Today I am joining Nursemyra in Corset Friday, in honor of the fact that tomorrow is the first day of spring and also the first day of my vacation in the tropics, I am posting a photograph that was acquired by one of my journalism major buddies in college.
See, it was the first day of spring in Fairbanks, Alaska (circa 1972), and someone had the brilliant idea that it would be cool to show a photograph of a bathing beauty on the front page of the student newspaper. Achieving this aim was difficult, however. The young men were running around the dormitory trying to find a girl who not only owned a two piece bathing suit (they really wanted a skimpy bikini, but there were none available) AND (and this was the truly difficult part) was crazy enough to go out and lie in the snow to pose for the shot. It was a balmy 20° F (-6.6° C) that day. And yes, that is a snow bank I am lying in. After a certain amount of negotiation, they decided I could have a towel between me and the snow.
The limitations of my scanner do not allow you to see the goose bumps. The photograph was folded so I could put it in an envelope and mail it to my mother. I’m not sure exactly what her thoughts were, but they were probably somewhere along the line of “That girl has a scholarship and a straight A average, but apparently this is no indication of intelligence or common sense.”
Happy spring everybody! See you in a couple of weeks when I get back from warmer places.