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I received a request for a headshot in electronic format. Going through the collection of photographs on my computer, I came across several that awakened a sense of nostalgia, made me reminisce. I thought I'd share these with you.

Derek at Philmont Scout Ranch
This photo was taken during the early summer (I think June) of 1989, when I spent 2 weeks backpacking through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico, at the Philmont Scout Ranch. These were two very happy but very rigorous weeks, which we spent at an average altitude of about 9000 feet and a max altitude of over 11,000 feet, hiking anywhere from 8 to 12 miles a day.

Japanese student exchange
Another photo from my high school days. During the summer of 1990, I went to Hitachi-ohta, Japan, on a two-week student exchange. The following summer, several of the friends we'd made over there came out to San Diego for two weeks with us. Here we are saying our goodbyes at the airport.

Jeff and I after my senior thesis recital
We both look like shit, but I love this picture anyway. This was taken immediately after my senior honors thesis recital at Amherst. We both had the long hair going (I was preparing for a role that required longer hair), I had the expanded gut stretching out my vest, and JC had that ridiculous neck-beard-and-moustache combo.

Derek at work
Believe it or not, this photo is only about 5 years old. Those of you who've known me that long will remember I went on that medically-supervised liquid diet and was training for a marathon. I kept all the weight off until I developed patellar tendinitis and stopped running. This was also before I had my LASIK surgery.

My great aunt, Mama Chellita My grandmother, Mama Carmela
These pictures were taken sometime between 1990 and 1992, when my grandmothers came up from Panamá to visit us in San Diego. The first picture is of Mama Chellita and the second of Mama Carmela, and I miss them both very much.

Pooky on the prowl
This was my cat Pooky, towards the end of her life. She was the bestest cat ever, bar none!

Reunion photo
This was taken August of 2002 at my high school's 10th reunion. Despite being as active as when I played football and almost as active as when I was a long-distance runner, I've put on a few pounds since then.

Dan, JC, and me playing hearts
elgatocurioso was visibly nervous minutes before his wedding, so best man JC had the brilliant idea to play a game of hearts. I whipped both their asses, and then we went downstairs to start the ceremony.

Tamara and me at Logan
This is another picture I really like. I love the way it is framed and how it captures these big toothy smiles but also eyes which belie deeper, darker feelings beneath the surface. It was taken a couple of years ago, just a few months after we had our fling; she was on her way to live in Africa, and I was on my way to my grandmother's funeral in Panamá, and we somehow ended up on the same airplane for the first leg of our respective flights.

The singles ad
About 5 or so years ago, I decided to post a free ad on a dating website. I "labored" in Photoshop to create the not-your-usual-ad-photo photo. Alas, the site rejected it because it featured more than one person, but I thought it was a clever photo!

I hope you've enjoyed our brief excursion into memory lane. Now, back to your regularly scheduled lives!


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Oct. 20th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, I never would have recognized you in some of those!
Oct. 20th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
You moron! You're supposed to let the groom win!
Oct. 20th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
And how is that supposed to prepare him for marriage?! ;)
Oct. 20th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
You're lucky to have such a rich photo record of your life. I have very few pictures of myself beyond childhood. Not camera-shy, just never around when pictures are being taken.
Oct. 21st, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
I realize that people have odd ways that they think of themselves. That we have a tendency to look back on ourselves and say "ooh, I was so much better looking then.." for a million reasons. But I have to say, I think you are getting better and better.

What seems clear to me from all these shots is that you have a great deal of heart, a good sense of humour, and a cat that looks so much like my Tigger that I have to find a shot and send it to you.

And yeah, I think Tigger is the bestest cat, ever, too.
Oct. 21st, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
you have … a cat

Had, alas. There are three cats now that are part of my everyday life, my roommate's cats Foz and Yogurt and K's cat Pixie, but Pooky was killed by a pack of dogs in September of 1996.
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