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I Got A Scanner!

Further cementing my reputation as a "tardy-adopter," today I bought a scanner, only a single decade after they became mandatory for any self-respecting geek.

First picture scanned:

Dad and I

My father and I, October, 1971.

Not only is Pa Baldwin an all-around great guy, but he's also a regular reader of this site. Hi dad!

Update: "Don't you have a similar picture of you and the Squiggle? I think a side-by-side comparison would be nice here."


Extrapolations: every generation of Baldwin will have shorter hair, a higher BMI, and more ridiculous headgear.

Posted on April 12, 2007 to Misc


Your son looks so much like you did!

What a great picture for your first scan. I was going to ask whether or not you have a phone or are still using smoke signals...or maybe tin cans and some string?...but I won't because you have been so very nice to The Boy. :)

Posted by: mel on April 13, 2007 5:50 PM

Your dad is hot.

Posted by: Kate on April 13, 2007 7:47 PM

Your dad may be really nice, but he stole my backpack.

Posted by: braine on April 13, 2007 7:48 PM

What a handsome fellow!

(I'll leave it to you to decide which fellow.)

Posted by: spygeek on April 13, 2007 8:05 PM

I hate it when the fact that I am old enough to be the parent of almost every known blogger in the universe gets slapped up the side of my head.

Posted by: Karan on April 13, 2007 8:26 PM

Hey, early adopter of the Kelty! No wonder you are so tech-forward.

Posted by: ozma on April 13, 2007 9:11 PM

Obviously, a sensitive new-age guy to be schlepping the baby.

I believe you are in what my southern husband calls "the cat-bird seat"

I have no idea what that means. But I gather it is a good place to be.

Posted by: Kyran @ Notes to Self on April 13, 2007 9:51 PM

Would I be correct in guessing that your father was born in 1943? Large Louie

Posted by: Anonymous on April 13, 2007 10:07 PM

Your dad reminds me of Harry Groener.

Posted by: NSMike on April 13, 2007 10:17 PM

Just curious--what does the lever do that's sticking out from the side of your headgear?

Posted by: Pat on April 14, 2007 6:34 AM

Shout out to everyone born in 1971. Based on my own baby photos, that's a very sophisticated piece of baby gear for the time. I think my parents were just hauling me around in their arms and laying me on the back window of the car when we went motorin'. (Hello to Matthew's Dad!)

Posted by: Blythe on April 14, 2007 8:19 AM

The cool thing about the baby carrier was 1)it was given to the Yeti by his aunt and uncle and 2) his aunt embroidered the international symbol for family on the side of the carrier facing out. Very avant garde at the time!

Also Pa Baldwin was born in 1942. Good guess by Large Louie?

Posted by: Yeti Mom on April 14, 2007 9:21 AM

Oh I almost forgot, the little lever on the side of the Yeti's head is how we made him talk.

Posted by: Yeti Mom on April 14, 2007 9:25 AM

Ah, yes, those were the days. You were such a cute kid. We were so poor--you were our principal source of entertainment.

That picture was taken at Lake Como Park in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wonderful place!

It was a difficult time for the Baldwin family. I was a mediocre grad student in a mediocre English Department (Minnesota). Three months later I reluctantly decided the academic life was not for me.

When Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Adam said to Eve: "We are entering a period of transition."

Posted by: Pa Baldwin on April 14, 2007 10:01 AM

Don't you have a similar picture of you and the Squiggle? (isn't that what we're calling him now?) I think a side-by-side comparison would be nice here.

Posted by: ellen on April 14, 2007 11:53 AM

Pa Baldwin & little Yeti = smiling and happy
Big Yeti and little Squiggle = irked, possibly ticked


Posted by: Jean on April 14, 2007 1:24 PM

You should make side-by-side photos of as many old pics as you can. That would be cool. Of course, it wouldn't leave time to do anything else.

Posted by: Rhea on April 14, 2007 5:03 PM

Wow, your father is the spitting image of a young Michael McKean (the actor from Spinal Tap, Best in Show, etc.

Posted by: Daniel Sroka on April 14, 2007 8:50 PM

I have to agree, Squiggle looks really grumpy.

Posted by: Hock on April 14, 2007 9:17 PM

Yeah, the majority of the Squiggle comments here seem to be made by non-long-time readers. Those of us who have been around a while know that "the squirrely" as he was known in those days, was downright ornery the day this shot was taken. Who knew Discovery Park could provoke such angst?

Posted by: tbomb on April 15, 2007 12:55 AM

My husband just loves the fact that we have four generations on my side...
So my wee gal is used in endless pics of her with her great grand mother, her grandfather, and me...

Posted by: Pendullum on April 15, 2007 11:11 AM

So apparently you Baldwins get less happy with time.

Posted by: Tim on April 15, 2007 12:11 PM

I love scanners! Now and again I find drawings in my pre-teen's room that beg to be shared with the world. The angst! The anger at still having to endure a "time out" for bad behavior. I threaten to post them on the internet. Scanners can be a great parenting tool.

Loved the pics, too. 1971 -- we must be close to the same age.

Posted by: Jen on April 15, 2007 11:21 PM

My father and me, not I.

Posted by: tinka on April 16, 2007 8:30 AM

Ah, good times

Posted by: Mr. Caveman on April 17, 2007 9:35 AM

No wonder you and squiggle look grumpy. Your dad only had to carry you on his back. You made squiggle carry a backpack on his back, and you had to carry both!

Posted by: Anonymous on April 18, 2007 11:35 AM