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Back in 86′ I purchased from a mall shop in Bowling Green Kentucky, one pair of black plastic framed glasses that had bushy black eyebrows, large plastic nose and generous black mustache. The aforementioned glasses were not a necessary purchase but a desired one.
The mustache glasses didn’t really come into play until 1996 when I lived in Fredericksburg Virginia but worked fifty miles south in Hanover. That small stop was, for the most point, considered North Richmond Virginia. Each day, I road the heaviest traveled Interstate (I-95) on the East Coast to or from work. It was nerve wracking to say the least and most of the time barring car fires, speed traps and multi-vehicle-pile-ups … boring.
I decided for the drive home to wear the mustache glasses. I was interested in the bumper to bumper sixty-five plus miles per hour reactions by all the other driver/passengers. I was sorely disappointed. No one noticed. I was passed by three hundred cars going over the speed limit … and no one noticed. Talk about an object failure.
In 2005 I bought my first digital camera and during the late night hours did a series of Selfies wearing my mustache glasses before I even knew what a Selfie was. I was doing a series of postcards and every eighth card was a Selfie Political Campaign Card.
The first Selfie I made was warning campaign sign stealers/defacers. I also used it for a screen saver on my work computer. The screen saver worked quite well though the campaign sign protector part sort of worked.
The next card was a political speech revisement/apology card saying “I remember saying all those words but I don’t remember them arranged in that particular order”.
There were quite a few of the 2005 Selfies. On a note of interest, several of these photographs were printed in a German Magazine.
The Next time I indulged in a Selfie was 2012 when I published a book featuring myself standing or sitting in front of selected common everyday places all over Jamestown and Russell Springs. The mustache glasses were used to demonstrate “The Acme Look Inconspicuous In A Crowd Disguise Kit #14”. It was only used in one photograph of the book.
To this day … it still rankles my innards when I think about the original I-95 experiment with the mustache glasses. Fifty some odd miles of horrendous bumper-t0-bumper traffic and no one noticed. No One Noticed! I have often wondered was it driver apathy or big city fear that influenced the cold non-reactions? Did people actually notice and suspected I had a shotgun or pistol in my lap waiting for an excuse to explode into a full fledged Road Rage incident? Twenty-three years later and the whole thing still gets me right in the neck. I never would have thought …
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