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The Five-Year Plan

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Groups of friends are notorious for making plans for the future and then never quite managing to make good on them. But this group of five buddies has actually kept a pact that began in 1982.

The five friends are named (left to right) John “Wedge” Wardlaw, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney, John “Bevles” Molony, John “JD” Dickson. (Side note: how is it that every group of guy friends always has at least one first name repeated? It’s true for every group I’ve been in.) They began their tradition in 1982 when they went on a fishing trip as teenagers to Lake Copco, California. To cap off their excursion they took a photo on the railing of a cabin and vowed to return every five years to recreate it, which they have ever since.

Wedge maintains a website about the recreations and includes fun tidbits about the guys.  The photo series documents lots of changes in the group, from fashions, to hairstyles (and hairlines), to the aging process and weight fluctuations. As Wedge puts it, “There’s a reason we started keeping our shirts on in the photos.”

You’ll also notice that the same friend, John Molony, is always holding a jar. This is an homage to the original photo in which he was holding a Folger’s coffee can that had become the residence of a cockroach the group had declared their mascot.

Since the last photo was taken in 2012, the next photo is due this year, and the  friends have plans to make it happen. Here’s to many more photo opportunities in the future.

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In Awkward Galleries • March 22nd, 2017 • Comments Off on The Five-Year Plan

Awkward Dating Profiles Of The 1960’s

Awkward Dating Profiles Of The 1960’s - Awkward Galleries

Thanks to the Internet, we live in a golden age of romance–especially if you’re of the kinky persuasion. No matter who you are, (or what you’re into), you can find people with similar interests, without having to even leave your couch! Even better, you can be as anonymous as you want! Obviously things haven’t always been this way, and if you look at these dating profiles from the 1960’s (thanks to our friends at Flashbak), you’ll see how far we’ve come.

Imagine how difficult all of this would have been. This was a time when a minuscule percentage of people even knew what kinky stuff was. Then realize your only communication was snail mail. (Or phone, if you’re lucky, but many of these guys weren’t.) On top of THAT, you had to use full photos of your real face. You couldn’t even use a Snapchat filter!

Talk about putting it all out there.

We’ll never know if these gentlemen ever found their special someone or someones, but we like to think they did. We’re romantics at heart.

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In Awkward Galleries • March 20th, 2017 • Comments Off on Awkward Dating Profiles Of The 1960’s

Artistic Dad Transforms Son Into Mischievous Leprechaun

Artistic Dad Transforms Son Into Mischievous Leprechaun - Awkward Galleries

Alex Lawrence is both a father of six and an art director/web designer/photographer, and he’s known for incorporating his family into his art projects at his website, That Dad Blog. For St. Patrick’s Day last year, Alex used his then-six-month-old son Rockwell to create a series of hilarious “mischievous Leprechaun photos.”

Alex came up with the initial idea but the whole family pitched in to make it happen. Initially, he held up his son (who’s tricked out in an exquisitely detailed leprechaun costume) for the desired pose, then edits and touches up the images in Photoshop. The end result looks good enough to seem real, and they’ll definitely get you into the holiday spirit. Sláinte!

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In Awkward Galleries • March 17th, 2017 • Comments Off on Artistic Dad Transforms Son Into Mischievous Leprechaun

World Traveler Finds Unique Way To Let Mom Know He’s Fine

World Traveler Finds Unique Way To Let Mom Know He’s Fine - Awkward Galleries

Jonathan Quiñonez, 27, was getting burnt out in his career as a consultant in Belgium, so he decided to put his job on hold and see the world. Being young, single, and childless, this was the perfect time for the trip. But he still had a problem: how would he keep his mother updated on his experiences and, more importantly, his safety?

The solution came to him on the first leg of his journey: Cuba, where Internet and cell phone service can be spotty. Jonathan made a big sign that said, “Mom, I’m Fine,” stuck a cigar in his mouth, took a picture, and sent it to Mom. She was so thrilled that Jonathan decided to take photo at every stop and post it to Instagram, where his mother could check on it from her home in Mexico.

As he visited parts of Central and South America, his account got more and more followers and eventually went viral.

The trip was also an inspiration for Jonathan. Seeing new parts of the world motivated him to refocus his career on environmentalism and philanthropy. He now works with the Belgian Development Agency in Morocco, where he helps support agricultural development.

He’s also still documenting his world travels, and still letting his mom know he’s fine, at his Instagram account, Mom, I’m Fine. Check out more of Jonathan’s sightseeing below:

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In Awkward Galleries • March 14th, 2017 • Comments Off on World Traveler Finds Unique Way To Let Mom Know He’s Fine

The Search For The Hidden Tampons

The Search For The Hidden Tampons - Awkward Galleries

Belinda Hankins is a blogger and mother of a 13-year-old girl. Her daughter had just reached an important milestone in a developing young woman’s life–the first time she had to navigate a confusing drug store layout to buy tampons. As women (and supportive husbands and boyfriends) know, drug stores are notorious for hiding tampons away in weird nooks and crannies. Belinda had to walk her daughter through an exhaustive tampon hunt until she finally found what she needed–in an unlabeled corner of the store, of course. She later shared their amazing text exchange on her Facebook page. Read the full conversation below:

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In Awkward Galleries • March 9th, 2017 • 1 Comment »

Woman Records Her Life As A Third Wheel

Woman Records Her Life As A Third Wheel - Awkward Galleries

For those of us who are perpetually single and NOT loving it, being around people in committed relationships is a real drag. Nothing reminds us of our misery like seeing someone else’s happiness up close. Sometimes just hearing about someone’s relationship is enough to drive us up a wall. Sometimes, our committed friends don’t even have the decency to complain about the terrible parts of their relationships! They have the gall to talk about the NICE parts!

So rude.

If you struggle with Third Wheel Life, you now have your champion: the creator of the Instagram account Third Wheel Extravaganza, in which she takes selfie after selfie of herself alongside happy couples, always with a deadpan stare that says, “Kill me now.”

After all, what is life without begrudging other people’s happiness? There’s probably a German word for that exact feeling, but for now, check out a gallery of third wheel misery below.

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In Awkward Galleries • March 8th, 2017 • 1 Comment »

Grandpa’s Birthday Blowouts

Grandpa’s Birthday Blowouts - Awkward Galleries

A birthday is always a great opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care about them, no matter how old they are. After the recent passing of his grandfather, at the age of 102 (!), Reddit user Kittynana decided to share photos from his grandfather’s past six birthday. Each year, starting with birthday #97, Kittynana and his family picked a theme to celebrate Grandpa’s big day, and went all-out to make it a special one. Each theme involves one of Grandpa’s interests, from sports to heritage to his favorite TV show, and it looks like Grandpa had a blast. We should all be so lucky to get birthday celebrations as fun as this.

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In Awkward Galleries • March 6th, 2017 • Comments Off on Grandpa’s Birthday Blowouts
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