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Portrait of Nystrom as a Young Man

I was looking through some old papers today and came across this blast from the past.

This is me in the kitchen of my apartment in Tokyo, probably in 1991 or so, which would make me about 23 years old. I had just graduated from college and rented that old, single room, second floor flat in Tokyo. There was only a squat toilet, and no shower or bath. Every other day or so I'd ride my bike to the sento, the public bath, where it cost about $3.00 to get myself clean.

The sliding wooden windows and doors had huge cracks at the jambs, which made it extra cold in the winter. The wind would blow right though, and everything would rattle and shake during earthquakes.

The Daily Paul was not even a twinkle in my minds eye. I'd never heard of Ron Paul.

I had those sunglasses that were just like the ones Andy Warhol was wearing in the poster on the wall behind me, and I thought the picture was clever.

Just found it today, and thought I would share.

:)

What were you doing in 1991?

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scawarren's picture

LOL not heard that one in

LOL not heard that one in ages :)
Always makes me think of that movie "Encino Man".

Individualism-
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
e.e. cummings

sixth grade

That awkward phase you'd just like to forget...

This was the year I read all the Anne of Green Gables books, and was the year before I began my journey as a dedicated news junkie.

I was a new dentist

finishing a dental residency program. A year later I ran for U. S. Congress as a Libertarian in Delaware. :)

1991...

I joined the military in 1991 to help kill the evildoers in Iraq. Thankfully, episode I ended while I was still in boot camp...

scawarren's picture

How long was you in?

How long was you in?

Individualism-
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
e.e. cummings

1991....

that would have made me 31.
I left Wash DC for Denver. I was in Denver....

I was learning about heating and "fossil" fuels.

bump.

I spent the better part of 1991

getting divorced from a blues musician I married in 1990, lol!

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Michael Nystrom's picture

Some years are better than others

lol


http://youtu.be/qs1pZ9jPwA8

Nice to be able to laugh about it now. I had a starter marriage, too, lol.

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Smooth.

Cyril's picture

Kewl :)

Kewl :)

So, you did have those long hair, sir!

j/k ;)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Deployed in Thule Greenland

Eskimo sled dogs are ferocious!

jrd3820's picture

Wow. Look at all the children in this thread...

I myself was 6 in 1991. Well.... Ok, 5 for most of the year as my birthday is at the end of the year. I was going to upload a pic of me in my Jackie O glasses to compliment your pic of you in your Warhol glasses. I have a few pairs of sunglasses that are on in almost every pic of me I can find. They cover half my face. Then I thought about sharing a pic of me in 1991. I'll have to look for one later tonight though. I might forget. But for now....

What was I doing? Well, we had a willow tree in my backyard and a river not far away, so I imagine I was playing make believe between the two of them and my Dad was probably telling me to stop lol

That puts me in first grade. I read Beatrix Potter in first grade.

http://www.amazon.com/Beatrix-Potter-Complete-Tales-Rabbit/d...

I bought my children little Beatrix

Potter books visiting her house in England's Lake District. I love those stories. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xwTd9QxYS_M/ULkrt1vOevI/AAAAAAAAG-...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Michael Nystrom's picture

Little children everywhere

Isn't it wonderful? My friend Renato says we're all just little kids wearing grown-up suits. We look like adults on the outside, but on the inside, we're still those little kids, sitting under the willow tree, playing make believe.

I want to see you in the Jackie O glasses!

I have a picture of me in the first grade. I'll have to find that one. Everyone says it is so cute, and I'm afraid that I have to agree :q

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jrd3820's picture

Alright, I'm going to go home and find the pics

But I want to see the one from you in first grade also. I'll be around later. Oh, and I'm still waiting for an assignment as far as a skill goes. I read 2 of the books already. Nonfiction isn't killing me.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Your skill assignment

Learn to write a book.

I know that wasn't on your list, but that is what you picked for me, and I need a partner.

:)

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I just finished writing a

I just finished writing a book... getting it published is a whole other animal...

Edit: Very rewarding experience though you will find yourself wanting to run like hell from a blank page on occasion.

Also, I was 9 in 1991, leaving then Yugoslavia as the hyperinflation was setting in. Had fun buying ice cream for 1 billion dinars.

which part of Yugoslavia?

Just because you are a Serb doesn't necessarily mean you are from Serbia. It's a beautiful country, all seven of them.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

From Serbia in fact. Yes it

From Serbia in fact. Yes it was a beautiful country but, dictatorships of the sort don't seem to outlive their dictators by much. I lived in Belgrade and spent my weekends in a nearby village chasing the other kids around and being a rambunctious child. I'll be hard pressed to recognize the 7th. Its Akin to the US recognizing the 13 original colonies as a separate entity from the United States. Maybe in a few more decades.

ah, yes, Belgrade

I spent some time in Kosutnjak. Do you know the significance that place held while the iron curtain was up?

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

No I don't, though I've been

No I don't, though I've been there a few times over the years.

I was in first grade

and making dance videos with my sisters, riding my bike and collecting baseball cards.

I found a VHS at my mom's at Christmas of me impersonating Vanilla Ice, dancing to C&C Music Factory and singing "I Wanna Sex You Up".

I was the entertainer of the family. :)

Michael Nystrom's picture

Ralph Hornsby does Vanilla Ice!

Put it on You Tube!


http://youtu.be/kO6BtpIzIiM

First grade. What an awesome time in live. Seven years old.

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Cyril's picture

LOL

LOL

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

that is a great picture

Clearly not a selfie. Who took the picture, I wonder?

1991 - I was selling hot dogs in Central Park

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Michael Nystrom's picture

No way, really?

Selling hot dogs in Central Park? That must have been an incredible experience.

I had a girlfriend - an American girl from the Bay Area. She was in Japan on a Fulbright. I was just teaching English and waiting tables. I had applied for a Fulbright and didn't make the final cut. I forgot about that. Convenient how we forget things, isn't it, lol. It was pretty devastating at the time, though.

So everyone was someplace else in 1991, and tonight we all converged here, on this thread.

Weird. I wonder where everyone is off to from here?

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Haha, wow, Michael.

I was born in 1991, so that year was pretty uneventful for me besides that.

Cyril's picture

LOL!

LOL!

C'mon, you had a "roof", already!

Why did you decide to move out, btw? ;)

j/k

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Michael Nystrom's picture

1991 was an awesome year

Aside from you being born, check out all this other stuff that happened:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991

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ok, now I remember 1991

friends in the reserves worry about being sent to war...me leaving grad school. I was homeless part of that year living in my car and on friends couches. And, I was planning a trip to Indonesia which was a great time. I have been thinking a lot about that trip recently. I met people from all over the world there. I still keep in touch with one of them. I met one older woman from Perth who was probably nearing 80 year old then. She made a comment about seeing young women traveling by themselves and not having kids. She figured that was a natural thing with population pressures what they were. Interesting the things we remember. What a warm and beautiful place with beautiful people. Plus, I was tall there!