Boy, yesterday was fun!Â I’m overwhelmed with how special you all are.Â
And now a special treat.Â Grab your backstage pass and see whatÂ REALLY happened during my preparations for the festivities.Â
Wednesday, 8PM – I decide it is time to take my Blog Appreciation Day photos.
8:15PM — My digital camera doesn’t work.Â I go to Rite-Aid to buy some new batteries.
9:00PM — The digital camera does not NEED new batteries.Â The digital camera is broken.
9:30PM — I decide to use my camera phone, but all I can see in the viewfinder are scan lines on the monitor.
10:20PM — I move Sophia’s computer system downstairs where there is less “interference” on the monitor and fewer scan lines.Â Why?Â I have no idea!
11:00PM — I set up my “photography studio” in the dining room.Â The area is dark, so I move a halogen lamp in, tilting it to the side so that it becomes the “scene’s” main light source.
11:20PM — The halogen lamp gives off a weird yellow glow.
11:30PM — I place an LA Times in front of the monitor,Â but the camera can’t make it out.Â It just looks like a white piece of glare.Â I decide on a stronger visual gimmick — a pair of “California” undies hanging over the monitor.Â Â
Midnight –Â I go to Rite-Aid to buy string and some clothes pins.
Thursday, 1:00AM –I spent an hour hanging the string from the lighting fixture and pinning theÂ underwear so it falls directly over the monitor.Â I almost pull the lighting fixture off the ceiling.Â I promise to never tell Sophia about that.
1:30 AM — Even though the underwear is now hanging over the moniter, it isÂ still difficult to read the “California” written on the underwear because theÂ fabric creases up.Â
2:00AM — I come up with a brilliant solution.Â I place the camera batteries in the crotch area, giving the underwear some weight, pulling the underwear down, and making the “California” easier to read.
2:40AM — I take some photos.Â Things are going great until I realize that the batteries in the crotch area make the “California” underwear look like they have a hard-on.Â I take the batteries out of the crotch, delete the photos,Â and start all over again.
3:00AM — Sophia calls up.Â She yells at me for using her underwear, saying they are old and everyone will think she has a big ass.Â I promise not to use the underwear in the shoot, but I am lying.
4:00AM –Â Sophia also explains to me why my photos are coming out so dark.Â The “brightness level” of the camera phone is on -15.Â I start all over again.
5:00AM — I finish taking my blog appreciation day photos.Â But I still need a cable to transfer the photos to the computer –Â andÂ it is back at my other apartment.Â Doh!Â And the clock is ticking.Â Soon, everyone on the East Coast will be up and going online!
5:30AM — IÂ rush over to my apartment on the other side of town.Â I transfer the photos.Â All the photos have an ugly green tint.Â IÂ open each photo in Photoshop to work my mediocre filter magic.
7:00AM — I quickly email the photos, praying that I’m not sending the wrong photo to the wrong person.
8:00AM – I return to Redondo Beach. I take the monitor off the kitchen table and fall asleep right at the table.
9:00AM — I am startled awake.Â The “California” underwear has fallen off the clothes pins and right onto my head.
But it was all worth it!Â Every second of it.
Thanks for a great Blog Appreciation Day!
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