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Monday, September 20, 2010

Where does the time go?

Well, there I am, the first year of my life, topless on the back of a pick up truck! Boy, is it any wonder I am the way I am! And look at those old gas cans! I believe the trees in the background are the pear trees that were in our backyard, but I'm not positive about that.
And here I am on lead at Stone Mountain, NC. back in the day
and this was Christmas Eve, my first lead ever, it was raining and I was in about the best shape I have ever been in. See the dark part above the orange rock? That's a "roof" and I went right over that sucker! This route is at Saurtown Mt. Gerry and I had the first ascent on it, so we got to name it, and it's in the NC climbing guide and known as Clean Sweep.
So, I turn 50 on Thursday....... I have been looking at old baby pictures today and the thing I have noticed is that they are all black and white and they are fading and they all have really old cars in them. My mom either dressed me up like a doll, or I had no clothes on. There are no pictures with just a normal outfit. It's either gloves, hat, little purse, frilly dress, or a diaper. WTF? Also, I noticed that my parents were really skinny and very young and spent a lot of time on the beach!
On my birthday this year, I probably won't be topless on the back of a truck, but I will be delivering my work to one of the nicest galleries in NC and I'm pretty proud of that! And I will be delivering work for a show with some of the finest potters out there internationally and I am VERY proud of that too. So far 50 is looking like a good year! I just wish I could climb like that again. I'm doing good to go up and down two flights of stairs with boards of pottery!
So, here's to the second half of my life, should be interesting............

12 comments:

Lori Buff said...

It does sound like your 50th is starting out great. Have a happy birthday.

Trish said...

Welll I can't believe I am the first to comment on this post!! I am usually the last to get to them, it seems... ANYWAYS...I also want to be the first to wish you: Happy early Birthday!... incase I miss it on Thursday...My sister was 50 in August and that is unbelieveable too!.. You are going to love the fifties.
and yes, it is too bad those old black and whites start to fade..some great old pics for sure.
have a great eve..have fun delivering your work and spending time with other great lovers of the clay..

Trish said...

what!!! missed it be three minutes!! haha..happy day! T.

Hollis Engley said...

Hey, Trace, it's not bad on this side of 50, either. Though we do wear shirts when riding in truck beds.

Linda Starr said...

I notice you said you probably won't be topless, might as well leave your options open. Ha. Yeah I'm with Hollis, have a good one, but gravity denotes shirts.

Judy Shreve said...

Happy Birthday Tracey! Enjoy the 50's cause they zoom by! And you are starting this year in a great place.

Love the old photographs -- I mean if you don't have to put on a frilly dress why not go topless in the back of the truck . . . .

cookingwithgas said...

oh go topless you only turn 50 once - what can they do but throw you in jail.
How would Wes live that one down- live large!
You are scaling some big mountain this year with grace and easy- Happy Birthday go enjoy yourself!

FuturePrimitive said...

Wow, Trace...there's no end to your talents! Even if you don't climb no more.
Loved the pics..and the pics of you as a baby should be shown! Your parents obviously liked you to be free. What could be better?
I hope you have a really happy
50th birthday and that you do well at the gallery.
And BTW...I blogged you!
Finally!
Tiggy xx

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Welcome to the club! Awesome photos of your mountain climbing days. Happy Birthday~

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks everyone. Again, what a nice way to spend my morning, having tea and reading your comments!

Tracey Broome said...

Tig, I just went over and read your post, how very sweeeeet you are!!!! Glad you like the barn!

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

Topless on your bday is never wrong! Just ask Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears...LMAO!

That was a lovely post, and what a great tribute to the "first half" of your life.