It seems these days that a person that is involved inany activity will have the opportuninty to have their picture taken. At school, at Baseball or soccer there is the growing industry taking group and individual photos. I usually dont participate in the endeavor. It's not that I'm camera shy or BUTT ugly, on the scale from an Adonis to a howler monkey I fall firmly in the middle. Middle adged, graying and kind of pastey. The photos taken now a days are in my estimation, not particularly artful. More and more you see multiple photos superimposed over each other with the Sholin temple in there to boot.They are just not classy. I decided to support the school and get a shot taken anyway.
The day came. I did not want to forget so I made a quick note on my hand as I sometimes do. It's like external additional memory. I also needed to get the girls from school and drive them to dance. It was a hectic afternoon. I managed to make it to the school in time for the shoot. The lady signing people up wanted to sell everyone on the planet a "Super Presidential " package or something like that. She was incredulous that all I wanted was one photo of myself in a simple pose on a grey background. "What, no Sholin Temple/" she asked "Nope" I replied." No lightining?"..... "No thank you " I said trying to be respectful.
I decided to go with me facing the camera with a double knifehand block. Simple ,easy, hard to mess up. Almost elegant. It took two minutes. I o.k.ed the proof on the little 1" digital readout and thought to myself, " Thats what I'm talking about!". I ordered one 5x7 print. I headed home even a little excited. I thought "Hey oldman you don't look half bad".
The photo arived a few days later. I eagerly opened it and saw what might be the best picture of myself I had ever taken. I thought holy crap I am an Adonis. I showed it to my wife who said "Yes that is a good picture except for that thing on your hand". "What, huh? Sure enough she was right as usual. On my left palm, the one extended to the camera, were the words "PICK UP GIRLS" in red bic pen.