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Sunday, May 02, 2004

Meet 'n Greet...

This was my big day... talk about show-and-tell! The "Meet the Photographer" event was at Barnes & Noble from 4 to 6 PM. It wasn't exactly as if Dr. Phil had come to sign books, but it wasn't bad, either.

Ben & Stephanie at B&N Show

In this photo, you can see a Complete Stranger and friend Stephanie of Complete Stranger carefully studying some of my photos... OK, so the Complete Stranger is really my son Ben, whom I bribed with an extra cookie to pose for this shot.

For about the first 30 minutes, everyone that "met" me was either a family member or a friend. Actually, it was very gratifying to have them take the time to come to the event, and I appreciate all of them having made the effort. Note to self: be sure to do the same for friends whenever the occassion arises.

I did have about two dozen or so people come by to look at the photos during the rest of the time. I tried to be as charming as possible and a good host. The in-house Starbucks Cafe had supplied 60 cookies a large pot of coffee and ice tea (a $37.50 for me, well worth it.) As time went on, I actually resorted to walking around with the tray of cookies, offering them to anyone in the cafe, and, oh yes, mentioning the photos on exhibit. Would you like a brochure, too?

As it turns out, the local chapter of Amnesty International meets in the cafe at 5 PM on the first Sunday of the month, and they were seated at a table right next to the one with my sign and cookies. So I praised their work and offered them cookies and brochures, and some of them did take a look before they left. Very nice people, and you never know when you need them to write a letter on your behalf!

Well, the excitement's over for now, but the photos stay up for the rest of the month. We'll see if it was all worth the effort.

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