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"Did he just give you the finger?"
I answered. The "He" who he was referring to, was the guy
walking by me at the Wall as I was filming. He clearly flips me the
bird as he walks past me. I guess I need to back up a bit here for you.
Plus, he was carrying a Longboard with his leash attached.
And he was walking down along the sidewalk. Not on the beach, but actually up on the cement. He was catching small children and other beach crafts, with his long, dangling leash. But it was his wetsuit ensemble, that originally caught my eye. And I did, what I would of done, if he was wearing yellow ballerina outfit. I turned my GL-1 Camcorder on him and pulled the trigger. Both barrels.
one of those, subtle ' flip me the bird ' gestures, by pretending to
rub his forehead. The middle finger was pretty evident. I could see
he was not happy with what I was doing. So, I yelled over to him as
he walked past me. "Come on man...you're in the public eye. You
can't walk by me looking like that, and expect me not to shoot."
In other words, I can shoot anything and anyone, if you are in the public eye. If you are indoors, say in your home for instance, or at a place of business, I can not. But because you are outside, I can shoot. I've been shooting these beach scenes for years, and I've captured some really good stuff while doing it. Like the above mentioned dude.
I call it the Paparazzi Rule.
Those Paparazzis are able to shoot those unwilling celebrities because of this law. The famous may not like it, but there's nothing they can do about it. Call it the price of fame and fortune. And really, it's a small price to pay. I'm not saying that the Paparazzi is an honorable occupation. I'm sure it's a hard life. But you have to understand that what they do is legal. Same with me shooting the unusual on the beach. It's fair game.
there was a time when I called myself Vince Paparazzi That was
another of the dozen or so nicknames I've had over the years. Vince
Paparazzi. It sort of rolls off the tongue. Don't you think?
There's another guy doing push-ups on the Wall. Another scene with a guy so jacked up and tanned, that he looked bigger than life. He was a good sport though. Even though he probably could of killed me, he was good about me shooting him.
was the brother from up North, who had his trunks on over his wetsuit.
He was very good about me shooting him, and he actually spoke to me
about it. I think he realized that I was going to shoot his ' strange
trip' regardless, so he went along with me.
Just be discreet about it. Thank you. Vince Paparazzi
Today, is the last day, we will put on our Christmas lights...I'm sorry, I mean Holiday Lights. There's no real Emily Post rule, to say how long you display the festive, multi colored lights, that I'm aware of. To me, it's the weekend of New Years. I know some folks go to the "Little Christmas" or whatever it is they call it. But for us, it's this last weekend. The tree comes down. The lights come off the house. It's over.
When the kids were young, we used to drive around the seacoast, and see some homes with Christmas lights, that were well into the end of January and February. We would roll down our windows and yell "Let it go!"
just the lights though. I think it's cool and acceptable, to keep Wreaths
up during this time. Or at least, I was told that it's OK. I found that
out years ago, when I took a wreath off my front door, that an old landlord
had put up. It was well after the major Holidays, and I thought, 'OK
it's over, time to take it down.' Turns out, it was not. At least for
this particular person. I was told, that the Holiday Wreaths, can stay
up past the designated time frame. If anyone knows anything to the contrary,
please let me know. And I'll spread the word.
some casual observances from last week.
President elect Obama has his hands full.
He's going to need all of our support. He's got mine. The world is a dangerous place. There's hard times acoming. There will be more wars, and more despair, before things get better. We need to buckle up and support our President and our country. This is no joke. Stand up and unite. Don't go Bush hating on the new guy, and the new administration. Look forward to 2010, or beyond, before things get better. Meanwhile, tighten your seatbelt.
OK I admit
it. I'm upset that our New England Patriots did not make the
Play-Offs. They were (are) clearly better than most of the teams that
did. Look at what happened. The COLTS lost. The DOLPHINS
lost. Things are not right in Patriots Nation. 11-5 and
we sit at home. Albeit, it might have only been just one more game and
we too would be sitting home, like Miami and Indy. But
then again, maybe not. I guess we'll never know now.
having said all of this, I'm enjoying watching the NFL. That
Colts / Chargers game was as exciting a game as I've ever seen.
So much for the Brother vs Brother Superbowl. Peyton is
out. Will Eli join the Manning family and watch the Big
game at home on their large screen HD Tv? Or will he go forward and
be one of the last two teams standing?
DOLPHINS let one get away. QB Chad Pennington's 4 interceptions
and one fumble sealed the deal for the RAVENS. And the young
Falcon's QB from BC, Matt Ryan's Play-Off debut ended
just six points away from advancing. The NFL..which stands for
Not For Long is taking it's toll.
still time to score one of Brian Nevins's canvas print orders.
Support ALL The photographers who contribute to Ralph's Pic Of
The Week Especially: Ed O'Connell, John Carden, Brian Nevins,
Bernie Baker, Jamie Wade, Kevin Doherty, Lenny Nichols, Chris Shipley,
The Phantom, Ross Kunkel, Bob Consentino, and Chris Thompson and
all the others.
QWILL is available on myspace.com/qwillmusic
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1977Jay's Secret Southern NH surf spot.
January 1st, 2009. Black and White beach scene.
The BEST of Ralph's Pic Of The Week From-2008
Early morning January lines.
Nohea Nichols Rafferty on the same day as above. Feb. 2008.
Pinecones. March 2008
Again, The Wall. March 2008
Slotted on Hawaii's North Shore. March 08.
March sunrise. March 2008.
Michael Taylor Green kelp ride. April 2008.
The Wall. April 2008
Kelp Point. April 2008
Meanwhile down in Nicaragua. April, 2008.
Kai Nichols grabs a rail and holds on. May, 2008.
Tom Curren 10th Street. June 2008.
Jared Velstos the Wall. August 2008.
Check out the empty wave I missed. October 2008.
It gets hollow in NH... December 13th, 2008.
2008 PARTING SHOT- ..."RED DOG 1-We Have the SUP in our sights,