What I Notice In Every Old Picture Of Me


I’ve got a bit of a hyperbole problem, so I need to point out beforehand that I’m not exaggerating.

I was looking at an old photograph showing me and one of my grandfathers (I know which one but you probably don’t much care). It can be hard figuring out who everyone quite is in old photographs, because many of my old photographs come from the 1970s and you know what we all looked like back then. But you can pick me out of any photograph by looking for the person who obviously doesn’t realize that the things he puts on are going to be the things other people see him wearing.

In this photograph, I’m wearing the kind of shirt I was fond of until about grad school, when I finally learned that I always look horrible in them. The shirt has a white base, and blue sleeves, and horizontal stripes of different colors across the body. I do not blame 1979; as noted, I always picked this sort of shirt until I realized I have to just wear a shirt of some solid color, and preferably, one of about three colors.

I must have picked this shirt out myself, because my parents have always been loving and supportive of me, even that time I picked out a Tampa Bay Buccaneers T-shirt to wear even though (a) we lived in New Jersey and (b) it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (c) from the 70s, when the Buccaneers, then with two wins and 850 losses each season, had the official colors of Traffic Cone Orange and Sadness. And yet this, non-Buccaneers, shirt contains no less than four distinct browns. Also I remember it being one of my favorite shirts, even more than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shirt.

There is no defense; I just hope you will all be merciful and consider that I have to remember myself wearing this thing.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

5 thoughts on “What I Notice In Every Old Picture Of Me”

  1. I still have, and occasionally wear, an authentic traffic-cone-orange-and-sadness Tampa Bay Buccaneers shirt. However, I note that I’m originally from Tampa (and pay DirecTV a lot of money every year so that I can watch all the Tampa Bay Buccaneers games).

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    1. Sure, but you have decent geographic sensible reasons to follow the Buccaneers. I had two perfectly good perfectly abysmal teams in the Giants and the Jets whose shirts I could have worn without it burning out the optical elements of any cameras photographing me.

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    1. What I learned from it, mostly, is to never wear anything that it would strike me as a good idea to wear, which causes all kinds of logic problems when I try to actually buy anything.

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