Our fellow bloggist Steph does a “Flashback Friday” segment, or at least she did do it until putting her house on the market and stressing herself into hairlessness. I’m not going to start flashing back on a regular basis, but here’s something that will shock and amuse us all. This image was made 11 years ago, Halloween 1997. The costume began life as real clothing, and had been stored for many years at my mom and dad’s house. When I came across it at Christmas 1996, I wanted to take it – the polyester flowered shirt with the pearl snaps, the gold chain, the shades, the wash-and-wear slacks, home with me to wear as a costume. When my dad got wind of it, he said no, I couldn’t have it unless I was really going to wear it. Mom, my sister and I laughed ’til we cried when we heard that one, so he grudgingly relented.