If you’re on my Notify List you know that I had a contest last week, where I invited you guys to look at this page and guess the year in which each photo was taken. The way I set it up, the first three people who correctly guessed the year of four or more photos would win signed copies of the book, and the first three people to guess three photos correctly would win signed galleys. I suspected that some photos would be hard to guess, so I set the bar low.
As it turned out, only ONE person managed to guess four pictures. But several people managed to guess three right within two hours, so I bumped up the two quickest responders to get books, and three more almost-as-speedy people won galleys, and I threw in some postcards and a really dorky mix cd, too. If you won, you’ve already heard from me, and I put your packages in the mail yesterday.
And now, the answers:
Photo #1: 1990. Okay, practically none of you got this right. Maybe like two people. I was actually in college when this picture was taken. Apparently freshman year weight gain + no makeup = freakishly young-looking. Most people seemed to guess around fourteen. I think someone even said I was eight.
Photo #2: 1975. I believe I’m four here. The bear’s name was Thomas and he had a big beanbag belly that caved in rather unnaturally. Do you dig that mod lamp in the background? My family still has it.
Photo #3: 1987. Homecoming dance. And yes, that thing on my head is a clip-on bow. Shut up.
Photo #4: 2000. Man, all you people who thought this was a current picture are in big trouble. My hair is nothing like that now. Well, not like you can see much of it, but still.
Photo #5: 1999. This was somewhere near El Paso, Texas. It only looks like I went through some crazy Fat Mennonite phase.
Photo #6: 1996. I was drunk, kissing my own foot, and had Capri cigarettes in my purse. Let’s not speak of this time again.
Photo #7: 1982. Person in photo is dirtier than she appears. I was playing by the creek at our favorite campground. I was eleven, and this was as long as my hair ever got.
Photo #8: 1971. Clearly I liked my mom’s shoulder enough to give it a thumbs-up rating.
Thanks to everyone who entered!