They sent the posse out for me, LOL!

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by The Dave©, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. The Dave©

    The Dave© Guest

    The high school that my son goes to has a brick exterior with the name
    mounted in big letters offset from the wall. The way it's lit at night
    is very intriging, with the shadows, and such, and I've always wanted
    to do some night experimenting with it.

    Well, tonight I go out about 10:30 pm and have my tripod and a couple
    bodies, one for color slides and one for black & white. After awhile
    one of the custodians comes out and gives me the "Can I help you?"
    line. I politely answer, he seems satisfied.

    About 15 minutes later the same guy comes out with 3 of his cronies and
    they all start asking questions... why I'm doing it (as if it's any of
    their business, but I told them just for fun, which is true), do I know
    there are cameras watching everything I do (I laughed at that one, I
    guess I was supposed to recoil in horror at the realization and run
    away, or something), and my name (which I gave them). Then, I
    mentioned that my son goes there and they got all happy and went away
    and left me alone.

    Geez. I know it's a small town and people are overly paranoid and
    cautious, and I guess they feel better for having thwarted a potential
    terror threat. It was both annoying and amusing at the same time.
     
    The Dave©, Oct 11, 2005
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  2. The Dave©

    Mark² Guest

    Everyone has an opinion--whether or not they can justify one with knowledge,
    information or experience. You were dealing with people who MAY have
    graduated from high school...and folks most likely interested in finding
    some form of importance in an otherwise uninspiring job.

    These are the very people who so often fall prey to fear-mongering. They
    didn't get that job because of highly developed thinking patterns or from
    vast amounts of critical thinking skills. No offense to the often-fine
    people who work as custodians, but let's face it: These aren't usually the
    cream of the intellectual crop.

    That's a cue to all you defensive lefties to tell me how uncaring and mean I
    am... :)
    Some things just tend to be true (note the "tend to be" as opposed to
    "always")...whether or not it's particularly "nice" to speak about.
     
    Mark², Oct 11, 2005
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  3. The Dave©

    DD (Rox) Guest

    Did this happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave?
     
    DD (Rox), Oct 11, 2005
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  4. The Dave©

    The Dave© Guest

    I think they were Nikon and Leica users jealous of my obviously
    superior Canon equipment. Seems to be a worldwide phenomenon.
     
    The Dave©, Oct 12, 2005
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  5. The Dave©

    The Dave© Guest

    I understand what you're saying. Obviously, I don't know what they
    were saying to each other while still in the building, but it is common
    for groups to get themselves worked up into an unecessary frenzy easier
    than for one person. It wouldn't surprise me if they talked for
    several minutes and had themselves convinced that this little high
    school in the midwest was the next terror target. Yes, I'm
    exaggerating for effect, but the point is I'm sure they bandied about
    what they thought my evil intentions may have been, and my intentions
    kept getting more and more sinister as their conversation went on.

    I'm thinking about printing up some business cards that say...

    "The Dave (real name, of course)
    Not mental... not a terrorist... no sinister intentions...just a guy
    taking some pictures."

    ....then I'll hand them out when custodians and security guards with
    large flashlights "need" to know.
     
    The Dave©, Oct 12, 2005
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  6. The Dave©

    Mark² Guest

    Now **THAT** is the best idea I've heard in a LONG time!
    :)
    Really! That could very well have the EXACT effect you/we all
    need--basically letting them know that their fears were a little on the
    silly side. It could give a light-hearted "out" for them, too. Humor
    always helps diffuse situations like that.
    VERY good idea. I don't know if you are serious, but I just may do that
    very thing.

    -Mark
    :)
     
    Mark², Oct 12, 2005
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  7. That will work until they search your house and find all those pictures of
    naked young boys.....:^)
     
    William Graham, Oct 12, 2005
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  8. The Dave©

    Mark² Guest

    Ah.
    Hopefully not speaking for yourself... :)
    -For that I have zero sympathy.
    Anyone engaging in that sort of crap deserves all the
    prison...um..."beatings" they receive.
     
    Mark², Oct 13, 2005
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  9. The Dave©

    DD (Rox) Guest

    As if...
     
    DD (Rox), Oct 13, 2005
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  10. The Dave©

    Mark² Guest

    Denial only works to a point, Dallas.
    :)
     
    Mark², Oct 13, 2005
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  11. The Dave©

    DD (Rox) Guest

    So are you agreeing that his Canon equipment is superior?

    See what I mean? You Canon folks all hold the opinion that your gear is
    better than Nikon gear, but this cannot be proved.

    I demand an apology!
     
    DD (Rox), Oct 13, 2005
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  12. The Dave©

    no_name Guest


    I just show them my military ID and tell 'em they'er "not on the need to
    know list". ;-D
     
    no_name, Oct 13, 2005
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  13. The Dave©

    no_name Guest

    What's the point if your GEAR is "better" if you aren't?

    It don' matter what sooper-dooper whiz-bang gimcrack dohickies you got,
    it don't make you Ansel Adams.

    You got to do that inside your head.
     
    no_name, Oct 13, 2005
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  14. The Dave©

    DD (Rox) Guest

    Absolutely 100% correct.

    Which is why I use Nikon. And Leica. Because Canon fucks with my ability
    to remain objective!
     
    DD (Rox), Oct 13, 2005
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  15. The Dave©

    Mark² Guest

    Canon, nor any other company, will ever be to blame for your inability to be
    objective.
     
    Mark², Oct 13, 2005
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  16. The Dave©

    The Dave© Guest

    Thanks. I think I'm really going to do it. I was kicking around the
    idea of putting my phone number on there, but nah, that's priviledged
    information that I don't give out to just anybody.
     
    The Dave©, Oct 13, 2005
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  17. The Dave©

    DD (Rox) Guest

    Canon "stole" my money. They used me as a guineau pig for technology
    that they knew was dodgy to begin with. How should I feel towards that
    company? Forgiveness?
     
    DD (Rox), Oct 14, 2005
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  18. Canon "stole" my money. They used me as a guineau pig for technology
    that they knew was dodgy to begin with. How should I feel towards that
    company? Forgiveness?

    Microsoft has been doing that to me for over 20 years.....
     
    William Graham, Oct 15, 2005
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