Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Memories

My 50 High School Class Reunion Photo 2009

Last week I upgraded my iMac to the new Sierra operating system. 

I love Apple and all their products but their photo application has left me wanting the last two upgrades.  Finally they got it right with this latest upgrade.  Now I can organize my 86,000 plus and 3,000 plus videos before I kick the bucket.  Not that anyone would want my photos and videos but playing around with them now gives me pleasure and that is what counts in the end, isn't it?

This evening when I went into Photo I found this nice feature: "On This Day . . . "

This photo above is of me and some of my former classmates from my Downingtown High School Class of 1959 50th class reunion.  

Hard to believe that seven years has elapsed since that reunion.  

Those who have followed my blog since I began blogging in 2005 (yes, that long ago) know that I love to take and accumulate photos and videos.  

One of my goals before I become demented and die is to organize all my photos and videos.  Again why?  Because reliving these memories give me a great pleasure.  

My late friend Wayne "The Cajun" Juneau's last blog post he dismissed me as "living in the past."  I have to admit that was a very hurtful comment to receive from someone who I was nothing but kind to but be he obviously felt the need to make that parting shot to me.  Something I will never understand.  

All my life I have taken photos.  Now I take photos and videos, short videos. I often wonder how many photos and videos I would have if I had an iPhone camera back when I was in high school.  Back in another time and age, the Fifties.  Millions folks, millions.  But just think of the memories I would be wallowing in.  Living in the past. 

It would be nice when I am gone that someone would take care of my treasury of photos and videos. That probably won't happen.  But what will happen is that I'm going to make a valiant effort to post as many of those photos and videos to this blog and You Tube. 

I am convinced that someone will appreciate them in the future.



13 comments:

  1. First of all, I'm delighted that you're organizing and compiling all your photos and videos - it's a formidable task, but also an immensely enjoyable one.

    Second - - you already know how I feel about people who chastise us for "living in the past". I've been accused of the same thing on occasion.
    As I've often said before, the past - in essence - is all we have. The present is fleeting and the future is uncertain.
    The past is the foundation of who we are and it should be remembered and treasured.

    End of speech.
    And more power to you!

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    1. Thanks Jon! I think the reason that Wayne didn't like to be reminded of the past because he wanted to bury his past, mainly because his longtime relationship broke up. He didn't want me or anyone to ever say anything about his former partner Tom.

      You're so right, the past is all we have. Who we are today is a cumulation of our past. The present i fleeting and the future uncertain. As you said, "the past is the foundation of who we are and it should be remembered and treasured."
      Thank you for your comment Jon.
      Ron

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  2. It was only last week that I finally faced up to deleting The Cajun's blog from my roll call. His last poke at you hadn't registered with me, but now you tell of it I can see that it would linger in your mind as something of a niggle - which was possibly all what he hoped it would be. However, I now also see that it cut rather deeper than that, which is sad.

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    1. Ray,
      The last time I saw Wayne, he was very bitter. He knew he was dying and was lashing out. I saw him a few days before he died in his hospital room. When I walked in he said "Oh, it's you." I don't know where that came from, perhaps because I didn't volunteer to take him into my home. The hospital wanted to discharge him but he had no place to go for care. His former partner of thirty-one years didn't volunteer nor did any of his many friends volunteer. However, there was a woman he worked with who took care of his personal business and final arrangements for which I give her great credit, because she had not known him that long. I think he former employers saw that that was done. I could not take care of Wayne in my home. He didn't ask but I think he expected me too because everyone else had left him. I did all I could for Wayne during his breakup, including helping him move three times and also suggesting he blog to help with his loneliness. I didn't expect thanks for those actions but I was disappointed in his attitude towards me at the end of his life. Too often I have befriended a gay person who takes my friendship the wrong way. I don't want an involvement, just friends. Of course I was hurt by his comment and being a Scorpio I will never forget.
      Ron

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    2. That was a very sorry way for him to go, Ron, and to have left you with that feeling of unfairness towards you tinged with a bit of nastiness . I had no idea. But I dare say that I might well depart in similar fashion, though in my case it'll not be feeling spite against a particular person(s) but more likely a grudge against the whole world. Altogether dying is a horrible business for everyone no matter how one looks at it - though it's always a question of degree.

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    3. Ray,
      Wayne was very bitter at the end of his life. I guess I was a convenient target. At least I didn't desert him like many of his so called friends did when he and Tom parted ways. I still remember all those people who showed up at his house for parties when he was with Tom. I didn't see any them around when Wayne was ill. Thank goodness he worked with good people who saw to his needs at the end of his life. I think I was the only friend from his former life who maintained contact with him after he broke up with Tom. Well, Wayne is at peace now.
      Ron

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  3. Since going digital, I have about 36,000 photos, I have only scanned a couple hundred from the print era. I still have a long way to go to catch up with you. Like you, every blog posting has at least one picture, I am thinking about a theme day for next year, of pictures with no words one day a week.

    There is little about my life before I turned 30 that I want to remember or be reminded of - but that is my life.

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    1. David,
      There are periods of my life that I prefer not to remember and I don't write about them nor do I post the photos although I have them. Those periods are just too painful. Maybe sometime in the future I will post those stories and photos but I doubt it. I understand fully your choice not to go back there.
      Ron

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  4. Ron.

    I truly admire you for taking the time to organize all of your photos, videos, vlogs etc. It is a great undertaking. It is something I have wanted to do too. I think you have inspired me to finally hunker down and just do it.

    It is sad that your friend had to be such a jerk at the end and hurt you by his unjust comment. Words truly do hurt and you never forgotten what he said, try and let it go Ron. It will only make you sad.

    I like what Jon wrote in his comment about "living in the past", he is right.

    Take care,

    Linda

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    1. LInda,
      I'm glad I inspired you to organize all your photos, videos, vlogs, etc! As for my late friend Wayne's final shot at me at the end of his life, perhaps that shows the true character of someone. I liked Wayne, he had the personality of the late actor and comedian Paul Lynde. He was funny but he could be sharp. He was funny at times but he was lonely and was looking for someone to be with. That wouldn't be me, I was only a friend. I will try to let "it" go but I know my nature and I never forget something like that. I also never forget a kindness. Perhaps they balance out. I think we can have differences with people but we should have respect for one another. When that mutual respect is lacking, it is sad.
      Ron

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  5. Ron I am delighted that you are a photo bug I always enjoy the shots you present in your blog of family and friends from earlier times and the fact that you capture our adventures to our favourite destinations. Certainly that's a sad recollection to have of Wayne but perhaps his mind wasn't in a very stable place at the time. You go above and beyond lavishing memories among your friends especially with the new videos you construct .
    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      Thanks! I do like memorializing my personal life history with photos and videos. I get to relive those times of my life. I think you're right about Wayne, he was very bitter at the end of his life. Sad.
      Ron

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  6. Spoken like a good historian genealogist !
    Putting away the most mundane things are cherished items for future historians. Good for you.

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