Saturday, February 26, 2011

Then and Now

Beth and Shane photo boothHeading out to a Notre Dame basketball game before too long, but a couple of updates.

I appreciate all the kind comments and support after I sang my Square Peg Blues. It’s very comforting to know that there are many wonderful people out there who have felt the same way, and I am proud to call them friends. I got some very positive feedback last night that I have to share with you. My Cousin Greg found me on Facebook, after recently getting on there to share pictures with his Marine buddies from the first Gulf War. He sent me a message, and I said Cool! I’ll send you a friend request! But I offered a word of caution. I said I’m a flaming liberal and I write about flaming liberal things. There are relatives on there that I’m not friends with because I know they’d hate my posts, and if they bothered him, he could always hide them. Gee, am I gun shy, or what? Well, Greg wrote this back: “You're my cousin, and i support and respect any opinion you have.”

How awesome is that? It was exactly what I needed. Thank you, Cousin Greg.

Beth and Shane photoboothSpeaking of cousins, I have more pictures from the Godfathers concert in Chicago. Actually, it’s not from the show, it’s from our visit to the Liar’s Club afterwards, where the band met up with fans. The picture at the start of this entry is one that I treasure. It’s me and Cousin Shane from probably around 1982. I know I was in college, and I was back here for a visit, staying with Shane’s family. I’m wearing my “God Save the Queen” Sex Pistols T-shirt! We stopped at a K-Mart, I believe, and while my Aunt Bert grabbed a few things, Shane and I stopped at a photo booth and got these pictures. Well, at the Liar’s Club, they had a photo booth. I said, “You know we HAVE to do it!”

So we did. We were laughing, and as I was trying to finger-comb my hair, it started taking the pictures! Shane looks all handsome and smiling, and I’m sitting there looking all dishevelled and unprepared. It wasn’t until the next day that I noticed the art work that someone had taped up in the booth, right over my head. Which makes the second picture even funnier.

Almost 30 years after the first picture, we made another fun memory. Good times!


  1. Hi Beth -- Great photos ... and glad to hear that comment from your cousin!

  2. That's an awesome cousin you've got there. Ask him if he'll friend me, too; my relatives are nowhere near that smart. 'Course, he probably thinks his cousin is awesome, too, and we agree with him!

  3. That is how family is supposed to be... you are fortunate to have such great relatives to balance out the 'other kind'...

  4. I think you get that sort of support from cousin Greg and other people who love and/or respect you--because you deserve it.

  5. Nice to know you have some good, caring people in your family who will support you Beth. Love the pictures!

  6. Yes, that was very nice. It's great to have someone like that in your life, especially if you've had to put up with the other kind.


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