Thursday, January 29, 2009

Picture this

As you know -- or don't know as I'm not sure whether I do or don't know whether you know or don't know -- I don't mind tags because it keeps me from having to use my brain.


See? The problem with this one isn't the tagger 'cause she's groovy, but the meme itself because the only photos I have on my hard drive are stuff I stole from the internets as I'm the last man in the Western hemisphere without a digital camera.

The Rules:

1. Go to the 4th folder in your computer where you store your pictures.
2. Pick the 4th picture in that folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 people to do the same.

There's only one folder where I keep crap, so here's the fourth one:

This is Gustave Caillebotte's famous Paris Street; Rainy Day from 1877. Last semester during our l'histoire française class, we were tasked with having to do an oral presentation as part of our punishment the learning process. I loathe giving oral presentations. I'd rather write a 20-page paper than speak in front of the class for even ten minutes. I'd rather listen to a Chimpy press conference -- sorry, that is stretching the rubberband of reality.

But, thanks to the technowizardry of powerpoint, which I had never used before as I'm old, I was able to take a visual topic and focus the eyeballs of my classmates on purty pictures instead of me, thereby decreasing the terrifying nervousness by about 27.3%. I'm sure my French was atrocious, but at that point, I didn't give one iota of shit.

If you've been tagged already, I don't apologize:


dguzman said...

Only you would have classic French art in your My Pictures folder, Randal. You put the "ass" in "class."

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the lights in the room were dimmed and you were able to flash a laser pointer at anyone who dared snicker at you oratory skills. Either that or you could have simply hired a spokesperson to do the work and placed paid lackeys in the audience to ask softball questions.

Lisa said...

And what a lovely picture it is.....I'm sure your French was just fine.

Frogette said...

Randal - I've always loved that picture. Didn't know you were such a luddite! Doesn't your cell have a camera?

Randal Graves said...

dguzman, I'll take that as a compliment!

spartacus, if I ever run for office, which will only happen after I've had a lobotomy and an LSD drip sticking in my arm, you can be my campaign manager, with full access to kickbacks and slush funds.

lisa, the picture, yes, the French, yikes.

frogette, I don't have a cell phone. How's that for luddite? ;-)

Though I would like a camera. So please, anyone feel free to buy me one.

Mauigirl said...

I like that painting - and you've learned the first rule of speaking in public - distract them!

I have a cell phone and a digital camera but I too am a Luddite - I do not have an i-pod or any other mechanism for downloading music (well, I do have a computer but I don't download music onto it). I still buy CDs. I know, I know. Soon there won't be any and I'll have to get on board.

susan said...

This was a totally non-obligatory tag but I'm delighted to see you not only accepted the challenge but found such a cool picture in your stash. I knew you had one :-)

Well, I do have an i-pod and a pretty decent Minolta dig camera but no cell phone. Only if we do make that long journey carting all our stuff to les Maritimes will we get one.. quand je pratiquerai mon Français.

Angie said...

Hey, that's the same fourth picture I have in my fourth folder. Weird... Only mine has a black velvet background and the people aren't as fully clothed. Mine apparently is a rendering during the summer.;)

Randal Graves said...

mauigirl, don't get me started the digital-only music crap. Grumble!

susan, et tu pourras prendre quelques photos de la plage !

angie, by any chance, the lifeguard isn't Elvis, is it? ;-)