you're reading...

Where in the world is Basil?

Some of you read my weekend post, which featured a very silly picture of Basil doing a handstand next to the Nantucket Light on our honeymoon. The photo tickled me no end; I’d forgotten about its existence until I stumbled on it during a trip through old albums.

But it didn’t make me laugh nearly as much as the present I found amid my email messages this morning.

My longtime friend, John Pontillo, created some amazing works of art with this crazy image of Basil and, well, I just had to share.

First a word about John. I’ve known him since first grade — we went to elementary and junior high school together, played in the Port Chester High School Band together, even shared a limo to the prom. He’s a very funny guy, with an offbeat sense of humor. He’s a terrific computer guy if you’re in need of tech support, too, btw.

This is how John and I looked 29 years ago. Like the hair? We were both rockin’ perms, which I guess seemed like a good idea at the time. He is still apologizing for his.

John and I are in the center. We had different dates, but managed to wear the same hairstyle. He still hasn't lived that '80s perm down.

John and I are in the center. We went to prom  with different dates, but managed to wear the same hairstyle. He still hasn’t lived that ’80s perm down.

Anyway, inspired by the photo of Basil, John created these, which had me laughing so hard in my pajamas that I nearly had coffee coming out of my nose. Of course I had to share them with you!

Here’s Basil at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Wonder what effect this had on the tower's lean. ...

Wonder what effect this had on the tower’s lean. …

And visiting the Sphynx.


Here he is at the Parthenon.

Not sure what his Hellenic forefathers would say about this. ...

Not sure what Basil’s Hellenic forefathers would say about this. …

And at President Obama’s inauguration on Monday.

Amazing that he managed to escape the Secret Service. ...

Amazing that he managed to escape the Secret Service.

As always, Basil is a very good sport about all this. He had a good laugh as I loaded each of these into WordPress.

He mentioned, however, that he was glad no one can see his face.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


16 thoughts on “Where in the world is Basil?

  1. What a great group of pictures! How dear to have a good friend to make you and your husband laugh. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. It was fun seeing where Basil would show up next. I loved your prom picture too. I also was a permer back in the day. So glad that is over. The smell was horrid!

    Posted by Kelly Blackwell | January 25, 2013, 8:21 am
  2. oh gosh, I think I looked something like that too 29 years ago!

    Posted by awriterweavesatale | January 24, 2013, 8:09 pm
  3. Great Prom picture………made me think of a couple of PCHS proms I attended. So long ago!!!

    Posted by Mike Colaluca | January 24, 2013, 12:01 pm
  4. I blame perms on “Annie.” I think she inspired all of us to be curly heads, me included.

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | January 23, 2013, 9:34 pm
    • I did it for years, which given my wavy hair was redundant. Wasn’t inspired by “Annie,” though; it’s the one show I cannot stomach.

      Posted by Terri S. Vanech | January 24, 2013, 7:14 am
      • I should have gone with Daddy Warbucks do! Anyway.. I think my prom date must of had a “thing” for Michael Jackson.. thats the only reason why I would think she would even want to go with me..whatever her name was….
        And why is this post 75% about the prom and our hair! What happened to “Where in the world is Basil!?” Darn you Terri!

        Posted by John S. Pontillo | January 24, 2013, 3:41 pm
      • You are too funny. It’s very strange that we still wear the same hairstyle, John — now both short and spiky. What’s that about?!

        Posted by Terri S. Vanech | January 24, 2013, 8:09 pm
  5. TERRI!!!!!!! You just LOVE to pull that prom photo out EVERY chance that you get!!! Did Basil put you up to that for revenge?

    I showed it to my son and he actually got scared!!! And why did you crop Basil out of our prom photo? Wasn’t he doing his handstand in front of the Limo? ; )

    Posted by John Pontillo | January 23, 2013, 8:47 pm
  6. What fun! Basil certainly hit the high spots and your friend is very talented! Reia

    Posted by reiadm | January 23, 2013, 8:40 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: