I`m so glad this photo exists in digital form; it is a snapshot of my life at 23.
The items captured in this photo bring a lot of memories to the surface. Those blue flip-flops had giant gaudy flowers on them which I liked for ironic reasons. Not much has changed with my crossword obsession. One or two Broken Social Scene hangouts happened here before superfame. Wu-Tang record covers were procured from CFRC and acted as place mats. My skateboard had a pressure crack but awesome griptape art which is maybe why I kept it for so long. The frisbee indicates this photo was possibly taken in Summer – if this was the case, the cardboard moving box means I might have already started packing. 2003 was the Summer I moved to Toronto.
The apartment in this photo remains one of my fondest; it was the first place I`d rented on my own. On the top of the wooden shelf is a plastic anatomically correct jawbone. I kept that thing on public display throughout the years and apartments that followed. I know exactly where it is in Los Angeles. I want it back!
Sometimes life seems as though it`s changing so much that everything is a whirl. Other times, revisiting something like this photo indicates that over 10 years, not much has changed at all. Except I`m much more of a food snob now and wouldn`t eat whatever remaining packages exist of that Lipton chicken noodle soup…