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Today is my father's birthday! ... a few memories: Dad and…

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Today is my father's birthday!

... a few memories:




Dad and I on the beach, Seattle, 1983



Dad and Mom, 1984



Dad and I on Sinclair Island, 1988



Drawing on Sinclair Island, 1989



Dad and moth, Sinclair Island, 1989



Naomi, Dad, and Naomi, Sinclair Island, 1989



Arranging a picnic (barbequed clams on the half-shell, gathered that day), Sinclair Island, 1990



Dad and I in Seaside, Oregon, 1991



Me, Dad, and Gael in Seaside, Oregon, 1991



Dad in his studio, Anacortes, WA, 1993




He gave me this painting on my 16th birthday, 1996



At work in Antwerp, Belgium, 1997



As a cyborg in Antwerp, Belgium, 1997



Dad and Gael, Antwerp, Belgium, 1997



Annick and Dad, Antwerp, Belgium, 1997



Dad took this photo of me in Antwerp, Belgium, 1997



Dad, Me, and Gael, Anacortes, 1997






Dad and I, Anacortes, 1998



Benicassim festival pass photo, Barcelona, Spain, 2001



At a friend's wedding, Anacortes, 2002



Dad and I dancing at my wedding, Port Townsend, 2002



Saying goodbye to Dad before moving to London, 2002



Dad and Macsen, returning to Sinclair Island, 2003



At Seattle Central Library, 2004


I love you, Dad!

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On August 8th, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC), scottobear commented:
A wonderful capture! I'm sure you're the best b'day present he could ask for. :D
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On August 10th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC), nomi replied:
hee. he wrote this to me in a recent email: "the best gift i could have gotten is to feel i was a good father for you. :)"
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On August 8th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC), grassfire commented:
the photo of your father & the moth is so beautiful.
happy birthday to him.
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On August 8th, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC), dawaioser replied:
*NODS* ~ that's the one I like/am drawn to also. He had lovely, wild-curly hair when he was younger...beautiful. :)
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On August 8th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC), mercuryglare commented:
he looks like an amazing person.
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On August 10th, 2004 11:55 am (UTC), nomi replied:
he truly is.
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On August 8th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC), antitype commented:
Wonderful pictures. It must be so great to be raised by an artist.. His paintings look beautiful, too.
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On August 10th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
It was a beautiful and wild experience, I wouldn't change my childhood for the world.

I hope he reads these comments, he's always so self-deprecating about his paintings. I love them. I miss living in a house with every spare bit of wall-space covered in paintings.
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On August 10th, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I hope you don't mind me saying so, but your work reminds me of my father's in ways, probably one reason I was drawn to it.
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On August 8th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC), savonarola commented:
wow, the both of you are pretty awesome.
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On August 10th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
blush! thank you.
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On August 8th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC), bm8 commented:
He seems to be a truly happy person.
Those are great memories.
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On August 10th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
He has had bouts of the typical depression and self-doubt that afflicts most artists, but he also has an immensely silly and positive side to him and a real love for life.

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On August 8th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC), stopremembering commented:
your dad seems like he's probably pretty wonderful. and he also aged really well, i think he must be a fantastic person to be around. no wonder you made such a post full of love, he must be a great father. :)

i'm chris, i thought your journal was interesting so i added you. i hope you and your father both had a good day and got to spend it together if possible.
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On August 11th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm sure he will be chuffed to read the compliments. :) He is a wonderful father.

hi, Chris. thank you! :)
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On August 8th, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC), lil_octopie commented:
everything and everyone looking positively lovely : )

were you born in seattle ? or just lived there as a child?
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On August 11th, 2004 05:31 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I was born in Spokane (eastern wa), but grew up in Seattle and the San Juan Islands. A tiny 1-mile by 2-mile island where we happened to be the only 3 of 6 people who lived there year-round. I believe everyone should have that experience, it can really change the way you view the world and life -- for the better, I think.
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On August 8th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC), m00t commented:
I'm gonna go off an have a good cry now.
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On August 10th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I will be in Seattle late November. We should hook up. :)
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On August 8th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC), interimlover commented:
the man behing Snarg and Naomi... revealed!

great post... reminded me of my own pops.
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On August 11th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I guess you can see now where the style for snarg came from. His paintings are like analogue snarg, I miss having them on my walls.

I loved that video you posted of you and your father. I hope you don't mind that I saved it.
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On August 9th, 2004 12:40 am (UTC), josef_barghest commented:
Great photos!

I love your Dad's artwork. Really interesting stuff.
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On August 11th, 2004 05:43 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I hope he reads that, he can be self-deprecating when it comes to his artwork.

I recently put up some of his drawings/watercolours in our flat, I will post photos of them soon.
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On August 9th, 2004 04:21 am (UTC), onezen commented:
What a wonderful photo journey! Thank you for posting it.
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On August 11th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you for reading. :)
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On August 9th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
this is the most powerful entry i've read in a long time. d17.jpg & d04.jpg are great.
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On August 11th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you, I was sad to read about your relationship with your father (or lack thereof). I feel blessed to have the parents that I do; they are so open, accepting, and full of talent and life. As I was growing up they became kind of surrogate parents for my friends who didn't have a great homelife. My longest/closest friend, Becca, still calls them "mom" and "dad".
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On August 11th, 2004 05:53 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thanks, aggie. I've always told myself that if I accomplish even half of what my parents have I will consider my life a success.
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On August 9th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC), laudenum commented:
that's lovely. your mom & dad look like they were members of a very cool band in 84 :)
happy birthday to your dad. he has raised an awesome daughter, clearly.

xo.
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On August 11th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC), nomi replied:
funny you should say that; my father played bass in a band, I have fond memories of banging away at the drum set when he was at practise. As for my mother, she dated Robert Smith after my parents divorced.

aw, thank you! :)
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On August 9th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC), pry commented:
The photographs of your dad made me think of Marc Bolan, both in simular looks and in creative tallent. Thats what popped into my head looking at these, along with how special your memories are. Thank you for sharing those with us.
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On August 9th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC), gulch replied:
Your dad fucking rocks. He strikes me as the most amazing person I've come across in my 10 years online, despite the fact that our lives have crossed so little. Peace and wellbeing to him and to all your clan.
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On August 9th, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC), gulch commented:
Oops. That should have gone one level up. Whatever. I'm drunk. The world is very good.
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On August 9th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC), gulch replied:
(but all the above still very much applies, not just the booze talking)
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On August 10th, 2004 11:49 pm (UTC), hal_obrien commented:
I like this a lot.

Not just for the insight to your dad. Great guy as he seems to be. But also for the insight into you, over the years.

* How many of these did you take?

* Who's the other Naomi? (In the dinghy, "Naomi, Dad, and Naomi, Sinclair Island, 1989")

* His photo of you in 1997 is wonderful.

Anyway... all of these go into the folder of your stuff I particularly like.

(my own dad died when i was seven. i have only one photo of him, from an old passport)
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On August 11th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Let's see, first most of these were taken by my step-mom, Gael. The ones I took were the Antwerp photos (which came out over-exposed, sadly), the one of him at a friend's wedding, in the car, and going back to Sinclair. Here are some freaky self-portraits he took of himself years ago.

The other Naomi was a girl I became friends with "in town". She was very sweet and shy, but unfortunately had an abusive father. One day social services took her away to a foster family and I never saw her again. I still often think about her and hope that she is happier now.

1997 was wonderful. One of the happiest years of my life, experiencing Europe for the first time.

I am sorry to hear of your own father passing away. Do you remember very much about him? I can't even think about my own father passing away.
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On August 14th, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
so nice to see some older fotos of you! :)

your dad seems like an amazing person... and you look so much like your mom!!
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On August 17th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It's funny, now that I'm older I can really see how I have taken after my parents (in personality and appearance). I have my dad's curls and lips and my mom's nose and bone structure. In mannerisms I take after my step-mom the most, to the point where even though we don't look similar we're asked if we're related all the time. :)
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