Say Cheese

Have not written in awhile, a short-while it seems, so I thought this morning I might try and put something on the page before I rush to town for some breakfast.  Used to take the computer with me and write some at the beanery, but I fed it a cup of coffee one morning, and that cost me big time, so I do not do that anymore.

For all those inquiring minds that want to know, I have been lying around, soaking up some “me time” and that is about it.  Spent a little time devoted to my guitar, ran some errands, sat on the front porch with a cup of coffee and listened to the rain.  That special time when you have nothing on your plate, and you can do what it is that you want to do, which in my case, is usually nothing at all.

Rainy days are good for contemplation, quiet reflection.  When one considers the many mis-steps that he has taken over the course of a lifetime, like, for instance, blowing off a college education in order to be a second-rate guitarist in third-rate Ramada Inn bar band that play unfortunate renditions of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”

Living the sixties badly or throwing away almost an entire decade trapped inside a religious cult that promised to turn one into a happy, super-duper spirit ala Casper the Friendly Ghost.  All the while one is dying of ulcerative colitis, or blowing up a perfectly good marriage because one is just stupid, or creating a rolling Taj Mahal out of old shot thrown away bus, well then, it’s easy to see how one might come to believe that “what doesn’t kill us, makes us bitter.”

I believe that inherently in all of us, is a code, the God-given right to the pursuit of happiness, is the equally the God-given right to the pursuit of unhappiness. That is why I support the American Political System in general and do not care for Political Correctness in any shape, form or manner.

This past week, I just checked out for some R & R.  Something I have neglected to do in a long, long time.  It was good … I enjoyed it, and lookie here, all done, just in time for the weekend!  You just cannot beat a deal like that.  Anywho, here is today’s post.  For some reason, I don’t know why, I have been thinking about Avatars this morning.

Are you being honest with your Avatar, does it show, as they say, “the real you” or is outdated and old?

Mine is not all that recent, it actually surprised me when I looked it up in the files.  The picture that I used for my Avatar was taken in October of 2006 on a trip to California, which is almost six years ago.  It was taken, photo-shopped or cropped from this photo, which was shot at Hearst San Simeon National Monument on the California coast south of Monterrey.

I wonder if people “shop around” for an appropriate photo, do they choose from many or do they just chose the one that is the most presentable (flattering in some cases) and not exactly representative of the truth.  Here is the same guy some six years later, a little bit heavier and sans the ballcap.  Not exactly the same eh?

The choices for most of us, are numerous, unless you are some Tibetan Monk or some religious nut that believes photo’s are not to be taken and actually capture your very soul.

I could have put up this one, if I were to be truthful, which seems to be a more than honest representative shot of myself and my life, but it just did not appeal to me, so I didn’t use it.  Here is another challenge for all you website overachievers, see if you can find more than one shot of yourself wearing the same old tired brown shirt or blouse … Now there is a photo journalism task worthy of consideration.  Most of us just prefer to put our best “happy face forward” and put up something that is fun, something that is real, something that is us.

To be candid about it, I am not a big fan of having my picture taken, never have been.  Just something about it, that I do not care for.  I understand that a lot of actors and Hollywood types are the same way.  They will make a movie but will never go to see it, as they cannot stand to see themselves on the screen.  Sadly, I have to agree with that, I would prefer to just remain anon.  Speaking of Hollywood?  I had a shot at a movie once, they wanted me to star in a re-make of Midnight Cowboy, but I turned it down, I go to bed around 10:30, so that did not work out for me either.

Perhaps it is time for “Avatar Overhaul” on Creative Endeavors.

Maybe I will just put one up of Jeremiah, he literally loves to have his picture taken.

You just say Cheese, he freezes up and presents his level best face, then quickly runs around to the back of the camera to see how it came out.  Yeah, that might work.

Have a great weekend.


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One thought on “Say Cheese

  1. EMAIL:“Just read your posting this a.m. ‘specially your choice of pictures. Not being a gifted computer geek, I don’t know how to add my pic to the little green box at the “comments” section. I’ve added it as an attachment, can you help me out?”

    I am not sure if can do this or not Joe … we will give it a shot. Might be able to do it like this?

    Joe Pinkey

    Where there is a will there is a way … Anyone else?



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