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The Old Guy … I Never Would Have Thought …

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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.

celebration-16In 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.

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Revision/Apology Political Card “I don’t remember … “

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To The Press … Sorry No Answers Available

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Resource Preservation Is My Middle Name

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.

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The Acme Look Inconspicuous In A Crowd Disguise Kit #14″

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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Author: geezer94

I was told by my grandfather that if you are destined to hang you'll never drown. I have never been afraid of water . . .

13 thoughts on “The Old Guy … I Never Would Have Thought …

  1. Great post, G! I don’t understand why nobody noticed…maybe they were all tremendously preoccupied as they made mad dashes home after long days?
    My favorite card is “I remember saying all those words but I don’t remember them arranged in that particular order”. Haha 🙂

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    • I still speculate why no one notices during that long drive home … just don’t make no sense as they say in the movies. The postcard was part of my one time run at public office after the election humor … thank you for your kind comment. g

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  2. I so love your writings! And this one is not exception. Fantastic photographs, so witty and well done. As to your I 95 experiment – doesn’t it prove that the times a changing? …. I miss people who trusted others, didn’t lock their doors and helped strangers.

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    • The I-95 experiment was done in the late nineties … I am alway aware of my surroundings and driving conditions but that seems not the case with everyone or …. a whole lot of people that did notice … did … nothing. Now it is still hard for me to believe that people have to lock themselves away to feel safe. Thank you for your kind comments Ms inese … g

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  3. Love the look! I don’t know about Virginia, but here in the Chicago area, you wouldn’t have looked near weird enough to elicit a response. It wouldn’t have been fear around here, it would’ve just been that there are so many “characters” in various stages of costume that the glasses, nose, & mustache routine wouldn’t cut it with adults. Now, if kids were driving cars, you might get a reaction. 🙂

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    • Frayed … I went through Chicago twice. And … when going seventy-fives mph in bumper to bumper traffic in four tight lanes, I wasn’t the only oddity in the package, and certainly the least deserving of notice. There are without doubt some strange personages out there in public. Thanks for your comment. g

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  4. Great post! I like the “I don’t remember” card, too. It certainly was used in the last presidential election!

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  5. Great disguise. Ha ha. I especially like the photo on the porch. You look so natural. 🙂

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    • I bought that swing the Summer before I was forced into early retirement. It was bought with the express intent to practice being retired. It turned out to be time well spent. On the unseasonably warm days of this Winter, I have been sitting out though the swing has moved to the back porch which faces the woods. Thank you for your comment. g

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