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Am I That Old Really? Must be...

One of the things that must be done with kids is buying shoes.  This is the newest pair for our 13 year old.

Now I don't know about you, but when I was 13, if I had worn a pair of shoes like that to school I would probably have been beaten up.  I would NEVER have been caught dead in those things!

They look a bit like what the clowns used to wear as 30 or 40 of them would come running out of the same small car at the circus!  Or so it seems to me...

But, hey, she loves them!  That is really all that counts.

What did I look like at her age?

I am exactly her age here, with some spots on the photo.

My daughter sees that picture and says, "Gee, Dad, you were hot!"

Apparently I have simmered just a bit since!

She especially likes my college photo, but that won't appear here!

And, yes, that sweater was very much in style!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

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Comment balloon 23 commentsJay Markanich • October 20 2010 10:31AM

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I dunno Jay.....touch up that photo a bit and that sweater would go great with those shoes!!  Just sayin...

Posted by Tammy Pearce, Tammy Pearce (Haute Realty 214-994-6474) almost 8 years ago

LOL..I had the SAME thought - those shoes and that sweater were made for each other!  LOL  Cute.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 8 years ago

I couldn't get either of my daughters to wear tennis shoes of any sort.  Both only wanted to wear heals...too painful for daily wear (for me anyway).   

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 8 years ago

Tammy - not bad!  Different world, huh?

Susan - two, two, two eras for one!

Anita - she and I are taking ball room dance together (she couldn't find a partner her age) and she wanted to wear heels like the other ladies in the class.  Half way through the class she wasn't sure about the heels!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay,

I just purchased new tennis shoes for my 10 year old daughter. She had to have the shoes with the most lights on them. She just loves stomping around in them and I have to admit they can darn near light up an entire room.

Bob

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate (Alliance Real Estate - Minot) almost 8 years ago

I think you should be thankful you weren't wearing a sweater vest.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) almost 8 years ago

Bob - the light shoes are pretty cool!  I was making a joke about how what she likes now is odd, but what I liked then was right on!  What is chic in one era is NOT in another!

Cynthia - for sure!  Isn't it interesting how ski sweaters were so big then and not at all now!?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, I am old enough to remember when those sweaters were actually in fashion!  My brother had one much like it. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

That's right Pat!  I was joking that it was okay for me to wear something as hideous (or so we would say today) as that sweater and be in fashion, and yet my daughter can have shoes that I find hideous today!

Timing is everything!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I had the same sweater. AND my Mom bought me red high-tops that I NEVER wore. I bought white ones and rubbed dirt on them immediately.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) almost 8 years ago

Wow, those sound cool Steve!  I only remember white and black when I was in that era.  And on my high school and college basketball teams we wore low-top white Converse Chucks!  Those are the best basketball shoes ever invented.  The soles were different then - real rubber!

Did your parents make you wear a red jacket, with black tie and black slacks to church?  And, like my red jacket, did it have an emblem on the pocket?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

ROFL.  My oh my how styles have changed.  Or, maybe just come back full circle.  They do actually go together.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

That was the joke Debbie!  She has shoes that appear weird to me and I was wearing sweaters like that!

You think those things are coming back?  Yikes!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay, you should borrow those shoes when you have to go for listing presentations.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 8 years ago

Ummm. Those sneakers are "interesting" my kids aren't yet old enough to realize what's in STYLE for 13 year olds....oh boy what next.

Posted by Jennifer Dulmaine, Seth Campbell Realty Group (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm - I have a pair of MacGregor US Keds!  How about those?

Donna and Jennifer - who knows, in two or four years my daughter's might be WAY out of style!

Tish - um, yes!  It's so funny how things change.  I say to kids at church all the time not to worry so much about how they look because their kids will look at their year books and laugh.  I don't think they understand me so much yet!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Ah yes...I remember at your daughter's age saving my baby sitting bucks to buy the coveted gold mohair sweater; it didn't get better than that...!

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 8 years ago

Mohair was bigger then than now I think Sally.  And red jackets for boys to wear to church.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

My boys are all grown up now, but when we went shoe shopping with them, in their "tween" years, the shoe prices were just topping $100.  The hubs used to tell them, (they joke about it, still!) that he could find them a pair for $9.99! That crept up to $19.99, but you get the picture.  We finally made a deal, XX (usually half of what they needed!)is what we were willing to spend, anything more, they had to come up with, to get their shoe of choice.  It was amazing to see them shell out hard earned allowance, birthday money, etc. for plastic shoes, that as you say, looked like clown shoes, but, hey...we wore sweaters that looked like clown shirts, so I guess "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"!  They never, not once, settled for letting us pay the full price for shoes in our price range, even when allowed to choose the style!

Posted by c m almost 8 years ago

Thanks Cheryl!  I used to buy my own Converse Chucks.  But they were only $10 then!  At least they weren't clown shoes!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Most of us have pics like that from when we were kids. I still shudder at the thoughts of some of the stuff my parents thought I looked "hot" in. BTW, I still wear Chuck Taylors.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) almost 8 years ago

I do too Eric!  I think those are the best basketball shoes ever invented.  We used them in high school and college.  The soles are different now, not the same quality as when I was in school.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

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