Boy, yesterday was fun! I’m overwhelmed with how special you all are.
And now a special treat. Grab your backstage pass and see what REALLY happened during my preparations for the festivities.
Wednesday, 8PM – I decide it is time to take my Blog Appreciation Day photos.
8:15PM — My digital camera doesn’t work. I go to Rite-Aid to buy some new batteries.
9:00PM — The digital camera does not NEED new batteries. 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. Why? I have no idea!
11:00PM — I set up my “photography studio” in the dining room. 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, but the camera can’t make it out. It just looks like a white piece of glare. I decide on a stronger visual gimmick — a pair of “California” undies hanging over the monitor.
Midnight — 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 the underwear so it falls directly over the monitor. I almost pull the lighting fixture off the ceiling. I promise to never tell Sophia about that.
1:30 AM — Even though the underwear is now hanging over the moniter, it is still difficult to read the “California” written on the underwear because the fabric creases up.
2:00AM — I come up with a brilliant solution. 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. 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. I take the batteries out of the crotch, delete the photos, and start all over again.
3:00AM — Sophia calls up. She yells at me for using her underwear, saying they are old and everyone will think she has a big ass. I promise not to use the underwear in the shoot, but I am lying.
4:00AM — Sophia also explains to me why my photos are coming out so dark. The “brightness level” of the camera phone is on -15. I start all over again.
5:00AM — I finish taking my blog appreciation day photos. But I still need a cable to transfer the photos to the computer — and it is back at my other apartment. Doh! And the clock is ticking. Soon, everyone on the East Coast will be up and going online!
5:30AM — I rush over to my apartment on the other side of town. I transfer the photos. All the photos have an ugly green tint. I 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. The “California” underwear has fallen off the clothes pins and right onto my head.
But it was all worth it! Every second of it.
Thanks for a great Blog Appreciation Day!
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