Here's a pic I found on a back-up CD I made a couple of years ago. The neg is somewhere in my chaotic filing system, but just where I'm not sure.
It's a picture of my Dad, and one of the earliest pictures I ever took indoors by available light when I was about 17. He had no idea I was taking it. I can't for the life of me remember now what camera or film it was, I swapped and changed cameras a lot at that time, but it couldn't have been a very expensive camera because at that age I couldn't afford one.
I'm not sure that dapper is quite a suitable description for my Dad. That always suggest to me someone slightly built. Dad was a big man (18 1/2 shirt collar!), 6ft 4in, close on 200 lb and, when he was younger, built like Joe Louis. But he believed in keeping fit right to the end. He used to leave the car at home and go for long walks or cycle rides a couple of times a week right into his seventies. More than I care to do now, and I'm only about 126 lb!
You are one big(and hopefully gentle) teddy bear! Back in the late forties, there was a children's song titled "Teddy Bear Picnic". Yep...I still remember the tune and lyrics...and, yep...on occassion I still will sing it. Merely reminiscing on my childhood; seeming more frequent as I get older.
Me...I am the runt of my immediate family...down to 5'5" now with hip replacements and older age. My sister and mother were both about 5'8", my father 5'11" and my brother 6'1". I took after the stature of my maternal grandfather.
Ron Head wrote: Back in the late forties, there was a children's song titled "Teddy Bear Picnic". Yep...I still remember the tune and lyrics...and, yep...on occassion I still will sing it.
Ron, I had an old 78 rpm record of Teddy Bears Picnic when I was about six or seven. I played it and played it till the grooves nearly wore through to the other side (heavy old magnet pick-up and steel needles). I sang it to my children and still sing it to my Grandchildren. They love it! It must be one of, if not the, most popular childrens song ever recorded. If anyone wants to hear it, ask Google. There are at least half a dozen sites that feature it.
It was actually written by Jimmy Kennedy back in 1932, and it's still being played on childrens TV and recorded! He was almost a household name in the UK in the 1930s and 1940s, and one of the most prolific stalwarts of Denmark Street (London's Tin Pan Alley). He wrote more than 2,000 songs, many of them hits, including Harbour Lights, South of the Border, Red Sails in the Sunset and My Prayer, some of which were hits for The Platters - if you remember them - when they revived them in the 1950s. Bing Crosby also recorded a number of Kennedy songs
You are one big(and hopefully gentle) teddy bear! Ron Head Kalamazoo, MI
Ron, back in July when I found out I had diabetes the Doctor weighed me in at 318 pounds. I cut out most of the pop and garbage (except for plain popcorn) I was eating and started to lose weight right away. I'm proud that I have my blood sugar under control and have been averaging 120 in the morning before breakfast and 86-90 before supper. I know I've lost weight, but I get disgusted because I want it to happen faster. Ron Herron, thanks, I guess we're a couple of bookends. Rachel, you're tall compared to my wife Freda, she is just under 5ft tall.
Post by Just Plain Curt on Nov 8, 2005 20:27:38 GMT -5
Like Randy and Ron, I'm 6 ft. 255 lbs. My dad was 5 ft 8 inches and about 165 lbs. I could look him in the eye when I was 14 and last saw eye to eye with him when I was 16. Hopefully we had a few other differences as he died of cancer at 49 and I'm 46 now, hmmmm. Mom was 73 when she died of cancer so probably runs in the family, but I'll go at 73 much happier than 49.
Post by Just Plain Curt on Nov 8, 2005 20:38:44 GMT -5
Hi Randy, reading your last post sounds much like my own story. I was 300 lbs. 4 years ago when the cartilidge (cartiledge?) tore in my left knee. For rehab I lost 60 lbs. swimming 120 laps a day/6 days a week, dietician and bike rides of 8 miles 3 times a week. Then 2 years ago I developed massive cramps and pain in both legs that took 18 months of tests to diagnose as incurable but similar to a form of MS or Fibromyalgia. Chronics Myofascial Pain Syndrome is the name, whew what a mouthful. Just means that every minute you're awake your legs burn, tingle or have sharp pains all day for no reason. A healthy dose of muscle relaxers and Percocet and I can actually sleep thru the night without cramps in one or both legs. Needlkess to say the exercise program has ground to a halt, but I still manage to stay at 250-55. Sure would like to see 200 again but all things in their own time. By the way Rachel, my wife is 5 ft 2 so you're much taller than her too.