latest hurricane matthew update –
Okay everyone – here is a photo from 1992.
I had to share it for the “nostalgia” challenge (here) because this moment is quite opposite of a time I longed for – whew – and actually – I am sharing this photo because it ties into a short book I am finishing up this month, which is called December 1992.
My December 1992 book is about one of the most pivotal months in my life – the month of December 1992, which was a time that my spiritual life had a paradigm shift. I know my book will not be everyone’s type of read, but I am writing it more for myself – and maybe for some young singles who want to hear about some key decisions I made that month – some wise things that were choices that I am still reaping the fruits from.
I won’t go into very many details now, but this photo gives a hint at some of it.
Do you see the girl in the photo on the left?
That is Ellen and she is holding a French book. Can you see it? That was my French primer because I was dating this guy from France (we met in the summer and he was later coming back – or hoping to – and so I was practicing up on my French, which has always been pretty bad… lol) – anyhow, I broke it off with this guy in December (last I heard – he was happily married in Canada) – but that break up in 12/92 was a tough decision, but it was correct – and so my book mentions this – just a tad – and it mentions the other stuff.
Now getting back to my feature photo.
I am the one taking the photograph – and get this – I took the photo with a yellow plastic underwater camera that I bought at a pawn shop on the cheap. (Side note, I have only been to a pawn shop three times in my whole life – thrice, that’s it. ) Now let me remind you that this was before underwater gear was everywhere. And I used that camera more above ground than underwater – (like in this small bar with all those Bills’ fans) and my camera was always a conversation piece! And you know, if I could go back – (and not asking to, right?) but if I could, I would use that camera to get more underwater photos and I would scuba dive every single weekend.
The girl on the right (with that leftover 1980’s hair style) was a work friend, we lost touch and I cannot even recall her name, but she was cool.
Do you see all those guys?
Six of them are brothers (one worked for the Space Center) and their family grew up one street away from us (in Buffalo, NY) – and in Buffalo, the back of their enormous four-story house faced the front of our house (we had a huge field between us). And if you notice – they are huge Buffalo Bills fans. Almost all of their family (6 of 7 kids) ended up moving down to Florida because their parents divorced and the mother remarried someone who worked for Kennedy Space Center. That single union brought dozens of Buffalonians to the city of Titusville…. which by the way – is currently enduring Hurricane Matthew. It is also a place in great economic decline (sad) as the entire Space Coast has fizzled out when the Federal Space program closed and changed its mission.
Anyhow, throughout the state of Florida I always met Bills’ fans everywhere I went.
Make that – throughout the country – I have always met Bills’ fans – and whenever I would meet Bills’s fans, we felt a sense of kinship – and I have some examples to maybe share another time.
And even though I have been a Denver Broncos fan all of my adult life (because ever since 1993 it’s all about the orange and blue baby), but you know, our roots stay with us – and the red and blue of the Buffalo Bills will always be a part of my heritage. No matter who is coaching and no matter what drama unfolds, there is a connection.
Well – thanks for reading – and again, my upcoming book might not be your thing – and actually, I have four books being released later this Fall – (yes, I have been busy writing this year…. ) and none of them might be your cup of tea – and that is ok – but for those who are interested, I will share more in upcoming posts.
In closing, my thoughts and prayers are with anyone in the path of the current Hurricane, but especially my friends and family along the east coast of Florida.
oh and this post was inspired by bedlam and daisies recent Hurricane post – where she recently shared about surviving Hurricane Wilma in Naples..
have a great day – and what about you – do you have any memories from 1992 or any Hurricane stories….. or do you like Buffalo Bills fans like I do (kidding)