31 August 2018

Flashback Friday | Birthmarks, Tattoos & Treasure Maps

Flashback Friday takes place on the last Friday of the month. The idea is to give a little more love to a blog post you've published before that maybe didn't get enough attention, or is something you think is still relevant or even a something that you really love and want to share again.

Many thanks to Michael d’Agostino for starting Flashback Friday and inspiring me to go back and revisit some of our earlier blog posts.

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A while back, at one of our Taco Tuesday get togethers, the gang started talking about some really random things like whether or not panda bears are actually bears, who starred in some old TV shows, the birthmark on my arm, and treasure map. I had this vague notion that I might have actually written a blog post about my birthmark and treasure maps once upon a time. And, lo and behold, I did - way back in September 2015. You can find the original post here.  

When I looked back at this post, two things came to mind: (1) I think about weird stuff and (2) give people enough tacos and beer and they talk about weird stuff too.

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Over the past week, I've been busy cleaning out our boat, moving stuff around, digging through hard to reach cubbyholes and inventorying everything. I'm not really looking at my best with all of this work - frizzy hair, sweat dripping down, cuts, bruises and dirt everywhere.

The other day I was on deck trying to sort out my musty v-berth cushions when one of my dock neighbors at the marina stopped by for a chat. He took one look at me and said, "Hey, watch out, you've got a bunch of grease on your arm." I looked down and didn't see anything. It was probably the only place on my body that wasn't covered with grime. Then I realized that he was looking at my birthmark.

When he realized his mistake, he kind of got a little embarrassed (he's such a sweetie). I'm not sure if he was embarrassed because he mistook my birthmark for grease or if he was embarrassed for pointing out my birthmark. Some folks aren't too happy about having birthmarks. Personally, I love mine. I think the one on my arm looks like a deserted island. What do you think?

I told my dock neighbor my theory. "One of these days, when Scott and I are out sailing, we're going to find the island that matches my birthmark and we're going to lay claim! The birthmark proves its mine!" He chuckled and said that what would make it even better was if we found buried treasure on our island. Then he had brilliant idea - get a tattoo for X marks the spot on my birthmark. 

I was thinking I could go for something like this.

I can only imagine the look of horror on Scott's face as he reads this blog post and worries that I'm actually going to go through with this whole tattoo thing while he's away. And he thought the fabric I've picked out for curtains and throw pillows was awful. Wait until he sees my tattoo. That'll teach him for being gone so long.

On another note, I'm heading off to Portland today to visit my family. I think we're making our way up to Washington State this weekend to look for Bigfoot. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page, I'll post a picture of Bigfoot if we spot him.

Do you have a birthmark? Do you like it? Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they of and where are they located?

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  1. I don't have any birthmarks and no tattoos either. Never wanted a tattoo and my mother made me promise never to get one. Easy to do. I've seen some nice ones and I've seen some that are horrid. I also see them on very old people and they don't look good at all.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  2. If you ever bury treasure on your island and mark it with a tattoo on your arm, I'd recommend not sharing it on the blog or someone will go seek it out and you'll lose your treasure. Just my humble opinion, though. Maybe you wouldn't mind sharing your treasure with the world. ;)

  3. No birthmarks, and no tattoos because they sag eventually and i don’t ever want to have to explain a tattoo to a grandchild.

    And get a henna tattoo, the real henna (make sure it isn’t the fake, chemical kind) just for fun because they wear off.

  4. Hi,
    No birthmarks nor tattoos. Wen I saw the picture of your birthmark I immediately thought of Antarctica, how about that.
    Blessings from a beached sailor in Johannesburg.

  5. Nope, no birthmarks and no tattoos, but age sure has added a whole host of other "interesting" marks and tags to my skin. However, if I had a birthmark like yours, I would totally get an "X marks the spot" tattoo for it. :)

  6. No birthmarks or tattoos here. Although my oldest had a tattoo done a couple of months ago. And how cool is that to be born with a treasure map! ;)

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