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Time for booze

Time for booze

From a collection of mostly blurry pictures set I think set at Lake Mead, or up behind Davis Dam in Arizona with friends of my grandparents boating. At first seeing this picture I thought it was my dad, except he was a complete non-drinker, looks too young to be my grandpa by this time (late 1960's)so I'm assuming it's one of their friends. Anyway everyone knows booze and boating go hand in hand. View full size.

Party Time...

Looks like the beginning of a pretty good party. I see a couple bottles of whiskey and what looks like vodka or gin and several coolers.

A good time is guaranteed for all! I was looking to see if this is before the party, during the party or after the party. I am guessing it is before because everything still looks neat, the man is not disheveled and the bottles are full(ish). Also, the shadow looks like it could be in the early afternoon.

Great shot.

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