Piece of mind

Peaceout

Let's discuss my childhood.

This was at my GRANDPARENTS' house, with the peace sign pumpkin. For goodness sake. I think it would have been hy-LAR-ious had I turned out super conservative. And, like, a colonel in the Army or something. Does the Army have colonels?

Despite my lack of Army-ness, I DO have a fondness for the Colonel. Of KFC fame, I mean.

And why couldn't my hair have stayed like that? I don't mean under a veil, but straight and blonde and all-American looking. LOOK at it! It's cheerleader hair! I was six! Too young to use it to my advantage. It'll probably get all nice again when I hit 80.

I was looking once again for a childhood picture of myself for work. Can you tell? They asked me to bring one in for the wall in the lobby I told you about, the one with everyone's kid picture on it. I guess since it's week three they feel sufficiently assured I am really gonna work there.

They brought in gelato today. This guy came in with a cart, and four flavors. Hell yeah, I'm staying there.

Anyway, I am not using this one. I'm bringing in the pool table one I showed you a few weeks ago. You guys said I should use it, and I believe you were correct.

Pool

Obviously, they are going to be cropping dad out the picture. Sorry, dad. Unless you want a job there. I know how you'd like to stampede right back into the working world.

My father is not one of those "I have to stay busy or I'm not happy" types. Retirement suits him fine. "Why stand when you can sit," he always says. He also says, "Why sit when you can lie down."

Anyway, I look happy in this shot, and I like my necklace and my asymmetric bangs. Mom, did you EVER cut them straight? Ever? Did we live in a FUN HOUSE? Were the floors slanted? Were you high on the gange? I understand it was the '60s. But yeesh. Vidal Sassoon you were not.

And mostly what I like in this shot are my feetses. In the tights. I remember having to wear tights and always having to pull them up, and not caring who saw me tug at them in a huge stomping sumo wrestler motion. I am kind of the same way now. Frankly.

So that's all I have to tell you about that. Oh! But I had a good idea! You know how I love that photography blog, The Blue Hour. Oh, I think his photos are good. And it's his HOBBY! It's not even what he does for a living. Which is probably how you feel about my fine photos.

At any rate, he did a series of pictures recently called Green, which were all (are you sitting down?) green-themed. I thought you all could write in with ideas for me to take pictures this weekend of a theme, like, you know, purple. Or happiness. Or feetses. Or peace-sign pumpkins.

Whatever. Just don't make me photograph snakes or vomit and we will be all set. I will pick whatever idea strikes my fancy, or maybe I will do a whole bunch of them. My only caveat is I PLAN to take said photos this weekend, but it's my birthday and anniversary, and if I am taking care of my new PUPPY, or Marvin whisks me off to BRAZIL, I will not be able to. But I think I will be puppyless and Brazilless. We won't even see the MOVIE Brazil. Is my theory. Or even GET a Brazilian.

Okay, so let me know what theme you'd like me to photograph. With my fine photography skills.

Peace out. Peace out or a piece out, as my cousin Brigid likes to say. She did not grow up with peace-sign pumpkins.

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

68 thoughts on “Piece of mind”

  1. Hulk (Who knew Fausto wouldn't pitch last night unless there was an absolute slaughter...on either side) says:

    I like how your pool room is all slanted to the left, like The Joker and The Riddler hideouts on the TV “Batman”…
    Peace-sign pumpkins and a left-slanting room…how could you NOT end up a tree-hugger???

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  2. Your theme should be puppies – all the puppies you can find and torment Marvin with. Cause you know you could really whine over all the cute puppies to him and he’d just tell you how his word is final in red and that would make for great blogging.
    Or feetses as Marvin doesn’t like them. But then again, unless they have cute OPI with funny name painted toes, I don’t think there are many people who want to see feetses. But who cares about them? Photograph whatever you want and we’ll all be here to see and comment.
    Hope you have a remarkable Birthday/Anniversary trip to Brazil with your new puppy!

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  3. It’s probably slanted because the person who took the picture is the same person who cut June’s bangs. (Hi, Mom!)
    Good choice on the picture, it is adorable.
    My vote is for pictures of someone’s feet in all of your shoes. We all enjoyed the other shoe pictures so much. And you could try to sneak Talu’s foot into one. Fun way to spend your celebratory weekend, heh?

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  4. Ooh…How about you take photos of yourself suffering your various (imagined, sorry) ailments? Like, a wet cloth over your head for your migraines? And a fake lump on your boob for that time you thought you were going to need chemo, which would fail, after which you’d die a slow and painful death?

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  5. If you are able to control your exposure length with your camera then how about shoot with a black light. Did you know that “blue light” is also considered the golden hour? Wierd, eh? Here’s one of my favorite black light photography sites: http://www.pbase.com/tglass0000/tims_blacklight_gallery
    You could also use “gels.” If you don’t have photography gel sheets then just buy some various colored cellophane and cut a strip large enough to go over your lens and tape it onto your camera. Orange, green and blue are good starters. (If you want a plethora of actual gels I have some you could use)
    Shoot as if you were a in a bug’s world.
    Make an alphabet chart by finding items, not actual letters, but items that depict the letters.
    Do a series of people talking or texting with their phones.
    Write descriptive words on paper and have people choose the best one that describes how they are feeling. Have them hold it up and take their picture.
    Attach your camera to Tallulah’s collar and set the time release. Of course this would be somewhat a pain in the arse having to reset for each image.
    Don’t get talked into shooting red-themed. Hardest color to shoot acurately.
    Converging lines.
    Shoot a picture every hour of your birthday/anniversary.
    Etc..

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  6. Wow Laurie…I like your suggestions! I was gonna say “the sky” but I prefer Laurie’s ideas to be honest. Happy Snapping!

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  7. Older/elderly couples. They are so damn cute.
    Also you would’ve been Alexa P. Keaton if you were uber-conservative!!

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  8. Older/elderly couples. They are so damn cute.
    Also you would’ve been Alexa P. Keaton if you were uber-conservative!!

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  9. Older/elderly couples. They are so damn cute.
    Also you would’ve been Alexa P. Keaton if you were uber-conservative!!

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  10. No, no, no – Marvin never would have married you if your hair had stayed that way. We Jews call it shiksa hair.
    Ask Marvin. Or, better yet, your mother-in-law…
    Happy Birthday! I wish you many happy puppies!

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  11. I agree, the picture is a great choice. You have such a happy, little kid smile.
    Laurie had great ideas for your picture project. I like the “one per hour” suggestion, but if it were me, I’d forget after hour 1 or 2. You could take very close-up pictures of parts of things and then we could guess what they are. You would probably need to use some special camera feature to make sure they didn’t come out blurry though.

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  12. Laurie Lebowitz up there has got some amazing ideas.
    I started to say, snap a bunch of old doors because they’re always cool to look at, but then I thought we’d all get kind of bored looking at doors. I don’t ever get bored of puppies, so I’ll send my vote that way.
    Also, in salon related ideas, I’ve always looked about the salon when I’m getting my hair done and thought about how uproariously awful we all look during the process of hair transformation, with goop in our hair, or our hair standing straight up as we’re waiting for the color to settle in. I always think it’s so ironic in that moment, since we’re all there for one thing: to look prettier. I highly doubt women would let you photograph them in their various stages of hair processes, but it might be cool to find like an old time beauty salon and just snap away.

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  13. Aww Paula – I totally agree about elderly couples…nothing makes me smile like seeing a little old couple walking along holding hands.

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  14. I’m voting with Paula, older/elderly couples. They can be so sweet together, I always point them out to my husband when we are out and about and see them together, especially those just barely able to shuffle along together.
    OR you could just put the camera away and ENJOY your birthday and anniversary and not miss it behind your camera. Novel idea, I know.

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  15. Oh yeah, I just burst out laughing when your photo popped up on my computer screen. And I do love the photo you are going to take to work, especially those little dirty feet. They make me smile.

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  16. I’m down with the puppy idea too. I could look at puppies all.day.long.
    The photo you picked for work is classic. Cool, hip baby June hanging out in the pool hall. Just be sure they don’t crop out the batman sticker.

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  17. I’m down with the puppy idea too. I could look at puppies all.day.long.
    The photo you picked for work is classic. Cool, hip baby June hanging out in the pool hall. Just be sure they don’t crop out the batman sticker.

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  18. I’m down with the puppy idea too. I could look at puppies all.day.long.
    The photo you picked for work is classic. Cool, hip baby June hanging out in the pool hall. Just be sure they don’t crop out the batman sticker.

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  19. Cute shoes. That would be a great photo op. We all love shoes. We all comment like crazy when you show us your shoes. Hell, we even comment when you show us anything and there are shoes in the pic. And when you are on the street and compliment someone on their choice of footwear? They will proudly become foot models and let you take their shoes’ pictures.
    Shoes.

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  20. That’s the pic I wanted you to use! Yay! DO NOT let them crop your feetsies. That would be tragic. They’re all curled up happy baby feetsies.
    My friend Holly had an great exhibit called, “Pink” a long time ago. It was black and white shots of little girlie things. But it really read as pink in all the shots.
    I once made my students photograph emotions without photographing a person. They drew them randomly from a hat. Very provocative work came out of it.
    Or if you want to do less work, we could all send you shots of our puppies and you could torment Marvin on the blog with them. You, however, could go to the pound with the highest kill rate and photo the dogs. That should do him in if his heart is .000000000000001 larger than the Grinch’s.

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  21. That’s the pic I wanted you to use! Yay! DO NOT let them crop your feetsies. That would be tragic. They’re all curled up happy baby feetsies.
    My friend Holly had an great exhibit called, “Pink” a long time ago. It was black and white shots of little girlie things. But it really read as pink in all the shots.
    I once made my students photograph emotions without photographing a person. They drew them randomly from a hat. Very provocative work came out of it.
    Or if you want to do less work, we could all send you shots of our puppies and you could torment Marvin on the blog with them. You, however, could go to the pound with the highest kill rate and photo the dogs. That should do him in if his heart is .000000000000001 larger than the Grinch’s.

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  22. That’s the pic I wanted you to use! Yay! DO NOT let them crop your feetsies. That would be tragic. They’re all curled up happy baby feetsies.
    My friend Holly had an great exhibit called, “Pink” a long time ago. It was black and white shots of little girlie things. But it really read as pink in all the shots.
    I once made my students photograph emotions without photographing a person. They drew them randomly from a hat. Very provocative work came out of it.
    Or if you want to do less work, we could all send you shots of our puppies and you could torment Marvin on the blog with them. You, however, could go to the pound with the highest kill rate and photo the dogs. That should do him in if his heart is .000000000000001 larger than the Grinch’s.

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  23. I would REALLY love to see a photo blog of a walk with Talu…from her straining on the leash to torturing Snowflake and the three little girls. I want to see if it’s the way I picture it in my head. Plus your expressions at all of her antics. HILARIOUS I’m sure.

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  24. I love that picture. I hope they can leave enough of the original photo when they crop it so people can see that you are sitting on a pool table. In a bar. Maybe they can photoshop your dad out of the picture (sorry, Dad).
    I like someone’s idea of taking a photo every hour of your bithdat. Except for the hour or so when Marvin Makes His Move. We’ll use our imaginations (or not) for that one.
    Whatever you do, have a great birthday and anniversary.

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  25. I vote for animal feetses. Winnie’s little foot in your shoe was adorable the other day. Plus, animal feetses are, in general, waaay cuter than people feetses.

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  26. Ha! Furry G, I was trying to decide between bride or a tiny angel trying to get her wings!
    And I don’t know why your dad can’t just stay in the photo. You and your dad at the pool hall is a great pic. You, a small and precious child, sitting on a pool hall table all by your lonesome, well? that might be weird.
    p.s. shoes. I like the shoes idea.

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  27. A) I was not in a pool hall. That pool table was my grandparents. Deuce, they had strawberry-kiwi, peach, black cherry and I think lemon. I had black cherry. Mmm mmm mmm mmm mm.

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  28. Tiffaney who suspects it's wrong to envy 4 yr olds for their fabulous hair, and I don't mean the Toddlers and Tiaras wackos says:

    I can relate to wishing you still had your kiddie hair. I look at old photos and think, THAT COLOR!! THAT’s the color I want back! But no bottle or colorist has been able to replicate the mastery of that mocking bitch Mother Nature.

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  29. I’m glad you chose that photo! Your feet were so cute.
    Oh, and speaking of your feet. You have such nice feet. Why does Marvin not like your feet? I would think he would at least like yours.

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  30. Puppies (or kittens if Marvin is still all against puppies). Puppy noses, puppy toeses, puppy tails….all things puppy!

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  31. I can’t believe your Dad let someone put a batman sticker on the pool table. My Dad would have killed us. Your Dad must be pretty cool.

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  32. Dear June,
    I am very sorry that I assumed you were in a pool hall when you were in your grandparentals’ home. It’s a great shot regardless of where the pool table was.
    Do they still have it? It might be fun for you to re-create some of your childhood photos with your adult self.
    Love,
    your faithful reader Lisa also of the Pie clan

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  33. How about hood ornaments? No, wait, they don’t have them any more. How about closeups of flowers or reflections in water? Or pick a color and go looking for representations of it in nature.

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  34. wow, your family was like those dolls, the sunshine family. did they drive a vw bus with a “gas, grass or ass: no one rides for free” bumper sticker on it?
    why not take pictures of things marvin hates?

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  35. YOU AREN’T A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER??? WHAT?!?!?!?!
    I looked at your picture with your dad and the first thing I thought was how cute your little feetses (and I thought that word) were in those little tights. Then you said the very thing I was thinking. Eerie.
    I would also like to see the essay of Lula’s adventures. Torturing Snowflake, the girls calling her Lalula, being tormented by Francis. No, wait. Maybe just a day in the life of Francis. That’s my vote. Francis’ life in the pink chair.

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  36. I think the theme should be Rush. 🙂
    And maybe I missed this in some comments discussion, but why is there a Batman sticker on the pool table?

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  37. It looks like there is a ghost behind your dad…creepy. You do look very happy and carefree.
    Take pictures and number them and make us guess what they are. Best guesser wins Bye Bye Pie! stuff. I bet you could stump us!

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  38. The pic you chose is awesome!
    I think your subject for this weekend’s photo journal should be mustaches.
    Something about June, a camera and mustaches makes me think this would be fodder for a great post.
    Happy Annibirthdayversarry.

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  39. Duffylou, mustaches are a very good idea.
    If all else fails, however, and your pets reject having mustaches glued to their faces (oh, I wish I had had a camera for that…), your theme should be “mystery”. As in, “hmm, let’s photograph this room, because how it gets so messy so quickly is a real mystery, MARVIN.”

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  40. Remember how ubiquitous those Batman stickers were? They were everywhere. Total fad, but not as big as the STP stickers. What was THAT all about? Had to have one of those stickers or you were just, like, nobody. And why don’t we see those ecology stickers anymore? I mean, especially now when the environment is so, you know, POPULAR?!

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  41. June – Before you get the puppy – maybe you should watch “Animal Hoarders” on Animal Planet. Then again you’d probably be like my husband who says all these hoarding shows are giving us regular hoarders a bad name. Anyway – I love the cat foot so why don’t you just photograph feet all weekend?

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  42. girl who also has a birthday this weekend and anticipates not getting a spectacular gift from her manfriend. says:

    Your theme should be the things Marvin should have given you for your birthday but didn’t.

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  43. SERIOUSLY!! There is a GHOST behind your dad in that picture! Is it Abe Lincoln? Ulysses S. Grant?? WEIRD INDEED!

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  44. Who you gonna call?
    It’s a Van Gogh self portrait. Maybe self portraits could be a theme this weekend.

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  45. I don’t know about your picture quandry, but I soooo have the match to that brown chair in the first picture. It was my daddy’s chair and has been recovered many times. Currently, it’s yellow with a red toile print, because yea, it’s time to recover it again.
    But, seriously. A very cool chair. It rocks and swivels, and my aunt broke it so my dad, who was a weldor, made it a new frame. An iron one.
    I’m kind of over the chair, you know, but it was my daddy’s, so here it is in my den.
    In case you were wondering.

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  46. People who look like their pets.
    Front doors in your neighborhood.
    Your pets. Wait that’s been done.
    I also like the idea above… Things Marvin should have given you for your birthday, but didn’t.

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  47. Pictures of all your hairstyles throughout the years. You could frame it with real hair (or dog & cat hair).

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