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Monday, February 06, 2006 :::


I hate finding old pictures of myself because they always remind me of my awful childhood wardrobe. I'm not even sure where most of my clothes came from back then, because I only remember getting actual brand-new shirts on two separate occasions, and both times were at Sears. I'm pretty sure the majority of my wardrobe was acquired through the barter system during our annual neighborhood garage sale. I don't think I cared much at the time, since I wore a uniform to school, and at least I didn't have it as bad as my poor friend Maurice who was forced to wear his sister's Chic jeans as hand-me-downs. But take this picture for instance:

My shirt says "Truckin". I'm assuming it is a Grateful Dead reference, so even if this picture was taken in 1983, how old must that T-shirt have been? I guess Head Shops never go out of style. But how did it come to be on my body? And was it appropriate to tuck it into black slacks for an afternoon hike through the lush vegetation of Gooseberry Falls, Duluth? I wish I still had it, because now that T-shirt would be cool as hell, and sadly I'm pretty much of the same size and stature.

Truckin. Shit, man, I was pretty cool for an 8-year-old, and it looks like I knew it.

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I knew you wouldn't leave me hangin' on yet another shitty Monday. I have no life, other than reading about yours. Nice to see you back.


By Anonymous Daphne, at 11:54 PM  

Hey, I grew up in the era where HUGE belts were all the rage. I still have one of them and no kid you, it is wider than it is long. I am pretty sure I wore it over a t-shirt, and not a cool Truckin'! t-shirt either. It was probably an L.A. Gear one... I hate my parents.

(My hair was probably wider than my blet too...)

By Blogger the other sarah, at 7:45 AM  

I must say dan, that I'm surprised that there is not post about the recent appearance of the purple one himself, Prince, on Saturday Night Live. Especially since they had the balls to do "The Prince Show" skit while he was there.

By Blogger stapler, at 7:49 AM  

I'd have to say all three Miller men are looking pretty fly.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 AM  

The three Miller men ARE looking fly...were the model poses planned or does it just come natuarally?

By Blogger lynne, at 9:00 AM  

You look adorable and casually put together. Which of course is not at all what you were going for in that outfit, but it still stands.

By Blogger Elle Marie, at 1:36 PM  

Dan, you have THE BEST photos and they're from your own vault. Rock on, brother man.

By Blogger That-A-Girl, at 5:26 PM  

i feel your pain. i got hand-me-downs from my older cousin. i don't think i started getting new clothes till i was 14 and had my first job. with my own money, i was able to buy what i want.

unfortunately, i still pegged my jeans.

By Blogger Honey Bunny, at 5:36 PM  

Im the last of 6 kids..5 girls..think I ever got any new clothes other than a pair of shoes and underware at the beginning of the school year? My clothes came in huge green garbage bags handed down from who knows. Babysitting money went to cool new clothes for me that no one else had ever worn!
You three men look like posers! jill

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:56 PM  

Awww you guys were so cute!

Dad still looks good 20 plus years later.

I'm guessing I was not part of this venture. Oh well.

Still a bunch of cuties.

By Blogger Colleen, at 9:03 PM  

I think I saw your badass-looking brother in The Outsiders later that year. Cooooool.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:11 PM  

Dan you look awfully feminine in this picture. Did you realize your true sexual self this early? Hope you were also drinking at such a tender age.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:49 AM  

I love that shirt- I would so wear a shirt like that

By Blogger Christie, at 8:58 AM  

well you're big brother was wearing hand-me-downs too as both the truckin' rage and faux football tee-shirt were long out of style by 1980. My memories of '83 take me back to big hair and the rugbywear.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 AM  

i like the hands in the pockets. Very cool!

By Anonymous cw, at 4:16 PM  

I thought your shirt said the other word that sounds like "uckin'". Now that would have been cool.

By Blogger Twinmama, at 10:05 PM  

What I get from this picture...
You, now, are a spitting image of your dad, then.
Also, in this picture, you look like Elliott from ET... Just throwin that out there.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:28 PM  

You look like a bored little city boy, out of place in the big woods. Black slacks are totally inappropriate hiking wear, but at least you look damn cool.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:24 AM  

You knew you were cool...the look, the posture, the hands casually placed in the pockets. Someone noticed you that day and tucked their "Truckin'" tee in their black slacks. Such a trend setter.

By Blogger Kimmy, at 1:54 PM  

You pedophiles !

By Anonymous babar, at 12:55 PM  

To me it looks like Dan`s hands arenīt in his pockets, but behind him on the railing - look closely.... if you don`t have anything better to do than see where a kid has his hands on a twenty year old picture.

By Anonymous Richard, at 6:15 PM  

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