Pictures of Vanity and other fine shots…. A Grandpa Tale
I am 64 years old and have a wonderful head of hair, it’s about 95 percent white, and it is a flowing mane. Yes I am extremely vain about my hair. For years and years it was the only aspect of myself that I really really liked. But as lovely as it is now (or so my stylist tells me), it had a much more powerful impact when it was a deep red. No I was never a strawberry blonde, when I was younger it was RED with a capital RED!
What brings this up you ask. Well my wife and I have spent the last weeks shredding old documents, things that have been stuff in boxes, hidden in drawers, and stuffed in filing cabinets. It was spring break for my wife, and this is a project she has wanted to tackle for months and who am I to argue with the boss. I had suggested we just gather them up and have a professional company handle, but I was overruled, and to her credit she must have shredded at least 4,000 pages of documents that should have been destroyed years ago. OK OK I know get to the friggin point Bill…. In a file cabinet in my office in one of the last folders we were going to search we came about a bunch of pictures, 1 of these I had been searching over the last 10 years. Others are pictures of me in the Navy in my late 20’s. I am going to share these photo’s for 2 reasons, 1) it shows my long RED hair, and 2) they show me almost skinny.
This 1st picture is my wedding picture, the very beautiful woman next to me is my wife of 35 years. My hair is a deep RED and over the collar of my suit. We were married on 10/07/78, I had been out of the Navy since March of 78, a week before this picture was taken was the 1st time I had gotten a haircut since that March.
This next picture shows me sitting on the deck in the cubicle where my rack was located, again it shows my RED hair. BTW you have to back to my bootcamp picture to find a photo of me without facial hair.
This picture is of my rack onboard the USS Independence, I slept in this space for the better part of 2 ½ years. In a posts a couple of months ago I spoke of this space, and I commented on how neat and tidy it was. This photo was taken in a rare moment.
This next photo was taken somewhere in the Mediterranean most likely in 1977, I am the stud in the middle with the hat. I wore that hat when departing the ship to hide the length of my hair. I remember both the guys standing with me, and the guy taking the picture, and at the time of the picture we were as thick as thieves. But as each of us left the ship we never stayed in contact.
This picture was most likely taken in Hawaii in 1982 or so while I was in the Navy Reserve. If I remember correctly my 1st two week active duty period was for 17 days in Hawaii. I remember working my ass off and not really getting to do much tourist stuff. I was working 12 hours a day from 7pm to 7am, and only had 3 days off during the period. I would visit Hawaii 2 more times as a civilian with my wife. We had a truly fantastic time.
The final picture below was most likely taken the same day as this, I appear to be wearing the same cloths with that same lost look.
This is just a goofy post to show off my red hair and skinny body, either of which I have today. It is also intended to show off my wife. She is just as pretty today as she was then.
Thank you for indulging me today. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask. Take care, Bill