Behind The Awkwardness: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid

November 9th, 2009

This is my brother and I. I was around nine and he is about 6. Pink shirts and suspenders really? I look like a cross between Ralphie from Christmas Story and a young Larry King.”

-Jeremy

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91 Responses to “Behind The Awkwardness: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid”

  1. Johnny says:

    Our 1991 church picture has me in a pink shirt and navy blue suspenders (and hair that’s spiked a good 3 to 4 inches). In fact, we’re all dressed in navy blue and pink.

  2. CIM says:

    Aww, I think this is adorable!

  3. Brother Steve says:

    yes you do !

  4. cranky says:

    “I have Roberta from Sioux Falls on line one…”

  5. dcs930 says:

    This one is GREAT! The caption makes the photo so imaginative!

  6. JonGoodman says:

    Should have read the other posts. Act like you haven’t read any other “Proclaimers posts” either.

  7. JonGoodman says:

    Another pair of glasses and you’ve got yourself the early Proclaimers.

    “When you wear pink. Yeah I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the boy to wear pink next to you! ”

    “When you’re awkward. Yeah I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the one who’s awkward along with you!”

  8. laura says:

    Actually, I love this!

  9. Rosa says:

    Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen.

  10. P says:

    Honestly, I’ll totally dress my kids like that once I have some. Seriously, I think there’s a timeless cuteness in dressing little boys so…”properly”.

  11. Sean says:

    “I would walk 500 miles and a-I would walk 500 more…”

  12. Bonnie says:

    Soo adorable! I just think they both look cute. Bet mom is still proud of this photo!

  13. Toot Sweet says:

    Portrait of The Proclaimers as a young band.

    • Devil Woman says:

      OMG! I thought I was the only one that listened to the Proclaimers in the USA! Totally fits. So many options for Jeremy to strive for as an adult SNL or making the soundtrack for Benny and Joon.

  14. Promised Planet says:

    Lawyers! LAWYERS!

  15. Awkward Turtle says:

    Alex Keaton had nothing on you, Jeremy!

  16. Chazlette says:

    I love the suspenders and aside from the pink and the glasses the thing I love most about this picture is that the boys look HAPPY and CONFIDENT nonetheless. Their smiles are infectious!!!!

  17. Poodle says:

    Sweet hunch too!

  18. DGH says:

    The Ralphie/Larry King reference is so on the money.

    …Maybe with a little Buzz from Home Alone thrown in there too.

  19. Sissy in Texas says:

    You are a young Larry King and your brother is a young Larry Czonka (sp?)

  20. Angie says:

    I don’t know…he seems to be really working the pink pin stripes. I see all awkward, gawky 9 year old wearing them for the next fashion season

  21. Deb says:

    Larry King was young?

  22. i think they are adorable! very dated picture, but cute.

  23. Gail says:

    You never realize how crooked your ears actually are until you get glasses.

  24. Bubbles says:

    Well, if it isn’t Smooth and Smooth, Jr.

  25. copacetic says:

    Goofy and dated, but not really awkward.

  26. Angie1199 says:

    I knew this site was where this photo belonged – I called it when I saw it on facebook! Glad you two can laugh about it now – if it wasn’t for this photo, I wouldn’t have remembered that you two looked like that.

  27. Craig says:

    Didn’t you also do commercials for Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup?

  28. Dub-P says:

    I love the glasses and the pink shirts. Quintessentially 80s!

  29. Rob says:

    Parents really should have intervened. I bet these guys are pretty handsome today

  30. Maro says:

    I think you’re both adorable …look at those smiles!! Hey…you were stylin’ with the times!
    Although those glasses look a bit heavy…but that was the style too!
    Thanx for sharing :) )

  31. Zippy the Doo-Dah says:

    Jeremy, I’m sorry, but you really do look like a cross between Ralphie and Larry King! Too funny…. Poor kid. :-(

  32. Shannon says:

    awesome. These are my cousins. Diggin those glasses Jer!

  33. Really good person says:

    I bet those glasses have burnt some ants in their day.
    Love the hair and the suspenders…. Thanks mom.

  34. Jeff B. says:

    Meet the much lesser known Baldwin Brothers, Chas and Winston. They went on to fame and fortune in the seedy world of D&D..which was far more respected than Hollywood.

  35. carol says:

    No, this is adorable, flat out adorable! So cute!

  36. Bruce Hickman says:

    Shortly after this pic was taken, Al Franken stole his glasses.

  37. roballen says:

    Jeremy, couldn’t you find any larger glasses?

    • Spritely says:

      I had a pair like that, but in dark tortoiseshell. Of course, I was in my late 20s at the time.

      Jeremy, you were a cutie.

  38. Jorie says:

    I love hwo the olde rone is crouching, as if there was no way they could possibly raise the camera or make the little one stand up.

  39. hcw80 says:

    Ah brothers. I can see them attending the same univeristy in a few years. The older sibling vigoursly studying in the library on a late Sat. morning, after all the LSAT is just around the corner. Younger brother sleeping in his unkempt Frat House room until noon. They meet at the stadium for the football game together or maybe earlier for a tailgate party. By evening, the older brother is going to write two more pages on a paper he is working on and meet a nice, quite girl for a pizza or other dinner college kids can afford. The spikey haired younger brother is pulling the keg out of the pick-up truck and trying to find a somewhat clean t-shirt from his pile of dirty laundry.

  40. Mankok says:

    It reminds me some characters from twin peaks =P

  41. Marvelous says:

    Hahah!
    I already know I like Jeremy.

  42. Dorothy says:

    …was this before or after you murdered your parents for dressing you like this?

  43. Robert says:

    Are you sure this isn’t a childhood portrait of Niles and Frasier Crane!

    Love the description! It is a strong man that can ridicule himself like this!

  44. Sir Galahad says:

    It is a gallant man indeed, who is willing to risk ridicule by posting his own awkward photo. Hats off to you , sir.

    • Anna Rexia says:

      (R)amen to that. And he beat me to the punch on the Larry King/Ralphie thing. Exactly what I thought upon seeing the picture.

      Well played, Jeremy.

  45. Other Dave says:

    “You’ll shoot your eye out” hahaha

  46. CarrieM says:

    They seem to be doing very well for having been born tragically without legs.

  47. Honeybee says:

    I love this picture and your description is spot on! No wonder you grew up to have a healthy sense of humor!

  48. E says:

    Or perhaps one of you is going to break out in a “Greed is Good” speech.

  49. Tim says:

    they laughed…but only until Jeremy and his brother started the most sucessful Fortune 500 rading firm in the county!

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