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Friday, January 10, 2014

Jan 10, 1989 - now = 25 years of adventures :)

Aloha,
Me, my hair and I (circa July 1989)

I was about to close down and head to sleep when I saw the date: Jan. 10, 2014.

Oh my gosh...

That day has always had a special meaning, because it was Jan. 10, 1989 when I sprinted from left my hometown of Dublin, Ireland "for just a couple of months."

The idea was I would spend time with family members who live close to Amsterdam, Holland.

I'd experience a new culture, hopefully the jobs situation would pick up and I'd move back to Dublin.

Right.

I was nineteen, Amsterdam was a mere fifteen minutes away... and it's now exactly twenty-five years since I lived in Ireland... wow ...

I won't bore you with any (more:) of my goings on between the two dates, but thought it would be fun to share this silly anniversary - and warn everyone that what is here today may not be hair tomorrow :)

Happy weekend everyone :)

Serving me Da another Heineken at Van der Valk in Volendam :)









34 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You certainly had the 80's hair down pat!
Few months became a few years, didn't it? What was it Bilbo Baggins said? Be careful going out that door because you never know where the path will take you?

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Mark, you look much more distinguished now! Really! Who could ever take anyone seriously with that 80s hair?

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Time stinking-flies, doesn't it?

Seems just the other day I moved from Texas to Florida. I feel like a Florida cracker now.

Yvonne Lewis said...

I spent many a day in Dublin when I lived in N. Ireland years ago. My you did look different then, but we all change as the years fly by.
Have a good week-end.
Yvonne.

Suzanne Furness said...

The eighties were cracking weren't they! Sounds like you went out and found yourself an adventure.

Melanie Schulz said...

Happy Anniversary Mark! LOVE your hair!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Great hair, dude! I loved my short visit to Dublin. Lovely place. You've never been back?

And now you're in Hawaii. I'm kinda sad you didn't share the in between.
:D

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Visiting your homeland is on my bucket list. I've been to Hawaii and love it too but I can't afford to live there.
You should share some of the in between story and accompany it with hair progressions that go along with each time frame.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Holy crap, wouldcha look at all that auburn hair?

You left to find adventure and treasure. I'd say you found your treasure, m'boy! Priceless treasure. :-)

Enjoy your weekend Mark.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

M.J. Fifield said...

Love the hair!

Happy anniversary.

Kyra Lennon said...

I never imagined you with hair before lol!

Time really goes fast, doesn't it?!

CWMartin said...

Kind of got that Paul McCartney look there, eh?

Sheena-kay Graham said...

King of hair. So many things can happen in life. Enjoy your weekend Mark.

Elizabeth Marro said...

Love that hair! And I read your post from January 8th as well. Here's to stronger writing each day.

klahanie said...

Sir Mazza of mullet,

And as I scratch my one remaining hair on my head, where has the time gone. Happy anniversary. Hair! Hair! Old chap.

Enjoy your weekend, Mark.

Gary :)

Slamdunk said...

I have hair envy.

I admit to being adventurous back in 1989 as well--certainly lots has changed for me since then.

Elephant's Child said...

Would you go back? To the time or the place?

Julie Luek said...

Oh Mark, this made me laugh. I have pictures with huge 80s perm hair that reminded me of this pic.Too funny! You just never know the path God is going to take you on. What an adventure life is. :)

BECKY said...

Hi Mark! After I saw your comment on Losing Sanity, I had to pop over here. I'm sorry I haven't stopped by in way too long. Love this story, and I'm thinking like Donna K. Weaver in the above comments....How the heck did you end up in Hawaii?? What an adventurous life you've had...and are having!..like Julie Luek said, too! And this post goes with your comment a bit....time flies so fast...I'm glad you're one of the great guys who takes time to smell the roses, pay it forward, and write a blog!! :)

Vanessa L. said...

Mark! It's Vanessa from Kingdom's Keiki =)

I'm happy to finally find you in Blogland!

I'm loving that picture of you- that hair is amazing.

Take care!

Martin Willoughby said...

Men always improve with age.

Kimberly said...

oh, wow - 80's hair - we should have a blogfest where everyone posts a picture of them with 80's hair. hee hee. :)

Morgan said...

Oh. My. Gosh!!!!! You handsome devil!!!! Mark, I love it. And I love dates and the significance of dates. It's really fun to get little details of your life every so often. You really have lived a tale, and I want the whole thing start to finish!

Suzi said...

Awesome hair.

So can you give us a little translation of the words in the bubbles?

Cortney Pearson said...

I love how days bring back memories like this--and yes, diggin' the hair!! :D

Nicole said...

Mark, this may be my new favorite pic in the blogosphere. Ah, the 80s. :) Fun way to commemorate 25 years of memories, too.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Gotta LOVE the 80's!!!

Never pictured you as a redhead, Mark! I envisioned you with dirty blond or sandy hair.

God only knows I had my spiked to within an inch of its life at the peak of my modeling career in '89... LOL.

WHOA... has it been 25 YEAR!!!! DANG!

Tammy Theriault said...

HOT HOT HOT oops...sorry I just ate a chili. WOW! I want to see a pic with you facing the camera and I'm glad you left!!! so we can meet and be awesome friends for life!

Jen Conroy said...

Holy- young Gerry Ryan sideways lookalike- batman! LOL! Ah, I'm sure you miss the Emerald Isle...

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How very Flock of Seagulls looking of you cyber-brother!

1989. I was in my first year of college. Wow. Time flew.

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

This time I'm going to be last!
That was some hairstyle. Bless!
I think you look better now. That's the thing with men: they always improve with age, whereas we women just wrinkle!
It's good to get around during your lifetime.
I'm off now to look for your email address, as I need some help!

Melissa said...

This visit was worth it just to see the hair. ;)

D.G. Hudson said...

Interesting photo, a precursor to the Mohawk?

And what about your Kona coffee? It's a very nice coffee, but expensive here. . .I think Murchies Coffee used to import it.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark - twenty five years .. and so much has happened .. the Berlin Wall hadn't even come down! Lovely hair though .. what made you become a baldy .. 'cept lack of it?!

Hawaii is a great place to be .. but I wonder if you feel like I did in South Africa - rather out on a limb and too far from civilisation ... mind you with the kids that'll keep you grounded!

Great reflections! Cheers Hilary

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