[Before Paradise] Photo Mess or Mass Confusion!

The last couple days (and I mean full days), have been spent cleaning out a large drawer full of old photos. This drawer has been a dedicated catch-all spot over the years every time we come home with another roll of developed photos. It’s just so easy to bring them home, look at them, and toss them in the drawer. At least they are all in one place. Nothing is organized, many of the photo packs are of the print one-get one free variety that the big chain stores would promote to get your developing business. It comes as no surprise that we have literally hundreds of photos up through the late 2000s and then…nothing! Nary a single processed picture after that time. Obviously, that is when we stopped taking all our photos with camera film and switched to digital. It’s hard to decide whether this is a good thing though because there is nothing more memorable than relaxing with a cup of hot cocoa in the middle of the winter and looking through old photos. With the turn of each page in an old photo album, the memory is

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refreshed and nostalgia takes over. I can honestly say I just don’t get the same warm and fuzzy feeling looking at digital photos on a computer.

Today we headed off to the stores in hopes that we could still find some old fashioned photo albums for all the pictures. Low and behold they still sell them! Why?…probably for procrastinators like us, who with tons of old photos laying around, will eventually get around to sorting them all out, many years after they were taken. Almost the entire day today has been spent culling many pictures, identifying duplicates, sorting, and grouping, and sorting some more. We even found pictures of people we didn’t even recognize (don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing). We managed to fill one album (250 photos) and it looks like we will need to buy yet another one. So, another day will be spent organizing photos again and filling another album to take with us into retirement.

Digital Begins Here!
Digital Begins Here!

The good thing about all this; when we are in the Philippines and on a rainy day when the power goes out, we will still be able to relax and browse through our ‘old’ photos. The not so good thing is that to look at the newer photos (digital), we will have to wait until the power comes back on. One way to look at this is like this; it costs you money to look at your photos when you pay to have the film developed. It also costs money when you need electricity to look at them on the computer. Either way you will pay to reminisce. It’s just that with digital photos, you pay over and over and over again…when the electric bill arrives. At least with hard copy pictures, you only pay once to reminisce forever!

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