Deep, dark secret lives

We really are all getting wired together. I let this one out into the wild a week ago, just to a couple of friends, and copies keep coming back to me by e-mail from increasingly unlikely sources. It’s a little scary. I guess it’s too late to decide my mining background should be a deep, dark secret (as mining-day secrets should be).

The photo was taken quite some time ago, if I may be coy about it (as hardrock miners typically are), with an 8mm “spy camera.” A friend in Montreal with darkroom equipment and an old apartment with high ceilings stood a bed on end, placed the developer atop this piece of makeshift equipment and put the paper on the floor. The print spent the last umpteen years rolled up in a tube before I recently scanned it.

Sara says I look the same today. Unfortunately. Same sense of sartorial splendor. The lot.

5 thoughts on “Deep, dark secret lives”

    • The “drink” is my hat-lamp. I’m gazing off in the direction of Montreal, where I really wanted to be. I’m in the middle, of course. Here’s my response to a similar query on Facebook: “I’m the one in the plaid shirt. I don’t know who the other two are. 🙂 … Far right is still a friend, retired schools inspector living in the Yukon; the one on my left is a Yugoslavian I’ve lost touch with; first underground experience compliments of a military prison. Great stories associated with both. None with the guy in the middle, who is already gazing Montreal-ward, looking for an escape. Actually that was just the first of four mining jobs for the man in the middle.”

      Are you in Hong Kong?

      Reply
  1. No still in NK. I was thinking about your friend in Phuket…

    How many days was each mining job?

    How long could you stay underground if you had wine in garbage bags & black pepper oatmeal cookies & stuff?

    Reply
    • What happened to HK? What friend in Phuket? About 850, 120, 120 and 100 days (the last stint was actually 99 12hr days with one off for a hangover)… Indefinitely, depending on what the “stuff” was.

      Reply

Leave a Comment