photo in need of a caption, dcla version

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recently, a former junior highers of mine (who’s now about 30!), sent me this photo from DC ’91 (before we added the LA). yup, that’s me on the little stage, with the day-glow pink cap, the shorts hiked a bit too high, and the odd boat shoes. gimme a break, it was 15 years ago!

anyhow, sitting here at DCLA, i thought it would make a good caption contest. rules are the same as always:
– contenders are those that bring an audible response from me when first reading them (groan, laugh, chortle, and so on)
– i’ll post the contenders list, adding to it daily
– i’ll choose a winner on friday.
– winner gets a free ys book of their own choosing.

contenders

Help!… I have been smiling so much my lips are stuck to my teeth! (eric)

“You’re not wearing shorts in the office, are you?” (ed) [marko comment: i’ll explain this if it wins, which is highly likely at this point]

15 years ago:
Fox Broadcasting is the first network to permit condom advertising on television.
Seattle band Nirvana releases the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the LP Nevermind and enjoys national success.
Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in a Florida movie theater for indecent exposure.
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.25
15 years later:
Fox employs you – this photo could be used as a visual abstenence campaign.
While there is absolutely nothing grunge about you in the photo, I would bet you smelled like teen spirit.
The look on your face is oddly PeeWee-like – your height….well I will not comment.
price of a stamp now: 39 cents
Value of you posting this picture of yourself: priceless (bob carlton)

From Dude in Blue: “That hat is mass rad Marko, but I don’t think anyone will ever start wearing shorts that go down to their knees” (brian aaby)

After being teased about his pink hat, Marko immediately goes and buys a pink guitar and then responds by subconsiously changing his hair style, color and length, once a year for the next 15 years. (riddle)

With the new purchase of Youth Specialties, Zondervan decides to be on the cutting edge of dress codes and goes retro and shows the new dress code seen here by this past pic of Marko, now President of ZonderYouth Specialvanties. (gman)

AND THE WINNER IS…

it’s a tie:

riddle’s “After being teased about his pink hat, Marko immediately goes and buys a pink guitar and then responds by subconsiously changing his hair style, color and length, once a year for the next 15 years.” this totally cracked me up. now i have an explanation for my compulsion for changing my hair.

and

ed noble’s “You’re not wearing shorts in the office, are you?” ed is the teaching pastor at my church. but years ago, he was my boss, and the high school guy at the church in omaha that fired me (ed tried to defend me, but it was a lost cause). the senior pastor of that church had a huge problem with shorts. he made a dress code that said we all had to wear business casual or nicer in the office. when us youth guys pushed back, he admitted that there were times when it made sense for us to ‘dress for ministry with youth’. i interpreted that as, on a day when i’ll be mostly with teenagers, it’s ok to be in the office in nice shorts for a bit. one summer day when i was going to be with students most of the day, i wore a pair of khaki shorts (i think they were likely the ones in this photo, as it was the exact same time frame). he stopped by my office and yelled (yes, yelled), “i don’t want to see your knobby knees around the office!” ah, good times.

riddle and ed — any ys book i can send ya?

18 thoughts on “photo in need of a caption, dcla version”

  1. I’m guessing this was back in the day when the typical youth leader didn’t need to have a goatee?

    Ummm…is that a friendship bracelet on your wrist?

  2. Having just been capped the 1991 recipient of the “Mr. Youth Worker America Award,” Mark Oestreicher prepares to make his acceptance speech. And should Marko be unable to fulfill his duties, that guy in the blue short-shorts (a.k.a. the 1st Runner Up) will happily take his place.

  3. 15 years ago:

    Fox Broadcasting is the first network to permit condom advertising on television.

    Seattle band Nirvana releases the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the LP Nevermind and enjoys national success.

    Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) is arrested in a Florida movie theater for indecent exposure.

    Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.25

    15 years later:

    Fox employs you – this photo could be used as a visual abstenence campaign.

    While there is absolutely nothing grunge about you in the photo, I would bet you smelled like teen spirit.

    The look on your face is oddly PeeWee-like – your height….well I will not comment.

    Price of a stamp now: 39 cents

    Value of you posting this picture of yourself: priceless

  4. wine me, dine me, my knees are shiny, we’re the Class of Ninteen Ninty (edited version)

  5. Marko- That brought up a bad memory for me. I was actually part of the advertising campaign for 91. I remember those day glow colors they put us in and the jumping we did to make the flyer. That was the last time I modeled anything…..I’m glad its done.

  6. After being teased about his pink hat, Marko immediately goes and buys a pink guitar and then responds by subconsiously changing his hair style, color and length, once a year for the next 15 years.

  7. As Stefan Urquelle step on the stage, much to Laura Winslow’s horrow, he began his transformation back into Steve Urkel.

  8. Spotting the camera and thinking quickly, Marko covers his name tag and sports a devious grin so that he can attribute this picture to an evil twin should his “fresh” style ever become embarrassing

  9. “Just before the camera snaps a shot, Marko quickly hides his backstage passes from Amy Grant’s ‘Heart in Motion’ tour.”

  10. With the new purchase of Youth Specialties, Zondervan decides to be on the cutting edge of dress codes and goes retro and shows the new dress code seen here by this past pic of Marko, now President of ZonderYouth Specialvanties.

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