I know that selfies are all the rage right now but this is really nothing new...the above photo was my first selfie taken in 1976. I was 11 years old. I was on an airplane flying home by myself from my grandparents house. I was using my Kodak Instamatic so you can guess what happened as I discretely tried to take this photo...."KLICK" or "KLUNK" whatever embarrassingly loud sound that box makes. Oopsie...nothing to see here....
Of course, I couldn't see it until months later when we finally got around to developing the FILM, otherwise I might have retaken a better photo. Maybe. There was that embarrassing clunking noise to consider.
In the 80's we used mirrors for selfies. My BFF Lisa G thought I was taking her photo, but really I made sure I was in there too - yes, my first sneaky selfie. Apparently it was normal for us to carry our wine glasses into the restaurant bathroom....what?! Lisa G was my down-the-street-neighbor. One year older and much cooler than me but she let me tag along and she also didn't mind playing Barbies with me, teehee.
This was how she got a group selfie in the 80's...just hold the camera up really high:
Mirror selfies were difficult taken at night because we had to use Flash. Of course, we mostly partied at night so we had a lot of these who-the-heck-is-taking-the-photo photos (in this one it was Lisa G):
That's me (on the right) with my Duran-Duran haircut and Miami Vice peach buttoned-up-all-the-way-to-the-neck so you won't notice the cigarette and drink in my hand, long string of pearls, huge round white earrings....
Oh, yes, shaved hair around the ears (I'm on the left)...I was into the Cure, Stray Cats, the Vandals, Dead Kennedys, Oingo Boingo, Depeche Mode and the Smiths...and my other BFF who also happens to be named Lisa (on the right) had every single 8-track (I'll explain later, kids) of Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin.
I met Lisa W. in 6th grade, when I accidentally spilled a can of Coke in my desk and she helped me clean it up. (What 12-year-old sneaks a Coke into class and thinks that's a good idea? Me apparently). Here we are at school:
I know what you're thinking....you're thinking "Wow, Donna Lyn had the coolest overalls!" I know, right? They were a brand new pair and I wore them on the Last Day of School so you know they were Super Special to me because I lived in Seal Beach, California so it was probably pretty darn hot on the last day of school! But I will suffer for fashion. Always.
And you know what? She still does! I recently had the opportunity to see both of my Lisa's in person and it was just like old times (well, without the Lip Smackers, cigarettes and you know...)
I love these ladies!! They have been through a lot with me and know everything about me. I moved around a lot as a child so finally taking some roots in Seal Beach and keeping these friendships means the world to me.
And, look! We even got a selfie: