Wander project Greenwood, roughly 2002

There is a story behind every picture you share. Sometimes the story is I don’t know. Sometimes the story is I have no idea why I took the picture. Sometimes the simple answer is, every time I got a new camera for a few years, I took the same 10 or so pictures. I did the same thing with new cell phone cameras. Taking the same few pictures. It was my OCD moment. Doing the same thing every single time I got a new camera or phone. I did stop once I moved from Windows Phones to iPhones.There was a brief stop in the Android world; I suspect I may wander back to theAndroid phone world again. But for me, the big thing was those initial pictures. What I am sharing in this first blast of pictures today, is the pictures I took with new cameras.

The pictures are of winter. Normally, I got new Cameras as a Christmas Present from my wife. She and I used to buy each other gifts when we were first together. I think it was around our 8th or 9th anniversary that we decided to give each other money instead. IT was a very short conversation; She said I would like to buy clothes for Christmas. I said I would like to buy tech. We both agreed that my picking out clothes was a bad idea. My wife also agreed that her picking outreach wasn’t a good idea. We talked about it for a long time. There are two parts to gift giving in a relationship. The first part is the romance portion of a marriage. We, both decided that we would separate gifts from romance.

Thus was born the gift budget. For me, it meant I could get new tech with my budget. For my wife, she could get clothes (or inline rollerskates). It also allowed us to buy the romantic just because of gifts separately. It reduced the stress of Christmas, birthdays and our anniversary. Now the other thing that I started doing during the family history project was to begin organization pictures. I have folders (one called family, one called kids, one called twins, one called daughter and soon). These pictures come from a folder called Other (other in this case stands for unsorted) and a folder called “NewCanon Camera.” My gut, based on the age of the kids is that this is circa 2002.

Fran. in my chair. Of course...

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. Great memories. The agreement you and your wife have about gifts is something I think would work in most relationships. It would definitely cut back on getting the wrong gift and trying to guess what to get the other person. Good agreement. And a happy wife makes for a happy life, right!

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