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El fotógrafo serio: 1978

El fotógrafo serio: 1978

June 19, 1978. Apparently I hit the J.C. Penney men's department immediately before my trip to Spain. At any rate, here I am color-coordinated and looking inexplicably serious with my Nizo Super-8 movie camera at the parador Jarandilla de la Vera, Spain. My friend, who took this Koadachrome slide, and I paid ₧3676 for our one-night double, or about $48 then. Today, the same accommodations seem to be €166, or about $239. History does not record what Emperor Charles V paid when he stayed here in the 16th Century, nor what he watched on TV. No doubt he was better-dressed.

Now that I think about it, my expression may be the result of jet-lag; this was the day after we arrived. My friend and I tried to avoid it by gradually adjusting our sleep schedule to Europe time for a week or so before departure, staying up later and later each night watching old movies on TV and playing card and board games. It didn't really work. We did document it in a series of rather amusing photos, though. View full size.

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Sunset of Leisure Suits

I remember wearing a leisure suit in fall of 1977 and it was a year later that they were out of style even in the south. I still miss the material from this period, doubleknit weave. You could travel all day and not have a wrinkle in your pants when you got out of the car. I don't miss that this material was very hot to wear in the summer.

Recuerdos del emperador Carlos V

Charles V may have had spiffier duds, tterrace, but he had nothing on you for camera coolness. Here he is with his Nizo Super-8, as documented (more or less) by his buddy Titian.

Jet Lag

As I mentioned, this was taken the morning after our arrival in Spain. In our trip journal for the night preceding, my friend wrote "Retired early due to jet lag and sangria." So apparently I was I was depraved on account of I was deprived. Below is one of those allegedly humorous jet lag-avoidance photos, me in my robe and jammies at about 4AM in our living room in Larkspur, ready to crash.


You forgot to make the sky Sky Blue!

Sigh, you're no Johnny Bravo

If only you had watched the Brady Bunch you would have known how to dress cool in the '70s. (Johnny Bravo a.k.a. Greg Brady)

Ah España !!!!

I was there (Malaga, Torre Molinos and Barcelona) in July 1973. I really loved it there. One of my favorite places in the world.

Now That You Mention It

You do look like a victim of sleep depravation.

[So tterrace is sleep-depraved. - Dave]

He is according to to the caption he wrote. - Mal

[Depraved, or deprived? - Dave]


["Oops." - Dave]
I guess it's me who is sleep deprived. - Mal

1970's JC Penney wardrobe

That outfit is really something; it reminds me of my own wardrobe from the late 1970's. (Except mine might have been from Montgomery Ward.) If you want a real flashback, check out this 1977 JC Penney catalog

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