Paul : Hi.
Stranger : Hi. Can I see your pic?
Is that how we meet people these days? No doubt they wish for some personal verification that I'm not a doddering yet still perverted octogenarian gasping on an oxygen mask while scouting for younger meat. Easily solved of course for anyone in possession of a half-decent camera.
Unfortunately I am not one of them.
Oh my pure hideousness!
Let me rephrase lest you think I'm some throwback to the dinosaur age. Yes, I do have a camera, even have a camera-phone come to think of it. But I have an understandably chronic aversion to the camera, possibly since realizing that I don't come anywhere close to the glossy, airbrushed visual perfection of Chris Evans / Brandon Routh. Such a disappointment snapping a picture of myself only to realize that it's only blah averageman - which is why I have never ever taken more than an average of ten pics in a year. Apart from enforced photo shoots at work - and those required by the government ( passport mugshots and such ), I doubt I have ever taken a shot of myself.
I'm certain to be greeted by disbelieving stares but it's true. Actually spent a whole month trudging happily about Europe only to realize that I'd only finished half a roll of film on my return - whereupon I was visited by the unholy wrath of my horrified shutterbug brother who insisted that I document every tree, lamp-pole and road sign the next time I travelled. Needless to say on my next trip to Shanghai I obligingly took a photo at every spectacular ( and unspectacular ) monument I visited.
Unlike some of my more trigger-happy pals such as Lanky Lex who seem to find such prurient joy in committing a memory to film - as he'd probably phrase it. No doubt he could fill an entire photobook with an hour in the Eiffel Tower. For me, I only took two shots - one close up and one from half a mile away. :)
But I took a few of the gorgeous Frenchmen to balance it out. :)