Anyway, I'm hoping there are many more of these contests in the weeks to come…it's definitely better than spending the time wishing the thermometer would drop below 104 degrees!
1. Take a self portrait using a mirror and a very bad camera angle. Think about your average teenager's MySpace profile picture and you're on the right track.
Bad camera angle? Check.
Camera in photo so you are positive it's a self-portrait? Check.
Slightly out of focus? Check.
Weird awkward smile that would look right at home on a MySpace page? Double-check.
2. Show us the "Welcome To" sign for where you live.
I drive past this one almost every day. It's always struck me as a bit of overkill in the signage department. But I guess someone in the city council has a nephew or brother that prints street signs, or something like that.
3. Show a cellphone being used by someone/something that shouldn't be using it.
I swear I wasn't copying TheOcho's post with this one! My daughter LOVES to pretend to talk on the phone. She will use anything as the pretend phone, including but not limited to: a shoe, a playing card, a matchbox car, a plastic teacup, and a computer mouse. However, she ADORES my cell phone (must be all the pretty colors and buttons). She isn't allowed to play with it (other than for this picture) anymore since the time I caught her one button-press away from erasing all my contacts.
Strangely, she refuses to talk to anyone on a real phone. I think the voices scare her.
4. Take a picture of a sure sign that the world is ending (don't post a pic of a sober Lindsay Lohan, I know that it's either a picture you didn't take this weekend [since Lindsay was last sober 10 years ago] or completely fake).
I was all set to take a shot of an article about the French kid who got arrested for translating Harry Potter into French – after all, what is a better indication that the world is ending than a kids' books publisher pressing charges against a kid? Then I caught sight of these guys this morning on my neighbor's lawn.
The guy bent over? He's been trying to start that weed-whacker for about 6 minutes. Before that, he tried to start a different one (same model) for about 5 minutes. Shortly after this picture, he realizes that he has to HOLD DOWN THE TRIGGER on the weed-whacker while pulling the cord to get the motor to start. His partner in crime on the riding mower was completely oblivious to the whole incident. Now, normally, I wouldn't think anything of this (especially if it was someone in my family trying to figure out how to run one of these things). But remember – this guy is part of a PROFESSIONAL LAWN CARE team. His JOB is to use the weed-whacker, probably dozens of times DAILY. You know the world is coming to an end when the average Joe can get a job doing something he has no competence for, and nobody (or almost nobody) seems to notice.
Yod, I know you said no photoshop, but I didn't want to get sued for libel, so I put black bars over the name and number of the lawn service in this publicly-posted picture. I still have the untouched original, though, if you need to ensure I wasn't doctoring anything.
5. Show us something over 100 years old.
The guy who used to own the land all the houses in my neighborhood sit on still owns a parcel behind my house. I was talking to him one day a few months back and commented how much my family loves the giant sycamore tree (pictured here) in our back yard, and how we're glad the developer didn't get rid of it when building the house. He told me that his family had owned the land since 1750, when this area was settled, and that his great-grandfather had planted a bunch of sycamores around the 1850s because he liked the look of them. As best he can figure, this one is around 150 years old, and still going strong.