In which June speaks of nothing and everything

Tallulah is staring at me. Someone is staring at you in Personal Growth. She is in the kitchen, peeking her head around the door. It's unnerving.

Okay, turned out she wanted to go outside. That was a terribly disturbing way to go about it, peeping at me like that.

Anyway, I was so involved in showing you my beautiful YouTube video in yesterday's post that I forgot to tell you I'm on a diet.

Oh, and before I delve into the part where I could really go for some baked brie and big pieces of french bread and also maybe some chocolate creme pie, I noticed that people who watched my boring YouTube video yesterday said, "I've never heard your voice before." Now, didn't you all watch my movie trailer?

Marvin and I are part of a documentary about people who collect photos of strangers–I mean, who DOESN'T do that?–and the filmmaker has made the trailer. Go click on that link if you want to see it. It took a while to download when I just looked at it and appreciated my bra strap all over again.

I keep thinking all the same people read this blog all the time, but new people come in and think, "I wonder if June likes to collect pictures of people she doesn't know?"

And as a matter of fact, I just ran across some pictures of people we don't know that I didn't even know we had. Here's one:

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Now, I know I do not have to explain to other I-collect-pictures-of-people-I-don't-know aficionados (such as Faithful Reader Culpepper) why this picture is fabulous.

First of all, I just love to look at old houses. The main reason I loved Warner Bros. cartoons as a kid was I liked to look at the details of the houses from back then. The one about Marc Antony, the big dog with the baby kitten? Has GREAT '50s kitchen stuff.

So, yeah, I love the french doors, and that valance in the next room, and the wallpaper in the dining room. And then I am obsessed with what the women are wearing, and I am totally that guy standing up, who thinks he's hy-LAR-ious holding that appetizer on his head.

I don't know. They just look like they'd be fun people. With their black olives and their coffee. I can't help it. I find these photographs riveting.

Honestly. Do you know ANYONE who diverges from the topic further than I do? I was GOING to tell you about my diet, and then I got up and scanned this picture, and linked to the Marc Antony cartoon, and man, I'm annoying.

At any rate, I am on the glycemic index diet, which is supposed to keep your glycemics indexed or something. And you know, I'm not that starved? I mean, I stuck to it all day today and never once did any of the pets look like a delicious roast or anything. It took 72 hours to prepare everything to take to work tomorrow, because my usual snacks of Snickers and Dr Pepper are not indexed by Mr. Glycemia or whatev.

I have a goal weight in mind. Here's what I want to look like:

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Okay, really, where's that appetizer? I am so putting it on my head.

37 thoughts on “In which June speaks of nothing and everything

  1. I actually collect vintage photos of people I don’t know and super-impose the heads wit those of people I do know. A different take on a similar hobby, to be sure.
    June, I’ve posted on breast cancer awareness today and I’m sure the specifics are something with which most females are unfamiliar. I’d like you to read it. Thanks!

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  2. Oh I completely forgot about your movie trailer, I am so sorry! So nevermind, I have heard your voice before, but I was probably too distracted by your bra strap.

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  3. I have this picture I picked up at an antique store of this beautiful girl from probably late ’30s, early ’40s. What I love most about it is that she signs her name “Mousie.”
    Isn’t that diet what people with diabetes have to go on?

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  4. I think your dog was a little nervous about what the ET finger thing was for and where it was going to be used…
    I cannot imagine how one would start such a hobby as collecting photos of unknown people. And too, how one would decide, “Hey, what an interesting topic for a documentary.”
    You LA types…

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  5. I wonder what would happen if your BFF Mr. Glycemia and my BFF Jenny Craig were to get together over lunch? Intriguing.
    Since you can make up backgrounds and stories for people you don’t know, it makes the pictures far more interesting than pictures of people you do know. I like it.

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  6. Thanks for the shout out. Please add this picture to my list of inheritance items.
    Sadly, my figure favors the statue. Stay the way you are…you look great.

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  7. I love old photos of people I don’t know. They’re up all over my 1926 Tudor home. I even have a few 1950’s versions of some of the previous owners.
    As a college freshman, I found a huge cache of postcards from all over Europe and the states. I suppose the couple collected them from the addressees after their return. I don’t know. They were all signed, “Having a great time. Wish you were here! Love, Adolph and Betty”. Every time I went on a trip, I took them and posted them to friends.
    I wish I had continued the tradition and re-collected them when I got home. Dang.

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  8. I love old photos of people I don’t know. They’re up all over my 1926 Tudor home. I even have a few 1950’s versions of some of the previous owners.
    As a college freshman, I found a huge cache of postcards from all over Europe and the states. I suppose the couple collected them from the addressees after their return. I don’t know. They were all signed, “Having a great time. Wish you were here! Love, Adolph and Betty”. Every time I went on a trip, I took them and posted them to friends.
    I wish I had continued the tradition and re-collected them when I got home. Dang.

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  9. I love old photos of people I don’t know. They’re up all over my 1926 Tudor home. I even have a few 1950’s versions of some of the previous owners.
    As a college freshman, I found a huge cache of postcards from all over Europe and the states. I suppose the couple collected them from the addressees after their return. I don’t know. They were all signed, “Having a great time. Wish you were here! Love, Adolph and Betty”. Every time I went on a trip, I took them and posted them to friends.
    I wish I had continued the tradition and re-collected them when I got home. Dang.

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  10. I haven’t collected very many picture of people I don’t know but I love to take pictures of people I don’t know. I also drive my husband nuts when we’re out and see one person from a group taking a picture of the rest of their party and I ALWAYS say, “Here, can I take a picture of all of you?” and I snatch the camera away and make everyone smile at a total stranger that I’m sure they are sure is only taking a picture of them so that I can run away with their camera.

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  11. Be sure to update us (although I have no doubt you will) about the glycemic thing…I need something in the form of a diet. I’ve been doing the 30 day shred and its only making me mean. Plus I’m on about day 50 so I think I’m missing the point.

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  12. I love that Buffett song, particularly how he rhymes beautiful with dutiful.
    The picture is fabulous – the look on the blonde’s face is reminiscent of the one on your face in the picture you posted the other day. And what is that on the brunette’s upper lip? I’d like to see that actual picture because I don’t see nearly enough good detail on my computer. But I agree, they look like they are having a blast, whatever it is they are doing.

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  13. June
    First of all I lost 35 pounds not dieting. I just cut out sugar and starch. It’s not the Atkins Diet nor the Glycemic or Predican or the Blood Type it’s just eating fresh whole foods sans starches and sugars (except for fruit). I guess you could call it the Gladys diet. Kahuna lost 45 pounds. He is a virtual rail!
    Second are those black olies or grapes. I have a bunch of those pictures too. I do not know where they came from but I love them. http://gladysspeaks.blogspot.com/2009/09/gladys-has-reverent-and-irreverant.html
    Also and too thirdly I loved your movie trailer.

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  14. I like to collect old cookbooks that I find at estate sales and such. Especially those that have spatters and fall open naturally to the favorite recipe. The ones that have lots of notations in the margins are also high on my list.
    I love, love, love to while away the hours at airports watching people and making up backstories for them. Who they are, where they are headed, why oh why did they choose that particular pair of shoes, you know, the usual.
    When I am scoping out estates sales for cookbooks and vintage linens and such, I do always notice the framed family photos and wonder to myself why no one in the family had snagged them and doesn’t seem to give two figs what happens to their ancestors. Shame on them. If I see some really interesting ones, you want me to get them and mail them to you? It would be like “virtual estate shopping” for you!

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  15. LisaPie,
    Absolutely. And I should just say to anyone out there, if you ever find the
    journal or wedding album of Norma and Vern Weinstein, I will do anything to
    get my hands on it. Now someone will find it and charge me $10,000.
    On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM, wrote:

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  16. When I was ten years old I found an album in an antique store in Hillsborough, NC and in the front was written “Sarah Williams 1909 Long Green, MD.” It was chock full of these amazing photographs of this family who owned a huge farm in Maryland and there were pictures of them traveling and foxhunting in Europe at the turn of the century and tons of photos of their horses and dogs and parties. It was $100 and my Mom bought it for me and we started researching the family and found their descendants who still lived in the same beautiful house. My parents drove me to Maryland to meet these total strangers who showed me around their house and the farm, which is now a vineyard. They were warm and welcoming, but oddly enough, didn’t seem interested in the album. At all. In fact, barely glanced at it. It made me sad that they didn’t give a damn. And turns out Sarah had married like four times and never had any children and died in a nursing home. That made me even sadder. I still treasure that album and look through it frequently.

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  17. First, I listened to both the movie trailer and the video and I do not detect an accent. Lovely voice, higher than I expected though. I presumed you had a Bette Davis smokey type voice for some reason.
    Second, the picture reminds me of my parents, who have been married for 61 years. They just moved in to assisted living. We went through all of their belongings. There are 37 photo albums
    from the very beginning of their courtship to present day. I bet there are 5 or 6 albums
    with pictures such as this. That doesn’t even count the color pics!

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  18. I so thought the lady with darker hair was sporting a moustache until I enlarged the picture.
    I scrolled through the comments and couldn’t imagine why NO ONE had mentioned it. (Perhaps your other readers are more polite than I am!) Then, lest I falsely point out facial hair, I enlarged and walaa: no ‘stache.
    Would have been as entertaining as the olive guy.
    June – I adore you. This is my first comment, but you are so funny that I stop by every day.
    p.s. … can I just point out that my biggest editorial pet peeve is this spelling: ya’ll
    shewww … I feel better. THANKS!

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  19. I don’t collect pictures of people I don’t know but I’m always photographing people I don’t know. It takes the whole people-watching-as-a-sport to a whole new level and requires a certain amount of stealth.
    Also, my favorite person in your photo is the woman on the left. She loves herself.

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  20. I love the picture. It reminds me of good times visiting my aunts and uncles.
    I always look at the backgrounds for the same reason. It’s like getting in touch with something from my own life long ago.

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  21. Linda in Co and ~k~
    I too thought the lady had a moustache before I enlarged the picture. AND I thought to myself, “That lady on the left looks like June did on the ferry.”! Or else she has a stick up her arse.
    They look like they are having a blast. Except for June on the left. She looks pissed off. I bet the lady with the mustache is flirting with her husband.

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  22. Wait- there are other people out there that collect pictures of random people? I thought, based on my friends reactions, that I was alone in this. I keep a stack and one day I will create a gallery-like wall in a future house for all of them in one place.

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  23. I LOVE old pictures, and often times they are of people I don’t know. My dad has boxes of pictures of my dead relatives and I stare at them for hours, wondering (because they’re black and white) what color that wall paper was and loving the clothing and the dark lipstick. When they are of my old, dead relatives, I LOVE seeing what they looked like in their 20s, how much fun they appeared to be having and thinking “Oh hell… they appeared to be fun in their 20s and 30s and became fuddy duddies later… I’m doomed to be a fuddy duddy, too!”
    I’m so glad somebody pointed out the “When Harry Met Sally” line because I could NOT place it.

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