The Younger Me

August 8, 2006 | By | COMMENTS

My brother recently bought a program that lets him copy VHS tapes on to DVDs and so, as a result, he’s been copying our precious and dangerously banged-up home movies on to DVDs these past few weeks. One tape in particular is my favorite: it features my great-grandmother Helen laughing her head off as my dad teases her, it features my brother and I building blocks to John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” only to have the scene devolve into fratricidal warfare, and it features a trip to Disney World complete with parade footage. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a clip of me showing off the vegetables we planted in our backyard. This is when we lived in Oceanside, NY and planting vegetables in your backyard was something you could do:

And as a bonus, here’s footage of my brother, Michael, telling a story while eating an Entenman’s chocolate donut. The chocolate donut means it’s blog appropriate because it’s related to food. Plus he’s really cute:

Categories: Funny Food Films, Videos

  • Vincci

    Awww AG! Those videos are beyond cute!

  • dude999

    Visiting your site has made me crave for some bagels, we have an awesome bagel shop in town. How old are those videos?

  • Chickie

    This was so CUTE! I LOVED hearing the kids’ voices & I’m sure they get a kick out of seeing themselves!

  • Amity

    The best part were the faces that you and your mom make during Michael’s story! :)

  • Alison

    What Amity said. I’m also loving the French-themed pajamas.

  • Bethany

    I can’t think of a more entertaining way to start my day! Thanks for sharing!

  • emily

    OMG, your mom’s nails! Your dad’s part! YOUR KNEESOCKS!! Awesome retro fun…rivals the Lolita Videos in hilarity…

  • shelly

    Loved the fake mike :).

  • Holtzwoman

    Ok, maybe I just love violence in the media, but I’d really love to see the clip you mentioned of the fratricidal warfare. That sounds too good to be true.

  • Meg

    So cute. I especially loved your little brother’s little “New Yawk” accent — the word “spiiyyy-dah” cracked me up every time he said it (and he said it a lot!). And I’m with Amity: that cutaway to your LOOK was hysterical.

  • Kristi

    I grew up in Nassau County as well. Our home movies and tape recordings also feature that same delicious south shore Long Island accent – so hearing you and your family speak on these videos is like music to my ears! :)

    My third grade teacher lived in Rockville Centre and loved Entenmann’s chocolate frosted donuts. As do I.

  • Nina

    That’s such a cheap shot! You got me in my soft spot… Awwwwwww so cuute! Kinda makes me wish we had home videos, though I probably would’ve broken the cam in less than a week. What can I say, I’m a klutz.

  • A Big Fan of the AG

    Totally hysterical – loved seeing the young AG finding his favorite tomato in the garden.

    And HOW big was that cucumber?????

  • E

    I loved shot of you during the story, that was too cute :)

  • Lauren

    My goodness. My cheeks hurt from laughing so hard at those videos. How friggin’ cute was Michael?! AG, your cameo in Michael’s video says all there is to say about you. Perfecto. That just made my day. Oh, and your socks in the tomato video are HOT.

  • Katharine

    Cute! However, the geek in me is curious about the name of the program your brother used to convert the VHS to DVD. I’ve got some old tapes of my own that I’d love to digitize.

  • AmyR


    I’m a long time reader, first time commenter. I’d also love to know what this program is to convert VHS to DVD. Can you post it or email me? Thanks!

  • Michael Roberts

    At first I bought something called Dazzle to copy the VHS tapes on to DVD, but I realized that I didn’t have a dvd burner on the Windows computer I had to use (Dazzle doesn’t work on Macs). I than returned Dazzle and purchased the Sony VRD-VC20 from Best Buy. This is a great machine that let’s you copy almost anything right on to DVD in real time. Here is a link to the product on the Sony web site.