A couple of days ago I received an e-mail from a 16 year old Canadian asking if he could use and old photo of me changing a flat tire in an ad he was doing for a local company.
Of course my ego was stroked, who doesn't like being asked? I know I do. Then I thought, "Is this just another twist on a scam?" Now let's see, do I have to send money somewhere to have my photo used? Do I have to click on a link? And why did he feel it necessary to tell me he was 16 years old?
Isn't it a shame folks that in the Digital Age we have to be so suspicious of every unsolicited e-mail we receive? For all I know this is some kind of scam, then maybe not. Well, I sent him an e-mail back giving my permission.
He thanked me and sent me a photo of the ad. What do you think folks?
Now here is the irony. I didn't actually change that tire. I've never changed a flat tire in my life. Oh sure, that was a flat tire. It happened during Bill and our trip down South in the summer of 1966. We really did get a flat. But do you think I'm going to get my hands all greasy and take the change of breaking a fingernail? Think again. Yep folks, the picture is a fake. But hey, aren't almost all the photos you see in ads fake? So there you go. I have real potential as a legitimate model: I'm fake and I'm posing.
|My "model" pose|