Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday Flashback: Fleeced Edition

I've decided to make room for some new clothes. For whatever reason, I've been holding on to two polar fleeces that I bought wayyyyyy before I lost weight and they're both wayyyyyy too big for me now. They're both just like new (does fleece every really wear out?), but I just can't bring myself to walk around in these tents anymore; they're both going in the charity bin.

I decided to go into the photo albums to try to find out just how old these fleeces are. The first one, according to this picture from December 1995, goes back at least 13 years. Mrs. TBF took this picture of me in front of our garage right after I had arrived home after having surgery to repair my deviated septum. The surgery itself wasn't very painful, but the miles of gauze stuffed up my nose....AWFUL! I don't need any memories of that event lying around.

The fleece goes!

The second fleece I'm actually giving up with some regret because I've always liked it. It's orange - my favorite color - and really comfortable. However, it's even bigger than Deviated Septum Fleece (DSF), so it has to go. Unlike DSF, this fleece actually brings back pleasant memories.

I found some pictures of me wearing Big Orange Fleece (BOF) when we came to Switzerland as tourists in March of 2000. I seem to recall buying it shortly before going on that trip, so that would make BOF only about nine years old - a relative youngster compared to DSF. This picture was taken by Mrs. TBF after a train ride up to Kleine Scheidegg with Simon, Rosemarie, and the kids. Just look at me: all fat and happy, without even the slightest clue that two months later our house would be up for sale and we'd be preparing to move to Basel.

I've already ordered replacements for DSF and BOF from the L.L. Bean catalog, and they're being shipped to my mother-in-law's house so that they'll be waiting for me when I go to Chicago early next month. Who knows? Perhaps I'll still have them both thirteen years from now...

...as I approach 60!

5 comments:

Michael said...

Look at you with a goatee!!!

I have some old clothes as well, we went to Hawaii in 1978 and I still have my Dad's shirt that he bought there - it doesn't look as good now, but I still have it.

I've also got a few shirts that I've had so long that I can't throw out just because their antiques - just like that jar of marmlade that is in the cupboard that expired in 1999 - you just can't throw stuff like that out!

Leesa said...

I know how difficult it is to give up clothing...
Hey, your orange fleece matched your hair under your chin (not sure what it's called-- not a beard or a goatie).

Expat Traveler said...

Love the flashback photos!

Mrs. TBF said...

Hey geek - nice "blue blockers!"

The Big Finn said...

Mrs. TBF - I wish I still had 'em. They were AWESOME!