When I started to think about Throwback Thursday this morning I was briefly distracted by one of those throwback videos from Facebook. Today is evidently 9 years since I joined Facebook. While some of these little reminders can really be heartfelt, this one caught me off guard. Look, I get it, they're computer generated and there's no human heart involved in any of them, but every now and then they hit a nerve.
Well this morning just made me chuckle. As the computer generated anniversary card played Facebook seems to forget one of the highlights of my nine years - throwing me out because they decided my name wasn't really "Skip." While my license shows my legal name, Steven, I had no legal documents showing "Skip." I actually sent them book reviews from Amazon, descriptions of workshops where I had spoken and eventually my birth announcement in a post to Mark Zuckerberg. But, because it's rare to find a live body, they still kept up the challenge!
But here's where the fun of this industry came into play, my friends stepped in. Nothing beats the value of your network when you need an "army" of support!
Scott Bourne put out a tweet along with a few dozen other people confirming my name to Facebook. Then Brent Watkins hit the topic with what's become my most favorite Facebook memory, his "Free Skip" campaign.
Going back only two years hardly qualifies as a Throwback Thursday contribution, so I decided to make this a double-header. There are boxes, envelopes and file folders all over our house, and you never know when an old photograph is going to show up.
I ran across this stellar print last weekend and have no idea why my folks wanted it as an 8x10. When I showed it to Sheila, I said, "Being dressed like this, it's amazing I grew up being able to dress myself!" Now, remember some of the reasons I fell in love with the lady are her humor, sarcasm, and wit. Her response was simply, "You still can't!"
I'm guessing I'm around ten in this image. Notice the fire hydrant behind me. Five years later, technically not old enough to drive, I backed my Dad's brand new Oldsmobile into it. I was moving it to shoot some hoops in the driveway while trying to impress the college coed next door. I hid under my bed the rest of the day!
And that brings me full circle to the fun of Throwback Thursday - the memories old photographs bring back and the smiles they put on our faces. My dad only shot Ektachrome, so I have no idea why he'd want a print unless they were thinking of putting me up for adoption! LOL, I scanned it in color because that pale faded orange tone is so representative for the period!
Wishing everybody a terrific Throwback Thursday and one loaded with memories that make you smile. Don't forget to use your throwbacks to remind your clients of the importance of capturing those memories - the kids are changing every day and growing up so fast!
Happy Throwback Thursday!
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