My room


Lately my wife has started to get irked with me. For some reason I’ve been on the Slam Magazine comp list forever. Which means that once every month, when Slam arrives in the mail, I excitedly ask my 3-year-old son to pick which poster he wants to hang in his room. Thus far, he’s got Slam-ups of Rajon Rondo, Lamar Odom, Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams and Vince Carter hanging strong. “Does he really need another one?” The Wife asks. “It’s starting to look pretty sloppy.”

I don’t think she understands how sacred a boy’s room is; how only a little wuss would have his four walls decorated with neatly hung Rockwell portraits and family photos. A boy needs junk; crap; awkwardly hung posters and ripped corners and little shards of tape here and there.

I bring this up because tonight, while digging through old photos for my high school reunion, I stumbled upon the above picture, which is my bedroom, circa 1986. Man, I sure wish I still had that room. Or at least the Rickey poster. (the tight-fitting Orioles jersey—not so good)

9 thoughts on “My room”

  1. Very good post. I used to have a Kevin Mitchell “batman” poster in my room. Let me tell you, when I took that down, my friends were lined up to tear it to shreds. I see you liked speedy players, and is that Ryno also on the wall? It would be hard to figure out that you follow the Jets and Mets from that room

  2. Rickey, Marcus Allen, Rhino, Dale Murphy?
    a young MJ, the Indians & Brewers mesh trucker hats??? Oh man, that is the 80’s!

  3. I felt like I was taking a peek at my own room circa 1985! In fact, my last trip home I salvaged a Walter Payton, Kirby Puckett, Tony Gwynn, Jim Kelly and Shane Conlan poster from my mom’s house. Some actually made it on the wall of my basement “man cave” albeit they had to be in frames per my wife’s request. One thing I have ask Jeff, why the souvenir wood bat and which incarnation of the Cal Ripken stance are you demonstrating in this photo?

  4. Great post and even better room, Jeff.

    When I was younger I had a ton of posters on the wall, mostly sports (Kevin Mitchell, Will Clark, Bo Jackson), some Cindy Crawford, Traci Lords ones and for some reason I had a Ratt poster on the wall.

    I used to love my room.

  5. Wow…memory lane…change the posters to Freddy Lynn, Bobby Orr etc. subtract 10 years, leave the nerf hoop and you’re looking at my room in suburban Boston in 1976.

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