequent flier miles. And this ain’t no 30,000-mile ticket, peeps – this is a 50,000-MILE ticket. So we’re gonna make the most of it – starting now, as I warm up by reliving all our ridiculous adventures over the years, and all the reasons why I looove Anna. I gotta make the next eight hours go by quickly!

So, here comes something ridiculous in saturated 90s Kodak color – with date stamp! Continue reading

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Friday Flash-WAAAYYY-Back, Vol. IV

Flashin’ WAAAYYY back this Friday, folks.

I came home from work to discover two early birthday packages from Munga waiting behind the porch steps. They were filled with the gifts I requested:

Old family photos.

There’s NOTHING I love more than old photos. And so for this Friday flashback, I’m takin’ you all the way back. To before my existence.

FLASHBACK:

Baldassare and Maria Minaudo, my great-grandparents, on their wedding day about 100 years ago. Straight from Sicily to my foyer wall.

Baldassare and Maria Minaudo, my great-grandparents, on their wedding day about 100 years ago. Straight from Sicily to my foyer wall.

I’m so happy to have these, I don’t even know where to begin. Especially this one, above, which my mom took to a professional restorer in the 80s after rescuing it from near demise in a cedar chest. Continue reading

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Friday Flashback: Vol. III

So I think after this I’ll probably only flash back on the occasional Friday; maybe one Friday a month or so. I mean, I can’t have every other post on this blog be a flashback, because that’s just gonna end up being waaayyy too embarrassing for this moi.

But, last week I said I’d be back this week, and I‘m nothing if not predictable dependable, so here it is…

FLASHBACK:

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My 14th birthday party, 1992. There are a lot of braces in this photo. And I’m still in touch, sans Facebook, with several of these girls, and their teeth all look great now.

Gaaahhh… Ha ha. Man, I REALLY loved Express French Country Style back then. I don’t know what I was thinking. I had at least four of those “ribbed tunics,” in slightly different luminescent jewel tones. AND I LOVED THEM ALL EQUALLY.

But really, I picked this photo because Cindy Phillips Weflen – the babe with the black bouffant in front – was really on my mind this week. She’s getting pretty prego by now over in Boston, and I’m on my way to visit her and her super groovy Harvard PhD hubby next month. When I heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon and the subsequent cinematic firefight in the streets of Cambridge, I immediately wondered if…

  1. The Weflen family was all safely out of the danger zone (along with my myriad other friends in Boston/Cambridge, like MC Eddo and Downtown Julie Brown)
  2. Baby Weflen had tried to bust outta her mama early, apprehend the bomber, and whoop some terrorist ass…

…because that’s just what a mini-Cindy would do. Probably dressed like a ninja.

Turns out, all are safe (yay!), and Baby W is still incubating according to plan. And I’m crazy excited to see the whole fam – Mom, Dad, and Unborn – in one month.

I may even pick up some sweet “vintage” 90s wear for the occasion.

I’ll return with more braces-and-bad-fashion-nostalgia in two to three Fridays.

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Friday Flashback: Vol. II

Yep, it’s official:

Friday Flashback is an ongoing series!

I mean, how can I not make it one? It’s just too great of an idea. Especially for someone with ELEVENTY JILLION old photos, perfectly organized (many already digitized) and ripe for the blogging.

And after all – this blog’s roots can be traced to my wedding centerpieces, which I managed to construct out of photos of me and all 250 guests at my wedding. You know I’ve been looking for the perfect excuse to keep doing ridiculous things like that.

So because her surprise email is responsible for jump-starting this idea, I’m making sure Suzy Mortiere-Abesamis makes a repeat appearance in Volume II. But I’m ALSO throwing in Rebecca Retzler in a SWEET University of Michigan cheerleader’s outfit.

FLASHBACK:

The many girls of the Redford Gang, getting a violin lesson from Martha most likely on a Rose Bowl day in the 80s, otherwise I'm pretty sure Becks wouldn't have been wearing the cheerleader outfit... I THINK...

The many girls of the Redford Gang, getting a violin lesson from Martha. Most likely on Michigan – Ohio State day some time in the 80s, otherwise I’m pretty sure Beck wouldn’t have been wearing the cheerleader outfit… I THINK…

Getting Beck’s BEAUTIFUL wedding invite and catching up for an hour over the phone was a real highlight of my week. I can’t wait to go to Seattle this summer and make peace signs when she and Jason walk down the aisle! Though, I don’t know if I’ll be able to snag anything in “handprint” to wear… 😐

Stay tuned until next Friday… You could be the lucky person I embarrass next!

(You really could — I got every single person at my wedding, remember…)

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Friday Flashback

Coolest way to start your Friday?

Find a random picture from 25 years ago in your inbox, delivered by a very old friend. Along with a “good times.” Just because.

Suzy, Sarah, Anne, Lisa, Laura. Aboard the Mar-Sa-Li II at the DYC in the 80s. Check out my rockstar tan and my sweet stonewashed jean shorts! what a babe...

Suzy, Sarah, Anne, Lisa, Laura. Aboard the Mar-Sa-Li II at the DYC in the 80s. Check out my rockstar tan and my sweet stonewashed jean shorts! what a babe…

Hope I get one of these every Friday!

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