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Friday, September 09, 2005

Photo Friday (Vol. XX*XIX) [small world edition]

I apologize in advance to most of the readers.  Sometimes you find yourself at a big dinner party where you know it would be rude to whisper some private story to friends sitting nearby... but you just can't help yourself.  The host glares and some of the guests feel (justifiably) excluded as you and your friends share your private joke.

This is going to be sort of like that... except in this case it's the host being rude.

A million years ago, in another life, I was a professional musician.  I didn't depend on music for my livelihood... but I was very fortunate to be paid to do something I enjoyed as often as I liked (2-4 times a week).

Well, a friend from that former life was nice enough to email me some pictures from a photo shoot we both attended for an album cover about 16 years ago.  It was for my friend Lenny Solomon's 'Sgt. Shlocker' album and it should be obvious what look he was going for.   I'm on at least one other of his albums... but this was the only one where I made the cover.  :-)

The funny thing is that present at this shoot were a blogger I follow  regularly... his wife... two of his kids... and about 7 or 8 of the people who regularly comment here at treppenwitz.  Who would have ever guessed that even though our lives all went in very different directions, that we would all still be connected so many years later?

Here are the pictures (sorry about the quality... these are old, scanned shots):

First up is your host (on the right), and my good friend Jordan.


Next are a couple of kids who some of you may know in the blogosphere as 'Fudge' and 'Moe'

And this is my fellow blogger... the man now known as Psychotoddler (a name by which he also refers to his youngest daughter) That's his wife (Mrs. Balabusta) and Moe behind him.  Yes... he looks a bit like Captain Crunch:

And finally, a really bad scan from the web of the album cover (I'm in the back row... 6th from the left).  There is also a tug at my heart as I look at the last picture since the guy standing two people to MY left (right as you look at it) is an old friend, J.J. Greenberg (OB"M) who was killed in September of 2002 while riding his bike.  I can't look at this album without being reminded of what a terrible loss the world suffered that day. 

Anyway,  I won't 'out' the rest of you unless you 'out' yourselves first (or someone does it for you!):

Well, there it is... If you'd like to see what the psychotoddler kids look like these days, go here.

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by David Bogner on September 9, 2005 | Permalink


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Adorable! Although I have never met any of you in "real-life" I feel like I know the Psychotoddler family as well. Very cute photos!
Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: Essie | Sep 9, 2005 3:32:21 PM

OK, now before you guys start, I've got to say, in my defense, that I never dressed like Capn Crunch in my life, OK? That has obviously been added in later on using the most advanced computer magic available. All right?

Posted by: psychotoddler | Sep 9, 2005 4:20:28 PM

I LOVED this post and these pix of 2 of my favorite bloggers.

Time for a name change, PT....I mean Capn Crunch.

Posted by: Stacey | Sep 9, 2005 4:45:12 PM

Ahoy there.

Posted by: Jack | Sep 9, 2005 5:43:22 PM

Captain Crunch looks like even in the picture he's denying that he's in the picture!

Posted by: Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) | Sep 9, 2005 6:10:51 PM

Absolutely loved it! Two of my favorite bloggers in one post! Beautiful!

Posted by: Greg T | Sep 9, 2005 6:15:42 PM

I'm waiting to see if anyone else will admit to being in that picture. I wonder who else reads you?

Posted by: psychotoddler | Sep 9, 2005 6:47:29 PM

I came here via Psychotoddler. Sounds like those were the days for you. At first I thought that captain crunch guy was you and I thought to myself, "he looks like psychotoddler." ;)

Posted by: Wickwire | Sep 9, 2005 8:10:24 PM

pptthhsss. ahem. ah um... *suppressed snicker* hmmm… interesti

BWAAAAAAHAAAHAAAAHAAA oooheeeeheeeee!!! Oh, good sweet L-rd in heaven! Nice outfit, Cap’n! Ahhhaaaaa.

Oh, man. I needed that.

Shabbat shalom!

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Sep 9, 2005 9:37:21 PM

Classic. Probably worth thousands in the Jewish music scene black market...

Posted by: mcaryeh | Sep 9, 2005 10:48:45 PM

just fabulous, sid. wish i'd been there...

When I'm 64...

Posted by: kaspit | Sep 9, 2005 11:33:06 PM

Of course, I am standing right next to Dave in the back row. Was that a wig I was wearing?

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Sep 10, 2005 1:56:12 AM

I don't know what you look like now, Jordan, but that's how I still picture you.

Posted by: psychotoddler | Sep 10, 2005 2:16:42 AM

I was doing such a poor job of stifling a laugh when I saw that photo of you and read your comment at the office that my officemate finally asked me whether I'd ever gotten around to typing the memo that the boss had left for me before heading for one of our other offices. (Yeah, two hours before.) Howdy, Cap'n Crunch. :) Sorry, but you already know my favorite line: "Resistance is futile. :) This is just too funny. :)

Posted by: Shira Salamone | Sep 11, 2005 4:04:30 AM

Essie... To know them is to love them.

Psychotoddler... Zahava is a goddess with Photoshop... but some things are beyond even her!

Stacey... It's hard to imagine that his guy in the Cap'n Crunch outfit makes life-and-death decision for people every single day! If his patients only knew! :-)

Jack... My sentiments exactly. :-)

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) ... I still have fond memories of that photo shoot... watching everyone try to deny that it was really happening.

GregT... I'm assuming you were talking about Pyschotoddler and Fudge! :-)

Wickwire... True, those were the days. But then again, these are also the days. Life's funny that way.

Doctor Bean... I wouldn't laugh so loudly... I'm sure I could convince Ball and Chain to send me some compromising photos of you from the past. I don't know anyone who doesn't have a regrettable photograph in their past. Be warned. :-)

mcaryeh... Yeah, because the tabloids are just lining up to get racy shots of aging musicians in the Jewish music business. :-)

Kaspit... "Sid"?

Jordan... Yes, you once had all that hair!

Shira... Just so we're VERY clear, the guy in the Cap'n Crunch suit is NOT ME! That would be Psychotoddler. I want to make very sure you understand that, OK? :-)

Posted by: David | Sep 11, 2005 10:08:18 AM

There are regrettable photos and then there are REGRETTABLE photos.

Posted by: psychotoddler | Sep 11, 2005 5:29:30 PM

I have that Album! I often look at it and laugh, cause really what else is there to do? In fact looking at the cover now, and vacillating between missing JJ & laughing at the rest of you!

Posted by: Faye | Sep 11, 2005 10:46:29 PM

Don't know the rest of the guys in the pic, but I do remember listening to shlock rock and watching the videos...and watching my cousin JJ in them...Was anyone in Riverdale last week for the memorial concert for him?

Posted by: ifuncused | Sep 14, 2005 6:05:32 AM

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