I added some pics from my trip on the 24th. (See the Afghanistan Pics page.)
While posting, I was thinking about all of the old-school photo prints that I have. (Most of them are from when I was in the Marines … Back then, digital cameras were not really mainstream yet.) I really value those pictures, and expect to hold on to them forever; even pass them to Taj so he can remember his Dad’s experiences when I’m gone. (Hopefully he passes them to his son/daughter.)
But lately, I don’t print pictures anymore. I just have ‘em stored on my Macbook. Of course, I keep a back-up on an external drive, but they’re just not the same as simply holding a pic. (Besides, in the future, who knows if the current technology will even allow Taj to view them? They might be storing pictures on holograms or somethin’ like Star Wars.)
So, I worry about protecting my digital pics (or the computers and drives that store them.) I really want Taj to have pictures of Muna and I, so he’ll have something to base his life story on. Sadly, I don’t have many pictures documenting the life of my parents or grandparents. Sure, there are a few, but not a lot.
Because of this, I say that a picture is worth far more than just a thousand words … to me, they’re priceless.