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I don't normally post entries with photographs that one of me LJ friends has already shared. But in this case I have to make an exception. The fact that I spent several hours yesterday discussing life and politics with an articulate American soldier who explained, in detail, the injuries he suffered in Iraq already had me feeling the burden of history with special force. Seeing this remarkable photo tonight pushed me over the edge:

That's me on the right, one of my oldest and best friends -- and the person who inspired me to start blogging here -- cpratt in the middle, at his graduation from UC Berkeley back in May, 1992, and his then-partner Mark Bingham on the left, someone who I always got along famously with and with whom I would love to share my frustration at the officiating, not to mention bad luck, that plagued tonight's contest at Maples Pavilion. Mark was as true a Bear of the Cal variety as you could ever hope to find, someone who made me swell with pride for my alma mater even in defeat. Here's hoping that there are plenty of stupid tree mascots for you to defile in the next life, Mark. You deserve it.

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shelbylarsen From: shelbylarsen Date: February 25th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i totally respect you, cb... and feel for your memory...
and maybe it's just the fact that i'm inebrieated on a sunday nite...
but, wtf are you wearing?!?!

...

it only adds to the weird enigma that is you.

ugh.

you make my brain hurt.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 25th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
What year was the photo taken, Shelby? 1992!!! That's a long time ago.

Come to think of it, though, I'm not sure that shirt was the height of fashion then, either. Then again, I had hair!
shelbylarsen From: shelbylarsen Date: February 25th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i knew what was hip in '92... i was like 6 or something... and i had two sisters... and got to watch them with their 'hip' boyfriends coming and going 24-7. do you know how many pairs of matching socks my sisters' owned in '92 alone? omg.

and about the hair... what's up with that? then you had too much hair, now... as you say, too little. what year was the balance between the two extremities? 2000?

also... perhaps, next time i go home, i'll bring back with me a pic of myself (and possibily my ridiculous sisters) from 1992. interested? once upon a time i was cute. =]
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 25th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sure, I'd love to see a photo from back then.

I actually kept my hair long, even though it was thinning and receding, until December, 2000.

Since then, I've kept it pretty short.

But it looked better in 1992 than it did in 1996 or 2000. The Clinton Presidency was bad for my looks.
shelbylarsen From: shelbylarsen Date: February 25th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
you = silly

really... presidencies affecting your hair?

ay dios mio.

you crack me up.

(this is me going back to the dam si reading...)
cpratt From: cpratt Date: February 25th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Dude, that was 1992. That was the height of fashion at the time. Ignore the two dweebs to his right, would ya?
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I forget about being an alumni of UCB but, I am (along with Calif. College of the Arts up College Av. in Oakland).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 25th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And you are. . .?
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: February 25th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry, Mr. B. I was using my Dell desktop and wasn't logged in. I couldn't delete it because the comment went to comment review. Anyway, little ole me. :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 25th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I thought so, but wanted to make sure, since I have another friend who also attended both schools. I've been thinking of you, lately, hoping you're well.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: February 25th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, sir, again. Feeling much better and motivated again. While sick I was tired all the time it seemed and, appetite was totally gone. Food tasted nasty too. I kept scraping my tongue but, the taste buds just weren't working. Everything is back in order now though. :-)
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: February 26th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Is that velour? Or maybe some super color-saturated cotton material? Fascinating!

All three of you look incredibly happy, which makes this picture delightful to look at.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 26th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's a denim-esque cotton, with strips. Like the dark blue top half of the shirt is not connected to the dark blue bottom half.

Yes, we were happy. Mark was pretty much always happy and made those around him happier too.
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