I stumbled upon this cool piece via CNN.com.
Back in 1982 five teenagers took an impromptu photo while at Copco Lake. At that time it wasn’t anyone’s intention to make it a tradition… but that’s what it became.
Every five years for the past 30 years these five friends: John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney, and John Molony have met at the same California lake and taken a group photo – but it’s not just any old random shot. They take the same photo sitting in the same order, posing in the same positions, making the same brooding expressions every single time.
“For some reason, we all chose to have dark and mysterious expressions on our faces,” said Wardlaw. “I’m sure we all thought we were being really cool.”
I love it when people do this. The Goldberg family created buzz on the net a little while ago having taken a snapshot of themselves every year for 35 years. These five friends embody the same tradition. It’s interesting to see their styles change, their weight fluctuations, and their wedding rings come and go.
A true testament to everlasting friendship (or at least some serious commitment) I think Dickson said it best:
“We plan on doing this for the rest of our lives, no matter what,” said Dickson. “Up until there’s one guy just sitting in the same pose! Even then, maybe someone will take a picture of an empty bench for us.”