Tuesday, August 04, 2009

an extraordinary tolerance for madness


it seems that people will tolerate and even be charmed by your madness if you've already established yourself with them. like by hanging out for endless hours every evening at the pool and eating dinner at their restaurant several two nights in a row. so that they kinda know you and your proclivity for ordering a fruit plate with only dragon fruit. because the child does so adore dragon fruit. so when you come with a little bag containing your nikon, a magazine and yes, a little red robot of which you may have bought two three four different models (because husband says you need a critical mass of something in order to have a collection (tidy little blame assessment there, eh?)). and although it's really quite dark, you are attempting to photograph your robot, and then there's that thing where you really hate to use the flash, so you don't. and then the staff begins to assist, by suggesting new places where the robot would look fetching. like next to the candle and your wine. with the pool in the background. and a lovely flower that had fallen from one of the nearby trees.


don't you just love robots? and when people tolerate your eccentricities? next time, you bring a tripod. but you still refuse to use flash...

16 comments:

Bill Stankus said...

Aces post.

Extranjera said...

Eccentricities should not only be tolerated, they should be embraced!

Within reason of course. And without forgetting common sense and decency. And without inconvenience to anyone. And with moderation.

;o)

Did you lick the ground yet? Licking robots doesn't count.

marinik said...

love the little robot... you still managed to get good shots... when no tripod in sight use elbows against a sturdy table or husbands shoulders... works for me ;)

kristine said...

actually i think that's one of my favorite things about south east asia. people are ever so eager not just to tolerate eccentricity, but to help you perpetuate it. its lovely.

MissBuckle said...

I hate using the flash too, and end up with grainy, slightly blurry, pics all the time.

I find that if I put on the timer, then at least I can keep the camera steady with my elbows after I've pressed the button.

Char said...

i avoid flash at all costs

spudballoo said...

also a flash avoider...

How cool! We have a robot like that somewhere, very retro. i totally agree that you need a good 3 or 4 for a collection.

Fab shots..even if a bit wibbly wobbly.

histreasure said...

the robot pics..lovely..especially with all the history behind it..

Vancouver's Enviro Girl said...

Oh, they were right about the candle light, the robot looks much more handsome there.

rayfamily said...

Love it! There's a softness that comes without the flash. Well I guess it also hides the fact that I seem to be photographing about everything that could turn out a blog ;) HA!

rxBambi said...

I have to admit I'm not really a robot fan. Although I did cry when Number 5 died in Short Circuit. But I think he may have come back to life... Hmm not sure. Anyhow, I do love your photo of the robot and the wine. Of course I'm partial to wine anyway...

Ajab Boparai said...

i just saw the first two pics..n knew then n there that i'd be followin ya!!

great work!

Lisa-Marie said...

It's nice to know there are places in the world where you can be yourself!

Your robot is V cute, my husband now wants one(he's a boy, he likes robots and trains. seems to be how things work!).
He is a very good model too!

paris parfait said...

I quite like the second shot. And helping you arrange the scene for the photos was probably the most fun the staff had all day!

Tara Thayer said...

no flash, ever. but i'm sure they're all charmed by you. well, not you. but the robot.
and definitely by Sabin.
xo tt

Gwen said...

Frangipani! I can almost smell it.

Oh, yeah, nice robot, weirdo. :)