I thought it would be interesting to go back in time, little by little, and see how the past few years have been when looking back. It’s always so fun slash bittersweet when Facebook pops up your “On This Day” memory and it’s something that makes you smile, get hungry, or have gas. Well, I thought, what if I look back on this exact date and see what I was doing all those months and years ago?
Mistake #1: If you decide to do this, don’t pick a date in between the 28th and the 31st. There are quite a few months without 31 in them, and this caused for worldwide chaos and confusion. Not to be stymied, I just chose a photo from the last day of that particular corresponding month. Leap years cannot be accounted for. And yes, I actually did a search schlep through several hard drives and chats to find these.
Mitake #2: Don’t be ridiculous. I’ve never made more than one mistake in my life.
So here goes a rough date map of what I was doing on this day throughout my recent life.
1 month ago (7/31/16): Doing set photography for a short comedy starring Jennifer Westfeldt and Noah Bean. I happen to know the writer and director very, very well.
2 months ago (6/30/16): Running over lava to see the new flow (61G) the night it “opened” in Kalapana, Big Island, Hawaii. So incredibly worth it.
3 months ago (5/31/16): I had some fuzzy photo someone took of a Vietnamese rice wrapper wrap I made. I think this day is what started my current addiction.
4 months ago (4/30/16): Editing photos, otherwise known as sitting and staring at a computer for days on end.
5 months ago (3/31/16): In the Caribbean taking a morning snorkel before work starts.
6 months ago (02/29/16): In Argentina spotting wild ostriches (actually rheas, similar to the ostrich and emu).
1 year ago (08/31/15): In Indonesia, exploring rice fields.
2 years ago (08/31/14): In bed feeling queasy after eating too much at my friend’s rooftop party in Harlem. Still sick.
3 years ago (08/31/13): Laying sick in bed. I think I even quit dreaming of food at this point, which tells you how sick I was.
4 years ago (08/31/12): Sick in bed with mono, soon to be actually diagnosed as Return of the Lyme.
5 years ago (08/31/11): Diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Oh, the joys that are about to come!
8 years ago (08/31/08): Recovering in Brooklyn from the previous night’s falafel eating contest. I did not place, though I finished my plate in not last place. Coincidentally, my display of passion for food is also how I landed my first food photography gig.
10 years ago (08/31/06): Wondering what the heck I should do with my life. Heck, I’m still wondering that. I think I was on a hike in the Northeast with my fam.
Decades ago (08/31/??): My parents are pregretting having me.
Centuries ago: We can surmise, but why? We all know that Christopher Columbus was a hero.
All right, I’m drained, not feeling great (yeah, I get sick again every once in a while but luckily only feel nausea today), and have more editing to do. The good news is that September starts tomorrow, and though I’ve been enjoying summer, this coming month is going to be very exciting and full of work and travel. So here goes!