Party of Five: With Apologies to Mimi Smartypants

(Mimi Smartypants is the nom de plume of a Chicago blogger who will make you giggle. Also, we used to live somewhere near her environs whilst we were in the city. For example, she referenced a KFC we drove by 8 million times at Peterson and Kimball. But enough about me. Go! Visit her! Online! Well, after you read this…)

Three songs a death metal band should cover, if only to amuse me:

1. “Womanizer” by Britney Spears
2. “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
3. “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” by The Mountain Goats

I am loving the hell out of the 365 Project and photography in general. (This interest would have come in handy while I was a reporter, but I digress!) I am reading photography blogs, getting ideas for future shots, and jonesing for a vintage Polaroid camera. Maybe one of these days I could start my tour of Vintage Neon Signs of Chicago.

One of the things I would like to improve at is shooting people. I don’t really have a lot of people around me on a day-to-day basis, and the majority of folks in my life blanch at being on the business end of a camera. For you photographers in the house, how do you find people to take pictures of? When you find them, how do put them at ease, so they don’t freak out or mug for the camera? Inquiring minds want to know.


My brother is turning 30 today! Holy cats! I hope his day is kicking ass.

Yesterday I met up with Anne, a friend of mine who was just starting college as my undergrad days were coming to an end. The last time we saw her was when we went to a Slater-Kinney concert in Grinell, IA. That was in 2002!

She’s married now to a Nuclear Engineer and lives in Raleigh, NC. In her spare time, she teaches junior high school students.

She and her husband were in town for a wedding. We ate dinner in Lincoln Square. “It’s really good to see you,” we kept on telling each other.

Why do I say this? I need to get off my hinder and make some friends who are local. At this point, I’d settle for friends who lived in the same state I do. It’s fun to keep up with my tribe across the country, but I need some dinner dates once in a while with people who are not my husband.

So as part of my mission to Meet Others and Make Friends, I’m planning to volunteer at a nearby hospital. I’m just going to come out and say it: if I weren’t so pathetic with math and science, I would have gone into a healthcare field.

3 responses to “Party of Five: With Apologies to Mimi Smartypants

  1. There are tons of requirements to volunteer in healthcare, but the big one is you’ll have to get a two-step TB test. If you lived locally, I’d help you out with that. :p

    Let’s hang out this summer before I move!

  2. ditto on the math/science stuff. I got a D-minus in college algebra.

  3. Glad you’re loving photography Tori. I have confidence issues about taking strangers’ pictures so my advice is:

    a) be tactful, subtle, and use your zoom lens so that they don’t know.
    b) be brassy and confident in appearance (even if it’s a total sham). People are less likely to balk if it seems like you know what you’re doing.

    Are you done talking about your mother?

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