Note – this is still technically my First Post. I stress this because glasshalfempty, while welcoming me warmly to the community, pointed out the requirement of an accompanying photo: one of the Unwritten Rules. Suspecting such a situation would arise, I had already scanned the entire site with Adobe’s UnReader (due for release in 2010 and still in beta – but that’s another long story that has nothing to do with music and everything to do with my brother-in-law and Adobe’s security department . . . )
So – the photo was about to go into Part 1, when my computer simply Ran Out of Pixels! Unbelievable,eh? I’d forgotten to fill it up that morning!
‘Could have happened to anyone’ is the line my legal advisors (Messieurs Tourniquet et Vice of Carcassonne) urged me to take.
The Adobe Unreader, being still in development, may of course miss other elements that make up B.L.Impy’s First Law of Photogenics, itself but a tiny part of the vast body of work that is the Unwritten Overspill Rulebook ( an online tome that runs to 600 Tantrabites!). Woe betide anyone caught infracting – as infractions, I gather, could result in many hours of community service. I still have painful memories of my last days with the Philatelic blog community (StampOnIt.blogspot.com) – and some hefty physiotherapy bills, still unpaid.
On the subject of unpaid bills – here is the caption to go with my photo:
Gaston ‘Antifreeze’ Gaulloise (a nickname that I promised him I would not explain in full. Nor have I.) who is my local vigneron, has come up with a novel way for his impecunious customers to ‘pay off’ some of their drink debt. He fastens us to the back of his tractor as we manipulate the circa 1950′s weeding contraption. Furthermore, we are obliged to dress up as the Blues Brothers, and sing parts of their woeful repertoire, while appearing to be cheerfully engaged in organic vineyard work.