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Do I know you? One man's attempt at a lifelong head count. 

NOTE: If you think I might have a photo of you—most likely at least one great photo of you—don't be afraid to ask me to post it ( along with a brief entry about how I know you. And if I've met or known you but don't have any photo evidence, feel free to send along YOUR favorite photo of you. (I'm fascinated by what that slideshow might look like.)


21. josh makela

Happy 24th birthday to this guy—my dashing nephew, who continues to make us all proud every single day. The boy is going places.

(posted 6.26.15)

                                           Temecula, CA. Feb. 2004.

                                           Temecula, CA. Feb. 2004.

My nephew was 12 when I took this photo at my Mom's surprise 60th birthday party. Exactly a decade later, this guy would be convincing me and his dad to walk across Spain with him. I've been blessed and honored to have an all-star team of nephews and nieces—16 in all. But when you've got a brother and 6 sisters, there's bound to be a unique connection with your only brother's only son. So you end up doing things like going to Jackson Browne concerts and talking Bob Dylan and making videos called "In Search Of: the Olsen Twins" and walking across Spain for a month. And, as of last month, getting matching tattoos—my first. Buen Camino!

Castro Jeriz, Spain. Josh and the human GPS gang. 2013

Castro Jeriz, Spain. Josh and the human GPS gang. 2013

Happy 23rd birthday to the big shirtless American with the backpack. It's been nearly a year since we began our big walk across Spain. What an adventure! Here's to a few more adventures down the road. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiii....

(posted 6.26.14)